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I found a little tin of this. I think it was another tea set aside for a swap that never came to be. As such, I am sipping on it now with honey because caffeine free and that means its hydrating and I don’t really care to taste it or not.
What I do get is sweet apple, bolstered by the honey of course….and rooibos. Woody rooibos. Not my favorite but serving its purpose as a hydrating tea and a way of getting more honey. I have had a lot of honey actually. I think I have powered through 1/2 a 1 kg bottle. Oops. Though it seems to be helping.
Coming home from work to cold brew is the best! This was a VariaTEA share – thank you! I find this to be a pretty simple fruit blend, with a sort of generic fruity flavour; although this infusion gave me some more distinct strawberry flavours. It’s very refreshing and summery, though & the name reminds me of Pride which is why I decided to brew it.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBto7qKCNSQ
This was a share from VariaTEA!
I’m not totally sure what this is meant to taste like but I found it incredibly generically “fruit punch”, or just red fruit in general, tasting – with hints of citrus and apple/hibiscus. Just a very run of the mill blend, which makes sense looking at the ingredients visually – they’re all primarily things in herbal blends that act like fillers/flavour carriers – so the bulk of the profile is probably just coming from the hibiscus and added flavourings.
Even still, I kinda liked it.
Made as an iced tea lemonade with the rest of my Hibiscus Splash by DAVIDsTEA. Check out the full review here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/392683.
Basically it’s a hibiscus explosion with lemonade.
Now to decide how to use the toasted marshmallow whipped cream I bought…
When I first picked this tea up in a charming little basement tea shop, I was absolutely HOOKED on just the smell of it. Though the tea does contain rosehips, this is not present in the scent. It’s aroma is sweet, fruity, and enticing; no hints of floral. However, if you’re not one for sour teas, this might not be your cuppa. The taste of this fuchsia colored tea is close to being dominated by hibiscus flavors, but the sweet strawberry still does pull through nice and evenly. Overall, this is a good balance of flavors, but the smell is deceiving.
Flavors: Biting, Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry
Not sure what this one is supposed to taste like. Another sample from VariaTEA. when it was hot it tasted like the sludge that comes off of bubblegum in bubblegum ice cream. But not like the actual bubble gum lol Now that it’s cooled it’s more like a generic “fruit” tea with some sour and sweet notes. Will have to try it cold and see what that’s like!
My weekly tea infused salad dressing! I think, at this point, hopefully most people should know the gist of my basic salad dressing recipe? I guess comment if you want further details, but the general mix for this one was: white vinegar infused with the tea, walnut oil, two cloves of crushed garlic, and a turmeric infused honey.
You can taste the black tea a little bit but mostly this just has a nice warming turmeric spice to it and a lovely nutty, garlic overall profile. The tea adds a bit of malt; and I think just rounds out the profile a little bit? It’s a nice dressing overall though even if it’s not tea dominant. Also it was a really good excuse for me to quickly finish off a lower quality straight black tea that I was putting off the sipdown for…
I wouldn’t recreate this batch; but I’m definitely going to finish it. If, for no other reason, than walnut oil is freaking expensive!
In the grand scheme of ‘Breakfast Teas’ (English, Irish, etc.) I think this one is pretty average. Like most breakfast blends it’s pretty full bodied and strong, but this is also a sweeter blend with more raisin/fruit sort of body notes in addition to the strong presence of malt and baked bread notes. Perfectly fine to drink without milk/sugar because it’s sweet all on its own while still packing a punch. Not the cleanest finish; but it’s cheap so I wont fault it too much.
instructions on this one said brew for 6-10 mins….i did not. stuck to 3 mins and i’m glad i did because even at 3 mins, this isn’t a pleasant breakfast blend. Too astringent and coppery for my liking – i vastly prefer malty, smooth delicious things for my breakfast teas haha. ah well, at least i’m drinking things and trying new teas!
This tea is nice and the smell is mind-blowing. I am somewhat disappointed because it is not what I expected. To me it does not live up to its aroma, since it smells very citrusy but tasted like candied strawberries. Not bad but I was going for a bolder taste. Still a good and refreshimg choice!
Finishing this one off as an iced tea with added in lemonade. It’s basically a boring, plain enough jasmine green tea so I figured I’d just use up the last of the leaf to make something fun and different. This is ok; I’ve made jasmine tea infused lemonade before but with jasmine white tea; I like the white tea a little better than this green one. However the subtle floral jasmine underneath that bright lemonade body note is still really pleasant.
Cuppa that I drank on the way home last night.
It definitely had some bitterness to it and that lawn clippings/overly grassy kind of taste; I think that’s probably because the base green tea is a lot lower quality than I’ve been drinking as of late. The jasmine was nice though; pretty strong but not rough. It definitely did the grapey thing though where I’d slip back and forth between tasting florals and plump red grapes. So weird.
Not terrible overall as a tea though.
Finished the 2 liters of this pretty much all by myself. The flavor was pretty bland after being in the fridge overnight. You can’t seem to win either way, room temperature it’s way too perfume-y and cold it is bland.
I drank this up by mixing each cup with 50 percent flavored carbonated peach water. This made it drinkable.
Made this as the instruction say to like an iced tea.
I’m drinking a cup of this while it’s still slightly above room temperature instead of cold.(refrigerated) so I won’t rate this cup. This tastes just like the Spice and Tea Exchange Blueberry black tea. It’s similar to some earl grey but much more perfume-y. I’d imagine this could get quite soapy tasting if over steeped. The perfume aftertaste lingers for a long time.
Even though I’ve never had an herbal blueberry tea I think I would much prefer the fresh taste to the perfume-y one from this blend. I will have to ask my family to help drink the 2 liters I have of this in the fridge. Although I imagine they won’t enjoy this tea either.
Goodbye and good riddance to this miserable, unpleasant tasting mashup of awful “nighttime” oriented floral flavours. I hate chamomile; so this sipdown feels like a HUGE achievement for me! And while lavender may be slowly growing on me, it’s not at a pace that makes me want to hoard this even a little bit. Only saving grace is the lemon notes in the mix.
I just don’t get why anyone would want to subject themselves to chamomile though. It’s so unpleasant tasting…
So, my new bed is REALLY stiff/firm so I’ve been having some issues falling asleep since moving to Montreal – I do think that I’m slowly adjusting to the bed but in the mean time I’ve pulled out all the stops and whipped out the chamomile teas. You know I’m desperate for a good sleep when the chamomile comes out – it’s so vile tasting.
Made this one with a little bit of lemon infused honey also, because I needed to mask the taste somehow. It helped, for sure; much less of that gross taste. I’m not totally sure if it helped me sleep though; it was still hours after finishing this cup before I actually fell asleep…
I think a big part of it, too, is that I’m used to falling asleep to music. I set my laptop up on my desk and just let it play my giant Youtube playlist of music until I pass out. Eventually the laptop’s battery dies, and when it dies the music stops. Sure, I have to charge my laptop every morning but it really, really helps me sleep. I’ve not been doing that though because I don’t want to play music super late into the evening and potentially upset my new roomates – that seems like a very poor foundation to our new living arrangement…
Idk; thoughts from others definitely welcome – I just want a good night’s sleep!