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My May ParTea bundle arrived today! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! (Insert flailing Muppet arms meme here.) It arrived minutes before my students, so I had to wait to make my tea. (Sad noises!)
I started with the blend that I was most excited about – Tropical Vibes. It says it has a pina colada twist but honestly I have never had a pina colada so I have no idea what they taste like. I thought they were mostly just pineapple juice but apparently there is an outrageous amount of coconut and I am SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW.
When I was younger I did not care for coconut but in the right place, I love it now. This is the right place.
This steeps up a really pretty, clear red color from the rose hips, but it is not tart. I made three steeps and poured it into a large jar with about a tablespoon of sugar and put it in the fridge to chill. Tonight I poured it over a bit of ice and….ah, this is nice. The coconut is at least as strong as the fruit to me and between the color and the incredible aroma I am in summer tea heaven.
I have already practiced folding and unfolding my farmer’s market tote several times and demonstrated it for Ashman who watched with good humor because I was so excited. It’s the little things. :)
I couldn’t attend a bridal shower in TN thrown by a dear friend, so she sent a little bit of the shower to me in the form of a sample Hug In A Cup (she did a tea service featuring CuppaGeek blends with place cards including their descriptions).
I’ve read many reviews, including my own, that don’t get too excited about herbal chamomile blends. After all, it’s chamomile. But Nichole has added a very pleasant fruity-berry twist. The hibiscus and rose hips in my sample added color without a lot of tartness. A really nice nightcap if you’re tired of the usual chamomile-lemony-minty routine.
I put this one in the fridge overnight, and the flavor this morning is pretty pleasant. The flavor is mostly green rooibos and lemon. I would have liked to see some blueberry here, but there was just one blueberry in my sample, and it didn’t really add any flavor. I guess there wasn’t much wow factor here, but it’s decently tasty and refreshing. I wanted more complexity and more blueberry.
This is better with a shorter steep time since the hibiscus can lead to it being a little tart. The main flavor is apple with a tiny bit of spice. Actually, it sort of tastes like homemade spiced apple sauce. I don’t get any rum. It’s not bad, but not exciting (think Celestial Seasonings). The name sounded so good, but it didn’t turn out to be my sort of thing.
And not a tea I wrote tasting note before. Mostly because a first steeps I had were mostly chamomile only. And I kind of dislike it. But now, I had the rest in the strainer (approx. 3 tsp used) and decided to brew it as celebration tea. Celebration tea? Well, there is a reason to celebrate… two exams today (one oral) and both passed. Two exams to go and then finals!
But I needed to unwind. Afterall, it was 8 pm when I brewed this tea. Exam was at 6 pm. So late!
But to the tea…
It is chamomile. Luckily with other herbals. The lemongrass is giving it nice flavour other than apple like chamomile. It’s quite floral as well and thus quite nice. I am not sure about honey, but yes, there are sweet notes. I guess it is actually nice blend. And unwinding for sure… and hopefully I will sleep better than last few days as well.
Won’t rate, as apparently biased of chamomile. And even no idea how to rate it. It’s very nice though. And moreover for a good cause!
Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Lemongrass, Sweet
I was positive I had reviewed this but it wasn’t even in the database!
I am trying to get in the habit of going to bed early and getting up earlier. Successful so far for three weeks! One habit I have adopted to help is avoiding caffeine and large snacks at night. Honestly, most herbals just didn’t excite me. Chamomile and mint are all well and good but I didn’t look forward to them.
Cuppageek to the rescue! I have found a number of blends that I really do look forward to. Spiced Fall Evenings, Baked Apple pie (with a dash of rum) – and that’s the name, I don’t mean I am adding rum to it!, Jaffa Cakes (oh my goodness!), and now this one!
This steeps up a pale yellow. I rather dislike red rooibos but I like green rooibos a lot. I don’t love hibiscus but there is so little in this it doesn’t even turn pink. This is a sweet and soft berry flavored cuppa. Imagine the tart sweetness of a strawberry pie, then imagine the bites where you get some whipped cream on the fork with it, and THAT is what I get here. The berry flavor is there but it is softened and sweetened by the marshmallow.
It just happens that we had it last night with just such a strawberry pie made by my friend Melissa here on Steepster and dropped off yesterday. It was nice with that before bed, and we had it again this morning with bagels for breakfast.
So delightful, and it would perfect for a tea party or picnic with children.
Ashman liked it, too!
Labor-intensive curriculum writing project done. Microwave, stand, and everything on it swabbed down. Living room vacuumed. Fresh sheets on the bed. A celebration is in order.
And, boys-a-dear, this is the tea to celebrate with! Upon opening and contemplating the bonanza of dried strawberries, chocolate chips, and rose petals in this CuppaGeek blend (dare I say masterpiece?), I couldn’t decide whether to steep some or use it for potpourri. The scent of real chocolate and real fruit (not syrupy candy flavoring) made me giddy.
The actual cup did not disappoint. I expected it to be a little oily due to the chocolate, but there’s just a little opacity. The strawberry is real, the chocolate (to me, anyway) leans a little to the dark side, and the rose petals just add a lovely element of fancy-pants.
I anticipate it to make a perfectly acceptable second steep, which is going to be needed very soon. This cup’s gone!
I was afraid I’d oversteeped this, but happily I think I just got away with it. I’m having it with milk and sugar, and in some sips, the flavor is quite marshmallowy. During other sips, the black tea shows up sort of harsh and strong. I’d definitely say this is more marshmallow than vanilla, but I guess I could see vanilla as well. It’s too simple of a blend for me to order again, but it was good for keeping me awake on a day I had to get up much too early.
Oh this has chocolate chips in it! Actually, it has tons of ingredients, and the flavor turned out pretty interesting. The main flavors are cloves and cardamom. There’s also a bit of cinnamon. I wish it were balanced a little better, but I’m definitely enjoying this! The second steep stays really strong. It’s great with milk. Not my favorite chai, but pretty good.