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Because of my class I have fallen out of love with bagged teas but this is a tea I’ll never let go. I prepare this like thai milk tea and a warm hug. You still get the sharpness of the black tea but the soothing warmth of the cinnamon and flavor mixes well with it. I’ve drank this tea as a simple cup the first time to make sure the tea itself isn’t too underwhelming for milk tea and it is kind of overwhelming without cream or milk. All in all though this is one of my go to chai flavors when I need to lay back and relax.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutmeg, Spices, Vanilla
My roommate is also an avid tea drinker so she gave me this tea from her collection. I’d say it was a pretty solid cup of tea. It was more so on the bitter side but I enjoyed it. I think it is a nice simple black tea that is caffeinated but maybe I will add honey to it next time I drink it.
A friend gave me a bunch of teabags since he knows I like to make big pitchers with them. This is the first one I made. Probably put too much sugar in, but it’s really nice! I notice this kind gets less bitter than other mint teas I’ve had. I like the other things the mint is blended with. I think that makes this tea fun.
This is a tea I had a few times before beginning our class and never really had an opinion on it. I remember it being earthy and deep, like most green teas but I thought it would be fun to try it again now that I have learned so much more about the quality of tea and what to look for. For off, it’s in a bag and really finely ground, so it is probably safe to assume that it is of lower quality. I brewed it in a clear, blue, art-deco mug and aromatically it wasn’t that bad. When I tasted it, it was more bitter than I remembered and almost imparted a burned flavor. I feel like the plant it came from was rather young as there didn’t seem to be any depth in it. I didn’t get any joy from drinking it and I know the process it went through was very mechanical. I remember Professor Zhu talking about the more you learn about tea, the more you get out of it. I definitely feel that this is true as I can taste so much more nuance now. This is a tea I would have been fine drinking before, but now I can’t bring myself to reach for it.
Flavors: Burnt, Dirt, Earth
This tea is subtle in a good way, it possesses a softness that a blender of nighttime teas should strive to create. The combination of ingredients makes this taste like a lightly minted, fruity and soft rose honey. Except I’m just not one who appreciates the flavor of bees’ alchemy and I have found that I do not like hibiscus mixed with chamomile. Rating is my personal preference, as always, but I think this herbal tea would please a lot of people.
I drank this while talking on the phone with mom for a few hours. I wasn’t paying attention to the tea so I can’t comment too much on it. It has a good dose of hibiscus so it’s a tart and red peachy tea. I remember at points being able to taste the cinnamon, which I could smell in the bag. It contains natural and artificial flavorings but I must not have noticed them because I never shriveled my nose. I’d drink it again.
As a usual matcha tea drinker, I only tried this tea because it was offered at the hotel I stayed at this past weekend. I was really looking forward to a cup of tea, as I had just traveled for 6 hours in the car and ready to relax. The tea itself smells decent, but I was very disappointed in the pay-off of the actual tea bag. There was hardly any taste of green tea, but at the time it was sufficient. Needless to say, I had to upgrade to 2 tea bags to taste any substantial flavor of green tea. Oh well, not for me! Maybe for those who prefer a lighter cup of tea.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Wet Earth
This is a really enjoyable tea! I was surprised with the bold orange flavors, and then immediate warmed by the fragrant spices. This is also a great afternoon tea, which provides a little jolt of caffeine to get through the rest of the day. I like my tea fairly strong and tea bags don’t always provide for the strongest cup of tea, so occasionally brew a cup of tea with two teabags for a bolder cup.
Flavors: Earth, Orange, Spices, Spicy
NOSTALGIA, omg. In my youth in the US, this and some Celestial Seasonings herbals were the only easily available variations from Lipton’s Yellow bags, and oh my, did I feel fancy and deluxe sipping this. In fact, it’s what finally brought adult me, now living in Europe, to begin to discover the world of tea. I’ve always been a coffee person, as in “okay, I’m awake; bring me my bucket of coffee, please,” but in a reminiscent mood on a recent romp through the internet searching for a place where I could buy CC without paying an arm and a leg in delivery charges (which I have not yet found), I began to discover what is out there these days, and easily available from my keyboard … which led to some minor binging and eventually brought me here, to learn the ways of the tea-wise. I still want my Constant Comment, though, even though I have a lovely little pile of trufact gourmet teas to enjoy now. One does not forget their first love so easily! :) #wistful
Not a bad mint mix but not the best. More on the spearmint side than peppermint with some tartness from the rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus but those don’t add any flavor imo. Leaves my throat a little dry, making for a labored swallow which is always an awkward sensation. Can get stewy with the recommended 4-minute steep time.
I wanted to like this tea. I really did. It’s decaf green tea. How convenient! I can’t though because all it tastes like is watery seaweed and nothing like green tea can taste like. It’s not bad per se, it’s just that there are so many more teas that are just so much better.
Flavors: Bitter, Seaweed
This one is all right. It scratches the pumpkin spice itch, but isn’t anything I would drink year round.
Notes: Chai spices, astringent, savory
Appearance: Dark brown liquor, smells strongly of cinnamon
Characteristics: Bracing, energizing, caffeinated
Miscellaneous: Available at Walmart, which is convenient. It’s also extremely affordable at around $2.50- $3.00 USD a box.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Custard, Ginger, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin, Spices
My roommate was begin to get sick (sniffles and all) and was having a sneezing episode, the dreaded nonstop sneezing back to back. I know that mint tea always makes me feel 10 times better when I’m sick so I decided to make her some. I wanted her to get the full effect of the mint and spearmint’s healing properties so I made her half a cup so that the tea would be concentrated. While I was in the tea-making mood, I made myself and my sister some has well. I wanted to give our immune systems a boost, especially bc a common cold can keep me out of commission for a week! When I came home from work and school the next day, I found my roommate up and bouncing around the house on a cleaning binge. She was brand new and cleaning everything so that the germs weren’t lingering about the house. I’ve reviewed this tea before praising its deliciousness. Yet again, I am reviewing this tea because it’s just THAT good
I caught a cold a couple days ago and have been finding it a bit difficult to breath . I’m not a fan of Vick’s vapor rub but I mean I’ve GOT to breath. This tea always helps open up my nasal passages and also helps calm the headache that comes with the constant sneezing. I love mint teas and this one in particular is one of my favs so far as it has both spearmint and peppermint combined.
Excellent cup of tea. Simple, but the bergemot gives off a wonderful aroma/essence. Great tea for all times of the day – usually have it in the evening. Has caffeine apparently but I did not notice any effects. For the price and convenience this is a great tea.