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65
drank Ghostly Green by English Tea Shop
235 tasting notes

This was in a my Christmas stocking this past December in festive holiday packaging. I remember thinking Ghostly Green was an odd name to add into a Christmas based tea collection but hooray for a tea I’ve not had before.
There is a strong mint flavor with a hint of floral in the back. There’s a bit of creaminess to it as the tea cools.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Green, Mint

ashmanra

Were they going for Ghost of Christmas Past, etc. from A Christmas Carol perhaps?

Jen vB

I was wondering if it was a nod to Dickens.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

not too bitter! I’m quite surprised I liked this, as English Breakfast tends to be too much for me

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Festive Spice by English Tea Shop
235 tasting notes

Happy New Year!
Starting off the day with a mug of Festive Spice. This year my Christmas stocking was filled with tea instead of candy. Not a bad thing at all in my opinion.
This is not a bad black tea. It does seem to have some astringency to it and I would probably add a bit of sweetener or milk to it in the future. The pepper is a nice zing to it but I don’t taste any of the other spices involved.

Flavors: Astringent, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Martin Bednář

Happy New Year!

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Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Not overwhelming, warm with a fresh backdrop

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 18 & 25

Oh yes, I am indeed rating an advent tea today! Haha. I’m finally almost done with my English Tea Shop advent. It was a thoughtful gift to receive, but I wasn’t impressed with the tea itself. This one was unobjectionable but underwhelming. There’s black tea and rooibos, which intrigues me. I guess I do get a bit of a medicinal rooibos as it cools, but otherwise it’s mostly a dusty black tea with a bit of creaminess and some clove. It does not remind me of an Irish holiday in any sense of the phrase. :D

Flavors: Creamy, Dust, Medicinal

gmathis

Hmmm…in no way would I associate rooibos with anything with “Irish” in the name!

Kelmishka

Seriously! :X

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This has been the only tea I’ve had rooibos in it that I actually liked. The flavors were well balanced. I hate that it’s only available in an advent calendar. It defies marketing logic to make something with only a single tea bag and customers can’t find the tea afterwards. I hope they wise up and sell this tea on its own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Day 15

I accidentally over-steeped this one while puttering this evening, so I’ll abstain from rating it! It smelled really nice, with sweet berry notes, but there’s a bitter, metallic edge to it that I assume is because I over-steeped it. Or maybe that’s what garcinia fruit tastes like?!

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Metallic, Sweet

Nattie

I oversteeped this both times I drank it too, but I also noticed the metallic tang.

Kelmishka

I’m sure there’s a second bag hanging out somewhere in the remaining advent days, so I’ll have to treat that one with more caution!

Nattie

There should be! I said the same thing and then completely forgot, lol.

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 12 & 22

I am woefully behind on my notes for this calendar, but it’s partially because they keep repeating teas!

Day 12 was the first time for this one, though. I’ve got a nostalgic love for any kind of Candy Cane Lane-inspired tea, so I was pleased to see this one. Unsurprisingly, the ingredient list is chock full of random garbage that does not need to be there, but apparently that’s English Tea Shop’s MO.

Anyway, yep, this was a wholly inoffensive minty green tea. No flavors really stand out, and it could do with more of a creamy vanilla flavor to evoke a candy cane/peppermint candy, but it’s fine. Not a best in show when it comes to this flavor profile, but entirely drinkable.

Edit: This one showed up again on day 22, and I’m getting more of the creamy vanilla flavor today. Upping my rating accordingly!

Flavors: Creamy, Peppermint, Vanilla

Nattie

I thought you’d given up XD I almost did.

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Day 10

#1: If I were a Spice Girl, this is 100% the name I’d use!
#2: …why is there a second Halloween-sounding blend in this advent? We already had Ghostly Green!
#3: ………why are there so many teas in this calendar that are just iterations of the same ingredients?! I can’t tell this one apart from the other three or four similarly flavored blends. It’s also just a muddled mess. I don’t understand the point.

Cameron B.

Spooky Spice would’ve been an epic Spice Girl…

Kelmishka

Right?!?

Nattie

I was so frustrated by this calendar for the exact same reasons!

Kelmishka

Really frustrating! I also have a few teas that are repeated on subsequent days… come on!

Nattie

I found that too, one of mine was the same two days running. I noticed you haven’t posted any recent notes on this calendar. Have you given up on it? (I wouldn’t blame you, just wondering)

Kelmishka

I haven’t given up, I’ve just gotten way behind in writing my notes! :( Hoping to catch up today!

Nattie

Good luck with catching up! I got about 4 days behind with reading notes and it took me all day to catch up D:

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drank Winter Warmer by English Tea Shop
681 tasting notes

Last tea of the advent calendar! Woohoo!

This is described on the box as ‘organic rooibos herbal tea with ginger, cocoa, star anise and mace’, but honestly all I taste is the rooibos. There’s maybe a slight hint of cocoa melding with the woody rooibos, and a bit of a spicy kick at the end though I can’t actually taste the ginger. I think I detect a very slight whisper of star anise if I go searching for it, but really that’s just because I’m looking, and that goes for all of the flavours I’ve mentioned. I think if somebody gave me this and told me it was a straight-up rooibos, I would believe them.

It’s a shame to end the calendar on such a womp womp , but to be honest it pretty much summarises my overall experience with it. Aside from the Chai Charge which was a rooibos and garlic mess, nothing has been too offensive, but nothing has stood out either. In a way, this ‘rooibos with a hundred additives that results in a cup that tastes like a plain rooibos’ is a fitting way for the advent to fizzle out.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 7 & 11

I’m a big fan of Halloween/winter holiday/Christmas crossovers (Spookmas!), but even I don’t understand why this one is in a “festive” advent calendar. Is it referencing the ghosts from A Christmas Carol?! Maybe. As Nattie pointed out when this one came up in her advent, the palate and name are eerily (heh) similar to 52Teas’ Graveyard Mist. The latter quickly became one of my favorite teas when I tried it earlier this year, so I was curious how this one would match up.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t hold a [flickering, drippy] candle to Graveyard Mist. I’m actually getting only a tiny amount of mintiness. I can maaaaybe smell a little cinnamon if I concentrate really hard, but there is no rose or ginger at all. Why are they even in there?! Even the green base is flavorless. And I’m pretty sure it’s not covid talking, because I have been smelling and tasting other things all day long.

Edit: OK, now that it has cooled down a LOT, I’m getting a more noticeable creamy mint flavor. But still not much.

Flavors: Mint

Nattie

I didn’t get any rose, ginger or cinnamon either. It really is like a poor imitation of Graveyard Mist!

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Day 8

I’ve gotten really behind on this calendar because there are a series of teas that repeat really close together — this one, for example, first showed up on day 6, and now I’m getting it again on day 8.

I’ll leave my rating the same… still underwhelmed.

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 6 & 8

Huh. For a blend with SO. MANY. INGREDIENTS, I’m just… not getting much flavor. It smells gently spiced and pleasant enough, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything! There’s maaaybe a little fruitiness from the pomegranate or the lemongrass, but… that’s pretty much it. It actually reads as grape to me more than anything else. The spices are entirely missing, and even the green base is not doing much of anything. Meh.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes

Nattie

Hah, it read as blackcurrant to me!

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 5 & 13

Heavy on the lemongrass, with a bit of tang from the hibiscus, and a slightly musty floral note, probably from the chamomile. Not sure what’s tropical about it or what the peppermint is doing! I feel like a lot of these English Tea Shop advent blends are just a mish-mash of ingredients, most of which get lost in the mix.

Flavors: Chamomile, Hay, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Musty, Tangy

Nattie

“I feel like a lot of these English Tea Shop advent blends are just a mish-mash of ingredients, most of which get lost in the mix” – that’s the exact same conclusion I came to, too!

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drank Peachy Keen by English Tea Shop
321 tasting notes

English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Day 4

Well, well, well. Having just sipped a tisane that purported to be apple-flavored but was almost entirely hibiscus, I now turn my attention to a tisane that purports to be peach-flavored but lists hibiscus as the first ingredient!

So there is no real peach in the ingredient list, just the opaque “natural flavourings.” Yet peach is definitely the dominant scent pre-brewing. Those natural flavourings are powerful indeed!

Steeped, the peach scent fades a bit, but the flavor remains. The hibiscus gives it a tart kick, but it’s not as overwhelming as I’d feared. The overall effect is something like a sour peach candy. Could be worse!

Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Peach, Sour

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 3 & 9

A very sparse note because I drank this tea while doing schoolwork for my grad program early this morning and the details have faded from my memory after a fairly eventful day. (Had to go get a walk-in PCR test because my partner just tested positive for covid, agghhh. Then had to take my cat to the vet for a curbside appointment because she scratched herself on the face and got a fairly nasty wound… but apparently it looks worse than it is! Plus, y’know, I was working all day.)

Anyway, I mostly remember this tea being more generically spice-y than strong on the star anise. It was kind of similar to the Festive Spice blend from yesterday, come to think of it. Wholly unremarkable!

Flavors: Spices, Star Anise

Nattie

Hope your partner is ok!

Kelmishka

He is feeling much better, thanks!

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Days 2 & 21

This is a perfectly serviceable, spice-heavy, easy drinker! There’s a nice little hint of orange peel that gives it some zing, although I think it could use a heavier hand with that flavor. Everything else is pretty well-balanced; I’m getting cinnamon and clove, with a little heat from the black pepper. The black base is a bit drying and a little thin; I’d be OK with something more assertive.

I WAY over-steeped this one the first time, but it still tasted good! I left the tea bag in after the second steep because it was too weak even after 5-6 minutes.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Drying, Orange, Pepper, Spices

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drank Ghostly Green by English Tea Shop
681 tasting notes

Don’t ask me what a tea called ‘ghostly green’ is doing in a Christmas advent calendar, when it seems like it should belong with some Halloween theme, but whatever the reason I’ll take it because I actually like this! I came downstairs for lunch and found the kettle still warm, so being too lazy to re-boil it just to let it cool again, I used the water that was already in, and I’m pretty sure it was too cool. Maybe that was key, because although a light brew, this is tasty! It’s a creamy mint, a profile which I love, on a green base which I don’t, but the base isn’t very prominent and because of the cool steep there’s no astringency at all. It reminds me a bit of 52teas Graveyard Mist – a favourite of mine – only not as good. Also the name is kind of similar, huh? Hmm… I resteeped in boiling water and there’s still no astringency, and I’m happy to report it holds up well! The leaf is actually quite large, which might account for the lack of astringency, but I can see something mixed in with it that looks like pieces of cinnamon bark (I don’t have the ingredients handy to check), and whatever it is it’s not coming through at all. I suspect there might be a few redundant ingredients in the mix, if the previous blends are anything to go by. This is definitely one of my favourites from the calendar.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

We can pretend it is the Ghost of Christmas Present!

ashmanra

If it had been bad tea we would choose the scary one, the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come!

Nattie

That’s genius, I should have thought of that! Haha, I was a weird child and was always more scared of the Ghost of Christmas Present than the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come! :’) he was just so BIG!

Kelmishka

Graveyard Mist is one of my favorites too — looking forward to trying this one to compare!

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drank Chai Charge by English Tea Shop
321 tasting notes

English Tea Shop Advent Calendar: Day 1

I’ve never tried anything from this brand, but my partner’s mom gifted me their advent calendar this year, so I guess I’ll be trying quite a few blends!

So this one is a rooibos-based chai that includes garlic among its many ingredients. I ended up letting it get far too cool before drinking it because I was trying to wrangle my very needy pets, so I’m probably not giving it a fair shake. But I’m mostly getting a weak rooibos flavor with only a smidge of other spices, followed by a mild garlic burn. It’s just kind of muddy overall. Not something I’d seek out again, but not overly offensive.

Flavors: Garlic, Mud, Rooibos

Kaylee

…. garlic? I absolutely adore garlic, but it seems like a weird addition to a chai blend.

Nattie

Lol, I’m currently trying to finish off last year’s ETS advent calendar, and boy was I glad to see the back of this one. You described exactly what I got from this tea, only I found it more offensive than you did XD

Nattie

PS – I look forward to seeing your reviews of the other teas in the calendar, and seeing how it compares to my own thoughts and to last year’s selection! This is definitely my least favourite from the calendar, and I can’t believe they started with it on day one this year! That’s rough.

Kelmishka

Kaylee, right?!? I’m not OPPOSED to a bit of garlic, but it doesn’t seem necessary.

Nattie, yes, including it for Day 1 is a real choice! :D

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drank Festive Spice by English Tea Shop
681 tasting notes

This was in the advent calendar two days running, and because I’m just drinking through it and ignoring the dates, that means I had it twice in one morning. I’m not complaining though, because I didn’t really fancy anything else, and I quite enjoyed it both times. As I was drinking my first mug, I noticed some astringency and wished I’d added a splash of milk. So when I saw it in the next slot of the calendar, I remedied that and made my second cup with milk. I enjoyed it both times, but I think the winner was with milk, as the black tea is quite robust and not a particularly nuanced one that loses anything with the addition of milk. There’s a gorgeous, sweet aroma coming from the steeping leaf that makes me think it’s going to be a dessert-type tea, but it doesn’t quite come through in the sip. It is a little more mellow than most ‘spice’ blends, and possibly has a touch of vanilla in there. The cinnamon is also quite forward, making it feel on the sweeter side of chai. Not one I would buy, but one I will happily sip on on this cold December morning.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lo and behold, another winner from the advent calendar! Two in one day, how thrilling! Despite the name, this isn’t particularly minty. It’s billed as a ‘green tea with cinnamon, peppermint and liquorice’, but weirdly I taste melon?? The cinnamon is, big surprise, almost non-existent, but the liquorice comes through towards the back end of the sip, and it’s a liquorice root sort of liquorice, not black liquorice. While I’m happy about that because I’m not a black liquorice fan, it does get a little too sweet as the cup cools. Nevertheless, I’m pretty happy with this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

Cinnamon, peppermint and green tea seems like such an odd combo!

Nattie

That seems to be their MO! But tbh it’s not that weird, because the cinnamon may as well not be there, so it’s more like just peppermint green which is a much more common combination.

Lupiressmoon

I do the same thing, will taste something not in these teas and wonder where it’s coming from lol

Nattie

It was super weird! It was stored in the calendar away from my other teas so it’s not contamination, but it definitely tasted like melon! I don’t think it was the green tea base either, judging by the other greens I’ve had in the calendar. Maybe the liquorice?? Idk but it was weird.

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When I typed the name of this tea into the Steepster search bar, only one tea came up – something called ‘Lemongrass Peppermint Tropical Punch’ by the same company. Like many of these advent calendar blends, I suspect that they’ve renamed it for this ‘organic’ version and that it’s essentially the same tea, particularly as peppermint features heavily in the ingredients list of this blend.

This is a very average tea, but because my expectations were so low after the other teas in the calendar, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s essentially a fruity lemongrass tisane, though since the only fruit in here is apple (which is definitely recognisable as apple and can’t pass as something more exotic) it is beyond me why they decided to label it ‘tropical’, making me expect something like mango or papaya. Maybe it’s the addition of hibiscus which inspired the name, but all this really does is add a characteristic metallic hint to the end of the sip so I almost wish it wasn’t included. Despite being high on the ingredients list – 2nd after lemongrass – peppermint is barely discernable until the end of the sip, and it’s definitely more earthy than minty here. Chamomile is also listed in the ingredients, but isn’t noticeable at all. As it cools, the hibiscus becomes more noticeable, so it’s definitely best drank hot if you’re not a hibby fan.

Overall, I wouldn’t buy this, but it’s better than most of the advent calendar teas have been, and fine as an accompaniment for the Cajun chicken flatbread I’m having for lunch.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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