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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Oh well. Why is Silent Night a green tea blend?
And why this tea tastes exactly as my Halls spearmint chewing gum?
There is nothing much else to notice. It’s green tea, and as a base almost non-existent. It smells mosty of spearmint and in taste it is even more translated to. And hints of swimming pool air. Not yuck, luckily, but, nothing to look for again. No cinnamon, ginger and spices.
This name reminded me a singing of Silent Night Christmas carol in my High School. There was a tradition to sing it in all common and studied languages. So: Czech, English, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Latin, once as there were lots of Vietnamese students even in Vietnamese. Good memories! It won’t happen this year sadly due to Covid.
There is no video of it unfortunately. There are my classmates in the third photo though (with our headmaster) :) https://www.gymnct.cz/skola-v-mediich/vanocni-zpivani-0
Drink in the afternoon. Received from postcrossing, from Germany, half an month ago. Postcard was nice though. See here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/DE-9522879
After few hours spent with programming, I wasn’t able to do anything what would working as expected. And I need to learn it good enough till Tuesday. Worse is, that even my brother, who is programmer have no idea how to do it. Or he managed it, but it’s confusing for me.
The tea is unfortuantely dismal as well. Aroma was full of blueberry, but after brewing, all blueberry is gone. Elderflower wasn’t present at all, both aroma and taste.
Tastes actually like an another white tea, classical bagged stuff when it is rather light hay taste and nothing much more. Blueberry… maybe there was something behind all the hay, but… expected it being much more present. Expected floral notes of Elderflower. Nada.
At least new tea bag to collection.
Tasting note NUMBER 700, too bad it is so…boring tea
This was weird tea.
It was maté for sure, but… all other notes I just did not noticed! Cocoa? Nope. Coconut? As well nope.
Maybe bit of ginger was noticable as it was little bit pungent. But certainly I have not had rest of notes. I wonder if I have brewed it for just short time (they suggest 3-5 minutes, I did 4)
It should not be very old too.
And if you think it should be in aroma at least – nope, not even there.
I know, I am drinking old teas. But I think they should not go so bad.
This is one bad one probably. When brewed (on upper limit) it brings nice grass seed aroma and tropic fruits as papaya and mango. Maybe little of kiwi or yellow melon was there too.
When sipped, it was actually pretty similar, with little earthy flavours. I thought I maybe overbrewed it or just used too hot water, which is kind of true. I wasn’t using 80°C for sure. And then it comes – room temperature and… yuck, it became so dirty, earthy and paper. It was really hard to finish it at all!
Quite high rating, because at first it seemed like a decent fruity green tea. Otherwise, I had to go much lower.
Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Grass Seed, Mango, Paper, Tropical
A sample from Momo that I don’t honestly recall having tried before. It’s supposed to be black tea with natural flavour, but it looked like it had chamomile in it? And, upon tasting it, it also seemed to be loaded with hibiscus. Wow, sour. That’s all I could taste, so I ended up dumping in a bunch of honey and passing it off to my husband, who drank it but indicated it wasn’t is favourite. Haha. Oh well, good that I only had a sample size!