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The penultimate sample from my Varieteas box, and one I purposefully saved until the days got a bit colder. This one is described as apple, cinnamon and clove with orange peel, but I’ll wager there’s also a significant amount of hibi if the colour’s anything to go by.
I wouldn’t say this one has bags of flavour. It’s mostly tart/sour hibiscus and some fairly prominent clove. I can just about taste the cinnamon, but the apple and orange aren’t really there at all. This one reminds me a little of B&B’s Mulled Wine. I don’t hate it, but it’s not something I’d drink more than occasionally. It’s a comforting, warming, caffeine free option for a cold day, but not particularly unique.
The mornings are colder at the moment, so I’m finding that I’m drawn to more autumnal flavour profiles. This is a perfect example; cinnamon really signifies autumn in my book – there’s just something about the scent…
This one’s a bagged tea, and one of the last from the Varieteas box I picked up earlier this year. It strikes a nice balance between cinnamon and rooibos, and I have to admit to being more impressed with it than I’d counted on being. The cinnamon is sweet rather than spicy, but by no means overpowering. The rooibos is woody, but at an acceptable level; it’s deliciously smooth, and not metallic or scratchy at all. It pairs nicely with the cinnamon, and the overall effect is pretty much autumn in a cup. One I’d drink again!
It’s the season for trying things I don’t usually like, apparently. Jasmine is something I’ve never really got on with, along with floral teas in general, although I do return to it from time to time just to see what might (or might not) have happened in the intervening period.
This is a green tea blended with jasmine, and in its dry form the scent at least is fairly delicate. No floral olfactory assault here. To taste, it’s also pretty subtle; a nice, smooth green base with a light touch of sweet jasmine. It’s not too heavily perfumed, which is a bonus for me; it’s more like the scent of jasmine on the air during an evening walk than drowning in a vat of jasmine flowers. An impression, rather than an immersion.
I’d not hurry to pick up more because on the whole jasmine still isn’t my thing. This one’s not so bad, though. It doesn’t make me scrunch my face up, at least.
First tea from my July 2018 Sips By Teabox.
Not too enthused with my box this month, 3 out of 4 teas are bagged, and one has a first ingredient of hibiscus but I thought I’d start out with the black teas since it just feels like a black tea kind of morning.
This is about what I would expect from a citrus black tea that isn’t bergamot. The lemon is pretty strong, though the lime is sort of overwhelmed by it. The tea base is pretty solid but nothing to write home about. The lemony taste lingers in the back of my throat in a pleasant way after every sip. I’ll enjoy this tea, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it.
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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Floral, Raisins, Red Apple, Soap, Sweet
As a recent convert to tea, I don’t have much experience with other earl greys, so I’ll have to rate this with nothing to compare it to.
I find this tea to be mostly okay. It tastes better in the first few sips when it’s hotter, but the taste gets a bit too strong as it cools down. Not a huge fan of this.
This tea is a delightful blend of strawberry and has a beautiful aroma that is very distinctly fruity and sweet. This is yummy. I really love fruity teas and perfumes – and this is another one that I’m very drawn to.
This is one of those teas that I drink only once in awhile, because I find that the strawberry flavor is a bit too isolated – and pretty strong. I prefer blended teas with a mixture that arrives with a beautiful blend of ingredients like a beautiful chord played on the piano or with a symphony. I don’t like perfumes or teas where there appears to have one note played more sharply than the rest. This tea has a very blended, well balanced type taste. It steeps into a very deep, rich, red color.
This is my next fave chamomile tea next to Clipper. I really don’t taste any lemongrass though. It really just tastes like chamomile to me. I have bought more than 1 box. I always drink hot with a little honey at night.
I bought the giant 500 gram tin because I like living dangerously! I expected, for the price, that I would get a blah tea. But I have a theory that you become accostomed to what you drink and learn to prefer the flavor of whatever you have. I decided that after 500 grams of the stuff I would luuvv this tea! But I won’t be able to test that theory on this tea. Sadly, I really like this one on first taste. The tea base stands out and is fairly rich with malty goodness. My box of tea was not lacking in bergamot flavor but it is light. However, that light touch of bergamot compliments the maltiness of the tea in such a way as to suggest a little black pepper and camphor wòods. The tea is a little bitter and slightly tannic in a good way and the bergamot leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste without being perfumy. This is a pretty good cuppa for the price. In fact, I like it just as well as the much pricier Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme, which tastes similar.
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7 grams tea, 500 ml water just off boil, steep 5 minutes. Really nice with a little milk.
Strong like a Londoner. This tea hits your taste buds like a brick. It has (too) intense aroma and very drying properties. Highly tannic and astringent. Not my favorite one. I am not into bergamot flavot so much and this tea is. Just overpowered with this scent. As strong as a cup of black coffee. Good substitute for your morning joe.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Drying, Soap
Smells like a sweet jammy cake before steeping, a truly mouthwatering smell. After steeping the strawberry aroma is less sweet. The taste itself is a little subdued with the strawberry being the main flavour coming through with the tea.
Flavors: Cake, Strawberry, Vanilla