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Similar to Rishi’s ginger tumeric tea, but in a slightly lighter bagged version for easy on the go steeping. It’s great when I’m feeling lazy. I was craving a golden milk turmeric coconut milk tea the other night (and feeling lazy) I steeped it in some heated coconut milk… and it worked really well for an easy watered down version of golden milk! Not as rich and thick, but great when in a pinch.
Trader Joe’s tea selections are generally a miss in flavor for me. This tea sits somewhere between a hit and miss.
It’s not entirely bland, but it’s about one step up from it. I enjoy rooibos and pumpkin spice teas but there’s just not enough of any flavor coming through even though I steeped the tea for almost 10 minutes.
I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. I’ve found adding two sachets to each cup enhanced the flavor enough that I’ll be able to finish the tin, but I won’t be buying it again. There are much better choices for rooibos and pumpkin spice teas.
After researching health benefits of Turmeric and Ginger – it was easy to see the rationale of adding this tea to my blends of favorite teas. This tea is not great by itself, but when I add this to the Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Herbal and Black Tea — the two are pretty AWESOME together! Love the taste of this. It is not much different than the Sweet and Spicy Herbal and Black Tea by itself, but this adds some added health benefits.
Google Turmeric and Ginger – and you’ll see why this is a great thing to add to the mix!
So My rating system is way off and I really need to fix it but haven’t had the time to. I’ve been rating just “ok” teas way too low. Another thing that throws me off is comparing different types of tea when rating. I get very OCD about numbers so when I do get around to fixing things I’ll have a formula or something to follow when rating.
Actual tasting Note: So I really like bergamot, even though I do enjoy a creamy subtle tasting bergamot flavored earl grey. I generally like my bergamot strong. So instead of using the recommended 1 TSP of tea I ended up using 2 TSPs. I’m actually not sure how long I steeped this for, It was at least 5 minutes but the tea was still pretty warm so I didn’t steep it as long as I usually do. I just usually enjoy it over steeped. Flavor wise this is probably my least favorite earl grey I’ve ever had. The bergamot is there but it’s unpleasant for some reason. I’m wondering if it just isn’t pairing well with the black tea or if the currant has something to do with this. I don’t particularly care for the base either in this blend.
While at the local Trader Joe’s store in Charlotte yesterday, I stumbled on this little item for the first time. I recently purchased a few pounds of tea online and said I wasn’t going to buy any more for a while but you know how we teaholics are. Plus, the price was reasonable and it didn’t break the bank.
When I opened the sealed plastic package, I was struck by the very strong aroma. Olfactory fireworks were going off inside and I struggled to pinpoint their components. I could definitely identify the bergamot and vanilla. The others were up for grabs. The leaves were short and black with blue cornflower petals and yellow sunflower petals sprinkled generously within the blend.
I steeped the leaves for five minutes at 195 degrees as instructed. The brewed liquor was bright orange and the aroma was very vanilla with a whisper of bergamot.
The flavor of this tea took a few sips to settle down on my palate. I think my taste buds experienced flavor overload at first. They seemed to be bombarded with several strong flavors all at once.
Eventually, I was able to discern the vanilla, bergamot, and cornflower tastes. I don’t know if I would recognize the flavor of sunflower even if I only had a mouthful of its petals. Ironically, the one advertised flavor I didn’t find was black tea.
My ultimate taste analysis recorded a sweet mixture of vanilla in the forefront with bergamot and cornflower accents tip-toeing in the background. This combination was pleasant with maybe just a twinge of astringency. The twinge was not too annoying but also present in the aftertaste.
Flavors: Bergamot, Flowers, Vanilla
This was a Christmas gift that came with 5 other teas from Trader Joe’s. So far I’ve found that each tin makes about 2-3 cups of tea.
I cannot stand the taste of lemongrass. It almost always seems to overpower herbal tea blends but tonight for some bizarre reason (probably a one in a million chance) I thought that I could drink it without having to dump the cup out.
This tea’s ingredients are almost identical to another tea that a family member gifted me several years ago that I still have from The Spice & Tea Exchange called Chamomile Twist which tasted predominately of lemongrass.
I’m tasting the lemongrass and nothing else. Not a fan. Not much else to say.
I really enjoy this tea. It’s what I have been drinking at night during the last couple of weeks when I want tea before bed. There is a nice combination of flavors that remind me of fall/winter and I always enjoy fruity teas. I recommend if you want that similar feeling for yourself – it makes for a nice comforting cup when you want one during cold nights.
I’m either just not a fan of plain red Rooibos teas, or I’ve just yet to try one that is high enough quality to like. I only find this one drinkable sweetened with a dash of almond milk. Best when sweetened with agave. Not much to say about this tea although it does brew up a lovely color.
I love mint tea, good mint tea, which is surprisingly difficult to find. I bought a few mint teas at Trader Joe’s this morning, one of them might be “the one.” I am pleased with this one, it was my first try so hard to know how others will compare, but I did enjoy this tea very much. I think the lemongrass adds a brightness to flavor.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Spearmint
The aroma of this tea is nice but the flavor of the tea is weak at a 5 minute steep so I opted to steep it for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, and after squeezing the tea bag to extract even more flavor, the flavor was still watery and weak. I opted to add another tea bag to 8 ounces of water just to extract some more flavor out of this tea. The only flavor I picked up on was the tea flavor and some aftertaste of ginger. Not one flavor came through strong enough to be appealing to recommend or buy again. It was a bad enough brew that I opted to dump it and make myself another flavor of tea.
I love lots of Trader Joe’s products, but it seems their teas are not up to par in quality in what I’ve come to expect out of them. Fortunately their return policy is quite generous so there’s no risk to give a tea flavor that appears tempting a try. Unfortunately, its usually a return.
Flavors: Ginger, Herbs, Pear
This tea is so simple and so delicious. It comes in mesh sachets, which maximizes the flavor. It’s blended perfectly. Nice and mild and satisfying. Why did no one else think of this before? I would only drink this one hot— not sure if it would be good iced.
Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Spicy, Sweet
This tea is good-tasting due to the refreshing spearmint; the energizing green tea and the exciting lemongrass. Thank God for this blessing.
Another + benefit from this tea is that it is organic (no mention of any artificial flavorings in the ingredient list).
Normally, we pay for the quality. This tea exceeds expectation at $2.
Thanks Trader Joes!
Flavors: Green, Lemongrass, Spearmint
If you aren’t careful this pleasantly tasting tea can turn bitter and undrinkable.
I was able to make 2 cups of tea for each tea bag. If you don’t steep it too much, I stuck closer to 3 minutes with boiling water, you’ll avoid the bitter aftertaste, but just a little over and you’ll end up with an almost undrinkable tea.
It’s an okay budget tea less the occasions I over steeped it, but I have to agree with a previous reviewer who said they’re just going to avoid Trader Joe’s teas. It’s not one of their better offerings regardless of flavor.
Flavors: Bitter, Herbs, Spices
Leaves: tea bag
Measuring Spoon: no
Aroma: apple, citrus
Color: Ruby Red
Taste: I spotted this tea for the first time a few days ago to at trader Joe’s. Seeing it again for the 2nd time I decided to give it a try. The packaging of this tea was different as the individual envelopes that contained the tea bags were clear. The aroma from the dry bag wasn’t that fragrant. As for steeping when the water was poured over it gradually released a ruby red hue, accompanied by a apple/citrus aroma. The clarity was great as i could see the bottom of my cup. As for the taste it’s more so tart than anything, no real flavor really stood out, simply hot tart water with a rich color. I most likely won’t will be reaching for a second cup.
Initially this was not a favorite tea for me. It came through with very weak tasting notes and, accidentally, out of boredom I began to dunk the tea bag which infused a lot more of the flavor into the tea.
I pick up on the cinnamon and black tea as it steeps. Flavor wise the cinnamon rules the show. The ginger is barely noticeable, a good thing for me, as I’m not a fan of ginger.
Trader Joe’s tends to be hit/miss tea for me with their tea offerings. Yes, I prefer loose leaf tea, but some nights (or mornings) I’m lazy and don’t want to put forth more effort than warming my kettle and using a tea bag.
I brought my water to a rolling boil and did not bother to remove the tea bag as the flavor never got bitter or strong enough to call for it. In fact, I was up to 3 tea bags (from prior steeps) before I emptied my cup and started over (on my 4th steep now).
I haven’t found it necessary to add any sugar or milk, but I did add some milk on this most recent brew just to see what I thought and I found it to be decent but unnecessary.
If I didn’t accidentally dunk the tea bag this tea would have gotten a much lower rating. Mixing the tea around saved it and it will, likely, make its way into my tea rotations this holiday season.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Tea
Hot Tea Review:
The aroma I pick up is a nice divide between the tea and mango. I allowed the tea to steep for 5 minutes at 200 degrees. The tea smells lovely and I hope the flavor carries through as I await the steep to complete.
The fruit flavor is lost under the black tea. The black tea tastes strong enough that it’s got a bit of a bitter aftertaste after a 5 minute steep. I’d probably do a 4 minute steep in the future. In order to draw out the mango flavor, I needed to added some sweeteners, which I prefer to not have to do.
Not an undrinkable tea, but not one I’m not finding a desire to drink again.
I have a cold brew steeping currently and will update my review tomorrow.
Update: Cold brew was uninspiring thus not giving any boost to this rating. If anything I’d consider lowering the rating a bit.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tea