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Strong, fresh nose of toasted rice which mellows in the mouth and is underscored by light grassiness and astringency. Easy drinker for the work day. Good for only 1 steep. I like to leave the sachet in the cup. There are better genmaicha out there. I can’t name one, but there are. I like a stronger green tea presence.
The fellow who shared his First Street black teas with me has absolved himself of such a heinous crime.
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Toasted Rice, Toasty
This one has a sour rose flavor that’s pretty unpleasant, but it can be decently tamed with sugar. It’s really sour, sort of like pink lemonade, but if you think of it in that sort of way, it works. I wouldn’t say I notice lychee specifically, maybe just a touch if I’m paying attention. It’s pink lemonade all the way. The way they create these to steep in cold water in seven minutes just leads to sour weirdness.
This is definitely my favorite Teapigs tea from my winter order. The pear flavor is pretty authentic, and the spices are warming and actually rather spicy in the back of my mouth. I would have preferred a stronger pear flavor and milder spices because the pear flavor really is lovely, but it’s quite hidden. The strongest flavor is definitely the ginger. In some cups, I don’t taste any pear at all.
This one needs a slighty shorter steep so it doesn’t get too tart or strange. Then, it tastes pretty accurate to the sort of mulled wine vibe it’s going for. There’s tart fruit, some spice, and definitely a lot of wine-inspired flavor going on. If it steeps too long, it gets quite strong, sour, and abrasive. It’s not my sort of tea, but it was drinkable.
The directions say to cold brew this for seven minutes, but when I tasted it, the flavor was much too mild. I left the bag in for an hour or so, and the flavor was stronger, but not super pleasant. It was a little sour and not great. I’ve tried it a few times now, and it just stays sour and generically fruity. These cold brew Teapigs teas aren’t working for me at all.
The directions say to steep this for 7 minutes in cold water. I thought that couldn’t be right, so I steeped it with 200 degree water for five minutes. Yeah, maybe I should follow instructions. This turned out super sour, and it tasted like pickles. I drank it, but it was pretty gross. The second time, I steeped it in cold water like it said, and it did taste like cucumbers, but also like pickles. I always peel my cucumbers because I don’t like the skin, but I know lots of monsters leave the skin on, so maybe this is what it tastes like when you do that. This one is just too savory for me. I tried it a third time, and I’m still getting pickle, so I think that’s enough for me!
I probably should have used less water, but this doesn’t taste strong like it says. The black tea is a bit weak, and it’s more floral than I expected. Really it was quite a mild EG, perfectly tasty, but I’ve had better EGs from Teapigs, and I prefer something bolder overall. And this is my last 2019 advent calendar tea! Finally!
Mmmmm… flower juice. I have no idea why this is so good. I think I was right about staying away from pure chamomile and sticking to blends; it plays a supporting role here and is really pleasant. Some folks have reported not tasting lavender at all, while some have reported applesauce, chamomile, and lavender. I’m led to believe that either they’re still sorting out their formula or the batches are unbalanced because this? This is (lavender) flower juice. I admit to sweetening it slightly, and it’s lurvely.
sob Friends, if you think that berries and hibiscus will be anything like the perfection that is strawberry and rhubarb, you would be mistaken. So… very… mistaken. teapigs say that this tea tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful. My rating for this blend is lemony puckerface. You know the one.
Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus
Like the other teapigs cold brews I’ve tried (rose and lychee, peach and mango), this is a light and refreshing blend. Unlike the others, though, this one is a bit too light. The cucumber is lovely but has to be coaxed out by steeping longer than advised. The apple’s hiding a bit, but pops in to say hullo now and again. This is more of an included-in-a-variety-pack than a solo purchase for me.
Flavors: Apple, Cucumber
Oh, green tea. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve tried so hard, can’t you see? I think now it’s time I just let you be. Unless you’re hanging out with my buddy jasmine, in which case I’m here for it.
This tastes like smoky rice water.
Flavors: Toasted Rice
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Y’all, they turned V8 into a tea and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Also V8 has a tomato base and there’s no tomato in this tea so basically this blend is sorcery. There’s a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (whyyyy), but it’s not overwhelming. I dunno, it’s just all a bit confusing.
Flavors: Tart, Vegetables
Oh, gosh. The sachet doesn’t smell like anything much. While steeping, all I could smell was peppermint. While drinking, all I could taste was liquorice. This amused me greatly but my tastebuds were in vehement disagreement.
I don’t know if it does this to you, but liquorice has a tendency to coat my tongue and throat. This is a quality I appreciate in a cough syrup, but not in a tea. And then there’s the odd, fleeting, zap of sweetness. Which feels kind of sweet, but kind of completely different from sweet.
It is true to what it is, but what it is is not for me.
This is really the best kind of tea. It has only four, natural ingredients. It’s naturally caffeine-free. Since it’s herbal, it’s very forgiving in terms of steep time. The flavours are fantastically well balanced and needn’t be improved with additives. As it cools, the ginger actually intensifies a bit, which is wonderful.
I really don’t know where the flavour is coming from, given that it’s just ginger, lemon, lemongrass, and liquorice, but somehow the sum of its parts tastes like a fruit cereal—Trix or Fruity Pebbles, I don’t remember which—sprinkled with ginger. It’s super weird, makes me laugh, and totally works.
I should mention also that you might be thinking, it’s lemon and ginger, how special can it be? But I’ve never tasted a lemon and ginger blend that tastes like this. It’s worth a try.
Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Lemon