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70
drank no stress by Delhaize
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Ever since my childhood – when my mother more or less forced me to drink herbal teas she would blend herself – I kind of avoided these infusions. Did I have my fair share already, or do I just not like the taste of them? I prefer to think that most of the time both of explanations apply. Maybe there are exceptions like a sweet mint tea as you can get in a Maroccan restaurant, or a very fragrant thyme infusion to help digestion.
Delhaize´s “No Stress” is one of the infusions available in their “Well Being – Caring Moments” range and is built around some “lemony” herbs like lemongrass and lemonbalm. These are clearly present in the smell. I see on the packet other ingredients I cannot easily identify : apple (!), fennel and lemon as well as natural lemon aroma. Fortunately (for me) the resulting infusion isn´t at all citrusy, it stays herbal with a discrete lemony touch. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can imagine a herbal tea fan liking this one. Personally I think it´s a nice cup to enjoy before going to bed.
Individually wrapped tea bags have the extra advantage you can easily take them with you, and they stay fresh longer. So I might use them before their “best before” date (8/2018) after all ;-)

Flavors: Fennel, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Mango & Kokos by Delhaize
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Delhaize´s take on a green tea where the herbal notes are covered up with – very discrete – fruity notes. It stays very “easy drinking”, for the big public. Although I´m not too much into green teas, I quite like this “no nonsense” approach and I´m happy the coconut flavour is limited. No stuff for the green tea aficionados, I´m afraid : too little complexity comes from the green tea in this aromatised tea. The recommended steeping time on the pack is 3 minutes, which I find a bit on the short side.

Flavors: Coconut, Green, Mango

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60

English breakfast teas are not necessarily very fragrant nor distinctively tasty, but tend to be easy to enjoy in the morning, and especially combine well with a hearty breakfast. Delhaize´s English Breakfast is a tea that doesn´t turn bitter with (steeping) time, but it doesn´t thrill me either…I tried it a few times, changing steeping time and water temperature, but the resulting cup was always a rather neutrally tasting brew. I guess I will finish the box and find another English breakfast tea to enjoy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank China by Delhaize
133 tasting notes

Not too keen about green teas as in general they don´t seem to give me the necessary full flavour I get from black teas, but I like jasmine tea : not only how it smells, but also the rich taste of it. Delhaize offers a very decent jasmine/green tea in high quality tea pyramids, and I really enjoyed drinking it. Maybe not as good as the jasmine tea I once had in a tea house in one of the gardens of Suzhou, but when you just want to make yourself a quick cup, this is a sure pick!

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75

Loose tea from Delhaize´s “So Dessert” collection. The spiced tea addition (cinnamon, orange peel etc) to this rooibos infusion makes it tastier than standard rooibos tea, as far as I am concerned. Cinnamon is not overwhelming, which is a good point. More than a dessert tea (indicated on tin) a winter tea, but it can also be used to add a taste to boiled milk or cream when making ice cream or a pudding (didn´t try this). Better than I had predicted.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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80
drank White tea by Delhaize
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I´m one of Delhaize´s tea ambassadors and got sent a few different teas from Delhaize´s new tea collection. This “White tea” is part of the “100% for tea lovers” subdivision.
As stated on the label, the tea has a wooden, soft character with subtle presence of licorice.

Flavors: Licorice, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank india chai by Delhaize
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I´m not a huge Chai tea fan, to say the least : every single time I drink a Chai tea I seem to get fed up with the cinnamon taste after 2 sips, because I rather like cinnamon…in very small doses! I received these tea bags as a surprise gift over Christmas and although this Chai is quite “weak”, I think it might be enjoyable with a piece of chocolate cake, but that´s about it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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