Tea Drops

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This most forgettable flavour of Tea Drop, and in a way doesn’t that kind of make it the worst one because it just wasn’t able to form a lasting impression? Like, I drank a full mug of it and I don’t think I could tell you anything about it aside from the fact it had the same two characteristics all of the other Tea Drop flavours had: it became sludge in the bottom of the mug and it tasted basically like a lightly flavoured sugar water…

VariaTEA

I won an Instagram competition for tea drops back in November and they haven’t sent them out yet so this company isn’t doing great in my eyes right now.

Roswell Strange

Tbh, I don’t think you’re missing out on much. But that’s still shitty.

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drank Blueberry Acai by Tea Drops
9576 tasting notes

This one was… fine!?

I mean, I didn’t hate it or find it undrinkable but it was DEFINITELY the worst culprit in terms of gritty sludge-y particles left at the bottom of the cup from the melted drop. Plus, it literally just tasted like weak/watered down fruity sugar water. So bad? No, but not interesting AT ALL either.

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drank Citrus Ginger by Tea Drops
9576 tasting notes

This was the best flavour of Tea Drop from the sampler, and the only one that I would voluntarily drink again – however it would probably only be as a “sick” tea.

Interestingly, I thought it was the least sludgy of all the drop and it was a nice sweet, hot lemonade type flavour with an undertone of ginger. Very warming and nice on my throat, and not a terrible flavour (also not particularly good though). The “instant” feature of the tea drop makes a lot of sense to me as well as a good benefit for when you’re too tired and sick to make something more fussy or that requires a lot of clean up.

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drank Rose Earl Grey by Tea Drops
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This was the worst flavour ‘Tea Drop’ that I tried…

I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, because I enjoy rose but not bergamot, but it was firmly on the “nope” end of the spectrum for me. Like all the tea drops, the compressed drop.sugar cube melts into a gritty sludge at the bottom of the mug that’s undrinkable. However, in addition to tasting like sugar water this one was also really artificial and soapy tasting – really chemical/perfumey rose and bergamot combination.

Didn’t finish the mug.

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I know someone who got a sampler of five different varieties of “Tea Drops” and they shared one of each with me so I could get in some quick tastings and add a few new teas to my memory bank…

I personally hate the concept of these tea drops; it just looks like low quality tea mixed with way too much sugar. However, I also see where the demand/interest would be on a consumer level and why people would have an interest in this product.

Of the five flavours, I thought this was one of the better ones – but it still wasn’t great. The tea in the ‘drop’ isn’t soluble and the grind is rougher so much of it becomes a sludge on the bottom of your mug and you’re sort of just left with a minty sugar water. It’s drinkable, but I’d never go back in for another mug of it.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

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A nice strong mint. The sugar was a bit overpowering for me but if you have a sweet tooth and like mint, this is for you!

Flavors: Mint, Sweet

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Rose Earl Grey by Tea Drops
2810 tasting notes

I bought these on Amazon a while back and then forgot about them for a long time. I’m trying to finish them up because I still have 10 sipdowns to go this month and only 9 days to get there haha

This comes in a flower shape as a condensed “drop it in hot water” sugar cube. I am drinking it with vanilla soy milk, making it too sweet overall but still delicious. I also appreciate that the company is all fair trade and donates money to clean drinking water in less prosperous countries.

It is advisable to dissolve it in a little bit of hot water before adding the rest of the water or any milk. Otherwise it likes to sit at the bottom and may not dissolve if your water isn’t boiling. It has a strong black tea flavor and some bergamot. I get the floral rose in the aftertaste which is perfect with the milk and vanilla. Sometimes I encounter a stray (tiny) gritty piece of rose petal or tea leaf, but it isn’t taking away from the experience for me.

If you are curious about these instant teas/tea drops, I found the sampler on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca (can’t remember which) and it comes with 5 different flavours. They might be a bit of a novelty, but the tea is good and suits a traditional English method (sweetener and milk).

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Floral, Rose, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I’ll have to write these down to try! Even if they’re not amazing, the cute factor always helps. ;)

Cameron B.

And about the sipdowns – YOU CAN DO EET! ❤

Lexie Aleah

I just got some of these from someone as a late christmas gift. This is the only one I’ve tried so far. I’m a bit confused on what sampler I have since the brochure only lists some of the shapes/flavors I see. The label on the bottom on the other hand has many more flavors not listed in my brochure.

Arby

All of the shapes are standardized, so each flavour can only be one shape and all of that shape will be that flavor. I use the website to figure it out since I think I lost my description sheet.

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Preparation
Boiling

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drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
85 tasting notes

This tea is a real treat. The taste is robust and musty, and the bitterness is laced with this fabulous caramel taste that comes out so subtly that I find myself confused about what the heck I am drinking. Plus, you can re-infuse the leaves 4-5 times, which helps since I can’t buy it online and would have to drive down to Kansas City if I wanted more. I am going to enjoy this tea love affair even more since it is temporary!

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drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
85 tasting notes

This is one of two teas I bought from Tea Drops in Kansas City. I took a whiff of this sample and the caramel smelled so fantastic I took a leap of faith and got 2oz after asking the woman’s opinion of it. She was honest and said she didn’t like it because it was too much like coffee, and that if I liked coffee I might like it. She also said that this was originally just a temporary tea for Christmas time but due to popular demand, they made it permanent.

I just brewed myself a cup, with a 1/2 tsp of rock sugar and it is fabulous. I haven’t tried many pu-erhs in my day, but the employee was absolutely right – this tastes like slightly sweetened black coffee with hints of caramel. This being said, it is bitter and full-bodied, and the caramel adds just the right amount of interest to this coffee-flavor. I will miss this tea when it’s gone, but I think my next cup I will add a bit more sugar and maybe a splash of milk. Bravo tea drops!

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I had a cup-o-this tea at a tea shop I stumbled across while exploring Kansas City yesterday. The woman behind the counter said that it was her favorite, so I had to try it. The vanilla was rich and creamy, and the black tea was strong and smoky. Very nice. Too bad the only way you can get it is to go to Missouri!

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I’m cautiously optimistic about this one it seems to have some yeasty sweetness in there but very unforgiving to brew which is strange for a Shu.
Upped my rating—once you get the steeps right they are yeasty sweet and have some mild astringency.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Malabar chai by Tea Drops
90 tasting notes

Had a pot of this hen I was out for lunch today. The people at The Groove Train actually put the teabag into e pot of hot water for me! Wow! A lot of times they don’t, despite the fact that I.am.paying.THEM.to.serve.me.tea. WTF.

But I digress.

This is quite a nice chai, heavy on the clovey, star anisey side, a little light on the tea side. I quite often order it when I’m out though, because it’s a good, though predictable, non-powdered chai option.

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drank Honeydew Dream by Tea Drops
159 tasting notes

Hmmm, green tea with apricot flavouring and buits of dried honeydew melon. Served quite presumpively with no sugar on the side, so I drank it sugarless, it could have used a touch.
The apricot flavour was great before the water was added but disappeared in the brew. The underlying green was a little bitter, the melon covered it up. Not a bad effort for a silk baggy thing

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Blood Orange by Tea Drops
14 tasting notes

I love the hibiscus in this tea, gives the blood orange rinds a great tangy taste. I’ve noticed that it picks up the “flavors” your water might have very easily. Make sure to use filtered HOT water on this one.

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drank Lichee Red by Tea Drops
14 tasting notes

This is probably the best cup of tea I’ve ever had. I enjoy the fermented taste of the lychee and the nice richness and body of the black tea. It is strong, so caution on the steeping with this one. This has a PERMANENT place on my shelf.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Tea Drops
3 tasting notes

Strong mint flavor, but definitely needs to be steeped longer than recommended on the packaging. I tried it hot, but I think it would be great cold. We will see… :)

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drank Moroccan Mint by Tea Drops
3 tasting notes

I tried this with the specified amount of tea, but it was a little weak. I would suggest 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every 8 oz. of water, and let it steep a little longer for a stronger cup of tea.

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