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J is for…Japanese Genmaicha
I had no “I” teas and no “I” company so I skipped ahead to “J” teas. This is the only J tea I have.
Also, weird that Roswell Strange thanked me for this because I don’t recall ever having it. Did I have 2 packages and send you one? Did I have this and never record it? I don’t know.
This is an alright Genmaicha. I’m getting a touch too much umami from the green tea base. It’s also got a slight drying twang at the end of the sip. The rice is nice and roasty though, which is appreciated.
H is for…Hot Tamales
I went through a hot tamales phase as a teenager where I was obsessed with them. Then I got over them and don’t think I’ve had them since.
This has the right cinnamon to capture hot tamales – that hot but sweet cinnamon flavour. However, the other flavors like Rose and the base green make this a bit bitter and thus take away from the tea overall. It’s fine but I’ve seen it done better by other companies.
Latte Sipdown (197)
G is for…Green Meadows
I didn’t expect this to be a bergamot tea until I opened the package and smelled it and really looked at what’s in it. Given the bergamot, I decided to make this as a latte.
This is super flat though. And basically just had a hint of bergamot among milk. So I am not a fan.
C is for…Caramel Corn
I’m enjoying this one. It looked a bit like a Genmaicha on a black tea base but the apple in it really sweetens everything up. It’s also got a lot of caramel notes which is giving me the caramel corn vibes it’s supposed to – just caramel corn with a lot of apple.
ETA: If this cools, even a little, it starts getting astringent, which really detracts from it as a whole. That’s sad because at its hottest, too hot to drink really, it was nice.
Cold Brew and Plain Tea Sipdown (211)
A is for…Almond Papaya
This is the second of the two almond teas today. This one I made both as a cold brew and as a plain tea since I only had one serving left.
As a plain hot tea, this tastes like an almond-y rooibos. No papaya. Just sort of sweet almond with rooibos.
As a cold brew, it’s a bit fruitier and a little less almond and rooibos. No distinct flavour though.
Overall this is super meh – tolerable but I don’t need this again.
Check out the pics of all the “A” teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9bUyMh44z/?utm_medium=copy_link
A is for…Amaretto Blush
2/4 of my “A” teas are almond-inspired – this being one of them. I have a weird time with almond teas because I like the nut, don’t mind amaretto, and dislike marzipan. So it depends how the flavour comes through as to whether I’d enjoy the tea or not. Usually almond reads marzipan so I’m normally not a fan and as such I tend to go in with low expectations.
This tea ended up being better than expected. I think the cranberry helps a lot. Plus it’s definitely more nut/amaretto than marzipan. It almost a cherry quality to it between the amaretto and cranberry combining. The base tea also rounds this out nicely, though is a touch brisk. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying this but also don’t need more than the sample I have.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Latte Sipdown (216)
This with the vanilla sweet cream is perfection. It actually tastes like fresh homemade banana bread. Like the bread made with perfectly overripe and sweet bananas. Scary accurate and very tasty. I don’t know if it’s the tea or the sweet cream responsible but this cup is on point.
Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #12
This is an MTC catalog blend, and one that I’m not really a huge fan of – so I’m not sure why I felt compelled to try it. Maybe because VariaTEA has received such a great response to her latte recipe that uses this tea!? I get Dollar Tea Club’s targeted FB ads that use her IG photo all the time, haha…
It’s not that it tastes bad – it’s just that it doesn’t really taste like cake at all and the flavour is pretty average in quality. Mostly a more raisin-y and malty style of black tea base with some chocolate flavouring – the alcohol based kind that tastes a bit like chocolate liqueur. Pretty “okay” cup overall.
X is for…an eXtra cup of Uncle Iroh
I had this the other day while in panic mode studying for my exam. I am now studying for my last Law School exam (hopefully, assuming I pass) but it is not as rushed as the last one was and I am feeling much calmer so I have the time to actually write a proper note.
This tea is named for an Avatar: The Last Airbender character. I am not actually familiar with Avatar at all so I can’t speak to whether this is true to its namesake or not. However, I can say its better than I thought it would be. It’s a jasmine green tea and I am not a huge fan of florals or green teas usually but this one is actually really nice. It’s smooth and fruity. A nice lychee flavor. This is the type of flavor profile I think my Hot Cups White & Green Lychee tea from yesterday wished it had. It also has a depth to it that makes it richer/less light than a green tea typically is. If I didn’t know better, I might have actually thought it was on a black tea base.
U is for…Uncle Iroh
Today is crazy busy because I have an exam tomorrow morning and I literally only started studying for it today at like 11. The apathy is real my friends. Alas, have to push through 2 more final exams and provided I pass them all, I will be done law school! Of course that also means I get to study for the exams of all exams, the bar exams in June…That’s a problem for another day though…
This tea is cold and floral. I have one serving left and will write a proper note when I have that.
P is for…PuriTea
I have a lot of “P” teas and I maybe got excited about the variety and made a lot of cups of tea…like 4 + water…and then had to figure out how to get them all up to my bedroom to study.
This tea is just a plain white tea but it was just sort of broken up leaves. I am drinking it now and if I am being honest I had very low expectations given the look of the leaf. So its better than expected but its not good. It’s the slightest bit astringent and just sort of floral/soapy. Basically a mediocre shou mei broken up. I can drink it but I don’t want to so the rest is going in the swap box.
N is for… Niagara Icewine!
Another share from VariaTEA – so thank you again! I’m about 95% sure (if not more) that this is the exact same tea as the Icewine blend from Metropolitan Tea Company, as Dollar Tea Club carries majority teas from MTC – I haven’t compared the ingredients list but it tastes dead on for it.
I’m a big fan of that catalog blend though – I think it’s one of the nicest baseline grape blends out there, and I think I have a few “variations” on it in my stash right now under different names/from different companies. It’s punchy and flavourful deep/dense grape with a coating sweetness, but also leans into some of the tannic and astringent qualities of the black tea base and I loooovvveee the layers of nuance that brings to this otherwise simple but beautiful boozy grape.
I was really happy getting the excuse to enjoy it this morning.