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I had this one last night. It really was very light on flavor. I did get a mild burn at the end of the sip from the ginger. My nose is completely clogged these days. It rained all day yesterday and it is supposed to rain all day today. I want real fall. You know, sweatshirt weather. Deep blue skies, air temps of 62, and a light breeze. Instead we have humid days in the low 80s and rain. Ugh. Here in North Dakota we have 4.5 months of summer, 5 months of winter, and then fall and spring get a few weeks each.
Steepster isn’t posting reviews right now, so maybe this one will never post, If it does, I will say this tea is nice, but not spectacular and certainly not something I would try to find more of.
I had this tea last night. Yesterday was a hot one, but for some reason I felt a bit cool so decided to make a cup of hot tea before bed. I’d picked this one up at a clearance store for cheap. I like ginger and I like lemon so I figured it would be good.
It wasn’t bad. I’m not a fan of chamomile, and that was the prominent flavor here. I didn’t get any citrus, and the ginger was a very mild burn at the end of the sip. Now, remember I do not have a sense of smell, so it is possible I am simply missing flavors others would pick up. Also, since this is from a discount clearance store, who knows how old it is. The flavors may have faded.
There are eleven bags left. I think over the winter I will have no trouble finishing it. I would not buy it again. But 12 bags of tea for $1.99 is not a bad deal so I’m glad I picked it up.
My go-to tea when I go to Starbucks! I usually get some type of fancy hot or cold coffee drink but occasionally when I’m not in the mood for a racing heart and the jitters, I get this! It’s calming and soothes my soul. It’s mild and smooth and bright and I love sipping it while chatting with my friends. Has a pleasant after-taste and doesn’t leave a muddy mouth-feel like some cheap mint teas I’ve tried in the past.
I really can’t detect any lemon but I do recognize a hint of “something” mingling with the mint.
As long as Starbucks continues to carry this, it will always be my first tea-pick from their menu.
The conference hotel charged me a $20 “destination fee,” which translated to a $20 credit at any of their restaurants or the hotel convenience store. Nobody asked for that! I’d rather keep the $20 and spend it however I want! But since that wasn’t an option, I spent it on tea and snacks at the overpriced convenience store instead. The teas they had were Teavana, so I got a cup of this and later a cup of the Jasmine Citrus at highway-robbery prices. Can you tell that I’m salty about the audacity of charging me over $5 for a cup of hot water and 50 cents’ worth of tea? Normally I’d just get the hot water and brew my own, but since I was in a use-it-or-lose it situation with the money I figured I may as well try a couple of teas that I otherwise wouldn’t.
Taste-wise, all the individual ingredients – spearmint, peppermint, and lemon verbena – come through. It’s pleasant enough, though it’s heavy enough on the spearmint to be a bit chewing-gum-esque. Mostly I just wish this wasn’t quite so weak. I kept the teabag in the whole time, so if anything it should have been too strong/oversteeped, but no! Just somehow flavorful and thin at the same time.
Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint, Spearmint
Interesting that I never left a note about this. I certainly had enough to do so! It was…. okay. Spicy, gingery, but… almost too many spices? I don’t recall if I ever thought “gingerbread” too clearly. I’ll admit that I didn’t care for it enough to have finished it off myself – my husband was fed the majority of it via large mugs of tea with honey while sick, as he wasn’t averse to the flavour. I just have so many other teas and flavour profiles I’d prefer to drink.
I am having this one tonight for my evening cuppa. This is a bit of bright tartness to this tea and it is the exact right amount for me. It is tart without being sour. So many fruit infusions include so much hibiscus that I cannot bear to drink it. Without a sense of smell I taste sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. If I didn’t see the color I can’t tell the difference between vanilla and chocolate. Many teas have a wonderful layered flavor that I simply do not taste. So if a tea has hibiscus I taste the hibiscus and very little else. What some people find a pleasant zing makes my face pucker up. Without the other flavors to blend with the hibiscus … Well, I just can’t drink it.
Luckily, with this one I enjoy the mild zing of tartness. I won’t buy more of this, but I will have no trouble finishing the remaining 7 tea bags of this.
I was standing in line at TJ Maxx yesterday. Even though it was snowing (or maybe BECAUSE it was snowing) I’d gone to purchase a couple of pieces of spring/summer clothing. As I stood, looking out the wide window at the nasty snow, I felt like throwing a tantrum. Like a two year old who isn’t getting what they want. Full blown tantrum, like throwing myself to the floor, drumming my heels and screaming. We’ve had way too much winter this spring in North Dakota. :(
As I was waiting I saw a few Teavana tubs of bagged teas crammed in with the rest of the cart bait lining the checkout queue. This one appealed because it said good hot or cold. Yesterday it was snowing, so that would mean hot tea. But who knows? Next week could be 80. So iced tea. But last night I tried a cup hot.
Anyway, sorry for whining. Here is what I thought of the tea. It was quite good. It brewed up fairly pale, which is normal for a tisane with no tea or rooibos. The flavor was light but with a nice tart zing. Not like hibiscus-sour zing. I do not like hibby, and made sure to check the ingredients to be sure there wasn’t any. I think the zing would have been the citrus. So I will have no trouble drinking these 12 tea bags.
I tried this in the mall when i was 12 and annoyed the f out of the Teavana employees taking free samples, i haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I’m 21 now. I’ve not been lucky enough to find it again, but hopefully soon. I don’t remember much about it now, but I hate tea always have, still do. Somethin about it.
I had this tea again last night as my evening cuppa. I really do like it. This time the licorice flavor was strongly present. It cut through the mint and brought a new dimension to the sip.
Back on December 14, I placed an order at Davids Tea. I ordered 50 grams of Santa’s Secret and a sampler of their Winter Teas. I didn’t expect it in time for Christmas, but I did expect it to be shipped sooner than today. Oh well, It’s not like I don’t have plenty more tea to drink up.
Wanna hear something funny? I mentioned to my brother that I have so much tea I can’t keep track of it all. He said gasp that I should go through it and throw some away!
The 6 days storm is done at last! Now we’re settling in for the cold stretch. It is -3F right now and tomorrow we may hit 0, but the rest of the week will be sub-zero highs. You know what that means? Tea! Excellent tea-drinking weather.
I made a pot of this (my go-to pot when it is just me is a 4-cup bubble pot from David’s Tea) using 3 tea bags. This time I got the creamy mint that I got last time, but also notes of anise/fennel/licorice came through. It was very nice. I am going to miss this tea when I finish it off. Not enough to rush out and buy more, but I may look for it next winter.
This was a gift from a coworker. 12 bags of this tea in a decorative plastic container. It was lovely of her to do that for me. I had a cup last night and really enjoyed it. Like many rooibos teas, it brewed up very dark. The flavor was mild while it was hot but as it cooled the peppermint came out. There was also a faintly sweet note, which I assume was from the white chocolate. As I said, I really enjoyed it. I could see myself someday getting more of this.
On a personal note, I am back from my blood work and CT scan. I won’t have the results of the scan until I meet with my oncologist on Friday, but I have the blood work results. In June my CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen-which may measure cancer markers in the blood) was 7.3. Today it is 1.7, which is smack dab in the normal range. I know it is too early to rejoice, because the CT scan may show something, but I think the liver ablation treatment was successful. When I saw the result I actually teared up. I hadn’t realized how stressed I was by it until then.
I was gifted this last Christmas and have 2 tea bags left. I like this as a mid day cup of tea but I have to be in the right mood for it (I think that’s true for most teas though!). I drank this mostly through the spring and summer. Its a warm day today and I want to make some space in the cabinet. I don’t like the plastic packaging it comes in. The container is shaped like to-go cup and it fits awkwardly in my cabinet.
The tea has a light yellow tint to it. It’s light and fruity- mostly pineapple and mango but I get hints of peach too though that’s not in the ingredients. It does leave a bit of a syrupy feeling in my mouth after but not unpleasantly.
I still miss Teavana shops and I’m pretty sure I tried it there when the shops were in operation. If I saw this on sale at the local Target, I’d probably pick it up again.
Flavors: Peach, Pineapple, Tropical Fruit
My husband gave me a bunch of different containers of tea bags at Christmas as stocking stuffers from Target. I was surprised that he picked up this container as he greatly dislikes mint and mint flavorings, especially spearmint. But he rarely raids the tea stash, so I guess he picked it up for me. He knows that I miss having the local Teavana shop.
This is the last of the Jade Citrus Mint container. I enjoy this mint blend quite a bit and would pick it up in the future. The sachets seem to have enough room for the leaves to do their magic. I steeped it for 5 minutes in 200* water as directed. It was my after breakfast drink while listening to Jack Johnson out on my deck. It does bother me that each of the containers recommend 200* for all the herbals, greens, etc. You can tell that a coffee company owns this label. I taste the spearmint right away. There is a slight hint of lemongrass which is definitely not overpowering. I’ll pick up another, if I see it in the shops
Flavors: Lemongrass, Spearmint
When Teavana was closing, I bought an 8 oz tin of this, which I finished within weeks. I’ve been thinking about this tea ever since, so when a large bag showed up in a TTB, you can bet I grabbed a decent portion of it. It makes the most beautiful pink cup of tea with milk. The flavor is warm and nutty. Due to age, the flavor isn’t as strong as I remember it being, but overleafing seems to help. I don’t know if this tea is actually that great, but it’s great for my tastes.