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Varieteas Box (October) – 3/30

I keep forgetting to delve into my Varieteas box, so I still have a huge stash of teabags to work my way through. This one wasn’t a hit with me, though, unfortunately. I do quite like lemon and ginger teas, especially at this time of year, but I just didn’t get a lot of either with this sample. The lemon is slightly stronger than the ginger, but I really don’t get much in the way of either. And as for the ginseng, I don’t pick that up at all! It’s an extremely watery tea and not one I’d drink again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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259/365

Continuing my lemon and ginger success! This one is mostly lemon (peel, balm, verbena), and only 22% ginger, which should technically suit my tastes more than a very ginger heavy blend. Initially, though, it seems to me that this one tastes of a whole lot less than the Bellevue Ginger & Lemon I tried recently. That one almost convinced me that I liked lemon & ginger as a combination after all; this one would not have done so.

It’s softly lemony, with just the slightest hint of ginger, and I’m kind of appreciative of that. I don’t generally want a huge kick of ginger, or at least not ginger root – I’m totally down with ginger_bread_, but that’s a whole different matter. The problem is that it’s totally unobjectionable, which is something I didn’t expect to say about this particular combination of ingredients. I’m used to finding it obnoxious in the extreme, but this interpretation doesn’t inspire any strong feelings at all. It’s just meh.

I can’t tatse the ginseng at all, so that’s removed from the equation. The lemon is barely there, and not really very lemony considering it’s typically a fairly vibrant flavour. The ginger remains firmly in the background, to the extent where you have to think about what it is you’re tasting before it reveals itself (it’s me, ginger).

While I can appreciate subtlety in a tea, this one takes it rather too far. Not a winner, I’m afraid.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
353 tasting notes

Sipdown 109/395

Cheating again, but I haven’t actually owned these teabags personally in a really long time. I’ve gone through hundreds and hundreds of teabags, but I haven’t bought them for a while now. I always left them in my cupboard because they’re never out of my house for long – my parents or myself usually buy more whenever we’re out. However, since I don’t really drink them any more it’s more my parents’ tea than mine, so I am removing it from my cupboard, though I might still have a cup once or twice a month. Still my favourite plain bagged black tea, and probably always will be. I’ve gotten my boyfriend into drinking these, too.

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
353 tasting notes

Had a cup of this with a chocolate muffin from my favourite bakery, diet be damned, while my mam and I watched the last three episodes of How I Met Your Mother, which we started probably close to a year ago, if not more. This is an age for me in TV-time, but my mam is not a seasoned binge-watcher like myself. This tea was a huge comfort as I sobbed and hiccuped my way through the last 2 1/2 episodes.

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
353 tasting notes

I’ve had a super busy day today and this was the only tea I managed to get around to drinking. This is exactly the kind of day which I will always keep this tea in my cupboard for. Tasty, caffeinated, and quick to drink. Reliable as always.

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
353 tasting notes

This is my Old Reliable, my fail-safe, my Willow Rosenberg of teas. I drink it when I’m in a hurry, or when I can’t find any of my tea-brewing apparatus, or just when I can’t be bothered with the clean-up, and it never lets me down. These teabags have never left my cupboard in the almost three years that I’ve been on Steepster, because they’re always replaced before they run out. The fact that the company brings teas, coffees, biscuits and jams to your own front door does help, but I know I would actively seek these out even if they were less readily available. They’re strong and malty and perfect for breakfast time, and they take milk and sugar really well, though I prefer to drink mine with just a splash of skimmed milk. It would take something mighty special to replace this as the go-to tea in my household.

ETA: I just noticed there’s been a lot of geek references in my notes lately; if you get sick of them, I’m sorry. I’m probably not going to stop.

Preparation
Boiling 10 OZ / 295 ML
Memily

Whedon references are always acceptable references.

Nattie

I feel very strongly about that man.

Roswell Strange

@Memily Especially when they’re BTVS ones.

Dustin

BTVS… eh. Dr. Horrible… ALL MY LOVE FOREVER!!!

Nattie

I can honestly say I’ve loved everything in the Whedonverse, but Buffy has had my undying love since I was 7

Dustin

I think I was too nomadic when Buffy was on air to be able to watch it and get hooked. I did catch and thoroughly enjoy the musical episode tho!

Roswell Strange

I’ve got two BTVS tattoos, so I suppose you could say I’m a fan ;)

Nattie

@Dustin if you’re ever looking to have 100+ hours of your life sucked into the TV before you know they’re gone I highly recommend giving it a go!

@Roswell What are they?! I would love a Buffy tattoo… one day!

ohfancythat

@Roswell are there photos of these tattoos anywhere!? Would love to see them!!

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65
drank Kenyan Gold by Ringtons
2193 tasting notes

Kenyan Gold Black is a bagged tea from Ringtons, a UK tea company. At first glance, it looks like a typical bagged black tea.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/22/ringtons-kenyan-gold-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Traditional Black by Ringtons
2193 tasting notes

Traditional Black is a bagged tea from Ringtons, a UK tea company. At first glance, it looks like a typical bagged black tea. It’s in a square paper bag, and is about half full with finely shredded leaf. The scent is typical “black tea”. I used one bag for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up to a fairly dark golden-brown, so I added a splash of milk.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/19/traditional-black-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas-2/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Breakfast Blend by Ringtons
2193 tasting notes

The first thing I have to say about this one is that it really surprised me. I don’t drink a lot of bagged tea at the moment, but it generally seems much of a muchness to me when I do. At least in the UK, the flavour profiles of “breakfast blend” style black teas seem very similar – sweet, malty, strong, and otherwise fairly nondescript. Until now.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/17/breakfast-blend-black-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Peppermint by Ringtons
2193 tasting notes

254/365

More peppermint! It’s becoming a bit of a routine for me to have a mint tea as soon as I arrive at work, ostensibly to help me cool down from my walk in. I never thought it’s something I’d do, but it’s given me the opportunity to reevaluate my thoughts on mint teas both generally and specifically. I guess I have to say I appreciate the heat for that, because I’d not have done so otherwise. I don’t appreciate it for any other reason, though, except that there’s 0% chance of snow. That’s always a bonus. I wish it would rain, though. If it would rain, I’d go outside and stand in it, and I’d never complain about rain again as long as I live. How’s that for a deal?

This one is more along the lines of the peppermint I’m used to. It’s brown and slightly dank tasting, but it does have a kind of high-level sweetness that’s actually really appealing. I don’t know whether that’s always been there, or whether I’m just getting used to it? The problem I have with mint tea generally is that it doesn’t taste much like mint – not like polo mints, or fresh mint from a plant, toothpaste, or mint ice cream. You know, mint. It’s not like that at all. I sometimes wonder whether it’s just me that thinks this; do I have some kind of odd taste deficiency when it comes to mint tea? I don’t think so, somehow, but I suppose it could be.

I like this one better than some plain peppermint teas (I’m still looking at Twinigs), but not as much as peppermint/spearmint blends, which I’ve decided are much more my thing. I’ve always preferred spearmint in general; I used to be the one who wanted all the spearmint polos and softmints on long car journeys. Pure spearmint tea isn’t my thing, though, just like pure peppermint isn’t; I think there’s something about the pairing of the two that creates tea happiness for me.

I do appreciate that I’ve spent a good couple of paragraphs not really getting to the point, but for some reason I find mint teas really hard to describe in flavour terms? It’s not super-minty in the way of minty things (see above), but I’m finding it pleasant and I’d happily drink it again. At least, while it’s this hot.

We can attribute this tasting note to the fact that I think my brain is melting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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65
drank Peppermint by Ringtons
2193 tasting notes

Peppermint is a classic herbal if ever there was one. It’s hard to go wrong with something so simple, and it’s a good stomach settler to boot.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/13/pure-peppermint-herbal-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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After talking about black tea’s this morning I got a craving for a big mug of this. Sometimes nothing beats a strong and simple black tea. With one sugar and a splash of milk this wonderful tea is perfect to give you a kick in all the right places.

(Being drank while reading The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time by Mark Haddon.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I agree…….sometimes I like drinking a decent cup, without having to think about it too much. How’s the book??

KittyLovesTea

Great actually so far (around 120 pages in which is almost half way). It’s about a dog that gets murdered and an autistic teenager tries to find out what happened. The book itself is written from the teenagers point of view and is very interesting.

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I only found out about the Ringtons company who deliver tea and coffee to your doorstep a couple of days ago. My mothers friend gets them to deliver to my mother house (as my mother is in all of the time) once a fortnight and I was lucky enough to be over when they knocked on the door. Taking advantage of the tea part I asked what sorts they carried and found that they are all own branded. As soon as he said Connoisseur I was hooked in and bought them to try as an every day tea.

I must say that after trying a lot of everyday tea and disliking a lot of what I have tasted (Tetley’s, Yorkshire, PG Tips etc) I was very impressed with what this tea had to offer. This tea has no bitter after taste, is strong without being ridiculously so and remains fresh in the cup even as cooling. I am used to drinking Twinings every day tea and I must say that this is a competitor when it comes to taste and value.

Over all I would say that I am very happy with this tea and shall continue to buy it in the future to vary my everday drinking tea’s to two brands. I would recommend to anyone that is a fan of fresh and strong tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Mint Marrakech by Ringtons
1812 tasting notes

The last of this is going toward a pot of iced tea. Good memories.

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68
drank Mint Marrakech by Ringtons
1812 tasting notes

This is actually almost the last of an old container that I purchased in Canterbury, England over three years ago. Therefore, I am hoping that an extended steep will be able to dredge some good flavour from it.

The verdict? Not too bad.

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87

V. nice, light and refreshing while still flavourful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

My favourite mint tea. The mixture of peppermint and spearmint is nice, and the white tea rounds the flavour out (I find pure mint teas can be one sided and ‘hollow’, for want of a better word.) Refreshing without being overpowering, I tend to make a pot of it when I’m going to be eating spicy food.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

The very last of this tea…I am sad I bought so little when I did, but it brings with it wonderful memories of trips overseas.

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92

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89
drank Strawberries & Cream by Ringtons
50 tasting notes

I was dubious at first because when I smelt the dry mix there was a strong smell of off milk laid over the fruity scent, but that vanishes completely when steeped.

This is nice. Extremely fruity and quite tart, but there’s a vanillary taste that stops the tart from becoming sour. Very drinkable. I haven’t tried sugar in it yet, I’ll try that next, and I think this will taste really good iced (I’ll update when I try that.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

“Vanillary”? :)

SoccerMom

When you actually say vanillary out loud is sounds like a cross between Vanilla and Celery.

Mac

::must not dip celery in vanilla extract to see what it’s like, must not dip celery in vanilla extract to see what it’s like::

SoccerMom

Don’t worry I wasn’t going to try celery and vanilla. I am sure vanillary sounds better with a heavy English accent but doesn’t sound so dignigified with my little southern (Texas) drawl. :P

Mac

::giggles:: Well my English accent is North York Moors, so it’s kinda slow and a little undignified.

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99
drank Organic Bird of Paradise by Ringtons
50 tasting notes

I really, really love this tea.

It’s light and refreshing but still has taste, it’s sweet without being cloying, the aftertaste is fruity and well flavoured with no trace of chemicals like I get from some other ‘scented’ teas. I’ve found myself reaching for it a lot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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