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Took my mom out for supper the other night because I could afford to, and I don’t often have the money to do spontaneous nice things like that…
Normally I don’t mess around with crappy bagged restaurant tea; it’s generally not worth it and I can get straight up water or something alcoholic instead. I really just wanted some tea though, so I grabbed a cup of peppermint. As far as bagged teas go, peppermint is usually pretty hard to fuck up and quality tends to be relatively universal. And this was pretty well just standard peppermint. Cooling, a little sweet. Very refreshing. Not bad, not just by bagged tea standards but just in general.
Worth grabbing, just to get my tea fix.
So this isn’t actually part of my stash. This is a free tea bag that I grabbed after an event ended at work. They let us get our hands on the extra fruit, tea, and stuff so that clean up is a bit easier. The dry leaf smelled like berry medicine (currants cause this usually for me), the smell while steeping would be about the same. The tea is raspberryish in colour. For the taste this isn’t bad. Not something I would pick up myself but okay for a cup of tea at a restaurant. Raspberry comes through a bit stronger than the currant. I also taste a bit of lemongrass kick at the end but in a pleasant lemon way. I bet this would taste nice cold.
Side Note: This wasn’t on Steepster so I acutally got to add a tea!
Flavors: Black Currant, Lemon, Raspberry
Maybe I was insane, going out after 10 o’clock just to get a flavour of tea that wasn’t in my cupboard. Earl Grey it was. I have always had a love hate relationship with this tea. When it’s badly mixed in a cheap tea, or adding milk to it, which seems like someone answering the question: “Do you want milk or lemon?” with BOTH!
Actually, I don’t use milk at all in tea, anymore. Perhaps Earl Grey was invented for people who don’t. The oil itself comes from the Bergamot Orange. Who knows, maybe a Brit was offered Uzu in Asia, only to return home and find none. Tea with toast and marmelade is a classic too.
I’m doing shots of this tea. The first two were not that good. It does take a little time for black tea to get ready. I can see now how bergamot might have been used to immitate better tea. It must add a bit of sourness to the taste as well (think lemon). Living in a Coca-Cola society, we should know this flavour? I’m sure that anyone dealing with bad tea everyday might look for something to make it taste better.
By the fourth steep the tea base is almost gone, still some bergamot, though. At package opening, you could smell the flavour. Now it’s tongue smackingly good.
This tea I would describe as “meh”. Make sure not to over-steep or it becomes bitter. To enhance the taste, add honey or even extra lemon juice. This would not be my first choice for lemon flavoured tea but it may help if you have a sore throat/stuffy nose.
Flavors: Bitter, Lemon, Lemon Zest
The ingredients don’t go together that well. It doesn’t taste objectionable but it doesn’t really taste good either.
Unfortunately there are no raspberries or black currant in this Raspberry Black Currant tea. Maybe the natural flavor is supposed to taste like raspberry and black currant but I am having trouble tasting it.
Actually I kind of like Rosehip & Hibiscus tea (which are the first two ingredients in this tea) but the other ingredients don’t go that well together.
At least it is a beautiful ruby red color. It makes me happy just looking at it.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips
This tea was so much better than what I was expecting. I admit that based on their green tea, I wasn’t expecting a lot from their peppermint tea. Higgins & Burke Green Tea isn’t my favourite and is nothing special but their peppermint tea surprised and impressed me. It has a very natural, strong peppermint flavour and I found it very refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I was excited to try this tea because I thought Honey and Lemon Tea would taste great. However, I found it a letdown… I had trouble tasting the honey flavor and in general the combination of flavors didn’t go together that well. I did finish the cup of tea but I didn’t enjoy it very much.
This is “Green Tea with Lemongrass”. The title on the outside of the box doesn’t say ‘with lemongrass’ but that is what it says on the tea bag labels.
I enjoyed the smooth green tea flavor but I would have enjoyed pure green tea better than this combination.
I was in a rush to work today. I was making butternut squash soup and trying to cut up an uncooked squash is the biggest pain. Not to self: cook it in the oven for a while and just scoop out the insides and then make soup. Much easier.
Anywho, all this to say I didn’t pack any tea and simply grabbed what was in the cupboard. I’m not the biggest fan of fruit flavoured green tea but decided to give this one a try since it’s the only green tea in the cupboard. Boiled water, let it sit for 5 min to cool off, then steeped the bag for like 30 seconds. Slightly bitter with a tartish pear flavour. Altogether drinkable, but not something I would buy.
I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up on tasting notes…
Anyhow, I may have slightly oversweetened this chai today (especially think it may have already had some natural sweetness from a bit of licorice?), but it’s pretty enjoyable. The right sort of “chai” spice, though I think I prefer Tazo’s version if we’re talking bagged teas, just because the latter is a bit more potent (and potent is good for chais when you like to add milk/cream to them). Also not the biggest fan of licorice in chais, and I think this has a bit more of that than I’d like, although once sweetened, it’s difficult to tell.
Noooope. Not a fan. Not gingery enough, and there’s a licorice sweetness (for all I know, that’s ginseng). Anyways, not really my thing. Hopefully it doesn’t contaminate my Timolino too much… (I hate putting herbals into them because they always cause funky smells… e.g. I had some Apple Custard in a Timolino a while ago, and that particular mug has now been out of commission for a week, because the tea permeated into the rubber and then went funky. Sigh.)
I’m going to start this review by disclosing that I’m not a coffee drinker. I never have been and probably won’t be. I might get the odd ice capp from Tim’s but that’s about it.
So, anyways, my husband and I got a Keurig. I still can’t believe we got one, but we did so that when family comes over that actually do drink coffee, we can finally offer them some.
But while we were at the shop in town that sells the cups individually, we thought we’d get us a few things too, and this is one of the ones that I grabbed as it looked almost like loose leaf in the cup!
So it’s a STRONG tea. Like super strong. I was almost thrown by it. I ended up adding some milk to it to hopefully tone it down, but it didn’t really touch it too much. I did end up drinking most of it, but I think next time I would steep it up and make it into a latte. I would steam up some milk and add it afterwards and see what happens. I bet with the milk it would be amazing.
Anyways, I would get this again and see how well that works before I fully feel about it.
I went out for dinner tonight and this was the tea I received when I asked if they had lemon tea. I wasn’t too impressed with it. Not bad but not great either. I can taste the lemon and the honey flavours but it’s artificial and sharp tasting and not what I would call smooth. This tea would do in a pinch but it wouldn’t be a tea I would ever buy for home use.
Flavors: Artificial, Honey, Lemon