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The chocolate isn’t too deep. It brews up bright orangey pink actually. But the candy orange is clear, and really, it all goes together pretty well. So it’s a light, though nice chocolate, with a tangy orange finish. Not bad. I don’t want the Teapigs advent calendar again, but I’m tempted to pick up some more of their fun seasonal flavors this year because those have been a success.
This was pretty sour and not very pleasant. Beets aren’t sour, so I was confused at first, but I guess that’s the hibiscus. Not as dirt tasting as beet teas usually are. Probably a short steep would work better for this one. I have one more bag, but I’m sharing it with a coworker who liked the last beet tea I wasn’t a fan of.
I drank this while moving to a new townhouse, so I didn’t have a chance to take notes as I drank it. I had intended to add milk, but really, it didn’t need it! The chocolate was light and pleasant. Definitely not the highest of quality deep chocolate flavor, but it was a nice hint. The black tea was tasty with the chocolate. Not nice enough to buy again, but good.
Had this earlier in the week – I thought it was a really fine EG with a distinct flavour, full bodied and round feeling robust black base with great malt and citrus (aside from the bergamot) notes coming through, and even a hint of red fruit leather. What I don’t get is why this is an “Earl Grey Strong”. It’s full bodied and robust, but no more so than any other well executed EG blend from any other company. The level of bergamot didn’t knock my socks off…
Seems more like marketing hype than anything else? Semi shame – I think it would have the legs to stand alone as just a regular old EG – or maybe I’m missing the point here? IDK.
This tastes like a normal chamomile. Perfectly nice, nothing special, just what you’d expect.
Now that I’ve (finally) tried most of the teas from the advent calendar, I feel ready to offer my verdict for this company, which I’ve tried at last after years of wanting to. I enjoy their branding. It’s cute and inviting. Their flavors are pretty basic, but they do a solid job. They’re much too pricey, so I probably wouldn’t make another order unless I got a super deal (I did have somewhat of a discount on this order). Additionally, I was surprised to find that the seasonal flavors were not included in the advent calendar. Luckily I bought small boxes of two of those flavors separately, but I would have really enjoyed more seasonal flavors rather than a bunch of basic flavors that you can get anywhere.
This tasted a little peachy, but it also had a distracting herbal flavor to it. Teas like this are frustrating to me because I don’t care about whatever supposed health benefits they offer (metabolism boost in this case), and the health ingredients just make the tea taste worse. It could have been a tasty peach tea, but instead it was a little too herbaceous for me.
This was pretty weak. The jasmine flavor came through a little, but it largely tasted like water. Maybe this is because these teabags contained less leaf than others from Teapigs. Also, according to the label, it’s 99% green tea and 1% jasmine flowers, so maybe they need to increase the jasmine flavor in future batches.
The main flavor here is licorice. The mint is there subtly as well. I feel like 30 seconds after I’ve swallowed I can really taste the mint along with that classic lingering licorice flavor. I drink a lot of bagged licorice teas at work, and I have to say that this is right up there with the best of them. The sachet was also very full, so the flavor is stronger than other teas in my 14 oz travel cup. Anyway Teapigs is way more expensive than other bagged teas, so unfortunately I probably wouldn’t purchase this over other not quite as good brands. But this is super good.