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80

This is an easy reach for me when I don’t know what to have but want something that I know will go down easy.
It really doesn’t taste all that peachy to me but overall just rather fruity. The sourness is definitely front and centre which is what I would expect from a tea with “sour” in its title. The fruitiness brings in a little sweetness which counters the sour aspect nicely, balancing the blend out. There is a tartness from the hibiscus that adds to the overall experience and I really enjoy the sweet/sour/tart taste that this tea gives me.
It brews up with a beautiful red colour which resembles fruit punch, giving it a tropical look.
I bought a huge tin of this at Winners/Homesense for dirt cheap and don’t regret my purchase one bit.
Sometimes all I want is something simple and this is in that realm for me. It just makes me happy!

Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tart

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75

For once, a tea from ETS I am not disappointed about.
I got a tea bag somewhere from postcrossing apparently, but no idea from whom nor when. Today was a day to drink it…

It is pretty standard rooibos with some vanilla smoothness and some decent chocolate notes. Simple afternoon drink. No fuzz tea bag.

The rooibos was kind of drying but the other ingredients were complementing the flavour well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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64

A tea bag from Izzy. I should finish that box faster, but somehow… it goes slowly. Thank you anyway!

I actually thought that this tea have black tea base, but nope… happens, but whatever. The aroma from the foilwrapping is indeed reminding a sour peach and other fruit taste.

While steeping, I realised it is fruit tea and not black tea… and well I let it steep for almost five minutes as ETS teas needs longer steeping time.” and well the flavour wasn’t one of the strongest. It was indeed peachy, pleasantly sour (glad for that!) but hibiscus tartness in the background and then some other, let’s say tropical, fruits. The peach was dominant, but not much. Overall, it was quite okay. I have hopef for a bit more to be honest, but I can’t point out what I am lacking here.

Flavors: Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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68

I had this tea for first time on 9th May when I was at my friend’s place. They had a pyramid sachet version of this tea — and probably a bit fresher.

I had this tea over an year in my cupboard in foilwrapped pouch. I don’t really remeber where I have received it at all!

Back then it was nicely fresh, I would even say peachy and fresh white tea taste, I can’t explain what it is. Hay a bit, but not wrong.

Today it wasn’t that great. Of course it was casued by “typical” tea bag shape, older batch… it was like hot hay and there wasn’t any that wonderful peachy taste. It was as well quite generic and honestly I would say boring tea. I don’t remember it much at all.

Flavors: Hay, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I am glad you did het to try a fresh one before!

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64

A tea bag from Izzy, thank you!

It’s a bit crazy drinking Christmas Night tea in the time, when everything starts blooming, there are no more snow and it is spring all around!

But, I don’t care.

This tea, when I opened from clear plastic bag (without anything on it!) I noticed fairly typical black tea notes with cloves. When brewed, and again, as ETS teas are like, for long, I got some other notes as well. I got light base tea and then lots of spices — cloves and cinnamon; cocoa and/or chocolate and oranges. Altogether very mixed and it wasn’t working well together; it was very weird flavour mix.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I get tired of orange, clove, and cinnamon quickly.

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62

Thank you Izzy for this tea, although it is 3 months past Christmas. Searching on Google brings not much results, and your website is first — and then I found an ingredients list on LastDodo website (formerly catawiki).

I steeped it for 5 minutes, as Izzy did, and well it wasn’t steeping much. Flavour is quite weak and honestly not even much interesting taste. It was very light black tea, with hints of almonds but that’s pretty much all noticeable. And yep, it’s quite sweet — however just right for my tastes.

As I have no idea how is Christmas cake in the UK, I can’t tell if it is correct name for this tea. But honestly I expected something more complex, more flavourful and overall a bolder cup.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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55

Teabag from Izzy and slowly drinking those winter related blends. And I wished for something highly in caffeine, so black tea with actual coffee in sounds high in caffeine! Thank you!

Brewed and steeped for 5 minutes; and result is quite typcial for ETS teas. It is correctly named, I certainly noticed coffee and creamy note; but that’s all. It’s not extremely flavourful, rather on the weaker side.

Not amazed in any way; though it is tasty cup, again something I miss. Probably longer taste and stronger base tea, because it felt quite weak, even after 5 minute steeping mark.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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77

Received from postcrossing, from Canada.

And honestly, never heard of this blend from ETS before. Naturally cautious about superberries an things like that; chocolate flavoured teas are usually miss than a hit… no idea what to expect. Apparently it is rooibos based too.

It is said it should be brewed for 5-6 minutes so I did, with a known fact about ETS that it needs long steeps in mind too.

But now to actual tasting note. Honestly, it’s better than I have hoped, though somehow mild and not super great. It is rooibos. In taste that note is certainly present. But as well the fruits. I would say acai berries; but none of them there. Blackcurrant/raspberry — none of those there. Vanilla — certainly not. Roasted cocoa was nice though and present. At least it wasn’t watery.

Flavors: Berries, Cacao, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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54

A tea bag from Izzy and I have somehow missed it here on Steepster? Nevermind, here it is! Thank you.

Well, green base. I think it kinda suits well the flavours — if they were better. I mean both, peppermint and melon are there; but thin (after 5+ minutes steep!) and somehow not interesting at all. Like washed out flavours; and peppermint tasted like only added flavour than actual peppermint, it does not linger in mouth at all. Base tea is weak too…

Flavors: Melon, Peppermint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I’ve never seen that combination together before. Interesting!

Martin Bednář

It is interesting and quite good combination, if only the flavours were stronger.

Cameron B.

I’ve made a melon salad with honey and fresh mint before, and it was tasty!

Izzy

That’s interesting. I brewed this one today and found the melon to be really strong and bitter, with almost no peppermint flavour :/

Martin Bednář

It seems that ETS doesn’t have any standards while manufacturing teas. Sometimes they are great and full of flavours and then… bang, boring cup.

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78

A tea bag from Izzy and I have tried long steeps as she have suggested me. I don’t know how long, it could be somewhere between 5-10 minutes; and I have used a boiling water, which is heresy for a whites, but whatever.

I haven’t found any information about this tea, but ingredients on one website, it’s transparent pouch with classic tea bag in. I don’t usually collect those, but when I have tag with it, it goes to my collection. I don’t like them too much though, but what I can do, right?

This tea I selected today, because it was wonderful sunny morning, and all the snow was shining, maybe even dazzling me; but I am spending time at home, studying for Forwarding exam on Wednesday, an oral one, no preparation time, just here is my question and you answer for 10-15 minutes.

The tea is interesting in terms of ingredients and not that bad in taste. The longer steep certainly helped, and the aroma going off the mug was honey-ish. The flavour was, hard to describe instead. I think I get a bit of that honey, then some common herbal, covered in honey => probably the chamomile in, and overall somehow; hard to describe as I wrote. It was pleasant and smooth, but not sure about the flavour profile. I just couldn’t point to anything. At least it was nice.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

I love the look of the outdoors when it’s sunny the day after a big snow and the sky is a brilliant blue contrast to the white on the trees and the ground. Everything looks sparkling, clean and like it’s been touched with tiny diamonds. Me jealous?! Nooooooo. LOL

ashmanra

Dazzling white snow! What an image! Enjoy it.

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40

Another tea bag from Izzy and yep, she wrote me “long steeps are needed”; so I did 5, maybe 6 minutes long. And it wasn’t steeping much at all (based on colour change).

This tea isn’t bleh, but I agree with the other rater here. They almost all taste the same. It wasn’t very sweet, just a little of vanilla and certainly no pastry! Pretty much meh. I wonder if I shall do even longer steeps.

It was just average. It doesn’t deliver promised taste. It was like slightly vanilla flavoured water. Not much even from the black tea base. Sad.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Izzy

I was really disappointed with this one too :( Also, don’t be afraid to steep for a veeeeeeeeeery looooooooong time for all of the ETS teas I sent you. Even 10+ minutes. I’m not sure what’s wrong with them (usually ETS are my favourites) but even the “delicate” green tea blends are weak when made with boiling water rather than 80c water. They don’t even get bitter.

The only one I have really enjoyed is Coffee Cream, although it’s not overly creamy.

Also, I checked the Best Before Date on the box: 16/10/2022. So, definitely not stale. Maybe I just got a bad batch.

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72

Another ETS tea from Izzy, so thank you! :) She recommended me longer steeps, 5+ minutes so I did that with this tea, while it is rooibos.

The aroma is indeed berry like, maybe even blueberries and raspberries are there. They are present well even in taste. As well “savoury” because they are kind of sour. But no pie at all. Missing the pastry at all. The rooibos base prevails a lot too. Ehhm. Not a bad tea, but lacking few notes. How sad.

Flavors: Blueberry, Raspberry, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML

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