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The additional steep time, sadly, didn’t do anything except bring out the flavor of what was either bergamot or something very similar – something very distinctly perfumey, in other words – and I’m not crazy about bergamot, so. Disappointing. I’ll probably finish the sample, but I won’t be repurchasing. Or maybe I’ll just hang onto the leaves to sniff at whenever I need a pick-me-up.
Very pleasant and soothing blend, and made a good afternoon tea. I still can’t seem to find an apple-flavored tea where I can really taste the apple, but it was little more present here than in others I’ve tried. The spices seem like they are in fact limited to cinnamon (which I appreciate) and an almost a candy-sweet cinnamon at that, just barely on the right side of the sweet/cloying line.
It’s a beautiful summer morning, which made drinking this decidedly autumnal tea feel mildly anachronistic. But in a good way. This is one of four I bought from TeaForAllReasons’ summer sale stock ($3 for 2oz! Amazing!).
I’ve tried, and been disappointed by, several pumpkin teas in the past – they were inevitably very heavy on the spices and the pumpkin flavor would be buried. Not so here – the pumpkin stays center stage and the spices are merely complementary, and the end result is very satisfying.
Another summer sale tea from TeaForAllReasons. I added this one because it sounded very similar to Golden Moon Tea’s Vanilla Mint (a recent new favorite) and I figured it would be worth having if it was even close to being as tasty as that one is, especially at the very discounted price.
Honestly, I think I might like this one even better. The vanilla comes through more strongly here, and it’s a lighter, sweeter vanilla, without being at all cloying. I think the little candy sprinkles really do a lot to enhance the flavor here – I’m not usually one to add sweeteners (or anything else) to my tea, but it definitely adds something in this case.
The mint is more subtle, and plays more of a supporting role to the vanilla. I mean, it’s there, it’s recognizably mint, but it’s not the first or even the second thing that I notice. And I really think I prefer vanilla with a hint of mint to mint with a hint of vanilla (though I do still really enjoy the latter as well).
I’m already bummed that I only have two ounces of this stuff, since it seems to be out of stock now – I very much hope it returns next fall/winter. In the meantime, I’ll be hoarding it, but it’ll be tough – I already want another cup!
The flavoring is pleasantly but not overwhelmingly fruity, though I don’t taste the “scone” part of it at all. A nice tea to start the morning with.
AMAZING. This tea is PERFECTLY blended – the chocolate and cherry both come through strongly, and the base gives it enough structure that I don’t feel like I’m drinking cocoa and cherry flavored hot water, but otherwise stays neatly in the background, which is what I usually want from a dessert tea. Also, it’s easily the best chocolate tea I’ve ever had.
This is actually my second try at this one; the first time I steeped it for 3 minutes and it turned out VERY bitter. I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the flavors – I think fig and brown sugar sound better in theory than in practice.
At 2 and a half minutes, the base wasn’t too strong, but it wasn’t anything else either – completely flavorless. Bleh.
Not a bad cup of tea by any means, but not particularly noteworthy either. I taste more caramel than chocolate, and the cashew adds just a hint of nuttiness.
The scent of the dry leaf isn’t very strong, so it’s not too surprising that the flavor’s pretty weak when brewed – the tea base isn’t bad, but I couldn’t taste any spice, caramel, OR pear.
Dry, this smells so heavenly I just want to sniff it all day – the citrus/pine scent that it gets from the grapefruit and juniper needles is amazing. Didn’t really come across very strongly when brewed, but I’m going to experiment with longer steep times/more tea to see if I can improve that, because if I can get this to taste as good as it smells I might die from the pleasure.
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This tea is pleasant enough but not overwhelmingly amazing, but it’s got one major thing going for it: it steeps beautifully in the water that comes out of the hot water dispenser at work, and it’s the only tea of the many I’ve tried that I can say that about. Since I can’t bring myself to bring my own kettle to work, this tea has become like a very dear friend who makes every day a little more bearable.