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drank Snooze by Teapigs
73 tasting notes

I think I drank too much caffeinated tea too late into the evening tonight, because it’s 3 a.m. and I just can’t get my sleepy on… I was tempted to pull out Bluebird’s Cat’s Pyjamas, but I ordered some lemon-infused honey from Etsy to try to help me get over the fact it tastes of nothing but super-strong chamomile, a flavor I don’t particularly enjoy, and I’m still waiting on that to arrive. So I decided to dig into my stash for some other sleepytime teas.

I got some Teapigs samplers not long ago, so I decided to try this one out. Snooze is a blend of apple pieces, chamomile, and lavender, and I am quite a fan of apple and lavender, and hoping those things will balance out the chamomile flavor, though it really all comes down to how the tea is blended. The first thing I notice, looking at the sachet, is that the chamomile is not whole flowers, but shredded flower, while there is quite a bit of chunky bits of apple, and there appears to be a pretty decent lavender-to-chamomile ratio. Things are looking decidedly up for me already!

While I tend to not get that nasty “papery” teabag taste from sachets, out of principal I cut the sachet open and let the ingredients infuse in my gravity well infuser (not that herbals do much expansion, but I liked the idea of all that apple fully floating around in the water!) Surprisingly, for so much apple in the tea, I didn’t get a very pronounced apple flavor… but what I did get, was a much sweeter flavor, with a much more subdued and less overwhelming chamomile taste, which is exactly what I was hoping for! I don’t mind when chamomile is in a blend, I just don’t really like the taste of it when it’s the dominant flavor and stands out in the foreground; I really prefer it as a background note. I can still make out that it is there, but it doesn’t have that strong (and to me, often oddly soapy) floral presense, and instead a sweet, apple note comes through in the finish. There is also a strong lavender flavor in this tea which helps (for me!) a lot, as I’m a huge fan of lavender; it hits in the aroma immediately, and that somewhat floral/minty flavor is strong in the sip and follows through right to the finish. That, for me, is probably my favorite part, so if you don’t like lavender, I can assure you aren’t going to like this one.

I really like this one! I wouldn’t say it knocks me out like Cat’s Pyjamas does (must be the valerian root!) but this is certainly soothing and tastes wonderful.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Lavender, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
79 tasting notes

I was totally unaware of what this tea was, until I looked it up :). I like it – but would not go crazy over it. It does have the roasted flavor which is nice. Overall, okay tea, I think if you like this kind, you would like this version.

Flavors: Popcorn

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
79 tasting notes

I really like this tisane. I enjoyed it after dinner tonight, tastes refreshing. I read the reviews and there was lots of talk about iced, I bet this is amazing as iced tea in the summer.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Chai by Teapigs
79 tasting notes

Good chai, I really like the first taste of cinnamon and ginger, the spicyness of the ginger is delicious.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I wanted a different herbal tea for the evening and decided to try this one, I love fennel and I love licorice root, so it would seem that I love this tea, and I do. It tasted good without sweetener, I also tried it with some monk fruit, my natural sweetener. I think I prefer it unsweetened, it tastes sweet enough. I think I will be re-purchasing this one.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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chocolatey and delicious. I enjoyed this sample but wouldn’t buy it – good, not great.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received a sample satchel via Taste the World and decided to give it a try today.

I’m not a fan of liquorice but curiosity got the best of me today and I gave it a whirl. The tea is rather sweet, and the peppermint was a nice touch, but I couldn’t finish the cup.

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drank Chai by Teapigs
2 tasting notes

This is the first chai tea I had that I actually liked and the tea that made me think maybe I can enjoy chai tea. It’s spicy and sweet at the same time and with a little milk just tops the whole thing off if you don’t think you like the heavy spice of chai try this one!

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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90
drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
635 tasting notes

Tea pigs: chilly chai. Pyramid mesh bag.
review:

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I taste: cinimon, pepper, red wine, spices, spicy. Black tea, ginger, chilli peppers.
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A yummy tea! I rate a 90/100. I suggest you try it too!

Where to find: https://www.facebook.com/teapigs

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper, Red Wine, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 200 ML

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83
drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
239 tasting notes

Although enclosed in tea bags, this jasmine tea is not finely cut leaves, but fuller, high quality leaves that have been rolled into “pearls”. There are pros and cons to selling these quality pearls in teabags. Teabags are more accessible and inclusive to the average tea drinker, therefore less daunting than loose leaf, if one should fancy a change from the standard black tea. Therefore, these teabags are great for introducing newbies into the wonderful world of good quality tea. However, the teabag isn’t quite big enough to let the pearls fully unfurl and agonise without over steeping. Luckily though, you can actually buy this as loose leaf from the Teapigs website! They taste really good, with just a hint of green tea being detectable and a very strong, pungent jasmine flavour, that has an incredibly dry finish.

For more on jasmine green tea: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/06/24/ttjasmine/

Flavors: Jasmine

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90

Super Fruit is one of my favorite teas. It is extremely flavourful, cranberry and blueberry being the primary tastes. While some berry teas tend to be more sweet, I definitely find this one to be more tart. I’ll sometimes add a teaspoon of sugar, however lately I have been drinking this particular tea without sugar at all. I really like the tartness of it, as it feels very rejuvenating. I also love the fact that it is so convenient, being a bag tea. I do have an array of loose tea, but whenever I am running short on time, I turn to this one!

Flavors: Blueberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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A few quick notes: A bottle is 330ml which is 23 calories per 100ml. Making a whole bottle approximately 76 calories (to my calculations and admittedly maths is not my strong suit). It contains spring water, apple juice from concentrate and Matcha green tea.

A shake and big gulp later… It tastes like a less sweetened version of apple juice. The Matcha isn’t noticeable until the end where it leaves a bit of a dry after taste, otherwise it doesn’t really carry any other Matcha characteristics at all. It’s rather disappointing actually as I really wanted it to be more Matcha flavoured than apple, but it’s the other way around. I suppose it’s good for those that dislike Matcha but still want it’s health benefits.

Don’t get me wrong, it was certainly pleasant to drink and if I was in a shop I may buy it in the future for a road trip; but I wanted more Matcha in there. I actually like the taste of Matcha and the only resemblance of it was in the last few sips in the bottom of the bottle.

A nice try but I also bet this is something you could replicate at home yourself.

https://kittylovestea.com/2017/01/19/tea-blogs-best-100-list/

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An above average green tea. Definitely better than any green tea I’ve had while being out for lunch or supper (I’m looking at you Bigelow and Higgins & Burke!) For a grocery store tea, it’s pretty good! Tastes like what I imagine a green tea should taste like, strong on the plant-like flavour which I enjoy. What lost points on this one for me was the tea bag itself. I hate these plastic-y tea bags. I just don’t imagine them to be healthy or eco-friendly. The other thing I didn’t like was the metallic after-taste at the end of every sip. If it wasn’t for that, I would have given it an even higher rating. I like it but I don’t love it.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Metallic, Seaweed

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The branding for this tea is awesome. The cow is super adorable and the name is definitely attention grabbing. Once brewed, the rooibos and caramel stand out prominently as the main aroma and flavours for this amber coloured tea. The tea has a nice creaminess to it benefiting from the milk ingredients. I still prefer the Cozy Caramel Rooibos tea from Murchie’s but this is a decent alternative.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Milk, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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drank Chocolate and Mint by Teapigs
669 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I don’t celebrate Christmas, so I have never done an advent calendar. BUT. This year, Christmas Eve is also the first night of Hannukah. And I love Hannukah. And countdowns are fun. SO. I have spent the past month getting a bunch of teas to sip-downable levels so I could DIY a Hannukah countdown sipdown bonanza. As an added treat, I picked up a chocolate advent calendar from Trader Joe’s so I could have my own little tea and chocolate ritual each evening. Naturally, I had to start the event by doubling down on the chocolate with this tea.

This reminds me strongly of Andes chocolate mints. It’s just a clean, minty, creamy, chocolate brew. Yummy hot, terrible cold. Would happily drink again.

Fjellrev

You know, come to think of it, I haven’t had much luck with chocolate mint teas cold. They all seem to go wonky.

Kaylee

Hmm. I have some thin mints tea that I could experiment with. I think most chocolate teas are just better hot though.

Fjellrev

Yeah, it seems like it’s the chocolate that doesn’t translate well in cold tea. Too bad since chocolate mint works so well in ice cream and the like.

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79
drank Mao Feng Green Tea by Teapigs
415 tasting notes

My first tea from the GCTTB ! :) Although this is a bagged tea it is full leaf and it’s in a cute, see through, pyramid shaped bag. Nice :)

I’ve had at least one other Mao Feng Green before and it’s usually more vegetal/buttery. This one, however was very floral (but without bitterness). Nonetheless, it was quite enjoyable and convenient to have today as I have 3 appointments and many chores to do (there goes my day off lol). I Loved watching the leaves unravel in the pyramid too :).

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mookit

I like this one too! Excited to see what’s in the box :)

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83

I actually think teapigs matcha is pretty good. Bit overpriced though (expected, since matcha is a premium product)

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