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Someone brought this to the officer earlier in the week and I was in a rush so I took advantage of the convenience of having a teabag accessible. I’m not 100% sure this is the right tea though because I could have sworn what they brought in was a black tea and the image here says herbal!? Regardless, I actually was a bit taken aback by how much I liked it. Y’all know I don’t like ginger so gingerbread can be VERY hit or miss with me. When it is a hit, it’s generally because of a strong molasses note and that’s absolutely what I picked up here than won me over.
I wish I had one more teabag of this because, in hindsight, I think it would have been interesting to taste directly against DT’s Pomegranate Echinacea. I will say though that I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would! I’ve had three other blends from Four O’Clock in the last couple months (maybe just a month?) and they were all sorta fine but when you’re drinking tea you definitely want more than just fine. This is the only one of this recent tasting batch that I would probably drink again enthusiastically!
It was actually a pretty flavourful pomegranate forward cup in a way that I found pretty natural tasting with just a hint of sweetness and a pleasant crisp tartness. What I think I enjoyed the most was the very soft spicy and earthy ginger undertones and how it was overall not overly medicinal. There’s no unpleasant notes of echinacea here!
This was okay but I feel like it had the potential to easily be much better too. The white tea itself used in the blend was fine; soft and a little floral with notes of hay. Not an exceptional quality but also just genuinely not half bad for a teabag. I smelled the lychee aroma coming off the steeped tea much, much more than I tasted it which was disappointing. A lychee white tea sounds like such a boss combination, especially if it’s a floral leaning lychee, and I wanted that so much. The ginger was delicate and restrained, which I appreciated because if it had been strong it would have swallowed up the notes of the white tea.
So, I can definitely see why this would appeal to come people but I was personally pretty turned off by this cup. It does taste pretty distinctly and strongly of a more roasty black coffee and, while I appreciated the roast note for the most part, I didn’t love how bitter and distinctly coffee like it was. I mean, I guess I knew it would taste of coffee but I suppose I was hoping for something a little sweeter. The downside to the roast was that it was accompanied by the sort of sour and sharp top note that I associate so heavily with chicory and I do not enjoy that taste. The spice mix itself was nice enough; cinnamon heavy with clove. However, it actually left my mouth feeling numb afterwards which was an incredibly weird sensation.
Overall… this is just kind of a ‘nope’ for me.
I’m not sure why exactly but I really thought this was going to be a lot more of a coconut blend with some ginger versus what it actually tasted like: a strong earthy and spicy ginger that really tickled at the back of my throat with the faintest hint of coconut. Quite unsweet and more spice forward than I truly wanted but I think, with an adjustment in expectations, I would likely find it alright/tolerable in future instances.
For now, it’s probably best this is a sipdown.
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #149 overall / Tea #20 for April
An Ode to Tea, C is for Cherry Green Tea from Four-O-Clock (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious)
Wednesday 04/14 — This was a green tea with as hint of artificial cherry flavor done as 2 cold-brew pitchers (about 5 DT PS each).. one pitcher at a time. Got the job done. Thanks to Tori for sharing.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge
Another old; as from huge bags section.
As I am trying to drink caffeine-free teas today (I want to have nice rest while sleeping in night), I took this one, decaffeinated tea. I was sceptical, as caffeine-free teas are usually quite tasteless. ButI have oped, as this is with spices, it won’t be that bad.
It is not so bad, but base tea is almost non-present and spices are just “something in aftertaste”. It is not spicy at all, I noticed cinnamon and bit of ginger; tea was just hay-like or grass seed-like. It was very weak in all means of flavours.
It is such a shame, but yeah – it is decaffeinated tea, so… maybe it is feature. (It’s not a bug, it is a feature).
Currently, I don’t want to try it again, but if it is fresh? Maybe I would gladly to try again
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Grass Seed, Hay
Finished this sample as an oat milk latte. Ultimately it tasted fine, but also pretty soft/weak. A hint of cherry, but just really lacking flavour/body/oomph. Could be that the milk was too dominant a note, or maybe I should have steeped the tea longer for a more concentrated infusion – but I feel like it was just that the tea wasn’t super strong in the first place.
I think this was a VariaTEA share – so thank you for sharing!
Cold Brew Sipdown (1171)!
Currently finishing off the last third of this cold brew and it’s… fine.
Definitely smooth in mouthfeel but the taste is a little brassy/coppery and too bergamot and black tea forward without enough cream/vanilla to fulfill the concept of being a “Cream of Earl Grey". That was a pretty consistent criticism of this blend I had throughout this sample, so I’m not surprised to see it here.
Ultimately just happy to get another EG out of my stash…
Went out painting Friday night at the Ceramic Cafe again – I think I’m going to make a biweekly thing of it. The only problem is going to be storing all the teacups and saucers that I’m bound to end up painting…
Anyway; I got a London Fog to sip on while I painted – and it turned out to be made from this tea which, ironically, I actually own. So that was kind of funny. It didn’t taste bad, but it was definitely a pretty mediocre latte. Not exactly amazing quality food/beverage from this cafe. Then again, you don’t go there for the food – you go to paint. So it’s whatever.
I still had a REALLY good time painting.
Hot with honey.
I’ve seen this company around A LOT lately, and I asked some coworkers if they had any background on the company since it’s only since moving to Montreal I’ve seen them EVERYWHERE. Prior to now, I think I had only ever experienced the one (mediocre) blend from them that I received from VariaTEA. According to my coworkers, though, this is
pretty popular company sold through grocery stores here in Montreal…
This blend also comes to me via VariaTEA – and honestly I was bored of it after just a few sips. I don’t really get the “cream” note from the flavor that should be present for an EG that is going to market itself that way, and the tea itself and the bergamot used are very run of the mill for me. Just nothing to hook me. The best part, which is sad, is legitimately the honey that I added in myself…
Sample from VariaTEA which sadly i only had a sip of. A friend came over last night and he was looking for a cup of tea. he loves EG so i was glad that i had a couple of samples for him to have. He thoroughly enjoyed this one, as his usual cup is bagged boring teas :) I had a sip, and it wasn’t terrible for an EG. I think i prefer EG creams to EG but neither will ever top my list :) Thanks for the share VariaTEA!
Decadent. sophisticated. elegant. – all words used to describe my hot chocolate infused with this tea.
Check out my full review and the recipe here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/04/earl-grey-creme-infused-hot-chocolate-four-oclock/
So I never heard of Four O’Clock Teas until my friend gave me a gift last year that came with 4 jars of different (though seemingly plain) teas and a glass tea bottle (tumbler? thermos?). I’ve used the bottle many times but have never been enthused about any of the teas. Interestingly enough, Four O’ Clock is the brand they serve at my school.
Anyways, today I realized my milk goes bad soon and I wanted something sweet (aka whipped cream) so that meant a latte was in order. And as an extra dose of yum for my sweet tooth, I turned to my London Fog recipe with honey and vanilla. Since I have a lot of this tea, I figured might as well try it out.
The latte ended up being super good. The tea was flavorful enough that it provided a silky and smooth citrus flavor without being too stark against the vanilla and honey. The whipped cream was an extra bit of deliciousness on what was a sweet and tasty nighttime treat. I couldn’t tell you if the tea is amazing given the other ingredients added that would have impacted the overall flavor but I can say that it was good made this way and thus I know how I’ll be making my way through the rest of the jar of this tea.
This cold brew is pretty gross and mostly just tastes like really mineral and woody rooibos with a finishing note of orange that’s almost like cleaner. It’s weirdly a touch bitter too, which is really uncommon for any tea that’s been cold brewed. I’m still going to drink it though because it is hot AF in my apartment right now, and I need the cool, refreshing tea to keep from dying of heat today.
A VariaTEA share!
This one was interesting; it smells pretty sweetly of oranges but the flavor is a lot more mild and stripped down. Obviously there are orange notes, but I’d describe them as mellow over juicy or succulent. The rooibos lends a little bit of a woody taste, but I think the black tea in the blend beats it out for more dominant base of the two dual bases. It’s malty, smooth but not overpowering.
I think it’s a good backdrop tea; something to sip on casually and carelessly while doing something else…
I have been so excited to try this one, because I love banana teas! :) This is actually really good. I get a distinct banana flavour, and it pairs nicely with the cinnamon and spices as well. Definitely will get more of this one!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices