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This tea smells AMAZING, so christmassy! I could not wait to drink it after opening the box.
However first time it tasted awful, reminded me of soap. I thought “oh no maybe I made it wrong or forgot to wash my strainer properly.” So I tried again being super careful to ensure nothing would taint the flavour and followed recommended prep to the letter.
Still tasted soapy. It makes a better potpourri than a cuppa.
I have absolutely no idea where this teabag came from, but there it was in my little wooden box waiting for me to discover it.
At any rate, it was a pleasant evening discovery. Bigelow’s Ginger Snappish, which is my go-to for this flavor combo, is mostly ginger and a little lemon. This is its daffodil-yellow opposite: mostly lemon with a little ginger, though the spice got stronger as I sipped it bag-in-cup.
Now, if I can just remember where I got it…
Not a big fan of this tea.
The Chamomile was subtle but overpowered by what smelled and tasted like artificial vanilla flavoring. I didn’t get any hints of honey. I added honey powder and milk in hopes to enhance the flavors, but it only made the tea slightly more drinkable by sweetening it, but it did not enhance the flavoring.
Flavors: Herbs, Vanilla
A friend was in the UK, and she picked this tea up for me while she was there. She’s not very knowledgeable about teas, but a salesperson recommended this tea to her. It’s a Ceylon tea, which I don’t drink very often; I prefer bolder teas. I found it very mild, but maltier than I’d expect from a Ceylon.
I was impressed with this tea. It had a nice bold taste without any of the bitterness that sometimes accompanies black teas. Though I didn’t actually have this tea at breakfast—this morning was definitely a coffee kinda day—it made a nice late afternoon drink. And, of course, loose leaf is infinitely better than bagged.
Straight forward green tea. Definitely pick up on the grassy notes. Enough flavor that it didn’t require me to add any sweeteners or milk. The brew time was short compared to other teas I drink to get the desired flavor (3 mins for this brew).
I tend to use green teas as a base to other teas I drink, but, tonight, I opted to go for it plain and found it to be pleasing and light on the palate. Nothing amazing, but nothing I would avoid, either.
Flavors: Grass, Herbs
The scent was promising but the tea, itself, was disappointing compared to what one expects from a Chai tea.
I’m not usually a chai fan, as I find them to be a bit too strong for my liking, so I didn’t hate the tea, but I didn’t like it either. Looking at this from a chai/vanilla perspective, I felt they missed the mark in both directions.
The tea was weak enough I never even removed the bag while drinking it, which is highly unusual for me when it comes to chais.
I prefer to not add sweeteners, but I may try a bit of milk or honey as suggested by other reviews and see if it changes my opinion.
EDIT TO ADD: I did a second brew at 190 degrees, steeped for 5-6 minutes, and added a bit of honey powder to it. It made no significant boost to flavor other than to make it slightly sweeter. Still would not recommend.
Very strong fruit aroma. Mainly cherries, but also strawberries. Raspberries and red currants hide in the background.
Dry taste, with no sweetness at all and slight earthy notes of the black tea.
Flavors: Cherry, Earth, Fruity, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Strawberry
(this review is for the mesh sachet form, I don’t know if they offer it in teabags or other forms as well)
1 sachet coldbrewed for 3 minutes in 550 mL cold water. It is a green tea, and you can taste the base. I really find the delicious melon and berry flavours pair with the base in a way that makes the tea perfect for a coldbrew. If you’ve ever had those green skittles that come in the berry package (melon berry), this is what that tastes like. Not sweet or artificial, but very fruity and summery.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Fruity, Green, Melon, Strawberry
Honestly I have grabbed this sample bag today purely to bring my cupboard down to three pages. I like the look of it when its three pages, not four with one tea dangling all on its own on the last page.
This strikes me as a beginners green tea. Unmemorable, inoffensive, practically unobtrusive. Not destined to make a repeat performance in my cupboard, for all it was easy to drink.
A cheat-y sipdown, but a sipdown all the same, and now my cupboard can be three pages again. Whee!
Granted, I haven’t had this tea on its own, but I have had it as a fog tea. It is the tea that the café at my work uses when they make a fog tea for me in the morning (I always manage to get there when they’re out of earl grey). It is very smooth and nice. A wonderful start to my day when I don’t make my own cup in the morning.
If you are sick, a squeeze of lemon and a drop of honey is perfect for your sinuses. This is primarily what I turn to this tea for. Which is why it’s a lower rating – I’m just not big on peppermint as a go-to flavor. My husband prefers this tea over all others when he’s sick.
Standard high-methanol mint tea. I didn’t even know there was any spearmint in it as I can only taste very cooling peppermint. I enjoyed my many cups of this, and will enjoy the other dozen or so pyramid sachets I have.
Note: this gets very strong if brewed hot for more than 3 minutes, although it tastes great hot or cold and straight or with milk. I found vanilla soy milk tasted best (tried rice milk, almond milk, and vanilla soy milk).
Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint
This tea is one of my absolute favorite night time teas. It calms me down and soothes me so much. On some nights – especially when my sinuses are acting up – it’s so nice to add a drop or two of lemon juice and a bit of honey. It’s my current replacement for sleepytime tea.
This tea tasted nothing like pumpkin spice to me, it tasted more like nutmeg tea than pumpkin spice. I love nutmeg, it a fun ingredient to use when cooking but it is extremely potent and a little goes a long way. Personally this just wasn’t a great tea to me. I’m going to finish off the box but I wouldn’t label this as a true pumpkin spice but a nutmeg based chai.