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Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

I ended making three different teas to drink on the drive to and from my Grandma’s house this weekend, and that included this tea steeped up in a carry mug. I debated adding milk/sugar but ultimately decided to try it straight.

It was good, but nothing exciting or out of the ordinary for an English Breakfast. Mostly, it tasted of raisins, but with malt and floral notes too. Very brisk and full bodied, as English Breakfast is intended to be. It kept me happy on the car ride, but past that I’m sure it’ll be forgettable alongside many other breakfast teas I’ve tried over the years.

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Thanks for the sample VariaTea! I’m not really a big chamomile person, but I’ll try anything at least once.

- So, it’s exactly like described/advertised…
- And for many that would be great BUT personally I hated it
- However I also hate chamomile so clearly I have a huge bias
- The lemon was nice, though!
- I had to add SO MUCH honey for this to be drinkable…

So not for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for others. Not rating, because it likely wouldn’t be totally fair…

VariaTEA

I don’t know why but I thought you didn’t mind chamomile and that’s why I sent this to you. Sorry.

Helena

@VariaTEA it’s listed on Roswell’s profile under least favourite flavours. Roswell also has what she likes on there as well. For the next sharing adventure :D

Roswell Strange

No worries VariaTea!Like I said, I’ll totally try anything at least once ;) Plus, this was a new company for me too! Which is always fun :)

VariaTEA

It was a company I got to try because a friend brought me teas from Israel. Thought I would share. And I usually know what you like and don’t but this one slipped my mind. Sometimes I purposely send you teas with ingredients you don’t like cuz I think you should try them anyways but this was a forgetful moment

Evol Ving Ness

We can’t always go by the flavours liked/disliked/listed on our profiles. I continue to be surprised by new teas containing ingredients I wasn’t fond of and yet, when I try certain teas, they blow me away. So yeah, likes and dislikes are not always all that useful.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, and for many of us, our profile likes and dislikes are woefully out of date.

Helena

It’s always good to try new things. I just wanted to point it out because while they sometimes are out of date it can at least point you in the right direction. Sometimes I find teas with stuff that I don’t like and actually enjoy them. Besides we all know VariaTEA is too nice to send something bad.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Wissotzky Tea
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This tastes a little bit like bubblegum. Bubblegum and green tea, though a sharper green tea, like a gunpowder. It’s okay but as far as bubblegum and green teas go, I prefer the Necessiteas version.

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Heavy meals call for a mint. I made a tasty and flavorful lunch and this was my palate cleanser. The green tea base added bitterness and dulled the mint so in the future I will probably stick to straight mint teas but this did what I needed it to. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/05/28/green-tea-spearmint-from-wissotzky-tea/

Evol Ving Ness

Wow, you are getting through all kinds of tea today. Well done! Well, ok, this was not a winner, but still.

VariaTEA

Lol, the Sororitea sister posts aren’t from today but I like to share them (mostly because it tracks how many times I have had a tea)

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, and here I was thinking you were going for the Sil award of daily tea achievement. :)

Sil

lol i’m not that bad!

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My sister got me truffles from the Golden Apple not too long ago and since one of them was an Earl Grey truffle, I decided to brew up this tea to see how the two compared. See the comparison here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/05/18/earl-grey-tea-from-wissotzky-tea/

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I’m going to keep this review short. It’s Friday, I barely got any sleep last night, and even though I have not been at work a full hour, I have already had an absolutely miserable, unbearably stressful morning. Some of you may recall me mentioning purchasing this tea in a note I wrote back in November. I had yet to try it at the time and it had been on my to do list ever since. I finally cracked it open earlier in the week, made it through 4-5 cups, and ended up throwing the rest of the sachets out last night. I have literally never done that before with fresh tea, not even with a tea I greatly disliked.

The first turn-off for me was the visible presence of safflower in the blend. I hate safflower. Anyone who claims that it does not contribute a smell or taste to whatever it is blended with has no clue. Anyway, the second turn-off for me was that odd thistle, pepper, and saffron-like smell of the dried safflower. It obscured the tea base, which to be honest, did not seem all that interesting. In the mouth, I got an awkward mix of thistle, malt, caramel, toast, and black peppercorn. The peppery note dominated the finish, leaving an odd, slightly unpleasant tingle coupled with oiliness in the back of my throat.

Now that I have once again failed miserably at keeping things short and simple, allow me to state that this was not for me. Maybe some folks are cool with this blend, but I am certainly not one of them. I found the tea base weak, lifeless, and boring which caused the dreaded safflower to stand out when it really shouldn’t have. This was just an unpleasant experience for me, and I cannot say that I would be willing to recommend this tea to fans of English breakfast blends.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Caramel, Flowers, Malt, Saffron, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mookit

Oh no, hope you day goes better! Favourite tea in the evening is something to look forward to :)

eastkyteaguy

Thank you.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you will be able to catch up on sleep soon.

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(Tea bag is labeled “Blood Orang & Mandarin Scent: Magic Garden” so this may be a different version.)

Strong smell of tart orange for both the teabag and the infused tea. Has a bit of hibiscus flavor which I normally don’t care for, but in this case it works well with the sour orange.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange

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drank Rose Chai by Wissotzky Tea
3 tasting notes

It smells lovely, but no matter how long I brew it, it just tastes like water. I might have been better off drinking plain water, because at least I wouldn’t have had the tannin staining.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s a’ight. I didn’t need it and only bought for the sake of trying something new, and also my daughter likes Earl Grey and I think we are out of all of our other Earl Grey.

Nina’s Earl Grey, back when it had the Keemun base, made you go OOOOH YES! Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme makes you lift your eyebrows and say, “MMMMM!” This one…well, it’s just a’ight. Not bitter, a little drying, plenty of bergamot if you like that. Smooth enough I suppose.

I won’t repurchase, and to be perfectly fair one big reason I bought it was that it was discounted to $2.49 because it expired August 31st and I bought it on September 1st. It will be fine in no time and will only have lost a bit of freshness.

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Had this hidden in my cupboard for a while. Bought this from TJ Maxx without having heard of this company, did not expect much, but it’s actually quite good. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s a refreshing black tea that you can drink any time of the day. The box says that you should steep it 3-5 minutes, but I would recommend that you don’t steep this any longer than 2 minutes. A little over one minute is the sweet spot that makes a nice cup that is not too strong.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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This was in the Easter basket, too. It’s a not-too-strong, not-too-sharp, smooth, bready breakfast option in a sachet bag.

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drank Rose Chai by Wissotzky Tea
76 tasting notes

I picked up a box of this at Netcost this morning, since they tend to have all sorts of interesting teas to try. My first thought when I opened the box? “Wooow is that rosy”.

Seriously, the scent of the dry mix is an almost overwhelming rose and cinnamon smell. I like rose teas and I was worried that this would taste like shampoo or perfume. I have to keep it quarantined from my other teas for fear of cross-contamination. I shouldn’t have worried since once you brew it it mellows out. Not too rosy, not too cinnamony. Supposedly there’s coconut in there too, but it’s completely lost under the cinnamon and rose.

I wouldn’t really call this “chai” though, as the only spice included is cinnamon. No cloves, no ginger, no cardamom, no anything else. Would I buy it again? Probably not. It’s nice for a bagged rose tea, but not so much that I would necessarily restock.

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Maybe my tastebuds are too sensitive, but I got this at a T.J. Maxx actually with high hopes and it tasted like cleaning supplies to me. I wasn’t getting much of a mint or ginger. The lemon was coming through in the flavor of Pledge! While I’ve never actually sprayed Pledge directly into my mouth, I have a feeling it tastes a lot like this tea, and it certainly smells like it.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I opened the box and found a bag. Ugh. I did it again, I bought a bagged tea that comes in a non-resealable bag. I’m fine with loose tea that needs its own container, but I use tea bags differently, and it’s no fun having to keep them in an airtight container. I want tea bags to be portable and something I can store in a drawer in my office so that I have a wide selection available at any time without much fuss. Also, while satchets are satchets, they’re small and extremely restrictive.

The scent of this strikingly red, black tea is sharp and woody. It smelled like there would be a lot of tannins leaving me with a less smooth aftertaste and a lip-smack, but the tea was surprisingly drinkable. I’m not really certain what the safflower brings to the table aside from color, although I worried it might upset my ragweed allergy (it didn’t).

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Finally got around to doing a proper review for this.An amazing cherry scent when you first pour the hot water over it. A 5 minute brew gives a mild black tea with a cherry aftertaste and a little bit of tartness (might be the hibiscus – but for once the flavor actually complements the fruit rather than detracting).

As noted in my previous review, longer brewing time gets you stronger cherry flavor, so have fun with it.

Previous over-brew review: http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/299405
A good non-caff alternative is NMTeaCo’s Pondi Cherry: http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/301920

TRAVEL NOTES: Individually wrapped teabags make this a good at-work tea. Probably not a good while-commuting choice, though as it can get overly strong.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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The first tea review from the assorted Wissotsky box that a friend sent as a gift. I accidentally left the cup steeping for 20 minutes; the end result was delicious but tasted more like cherry juice than tea ( not “cherry flavor,” the real thing – a good sign!) This would probably make an excellent summer iced tea, but I’m holding off on the numerical rating until I can make a proper cup.

EDIT: Here’s that “proper” review: http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/315826

Flavors: Cherry

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65

Sipdown, finally. I’m not particularly fond of this blend. It’s juicier than I generally like in a brew. The berry flavor is fine but a bit generic. It also steeps up very strong if you’re not careful with the timing.

Flavors: Berry, Tart

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drank Peach Tea by Wissotzky Tea
72 tasting notes

Nice peachy flavor, maybe a little artificial-tasting and sour, good with sugar but I don’t think it would hold up to milk.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Peach

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drank Lemon-nana by Wissotzky Tea
72 tasting notes

Weak and a little lemony, but not very flavorful.

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60

It’s okay. I was expecting something better for some reason. Basic earl grey. Slightly bitter. Nothing special.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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82

Fruity and fragrant, but not too sour and hibiscus-y.

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I bought this tea about a month and a half ago to help with my headaches caused by sinus problems. Despite there being stevia in this blend, the tea isn’t overpoweringly sweet. It’s a perfect balance of sweetness and lemongrass flavor. I wish this tea was more citrusy and minty. It’s a very mellow blend. It’s not my all time favorite, but it helps with my headaches and convenient.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mango Passion by Wissotzky Tea
659 tasting notes

I usually don’t like my teas to taste too much like juice. After all, if I wanted juice I would just drink juice. This blend is rather an exception to that rule. It tastes like mango nectar. Sweet, juicy, and on point. Yet I quite like it. Maybe because it’s an herbal? Then again Butiki’s Mango Lassi was also an herbal that tasted like mango juice and I never entirely got on board with it. I would have to do a side-by-side comparison to figure out why one works for me and the other doesn’t. Maybe it’s just that my tastes and preferences are changing. Alas, I ran out of Mango Lassi months ago and now I’m out of this blend too. Sipdown!

Flavors: Mango

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drank Nana Tea by Wissotzky Tea
72 tasting notes

Light and refreshing, flavorful without milk or sugar.

Flavors: Mint

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