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I have received this tea bag from postcrossing. Thanks goes to Houston this time.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect as ingredients list isn’t very attractive.
But decided to brew it anyway, for recommended 4 minutes being afraid it will be terribly spicy and hot. It isn’t.
I got rather a milky, mild spicy, muddy drink with hints of vanilla and cream. While it wasn’t bad per se, it was somehow boring, plain… and overall not impressive. As for bagged stuff, it is below average; as for teas overall… nothing to try again.
Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Mud, Spicy, Vanilla
To say I’ve been drinking this tea for fifty years is no exaggeration. It the only tea that I now find brings bittersweet tears to my eyes, so strong is the association with childhood and mother (RIP). As a kid I called it “consta comet”, and as an adult I’ll call it a comforting if mediocre tea. The brilliance is not the actual black tea quality, but rather the spices blended with it that have transformed some generic black into a satisfying brew. Of course I recommend it, how could I not. Because of the heartstrings it pulls, it gets my rare 100 rating. Your mileage may vary. Now I have to go to work with puffy, moist eyes.
Absolutely horrible, tried one bag and threw out the entire box. I do not know what was going on with this tea. It tasted like stale gingerbread and some sort of rancid nut oils. Upset my stomach and I was burping the nasty taste for hours and felt like I could still smell it. Maybe I got a bad box?
Been having some reoccurring health issues again lately so I haven’t been really feeling like drinking any loose leaf teas. It’s pretty much just a waiting game until I can see the new specialist. Back to the tea this one is a really nice bagged tea the rose, tulsi, and fruitiness from the rosehips really blend well here. I’m interested in seeing what the other teas from this collection taste like. The Aloe one they offer sounded good. The packaging here is also very pretty.
Single tea bag from a tea box. The main flavor I get from this is licorice. There’s some earthy ginger as well and some light fruitiness. It tastes pretty good, but I definitely would have preferred more peach with a touch of ginger. I didn’t expect as much licorice as I tasted considering the name.
A tea bag from Madeline, thank you!
Oh well. Delicate green tea with the added touch of sweet pomegranate they claim. I call it a cheap green tea with an apple flavour.
Pomegranate? Not even in the aroma of the moist bag. That was actually quite sour.
Brewed and steeped for three minutes as they suggest was okay. I was craving for fruity green today. Unfortunately not a single tea was what I was looking for. This one, is mostly hay. And artificial, stinging a bit, apple flavour. Yes, I don’t get any pomegranate from it, not even in the colour. It looks like a swamp water.
Two greens today, as I need to work on my statistics paper due on Monday, and I was studying for one of two exams on Monday all day too. I prefer Mathematics instead of Economy. But yep, my nerves are going crazy a lot recently, which is completely normal and I am afraid tomorrow I won’t be able to study at all (but I should)
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od6hY_50Dh0
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Hay
Another tea bag from postcrossing and now I even had to add this one to the database. It’s a new one? Postcard: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/US-7099102
To be honest, I am not even much impressed. I steeped it accidentaly for 5 minutes and it was like a sweet apple black tea. No depth, no genuine apples, rather just its sweetness. Caramel? Kinda.
Not offensive tea, but I would expect way more when I was drinking “a decadent tea blend of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples”
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet
Another tea from postcrossing, same envelope as Thin mints tea. I don’t recall drinking eggnog ever in my life. And I don’t really think I miss it.
Anyway, this is certainly a festive blend, as many of you were/are drinking it during the holidays.
But my impressions about this tea? Well, it is a bit weird in aroma when dry, same as Thin Mints; I guess it is only because I am not familiar with those flavours.
Taste was very thick, vanilla-like, creamy and eggnog like I think. Maybe a bit unpleasant and boozy.
Overall, it was a nice experience, but again, I won’t need this in my cupboard.
Flavors: Alcohol, Creamy, Eggnog, Vanilla
2020 Advent Swap – Day 25
Merry Christmas! This is one of my favorite bedtime teas and I thought I’d save it so you can wind down with this tea that smells like the holidays. :•) It’s been fun!
It’s been such a long time since I’ve tried Constant Comment, but I remember not really liking it all that much. At least not as much as I expected to since it seems so popular. But this was really good! I enjoyed the orange and spices. It reminded me of Harney & Sons Holiday Tea, which is a favorite. A great way to end this year’s advent tea swap. Thanks so much to Devon Bartholomew for being my tea buddy this time around!
Flavors: Orange, Spices
A tea I have received just before holidays from postcrossing, postcard link here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/US-7096930
I don’t know why, but it seems a bit festive for me. Scouts don’t sell here any snacks, so at least a little chance to get know again something known to me just from movies and series. Although I am pairing it with the chocolate I wrote about a few days back (Thortons Mint Crunch), this is a liquid.
Of course, I had a mint chocolate before. As for me, I prefer chocolate plain. Nuts causes toothaches often to me and other things added I never was very fan of (though Studentská pečeť (Student’s Seal) have a special place in my heart)
The dry bag had kind of weird aroma. The mint was strong and then there was something less pleasant. Like a some musty cocoa? I decided to brew it anyway, as I just wanted to have my day tea quota.
Steeped for suggested 4 minutes; with almost boiling water. It’s quite creamy with menthol twist; and luckily not that strong. Not sure about the cocoa… chocolate, or what should Thin Mints be like. Are there some filling, biscuit or something? I don’t know! Are they baked by scouts themselves?
The tea from Bigelow is tasty though. Not a tea I would really need to have in my cupboard, but certainly a nice experience. The chocolate wins though, as it isn’t that cloying as the tea. I blame the chicory with licorice is making the swallow bit cloying.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint
2020 Advent Swap – Day 24
One of our traditions on Christmas Eve is Chinese food. Here is one to compliment our tradition!
I was completely surprised by how good this one turned out to be! I didn’t expect much, mostly because I don’t drink much oolong tea, and a bagged straight oolong didn’t sound promising (no offense, Bigelow). Guess I shouldn’t be so snobby about the bagged teas! It didn’t have a roasted flavor like I was expecting. Instead, it tasted very chocolaty. I’m sure I wouldn’t have guessed it was oolong if I didn’t see the name on the bag. I would have sworn it was a black tea. Great pick, Devon Bartholomew! I hope you and your family enjoyed your holiday tradition! :)
This tea I received a teabag of in a Swapbot Tea Bag Swap she said it was one of her favorites.
I’ve never rated this one though I do believe I have tried this one before several years ago.
I accidentally oversteeped this by a lot :/ Whoops
This tea smells really good very dessert like and reminiscent of caramel
I know I oversteeped this by a lot but It’s tasting Burnt with a very artificial almost alcohol like butterscotch flavor. I do believe that this tea was also somewhat similar tasting when I have previously tried it and not oversteeped it.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Bitter, Burnt, Butterscotch