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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.
I’ve always wanted to try teapigs, and their advent calendar was on sale for Black Friday, so I finally had my chance! This was Day 1, and it’s an all right tea – a little more special than other bagged versions of this. Light cinnamon, a bit of apple, and a small amount of sweetness. It doesn’t need anything added to be tasty. I enjoyed it both hot and cold. This tea does what it sets out to accomplish, and it’s good enough!
Was cleaning out my cubby at work and found this stashed at the back! Def forgot that I brought some teabags with me to work. I also found a small bag od David’s Silk Dragon Jasmine in the bottom of my drawer hahaha
This tea tastes like a traditional straight green tea. Actually pretty good, it isn’t overwhelmingly grassy, but still has a great green tea flavor to it!
Sidenote: I cleaned out my desk, cubby, drawers, and past my keys to my backfill. I’ve been at the Grand for the past 3.5 years and now it’s off to go to the Boardwalk! I start at my new location tomorrow… excited, but nervous. I literally don’t know anyone over there so it’ll be nice to start fresh.
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This was a limited edition Teapigs flavor for their tenth birthday and it just happened to be around at the time I was trying out some of their herbals a while back; I’m about halfway through my box of teabags (I really wish they had non-teabag options available because I’ve liked their teas I’ve tried and think loose leaf is a better bang for your buck, but since I’ve been packing for a trip, the teabags are handy for luggage, at least) but noticed I’ve yet to log this one yet. I usually drink it warm, but it’s been uncomfortably hot lately (consistently over 90F lately) so I cold-steeped my teabag in a glass mug of refridgerated water while I was packing my luggage, then came back to it later when the color looked a very dark marigold.
And I have to say, this tea is as pleasant cold as it is warm. Long steeps seem to do this tea favorably both cold and warm, to get a lot of flavor out of this herbal, and it’s one I like to just leave the bag in my cup as a result while I’m sipping. It has a pleasantly sweet, fruity taste, with a strong apple note, but there is a lot of sweetness in the blend, giving me more of a caramel apple appeal. There is also a red berry/strawberry flavor, that paired with the sweetness brings out a bit of a strawberries and cream taste. I like the slightly tangy fruity note with the sweet notes that really do read as a fruit dessert… it doesn’t really read as a specific fruit dessert to me, since I tend to pick up on different fruit flavors on different sips, but in some ways that adds to the appeal and enjoyment for me. I think I’ll miss this one when my box is finished off.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Candied Apple, Caramel, Cream, Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy
This also came in a Sips By box.
I think there are only three ingredients: apple, chamomile, and lavender.
Steeps an off-puttingly pale color, almost like no color at all.
Smells of lavender and chamomile.
Flavor is very bland and sort of vaguely sweet.
I left the tea sachet in for well over 10 minutes.
Color, scent, and flavor did not improve.
Overall, a very underwhelming and boring cuppa.
Sleepytime Extra is a better product.
Flavors: Apple, Lavender, Sweet
This tea was unlabeled in a baggie, but since it was a teabag and said “Teapigs”, and clearly looked like a lemon/ginger herbal, it was easy to find. So thanks MissB for this sample! It was pretty much exactly what one would expect from a tea with this name. Ginger and lemon (in the form of lemongrass). It’s not super strong, but I don’t think I’d want it to be, unless I was sick. Not my favourite, as I really prefer drinking actual tea, but at least it didn’t have mint!
Hot cuppa drank on the commute home from work.
This was interesting to me because it managed to be thick, and distinctly beet and hisbiscus tasting with out being too much beet or hibiscus. Not too earthy, not too tart. Just a nice balance between the two. Now, I also didn’t think it was something that really ‘hooked’ me in to wanting more – but I found it pleasant enough, and would drink it again if offered.
I might not be the best person to be the first to review this.
The instructions say to whisk the matcha with a small amount of hot milk. I have no idea what a small amount is, but I do my best with a bamboo matcha whisk and milk I heated on the stovetop. Then it tells me to top with frothed milk. I don’t have a frother, so I make do with whisked hot milk. It does not say how much to use, which really frustrates me. I need better instructions than that.
Anyway, the matcha doesn’t smell like chocolate at all. It just smells like the ocean. That seaweedy generic matcha aroma. After the milk, I sort of smell chocolate, but it’s faint. The resulting tea is tan with green speckles on top. By now, the seaweed smells baked and toasty. The flavor sort of reminds me of Japanese snack mix. Sesame, roasted seaweed, and a creamy note that I guess is the faint chocolate blending with milk.
This isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had, but I would definitely not buy it again.
Flavors: Cream, Nutty, Ocean Breeze, Roasted, Seaweed
Yep, an herbal tea at the end of the day has become a habit.
I’ve almost finished my Teapigs Pick ‘N’ Mix. I’ve got a little chai, a darjeeling earl grey, and this left.
I’m pleased by the sight of the little sachet full of lemongrass and lemon peel. Apparently there is licorice in this, too? I can’t taste it at all. What I mostly taste is ginger, followed by lemon. The ginger has a nice kick to it. Teapigs went surprisingly bold with it. However, the honey I added makes these flavors translate to “cough drop” for me. (Without the menthol, thank goodness.) This would be great if you were sick. You would actually be able to taste it as your sinuses cleared. So maybe it’s not something I’d reach for often at night, but I am still glad I got to try it.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Spicy
…Oh. I thought by “Strong” they meant strong bergamot. Like Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Supreme. When I opened the sample, I expected a powerful whoosh of bergamot… but barely smelled any even with the sachets right under my nose. Uh oh.
Turns out they meant that the black tea base is strong. Which it is. It brews up very dark and just looking at it lets me know I’ll need to sip this all day, not finish it before lunch like I usually do with my daily tea. If I’m not careful, this much caffeine can send me spiraling into The Upside Down of anxiety.
Steeped, I can smell the bergamot and it smells pretty high quality. And after a sip, I taste that it is. The exhale is fruity and bracing. This is much better than I expected, despite how almost coffee dark it is. Teapigs has not let me down. It’s a touch bitter, so I recommend adding more water than you normally would. Sure, I will be going back to my usual favorite EG, but I’m enjoying this.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Dark Bittersweet
This is from my Teapigs pick ‘n’ mix.
Mmm, apple cinnamon. One of my favorite flavor combinations. It’s hard to get it wrong. And of course, this tea doesn’t. However, the first thing I think of when I smell it steeping is Celestial Seasonings. Zingers in particular. I flash back to being 11 years old, reading at the kitchen table with my after school tea. My respite before homework.
With a little honey, this is lovely. It really does taste like apple pie. Smelling the sweet spice before taking a sip is pretty heavenly. I wish the spices were a tiny bit heavier, but that’s just me. The red apple flavor is natural and holds its own.
I’m really enjoying Teapigs’ herbal selection. I feel I’m starting to change my mind about herbal teas in general. Maybe their gentleness makes them interesting. I get a lot of caffeine during the day. It’s nice to come home and sip something warm that isn’t going to tense me up or make me nervous.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon