Asheville Tea Company

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This one is just a bit blah for me. Which is a shame, because the name sounds so yummy.

But I don’t really get any apple, and only a hint of orange. Mostly this is just a clove rooibos. And I guess the spicing does, in a way, remind me of apple butter, which I guess means apple butter has cloves in it.

But it’s not apple butter, it’s just the “spiced” part ha ha. Bye-bye, tea!

Flavors: Clove, Rooibos, Spices, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I felt like something herbaceous this morning, and the ingredients in this seemed to fit the bill. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite measure up to what I was hoping for. It’s mostly pretty intense citrus- the lime peel and lemon being most prominent. I was hoping the juniper berries and rosemary would shine, but I can’t taste either.

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80

Received in my SipsBy box last month. An EG sounded nice on this cold and rainy afternoon, so here we are. It’s a very nice earl grey. Quite a smooth black base, with no bitterness or astringency. A perfect amount of bergamot that isn’t sharp or artificial tasting. I added some sweetened condensed milk and it was quite a tasty cup.

Silent Kettle

I love EG too! I need to check this one out soon! :)

ashmanra

I need to try sweetened condensed milk in some of my sharper Earls.

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85

I felt a bit ugh after that oily Butter Toffee Cream tea earlier, so I figured it was the perfect time to try this tea, which is clean and light with refreshing-sounding ingredients. This was one of three seasonal teas that I ordered on a whim from Asheville Tea Company after seeing them on Sips by.

This is definitely a very light tea, in fact I wish the flavors here were just a tad bit stronger. The beginning of the sip is very mint and wintergreen-forward with perhaps a hint of haylike white tea flavor. There’s also a nice sweetness. Then near the end of the sip, the evergreen notes of the fir begin to come out, and they linger into the aftertaste. There’s a lovely cooling sensation as well. Not knowing what birch bark or yarrow flower taste like, I can’t comment on them, but there is a soft herbal note behind the lighter flavors.

I love evergreen in teas, so I really like this one. The wintergreen is a fun addition too, minty but different than the usual choices. The white tea is very light in flavor but I think it goes well with these equally light and airy ingredients.

A lovely wintery tea, perfect for December! ❤

Flavors: Fir, Hay, Herbaceous, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Pine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

I am loving this blend. The white tea is indistinguishable, but there are so many interesting flavors going on. The peppermint and wintergreen are at the forefront, but I get a whisper of fir, as well as a melange of herbal/woody notes that I don’t quite recognize (not familiar with the flavor of birch bark or yarrow flowers). Such a unique blend, very glad I picked it up!

Martin Bednář

It just jumped to my wishlist. Why I do love those fir/wintergreen/woody/birch bark… whatever notes? Maybe it just reminds me a great times on far North?

Cameron B.

Yay, I still need to try mine! I love evergreen notes in tea, too. :3

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81

Working on sipping through this one. It’s nice and and creamy, with a good balance of mint. Added honey to this cup, and I think I prefer it without.

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81

This cup was a bit more chocolatey, which made it even more delicious. Minty, creamy, wonderful.

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81

I go through phases with mint teas, but I find myself craving them a bit more the closer we get to the holidays. Picked up a few blends from this new-to-me brand, including this one. The peppermint is nice and mellow. There’s a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste, that becomes more apparent the cooler the cup gets. The marshmallow root/leaf gives a creaminess to the cup that is really enjoyable. Overall, very pleasantly surprised.

Cameron B.

I have this one, too! I still need to try Winter Wonderland…

Shae

This sounds nice, especially with the marshmallow creaminess. I’m the same with mint; lately, I’ve been enjoying mostly peppermint. Maybe it’s that holiday feeling like you say.

amandastory516

Cameron- I just made Winter Wonderland this morning!
Shae- Definitely recommend this one if you’re in the mood for mint.

Shae

I’ve already added this one to my list. ;)

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82

I thought I would let myself crack open a new tea this evening since I sipped down the sample from Deb that I had opened a few days ago. This is a company that I found through Sips By. I haven’t actually had one of their teas in my box, but I saw them on the page where all of the partner companies are listed. And on their site, I was drawn to the three holiday blends they offer, so I ended up ordering a 1-ounce pouch of each.

So this is the first to be tried. It’s a blend of cacao nibs, peppermint, and marshmallow root and leaf. The combination sounded lovely to me, especially with the cacao listed first in the list. The leaf is also nicely ground, which I appreciate since it makes it easier to measure and get a good mix of all ingredients.

I’m quite happy with this so far. The peppermint is the strongest flavor, which is to be expected. It has a nice bright flavor and doesn’t taste like a wet rag, which can be an issue for me with peppermint. I do taste the cacao nibs as well, or maybe the combination of cacao and marshmallow, and it comes across as more of a milk chocolaty flavor for me. It has a light and creamy chocolate flavor and there’s also a little note of roasted nuts that rounds it out. There’s an overall mellow sweetness.

A very pleasant mint chocolate herbal for the evening. I would like perhaps a little more of the marshmallow flavor to come out, but I am quite happy with the flavor of the cacao. This is a bit expensive at about $9 per ounce, but it’s also a very lightweight mix, so there’s more volume in that ounce than I would get with a heavier tea. I’ll have to see how I feel about it after a few more cups!

Flavors: Chocolate, Herbaceous, Mint, Nuts, Peppermint, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

The tea sounds lovely. The price not so much.

Courtney

This reminds me of the New Moon blend, minus the marshmallow root and leaf. But I have a bag of marshmallow root I’ve yet to open… maybe I’ll mix some in to see how it goes!

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A very nice EG. Floral but not astringent or perfume-y, and has a surprisingly bread-y mouthfeel. The bergamot is perfectly balanced with the high quality black base. Held up well to a splash of milk. This is a great company, too. Just an overall very nice experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

I really enjoyed this tea and was not expecting to – I like a super black tea usually and this brewed to a very light color in the cup. But the flavor was like a warm hug. Very pleased!

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