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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #149 overall / Tea #20 for April
An Ode to Tea, C is for Cherry Green Tea from Four-O-Clock (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious)
Wednesday 04/14 — This was a green tea with as hint of artificial cherry flavor done as 2 cold-brew pitchers (about 5 DT PS each).. one pitcher at a time. Got the job done. Thanks to Tori for sharing.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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Another old; as from huge bags section.

As I am trying to drink caffeine-free teas today (I want to have nice rest while sleeping in night), I took this one, decaffeinated tea. I was sceptical, as caffeine-free teas are usually quite tasteless. ButI have oped, as this is with spices, it won’t be that bad.

It is not so bad, but base tea is almost non-present and spices are just “something in aftertaste”. It is not spicy at all, I noticed cinnamon and bit of ginger; tea was just hay-like or grass seed-like. It was very weak in all means of flavours.

It is such a shame, but yeah – it is decaffeinated tea, so… maybe it is feature. (It’s not a bug, it is a feature).

Currently, I don’t want to try it again, but if it is fresh? Maybe I would gladly to try again

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Grass Seed, Hay

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Eelong

Decaf teas really are weak in flavor, especially if they aren’t fresh. It’s always disappointing when you expect a nice, strong cup and end up with hot water that tastes vaguely of tea.

Martin Bednář

Yep, I hoped the spices would do the trick for me today. But even them were weak.

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Sipdown (614)!

Finished this sample as an oat milk latte. Ultimately it tasted fine, but also pretty soft/weak. A hint of cherry, but just really lacking flavour/body/oomph. Could be that the milk was too dominant a note, or maybe I should have steeped the tea longer for a more concentrated infusion – but I feel like it was just that the tea wasn’t super strong in the first place.

I think this was a VariaTEA share – so thank you for sharing!

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drank Cherry Green Tea by Four O'Clock Organic
12775 tasting notes

steepster misbehaving. notes getting lost. another sample from variaTEA from today.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1171)!

Currently finishing off the last third of this cold brew and it’s… fine.

Definitely smooth in mouthfeel but the taste is a little brassy/coppery and too bergamot and black tea forward without enough cream/vanilla to fulfill the concept of being a “Cream of Earl Grey". That was a pretty consistent criticism of this blend I had throughout this sample, so I’m not surprised to see it here.

Ultimately just happy to get another EG out of my stash…

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Hot cuppa from this afternoon/lunch with a splash of milk.

Definitely a very flat tasting EG blend without a lot of cream – I think that’s partly age and just partly it not being an exceptional tasting EG in the first place. Oh well; just working towards a sipdown really…

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Tastes like a (cheap) Earl Grey, but doesn’t really taste like it has any sort of cream note to it at all – disappointing as a muggable tea…

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Went out painting Friday night at the Ceramic Cafe again – I think I’m going to make a biweekly thing of it. The only problem is going to be storing all the teacups and saucers that I’m bound to end up painting…

Anyway; I got a London Fog to sip on while I painted – and it turned out to be made from this tea which, ironically, I actually own. So that was kind of funny. It didn’t taste bad, but it was definitely a pretty mediocre latte. Not exactly amazing quality food/beverage from this cafe. Then again, you don’t go there for the food – you go to paint. So it’s whatever.

I still had a REALLY good time painting.

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Hot with honey.

I’ve seen this company around A LOT lately, and I asked some coworkers if they had any background on the company since it’s only since moving to Montreal I’ve seen them EVERYWHERE. Prior to now, I think I had only ever experienced the one (mediocre) blend from them that I received from VariaTEA. According to my coworkers, though, this is
pretty popular company sold through grocery stores here in Montreal…

This blend also comes to me via VariaTEA – and honestly I was bored of it after just a few sips. I don’t really get the “cream” note from the flavor that should be present for an EG that is going to market itself that way, and the tea itself and the bergamot used are very run of the mill for me. Just nothing to hook me. The best part, which is sad, is legitimately the honey that I added in myself…

VariaTEA

I got these as a gift and none have been all that interesting, either in title or in taste. This makes for a nice enough London Fog but thats mostly because I have it in large enough quantity for that and its hard to make something that is sweetened with honey and vanilla and mixed with milk be bad. I would never seek this out though.

Also, I never noticed it in Montreal tbh. However, it is the supplier of teas to my school so it is what everyone drinks on campus. Everyone but me of course because I have better stuff at home lol.

Lexie Aleah

This is the main supplier of tea at my college as well, unfortunately.

Roswell Strange

That makes me sad for you both :(

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Sample from VariaTEA which sadly i only had a sip of. A friend came over last night and he was looking for a cup of tea. he loves EG so i was glad that i had a couple of samples for him to have. He thoroughly enjoyed this one, as his usual cup is bagged boring teas :) I had a sip, and it wasn’t terrible for an EG. I think i prefer EG creams to EG but neither will ever top my list :) Thanks for the share VariaTEA!

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Decadent. sophisticated. elegant. – all words used to describe my hot chocolate infused with this tea.

Check out my full review and the recipe here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/04/earl-grey-creme-infused-hot-chocolate-four-oclock/

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Sipdown (241)

I tried making a London Fog with this tea and vanilla almond milk and it tastes like cardboard. This sipdown was more of a dump down. I am completely okay seeing this go because I have a different Earl Grey that I can use for my hot chocolates and that’s really what this was good for.

tea-sipper

a dump down… haven’t heard that one yet. haha

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I have discovered the best way to drink Earl Grey. I don’t even really like Earl Grey but Earl Grey hot chocolates are my favorite thing right now. Made with semi-sweet chocolate, it is really amazing! It’s an adult hot chocolate…very yum!

Shanie O Maniac

There is really no such thing as being too old for Hot Cocoa. There just comes a time where you graduate from Swiss Miss to actual Cocoa.

tea-sipper

Oooo.. what a fun new idea. I just had Lupicia’s chocolate earl grey today, so I should have thought of that already today. haha

Mastress Alita

I have infused Earl Grey Tea into hot chocolate (as well as other teas and herbs)!

VariaTEA

This is not even cocoa. This is earl grey steeped in milk and heavy cream and then semi-sweet chocolate melted into that mixture.

Shanie O Maniac

wow so like… $1/gram level of hot chocolate. Nifty.

Mastress Alita

Ah, I actually crush tea (or herbs) in a spice grinder and mix it into cocoa powder with sugar!

VariaTEA

https://www.ohhowcivilized.com/the-very-best-earl-grey-hot-chocolate-recipe/ this is the recipe I used. Definitely recommend if you want to spoil yourself with a delicious treat.

Julebug773

That sounds amazing actually!

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So I never heard of Four O’Clock Teas until my friend gave me a gift last year that came with 4 jars of different (though seemingly plain) teas and a glass tea bottle (tumbler? thermos?). I’ve used the bottle many times but have never been enthused about any of the teas. Interestingly enough, Four O’ Clock is the brand they serve at my school.

Anyways, today I realized my milk goes bad soon and I wanted something sweet (aka whipped cream) so that meant a latte was in order. And as an extra dose of yum for my sweet tooth, I turned to my London Fog recipe with honey and vanilla. Since I have a lot of this tea, I figured might as well try it out.

The latte ended up being super good. The tea was flavorful enough that it provided a silky and smooth citrus flavor without being too stark against the vanilla and honey. The whipped cream was an extra bit of deliciousness on what was a sweet and tasty nighttime treat. I couldn’t tell you if the tea is amazing given the other ingredients added that would have impacted the overall flavor but I can say that it was good made this way and thus I know how I’ll be making my way through the rest of the jar of this tea.

Cavocorax

Oh! I haven’t had a London Fog in FOREVER. I need to rectify that!

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Cold Brew!

This cold brew is pretty gross and mostly just tastes like really mineral and woody rooibos with a finishing note of orange that’s almost like cleaner. It’s weirdly a touch bitter too, which is really uncommon for any tea that’s been cold brewed. I’m still going to drink it though because it is hot AF in my apartment right now, and I need the cool, refreshing tea to keep from dying of heat today.

VariaTEA

I actually never even tried this tea, I don’t think.

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What a boring tea.

Made a mug of this one last week, but it was just so absurdly flat and lifeless. Didn’t really taste much like orange or black tea, but had a hint of lower quality rooibos base.

VariaTEA

Sorry. I actually gave this away without ever trying it.

Roswell Strange

No need to apologize – as always, I appreciate getting to try everything even if I don’t love it. It’s educational ;)

VariaTEA

Haha fair enough. This is also about 2 years old so maybe that factored into it. However, I never had high hopes for it in the first place.

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A VariaTEA share!

This one was interesting; it smells pretty sweetly of oranges but the flavor is a lot more mild and stripped down. Obviously there are orange notes, but I’d describe them as mellow over juicy or succulent. The rooibos lends a little bit of a woody taste, but I think the black tea in the blend beats it out for more dominant base of the two dual bases. It’s malty, smooth but not overpowering.

I think it’s a good backdrop tea; something to sip on casually and carelessly while doing something else…

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VariaTEA provided this one to me and i’ve had it a couple times now. I am always a fan of a good orange tea….though this one is not it. No matter how i seem to brew this up, it always comes through as really subdued. not a bad thing…but man i need to find an orange creamsicle tea

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I have been so excited to try this one, because I love banana teas! :) This is actually really good. I get a distinct banana flavour, and it pairs nicely with the cinnamon and spices as well. Definitely will get more of this one!

Flavors: banana, Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I really don’t like chamomile but this seemed like a good choice for someone who should be resting and hydrating. However, I might have avoided drinking this too long because now its cool. Also, I thought I was adding a strawberry honey straw to this but I think it ended up being cherry which isn’t helping this tea any. All in all, this is probably getting tossed into the swap box because it’s just not something I care to drink. Even with my tastebuds being off I am getting chamomile and it’s just not for me.

Sil

you’ve been sick forever!

VariaTEA

That does feel true…but only since Friday

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Okay so I was saving this teabag for a special time so I could try & review it. Then my mom assumes that the box I put it in was my dads tea so she makes him a cup of it without asking. I’ll be honest I’m a little bit peeved. But luckily she didn’t throw the bag out so I am having a cup of it steeped a second time. I obviously let it sit longer than I usually would. But I have to say, it’s pretty good! I wasn’t planning on having it tonight, but I didn’t really have much choice. I’m glad I did, though. I’m really tasting the chocolate in this the most. It’s almost like a distinct dark chocolate taste. The mint comes in second, which I don’t mind at all. I really hope I can find this in a grocery store somewhere, cause I would definitely drink it again.

Flavors: Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I was sent a free sample of this tea by the company and was pleasantly surprised to say the least. I am a dedicated loose leaf tea fan but this tea was great. It smelled like a hot chocolate and tastes just like mint hot chocolate. I would definitely consider getting more of this tea to keep on hand in the future.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Don’t usually reach for bagged teas, but spotted this at Bulk Barn last night and thought it looked promising. Plus: cute penguin on the package. Brewed up, this tea is okay. It has a kind of campfire smokiness that I would associate more with a pu’erh – like, it really smells like a campfire. Mild, slightly sweet flavour. Could go for a longer steep to get some more of the “natural black forest cupcake flavouring” to show up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is an ancient teabag… but somehow I can definitely taste MAPLE with this sturdy black tea. I could swear I also smell and taste mint but that might be because it was stored with mint teas? I don’t think there are any obvious mint teas with it though. A tasty tea bag I was happy to try!

Flavors: Maple

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