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drank French Vanilla by Teeccino
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I’m drinking this one right now and it tastes good but it also tastes reeeaaalllyyyy similar to some of the other Teeccino flavours I’ve tried and I feel like that’s maybe a bad thing since I actually haven’t tried anything vanilla flavoured yet other than this one. To clarify, similar in a sense other than just the overlap of base ingredients that these blends all share.

That said, I usually think of “Vanilla” as the more generic flavour that people often pick for their routine/ritually consumed food or beverage flavour. Like, if you were the kind of person to drink a cup of Teeccino daily in place of a cup of coffee, French Vanilla is one of the flavours I would feels that makes the most sense to be true about. It’s also another classic in terms of coffee flavours – something that wouldn’t make you even bat an eye if you saw it as an option in a coffee shop…

So, it’s also maybe a good thing that this doesn’t exactly stand out? Neutrally good tasting could be, well, good. I don’t know – thinking about it tonight is breaking my brain a little bit…

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drank Maple Pecan by Teeccino
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It’s hard to not compare all of these Teeccino blends to each other since I’m having them all bunched together, and I think this one probably falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for me. I was optimistic about it because that Hazelnut truly was just fucking exceptional. I know I’ve been talking about it a lot, but it made a HUGE impact on me when I steeped it for the first time. So, since this is another nutty profile, I thought it might have similar wow factor.

Unfortunately, the pecan was kind of all but absent from the cup. That was disappointing, but it wasn’t a deal breaker because pecan only makes up half of the overall titular flavour and I thought the maple was very well executed. The most impressive thing about the maple was that it wasn’t cloyingly sweet or just maple-syrup like in flavour. That could have been a very easy out, and instead this was sort of that perfect balance of deep sweetness with more of the hint of red fruitiness that comes out in some amber maples. Not too little. Not too much. So as a maple profile, I was very into this cuppa.

It’ll be interesting to try the Southern Pecan and see how different the two flavours are, and if that ones actually does taste like pecan. It’s such a novel nut flavour, so the fact that Teeccino is carrying multiple of it is something I find intriguing.

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drank Maca Chocolate by Teeccino
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If I had another teabag of this blend it would be interesting to taste it against the Mango Lemon Balm from Teeccino that I had not too far back. I remember thinking that tea had a chocolate-y note to it, but I think this would have blown it out of the water. It was just very thick and chocolate heavy in an incredibly decadent and rich way. I’m not normally huge on chocolate teas, but I will admit that wish the strong roasted foundation I actually enjoyed this combination much more than I’d expected to. Especially as it cooled.

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drank Gingerbread by Teeccino
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The different seasonal flavours Teeccino has carried definitely interest me, and this one honestly just feels like low hanging fruit in the best way. I’d definitely say it does taste like gingerbread, but most of the heavy lifting is being done by the really nice molasses flavour and not the ginger itself. That’s okay though – I mean, what’s a good gingerbread cookie without the molasses? Overall, it’s nice – I think it could be a littttllleee bit stronger though.

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drank Mango Lemon Balm by Teeccino
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Not gonna lie, I was definitely worried about this one. The idea of mango and lemon balm in a coffee replacement blend sounded very strange to me, and I thought the flavour might be weirdly sour or just cacophonous. However, I was pleasantly surprised by just how smooth the taste was. It was a really sweet, rich cup that tasting strongly of carob to me and maybe even chocolate a little bit? I think it’s actually my second favourite I’ve tried so far despite the fact both mango and lemon balm seemed absent in the taste…

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drank Chocolate Mint by Teeccino
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Still tasting my way through these Teeccino blends! This one seemed very promising, and I have to say that it’s probably the most intensely and accurately flavoured of the ones I’ve tried so far aside from Hazelnut – which is still reigning supreme as my favourite. With that said, as much as this had a very pleasant chocolate mint taste, I think it’s the only where I’ve tasted the least amount of roast or “coffee flavour” and given that these blends are sort of supposed to remind you of coffee I thought the more drastic departure from that flavour was maybe a bit of a miss.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 4th photo)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCkKdnaXrAw

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drank Almond Amaretto by Teeccino
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Okay, first things first I have to get it out of my system that “Almond Amaretto” is such a painfully redundant name. Amaretto is made from almonds. It’s like calling something Chocolate Mocha when a mocha has chocolate in it or Pineapple Pina Colada. It’s in the name.

That aside, I really enjoyed this flavour! I think it’s the most full bodied flavour I’ve tried yet with an intensely heavy roast and dark flavour that is arguably the most coffee like of the ones I’ve tried thus far. What’s been interesting to me with these early flavour explorations is just how much the level of roast has varied. I had kind of assumed that maybe each Teeccino flavour was starting with the exact same base of ingredients and only the flavouring was being swapped, but perhaps that’s not the case…

This does taste strongly like almonds and amaretto though! However, I do find Amaretto incredibly sweet and I definitely wouldn’t call this a sweet cuppa even though those really distinct almond flavours are very present and defined in each sip. It’s hard to say whether or not the fact is tasted like roasted almonds in particular is coming from the flavouring versus the fact this is obviously a roasted tasting tisane – but whatever the case it’s pretty lovely!

Hazelnut still reigns supreme as my favourite flavour thus far, but I’m looking forward to seeing if any of these others I’ve recently picked up will dethrone it.

Cameron B.

My favorite is “PIN number”… (facepalm)

Roswell Strange

Or “ATM Machine”

Martin Bednář

In Czech we use “light emitting (in Czech) LED diode” argh! Teeccino blends sound pretty much good :)

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drank Snickerdoodle by Teeccino
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So, I ended up liking the Hazelnut from Teeccino so much that I placed an order and grabbed a sample of pretty much every tea they had – minus the ones I was allergic to.

I was a little surprised by this one. I think I’m just used to Snickerdoodle flavoured/inspired things being very sweet so I was expecting more of a cinnamon sugar kind of taste and instead this was very, very dark and roasty (more than the hazelnut had been) with a bit of bitterness to it and more of an “unrefined” kind of cinnamon note. The bitterness was pleasant in the way that some people find black coffee to be pleasant; I liked it alongside that dark roast and chicory flavour.

I think ultimately it was a nice tasting cuppa but I probably would have advertised it more as a “Cinnamon” flavour because it was so much more of a woody leaning and unsweet cinnamon note, and there was very little to make my brain actually think of the cookies that had inspired the namesake.

AJRimmer

I’ve been considering doing the same thing, but was trying to figure out the most economical way to do that since there are so many!

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drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
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So I first tried Teeccino several years back and at the time I remember thinking it was good but not outstanding – though I was happy that there seemed to be a reasonably well liked coffee substitute out there for the people who liked the taste but didn’t want the caffeine/jitters and such. However, in the time since it feels like Teeccino has seen some pretty dang substantial growth and, with that growth, they’ve gotten a lot more innovative in their wellness approach as well as their flavour approach. Plus, the “fake coffee” segment is booming right now! So I thought it was time I take a revisit!

I started with hazelnut because I was intrigued to see it as a flavour offering without being combined with chocolate, though to be fair the “solo nut” flavour thing is definitely a lot more popular with coffee (ex. Macadamia, Almond, etc) than with tea. I was completely unprepared for for entirely the taste of this brew would blow me away. As y’all know I’m not particularly a fan of coffee but I am a fan of a really good, strong roasty tea. Sometimes to people those two statements are at odds, but I am here to tell you that those things can both be true! The thickness of the liquor and the rich, intensity of the roast really impressed me immediately. Whether or not it was the most authentic coffee replacement is not something I feel equipped to weigh in on, but I can tell you that from the perspective of that drinker that’s chasing roasty, earthy and grain-like flavours I felt like I was seen in a way that few other roasted teas have made me feel.

It didn’t stop there though because I think this may have arguably been the best hazelnut flavour I have ever come across. If not the best a close second to the hazelnut used in DT’s Hazelnut Chocolate pu’erh blend. The thing is though that, as much as I LOVE the hazelnut flavour in the DT blend, I’m not a big chocolate tea person. There’s no chocolate here – only the naturally occurring sweetness of the trio of carob, date, and fig. So the result was very much something incredibly strong (as it needs to be to deal with the level of roast) with a rich, sweet hazelnut flavour that makes me feel like I’ve added a shot of the really fancy Torrani coffee/soda style syrups into some kind of artisan beverage. If my tastebuds could sing they would have been pulling off Mariah Carey level vocal runs.

Truly, I was in a happy place as I drank this tea!

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drank Maple Pecan by Teeccino
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I added milk and absolutely tons of sugar, and this is nice, but not as amazing as some other Teecino flavors. This had a richness that I enjoyed. It does taste rather like maple pecan, but perhaps this flavor profile is a little too delicate compared to some of the others. Thanks tea-and-cats! I will definitely be placing a Teecino order to try the rest of their flavors at some point!

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drank Gingerbread by Teeccino
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I feel like this one leans a little too heavily on the chicory or something, which I’m not as huge a fan of. I wish the gingerbread and other additions were stronger. With sugar and milk, it’s still quite pleasant, but not my favorite from the batch. I taste mostly coffee with a bit of something desserty on top. Thanks tea-and-cats!

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drank Almond Amaretto by Teeccino
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The first time I had this, I loved it. I tasted a pleasant mixture of coffee and almond. The almond definitely leans in a desserty way, basically like amaretto. The second time, the amaretto aspect was too strong, and I ended up with too much of an alcohol flavor remaining. It was still drinkable, but that sharp alcohol tang was unwelcome. The resteep still tasted good though. Thanks tea-and-cats! I wish I had more bags of this so I could deliver a more certain verdict.

Skysamurai

Teeccino is such a unique company

AJRimmer

I’m excited to make an order with them sometime and try more of their flavors!

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drank Snickerdoodle by Teeccino
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This is so good. I don’t like coffee, but this blend somehow takes the best things from coffee while leaving out the worst. So it’s totally like having a coffee latte, but the perfect version for me. The hint of spices could be snickerdoodle – they’re certainly desserty and tasty. Thanks for introducing me to this company tea-and-cats! I will almost certainly have to purchase more.

getanzt

That sounds yummy!

gmathis

Oh, wow….I’m not sure I’ve seen their Snickerdoodle locally, but I have loved every Teeccino I’ve tried so far. Their Dark Chocolate is amazing.

AJRimmer

I’ll definitely have to check that one out! (Along with all their other flavors!)

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
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I got tea mail! Thank you, gmathis!

I steeped this last night before bed as a caffeine free treat. When I tore open the pouch, the aroma was much like O’Connor’s Cream from Teageschwendner, available at Tin Roof Teas.
It was chocolate-y and boozy. I had not expected chocolate with the name Vanilla Nut, but the first ingredient is carob.

This steeps up DARK. I mean COFFEE DARK. I am not a coffee drinker, but this reminded me of coffee from the few times I tried it, but with no bitterness, no acid. The fig and dates so sweeten it nicely, and if you add a splash of milk and a dash of sugar, you have a hot cocoa replacement.

This is something I think two of my daughters would like, and one of my neighbors, so I looked into where I could get it and found that my trusty Vitacost has it for less than five dollars.

Next time I order vitamins I will throw in a box to share!

gmathis

The dark chocolate is absolutely wonderful. Candy bar wonderful.

ashmanra

Good to know!

Lexie Aleah

I really enjoy the mocha flavor but they have a lot of good ones.

ashmanra

I will definitely check out their other flavors!

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This was probably my favorite from the sampler box. I held on to this one for quite a while not wanting to finish it off. It was minty and mocha-like and delicious. The soymilk I added turned it into a creamy lazy latte. I would repurchase this one for sure!

Flavors: Chicory, Mint, Mocha, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Dandelion Dark Roast by Teeccino
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The last of the Teeccino dandelion tisanes. (Truthfully, I have two more, but I’m putting them in my rehoming box because they’re coconut and turmeric, neither of which sounds particularly appealing to me…)

This one really does taste like coffee. If you gave me a mug of this and told me it was coffee, I think I would believe you. It’s somewhat bitter, somewhat acidic, but well-balanced with a deep roasty-toasty flavor.

Added some oat milk to the second half of the mug, and it wasn’t my favorite combination. Something about it tasted plastic-y or something? So I definitely preferred it plain.

Not something I would order, as I’m not a big coffee drinker. But I could totally see this as a nice evening-friendly replacement for coffee if I were so inclined.

Flavors: Acidic, Bitter, Coffee, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Roasted Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML
gmathis

I have really liked the Teeccinos I have tried for their coffee-ness, but I haven’t ventured into the dandelions just yet. Their just plain dark chocolate is absolutely delicious.

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drank Dandelion Mocha Mint by Teeccino
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Still working through my Teeccino dandelion root sampler. Haven’t been loving them so far, but this is the flavor I was most excited about.

It’s quite good actually. The mocha flavoring really helps to justify the slight bitterness from the dandelion/chicory, and overall it tastes a lot like coffee. But there’s a deep chocolaty note as well, obviously. And the mint is light and refreshing, and reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s still quite acidic of course, but so is coffee. Overall it does remind me of a peppermint mocha.

I might actually consider buying a box of this one… I bet it would be delicious with milk as well. :)

Flavors: Acidic, Bitter, Burnt, Char, Cocoa, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Roasted Nuts, Sweet

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

Woohoo, a few more sipdowns for 2021!

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drank Dandelion Red Chai by Teeccino
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Using two teabags for a 16-ounce mug, and steeping a bit less than last time to try to avoid excessive bitterness. Although this blend has rooibos as well, so it’s quite different from the herbal tisane I tried before.

It’s still fairly strong on the chicory and dandelion root though, and the associated bitterness. It’s fairly pleasant otherwise, with a balanced blend of spices – cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, a bit of pepper maybe. I actually don’t taste a lot of rooibos, which surprises me. There’s a nice caramelized sweetness from the dates. I can’t say that I love the blackberry leaf though, it always has a more artificial-like cloying sweet flavor to me.

So not something I would buy, but a drinkable cuppa. I can see it being nice with milk as well.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Black Pepper, Caramelized Sugar, Chicory, Cinnamon, Clove, Dates, Dried Fruit, Ginger, Honey, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

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

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So I bought a Teeccino dandelion sampler pack on Amazon after being intrigued by the dandelion root in some tea that I don’t recall now. This just happened to be the flavor that sounded most intriguing this evening, so I steeped up both teabags in a 16-ounce mug.

Hmm, so not sure if I steeped this too long or if two bags was too many (it recommended 8 oz for each bag) but it’s quite bitter and acidic. Having no experience with dandelion root, I don’t know if this is normal. It’s not undrinkably bitter, but it’s certainly not the most pleasant flavor. I do taste a lot of caramel, and it reminds me of a buttery caramel sauce. Otherwise it tastes very similar to burnt popcorn, with a deep roasted flavor. I guess it’s a bit like mugicha really. I’m not sure I would pick out nuts specifically.

Anyway, I’m not sure what to think of this. I find the overall flavor pleasant enough, but the bitterness is pretty distracting. Maybe I’ll shorten the steep a bit for some of the other flavors and see if that helps?

Flavors: Acidic, Bitter, Burnt, Butter, Caramel, Popcorn, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Sweet

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

I haven’t tried this variety yet. Sounds like a little doctoring with milk might help!

Cameron B.

I’m sure you’re right, but I almost never add milk to my tea. I’ll be interested to see if the other flavors in the sampler are similarly bitter?

AJRimmer

I’ve had one Teeccino tea, and it was pretty delicious with milk and sugar, but I don’t think I would have liked it at all without.

Lexie Aleah

These are better with milk and I think designed more for a milk or latte prep method as dandelion root is naturally bitter.

Cameron B.

Maybe I’ll try steeping the other flavors a bit less and see if that helps. I’m not opposed to adding a splash of oat milk either, he he.

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Had a cup of this one made in an espresso machine. I like this preparation better than using the drip coffee pot. I steamed some almond milk which turns it into a lovely herbal latte. The dates and fruit in this blend add the perfect amount of sweetness. I’m also a big fan of carob and can taste that in this blend which comes across as chocolate. This flavor is one of the more natural-tasting ones that Teeccino offers.

gmathis

All my Teeccino experiments have been winners!

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
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Battling a mild case of the Janu-weary blues—you know, the kind that makes you want to gnarf a whole box of Russell Stover cream centers…so in the interest of health and waistline, I limited myself to a cookie and a cup of this really nifty, chocolate-y, nearly completely guilt-free goodness. A little half and half elevates it to the satisfaction level of a cup of cocoa with figgy aftertaste. Recommended if you’re grumpy. Recommended if you’re not.

Cameron B.

I recently finished a box of See’s chocolates and oh, do I miss them ha ha.

Evol Ving Ness

Ayup. I am there with you.

CrowKettle

I an unspeakable amount of bread today. Same source.

Jason (teapartyfortwo)

I feel you! I have Seasonal Affective Disorder which fluctuates Winter to Winter. This year hasn’t been too bad (thankfully) but I’ve been eating chocolate like it’s a food group! lol

Martin Bednář

Glad to hear I am not only one with Janu-weary blues. I felt it so strong yesterday, but today it’s much better.

gmathis

I think, without realizing it, I’ve struggled a little with the seasonal affective thing since I was a kid—like teapartyfortwo, some winters more than others.

Lexie Aleah

Love this one as a dessert-y beverage.

ashmanra

I have had a few really bad days as cold weather finally hit and we had a full day of freezing rain. I finished a box of Bissinger’s chocolates and started on a Godiva. Law, how I wish I had a box of See’s….and you know what? I am a grown woman with a credit card. Wonder how long it will take to get here…

Shae

I’ve been sitting on a See’s order since December and was finally tempted enough this morning to hit submit after reading ashmanra’s comment. I’m a grown-up and I can buy my own box of chocolates if I want!

Evol Ving Ness

Haha, people, you are killing me. Thank you for reminding me about the chocolates AND the shortbreads I’ve been thinking about ordering online.

derk

Janu-weary, how have I never heard this? Hang in there!

I live two blocks from See’s. Yee who have little access need to let me know what your favorites are and I can always include some sweet treats with a swap.

gmathis

If I lived near See’s, I’d be …just like a kid in a…

tea-sipper

Oh how I love a box of chocolates… I don’t think I have had See’s though! I guess I just realized in the winter it’s usually about wittling down whatever chocolate is about…like every day…chocolate.

Shae

Just want to add, See’s Dark Salted Caramel might be the best I’ve had. Regretting now that there was only one in my box.

tea-sipper

They do that so you must buy more, Shae. :D

Shae

Well, it WORKED.

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
2595 tasting notes

I’ve become quite the Teeccino fan, due in part to the very favorable reviews here and due in part to some serendipitous local sales and Natural Grocers coupons. Burned one of those coupons today for a box of Vanilla Nut, which, says the label, also features dates and figs.

Chicory and carob are always the leader in a Teeccino, but with the vanilla and fruit, it’s almost the twin of a Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar and the scent has kicked off a whale of a chocolate craving this afternoon! Pleasantly sweet on its own, but it’s going to be even better when I try the next cup with milk.

ashmanra

Hmmm, never had a Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bar. Should I?

Evol Ving Ness

Try one. See if you like it. I prefer dark chocolate to milk, but I wouldn’t say no to one. I like additions to chocolate and these are a good size, which I also like. (i’m not a fan of teeny weeny nut bits in bars.)

gmathis

I’ve never had a Cadbury’s anything I didn’t like! ;)

Lexie Aleah

I really like the mocha flavor! The Vanilla Nut used to be my go-to though.

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drank Chaga Ashwagandha by Teeccino
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Not a sip down, but a tea for mulligan day.
I found a few flavors of teeccino carob chicory teas on sale, and picked up three different boxes as I’m looking to drink more chicory to help my digestion. This one has added chaga mushrooms, which I have tried before in a DT blend, and ashwagandha, which I’ve never known to have a calming effect. I did enjoy the other two flavors I picked up, but this one, hmmm, not so much. It does have a nice chocolatey flavor, brews up thick when only 6 oz of water is used, but does have a chalky aftertaste. Not one I’d buy again, even for chicory in a nice travel friendly packet.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Dark Chocolate

Evol Ving Ness

The flavour and smell of ashwaghanda is horse sweat, so admittedly it is something most would like to cover up. Though in Ayurveda, it is often used to calm stress, particularly in older people. I quite like it as a supplement.

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drank Chaga Ashwagandha by Teeccino
735 tasting notes

Well, hello again, Steepster! It’s been a while. Have not been drinking any new teas lately; mostly been sticking with my good ol’ PG Tips and milk.

However, I have really been digging this mushroom herbal blend by Teeccino. Notes of earth, umami, chocolate, toast, nuttiness, and a hint of sweet creamy butterscotch. It takes milk really well, just like PG Tips, or even coffee. Creamy mouthfeel.

It’s a nice, warm, healthful, non-pumpkin spice, autumn-esque drink, and it satisfies the 2:00 “need another cuppa” craving without the extra dosage of caffeine.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Dark Chocolate, Mushrooms, Nutty, Toasty, Umami, Wet Earth

gmathis

a) Always glad to see a fellow member of the PG Tips Fan Club. Sweater weather arrived bang on time this morning, and I had a bag of Extra Strong with milk. Perfect.
b) I’m a recent discoverer of Teeccino and have loved both of the varieties I’ve tried. Will have to see if I can find this one locally!

tea-sipper

Welcome back!

Lexie Aleah

Ooh I haven’t seen this one before! I’ll have to look online because it sounds amazing!

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