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To paraphrase Faulkner — there’s no such thing as bad lapsang souchong, but some lapsang souchongs are better than others. This one’s dry leaf gives pine, menthol, and camphor, and virtually no smoke. In the cup, the base tea is inoffensive, but the effect of the smoke is weird, to the point where I don’t know how to describe it. It definitely isn’t smoky, though, which kind of defeats the purpose for me. Glad I only got a sample.
Flavors: Camphor, Menthol, Pine
I enjoyed this one. It somehow tastes a little bit watery to me – I used plenty of the tea, I’m thinking maybe I’d like it with some additional black tea thrown in. I appreciate that nothing in here tastes artificial – I’ve had a bad history of finding chais that seem to have red hot candies as half the content. I liked it fine, it was just somehow…lacking something. Maybe I would like it better as a chai latte or something? Nice balance of the spices, though.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove
Finishing this up! Starting weight watchers has refocused me on making sure I drink more tea, for hydration purposes, and I am so glad! The past two weeks have reminded me how much I love it!
This one is earthy and strong, really perfect for a quick wake up drink for every day. Not my most favorite in the world…but good.
Very thick and deep aroma, and it carries through into the tea. Very nice nutty flavor without being overpowering, great smoothness. Though ordinarily I’m not much a fan of chestnuts, this was really, really nice- and my fiance is very impressed by it.
Flavors: Chestnut, Dark Wood, Nutty, Smooth
Difficult to mess this one up—it’s straight spearmint leaf!
Tastes just like it should; it’s like drinking spearmint gum. I’m not a huge fan of mint, but this spearmint is okay if I’m in the mood for it.
Makes a good pre-sleep tea, as it reminds me a little of brushing my teeth.
This is one of my favorite teas, one of the few I always keep stocked! It’s lovely on its own, but what I really love it for is smoothies. Add two bananas, chocolate yogurt, and a heaping scoop of crunchy peanut butter and enough chilled Chocolate Chai to make it smooth, and you have the world’s best to-go breakfast!
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Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity
Extremely drying and tongue-curling, but going down the aroma is great, the flavor is delicious and has a good end note of hazelnut on the tongue. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s still really good. If hazelnut and black are your things…
Flavors: Drying, Hazelnut, Nutty, Smooth
Woody, sweet, with the smoothness of vanilla right towards the end of one’s mouth where one would expect the usual rooibos nibble (not a bite) to happen. It’s not as sweet as the regular rooibos or the honeybush tea. It’s not a tongue-curler. it’s still somewhat of a dry drink. The vanilla flavor doesn’t seem like the same vanilla in the vanilla green, but if it is, it’s behaving differently due to the different tea base.
I do want to like this, and I probably do like this more than a regular rooibos. Thing is- I’m worrying if my taste is changing away from rooibos, and that worries me. This tea just doesn’t strike me as fantastic. it hits my ‘meh’ button- but because it’s vanilla I may well like it more if I did a blind taste test with other rooibos teas.
Flavors: Honey, Vanilla, Wood
To be fair, it’s very smooth- and very strong. It’s also very plain- an asset to people who like a huge rush of caffeine in the morning and don’t like flavored tea. Unfortunately, although I thought myself perhaps among the plain black-tea drinkers, I’m apparently not one of them. Who knew?
Smooth, dark, rich, and a little creamy. These are the immediate notes I pick up on in tasting the cup. It’s relatively straightforward; I don’t taste the orange at all. I don’t taste cinnamon either, which I’d have expected since usually cinnamon is noticeable. This is a polite, drying cup and doesn’t taste like a gingerbread man. However, what it is is definitely quiet, refined, and enjoyable. I like this, as it’s not “meh”, but it’s good. :)
Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Ginger, Smooth
I’m always a little nervous about orange flavored teas, though I’m not sure why as I haven’t had too many bad experiences with them. But once I got over my suspicions and brewed a cup of this, I was pleasantly surprised. I sweeten almost all of my teas, and a little sugar went a long way in this cup to bring about memories of Christmas with my grandmother when she would buy everyone one of those chocolate oranges that you smash against the tabletop to break the segments apart.
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I may have to review this tea again, but my first brewing – what is this? Raisin water? It’s almost flavorless but when I opened the tin, it had a heady, delicious mid-floral spicy nose to it. The only flavor I’m picking up on is a slight raisin taste and that’s it.. :/