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I have to hide this one. When I observe the specified water/tea bag ratio, it’s really good. A great cup in the evening, and too many friends and family agree. I am under a self-imposed (though loosely regarded) buying freeze, and I need this to last a little while.
Chocolaty, minty, and deliciously creamy.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint
When I started the coffee-tea transition, I was not a flavored coffee fan, and was pretty sure the same would be true of tea. For my experience, the sweet, spicy and sometimes exotic aroma from various flavoring or additives don’t always translate in the cup.
That said, after dabbling with herbals and simple blends like Morocco Mint, I decided to try some flavored teas and tisanes during the Christmas season. My wife favors decaf options, and you can always offer something that smells awesome to a holiday guest.
With its base black tea, I tried Sip and Be Merry moments after opening the box. It smells fantastic and the bag infuses very quickly. It smells and tastes somewhat fruity; the second most notable flavor is the vanilla. I can see the black tea in the cup, but there’s no real evidence of it in the flavor. Not bad. My guests and co-workers love it. My wife can even drink it early in the day. That’s my positive review as I cleanse my palate with some Irish Breakfast Tea.
Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla
I first enjoyed a cup of Lapsang Souchang at Russian Tea Time in Chicago. This is not that! I have had this sitting in my pantry for close to a decade because neither I nor anyone in my family want to drink it; the smokey, barbecue-like flavor is just too strong. Fortunately, I have enjoyed sticking my nose in the canister to smell its potent, almost pipe tobacco fragrance every once in a while to make the price somewhat worth it. I need room, so it is going in the trash.
Flavors: Barnyard, Char, Smoke, Tobacco
If I could take some of the beautiful scent in the canister and put it towards bolstering the taste of this tea, I would. It’s a lovely blend of peach, ceylon, and ginger but RoT teas do steep on the weak side so that means double the tea bags.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Sweet
This was a sample from their catalog. I Prepared with a tiny bit of soy milk and a tiny bit of honey. Sipping on this the black tea is not overpowering at all. I can taste something that resembles alcoholic flavored extracts you would use in baking. It reminds me of a very artificial amaretto flavor I’ve had chocolate that tasted like that before. I believe this must be the caramel coming through and am quite disappointed. It is slightly creamy but not nearly to the extent that the Downton Abbey Ms. Patmore’s Pudding tea is. Which is one of my favorites. I do not recommend this tea to buy as it is quite boring and the quality resembles a lower priced tea bag.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Caramel
I got this as a sample from the Republic of Tea. This is a pretty nice tea, reminds me of the holidays, as I’m sure it’s meant to. The vanilla is pretty clear and the cardamom is mostly what I tasted as ‘warm’ (in the sense, not the temperature). I probably wouldn’t buy this but I wouldn’t complain about drinking it again.
Made with milk and sugar.
Flavors: Cardamon, Vanilla
After a lot of trial and error, I have concluded that I’ll never find a decaf tea that I love. However, this one is pretty nice. There is a very strong almond flavor and a less strong but present vanilla. The tea just kind of holds it all together and doesn’t have much taste of its own. The aftertaste is really lovely, just clean and like an almond cookie. I do have to steep this longer than it recommends, and if you have more than 8 oz, you probably want to use a second tea bag.
Flavors: Almond, Vanilla
This was given to me as a gift, and I’m always dubious of the quality of things in mass produced gift baskets. However, this was a nice surprise. Definitely a blueberry flavor over a smooth black tea. It’s a bit bland somehow, but in a nice way. It’s a tea that I could drink several cups of without really noticing one way or the other what I was drinking. Basically, a nice, inoffensive fruit flavored black tea.
I luckily found a tin on clearance at Indigo the other week and snatched it up. Already ripped through nearly a third of the tin. Has a nice, creamy lemon note accompanying an ultra light green rooibos base. I would have liked a little more flavour but it’s great to drink when you’re sick and need something caffeine-free. I’m currently battling a cold, but because I have been ultra dehydrated due to work, that further triggered a bacterial infection that’s a little TMI, so I’m missing a couple days of work. Hope my manager won’t be pissed at me, ugh.
I know I’m not supposed to drink this cold but I did it anyway. I drank it with Stevia because it really tastes bad. It should be good but maybe there’s something wrong with my palate. Anyway, if you want to lose weight and want the consequences of disgust, you can have this tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Spicy
This is one of my all-time favorite teas! It pairs perfectly with cold weather, a good book, and homemade scones. Its bold flavor and high caffeine content will wake you up without the accompanying jitters some endure after drinking a big cup of coffee. With its wonderful blend of assam and ceylon tea leaves, it’s like bacon for tea drinkers: You smell it, and you’re up!
Because this is a black tea, I brew it at boiling point (~200 F) and steep for 5 minutes. I caution against oversteeping since this tends to bolster a bitter aftertaste.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Perfume, Thick
Hot, this is a decidedly average tea. Smells like blackberry, tastes like generic black tea. However, I made some iced and it is great! Some of the best iced tea I’ve had. Somehow that preparation brings out the flavors much better and it’s a very refreshing drink. I thought I wanted to just get rid of this tea, but now I may have to buy it again!