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I thought this combination of flavors could potentially come off harsh and bitter, but it’s actually quite delicious. It’s definitely not as astringent as I expected— the pepper hits you first but it’s pretty mild, then you taste the green tea, and then something savory and herbal. I drink this plain… it might taste weird with sugar. Green tea can sometimes give me an upset stomach, but this one doesn’t.
June Wedding! This something borrowed came from one of the volunteers in my department at the library, RoseAnn. She was cleaning out her cupboards and gave me some bagged teas to try some time ago. Thank you, RoseAnn! I thought I only had a single serving sealed foil bag of this, but somehow found another one inside a box with a different flavor of tea.
I was pretty tired (been working on transcribing a manga, and those Japanese kanji radical sheets are getting to my head!) so my first cuppa I just dropped the teabag into my cup and used the steeping suggestion on the bag of two minutes. Big mistake. I can’t stand the taste of paper teabags, and in hindsight, I’m not sure what possessed me to even drop a paper teabag into my teacup when I know full well I can’t stand the taste of paper teabags. The cup tasted of nothing but paper to me, and the tea itself was super weak, at that. Bleeeeeeeeeeech. It was immediately poured down the drain.
So. One teabag of this one remaining to try again…
Even after removing the tea from the paper teabag and steeping it in my gravity well steeper this time, it still tastes like paper somehow! This time I doubled the steep time to four minutes, and the tea is at least stronger this time around. It also has a sort of sour, acidic flavor, with a hint of orange mid-sip and an overwhelming unnatural clove taste at the end of the sip. Nothing about this is pleasant. On top of that, the tea was a fair bit on the astringent side as well, leaving quite a bit of drying of the mouth after the sip. I’m not ruling out that age may have been part of the problem with this one (I have no clue how old these gifted tea bags may have been when my volunteer gave them to me, since there were no dates on the foil sleeve around the bags), but that lingering paper/acidic flavor does not leave a good impression regardless.
Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Clove, Medicinal, Orange, Paper
Drank this while waiting at my dog’s Cardiologist appointment. They usually have a good selection of teas but were running low. There were about four options left two of which I’ve reviewed before (Sweet n Spicy, and Stash Lemon Ginger). The other one that I chose not to try was Bigelow’s Earl Grey Green tea which sounded like an unpleasant flavor combination. They had more in the back but I didn’t feel like asking. I realized this as we were leaving. Her appointment went really well but I always seem to set myself up by wishing for a miracle.
This tea is more mint heavy than I anticipated with the grass notes just peeking through every so often. It’s a pleasant enough tea but not one I’d reach for.
Flavors: Grass, Mint
Drinking this instead of the Bigelow Cranberry Apple that I usually choose when given an array of their teas to choose from at a restaurant. It’s good, but feels more like a winter tea and I’m ready for spring/summer. Going for I Love Lemon next.
Flavors: Orange, Spices
I figured that I haven’t revisited one of my old bagged teas in a while, and I used to drink Mint Medley for migraine nausea before I switched to loose leaf and got a nausea blend with whole leaf peppermint, ginger, orange peel, and cinnamon in it. I always remember it worked well and I liked the taste well enough. I decided to make a batch of it iced for this revisit, by doing a warm steep and then chilling in the fridge overnight.
Now, I certainly don’t remember this tea being red before… and all the mint loose leaf teas I drink now are always caramelly color, which immediately turned me off from the tea. It smells like mint, but… red? Really? Then I saw the ingredients… rosehips and hibiscus in mint tea? Now, I am a big fan of rosehips and hibiscus (from reading the reviews on this site, I may just be the only one!), and I’ve certainly seen some very effective mint/hibiscus blends. But those are usually advertised as such. When a tea is called “Mint Medley,” I kind of expect to be getting a mint tea, not a mint tea with a bunch of odd additives. Why would I want my mint tea to be red?
The tea does have a very minty flavor, but it just has this sort of off-putting aftertaste. It’s a little hard to describe. It starts off with a very brisk, minty flavor, but then sort of ends with this odd, flat, kind of metallic stale taste that lingers on my tongue (and I checked my box; this tea should be fine until May 2019 according to the packaging, so it certainly shouldn’t be stale). Is it the extras in the blend? I don’t know, because it doesn’t even have the tart/tangy sort of flavor that rosehips/hibiscus/lemon peel should leave behind (if it was a tart finish, I’d actually find that quite pleasant, as that is a flavor profile I personally quite enjoy). It’s just this weird sort of taste that I don’t get when I drink mint in loose leaf blends. If I get my hands on any other bagged mint teas I’ll have to compare to see if I get that same weird taste to see if it is indeed from the rosehips, hibiscus, and lemon peel added to this particular tea, or if I’ve just lost my taste for bagged mint tea in general now.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Metallic, Mint
This tea has a surprisingly good caramel flavor for a grocery store brand and has become a mainstay in my household, at least until/unless it goes away when out of season. It’s not cloying or obviously fake-tasting. (I mean, clearly it hasn’t got real caramel in it, but I don’t sip it and go “wow, this sure is some Artificial Caramel Flavor” like I do with Bigelow’s vanilla tea.) With a little milk it’s a nice, creamy, sweet-but-not-overpoweringly-so black tea. It really isn’t salty at all, though; calling it “salted caramel” is clearly a trend-hopping marketing tactic more than an accurate description. But it’s still good!