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This one reminds me strongly of Teavana’s gingerbread chai, which I remember liking. For a black tea, it was a little thin, but I’ve been able to enjoy it both with and without milk. I wouldn’t say I notice any maple, but the spices combine into a pretty pleasant cup. I can’t really identify for sure what I’m tasting, definitely cinnamon, but the natural sort, not the intense red hot variety. The bag rates the caffeine as being low, but I can definitely feel it. Yeah, I think I like this one. The spice combination works. The second steep is as strong and tasty as the first.
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #140 overall / Tea #11 for April / #drinkwhatyouown February 11/25
Thursday 04/08/21 —— DT Me to We Tea single sachet // hot & plain in 16 oz water. Sometimes it’s nice to sip on something warm. I used hot water from tap at work and sipped later when warm/cool aka easy to manage. Another tea I used to love but now I’ll sip what I have but not sure needs permanent home in my collection.
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J is for… Jasmine Peony!
Yay, a straight tea (in my estimation, anyhow)! One that, once I found it, was really appealing today for whatever reason. And it satisfied – a nice, light jasmine infusion with some pleasant hay-y notes. I believe I like Verdant’s jasmine white better (was it jasmine silver needle?) but that could have been because of the base. However, this was pretty good.
H is for… Hot Chocolate!
Very sweet (maybe too sweet?), rich, not particularly fishy or anything. A bit artificial? If I really want a less-sugar hot chocolate, I’m going to pick straight-up cacao shells every time, because it’s 100% chocolate, but this tea isn’t too bad for a puerh version.
Sidenote, I did not really drink tea today (Saturday) for whatever reason; it was supposed to be “I” but I’ll just defer to tomorrow.
H is for… Hibiscus Punch!
Well, if this isn’t an accurate tea name… It was definitely a big, sour hibiscus punch to the tastebuds! With backup rooibos notes, and cinnamon. However, strange as it sounds, I actually did not hate it, and drank it unaltered. It was ridiculously puckering but for whatever reason I appreciated it; I believe that some sweetener could have made this into a decent iced tea. Not a tea I’d keep around, but certainly appreciate that it was true to its name!
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Friday, April 9th: National Unicorn Day Tea #2
Had this yesterday and today! I went with actual Unicorn tea for actual Unicorn Day. Thanks very much AJRimmer! Such a plethora of ingredients here. Various sprinkles! The blend is sweet, though it’s from the sprinkles, so I love it. At least any of the stevia sweetness is drowned out by the sprinkle sweetness. It has blue pea flower so the cup turns purple! Flavor wise, I’m not really sure what it’s trying to do. It tastes a bit like marshmallow, it tastes a bit fruity, possibly a hint of almond? Description says citrus and cotton candy. The fruit I was tasting was definitely not citrus. This blend was okay. Not great, not bad. I’m sure it’s one of those blends that really depends on what you scoop up in the scoop.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min
Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Marshmallow
Normally I find Mate teas bland so i avoid them. Had to try this one though as the name alone made it sound good and i am glad i did. Flavorful and savory (another type of tea I don’t do as much, normally a sweet tea girl). Can’t wait to make my next cup with chocolate oat milk
Flavors: Coffee, Oats, Savory
2021 Sipdown 47/365!
D is for… David’s Chai!
This tea tasted very much like a classic chai with anise/star anise as well as the usual chai-y flavours (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger). The base was nice enough to drink it straight, which I discovered unintentionally by forgetting to add milk. I liked this tea well enough but the flavour profile is not unique and I expect that equally satisfying chai can be found for much cheaper. Rating reflects value and lack of uniqueness, but this tea is nice and would probably make a fantastic chai latte.
H is for … Headache Halo (Ode to Tea)
I just have to start by saying I am actually obsessed with this Rooibos blend from DavidsTea. It’s probably my favorite rooibos blend they have created. It’s perfect for this nights when I have a mild tension headache or just when I need a nice cup to help me fall asleep. Tonight is the second of the two, I knew when I had to drink I blend that started with H this would be the perfect would to save for the end of the night!!
Flavors: Lavender, Mint, Rooibos
A friend just brought a sample of this over for me to try! She warned me that it had stevia, but that it didn’t taste like stevia. So far I’m finding that to be true! It smells very chocolate caramel like when steeped. When sipping I taste bergamot, but it is rounded and doesn’t have that bite some berg has. I’m attributing it to the caramel notes. The finish is almost more mandarin and the chocolate comes in too. So far I’m liking it. The flavors are very floral and aromatic. As the cup cools slightly I notice a sour tinge which could be stevia or could be citrus… hard to say for sure, but overall I enjoyed this cup. Not sure that it is something I’d purchase, but I’d definitely have another cup.
F is for … Flamingo Fresca!! (Ode To Tea)
Flamingo Fresca makes for a perfect glass of ice tea mixed with lemonade! If you haven’t tried this combination yet you need to run to your kitchen right this instant and make it now!! It’s delicious for a warm evening like today and the lemonade add just the right amount of sweetness to the tarty, fruitiness. It’s a must try for sure
Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Steeped this as a tea bag hot to end my night. Found it to be sweet with no tart, which was fine for me but I also do enjoy the tart flavor of some tea blends. I believe it was because of the ratio of water to tea that I didn’t get much flavor. I still tasted the sweetness from the tea bag and fruity ingredients.
Flavors: Fruity, Sweet
D is for … Deep Blue Spirulina! (Ode to Teas)
This was an April empty that I have been holding on to for a while now. I steeped it up hot which I haven’t done for a while now and it reminded me of why I drink this blend iced. As this was one that I finished off I probably won’t be repurchasing this blend as it was never one of my true favorites and always have top add something to it tp truly enjoy. Either lemon, lemonade, sweetener, etc.
2021 Sipdown 43/365!
C is for… Cherry Snowcone!
My main recollection of this tea was that Sil really liked it. I was horrified to see that the date on the label dates this tea to nearly 7 years ago – my memory had assured me that this was, at most, like 4 years ago. Has it really been that long, tea friends?
I also remembered not finding this tea as good as she had, which seems odd as I’ve been looking for cherry teas. However, upon icing the last part of this packet, I think it’s because there is just too much hibiscus here, and not enough cherry. I prefer Sweet Tart for cherry, as the tartness doesn’t seem to be quite as heavy, and the cherry more prominent. I’m sure that sweetened, this would be fantastic (and I’ll admit that I’m glad DT didn’t sweeten this one – but I’d prefer a level of hibiscus that isn’t so puckering to require it).
B is for… Blood Orange Boost!
No reviews except for Roswell Strange? Odd. This tea is notable because of one specific ingredient – rosemary. There is a LOT of rosemary in the blend. And I think this actually works really well here. The blood orange flavour is bright and realistic – no pithy bitterness or cleaner vibes, like can often happen – and the rosemary really complements it with background notes of spice(? I don’t know how to describe this). I would guess that the balance of rosemary/orange is very sensitive to infusion time, so keeping a low duration is probably important. There are a bunch of other ingredients here too, but none are particularly noticeable.
This tea is actually pretty good, and I see that Roswell Strange remarked that it’s fantastic iced. I seem to have 18g for some reason, so can probably sneak in an iced cup there if I remember. I believe it would be quite refreshing. It’s not a tea I’d regularly choose to drink, however, although I do find the profile interesting and worth a taste.
I wasn’t expecting much from this tea. For some reason, I thought that the rose might make it slightly bitter but I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. It’s light and smooth and flavourful and an overall delight! Such a pretty blend too, with all the little pink rosebuds. Perfect tea to sit and unwind with and I love that it’s a white tea, added bonus! An underrated gem!