159 Tasting Notes
I’m so irritated. The dancing figure on the packet, “bolly good,” “chai tea,” “the colour and vibrancy of India in a cup”—all of it. At least the ingredients are pretty close to proper chai, except for the vanilla. Prepared with (non-dairy) milk and a non-sugar sweetener, the blend is weak and needs way more ginger. I am engrumbled.
If you’ve ever had peach-mango juice or—even more similar—peach-mango water enhancer (those drops you put in your water to make it more palatable), this is just like that. It’s actually a little bit surprising to me that there are so many ingredients; all I taste is the peach-mango flavour mix. Anyway. I’ve never had a cold brew herbal tea sachet before and it’s really nice! It’s light and refreshing, as it should be, and the flavour is true enough that I wasn’t even tempted to add sweetener.
Flavors: Mango, Peach
This is a very chamomile-focused blend, with a tiny bit of tang at the back end. I’m not a fan of tart, so I prefer this kind of herbal blend without lemon-lime flavouring. It also tasted a bit … vegetal? to me, which was really surprising. Pleasant enough, just not outstanding.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Vegetal
teapigs 2020 advent calendar, day 2. Needs more flowers. =) Nice fragrance, but gets too bitter, too quickly. I would blame the preparation if I hadn’t been so careful about the water’s temperature and the steep time. I’d also be happy to give it another go—just in case I goofed—if they hadn’t included just the one tea temple in the box. =)
It’s always strange to me when I see a tasting note from like eight years ago on a tea made by a company of which I’ve only just heard. I had no idea teapigs had even been around that long. New to their blends, I ordered their 2020 advent calendar thing so I could give them a try. This was day 1.
Spiced winter is quite nice. Ingredient-wise, it’s nearly identical to RoT’s “chai” (spoiler alert: not chai), which I recently tasted—except this this has a red rooibos base, unlike RoT’s base of black tea. It turns out I like this better. But I adore red rooibos and could drink it plain all day, so it was all but guaranteed that I would like this blend. I’m just glad teapigs didn’t call it chai. =P
Again, though, my complaint is that the flavour is too weak. I’m beginning to think this may just be a consequence of buying bagged tea, but I could swear I’ve drunk bagged tea before that was both bold and flavourful.
I generally like to prepare my first cup of a new blend plain and the second cup with some form of non-dairy creamer and non-sugar sweetener. Sadly, teapigs saw fit to include only one tea bag (sorry, “tea temple”) in their advent calendar thing, so I took just a couple of sips of plain tea before adding oat milk and stevia. I feel like I liked it better sweetened and with milk, but I’m not super certain.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices
I don’t know whether this blend is actually good or that I’m just so happy to be done with RoT’s 12 Days of Sipping thing that’s making me feel generous, but I dunno, this is pretty good. A note for the herbal ignoramuses among us: lemon balm is not the same thing as lemon. I was very surprised by both the fragrance and my first sip. =) Surprised in a good way, though, ‘cos I didn’t want anything tart.
As you may know by now, I like teas that say, Hi, I’m here! Prepared plain, this blend has a nice, bold—and yes, very "herbal"—flavour. I’ve tried loads of herbal blends and this flavour feels unique. It’s a standout, and worth trying for that reason alone. Grateful to have ended this adventure on a positive note.
This is not chai. We don’t put orange peel and star anise in our tea—or cinnamon, but that might just be my family/region)—nor is simmering tea with water, milk, and honey a traditional preparation.
With that out of the way, this blend isn’t half bad. Like every tea so far in RoT’s 12 Days of Sipping box, it’s weak, but less so than the others. I’m on Day 11 and this is only the second or third blend I’d recommend. If you’re going to go with some form of cream and sweetener, I’d recommend two tea bags; the creamer mutes the flavour too much. I was pleasantly surprised that it tastes good plain and it tastes good cold—that’s definitely uncommon for a “chai” blend.
There is one thing I will say about RoT’s blends. I find cinnamon to be a rude spotlight hog in most cases, but in the RoT blends I’ve tried so far, it’s played surprisingly well with others.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices