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The bag smells a lot like bubblegum to me. My husband says minty bubblegum. Maybe my spearmint gum has conditioned me?

The tea is super mellow and a little sweet. I’m on my second cup and I love it even though it’s really tame.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling

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From Lidl?
This tea apparently doesn’t exist. I’m pretty sure my mom got me this at Lidl. It doesn’t have a brand on it but it says distributed by Lidl on the back.

In addition to the ingredients already listed it has tilia flowers and orange blossoms.

These days my teas can pretty much be divided into two camps : those called “After Dinner” and their close relatives, the “Good Night” teas.

This tea is kind of unusual for a night time tea in that it doesn’t have lavender or tulsi. Chamomile and spearmint are two of my favorites but lemongrass is not at all.

For some reason the combination of flavors makes me think of licorice. The scent is licorice-y but fortunately it lacks the weird throat tingle licorice gives me.

I feel like the formulation of this tea is pretty unique. Chamomile is obviously used for relaxation, spearmint is good for digestion, hawthorn berries and tilia flowers are both supposed to have sedative qualities.

Overall I like it and I’ve been drinking it before bed. I’d describe the flavor as 33% chamomile, 25% spearmint and then the remainder as “lemongrass but maybe a little bit more herbal than that because I don’t know what those other ingredients taste like individually”. It’s less floral and medicinal tasting than some of the other night time teas I have in my arsenal right now

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Betty Basic by T-We Tea
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Very light on the licorice root which I appreciate. Tingles the mouth a little but doesn’t coat your throat. It’s mostly light spearmint with floral. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s a nice departure from the usual green + mint (… But I’m a big fan of those too).

Flavors: Floral, Spearmint

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow the reviews on this tea are brutal! It’s not the tea’s fault!

The bag, fresh out of the box, smells like a McDonald’s apple turnover (that’s a good thing) but only because you haven’t gotten to the hibiscus yet. Hibiscus in a Christmas tea? Yes! And it turns it a festive red color!

It’s appley! It’s kinda cinnamony! The hibiscus adds some bitterness so it’s not too sweet!

I tried it iced at ashmanra’s and it was even more appley! It didn’t have sugar but I’d bet it’d be delightful. I’m going to try making a pitcher of it iced with some sugar.

I liked it :-P

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus

Fjellrev

Haha I don’t even recall how this one tastes. Look like I thought it was middle-of-the-road. Not too brutal.

gmathis

Thank you for making me think about McDonalds fried pies. (Yes, I am old. They called them FRIED when I was a kid. And they were!)

Superanna

@fjellrev Everybody was like “I hate hibiscus and apples! This tastes like satan’s butthole! I give it 15!”

@GMathis ashmanra went for Hardee’s apple turnover the same time I said McDonald’s. I bet they were delicious fried! They’re still suspiciously cheap and great with a cup of coffee.

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drank Three Mint Tea by Pukka
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Another favorite grocery store brand of mine in the UK is Pukka. I grabbed this one on our latest trip while we were at Tesco because I needed a warm minty beverage while I froze in the damp of Ireland. I like Ireland, but it is cold and damp and you need lots of blankets and socks and hot beverages.

This is peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint. I feel like we don’t really use fieldmint in the US? But it wasn’t anything much out of the ordinary. This is a nice sweet minty tea. I drank a box and a half in 2 weeks and brought a box back with me too.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
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UPDATE:

I was just making myself a pot of this and as I was digging around in the bag with my teaspoon I uncovered an enormous vanilla bean pod. Must be why I missed the flavor the first time! I left the pod in the bag but even so this pot is veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery vanilla-y!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Organic White Tea by Clipper
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So I ran out of my Stash White Christmas and then I also ran out of my Red Leaf White Matcha so when I was at Target today I grabbed a box of this.

It’s pretty good in a pinch, not a lot to it since white tea doesn’t have a lot going on. It’s maybe a little bit floral. There’s no astringency or tartness. I steeped at 176F and I’m too lazy to remove the bag.

I think I’m going to steep it in with one of my Clipper After Dinner Mints next time so it’ll be minty.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank After Dinner Mints by Clipper
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UPDATE: I am obsessed with this tea. After the first box I learned to ignore the fennel and actually it’s a nice and fresh mint balance now. I noticed after my last review there’s gingerroot listed on the ingredients too. It’s really nice after dinner, especially if you overate.
Sorry for doubting you, Clipper. I now have to go to Target on my way home from work because I just finished my second box.

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I live in NC with my Irish husband and our two furbabies, Olaf the Hedgehog and his little brother Hugo the Peekapoo. I’m a microbiologist but mostly I love to travel.

My mom is the tea guru ashmanra. I have an uneducated interest in tea. I began drinking green tea a few years ago to be healthy and have developed a taste for matcha, white, puerh, and some black. My go-to is Stash White Christmas which I drink in amounts that should probably be studied long-term. Stash should probably be sponsoring me. (except they just discontinued White Christmas and were rude when I contacted them about it…. Never mind about Stash, they are canceled)

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