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I thought this was overall the nicest tasting one!

Perhaps it impressed me so much because, with a description like “rooibos and rosehip”, I expected a more bland taste – but this was pretty sweet and fruity! I found myself getting a strong case of flavour note deja vu and it really upset me that I couldn’t more specifically name what I was tasting. It was like bilberry flavouring mixed with some type of red fruit note – but more exact then the normal generic “red fruit flavouring” that is something used. Frustration with naming the flavouring aside, the taste was simple and level throughout the sip. Just a nice sweeter and nutty rooibos with whatever this flavouring was.

Of the five we tasted, this is the only one I would consider buying and probably the only one I was drink again – though I guess the mint and cacao was also good.

Evol Ving Ness

Lingonberry, perhaps

CrowKettle

Would bet my left shoe on Lingonberry also.

Roswell Strange

I don’t think so – given how much IKEA has built Lingonberry into their food/beverage product branding I can see no realistic reason they would be using Lingonberry flavouring without explicitly calling it out in some combination of product packaging/ingredients/marketing as they do with every other Lingonberry product they carry.

CrowKettle

That seems reasonable. You can collect my shoe anytime :P

It also seems strange for them not to include lingonberry in one of their teas; that would be an on-brand addition to the line-up :)

Jen vB

Wait! IKEA carries Tea? I wouldn’t have thought to look there! And without Lingonberry? That seems just wrong.

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I was a little surprised to see this in the line up. Floral teas are really polarizing and for a cherry blossom in particular the tea needs to be either really gentle or delicate so let those delicate florals come through or it’s gotta lean into a more sweet cherry blossom flavour. Like, it just feels too complicated and/or nuanced and gentle to work for a company like IKEA

And, well, it doesn’t work. The white tea base is really choppy and harsh which is definitely a consistent across all of the blends from IKEA that are using Camellia Sinensis. The quality simply just doesn’t seem good. More than that, I’m not really getting cherry blossom. It’s a little floral but in a pretty generic kind of way and definitely feels at odds with this weirdly intense and bitter tasting white tea base.

Sorry but this one gets another pass.

DrowningMySorrows

Hmm…I should put some effort into finding an actual cherry blossom tea. The few “cherry blossom” teas I’ve looked at have been just cherry flavored teas, no blossoms to be found. I guess calling it cherry blossom sounds prettier or fancier? I’d rather have delicate florals than weird artificial cherry flavoring, though (but maybe not on the bitter IKEA white tea base).

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I think this is the one that seemed the most interesting! A lemon green tea is just a classic profile but the pine was a very unique and potentially delicious twist on that profile! We began to get skeptical smelling the dry leaf because the aroma was all lemon and no pine.

Steeped up it was obviously quickly that the green tea base itself is a shoddy quality. Very poor clarity to the flavour with a lot of roughness overall. Sharp sourness and a lawn mowing body with just harsh bitterness in the finish. I think the addition of the lemon actually made those top notes feel more acrid. It was like piling a negative thing on top of an already quaking foundation.

And similar to the bergamot and oak… no pine to be found.

Mastress Alita

Disappointing, everything about that flavor combination sounds amazing.

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70

Weirdly this was the only one out of the four Ikea teas we tried that came in loose leaf instead of a tea bag! It seems like a slightly strange flavour choice for Ikea to make, but ultimately it was a pretty tasty blend. I don’t really find anything about it unique but as far as rich cocoa and cooling crisp mint combination go the execution was solid! Very faint licorice root sweetness in the back that boosts the richness of the cocoa/chocolate and just a little creaminess. With a splash of milk this would be very delicious, and for a LLT offered by a non tea company I don’t think you can really complain much here.

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I realized this morning that when I was doing my tasting note recap of all the non-advent teas I had at the start of the month, I left out the Ikea teas I tried right at the very beginning of the month!

Truthfully I would probably normally not put a lot of stock into a tea line up from a company like Ikea – it’s sort of like buying a “Costco” or “Canadian Tire” name brand tea. Like, how good is it gonna be!? However, Ikea is sort of known for having some interesting and good food products – namely their Lingonberry foods. Which, like, how did they not put our a Lingonberry tea!? That feels like a HUGE miss to me.

So, with that knowledge I found myself curious about their assortment and along with a coworker we tried to get a box of each tea they carried. I think we ended up missing two?? I know we didn’t get the Elderberry Chai but I swear there’s one more we missed too. Anyway… five Ikea teas in total!

Now, my expectations for this teabag were lower simply because I don’t love bergamot but the oak was an interesting twist so I was keeping an open mind as much as I could! It was very abrasive and harsh though. If I had a chance to do it over I’d probably only steep for about a minute because I found this tasted aggressively bitter and almost chemically perfumed from how strong the bergamot was. Ooofff…

No oak to be tasted, either.

Cameron B.

I like their lingonberry syrup for mixing with sparkling water! I agree, it’s odd that they don’t have a lingonberry tea.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve tried their elderberry chai and had the same issues in terms of the base tea being incredibly bitter. Perhaps they’d do better with a tea lineup of herbals.

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Of course I had to try it!

It’s a light EG, I don’t know about oak flavour though. It’s nice enough, and I’m enjoying drinking it.

(Also, hi! I’m still trying to drink through all my teas but they’re all the same old and this site is annoying on my phone, so I’m not on here much.)

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It’s Chai season so I figured I’d work on finishing the bag I have of this. It’s almost gone and I realized I hadn’t reviewed it.
I don’t like this one but that is partially due to personal preference and partially due to the base. The black tea is somewhat bitter and the chili and spices in this create a very pepper-heavy taste. I do taste the elderberry and it’s quite nice but unfortunately, it’s rather hidden by the spices. I don’t think it meshes well with the spices. I’d love to see an elderberry chai that is more balanced spice-wise. I could see 52 Teas doing this flavor combination justice.

Flavors: Pepper

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I like straight-up steeped elderberries with straight-up cinnamon.

Lexie Aleah

Ooh that sounds good!

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Tiffany :)

This is on my wish list for next time I get to IKEA! how was it?

Lexie Aleah

A bit disappointing since I couldn’t taste the elderberries just the chai.

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85

Given the price-point and that it was a peppermint tea, I wasn’t expecting anything too amazing. This tea, however, is surprisingly delicious! There is an almost cream-like, smooth element to the mint, maybe from the licorice root. The result is a tea that reminds me more of an after-dinner buttermint than a traditional, red-and-white striped peppermint. It is smooth and soothing. I have had it hot and cold and I like it both ways.

Flavors: Cocoa, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

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71
drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
105 tasting notes

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90
reviewed RIKLIG by IKEA
894 tasting notes

I really like this tea pot. For $10 you just can’t go wrong. It’s made of quite durable glass, has a well fitting plastic lid and a very fine, durable steeping basket. It’s fine enough to steep rooibos without loosing any through the mesh. It pours perfectly with no dripping. And the minimalist design pleases me.

One of my favourite features of this pot is that the steeping basket fits perfectly in almost every mug I own (the perfect diameter to fit into the mug, and tall enough to come right to the lip,) so it’s excellent for making just one cup of tea, if a pot is too much.

I am on my second pot. The first one held up well for quite a while, and then a big chunk of glass just popped out of the bottom one day when I put the pot down on the counter. My second pot has seen regular use for over a year without any issues.

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
1271 tasting notes

Backlog, from the Here’s Hoping tea box

I love IKEA. I love their bistro, cafeteria eating, furniture displays, wandering in the showcase, digging in the As Is section, assembling my cool furniture and all their cool swedish goodies.

Finding this IKEA tea was like “WTFBQQ they have loose leaf tea?” I’ve drank their tea at the bistro, it’s like that red rose stuff.

Taste? Ehhh, I thought it wasn’t bad. Tasted like black tea (malty with some bitterness) and artificial blueberries. It was much better iced – turning into that classic snapple like iced blueberry tea. If this IKEA tea was hella cheap, I’d buy it just for making pitchers of iced teas for the family. Other than that, probably best to find a better quality blueberry black tea.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
358 tasting notes

First cup of the morning from the Traveling Tea Box. I didn’t even know that IKEA made tea! I saw that it was a blueberry black tea and knew that I had to try it. One of my favorite teas is The Republic of Tea’s Wild Blueberry.

Sadly, this one is lacking. The dry leaves smell more of malty black tea than blueberries. I was expecting a strong blueberry scent while the tea was brewing, like other blueberry teas I’ve had. I couldn’t smell anything at all! There is only the faintest hint of blueberries if you put your face directly in the cup. The flavor is robust and malty, with a light blueberry aftertaste. There is a hint of bitterness that lingers, even after adding milk and sweetener. I’m glad I was able to try this tea, but I think I will stick to my juicy, bursting-with-blueberry-flavor Wild Blueberry tea. :)

One of our foster kittens just stuck her face in my tea! She has actually done this every day since she has learned to jump up on the table. As soon as she hears me making tea she comes running. All annoyingness aside, it is pretty cute. She’s the runt of the litter and we found out yesterday that she will be staying with us for two more months since she needs another (sigh) hernia repair. I am not complaining – I love that little tea drinking cat!

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell of malty black tea with a blueberry aroma. Tea liquor aroma is lightly of sweet blueberries.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy very dark brown color.
-Robust malty flavor and finish. Faint blueberry aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Poor tea. Very weak blueberry flavor with a lingering bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

no Ikea carried tea either!

TheTeaFairy

oops, meant to say «no idea they carried tea»

Josie Jade

Me either! I’ve never even been to an IKEA store, although we have one within a 3 hour drive of us. I may have to go in now! :)

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I adore This tea, but am unable to use the sliding rating scale on my ipad. Anyway, I fear this tea may have been discontinued by IKEA. The Friggs is not black tea, and it comes in bags (I prefer loose). Does anyone have info on whether Ikea has permanently discontinued this tea? I am having a hard time getting clear info from Ikea.

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Lightly sweet with many hints of berry flavoring. Overall a satisfying (and satisfyingly inexpensive) loose leaf tea from one of my favorite places, Ikea.

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100
reviewed IKEA HÄLSA Steel vacuum flask by IKEA
790 tasting notes

Just had to add another note to this as a follow up. I had tea in this last weekend. I never ended up drinking it. 28 HOURS LATER and it was still 106 degrees F. Not hot, but also not room temp. After 28 HOURS….

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100
reviewed IKEA HÄLSA Steel vacuum flask by IKEA
790 tasting notes

Finally got my hands on one of these. After Em’s review, I had to try one!

It keeps things just as hot as they go in for hours and hours and hours. A great thing to have at your desk if you work where you can’t get up often to get more hot water. My mom wanted one for just that reason and I believe she’ll love this.

The only downside for me with this is that when I take tea on the road (which is when I have the most issue with not being able to get more hot water readily) is that it isn’t a thermos you can drink from. You do need a cup or something to pour into. (Duh – been since grade school since I had a thermos – there is a cup built in as the cap) Also I’d like for it to hold more than 2 cups to be a viable travel thermos.

And it is very thin. Going to have to buy a bottle brush to clean it.

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
6768 tasting notes

Thanks Jillian
I brewed this one “lukewarm” for about 8 minutes.
It’s a very weak black tea base with subtle blueberry flavor going on.
This is pretty good cold but lacking for a HOT and Strong Black tea or Flavored Black Tea. Regardless it’s alright cold. Nothing much to say about it, really, that hasn’t already been said.

I’m happy I was able to try it and would probably exclusively drink this cold.

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72
drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
111 tasting notes

A good morning tea to drink with milk, with a light blueberry flavor.

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100
reviewed IKEA HÄLSA Steel vacuum flask by IKEA
219 tasting notes

Just picked one of these up at IKEA yesterday. I LOVE it! I boiled water and poured it in to see how long it would retain heat. It’s been over 12 hours and the water is still hot enough to burn you. How can you beat $6.99? I look forward to taking extra tea to work and enjoying several hot cups!

Nicole

That sounds like something that needs to go on a Christmas list… Oh, Santa…

Em

:) If only I was thinking, it could have been in your Christmas box. Bonus to how good it works is the fact that it’s cute :) Do you live near an IKEA?

Nicole

No, I’d have to order it. Not a big deal, though, for something that appears to work so well. :)

Nicole

Dang. Not available to buy online. That’s okay. I know someone in Dallas who wants to know what I want for Christmas and there is a store there.

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39
drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
1908 tasting notes

I tried adding milk and sweetener to this tea like some people suggested, but I didn’t find much of an improvement. There was maybe a tad more blueberry flavour but not enough for me to revise my rating of this tea. This is one tea that’ll probably go up for adoption some time in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
1908 tasting notes

Eh, I’m not terribly thrilled with this tea. Supposedly it’s blueberry flavoured but I’m not tasting much beyond the basic tea base. There is a hint of blueberry but it’s too subtle for this tea I’m afraid.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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