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This tea really struck two different chords when hot vs. iced. The clove is most noticeable when hot, and especially when sticking to the shorter end of the recommended steep time. Steeped longer and colder, the mint stands out above the clove. Both are noticeable in either version, but depending on which flavor you want to see most, you may choose a different brew!
Flavors: Clove, Mint
The scent here is very fruity, which makes sense given the wide range of fruits listed in the ingredients. No particular fruit flavor stands out over the other. The cinnamon was evident to everyone who tried it, but not overpowering (which is how I would prefer it given I drank it iced). I would be interested in trying it hot.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity
The cinnamon here dominates the scent and flavor, especially early on in the sip when it’s piping hot. Rose is evident, but both cinnamon and rose fade overall as it cools. This seems like a better fit for a quick, hot sipdown when you want something a little warming.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rose
I wanted to love this based on the description. It’s a pleasant enough green tea dominated by an artificial strawberry flavor and scent. The other fruits are masked heavily by this. I will admit that I’m not a big fan of how strawberry often comes across in teas, despite loving both strawberries and strawberry candy flavors; if you do enjoy strawberry in tea, this would be worth trying.
Both hot and iced, the tea felt similar.
Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry
A chocolate mint that brings the chocolate in particular. The mint here is noticeable at first, but as it cools the chocolate dominates. I can’t place why it feels a little like chocolate covered candied fruit, since there’s not fruit to speak of in the ingredients, but I definitely get that vibe more than the Thin Mint claimed in their description.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate
Even though bergamot and citrus are not listed anywhere, this reminded me strongly of an earl grey lavender tea and gave me (and my partner!) a bit of citrus flavor.
Unfortunately for me, the lavender dominates; perhaps that’s due to my own sensitivity to lavender or perhaps it really is that strong. I’ll never know, but my partner wound up drinking most of this cup for me.
Flavors: Earl Grey, Lavender
A smooth green tea with clear presence of jasmine. Despite ingredients, neither cup in my sample gave me much in the way of fruit, apple, or other flavors I’d expect with apple pieces (though I’m not even sure I saw any in my bag). I tend to prefer a much stronger jasmine if I’m going that route, so this one isn’t for me, but it’s not a bad cup.
We should start by noting rooibos isn’t my thing, but if I have a sample I’m going to try it, since some have surprised me. I wasn’t optimistic about this one though because the scent put me off immediately.
Usually, I’m good with longer and stronger brews, but the first cup I made of this I couldn’t drink. Second round I kept it at the 5 minute low end of their estimated range, and it was tolerable. The clove is strong and helps offset the rooibos flavor, and I finally got a hint of the fruit. Not a tea for me, but if you like rooibos and clove, you should enjoy this.
Flavors: Clove, Rooibos
The combination of hibiscus and spice easily wins me over, so this tea was a hit for me. It feels a little like bringing some winter warmth to a summer blend. I don’t know if I notice the mint in particular, though it could be contributing to the refreshing feeling of the tea overall, but the cinnamon is evident. It reminded me of another favorite of mine – Herbal Seasons by Davidsons – so I’ll finish that before I buy any more of this; it is going on the list though!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Tart
Thanks to SuperStarling! for this sample
This tea smells AMAZING. Both the dry and wet leaves. Like, warm apple pie/cider amazing.
Unfortunately, the taste didn’t translate as well to the tongue. I wish it would have. When I drank it though, there was a stark difference and disappointment. It was a bit flat and watery. The more I drank it, the more some of the cinnamon apple flavor came out but nothing near that smell.
I am a strong flavor person. Mustard, hot sauce, ginger, horseradish. These are all things that appeal to me. I think that if a tea is flavored and doesn’t have a massively strong flavor to go with the scent, my tongue doesn’t pick up on it as well as other peoples tongues might. I’m not even a smoker but perhaps my taste buds are just… dulled?
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
This is a super-great tea, but I’m starting to realize I don’t care for blueberry much.
This is NOT a reflection on the tea, which is accurate and tasty. It’s very rich and doesn’t taste weird or fake at all.
I just thought I liked blueberries more than it turns out I do. I’m more of a raspberry/strawberry/blackberry kind of person. AND THAT IS OKAY. Unsettling (I THOUGHT I KNEW MYSELF) but okay.
Flavors: Blueberry, Lemon
This tea describes itself as “perfectly steampunk.” If the retrofuture — with its cogs and wheels and steam and girls in goggles and top hats — tastes like this, I’m in.
This tea is exactly what its ingredients taste like, and it was fun to watch the little pieces of orange float to the top. A lovely brew.
Please excuse me. I have to go ride my giant mechanized spider. Will Smith and I are having a tiff.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Orange
A WEEPY WEEPY SIPDOWN IS UPON US ALL.
Behold: the ugly cry. Boogers. Dribble. Slick red face.
I am going to eventually have to purchase a vat of this. Ice wine (one of the main flavors in this) is one of my favorite flavors ever.
I once tried a sip of a $45 bottle of wine (hah! who has money like that?) that was “Fire And Ice Wine.” It was an ice wine with a little bit of pepper mixed in, for a spicy aftertaste. Sweet. Then spicy.
“Hatter” is like that, except it’s not $45. It’s one of my favorite teas ever, and I can’t wait to get more.
I was not compensated for this robustly enthusiastic review. Which is a pity.
2 out of 2 for Dryad Teas today. This one tastes just like ice wine. (Which is, apparently, an ingredient). If you don’t know what ice wine is, you should look it up. It involves ripe frozen grapes to make a sweet wine. It costs more than my life.
Between ice wine being an ingredient and raisins also in there, you can really get that grape feeling without it feeling fake or plastic. There’s also a spiciness that I like. It feels like a rich glass of wine after a tiring day.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Grapes, Raisins, Red Wine, Spices, White Wine
Yum! It’s apple pie! Just as tasty and American as Steve Rogers!
United States: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, From Sea to Shining Sea.
Our Glorious Nation: Back-to-Back World War Champs.
Uhhh… I’m out of patriotism. It’s not my forté at all.
This is a very good tea.
Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Molasses