160 Tasting Notes
This tea is fantastic. It’s the least fussy green I’ve ever steeped. The green is bright and light, not nutty, ricey, or vegetal. The lemongrass and bergamot both come through beautifully—if you like both lemongrass and Earl Grey, you’ll like this one. Don’t worry about letting this one accidentally cool, it’s delicious at almost any temperature (with perhaps the exception of lukewarm): I accidentally left it sitting too long and dumped it in a glass of ice—lovely. Sweetened or un, it doesn’t matter (by which I mean if you tend to like sweetened tea like I do but are trying to cut down, you’ll be happy with this unsweetened).
I keep trying not to drink it because I have so much older tea I need to get through and I keep ignoring everything and just drinking this. The only thing I don’t like is that each tea bag is individually wrapped in plastic; ugh.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lemongrass
I honestly have no idea how I ended up with this tea. I mean, with shelves packed with tea, there’s no reason for me to have bought this. Bagged black tea? From Amazon?
Anyway. I’m not sure what to think about this. Each (standard shaped) teabag is wrapped individually in plastic, which made me a bit unhappy. On the other hand, there is no dissipation of the fragrance, likely due precisely to this wasteful and blatant absence of environmental awareness. It smells sooooo good.
But the quality of the blend is uneven. I’ve now had several cups and some have just the right amount of bergamot while others basically taste like a middling black tea. It’s a surprisingly nice tea, but it could use some quality control. When it’s there, the Earl Grey flavour is pleasant, but not very bold. It stood up well to a bit of sweetening, but I left the mylk out because I was afraid the flavour would disappear completely.
I feel a bit bad not recommending it, but there are much quality-er blends out there.
Flavors: Bergamot, Tea
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