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I always feel bad giving teas a bad review, especially if it’s the first review, but this tea just did not work for me.
Dry, it smelled like this gum I used to get all the time in my childhood. It was fruit flavored, came in a metal tin, and for some reason was band-aid themed. I was feeling very nostalgic and hoping the flavor would deliver the way the smell did.
Hot, I got a vague strawberry flavor followed by bitterness and tartness that couldn’t be saved by sweetener. I then cold-brewed some of it, thinking I just overstepped it. It was better, closer to the flavor I expected, but still not great. I could pick out a bit of candy watermelon this time but again it had a weird tartness behind it that almost tasted soured. I added some sugar and that made it better but still not to the point where I wanted to drink a whole pitcher of it.
I really wanted to like this one and I’m bummed it didn’t work out. I’m open to other suggestions for any kind of strawberry and/or watermelon candy tea!
I can feel the care! Another sampler from the mail-order Portland Tea Festival this year. The orange peel and lemon peel stand out, and I think I taste a hint of mango at the end of the sip. Good for enjoying at the end of a long day while catching up on anime. Nice blend!
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Mango, Orange Zest
This is my first sample from the Portland Tea Festival by mail, which Sara told me about. I paid for a box with a shopping bag, two tiny tea cups (the kind you’d use for samples at a live tea festival), and lots of samples.
Mmm, this is nice! It’s very berry, but I can only pick out the blueberry flavor as distinctive. I pick up hints of honey and floral notes at the end of the sip. This would be excellent to sip in a rose garden in Portland.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Floral, Honey
Bleh, this one is like 50% rose petals, so I’ve been procrastinating trying it, but it’s the last sample from the advent calendar, so I guess it’s finally time! I definitely taste the sour rose petal flavor, but it sort of works here since blackberries are a little sour. I added some milk, and the main flavor I taste is blackberry, which is decently pleasant. The black tea that’s used as the base is fairly complementary. It sort of reminds me of Harney’s black currant tea. I’m not really a fan, but I don’t hate it as much as I expected.
The raspberry is jammy and delicious. The black tea is mild and desserty. With milk, this is a pretty awesome cup of tea. I think the half honeybush base definitely helped lighten the flavor while giving it a bit of a cookie vibe. The resteep was also great. I don’t usually enjoy fruity black teas, but I would totally order this if it were available on the website.
For me, this one was pretty boring. It tasted like a breakfast tea, but not a super rich or satisfying one. There was something missing. I also didn’t taste the lemon. I added way more sugar than normal, almond milk, and whipped cream to pep it up, but I still sort of wish I’d just saved myself the caffeine and poured it out. The resteep was decent.
I liked this more at the start of the cup. At first, it was sort of a desserty black tea. Then out of nowhere, there’s something sort of food-like in the flavor. Something like pizza?? I don’t know, there’s something that’s ending up weird for me. The rebrew tasted normal, just unremarkable, slightly desserty black tea.
I think this is the same as Adagio’s blood orange tea, which I remember not enjoying. I feel similarly this time around. The orange is pretty sour, and there aren’t really any good parts to lighten it up. With lots of sugar and keeping the steep time short, the flavor is decent. It’s tart and a little orangey, but there are much better orange teas out there.
The flavor here isn’t great. It’s just a weird combination of flavorings. It tastes jumbled and strange and not at all like what it’s supposed to. With milk, it’s drinkable, but it’s really not right. There’s some pepperiness from the base along with strange flavoring. It’s hard to describe, but not good or accurate at all.