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One of my favorite cold brews! Refreshing without being too tart or overbearing. Rose is present, but not overly floral. My entire family loves this on its own or mixed with lemonade. My only complaint is that if I drink too much, the turmeric upsets my stomach. But that just means I shouldn’t drink more than 2 quarts in any given day.
Flavors: Apple, Green Apple, Hibiscus, Lychee, Rose, Turmeric
A friend of mine said she wasn’t excited about this tea but wound up enjoying it a lot, so I was eager to try it despite not enjoying black licorice. The peppermint was the dominant smell. The mint is also evident while drinking, though the flavor certainly takes a back seat to the licorice. It felt like a lump of black licorice stuck in the back of my throat – and I mean stuck, because it lingered there for hours after I gave up on the cup.
teapigs advent, day 13
“Calm” and “energy” may be pet peeve tea names, but nothing raises my hackles as much as something labeled “cleanse”.
The scent reminds me of teas labeled “sleep”, which I can generally tolerate even if I don’t enjoy them. The lemongrass is prominent in scent and flavor, and I did feel like I was getting ginger in the beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is the worst part, because it feels like a coconut film on my tongue. I hate coconut (only moderately less than I hate the “cleanse” concept).
It’s probably better than celery juice (anyone else in love with Maintenance Phase?) as far as cleanses go, but as far as tea goes, this did not work for me.
teapigs advent, day 12
In college, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was a staple on campus – despite multiple Starbucks locations that were more convenient, because of course we had to go here to get the tea. A friend introduced me to the Jasmine Dragon Tea Latte, the very idea of which appalled me until I tasted it. Then I was hooked.
I have not figured out how to make a tea latte yet, but I’m always happy to see a jasmine tea, and this was no exception. This is one I’d buy to have a quick and easy bagged jasmine on hand.
teapigs advent, day 11
Tea names like “calm” or “energize” are a silly pet peeve of mine so I was already biased against this tea.
Chamomile is the main ingredient and it shows. I was hoping for a little more of the lemon but I’m not getting it at all. I wish I liked chamomile; I could use an easy tool to help me relax. I just don’t care for it.
teapigs advent, day 10
Makes an easy cup of black breakfast tea. I tend to prefer straight unsweetened black teas on ice, but this wasn’t bad hot with some honey. It’s something I’d buy to have on hand for my partner, even though I wouldn’t choose it – “I could definitely drink this everyday” was the strongest endorsement he’s given any of these flavors.
(If anyone has suggestions on how I can learn more about distinguishing different varieties of black teas or figuring out the subtler notes of teas, I’d love to hear them!)
teapigs advent, day 9 and day 24
A mild green tea with only a slight grassy flavor and none of the earthiness. It’s pleasant, but it doesn’t live up to the claims on the bag of a pale green color (definitely brown) or hints of fruit. I have been drinking all my advent teas hot, but I could see this as a pleasant iced tea.
teapigs advent, day 6
I was excited to see this cold brew flavor I hadn’t tried in the advent!
This isn’t how I cold brew my tea usually, but these bags are a great way to toss something with a little flavor into my glass water bottle and have tea all day. You don’t even have to fish the bag back out, which makes these extra nice for being out and about.
This particular flavor was a generic tart berry flavor – I wonder if maybe I just don’t know what a black currant tastes like and that’s why I can’t pinpoint it? But it’s berry, and it’s a decent iced tea flavor, and I’m into the whole concept honestly.
teapigs advent, day 5
Flavors: Berry, Tart
This was nice enough for an earl grey. The black tea was a stronger flavor, while the other flavors contributing to the earl grey were more subdued. I’d expect all of it to be strong, given the name? It’s probably just as well, since earl grey isn’t something I’m drawn to in general.
teapigs advent, day 4
A strong hibiscus fruit drink that’s nice and tart. It’s not my favorite fruit blend due to the particular berry mixture, but it’s a solid one. I liked it better hot than I expected. I wonder if I might have rated it better were it not for last night’s cup of a similar, preferable hibiscus blend.
teapigs advent, day 3
Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart
This is a perfectly good tea that just doesn’t work for my personal tastes. If you like a lemon ginger, I do think you should try this!
The scent reminds me of my early tea days, when I assumed that boxes in the grocery store aisle were the only options and I just took anything that said it had lemon.
It’s a simple tea, well-balanced with both lemon and ginger, though both the lemongrass and ginger are strong. I see a lot of positives in this tea, but I just don’t care to have a cup of lemon/ginger in general, so my rating is low.
teapigs advent, day 2
Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass
I wanted to love this tea. The warm spice is evident as soon as you open the packet to find the tea temple. It smells lovely; a festive holiday treat.
Drinking it was mostly ginger and chili, and the chili lingered as an aftertaste. I like a strong spice, so I appreciated that it was bold, it was just missing something. I got no hints of fruit until, near the end of the cup, it cooled significantly. Perhaps it would have been better iced, but as it was, I wasn’t a fan.
teapigs advent, Day 1
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
I picked this up at a local farm last summer but already had too many other chamomile blends open. I decided to try it out tonight after a long dog walk.
I am in love with this blend. It’s smooth and soothing and a new favorite.
I’ve not had any other Teapig products and I’m impressed with the environmentally friendly packaging. I was looking over their products and might be thinking about the advent calendar.
Flavors: Apple, Chamomile, Lavender
Strong, fresh nose of toasted rice which mellows in the mouth and is underscored by light grassiness and astringency. Easy drinker for the work day. Good for only 1 steep. I like to leave the sachet in the cup. There are better genmaicha out there. I can’t name one, but there are. I like a stronger green tea presence.
The fellow who shared his First Street black teas with me has absolved himself of such a heinous crime.
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Toasted Rice, Toasty
This one has a sour rose flavor that’s pretty unpleasant, but it can be decently tamed with sugar. It’s really sour, sort of like pink lemonade, but if you think of it in that sort of way, it works. I wouldn’t say I notice lychee specifically, maybe just a touch if I’m paying attention. It’s pink lemonade all the way. The way they create these to steep in cold water in seven minutes just leads to sour weirdness.
This is definitely my favorite Teapigs tea from my winter order. The pear flavor is pretty authentic, and the spices are warming and actually rather spicy in the back of my mouth. I would have preferred a stronger pear flavor and milder spices because the pear flavor really is lovely, but it’s quite hidden. The strongest flavor is definitely the ginger. In some cups, I don’t taste any pear at all.
This one needs a slighty shorter steep so it doesn’t get too tart or strange. Then, it tastes pretty accurate to the sort of mulled wine vibe it’s going for. There’s tart fruit, some spice, and definitely a lot of wine-inspired flavor going on. If it steeps too long, it gets quite strong, sour, and abrasive. It’s not my sort of tea, but it was drinkable.
The directions say to cold brew this for seven minutes, but when I tasted it, the flavor was much too mild. I left the bag in for an hour or so, and the flavor was stronger, but not super pleasant. It was a little sour and not great. I’ve tried it a few times now, and it just stays sour and generically fruity. These cold brew Teapigs teas aren’t working for me at all.