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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – W

Not gonna lie, I thought this was an herbal tisane and probably steeped it too hot and too long. Oh well!

Well, it’s not bitter, which is impressive. But it’s not great either. The combination of the mint with a touch of cinnamon in cardamom is interesting. But the mint has a bit too much of an herbal flavor for me. The white chocolate also tastes more like regular chocolate flavoring, which we all know is not my favorite.

So meh, it’s not for me.

Flavors: Artificial, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Hay, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Honestly I couldn’t imagine White Chocolate with Peppermint at all. And especially as a cup of tea.

gmathis

It sounds similar to Bigelow’s Peppermint Bark (one of their seasonal releases), but I think I wouldn’t appreciate the non-mint additions.

Cameron B.

Martin, peppermint bark with dark and white chocolate, peppermint flavor, and candy cane pieces is very common here around the holidays.

Martin Bednář

I guess I need to visit US during different times in the year to “get” many differences.

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Honestly, I can’t tell much difference between this and regular Sleepytime. It feels a little cooler in the mouth from that sweet and strong Pacific northwest peppermint. Mint forward but balanced by florals and citrusy lemongrass.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Salty, Spearmint, Sweet

gmathis

This is a new one on me—certainly haven’t seen it locally. More mint couldn’t hurt!

derk

I don’t know when I’ll be at my aunt’s again, but I’ll snag a few bags for you next time. She’s the keeper of the 20-box bagged tea drawer!

gmathis

Everybody needs an aunt like that!

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A gift from Devon Bartholomew in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day. I had wanted to try this one before buying a full box and Devon kindly offered to send me a bag to sample. I’m glad I did try it first because it’s not really my thing. I don’t taste any caramel, only an artificial apple candy flavor and that familiar dusty quality I always get from hot hibiscus. I’m glad to try it though and mark it off my wishlist. Thanks, Devon!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Artificial, Dust

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I remember enjoying the box of this I finished a few years ago and recently had the chance to grab this single bag to drink. It’s probably somewhat nostalgia, but I’m enjoying it! The spices are warming and pleasant. There’s a fair amount of sweetness, so I probably could have gotten away with not sweetening my cup. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind grabbing a box of this as a work tea sometime in the future. It’s a perfectly serviceable chai, honestly better than lots of more expensive ones I’ve had.

Mastress Alita

Because of Kiki I can’t see this tea without thinking of it as “that tiger tea”.

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What can be said that hasn’t been already? It’s not elegant, refined, subdued, understated—and that’s the point. I can’t think of a tea that’s a bigger ‘f*** you’ to subtlety than Cinnamon Apple Spice, which puts ‘cinnamon’ first in the name because it wallops you in the olfactory from the second you pour the water over. You could put some sweetener in this to soften the punchy taste of apple and hibiscus or to round out the bite of eye-watering cinnamon, but why? Wild horses shouldn’t be tamed. Just enjoy the ride.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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just a touch of sugar for balance

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I think this is the last of my wedding party favors.

I poured boiling water over the bag and let the teabag stay. Wow, the blueberry smell from the brewed cup is amazing.

I mainly taste blueberry, with some sour candy notes that are probably from the hibiscus. I suppose some people might be put off by the sour candy, but I love it. It’s amazing that this tastes so much like candy while having no sugar or sweetener. I may have to buy more of this!

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Hibiscus, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

This was too tart for me, but I’m glad it hit somebody’s “perfect” spot!

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(Skip this part if you just would like to get to the tea note)
My bad health ‘day’ has lasted a little over a week now basically right around the time classes resumed. So I’ve switched to just drinking herbals mainly for the meantime. This past year I was finally going to try and see some new specialists to problem solve my chronic pain/health issues etc. Then Covid hit and I was informed that the medical offices were closing temporarily only doing zoom call appointments. So my waitlist spot is back at the beginning again.

This is one of my go to I’m not feeling good teas. It’s one that I grew up drinking even before I had decided I liked tea. This is a good vanilla mint cheap herbal tea. It’s creamy even without milk added and the chamomile works really well with the other flavors. Love this one. I often rotate between the original Sleepytime tea and the Vanilla one.

Flavors: Creamy, Hay, Spearmint, Vanilla

gmathis

Everybody needs a small arsenal of no-fuss, no-nonsense, reliable bagged tea that one doesn’t have to think about. I think there are a lot of folks who would put Sleepytime on that list.

mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon.

Lexie Aleah

Gmathis- Exactly!
Mrmopar- Thank You, I hope so too.

ashmanra

Lexie, I hope you find the root of the problem! Chronic health issues are awful. I follow,Stop,Chasing Pain on instagram and it is amazing to hear the stories of people who suffered for a long time and finally find their answer. I hope you get yours soon.

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This is another wedding party favor. I poured boiling water over the teabag and left it in.

It was pretty good hot, but I liked it better once it cooled off, and I added ice.

This is a real fruit punch of an herbal. The hibiscus stands out nicely and balances well with the raspberry. Sweet and sour. If you don’t like hibiscus, this probably isn’t your cup of tisane. Oh, I wonder how well it would do, steeped in a lemonade. Mmm.

It tastes kind of like hanging out at a nude beach when there’s no pandemic going on, very relaxing.

Flavors: Candy, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
White Antlers

Black’s Beach in La Jolla.

Todd

White Antlers: Oh, that’s a nice one, went there years ago.

White Antlers

Me too, Todd. Back when I was a skinny little thing.

Todd

Lots of people of all sizes go though. :)

derk

I used to go to Grey Whale Cove. It’s difficult there to catch a warm enough day.

White Antlers

Oh, I was not dissing anyone’s size! It was more me mentally remembering and picturing my long ago, waifish young self, Todd.

White Antlers

The thing I remember most vividly about Black’s Beach in the 70s were the fully clothed dudes in business suits with cameras, trying not to tumble down the rocks while they snapped and rubber necked. :(

Todd

Oh, that makes sense, Whit Antlers.
Business suits… LOL that is quite a picture, thanks.

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My MIL gave this to me after a trip to Vermont. I just rediscovered it in my cabinet. I enjoy this very much. It’s very sweet and great plain with a little spice

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Just bought a box of this today and made a cup. For some reason it’s tasting very peachy. The aftertaste is like those gummy peach candies. Hmm Still a yummy herbal bagged tea though but now I want some candy.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Youngest brought me some of this to try Christmas Eve! I thought it was good but I don’t remember getting a peach vibe. I need to try another cup tonight and pay closer attention.

ashmanra

I have never had gummy peach candies, but I just made a whole pot of this and I can “get” the peach vibe. Youngest says she noticed it, and my husband says he can definitely consider it fruity.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve had this one so many times growing up and never got a peach vibe until last nights box. I found one note from someone else on Steepster around 8 years ago who got the same peach vibe haha. I was very confused with the peachy aftertaste that lingered.

Lexie Aleah

Gummy Peach candies are delicious! We found them at the local gas station growing up.

Mastress Alita

Peachy-Os are top tier candies.

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This is not a boldly flavored holiday tea, but a subtle and smooth cup of peppermint goodness. Sometimes I wonder if some holiday blends just try too hard by adding extra ingredients. This one is simple and delicious if you are expecting a mellow, minty cup.

Flavors: Cream, Peppermint

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I just saw this one on Amazon and was intrigued seeing it had (I think) a white tea base. Actually sounds like a nice quick cup. Might have to keep my eye out for this one.

Michelle

I’d pick up another box of this if I saw it. Pretty decent for bagged tea.

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1 bag for 250mL water @100C, steeped 8 minutes.

It takes a while to get many tisanes to taste of anything at all, and the risk with a long steep and a fruit tisane from Celestial Seasonings is giving space for that bully, hibiscus.

In this blend, hibiscus is fairly far down the ingredients list. Rosehips shine here, and the peach aroma is quite convincing, if the flavour a little less so. Still, I really like it, and it’s definitely cheap to buy and easy to make. I think I’ll toss a bag of this into a pot of steeping black tea and see what I get.

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1 bag for 250mL water @100C, steeped 4-7 minutes. Sometimes I just leave the bag in.

An old favourite form university days. A rare fruit tisane that does not just smack me upside the head with hibiscus — Celestial Seasonings relies way too much on hibiscus — though the dreaded H is in there. Still, this is a gorgeous tisane, with the orange and spices able to stand up to the hibiscus and make it behave. I really dig the cloves and coriander here. Strong and comforting. One caveat: like many tisanes, it needs a fairly long steep to taste of anything at all.

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This will forever be a fav tea of mine and I can’t explain it. It has this weird unique flavor that reminds me of those butter mints that my grandma always had with a hint of candy cane. I can’t pick up any green tea flavor at all . But whenever I see this tea in a grocery store, I get super excited and grab as many boxes as I can. You can’t over steep or under steep the tea either.

Courtney

Love when there are awesome blends to be found at the grocery!

gmathis

Did your grandma hide the butter mints in her dresser drawer under the fancy nighties like mine did? (She showed me where to find them, and I’m sure she didn’t tell any of my cousins ;)

Nichole/CuppaGeek

That is hilarious! I love these stories!

ashmanra

I used to make butter mints. When my son was a toddler I found him in the kitchen with his mouth stuffed full of newly cut and shaped mints. I asked if he ate the mints and he shook his head no. I told him to let me smell his breath, and he could barely blow around the mouthful and the peppermint almost singed my eyebrows off.

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As much as I wanted to like this one, the sugar cookie flavour was lacking. Not only that, but the mouthfeel was so thin, with not much of a finish to savour. Making this herbal into a latte is what saved it for me. Milk and some sugar helped to better solidify the idea of sugar cookies in my mind. Shortbread even. Latte will definitely be my go-to method of preparation going forward with my remaining handful of tea sachets.

Despite not loving this blend, it’s the best representation I’ve tasted of sugar cookies (in tea form) thus far.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Shae

I felt the same about this one. I had heard it was great, but then I couldn’t taste the sugar cookie at all.

Lexie Aleah

I find that I have to use 2 tea bags per cup to get a nice cup of this tea plain. (:

Lexie Aleah

Also steeping it for 8-10 ten minutes

Shae

Ahh, I’ll try that next time! Thanks for sharing!

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drank Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings
1459 tasting notes

Took an evening ceramics class today. It’s held in a big warehouse in Oakland which is bound to get cold, so I bundled up, tossed this in a thermos of hot water and let it steep until the cinnamon was almost overbearing. Should have only used one bag. Because of masks and covid, any time I wanted to take some sips of this and burn my mouth until layers of my cheeks were peeling I had to step outside the class area to remove my mask and sip. Hard way to enjoy tea. The second night of the class is next week and I was so disappointed with the class that I’m going to skip the second night. It wasn’t the class I was expecting. At least I have this hot cup of sweet cinnamon to thaw me out. I legit like this tea, but I killed it with the two hour long steeping. ’Twas a night of let downs!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Lexie Aleah

Ceramics classes are usually pretty fun I’m sorry it didn’t end up being a good one. I love taking ceramics classes/ or just painting some during Winter.

Mastress Alita

After following derk’s roommate’s advent reviews, this tea will henceforth always be “the Celestial tiger tea” in my head.

Dustin

I had signed up for a making molds for slip casting class that was canceled twice because of Covid and hadn’t been rescheduled, so I opted for a making multiples class which I expected to be a shortened version of the first. It was about how to use molds, not how to make them. If I had taken the other class first and had a mold of my own to cast, I’d have been into it. Choosing from generic bunny figure, pin up girl cup or bowl like molds was not my thing. I don’t care about them and I don’t want the end product in my house, so it’s hard to care about what color glaze I should use or touching up the flawed edges.

Celestial Tiger Tea makes it sound so magical! I like it!

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