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I thought I would like this tea more. Herbal AND bubblegum flavoured? What isn’t to like!. Unfortunately I have fallen victim to treachery of hibiscus (again). Just when you thought your herbal was safe, BAM! There it is to slap you in the face and ruin your cup. Very soup, nothing like candy or bubblegum. There is a mixed berry and artificial bubblegum flavour going on, but I’ve never had tart bubblegum before. It just doesn’t work. It reminds me more of DT’s “Sweet tart” than any bubblegum blend I’ve had before. I can almost make out raspberry and cherry but then it is just sour again.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour, Tart
Tea lemonade Sipdown (284)
This is ginger, then rooibos, then peach. All on a lemonade base.
I don’t love it but here the rooibos adds a honey that makes for an interesting transition flavor between the ginger and peach. The peach is what lingers and it’s actually an interesting balance between the more sweet/fake peach rings flavor and the hint touch of tartness of a real peach. I just wish the rooibos was less present.
Also, I don’t think I need more of this.
Apparently I added none of the Dollar Tea Club teas from April to my steepster cupboard, including this tea. So now they are added and I am back to 285 teas.
I pulled this tea out because there is another Instagram monthly challenge being hosted for October. The #septembersipdown challenge was great for getting me to drink teas I might not have otherwise had. I ended up finishing 39 teas, which was good progress. With that said, I am not as much a fan of the October prompts so I may casually follow along without committing to daily posts.
For the October challenge, called #31daysofhallowtean (hallotean?), today’s prompt is Fall Friday. Apparently Fall Friday is a series that this challenge’s host has been doing since August. I have seen it but unlike #teatogethertuesday, it was unclear what Fall Friday actually entailed. Today she had an instagram story saying that today’s Fall Friday prompt was Fall CHAI-day. And that is how we got to me pulling out this blend.
It is a unique take on a chai in the sense that it has lemongrass in addition to the more typical chai flavors. It’s not fully unique since I have seen this done numerous times before but also not your average chai. Personally, I find this feature to be a little annoying because in my mind chai should be made with milk but for some reason I am hesitant when I see “lemon” in the ingredient list…even when it is “lemongrass”. So I made this as a plain tea and fully expected to not really like it.
It’s ok. Better than expected. Nothing is really overwhelming, flavorwise, but it also isn’t a muddied mess of spice. It has balance of fresh and spice but in a middle-of-the-road sort of way.
NOPE. Nopity nope. This one is just far too brisk for me. There is a hint of maybe stone fruit or honey underneath the metallic astringency that’s nice but it’s all so much copper and bleh. I have about a 16 oz serving of this but I really don’t want it again so it’s going into the swap box for someone who enjoys more brisk black tea profiles.
I was supposed to get a package of tea in the mail today, so I held off on drinking my evening tea in the hopes that it might actually show up. Which, it didn’t, so I dipped into my collection looking for something special to raise my spirits. I went with Chocolate Strawberry, because it was one of the flavours I was most excited about when ordering this previous batch and because it’s caffeine free and it’s approaching midnight.
Upon opening the packet, there’s a strong smell of dark chocolate. That’s the overwhelming scent I’m picking up on. I’m not really sure which are the cocoa pieces listed on the ingredients list, so I’m not sure how much is actually in there vs how much it smells. Maybe the smell has seeped into everything in the packet so it all has a taste of chocolate to it, I don’t know…
One thing I did notice however, was the clump of very large strawberries sitting on top of the tea. I decided to do some surgery on them since I didn’t want to use up the entirety of the strawberries in a single cup. So I pulled out the clump, pulled apart the 6 strawberry slices that had merged into a single lump of greatness, and then used my kitchen scissors to chop them into smaller bits that I then stirred back into the loose tea. It seems much more evenly distributed now.
For the preparation, I used my standard 0.75 tsp of tea per 12 oz of water, but looking at it in the basket, it might be a little low. It’s not like there should be any overwhelming flavours or bitterness in the mix and I’m not sure how flavourful a fruit tea is on its own. (The suggested serving was 1.5 tsp per 8 oz). I otherwise followed the directions, opting for a 5 minute steep at boiling of the suggested 3-5 minute steep time.
The tea after steeping was a muted red, but pleasant to look at. I think I can faintly smell the chocolate and strawberries by sniffing the hot vapors coming out of the mug. Sipping it however, it tastes more hibiscus tang than chocolate strawberry. The chocolate strawberry is kind of there, but it’s taking a backseat to the hibiscus and comes off mostly in the aftertaste.
As for the sweetness factor, it’s definitely sweet enough on its own. No need for sugar. I was thinking I might need to add some due to the strong dark chocolate smell, but the bitterness of dark chocolate isn’t at all present in this tea.
Cup count from 8g sample pack: 1 (still plenty left for experiments)
Would I buy this tea again? I don’t know. It’s definitely drinkable and one of the better ones I’ve tried, but I still need to do some experiments. I think I’ll up the tea to 1 tsp next time and see how that goes. This is flavorful, don’t get me wrong, but just not the flavour I was quite expecting. Maybe with a larger scoop I’ll get a more even distribution of the ingredients.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hibiscus, Strawberry
Though I expected this one to be more of an equal Black Tea / Rooibos mix… most of what I see in the dry mix is Black Tea and some kind of yellow flower petals. I’m not sure how much Rooibos is actually in this one, as it doesn’t have that awful smell that I now associate with Rooibos tea.
Anyway, the dry mix smells just like a kind of cookie my Grandma always puts out at Christmas. (They are brown on the inside, white on the outside?) I have no idea what the name of the cookies are and I don’t like them, but the smell brought me right back to those cookies lol….
Preparation was as suggested: 2.5 minutes steeped at boiling. I used my standard half measurement of tea – 0.75 tsp for my 12 oz cup instead of the suggested 1.5 tsp per 8 oz.
Once the tea had finished steeping, it still smelled a little like those cookies, but added a weak apple cider scent. Unlike those cookies, however, I actually do like apple cider, so I’m now more excited about the possibilities of this tea.
Sipping the hot tea I was surprised by the lack of bitterness considering the Black Tea in the mix. I didn’t even bother to add milk or sugar for the first half of the tea. (The third ingredient is listed as candy though, so that might have sweetened things up). Also, I’m not really sure what I’m tasting—I’m getting more of a waxy apple peel background rather than cider—and though it’s nothing special, it’s not offensive at least.
As a bit of a test, I added some milk and sugar before drinking the last half of the tea. It’s actually quite nice. I much prefer it with the milk and sugar. I was originally debating what rating to give this one and straight up I was thinking low 60s, but with the milk and sugar, I’m thinking more like 70. I think the creaminess might have brought out some of the vanilla flavor too. The milk also really smoothed out the flavor so the waxy apple became more muted and enjoyable.
Would I buy this again? I think I would. While it’s just okay as is, it’s actually pretty tasty with the milk and sugar.
Cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 1 + 1 Re-steep. Still plenty more tea in the sampler for later.
Edit: Attempted a 10 minute re-steep, it came out kind of weak and I accidentally tipped my infuser into the cup, so there’s some bonus floaties in my tea lol… Tastes okay though.
Since this next taste test on my tea journey was another Rooibos, I was curious to see if that super-strong off-putting smell would be the same in this one or if it was the result of another of the ingredients in the previous Rooibos mix. Well, I’m going to assume that the smell comes from the Rooibos itself, because this one too smelled awful to me—like some kind of harsh spice, almost like walking into one of those super-smelly Christmas stores on steroids. It’s way too strong to enjoy sniffing the dry mix, though this time I could also smell a bit of woodsy almond wafting around in there.
I prepared it as instructed at boiling, steeped for 5 minutes and again I used my half measurement – 0.75 tsp for my 12 oz cup, instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp per 8 oz.
The tea itself after steeping came out a dark orangish red and still smells slightly bad. I’m sorry, I just can’t get past that smell. Again, the smell makes me rather scared to try it, but I’m still hopeful since the poor smell didn’t translate into a bad cup of tea on my previous Rooibos experience.
The verdict—this tea again tastes so much better than it smells. It’s a mild flavour, not at all bitter, but I can’t really pick out any individual flavors—certainly no spices like the name would suggest. Goes down smooth (especially while hot) and there was no need for sugar to sweeten it up. Plus, with it being caffeine free it makes for a good 2 am experiment.
Would I buy this tea again? I don’t know. I didn’t knock my socks off, but it also wasn’t a bad experience.
Cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 1. Still plenty more tea in the sampler for later.
Flavors: Almond, Wood
Wanted a relaxing tea for tonight without caffeine. Of the ones I’ve tried so far, only two fit the bill, so I went with this one.
Since my first try with this tea was okay, but not spectacular, I thought I’d give it a second go with milk this time to see if I could elevate this tea to a new level. I wasn’t really sure if Rooibos tea and milk would be a good mix (especially since the smell seems like it could curdle the milk on impact), but I forged ahead with my experiment.
Preparation: 5 minute steep at boiling, 0.75 tsp of tea per 12 oz water instead of the suggested 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Added milk. Later added sugar.
Fortunately, the milk didn’t curdle. From tasting it, however, the tea flavor totally overpowered the milk, making the milk feel non-existent almost. Also, even with the milk, it still has that weird dental freezing feel to it too that I can’t explain… I wonder if there’s something in here that I’m mildly allergic to or something.
Since the milk didn’t really do anything for it, I figured I might as well adulterate it some more and added sugar. The sugar was okay in it—mellowed out the overpowering flavor some—but definitely don’t add much or you’ll end up with a sickeningly sweet tea. I might try it with just a touch of sugar next time, no milk, and see how it goes.
Would I buy it again? Though my first review I was thinking maybe, this time I’m thinking probably not. Of the two Rooibos I’ve tasted from Dollar Tea Club, I think I prefer the other instead if only for it not leaving such a weird feel in my mouth.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 2. Still quite a bit more tea in the sampler.
This is my first experience with a Rooibos and I’m not sure if it’s that I’m smelling or another of the ingredients, but something in the tea smells insanely pungent to me and it’s an overwhelming smell that my nose doesn’t agree with—especially while dry. It leaves the same kind of sharp spice in the air like a cinnamon or something, it’s hard to describe and I don’t think I recognize the scent.
Anyway, in measuring the tea to be steeped, I was super hesitant to even use my normal half measurement, but I went with it anyway for a first attempt. I used 0.75 tsp for my 12 oz cup instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Even with it just sitting next to me for the 5 minute steeping time I can smell that “smell” in the air. (Recommended steep time was 4-6 minutes at boiling, so I went with that.)
The tea came out a dark reddish brown and to my great surprise the taste wasn’t nearly as strong as it smelled. It is actually fairly mild, but fine for someone like me who doesn’t really like strong flavors. I’m glad I didn’t let the scent scare me off. The plain tea doesn’t taste bitter at all, but has a weird mouth taste/feel to it. The only way I can describe it is, the air it leaves in my mouth after each sip reminds me of the freezing gel they use at my dentist’s office—fortunately without the actual freezing.
Would I buy it again? Maybe. It wouldn’t be at the top of my list, but I do appreciate the fact that it goes down smooth until it’s pretty much completely cooled down (then the flavor kicks up a bit) and that it’s caffeine free.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 1. Still a lot more tea in the sampler.
Was curious to see if all oolong teas tasted this tasty with milk and sugar, so I looked to my tea box and leafed through all my sampler packs, but this is my only oolong tea that I currently have so I decided to drink this one.
I already knew of my favourite way to prepare it, so that was easy—0.5 tsp of tea steeped 3 minutes at 90C in my 12 oz cup. Add milk and sugar to taste.
Tastes as delicious as I remembered.
Updated cup count from my 8g sampler pack: 4 (Still a bunch more left to enjoy!)
Thought I’d revisit my lowest rated tea tonight to see if I could improve on it at all. I see that last time I broke down and added sugar to the tea, because it felt a bit bitter to me—especially as it cooled down. I also suggested to myself to reduce my measurement back down to 0.5 tsp on my next experiment.
So, for tonight’s experiment I followed my advice, and also I thought I’d add both milk and sugar this time to see what happens. While much of the internet seems to see this as a grave error when it comes to oolong, I figure what’s the harm in adulterating a tea that I’m not entirely fond of anyway. Maybe it’ll make it better in my eyes lol… I otherwise tried to follow directions to steep at 90C for 3 minutes.
You know, with the added milk and sugar, I’m actually really digging this drink. If rice pudding were made a drink – this would be it! You know the stuff that’s made from rice, milk, sugar, and raisins? Yea, that’s exactly the taste I’m now getting from this tea and it’s really nice. So nice in fact that I’m going to rate this up because it’s so tasty. Goodbye 60 rating, hello 80 rating!
Would I buy this again? I’m thinking yes now. If it’s still available when I next buy from this company, I’m totally adding it to my order. With the milk and sugar this makes for a liquid dessert.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 3. Still a bunch more tea in the sampler, but I think I’m done experimenting. I’ve found my preferred flavour!
Since last time this tea seemed a bit weak on the fruit flavor, I decided to up my previous amount of 0.5 tsp of loose tea to 0.75 tsp for my 12 oz cup in hopes of more pieces of fruit being steeped with the tea. My plan however backfired and I only managed to get one piece of fruit this time around instead of three like in my previous effort.
The plan was to steep the tea like normal (for three minutes), then pick out and toss the fruit bits back into the tea while I drank it to see if it added more of the fruit flavor to the water, but yea. This one lone piece of fruit now has a lot of responsibilities on its shoulders. Interesting side note: The fruit floats. Not sure why this surprised me considering the tea in the infuser also floated, but my brain told me the fruit should sink, so yea…
Anyway, I made the tea slightly below boiling again since 90C was the suggested temperature, and to my happy surprise, the added 0.25 tsp of tea didn’t make it too bitter to drink—though it still is kind of bitter. I’ll admit I was slightly worried about adding more tea and thought that sugar might be needed this time around, so I’m happy to report I didn’t need to add any sugar!
Do think I’ll go back to my original 0.5 tsp for future cups though. Because the tea (especially as it cooled down) was a bit too strong for me. And that one lonely piece of fruit didn’t seem to have any effect on the flavor. Ended up refilling my cup with hot water after I drank half the tea to mellow it out a bit. Broke down and added some sugar in the end too.
Would I buy this tea again? Probably not. It’s drinkable, but “not my cup of tea” as they say, especially as it cools down and the flavor ramps up.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 2. Still a bunch more tea in the sampler for future experimentation…
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this blend because it was my first time experimenting with oolong tea, but the smell of the dry tea was pleasant enough and all the fruits listed in the ingredients sounded promising. The steeped tea unfortunately doesn’t smell as good as the dry tea did and I ended up a medium orange colored tea with greenish undertones.
To prepare, I downsized the suggested amount of 1 tsp per 8 oz, to 0.5 tsp for my 12 oz cup. I wanted to start out small, as I tend to find most teas to be too strong. Not really sure if that was a good idea in this case, however, because that only allowed for three fruit pieces in my infuser basket. The steeping itself I did at a temperature short of boiling since the package suggested 90C. I left it steeping for 3 minutes as the listed time was 2-4 minutes.
The tea tastes different to what I’m used to, but not really unpleasant and not overly bitter—maybe the fruit pieces sweetened it up a tad? If they did, they didn’t really leave much of a fruit flavor in the tea, but I also didn’t end up with any of the strawberry in the infuser—the three fruit pieces I did end up with were mango, apple, and peach, one of each. I was curious, so I fished them out of the infuser basket and ate them. Despite the lack of fruit flavors in the tea itself, the tea was moderately bitter and still flavorful enough for me despite using far less than suggested.
Would I buy this tea again? I’m not sure yet. As it stands, it’s not amazing, but it’s not bad. I think I’ll up the amount of tea I steep next time to see if it makes for a better experience since I feel this may be an unfair assessment since I didn’t end up with all the fruit types in the infuser. I do like that the tea isn’t so bitter that I can drink it fine without milk or sugar though. (The site doesn’t specify whether or not milk, sugar, lemon, or mint are recommended additions.)
Current cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 1. Still plenty of tea left in the sampler.
(Catching up on old tastings…)
So, I just went a little crazy online today and bought a bunch more tea. Yea, I might be addicted, considering I still have a ton of unopened ones still here. But the deals were right and the names sounded oh so tasty that I couldn’t resist.
Anyway, because I have a whole wackload of new tea on the way, I thought it might be a good idea to try and finish some that I have already started. The one that’s currently closest to being finished is the Maple Dream, so that’s what I chose even though it’s also the last flavour of loose leaf tea I drank.
Didn’t deviate from my previously-discovered preferred taste profile—Used 0.75 tsp of tea for 12 oz water, instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Steeped 2.5 minutes at boiling, then just added sugar to taste.
Nothing too remarkable to say, I’ve drank this tea several times now.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 5 (+ 6 re-steeps). I measured the remaining tea in the sample bag and there was only about 0.5 tsp left after my 5th cup, so not enough for another full tea. I ended up just adding 0.25 tsp into each re-steep to liven up the flavour. It definitely helped and I wasn’t just drinking tinted water by the third re-steeped cup. It tasted like every cup was a fresh one. Also, the last of the tea packet had some powder with it and I was a bit worried that it might all fall through the infuser basket. Some did, but it wasn’t bad.
Final verdict: I really enjoyed this one, I’d definitely buy it again if it’s still for sale the next time I buy from this company. And I couldn’t really beat the price, 5 cups not counting the re-steeps for just $1 (plus shipping). If my completely non-scientific math is correct, there was about 4.25 tsp total in the package in case you were wondering how many teas this sampler might make for you. The suggested amount is 2-3 cups.
Was feeling somewhat stressed tonight and had a bit of a headache coming on, so I wanted a nice relaxing tea to sit down with. Decided on the Maple Dream because the black teas have been my favorite so far of the loose leaf varieties I’ve tried.
Though my original tastings have taught me that I prefer this tea with only sugar, this time I decided to also add some milk because it felt like it would be more relaxing to me with the added milk. (I know, it’s a medium caffeinated tea with added sugar, so it’s probably not the best for relaxation, but whatever.) Upon drinking it however, I kind of wish I didn’t add the milk. Oh well, it’s still totally drinkable.
Anyway, used my normal 0.75 tsp for 12 oz water, instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Steeped 3 minutes at boiling instead of my usual 2.5 minutes. Might have seemed a bit darker in the cup, but I thought maybe the extra half a minute was a good idea since I added the milk.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 4 (+ 5 re-steeps). Definitely enough for another cup in the sampler using my measurements, two might be pushing it though, we’ll see. Might start getting creative combining tea leftovers one day, who knows.
Edit to add: Since I was rather underwhelmed with this tea after I added the milk to it on a whim, I decided to re-steep the tea for a second glass with just the sugar. Re-steeped at boiling for 6 minutes then added sugar – tea came out about half as dark as my previous cup. Found this cup to be more to my liking (even if a little weak) though the first cup did help de-stress me some, so that’s something.
So, I was craving this tea tonight, which so far has been my favorite of the three Dollar Tea Club teas that I’ve tried. I even decided to up my rating on it slightly from 65 to 70, because I initially marked it down for its lack of the promised maple flavor, but 65 feels somehow low if it’s good enough for me to be craving it.
Made it in my preferred method as determined in my previous trials: 0.75 tsp of dry tea steeped in my 12 oz cup, instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Interesting to note, this time I ended up with a fairly large, mostly intact purple flower in the mix. My google searches tell me this might be the mallow flower listed on the ingredients. I wonder how that might affect taste as I don’t believe such a flower was part of my first two rounds of this tea. I’d say the one flower amounts to around 20% of the total dry tea I used.
It’s fascinating to me that in teas like this, there can be variation from cup to cup that may lead to a whole new experience. It’s rather exciting.
Anyway, I steeped it at boiling for 2 and a half minutes, then added sugar. I did try a sip before adding the sugar just to see if the flower fiasco had a major impact on the bitterness—if it did, it didn’t cut the bitterness enough for my tastes. I then later re-steeped the tea 5 minutes for a second cup.
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 3 (+ 4 re-steeps). I’d say there’s enough tea left for another two cups or so, not counting re-steeps. I do enjoy the fact that since I don’t do well with strong flavors, this 2-3 cup sample makes for more of a 5 cup sample in my case.
Have a lot of work to do tonight, so I wanted an easy tea that I could re-steep repeatedly if need be. I knew this one could re-steep fine at least one time from my previous encounter, so I went with it.
This time however, the water didn’t quite reach boiling and I was impatient and poured the cup just slightly before the water (probably) would have started to boil. Hope that won’t end up having a negative effect—doesn’t seem to have. Also, I actually measured out the tea this time as well out of curiosity and ended up using 0.75 tsp for my 12 oz cup, instead of the recommended 1.5 tsp for 8 oz. The tea came out slightly less dark than last time (I did use a little more of the dry tea last time around), but still fully flavorful to my overly-active taste buds. I again chose to add sugar to cut some of the bitterness.
For the re-steep, I left the tea leaves in for an extra minute figuring it would add extra flavor, though the taste doesn’t seem nearly as strong this time around as I remember from my first time re-steeping this tea. Perhaps because I lowered the amount of tea in my original cup. Oh well, it’s still moderately satisfying and the flavor did seem to come through more as the tea cooled down.
Despite my probably better judgement telling me I shouldn’t, I attempted a second re-steep of this tea because I wasn’t quite finished with my work. Left it steeping much longer this time (like 10 minutes) in hopes of squeezing out every last drop of flavor. I was afraid I’d be drinking colored sugar water at this point, but I do still taste some of the tea flavor. Do hope my work is done by the time this runs out, however…
Updated cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 2 (+ 3 re-steeps of rapidly decreasing flavor). I’d say there’s enough tea left for another 3 cups, not counting re-steeps. We’ll see.
Despite the word maple in its title, it was disappointing that I couldn’t taste maple in the tea. What I did taste wasn’t bad, however, it was just more “black tea” than “maple dream”. Not sure what I was expecting… something closer to a maple donut experience? Definitely didn’t get that and couldn’t really smell the maple either, dry or steeped.
Anyway, to prepare, I used a very small amount of the loose tea in the infuser basket of my 12 oz cup—lined the bottom of the basket. The instructions said 1.5 tsp per 8 oz, but I figured less is more as I find most teas too strong for my liking. I steeped the tea for between 2 and 3 minutes in just boiled water like the instructions stated. Despite the small amount of tea, the water came out a deep caramel/brown color.
The tea was definitely drinkable, as is, once it cooled down. Though it had a strong flavor, I couldn’t pick any specific flavors out. It was also a bit bitter for my taste, so I added sugar which brought the flavor more to my liking. I also tried adding milk-which was okay-but I think I preferred the flavor most with just the sugar. The website suggested trying milk and sugar in the tea, but said lemon and mint are not recommended.
Resteeped the same basket of tea to make a second cup. Same 2-3 minute steep time as before which left me with more of a dark amber color. Added sugar from the get-go this time, but didn’t bother with the milk. Again, nice tasting blend, but no maple flavor in sight. Perhaps I should have sweetened it with syrup.
Would I buy this again? Well, it’s not something I absolutely have to have, so I wouldn’t buy a big bag of it, but I would add another sampler pack to my shopping cart if it’s still available later on since I anticipate the sampler size lasting for several cups with my modest portioning.
Current cup count (12 oz) from 8g sampler size: 1 + 1 resteep. Still plenty of tea left in the sampler.
This is a nice roasted jade oolong with notes of roasted barley, orchid, minerals. Lightly astringent (probably because I over steeped this both times I made this tea) but pleasant.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Mineral, Orchid, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice