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Today’s iced latte with added caramel which is becoming my nightly snack it seems. This actually is pretty tasty. The first few sips were mostly caramel from the syrup but since then it’s been a lot of thick, fudgey brownie notes. Reminds me of Pudtea’s Caramel Brownie tea, which I enjoyed a lot, so this is a nice find given Pudtea is on indefinite hiatus.
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #180 overall / Tea #4 for May
An Ode to Tea, Q is for the Queen’s Peach by T2 (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea) 14/23
Sunday 5/2 — T2 the Queen’s Peach. Took the entire amount Brianna gave me and did a cold brew pitcher. I did not read any of the ingredients in advance but was looking forward to a peach tea, I have not found one yet that I like…. Ended up being a slightly sweet heavily turmeric spicy tea. I like turmeric in my tea actually but was not prepared for this to be what I was tasting, thought the orange was going to be a peach flavor/taste. Once I knew what I was getting into as I sipped the whole pitcher it was enjoyable but not a purchase. — Wait, this doesn’t have any turmeric in it? Must be the ginger I was tasting? Hmm, interesting…
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown
I bought this tea to bump up my order for free shipping, and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did! Judging from the other comments though, this tea is a bit finnicky.
Opening the box, it smells like a generic flavored tea- all scented candle and a bit artificial. Not a good sign. I ended up using just under boiling water and eyeballed the steep, and to my surprise, it was so good that I had another!
Perhaps underbrewing this tea helped it. The other comments are abysmal and I can see why- I let my second cup steep a bit too long and the lingering aftertaste gave me a headache.
Thanks to a new to me tea group on FB, I was sent a bunch of green tea samples from T2. I randomly picked this one out of the package. It was a great start! I truly wish I had more to try as an iced tea. I tried it per directions at 175 degrees steeped for 3 minutes.
Found it to be pretty well balanced and would put this up there with one of my favorite pineapple flavor teas.
Flavors: Grass, Pineapple
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My very last T2 sample! The black tea here looked tiny and a bit dusty, so I only steeped it for 2 minutes.
Whoa, this is basically just a mouthful of pepper. I guess I can taste the ginger as well, bit of cinnamon, and, if I really look for it, a subtle note of pineapple.
But mostly, it’s pepper. Nope.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper, Pineapple, Spicy, Sweet
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Almost done with these T2 swap samples!
This one is fairly decent. I do get a nice cooked apple flavor, and something grainy that reminds me of healthy muffins. But I think it’s the maple that has an artificial taste to it, which is a bit of a turn-off for me. And the green base is virtually flavorless, with just a hint of dry grassiness.
It’s drinkable but nothing special, unfortunately.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Dry Grass, Grain, Maple, Oats, Sweet
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I can pretty much say without a doubt that this won’t be for me, given the strong chocolate flavoring smell, but we’ll give it a try!
Hmm… Well, it’s actually more almond and hazelnut than chocolate, which is nice. The nut flavor has a nice buttery quality and very much reminds me of roasted almonds.
However, there is definitely chocolate flavoring, of which I am not a fan, and also it’s a bit too sweet from the brittle pieces. A shame, because that roasted nut flavor is quite nice!
(I’m going to leave off a rating just because my aversion to chocolate flavoring really does ruin this for me…)
Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Artificial, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Roasted Nuts, Sugar, Sweet
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Holy crap Batman, this tea has such a high rating!
I’m not saying it’s bad, in fact it’s quite delicious. I love jasmine pearls, and these are undoubtedly high quality. I’m just surprised by the average of 89!
Anyway, the tea is light and fragrant with a nice sweet and natural jasmine flavor. Smooth and almost creamy, like other fine jasmine pearls I’ve tried. There’s a lingering sweet and nectarous floral finish.
Like I said, very good! I don’t have any Teavivre jasmine pearls handy, but it would be fun to compare. That being said, this tea is priced higher than even the most expensive grade of jasmine pearl from Teavivre, and I can’t imagine it being worth that much…
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Milk, Nectar, Peach, Smooth, Spring Water, Sweet
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Another flavored black tea from T2. Given my general dislike for chocolate flavoring, I’m not hopeful…
Bleck, this tastes a bit soapy, almost like coconut that’s gone off. But there’s no coconut in the blend, so not sure what’s giving me that impression.
In any case, nope!
ETA: Turns out the rancid coconut taste was flavor contamination from another tea!
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate
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Continuing with swap samples today!
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, but apparently it’s supposed to be oats, cinnamon, and caramel. I do get a bit of sweet cinnamon and perhaps a bit of grainy flavor from the oats. I also taste the cacao shells.
Overall it’s just a bit muddled and comes out being just okay. I’ve had a similar experience with a lot of T2’s teas…
Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Grain, Sweet, Tea
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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – T
I got a huge swap package today, so I need to get cracking to sip down all of these samples! Luckily, they’re mostly single servings, so I should be able to get through them quickly enough.
This came out extremely bland given I used more leaf than I normally would’ve just to finish off the sample. It’s sort of a like a very slightly sweet ginger water? I can barely tell it’s peach at all, and that’s with already knowing what’s in it.
Meh. Hot ginger water is not for me, he he.
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy, Sweet
Last tea from the Christmas sampler. Eh it tastes somewhat like coconut that’s on the edge, though I’m not sure if there is coconut in there. It also has some added flavors that evoke eggnog, or at least something creamy. It’s better with milk. It’s quite fake tasting, but I don’t mind it too much. I ended up having a decent time with this one, but wouldn’t really recommend.
I don’t order from T2 anymore, but I also want to complain about the magnetic “erasable” labels I bought from them. I used dry erase markers, but they won’t rub off the labels no matter what I use. I thought they’d be better than the sticky notes I usually use to label my tins, but it’s back to sticky notes for me!
From the name, I expected this to be a breakfast tea, but I found that it’s actually pretty heavily spiced, which I don’t mind. The ginger and pepper can be a little sharp, but I feel like it all works when it’s rounded out by some milk. There are better chais, but this wasn’t bad. Probably the best or second best tea in this four tea Christmas sampler.
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Yesterday I pulled out the last little bit of this tisane because I wanted an iced tea and this was good that way. I then had enough for an 8 oz serving so I decided to give cold brewing a try. I ended up walking around with the iced version in my tea press yesterday and today. The cold brew I basically chugged last night because we were putting the dishwasher on and I wanted to put the cup it was in in the dishwasher. It could be because it was made with the last of the tea but the blackberry leaves were overwhelming in the cold brew, making it way too sweet.
This iced tea, on the other hand, is not overly sweet. It’s distinctly mango and to that end it does have a sweetness but it is not the cloying sweetness that blackberry leaves can sometimes contribute. It also does manage to be creamy w/o being overly artificial, which I find impressive from a fruit tisane. While I am not placing a T2 order just for this tea, I think I would add it to the cart if I were grabbing other stuff.
I pulled this out and decided to make it both iced and hot. It seemed it could be good either way and given it was caffeine free I decided to make it both ways.
I am drinking the iced first to give the hot a little bit of time to cool down. It’s both good and bad. The blackberry leaf makes it too sweet but this is creamy and has a nice mango flavor.
Hot, it is also alright. I find the flavor is less distinctly mango. It also doesn’t have the same creamy aspect that is coming through in the iced tea. It is still sweet but not overly so, thus good in some respects and not great in others.
Overall, this tea is good but not my favorite.
I ended up with a huge tin of this from a previous sale, and I’ve been working my way through it much too slowly. The flavor is pretty strange. I really can’t tell what it is. I often think about this tea as if I dislike it, but when I’m actually drinking it, it’s all right. It’s very mildly spiced and really just has this one predominant flavor that’s sort of…bready? It’s difficult to articulate, but the flavor is unique and interesting, if not my favorite thing in the world.
Sample from VariaTEA – second time i’m having this. It’s not a bad cacao tea but anytime these things call themselves “hot chocolate” i just laugh because the brew is always too watery to really make me feel like hot chocolate. And if i wanted hot chocolate, i’d probably just make some for real :) But this was tasty and enjoyable nonethless :)
Starting my day with a cup of this. I’ve been desperately trying to sipdown Adagio’s Candy Apple black tea the past few days (the bottom of the tea tin is in sight) but I really need a break from it.
This Sencha tea came in a selection box, so I don’t have much of it to drink. It’s still as good as when I first reviewed it though.
It’s fresh and grassy in aroma, with a hint of astringency and sourness that you get from lemon juice.
Once brewed, hay-like notes emerge and the sweetness intensifies. Sugar snap peas and dew-damp morning grass.
As I pointed out in my review, this is not the only Sencha tea that T2 offer. This one is labelled “Sencha” while another is labelled “Japanese Sencha” which kinda suggests that this one isn’t actually from Japan. So, is it still Sencha? It’s something I ponder as I sip this cup.
Initial blog review for this tea was in early December: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/t2-sencha-tea-review/
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Peas, Sweet