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This has rattled around my cupboard for 2 years without ever being opened. Why? I have no idea. However, today when I finally opened it, it smelled so pungent and so sickeningly sweet. It filled the room and as I started drinking it, that cloying sweetness transferred to taste. If I’m being honest though, I think this maybe is a victim of age and not a reflection of the tea.
V is for…Vanilla Horchata…except I am pretty sure my sample is actually of Pineapple Upside Down Cake
The sample had black tea instead of rooibos, which was my first sign. Then I opened the package and smelled pineapple. And saw pineapple. And I double checked with Roswell Strange who said her sample of Vanilla Horchata definitely looked more like the website’s photo. So I think it is safe to say that this is not vanilla horchata. I guess I have had a lot of vanilla teas today though so pineapple is a welcome change.
O is for…Orange Cookie
Between this and Orange Dreamsicle, I think I finished both “O” teas I own. The other “O” teas are because the company put “Organic” first as part of the title but that feels like it counts less.
Anyways, I used the whole sample of this tea to make a large hot cup of tea. I noticed a lot of almond and peppercorn in the rooibos when I poured this out. Honestly, I get a touch of both those flavors and maybe the slightest bit of citrus. It is cookie-ish but I wouldn’t have called this an Orange Cookie. That said, it does have a Christmas tea sort of vibe to it – that classic orange/spice profile so maybe it is Orange Cookie. I don’t know. It’s better than expected but likely not a restock for me.
Latte Sipdown (321)
I made a small latte using my sample of this because I wanted sweet. This isn’t sweet. This is more spiced chocolate liqueur. I can sort of see where the idea of dark chocolate could be picked up on but it’s not quite that for me. Or if it is dark chocolate, it’s not a great quality dark chocolate, which I guess is what I wanted. It’s not a bad tea but it’s also not one I need more of following this sample.
Made this as a plain tea and while the rooibos is not really offensive in any way, it is also the main flavor here. Sort of a vanilla-ish rooibos I guess. It’s smooth and has that honey rooibos quality which is nicer than medicinal or coppery or woody rooibos. However, there is only a touch of vanilla, no cream, and no pie. So this was a nice enough caffeine free option for one cup but not something I would need or want again.
Enjoyed this a surprising amount – especially because at the start of the cup I found the flavour of the cinnamon a bit strong, and the tea a little harsh and astringent. Letting it cool down helped immensely though, and the tea seemed to ‘level out’ a bit more with the cinnamon softening and the black tea taking on more of a bake-y and bready note quite fitting of pastry. I realllyyyyy got that cinnamon bread vibe from the cup in an impressively delicious way. It was missing the hint of vanilla or cream for the icing, but regardless this was a lot more accurate to my expectations of a cinnamon roll type of flavour than other comparable concepts I’ve tried this year…
Ever make a latte or just a tea and in your head you just know it’s going to be amazing and then you take your first sip and the thought that comes to mind is “oh…that’s it?!” Yes? No? Just me? Because that’s what happened here. Made this as an iced latte and expected just more. More chocolate. More berry. More creamy. More yum. It’s chocolatey but in a semi-sweet/cocoa sort of way. It’s got some berry flavor but not as much as the scent implies. It all just fell a little short for me.
This smelled awesome but I made it as a latte with the vanilla oat milk and that flavor just took over. The oat reads cardboard to me and that just ruins it. This got dumped but I’ll be trying the tea again.
At least it looked pretty: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwIzVqgymK/?igshid=1aey0i01oeui5
I think I’ll make a matcha milk with the oat milk and that’ll be my last ditch effort to see if I like it. Otherwise the rest will likely be dumped.
When I was steeping this, my brother-in-law walked into the kitchen and asked who was making hot chocolate. He then realized it was tea that just smelled like chocolate. Unfortunately, the rooibos comes through and drowns the chocolate slightly. Not completely but a fair bit. Like Roswell Strange said, it’s got a bit of a rum ball vibe to it but I wish it was more chocolate and less rooibos.
Like Roswell Strange said, this is Forever Nuts! As soon as the water hit this, that became clear.
I loved Forever Nuts the first time I tried it and the next time something about the smell was just so off putting to me. I haven’t really enjoyed it, or any of the other many variations by other companies since. Unfortunately, this tea is among those variations that just isn’t for me.
This one was so weird. Good but weird. Because if I am being honest, I think I expected this to taste like Forever Nuts. Instead, it tasted like a fruity hard candy. I was genuinely confused the first couple sips because of that. I double checked the packaging and after confirming it was in fact Candied Almonds that I brewed, I checked out steepster and was happy to find Roswell Strange had the same experience.
The first sips were all red fruit candy…like strawberry hard candies. The more I drink, the more it tastes like apple candy. Still a fruit candy and not nuts. I don’t know if I need more of this but it’s nice enough and certainly took me by surprise.
This is another from #SeptemberSipdown – the prompt was to drink a tea that you purchased but hadn’t tried yet…
This tisane is a very sweet and creamy/nutty pistachio blend that reminds me heavily of DT’s Pistachio Ice Cream blend! It was overall quite nice, but something about the aroma reminded me of Play Doh, even though that didn’t translate into the taste. It had a lot of date sweetness which complimented the nutty flavours, while also making it a little bit cookie/pastry sort of tasting.
I feel like I always get my hopes up too much for Horchata blends because Horchacha from DT was so good and I want to force myself to believe that I’ll find another Horchata blend that comes close to tasting as amazing as that one.
However, that is NOT the case here and I am feeling really disappointed with this cup. It’s not unpleasant, but it doesn’t at all resember Horchata to me and it really only tastes like very strong almond extract/flavouring. So, sweet and amaretto type flavours…
Ooh – I really liked this one! In fact, of the small samples I ordered, I think this is the first one I’ve come across where I would order a full bag of it. It definitely doesn’t taste like Pineapple Upside Down Cake to me, but it DOES taste very heavily of sweet pineapple. A combination between a more candied pineapple (like Pineapple Crush/soda) and also a sweet, syrupy “overripe pineapple” flavour. There was something to it that tasted almost waxy to me, but in a weirdly good and nostalgic way. I’ve had this pineapple flavour in tea before, but not in a long time and having it in this cup felt very nostalgic to me…
Thanks for the sample variaTEA! While this isn’t my favourite pineapple black, it’s an interesting one. The smokiness of the tea makes it a little different than others but probably also makes it a little less appealing because of the way it jives with the pineapple (I like Smokey black teas solo). Might add a little sugar and see what happens.
Sample from VariaTEA (or roswell?) and i was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. Not sure that i really got any blueberry taste from it but i did get raspberry cocoa. Probably would expect more berry flavour in this one given the name but i was good with the cup the way it was :) Thanks guys!
Tea Pop Sipdown (1911)!
This one is a little bittersweet, both literally and figuratively. As a tea pop I really liked how much this did have a sparkling lemonade feel to it and the flavour was so crisp with a beautiful balance of sweet and slightly tart lemon accented by the ever so slight pithy bitterness of the lemon peel in the blend. It was dynamic but also simple and easy to just let myself enjoy without much thought over the day.
One of the better “plain lemon” herbal/fruit influsions I’ve come across, as well! I’d definitely order this again – though I will likely wait for warmer weather. It was good virtually every way I prepared it though – hot, iced, cold brewed and now sparkling.
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjqwyAMuqqh/ (Last photo)
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ4CM-JmCTI
This is such a summery and refreshing tea, and now that we’ve had several really hot days in a row it felt like the right time to break the sample back out again to enjoy. Basically everything that I could ask for in a lemonade tea is present here. It’s got that kind of saturated syrupy sweetness, but also a tiny bit of bitter lemon peel pith to it, and just the right amount of tart acidic pucker. Classic!