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I get a nice orangey flavor here. I don’t necessarily taste the black tea. The flavoring isn’t tangy, sour, or fake. It’s well-balanced and pleasant warm with some sugar. I didn’t taste cranberry specifically, which was fine. Thanks tea-and-cats! I don’t think this was special enough to have again, but it was nice.
I wanted to follow up the theme of chocolate teas today with this tea from getanzt
After 8 minutes of steeping, this smelled like strawberry candy and tasted like a delicate strawberry hot cocoa. I added a little but of milk to make it creamier, but it ended up drowning out the flavors, so I don’t recommend doing that!
Overall, I wish the flavor was stronger, but what is there is tasty!
I’m currently in possession of the latest Reddit TTB, which is always fun. This is the first tea that I decided to try, and it’s quite nice! It’s the loose leaf version, and it’s pretty high quality. I taste a pleasant malty flavor. It goes well with milk and sugar. It could be a little stronger/heartier, but it’s been a good way to start my day!
steep 5 minutes boiling water
color translucent dark orange brown
hint earthy (coconut) in aftertaste if you look for it
Added cream and sugar, now it tastes like sweet milk
meh, not a fan
this was a free sample
additional notes: Having this one again a month later and raising the rating from 74. I’m surprised I only gave it a rating of 74 a month ago, as there are some real clunkers of bergamot blends out there and this is NOT one of them. This IS a solid Earl – just as long as I use two teabags in a big mug. The flavor is quite good. I really like it. This could be a go-to tea for me, if I’m looking for STRONG, BRISK, TASTY BERGAMOT. It seems like a tea I’d drink at a lighthouse or something… Or great on a sunny yet brisk and windy day (as today is). As whoa, this tea is also brisk yet sunny. It’s a real energy booster and brightener.
Tiffany :) sent me a TON of these teabags! THANK YOU! Luckily I like them! I will be doubling up on them though. Eyeing the CTC leaf, it looks like half a teaspoon in each teabag. It might have been a LITTLE strong, but note to self, use a big mug if you steep two. But I love when an Earl is brisk. The bergamot itself isn’t my absolute favorite, that’s tough to match, but it isn’t bad bergamot at all. Also strong! Well, this IS named “Earl GreyER”. I’m glad I like it… I will have plenty around when I want a solid Earl.
Steep #1 // 2 teabags for big mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 min after boiling // 3min
Flavors: Bergamot, Brisk
Decided to immerse myself in all things Eire today: shamrock green sweater, Irish Whiskey Tea (Teamaze) for breakfast, rereading an installment from “An Irish Country Doctor” series, listening to The Irish Rovers, and this for my work break because, well, green.
I don’t have a lot of matcha experience so this may just be ignorance talking, but it was a little too high on the bitter and vegetal scale for my preferences. I’m lily-livered and want my green teas gentle, sweet-ish, or flavored. No harm done, horizons expanded, and with that, I’ll leave you with this little Irish blessing I found: If God sends you down a stony path, may He give you strong shoes.
One of my favorite teas to drink iced in the summer. Super refreshing. Light on the ginger and heavy on the peach and tea flavor. It’s decaf, so it’s a little flat tasting compared to non decaf black tea, but it’s perfect for this blend.
Flavors: Peach, Stonefruit, Tea
I don’t really care for red rooibos but I’ve seen some people mentioning they have a strong preference for either red or green so I thought I’d give this a try when I found a tin at the grocery store. I think it’s quite a bit tastier than red rooibos but I’m not in love with it. It’s just a big cup of meh. There are other caffeine-free options I enjoy a lot more. Maybe it would be better for me in a blend instead of straight rooibos? Or maybe I’m just not a rooibos person.
This blend is gorgeous. I love jasmine—the fragrance, the flavour, all the things. And while I like it with just about any tea, I think it works best as a white tea blend. (Oolong might be nice, too? I haven’t tried it.) This one’s super simple and straightforward, and utterly lovely.
This one has a couple extra ingredients thrown in – blackberry leaf and stevia leaf. Not sure what benefit or flavor the blackberry leaf offers, and I’m not really tasting any sweetness from the stevia. Of course, that means no weird aftertaste either. Maybe because it’s stevia leaf and not the processed powder. Hibiscus isn’t my favorite, but I wanted something without caffeine this afternoon and I hadn’t tried this one yet. It’s cooled off now, so I’m enjoying it.
I signed up for a free virtual assistant training (?) this afternoon. It’s just a little five-day video series, though I’m sure they’ll be asking me for money at the end. Maybe if I like it, I’ll sign up. We’ll see. I’m hoping to narrow down my focus with some of the provided worksheets as the week goes on. I’m working as an administrative assistant now in a semi-large department, but I’d love to break into the world of virtual assistant work. September is approaching quickly and with it our official return to work. Being an assistant was never the plan (I wanted to be an Anthropologist…), but it pays the bills and I’m good at it so here we are. Working from home these last 18 months has really put things into perspective for me though, especially thinking about all that time wasted on long commutes. That, plus some somewhat recent health issues, has me reconsidering if the corporate world is really worth it. Some people live to climb that corporate ladder, but I’ve never been one of them. It’s just so hard for me to step away from my comfort zone. I guess it’s probably like that for most people. Anyway, if you’ve read this far, thanks for letting me ramble on. It’s been heavy on my mind lately. How’s everyone else adjusting to this “new normal” we’re moving into? I’m still nervous about leaving my house, to be honest. I’ve been lucky to be able to stay home through all of this, that’s for sure. I wonder sometimes how this will affect all of us long-term. It’s been quite a year+ and it’s still not even over.
Flavors: Astringent, Hibiscus