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Mmmmm… flower juice. I have no idea why this is so good. I think I was right about staying away from pure chamomile and sticking to blends; it plays a supporting role here and is really pleasant. Some folks have reported not tasting lavender at all, while some have reported applesauce, chamomile, and lavender. I’m led to believe that either they’re still sorting out their formula or the batches are unbalanced because this? This is (lavender) flower juice. I admit to sweetening it slightly, and it’s lurvely.
sob Friends, if you think that berries and hibiscus will be anything like the perfection that is strawberry and rhubarb, you would be mistaken. So… very… mistaken. teapigs say that this tea tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful. My rating for this blend is lemony puckerface. You know the one.
Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus
Like the other teapigs cold brews I’ve tried (rose and lychee, peach and mango), this is a light and refreshing blend. Unlike the others, though, this one is a bit too light. The cucumber is lovely but has to be coaxed out by steeping longer than advised. The apple’s hiding a bit, but pops in to say hullo now and again. This is more of an included-in-a-variety-pack than a solo purchase for me.
Flavors: Apple, Cucumber
Oh, green tea. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve tried so hard, can’t you see? I think now it’s time I just let you be. Unless you’re hanging out with my buddy jasmine, in which case I’m here for it.
This tastes like smoky rice water.
Flavors: Toasted Rice
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Y’all, they turned V8 into a tea and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Also V8 has a tomato base and there’s no tomato in this tea so basically this blend is sorcery. There’s a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (whyyyy), but it’s not overwhelming. I dunno, it’s just all a bit confusing.
Flavors: Tart, Vegetables
Oh, gosh. The sachet doesn’t smell like anything much. While steeping, all I could smell was peppermint. While drinking, all I could taste was liquorice. This amused me greatly but my tastebuds were in vehement disagreement.
I don’t know if it does this to you, but liquorice has a tendency to coat my tongue and throat. This is a quality I appreciate in a cough syrup, but not in a tea. And then there’s the odd, fleeting, zap of sweetness. Which feels kind of sweet, but kind of completely different from sweet.
It is true to what it is, but what it is is not for me.
This is really the best kind of tea. It has only four, natural ingredients. It’s naturally caffeine-free. Since it’s herbal, it’s very forgiving in terms of steep time. The flavours are fantastically well balanced and needn’t be improved with additives. As it cools, the ginger actually intensifies a bit, which is wonderful.
I really don’t know where the flavour is coming from, given that it’s just ginger, lemon, lemongrass, and liquorice, but somehow the sum of its parts tastes like a fruit cereal—Trix or Fruity Pebbles, I don’t remember which—sprinkled with ginger. It’s super weird, makes me laugh, and totally works.
I should mention also that you might be thinking, it’s lemon and ginger, how special can it be? But I’ve never tasted a lemon and ginger blend that tastes like this. It’s worth a try.
Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Lemon
This blend is almost perfect. Honestly, it’s more like proper chai than their chai blend—and it’s herbal! The fragrance is wonderful. I may have singed my nostrils a bit by inhaling too much steam. I definitely have a thing for warm, spicy teas. I’m not a fan of the lemon and think it’d be better without it, but it’s still really lovely. I can’t pinpoint what it is, but there is a note in the fragrance that actually reminds me of my home in Bombay.
I prepared this very lightly sweetened. I wanted to add mylk but at this point I don’t trust teapigs blends to retain their flavour when I do, so I didn’t risk it. It was fine without. It’s so good. You know when something is really yummy, you savour its aftertaste by making sort of nyum-nyum motions with your mouth? I was doing that for like 15 minutes after drinking the last drop. I could easily drink it by the litre.
Flavors: Lemon, Spices
Oh, friends, we were SO close! I love rose and I love lychee, but tart hibiscus and I are very rarely on the same wavelength. This blend is light, refreshing, suuuuuper lovely, and would have been even lovelier without the hibiscus. Prepared plain: it’s unsweetened, but it doesn’t need sweetener. I had no idea rose and lychee made such a great combination. If I ever get more of this, I shall try sweetening it with a drop or two of Rooh Afza, which is a rose-flavoured syrup.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Lychee, Rose
Huzzah! I’ve been trying to hard to like the teas included in teapigs’ 2020 advent calendar and I haven’t been having much luck. But this is a nice one! It’s very light, very mild. I get the kind of grassy, green notes, maybe a touch of rice, but not the super vegetal flavour that gives a lot of green tea its depth. I’m happy with this “shallow” one. =] Drink it quickly, though—I could feel bitterness creeping in as soon as it started to cool.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Rice
Ach, this should have been amazing. Earl Grey is one of my favourite blends. And don’t get me wrong—it is nice, it’s just weak, like every one of their bagged blends I’ve tried so far. I have my Earl Grey with (non-dairy) milk and (non-sugar) sweetener; by the time I added just a bit of each, the flavour was gone. I’m not a fan of the added lime (and miscellaneous “natural flavourings”), either. I’ll stick to the bergamot-heavy Earl Grey blends that can withstand a little milk ‘n’ sugar.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus
Oh, goodness. I’ve had chamomile tea before, but always a blend, never pure chamomile. This smells and tastes just awful. Not flowery, not with a hint of natural sweetness (as implied), just kind of flat. If this is how pure chamomile smells and tastes, I need to stay away and stick to blends.
Flavors: Cardboard, Herbaceous
I’m so irritated. The dancing figure on the packet, “bolly good,” “chai tea,” “the colour and vibrancy of India in a cup”—all of it. At least the ingredients are pretty close to proper chai, except for the vanilla. Prepared with (non-dairy) milk and a non-sugar sweetener, the blend is weak and needs way more ginger. I am engrumbled.
If you’ve ever had peach-mango juice or—even more similar—peach-mango water enhancer (those drops you put in your water to make it more palatable), this is just like that. It’s actually a little bit surprising to me that there are so many ingredients; all I taste is the peach-mango flavour mix. Anyway. I’ve never had a cold brew herbal tea sachet before and it’s really nice! It’s light and refreshing, as it should be, and the flavour is true enough that I wasn’t even tempted to add sweetener.
Flavors: Mango, Peach