598 Tasting Notes
First hot tea of the season. Also time to bring the succulents in. Gotta find places for them all…
For some reason, I expected a more harsh experience with this tea. But no, it’s very smooth. I’m tasting notes of bread crust, hay, and stone fruit (faintly). There’s also a kind of malty, buttery note that I’m liking a lot.
…I would add more, but I’m hungover and my brain does not want to work.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Hay, Malt, Stonefruits
My first tea that is entirely lemongrass. It’s very pleasant.
Comes out to a nice yellowy green and leaves my mouth a little tingly. There’s something to be said about the simplicity of it. Just that clean, calming lemon taste. Refreshing and comforting. Reminds me of springtime…
Makes me want to try growing my own again. (My cat pulled up my last attempt.)
Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Lemongrass
I’m pretty sure I bought this three years ago and it has been languishing in my cupboard after only about half was used. Until recently.
My husband has a semester and a half before he finishes his degree in data science. The stress has been intense. Lots of sleepless nights. So, I suggested a sleepy tea. I figured a combination of mint, chamomile, valerian, and lavender might at least help a little.
Now, this tea smells really bad, as expected. Like dirty feet or underwear. The steeped tea doesn’t taste like that at all, but I still add an extra teaspoon of peppermint leaves to kinda drown it out. And I drop a spiral of honey into it for sweetness. Then it goes over ice. This makes a pretty satisfying, refreshing tea that my husband now requests almost every night. And I like the ritual of making tea, so I always do… though it always reaches him with a few sips missing…
Flavors: Herbs, Lavender, Mint, Peppermint
I got this in the Pick ‘N’ Mix box from Teapigs. Probably should have read the box’s description better. I didn’t realize that for each tea you select, you only get two sachets. That’s 24 sachets for $25. Not a good deal at all.
That said, I did end up with four sachets of this. After ice and milk, it comes out pretty generic. I can taste the peppercorns over the usual chai spices, I feel the burn, and it gives a nice caffeine boost. But I’ve had so many better chais than this. There’s nothing wrong with it, of course, it’s just overpriced for the amount you get.
Still, I’ll enjoy it. The cinnamon and ginger at least lend themselves to the fall season nicely. But I know myself and I know that chai in sachets isn’t the best for me. I need a bold experience, and that comes easier with loose leaf.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spicy
Hmm, another melange. I’m usually disappointed when I get a caffeine free tea in my Sips By box, but lately I’ve picked up the habit of making a cup at night.
The scent of this when it’s dry is exactly like peach Nehi. Or those cheap peach gummy rings you get at gas stations. And the taste isn’t different, really, aside from a tartness I had not expected. It’s just very candylike. Look, I’m from Georgia, I know what a peach is supposed to taste like.
That said, it’s not bad. If you don’t mind it tasting like a Jolly Rancher or something, it’s kind of tasty. I’ll enjoy finishing the sample.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Candy, Peach, Tart
Wow, the reviews are all over the place for this one. Though it seems most of you didn’t like it. Also, I should note that some of this is 70% off at Teapigs because the batch expires this month. Just a heads up!
When I first smelled the sachets during preparation, I was underwhelmed. They didn’t smell like chocolate to me at all. More like raisins, I suppose. But when the water hit them, I could. It smelled like chocolate and… yogurt? But this blend is supposedly dairy free. Hmm.
The flavor is… odd. Not what I was expecting at all. There is some weird fruitiness that reminds me of a Tootsie Pop sort of. Maybe I’m spoiled from tasting cacao teas lately, but this just doesn’t taste like real chocolate to me. It vaguely tastes like candy. Like super cheap “chocolate” candy. The black tea base they used kind of comes through, but not really. There’s just this yogurty tang to this…
Glad I just got a sample. No thanks.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Fruity, Raisins, Yogurt
Got this as a free sample in my Teapigs order. Yay!
From the yellow packaging and name, I got the impression that this would be some cheerful chamomile blend. But it’s actually a spiced, lemony apple tea. It’s lovely and burns a little in a satisfying way. Like gingery apple pie topped with lemon zest. Cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, clove, ginger, marigold and cardamom. That’s a lot of spice and I am here for it. Not enough teas use allspice, I find.
Anyway, this is a warming, comforting tea that’s perfect for fall evenings. It’s like a decadent spiced cider.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Red Apple
So… I used my first Sips By coupon code and got $25 off $50 + free shipping at Teapigs. I couldn’t resist after trying this. It was such a great deal, and enough tea to keep me busy (or asleep) for a long time. And it was so much fun racking up $50 worth of tea.
I chose 2 boxes of this with visions in my head of chilly nights and warm, lemony tea in bed. The only thing I’m disappointed with is the packaging. Once you open the bag the sachets are in, there is no way to re-seal it. So it’s into an old honey jar for these guys.
The remnants of Hurricane Michael are passing over us and it is very warm and rainy, so I made this over ice tonight. It tasted so clean and refreshing. Even cold, the chamomile and lemon balm are still soothing. And of course, you still get the lovely effects of the valerian.
Flavors: Herbs, Lemon
…I narrowly avoided ruining this one.
Another from Sips By, one I certainly would not have chosen on my own. Now, I didn’t read the ingredients list, I just made it the same way I make all my herbals. Turns out there’s stevia in this. That’s what they meant when they called it “sweet rose”. It seems obvious to me now.I happen to like stevia… but I sweeten with it, and added some to this. Something told me to be light handed with it, which I was. But it still came out super sweet. I’ll know to not add any next time.
Sweetness aside, I like this! It’s my first tulsi tea. I’ve always heard tulsi described as “holy basil”, so I was expecting this to be weird. But really, it’s almost like a lychee tea. I can taste what I think must be the tulsi. It’s one of those exotic, peppery, herbal scents that I recognize from health food stores, but could never place. This is all around pleasant and I bet would be lovely over ice. Which maybe I will do over the weekend.
Flavors: Lychee, Pepper, Rose, Tulsi
Another from Sipsby. Aww yiss, valerian.
This is the third incarnation I’ve tried of this classic sleepy tea combination. Chamomile, mint, and valerian. Valerian teas always need something to cover up that sour, stinky feet smell. Some companies use lavender. But this company used lemon balm. Also very effective for covering up valerian. Especially with the blob of local honey I mixed in. The chamomile is very noticable in this tea, lemon brightening it up, and the mint on the exhale. It is very soothing. And the effects of the valerian… well, you can’t miss it. I’m not even halfway through the cup and my limbs feel heavier, my seat is comfier, my thoughts are a little slower.
Random, but part of me kinda takes offense to the part of the description about forest bathing. It’s a real thing and actually does help me deal with stress. Maybe keep an open mind, guys…?
However, it redeems itself somewhat with how crazy my cat goes when he smells it. Cats react to valerian the same way they do with catnip. And my gray boy wants to chew those sachets right up.
Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Peppermint