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I forgot to take some notes for this one, but I made a cup in honor of our Valentine’s Day sipdown prompt. Lime gelato is not a typical Valentine’s dessert, but if my husband were to choose he would absolutely pick something with lime (most likely key lime pie). This steeped up a serious red color (thanks, hibiscus), but the lime flavor definitely stood out. I’m not a fan, but my husband would probably call this one a favorite.
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge Tuesday, February 9th: National Pizza Day –Tea #3
Thanks very much for the sample, AJRimmer! I had a second steep of this tonight and the other last night, so it counts for Pizza Day. I figured there was a fair amount of vegetables in this blend, so it COULD count for Pizza Day. I was trying not to look at the list of ingredients before sipping, to try to blind taste test it… it both smells and tastes like mostly cantaloupe with a hint of tanginess, like maybe a single piece of hibiscus made it into the infuser. I did notice cucumbers in the blend, so this is almost like a no caffeine version of their cantaloupe cucumber green tea. Other than that tartness replacing any flavor that might have been from green tea, I can’t really tell a difference. Not as much citrus as I would think from the ingredients, when I finally look at the list. I’m just VERY happy this wasn’t heavily noticeable on the loathed tomatoes. But the cantaloupe flavor is fine with me. This is actually very cheap right now!
Steep #1 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // very long steep
Advent from AJRimmer day 3
Been hesitating to post this because of user error. I steeped this up and poured it into my travel mug, then headed out to check on a friend and grocery shop, not really having time for this cup until I made it back home. By then, I think the time in my travel mug altered the taste of this. I feel like it’s been doing that lately and I did a peroxide baking soda soak in it not that long ago. It’s been holding onto a soapy flavor when I wash it out after drinking teas out of it that are oily. This smells warm and spicy, but the flavor coming through is light spice and soap. NOOOOOO! I hate messing up a good tea, especially a pumpkin tea. I have a second serving worth, so I get one more chance!
Thank you again, AJRimmer! Had this a couple days ago… I’m not sure how any black tea could taste like eggnog, but I guess this isn’t the worst eggnog tea I’ve had? I’m not even sure of the elusive English Tea Store ingredients, but whatever here DOES kind of mildly taste like eggnog if you mixed it with black tea. Very odd that it does taste like this. English Tea Store’s description says it should also have rum flavor? I can’t tell that’s here at all. But otherwise it’s like a sweet, creamy, mildly spicy flavor… like eggnog. I don’t hate it!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 26 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Thanks very much, AJRimmer! I will eventually get to all these samples. haha. I wasn’t expecting much from this tea, seeing as how chocolate teas are normally somehow gasoline tasting and lacking and English Tea Store’s teas have been generally disappointing… but the flavor of this tea resulted in how I would hope it would be. First off, it’s dark. I can’t do chocolate teas that aren’t deep and dark. Second, no gasoline here. Plenty of chocolate flavor. Dark dusky chocolate. I like that they actually include cocoa shells! I thought I was seeing coconut in the blend, but it’s actually chamomile petals for some reason? I don’t think they bring anything to the flavor anyway. It’s a good pairing between this type of black tea and chocolate flavor in general. It is what it says it is. Of course, it can’t actually be hot chocolate, but this is the closest thing to hot chocolate that a tea can be. I wouldn’t mind having a bit of this around when I want a chocolate tea — there aren’t too many good chocolate teas. Next time this will be a sipdown.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 1/2 minute steep
I know I’ve been hard on ETS teas before, but this one is legitimately tasty. And it doesn’t just taste the same as many other peach blends. It does its own thing, but the peach flavor totally comes through. It’s bright and tasty, and it makes a totally lovely cold cup of tea. I cold brewed a second steep, which turned out great as well.
The nuts smell so good, but when I took my first sip of this, it was jarringly sour, salty, and weird. Maybe it’s oversteeped, but I usually steep herbals like this for a long time with no problem. I added a lot of milk, and it actually tastes really good now. Such a contrast to my earlier experience. Suffice it to say, I don’t know how to rate this one.
Thanks again for the swap, AJRimmer! Sadly, this was not one to write much about. I’ve certainly had worse chocolate teas, but this was mostly rooibos in flavor (as well as mostly rooibos as a blend itself) with only the faintest hint of chocolate, and possibly an even fainter hint of almond type flavor which I guess would be like those sorts of chocolates? But it seems the name itself is combining multiple brands of chocolate candies, so not sure what they were going for here. Maybe I’m imagining the almond and it’s really chocolate. So really this is heavy rooibos, light chocolate. I’m glad to only have a sample — next time it will be gone.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
This brewed up pretty light. The bergamot is quite sharp. Sugar and milk make it pleasant. It’s not the perfect earl grey, but I can’t really point to any specific complaints either. The main flavor is the bergamot. The black tea is very much in the background. I accidentally ordered two one ounce bags of this in my huge order, and I don’t think that will be a big problem. I tried this another day with some lavender tea mixed in and made into a latte. Now that really kicked it up a notch. Now I add lavender every time, and it’s been great.
Thanks again for the swap, AJRimmer! I’ve wanted to try this, but again with the mysterious ingredients, ETS. So it’s hard to parcel out the ingredients here without knowing what they are. Looking at the ingredients after steeping, it looks like actual lime? Or some sort of citrus. As well as rosehips which don’t really do much for the color of the mug/ flavor… I can’t really tell what else is in there. I guess the flavor is slightly lime, but it’s a very earthy lime, and by earthy I mean bordering on dirt flavor. I’ve never had gelato but I doubt it tastes like this.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6-7 min
2020 Sipdowns: 27 (David’s Rhubarb Cream Soda)
Yesterday I drank so much homemade Thai bubble tea that the caffeine kept me awake well past 6 AM. Whoops.
This tea smells like chocolate, but the flavor isn’t there at all. It’s just a mildly flavored black tea where you can’t tell what flavor it’s going for. The DavidsTea version is more accurate.
Thanks so much for the swap, AJRimmer! So many teas I get to try. :D I’ve already had this once, so this time it’s a sipdown. A pleasant enough strawberry flavor on a rooibos base. The strawberry is really just sweetness with a hint of alcohol. Looks like blackberry leaves in the blend? If so, there is only a hint in the flavor. ETS is almost always vague on their ingredients. The second cup was full of sweetness. I would say it was more of a sweet rooibos blend than anything resembling strawberry. Not the best, but appreciate trying it. Why are strawberry teas so tough to accomplish?
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
2020 Sipdowns: 25
I should probably stop buying lime teas because I almost never like the lime flavoring they use. It’s just so strong, fake, and weird. This one wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t pleasant either. But if you usually like lime flavored things, maybe you’ll enjoy this one. I just wish the flavor were more authentic.