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Lately I have been terrible at drinking teas while they are still hot. This is no exception. I started drinking it when it was on the cooler side. This tea is ok. Nothing special. A little strawberry. A little coconut. A mediocre black base. Not what you’d expect from a tea called “Irish Pub” at all.
Figured i’d try to get through a few samples from VariaTEA today. I’m not feeling 100% so worse case, if i don’t like a tea, i don’t have to drink it. lol this one is middle of the road. It’s a decent enough rooibos…i don’t get any rose, and that’s fine with me…caramel and cocoa yes. It’s nothing to write home about though. There are a ton of other teas i’d prefer.
Appreciate the share though, since you never know what you’ll like/won’t like until you try things.
This is still very much not a super great tea in my opinion, but I have to admit that whatever was just WILDLY off/fishy tasting last time I made myself a cup of it is definitely not present in this cup. Instead, this is just rather artificial tasting with a really oily mouthfeel – but no drastic funk. Kind of like an orange cotton candy kind of vibe but really, really fake?
I don’t know – it’s a weird tea, and I’m happy to have it finished off to not have to deal with that weirdness anymore.
Currently drinking this one…
Thank you for the share VariaTEA, but I don’t think this is the rooibos for me. Even though it’s got a fun and seasonally appropriate name I don’t think that’s enough to justify the really, really funky tasting orange notes in this blend. Like, I had to go back and double check that this wasn’t also blended with (a rather fishy tasting) pu’erh. It’s just got that weird, oily/fishy dankness to the orange flavor that is… bleck.
Ginger and papaya are both present. Unfortunately, I don’t know if I like it or not. The ginger is definitely the strongest flavor. The papaya comes through at the end. but with the ginger it seems almost off. Add to that a slight soapiness from the base tea and you have a tea that is delivering what it should be but also is still not great.
Chocolate Milk Cold Brew Sipdown (322)
When I opened the package yesterday to cold brew this, I was immediately hit with a strong alcohol smell. It was really weird and really pungent. I hoped for the best anyways and dumped the sample in the chocolate milk to sit in the fridge overnight. Alas, that alcohol smell carried through. Though now that I think about it, it maybe was menthol and not alcohol on account of the mint. Anyways, I wasn’t a fan and this mostly got dumped.
Three words: Generic. Berry. Rooibos.
For more words, check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/08/31/raspmonade-from-teataxi/
Iced tea/hot tea Sipdown (351)
This sample had 3 perfect teaspoons so I used 2 in my iced tea press and the last in an 8 ounce mug. It’s an interesting tea made up of a bunch of different fruits and a bunch of different herbal ingredients I am not particularly familiar with.
The iced tea has a nice fruity flavor with has no hibby/rosehip tartness. It’s sad though because that fruit flavor is followed by a forest quality/woodiness/not great herbal flavor.
Hot, this is worse. That fruit flavor is mostly gone other than a slight sweetness. The herbs take over. Honestly it’s like someone took a tiny bit of jam and smeared it on a dump branch with leaves.
This travels towards lemon pledge but manages to be reigned in by the oolong base and ginger zip at the end of each sip. It would be a nice tea when you aren’t feeling your best.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/07/05/citrus-oolong-from-tea-taxi/
I made this iced and hot while sick a little while back. It was minty with a little bit of ginger but it felt good going down so I was happy.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/06/02/antivirus-from-teataxi/
Around the end of last year I went for High Tea at the Ritz Carlton. If I am being honest, it was a bit of a disappointment but they introduced me to Sloane Tea’s Oolong Creme which I think is the tea that got me interested in oolongs. However, it is also the tea that set a fairly high standard for milk oolongs and though this one wasn’t bad, it just didn’t measure up. Milky and floral but a bit on the thinner side.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/02/15/milky-oolong-from-tea-taxi/
I don’t always love the flavor of orange teas but the smell always gets me. This tea smelled like orange and that scent transferred into the taste as well. The oolong complimented the flavor as well, adding a bit of floral and cream to round out the citrus.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/12/29/orange-dream-from-tea-taxi/
This actually had a lot more vanilla flavour than I expected. It’s a bit nutty and a bit rooibosy which makes this for a more robust flavour overall. It’s nice but vanilla rooibos blends are kind of boring and I don’t see myself reaching for this often. It’s very nice if you’re into this sort of thing though.
Lemonade/Ice Tea Sipdown (375)
This is supposed to be a rooibos/honeybush blend but when I opened the sample, it looked like black tea. I even sent a photo to Sil who also said it looked like black tea. So that was a confusing start.
Anyways, I actually brewed this a couple days ago but haven’t been able to get to it for a while. Now that I am finally drinking it I still don’t know if it is a black tea or honeybush/rooibos blend because all I am getting is a whole lot of honey and lemon sweetness with a peppermint finish. I can see this being well liked by some but for me it is a bit too sweet. I don’t know if its the tea to blame or the lemonade.