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In the grand scheme of ‘Breakfast Teas’ (English, Irish, etc.) I think this one is pretty average. Like most breakfast blends it’s pretty full bodied and strong, but this is also a sweeter blend with more raisin/fruit sort of body notes in addition to the strong presence of malt and baked bread notes. Perfectly fine to drink without milk/sugar because it’s sweet all on its own while still packing a punch. Not the cleanest finish; but it’s cheap so I wont fault it too much.
instructions on this one said brew for 6-10 mins….i did not. stuck to 3 mins and i’m glad i did because even at 3 mins, this isn’t a pleasant breakfast blend. Too astringent and coppery for my liking – i vastly prefer malty, smooth delicious things for my breakfast teas haha. ah well, at least i’m drinking things and trying new teas!
This tea is nice and the smell is mind-blowing. I am somewhat disappointed because it is not what I expected. To me it does not live up to its aroma, since it smells very citrusy but tasted like candied strawberries. Not bad but I was going for a bolder taste. Still a good and refreshimg choice!
Finishing this one off as an iced tea with added in lemonade. It’s basically a boring, plain enough jasmine green tea so I figured I’d just use up the last of the leaf to make something fun and different. This is ok; I’ve made jasmine tea infused lemonade before but with jasmine white tea; I like the white tea a little better than this green one. However the subtle floral jasmine underneath that bright lemonade body note is still really pleasant.
Cuppa that I drank on the way home last night.
It definitely had some bitterness to it and that lawn clippings/overly grassy kind of taste; I think that’s probably because the base green tea is a lot lower quality than I’ve been drinking as of late. The jasmine was nice though; pretty strong but not rough. It definitely did the grapey thing though where I’d slip back and forth between tasting florals and plump red grapes. So weird.
Not terrible overall as a tea though.
Finished the 2 liters of this pretty much all by myself. The flavor was pretty bland after being in the fridge overnight. You can’t seem to win either way, room temperature it’s way too perfume-y and cold it is bland.
I drank this up by mixing each cup with 50 percent flavored carbonated peach water. This made it drinkable.
Made this as the instruction say to like an iced tea.
I’m drinking a cup of this while it’s still slightly above room temperature instead of cold.(refrigerated) so I won’t rate this cup. This tastes just like the Spice and Tea Exchange Blueberry black tea. It’s similar to some earl grey but much more perfume-y. I’d imagine this could get quite soapy tasting if over steeped. The perfume aftertaste lingers for a long time.
Even though I’ve never had an herbal blueberry tea I think I would much prefer the fresh taste to the perfume-y one from this blend. I will have to ask my family to help drink the 2 liters I have of this in the fridge. Although I imagine they won’t enjoy this tea either.
Hot cuppa in the evening, as sort of a bedtime tea.
I added some lemon flavoured honey to try and inject some sweetness and flavour into this tea but it didn’t do a lot to help the overall profile of the tea – basically still just a very, very intense chamomile flavour which just isn’t for me. Nope. No can do. I wish it tasted better/like something other than chamomile but even this lovely honey can’t completely redeem this one for me. I mean, I expected to not like it but…
I was hopeful that I’d be pleasantly surprised.
Actually a little sad about this sipdown. It was mellow, smooth gently spiced apple goodness. Really nice red apple notes too! But For Tea’s Sake will probably bring it back around Christmas this year so I can always try to reign in my cupboard a little bit and then repurchase then when I have things under better control…
From last week.
Really thick, viscous and almost syrupy mouthfeel with deep woody notes, some cinnamon, and almost candied red apple notes. Very well balanced and interesting profile overall; it made me deeply like cinnamon sugar crepes or French Toast. Something about the sweetness of the spice overall and thickness of the mouthfeel…
Sipping on this one now.
It’s ok, but pretty simplistic in the flavour profile. I mean, it’s essentially just an apple cinnamon rooibos and that’s not exactly a ‘new’ or ‘edgy’ flavour combo/pairing. I just think it tastes like a more toned down version of DAVIDsTEA’s Cinnamon Rooibos Chai blend with a punchier apple element.
I’m really sick today; bad cold and super stuffy nose that’s throwing my sense of taste painfully out of wack. I chose this one as my late night cup of tea today because it’s caffeine free and has enough body flavour/spice that despite being sick I can still taste it. It also tastes really good, and very smooth with the spices and sweet apple/hibiscus notes having a very soothing/comforting quality to them. I’m actually, much to my surprise, really sad to be done with this one because it was a hell of a good Chai that deeply appealed to me as someone who likes sweeter, fruitier chais that aren’t overly ginger heavy – all of which are applicable to this one.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one at Chapter’s next winter for sure to see if they bring it back again for the holidays, and if so I’m sure I’ll likely grab a tin of it!
Drank a mug of this one yesterday.
I don’t often appreciate Chai blends but this one was actually pretty solid. More medium bodied than the typical full bodied chai, I really appreciated the overall sweetness and fruit undertones (apple) present in this on top of the softer spice elements. Prominent spice notes were cinnamon and ginger but both complimented the apple. Even the very small amount of hibiscus, which I think was probably mostly meant to lend colour to the blend so it looked softly red and welcoming/festive, didn’t clash with everything else.
This will be an easier chai sample for me to finish off, for sure.
Steeped up, this morning, this smells delicious with full on vanilla, hints of caramel and something tart like cranberry. Maybe a bit of almond too. My first sip or two or three continues those flavours with a bit of astringency at the end of the sip.. Spice is very much in the background here for me today. My spoon of leaf must have contained a whole different combination of flavours than it did previously. Nice.
On my second steep, a bit of clove is coming up with the astringency.
I wouldn’t run out and buy a tin, but I would certainly consider splitting one. This is a gentle black to drink without any additions.
Just finished the last sip and can say that enjoyed this tea up to the last drop. Nice when that happens.
Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA.
And it’s a sip down!
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cranberry, Vanilla
I was a bit alarmed when a whole clove bud leapt out of the dry leaf, but I needn’t have been. The spice mix is pleasant enough: mostly clove and ginger plus something vaguely eggnoggy. More chai-like than eggnog really, but still more on the gentle side of chai.
Imagine that it would make a dynamite latte with sweetener, but currently, I am drinking everything black and unsweetened.
Thank you, VariaTEA, for including this among your samples. I am enjoying it.
Flavors: Cloves, Ginger
I HATE TEAS WITH NAMES LIKE THIS.
Sipping on this currently; it’s kind of garbage. Basically, it tastes like lawn clippings, wilting flowers, and movie theater butter. I don’t like the combination of flavour notes, and I loathe the name of the blend. That doesn’t leave much, if anything, redeeming here at all. Bleh. Bleh. Bleh.
Funnily enough, this is the second tea named “Let It Snow” currently in my cupboard. I don’t get the appeal of the name; it’s pretty fucking cheesy as far as these winter themed tea names go and not indicative at all of what the flavour of the tea is gonna be…
I think this is basically just a straight EG though which is something that’s definitely NOT exciting to me at all. As such, I skipped over doing the whole plain, basic infusion tasting to get a feel of the tea ‘cause realistically if you’ve tried a dozen+ straight EG teas you’ve kind of tried them all. Instead I steeped it hot, with some very foamy/frothy milked scooped onto the top to form a pillow for me to sprinkle candy cane shards on top of.
Now that’s how you take a boring tea and make it fun, flavourful, and festive! It was only ok though; I mean, the tea itself is just really boring/bland and there’s only so much candy cane shards can do to turn that around. I essentially just made a cup of EG with mint, and while it was drinkable it was hardly a “treat”. Bleh.