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Here’s Hoping TTB
I had a cup of this with breakfast this morning. Unfortunately, I was running late for work, so I had to gulp it down and wasn’t able to notice much. Mostly apple flavor, not much fig, and quite astringent. I didn’t love it, but not going to rate since I didn’t really give it a fair trial.
My non tea drinking husband liked this one, that says a lot. I am a maple lover, I lived in Vermont for 7 years and even though maple wasn’t like a huge part of my existence there, it’s special to me as a symbol of that time. So I tried this without high hopes and IT’S SO GOOD!!! I love that I can still taste the black tea base but there is totally a mapley warm sweet flavor to this! I imagine this as a latte made with vanilla almond milk and with some sugar on a cold rainy Sunday. Daydreaming…
I drank this one at the movie theater over the weekend watching Beauty and the Beast :) The thing I like about Tea Guys, well there are a lot of things, but one of the main things is that you can still taste the tea. It isn’t so dense with artificial flavors that you don’t know you’re drinking tea, you can even tell what kind of tea is in the base. This one…I got the chocolate flavor and I got a hint of the nuttiness but I didn’t quite get the toffee. I think toffee is a hard flavor to capture without sweetness so maybe if I added sugar I would get it. I did like this though, and I have some more so I will try with a tiny bit of sugar next time.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Tea
Relatively weak, steep 1 pyramid bag at boiling for 6m30s. Uninspiring and didn’t really stand up to milk either. What flavor there was was promising, but with one bag in 12oz of water at over six minutes I would have expected to be able to discern more than nutmeg and a bit of maple. Purchased as a single bag in plastic, may have been old/stale.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple, Nutmeg, Rooibos
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #26
Upon sipping this, I’m pretty sure this is the same blend as Angry Tea Room’s Maple tea. The pink peppercorn, cocoa nibs, and the maple is a giveaway. But I like this blend! I love seeing all the vanilla bean pieces around the rim of the mug. YUM. More teas need vanilla residue. If this one had more spices, it could almost taste like eggnog. The cocoa nibs don’t make the tea too chocolatey. The peppercorn was actually noticeable the second steep. Two lovely steeps. Points for vanilla that isn’t even in the name!
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #14
I think a few tea companies have this blend and it’s a good one! There are so many ingredients in this one (including caramel pieces!) It’s a tasty blend that really goes for that pumpkin spice flavor while being unique on a roasted yerba mate base. Good stuff! A nice combination of goodies.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #2
This is the tea I’ve wanted to try for years, so I was happy to see it in the teabox. Sadly, it didn’t turn out anything like I thought or what the description mentioned. It’s hard to describe! The rooibos wasn’t really necessary along with the black tea, though I remember saying years ago I’d like to see more black/rooibos combinations, I don’t really see the point now. Haha. I would love a nice woodsy (maybe that is the point of the rooibos? Literal woodsy?) apple and fig tea, so maybe this one would be better to try fresher.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 14 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Aroma: Divine. Strong chocolate & refreshing mint.
Flavour: MINT! mint in the foretaste, mint in the aftertaste, mint, mint, mint. Followed by creamy chocolate notes, which contains just a hint of honeyed rooibos.
Final Thoughts: Complete love this blend! If I had to list my top 10 this would definitely be in it.
For more on this: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/10/11/chocmintroo/
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Honey, Mint, Rooibos, Vanilla
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While not the most unique white tea I’ve ever had, it doesn’t change the fact that this tea is delicious and perfect for drinking right before bedtime. It has a beautiful delicate taste that all white teas should have and a gorgeous gentle scent. I was able to re-steep this tea 3 times without the flavor differing even in the slightest.
At first I was a little overwhelmed by the scent of this tea since it reeks of maple syrup, but boy does it have amazing flavor! It’s rich and full bodied in your mouth with a delicious sweetness from the maple sugar pieces. It’s perfect to drink with breakfast in the morning or even as a midnight ‘snack’. Add a little milk to it and you have the perfect mixed black tea!
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Peppercorn
Herbal and Decaf TTB.
This is flavorful, fruity, and less tart than most hibiscus teas. However, it has a generic fruit punch flavor that I don’t find especially interesting, with just a hint of orange. I prefer to have a particular fruit or two dominate my hibiscus teas, or to just drink plain hibiscus. I kind of miss it’s tart simplicity here. I dislike it when hibiscus blends work so hard to make it sweeter. It’s definitely not unpleasantly sweet or anything, but it’s lost it’s edge and hasn’t been given anything else interesting in return. I wish it were a grapefruit flavored hibiscus like the name suggests. I don’t think I’ve tasted one of those before.
Flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange
Holidays TTB: First few sips of this are on the boring side. I feel like I’m searching for the flavor. Then a user error (too much sweetener because my dog knocked me) made this taste way to sweet. I am going to leave this one aside and circle back with more leaf.
I had this one today and it was actually quite fabulous, the peach was subtle but the ginger was there and it was almost reminiscent of a chai. I wasn’t in the mood for black tea today (but that’s what I ended up brewing a lot of, silly me) but this one stood out. I’ll have to have it again when I’m more in the mood for it so I can give better tasting notes and a solid rating. I might possibly do a comparison with SerendipiTEA’s Cheeky Peach.
This was originally purchased for a friend but it never made its way to her. By the time I pulled it from the back of my tea cabinet, it was old and I couldn’t bring myself to send it off.
I needn’t have worried as this one tasted just fine – tart and incredibly floral if you let it oversteep.My friend – whose favorite tea is, incidentally, China Rose – probably would have loved this. Me, not so much. It’s not bad, good to drink mindlessly, but not my favorite. I feel like I’m drinking a lot of “not my favorite” lately. Hmm.
Merry Christmas Eve, steepster buddies!
It is a sad day in my tea and art area, my little blue peacock of a fish passed yesterday after fighting with dropsy. I live in fear of the pinecone infliction (called that because the bacterial infection causes swelling which makes their scales pop out like a pinecone) because it is almost always fatal. Pretty sure it was brought in by one of the mystery snails I bought, since one died and then a day later Fish Beleren took ill. I was ridiculously attached to that fish and I feel immense sadness, I will get another Betta after Christmas because I like having them around, but I doubt I will find one as epic as him…those fish are a rarity. At least Espeon can tell I am sad and has been staying close to keep me company, comfort from cats is always welcomed.
Today’s tea is all sorts of holiday cheer! I totally forgot to get real holiday teas this year, so I am winging it. From Teaguys, this is their Maple, Bourbon & Nutmeg (Eggnog) blend, which is concocted from rooibos, honeybush, buckwheat, maple sugar, almond flour, cinnamon, flavors, nutmeg, sliced almonds, coconut, soy pieces, marshmallow pieces, stevia, turmeric, which is quite the list of ingredients! Browsing around their catalog, they have a bunch of unique looking blends that I need to get my hands on at some point. The aroma of this eggnog themed tea is not so much eggnog, but certainly get the bourbon and nutmeg. Underneath strong bourbon and nutmeg is woody sweetness and coconut with just a hint of maple at the finish. It is very sweet smelling, and the woodiness blends well with the maple and bourbon.
Steeping time, the liquid is rather cloudy, probably from the marshmallow or the coconut, or one of the other random ingredients. The aroma is quite woody and sweet, with strong notes of maple and bourbon, with lesser notes of nutmeg, coconut, and a gentle nuttiness. The liquid sans tea and bits is woody and spicy, very creamy with notes of coconut and bourbon, it is quite sweet smelling and I am starting to pick up on the eggnog idea.
The website gives the instructions to make this into a latte, and in hindsight I kinda wish I would have tried that, but I was only gifted enough for a cup so oops. The first thing I notice is the oily and thick mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish, typical of a rooibos and honeybush blend with coconut, a clever way of combating the strong dryness of this woody plant. The taste is rather sweet, strong notes of bourbon and coconut with a slight metallic note (honeybush always tastes vaguely metallic to me, not really sure why) and a maple and marshmallow midtaste. The finish has an odd coconut candy that lingers. This is an alright blend, not my favorite, but points for unique!
Apparently it’s international tea day so I figured in honor of the supposed holiday, I’d try a new tea from my collection.
As far as root beer-y flavored teas, this pales in comparison to Root Beer Float from DAVIDStea but I think this one is actually a better flavored tea. While David’s tastes like sarsaparilla and rooty, nature-y flavors, this one has milder sarsaparilla notes and picks up spices. I think I taste a bit of cloves and possibly some allspice. It’s definitely more of a chai than a root beer to me.
Flavors: Clove, Sarsaparilla
Tea Guys’ blending skills amaze me every cup. This tastes pretty darn close to a gingersnap and got rid of any baked goods craving I may have had. The ginger is pretty laid back, but the cookie flavor is there. There’s enough different flavors to the tea to make it really come across well.
I looked at the ingredients list afterwards, and I could maybe taste some coconut, but papaya? pineapple? How did they hide those in there? I couldn’t taste those flavors at all.
Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Cookie, Ginger
I think I might be able to finally call my mission for the perfect caramel tea a success!
This has a nice mellow caramel flavor to it which is much stronger in the smell than in the taste. It also has an interesting… baked good taste and texture in my mouth (possibly from the buckwheat?) and tastes almost like a caramel muffin/cupcake. I wish there was a liiiittle bit more salt but other than that it’s pretty spot on, a wonderful afternoon cuppa.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Toffee