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I got a huge swap package today, so I need to get cracking to sip down all of these samples! Luckily, they’re mostly single servings, so I should be able to get through them quickly enough.
This came out extremely bland given I used more leaf than I normally would’ve just to finish off the sample. It’s sort of a like a very slightly sweet ginger water? I can barely tell it’s peach at all, and that’s with already knowing what’s in it.
Meh. Hot ginger water is not for me, he he.
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy, Sweet
Last tea from the Christmas sampler. Eh it tastes somewhat like coconut that’s on the edge, though I’m not sure if there is coconut in there. It also has some added flavors that evoke eggnog, or at least something creamy. It’s better with milk. It’s quite fake tasting, but I don’t mind it too much. I ended up having a decent time with this one, but wouldn’t really recommend.
I don’t order from T2 anymore, but I also want to complain about the magnetic “erasable” labels I bought from them. I used dry erase markers, but they won’t rub off the labels no matter what I use. I thought they’d be better than the sticky notes I usually use to label my tins, but it’s back to sticky notes for me!
From the name, I expected this to be a breakfast tea, but I found that it’s actually pretty heavily spiced, which I don’t mind. The ginger and pepper can be a little sharp, but I feel like it all works when it’s rounded out by some milk. There are better chais, but this wasn’t bad. Probably the best or second best tea in this four tea Christmas sampler.
Iced Tea Sipdown (281)
Yesterday I pulled out the last little bit of this tisane because I wanted an iced tea and this was good that way. I then had enough for an 8 oz serving so I decided to give cold brewing a try. I ended up walking around with the iced version in my tea press yesterday and today. The cold brew I basically chugged last night because we were putting the dishwasher on and I wanted to put the cup it was in in the dishwasher. It could be because it was made with the last of the tea but the blackberry leaves were overwhelming in the cold brew, making it way too sweet.
This iced tea, on the other hand, is not overly sweet. It’s distinctly mango and to that end it does have a sweetness but it is not the cloying sweetness that blackberry leaves can sometimes contribute. It also does manage to be creamy w/o being overly artificial, which I find impressive from a fruit tisane. While I am not placing a T2 order just for this tea, I think I would add it to the cart if I were grabbing other stuff.
I pulled this out and decided to make it both iced and hot. It seemed it could be good either way and given it was caffeine free I decided to make it both ways.
I am drinking the iced first to give the hot a little bit of time to cool down. It’s both good and bad. The blackberry leaf makes it too sweet but this is creamy and has a nice mango flavor.
Hot, it is also alright. I find the flavor is less distinctly mango. It also doesn’t have the same creamy aspect that is coming through in the iced tea. It is still sweet but not overly so, thus good in some respects and not great in others.
Overall, this tea is good but not my favorite.
I ended up with a huge tin of this from a previous sale, and I’ve been working my way through it much too slowly. The flavor is pretty strange. I really can’t tell what it is. I often think about this tea as if I dislike it, but when I’m actually drinking it, it’s all right. It’s very mildly spiced and really just has this one predominant flavor that’s sort of…bready? It’s difficult to articulate, but the flavor is unique and interesting, if not my favorite thing in the world.
Sample from VariaTEA – second time i’m having this. It’s not a bad cacao tea but anytime these things call themselves “hot chocolate” i just laugh because the brew is always too watery to really make me feel like hot chocolate. And if i wanted hot chocolate, i’d probably just make some for real :) But this was tasty and enjoyable nonethless :)
Starting my day with a cup of this. I’ve been desperately trying to sipdown Adagio’s Candy Apple black tea the past few days (the bottom of the tea tin is in sight) but I really need a break from it.
This Sencha tea came in a selection box, so I don’t have much of it to drink. It’s still as good as when I first reviewed it though.
It’s fresh and grassy in aroma, with a hint of astringency and sourness that you get from lemon juice.
Once brewed, hay-like notes emerge and the sweetness intensifies. Sugar snap peas and dew-damp morning grass.
As I pointed out in my review, this is not the only Sencha tea that T2 offer. This one is labelled “Sencha” while another is labelled “Japanese Sencha” which kinda suggests that this one isn’t actually from Japan. So, is it still Sencha? It’s something I ponder as I sip this cup.
Initial blog review for this tea was in early December: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/t2-sencha-tea-review/
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Peas, Sweet
This came from Courtney, I believe by way of VariaTEA.
So I tried this straight the first time around, and it’s just not my thing. A bit generic with malt and metallic notes. Only a slight bitterness with a short steep time, and a tiny bit of astringency. It’s not bad by any means, and someone who likes more standard breakfast-type or builder’s blends would probably enjoy it. I don’t happen to be that person, so it’s just okay for me.
So for my second pot, I pulled out a little baby creamer jug that was at the back of one of the cupboard, and sipped this tea with milk. It’s not something I often do, but it made it quite fun and tea party-like, which I really enjoyed. I didn’t go so far as to add sugar, because the thought actually grossed me out a bit. (And yet it doesn’t in lattes? Clearly I make no sense…)
So thanks, ladies, for the fun lazy Sunday morning tea time! :)
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grain, Malt, Metallic, Tannic
Ugh this one is way worse than their spellbound cider. The main scent is anise. The spices actually taste pretty good, but the fruitiness turned out so strange. It’s so artificial and has this weird sourness, while also being sort of thin. Yeah this one is sort of gross. I don’t know what they’ve done wrong. I shared a cup with my sister, and she ended up pouring hers out because it tasted so strange. Other reviews aren’t this negative, so perhaps my sample was from a bad batch.
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeTuesday, January 19th: National Popcorn Day Tea #1
Six days since I posted a tea note! (Thanks, freezes.) This is from AJRimmer so a genuine thank you for the tea. haha. This blend has plenty of buckwheat which apparently looks like popcorn, but it certainly somehow smells like fresh popcorn! Sadly the taste isn’t as strong as the fragrance. It’s slightly popcorn on a weak black tea. And I thought I used a lot of leaf so the flavor definitely should have been stronger than this. The description also mentions caramel but I don’t notice that at all. It’s not bad but not something I would be gravitating towards to steep up. The second steep is also bland.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #21
Cold brew pitcher. Just kind of a non descript fruity cold taste. Finished last 8 oz this morning Tuesday 1/19. My t2 order arrived yesterday (I get teas from t2 once or twice a year on sale) so need to find more of the older t2 still in my collection.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge
More teaware arrived from DAVIDsTEA today and my Black Friday order from Happy Turtle Teas. That got me excited to get into some new things. I wanted a latte and the T2 teas that arrived earlier this week were in large quantities and definitely latte flavors. This is a little thin so I could see it benefiting from a bit of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Other than that, it’s not bad.
This tastes like green apple candy. It also has a bit of an herbaceous flavor and that little bit of throat weird flavor that cider brings that I’m personally not a huge fan of. I liked it much more cold. If you’re a cider person, you might like this. I think it’s all right, tasty enough to drink the second sample from the pack. It grew on me with the second mug. I’d really enjoy a tea with just that green apple flavor minus the cider burn.
Advent Day 24
This has a very effervescent cola like scent to the dry tea! While steeping it smells like cookies with cinnamon. No, ginger! Cinnamon ginger? This tastes like an almost fruity gingerbread tea! I’m really liking this one and it surprises me after a month of trying mostly underwhelming teas! The flavor level on this one is nice and intense too, almost a tingly level of spice without going into a grossly concentrated territory. It’s very warming. I’d think about buying this one if I found myself at a T2 store along with Go Go Goa.
Advent Day 21
Mango and cucumber? Huh! Okay. This has a really juicy ripe mango flavor, but there is also something flat and alkaline like hidden in there. Strong mango on the sip and the more demure cucumber comes out at the start of the finish and then disappears letting the mango have center stage again. I mostly like this tea. I wish the samples were bigger so I could try this cold steeped too because I bet it would be fantasticly refreshing cold.