Old stand-by, how I love you. Please see other notes; this is a fave!
556 Tasting Notes
I’ve had this iced at home several times; can’t believe I haven’t logged it yet! This is one of the rare teas that tastes wonderful iced or hot. Very fruity, without that annoying hibiscus tart-ness that makes many of us go BLECH. The dry leaves and the brewed liquor smell and taste the same too – also rare. Love, love, love this one – it’s a cupboard essential. I actually have two tins, one at home and one for work. :)
This is my go-to tea for iced tea in the evenings. Yes I realize it’s winter, but I’m still drinking iced tea…in place of diet sodas, especially in the afternoon.
I resteeped this twice – so I got three cuppas from one infusion. Nice! That’ll help since I’m running this one out…
I’m hooked on this and am becoming a huge fan of guayusa. I thought the “caffeine-without-the-jitters” was some kind of marketing scam, but it totally works for me. And I’m someone who would have an espresso in the AM with my dad and then go back to sleep. ;)
I have this for sale at my shop, and starting on Friday there will be all kinds of gifts and gift sets if anyone is interested. :) I still have plenty left over, if anyone wants a free sample. Just email or PM me.
I’m reselling this one, as I can’t get past the red rooibos. It is my foe.
This really hits the spot today. I needed a faux dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth – and this was the answer! I love the hint of vanilla and hazelnut, the powerful chocolate kick and the mint medley. The mint doesn’t overpower the other flavors, which can happen quite often. I steeped it for longer than I would normally but this tough little tea rose to the challenge. Good stuff!
No rating as this is my own blend.
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No rating as this is one of my own.
I love how refreshing this is, especially in the afternoon! This is great over ice, but I enjoyed it hot today. I love that the mint balances the blackberry and vice versa!
I’m the first to review?! Cool! Although I can’t believe it took me so long to try this one.
It has red rooibos in it and I normally avoid. But I already have a bad headache, and so why not? ;) HOWEVER I’m not rating it as I have no real basis for rooibos.
This is decent. It’s woodsy like red rooibos can be for me, but the dark chocolate, peppermint and Stevia help balance it. I didn’t steep for very long either and I bet that helped.
I’m not sure how often I would drink this. I didn’t read the ingredients very well and didn’t realize it had the red rooibos until after I received it. So if anyone wants to try it out, PM me. :)
I didn’t really care for this – but I’m not a fan of lychee so I’m not surprised. I don’t want to rate this for that reason. I tried it, and it was blech but I don’t fault the tea!
I have a little left for the next swap I do. Or if someone loves Lychee and wants it, it’s yours. :)
I have been Little Miss Over Caffeinated this week as I battled my chronic migraines to work on some fabulous writing projects at work. I’ve been drinking my holiday tea – Lil Lordy Lou – but opted for green tea this afternoon.
I really enjoy how spicy this can get. I steeped for over five minutes – way more than I usually steep a green tea – but this little tea is tough. It hung in there and produced a bouquet of juicy mango and spicy red hot chili accents.
And I’m not too jumpy, but still awake enough as the daily grind continues…
No rating as this is my own blend.
This will be available in the Keen Tea Thyme Holiday Shoppe, opening over Veterans’ Day weekend (11/10/12). Stay tuned to my blog for its release – the first 10 orders will score 50% off their entire purchase at Keen Tea Thyme!
I’m hooked on this for my morning fix. The guayusa blends well with the mint medley (peppermint and spearmint) and the cinnamon bark and flavor. It’s a peppy blend. I’ve gotten two coworkers hooked too!
I’m going to use metallic sprinkles again. The gold sprinkles make the tea shimmery, in spirit of the season.
Tea of my afternoon. I’m totally juiced up thanks to consuming lots of caffeine to get through the day. This tea is calming me for the afternoon and evening.
Caffeine consumed – 3 cups of my new holiday blend which I will log soon (it’s my 12 Days of Christmas tea), and a Coke Zero.
I may have problems.
Happy Halloween! :)
I am enjoying this aptly timed blend thanks to my awesome sis-in-law Sare – thank you! I wish I had purchased this one. So delicious. I taste blueberries in one sip and mouth-watering cotton candy in another.
Wish this could be made available year round. I’d stock this permanently – one here at work, and one at home. Blissful boo berry!
Started off my workday with this holiday tea. I think it’s actually available year-round, but the name suggests that it’s a Christmas blend. Oh well. It’s delicious regardless!
I don’t taste raisins, or that much apple, but the orange, cinnamon and almond flavors shine through. The cinnamon isn’t very pronounced, but there’s a hint of it. I wish there was more cinnamon flavor, as that’s one of my favorite tastes!
Overall this is a solid, decent tea. Nothing too fancy, nothing too fussy, but nothing too unique either. It’s good, but I’m not sure if I would purchase it regularly.
Upped the rating; made this iced. This is so much better as an iced tea over brewing hot. I can taste the kiwi flavor better. Strange! I made a second glass with a couple kiwi ice cubes and that was even better.
A side note: I tried blending this with a strawberry herbal tisane and the result was surprisingly good.
In conclusion – either iced (with or without matching ice cubes) or pair with a strawberry tisane for the hot variety and I was much happier!
I drank this virtually every day when I was fighting The Cold From Hell. I love anise, and this is ANISE to the max. So if you don’t like anise? Avoid. If you do like it, this is a great varieTEA (haha) for you. Not much to say about it – it’s light chamomile and in-your-face Anise. Good!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted this yet! My tin is almost empty! I love drinking this in the evenings. I don’t recommend drinking this at work, unless you can get paid to sleep. Because that’s what this elixir will do to you – put you into the land of ZZZs.
I love the blend of honey and chocolate. I swear I can taste molasses too. I add a little honey sometimes, to enhance the flavor (or that’s what I tell myself), but it’s not required. This is so delish. I steep it for the length of the cuppa, not a moment less. The cuppa doesn’t last too long, though!
Had to get that Indian Summer taste away from my senses. This one was perfect! Love the honeyed almond, the cherry and playfulness of this one.
Got this as a free sample from my last order (which was totally FUBARed, FYI).
The second I saw the name on this, the old Gin Blossoms song “Indian Summer” promptly got stuck in my head. Had to play a little Manson in order to clear it out. I like the Gin Blossoms and all, but there is a time and a place.
Enough complaining. On to the tea.
This is a weird one. Very candy-like, which I normally like, but there is a hint of something in the brewed leaves that I don’t care for. It reminds me of an old Yankee Candle fragrance, Watermelon, that used to give me a headache. Taste isn’t that much better. Very fake-y. I’m beyond disappointed in this one, and yet glad that I didn’t get the fall collection.
Here’s hoping the winter collection is better.
Anyone want the other half of this sample?
This is…weird. Yeah. So I taste natural lemon but artificial lime flavoring, and it’s tart. The tartness is cut by the naturally sweet green rooibos, but it’s still an odd pairing. For some reason. For me. Right now. I normally love any kind of green rooibos, and especially something citrusy. But this just isn’t working for me. Maybe it’s better iced? I will investigate later. But this is not one for my office, this is a temperamental, at-home only tea.
It’s hard to beat the original chai blend from Teavana (White Ayurvedic Chai/Samurai Chat Mate), and I know chais! I’ve hunted for the best one for years, and still think that is the best. I love a deep flavor and the spicy sass of that blend.
This one comes close, but it’s just not there. I can’t figure out why. The oolong adds an interesting edge to the samurai chai, makes it sharper, more pronounced. I can taste the tea leaves more in this version than in the other, which also tastes more like an autumn tea, and this is more winter-y. It’s probably the nutmeg, which I love, but associate with Christmas and calories.
The dry leaves smell wonderful and while steeping the aroma is knee-weakening.
OK, further into the cuppa, I found more of that chai flavor I love. Maybe this one will grow more on me.
I can also steep the other blend for the length of the cuppa so the final drops are fragrant and spicy and awesome. Can’t really do that with an oolong, unless you like bitter teas. ;)
But paying almost $20 for four ounces isn’t always in my budget.
Like thin mints? How about a liquid thin mint?! That’s what this tastes like to me – chocolate and mint nirvana. The ingredients list hazelnut pieces, but I don’t taste a strong hazelnut flavor; it’s more like a subtle, nutty flavor. I taste gobs of peppermint and chocolate goodness. I bet this would be delicious iced.
I finally joined the masses and purchased a Keurig recently – a mini one, since we don’t drink much coffee – and it’s teal. Eee! I love it. Anyway, I purchased the Sleepytime K-cups, and after learning the hard way that one should rinse out the machine after brewing a coffee and/or cocoa, this was decent. It tastes the same as the bagged version, which I just love. It’s a great way to end a stressful, busy day. This will be a permanent cupboard Kcup, IMO.