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AJRimmer Advent Day 9
I’m having this with popcorn for breakfast this morning because I’m a grown ass adult, dammit! I haven’t tried anything from Angry Tea Room before, but I love their name! I also love trying all things pumpkin. AJR added a little note with each tea and the note with this tea asks if I’m sick of Xmas music yet. My answer: always (in dramatic Snape tone). I don’t know if it’s just the overuse of high pitched bells signaling it’s a christmas tune, or the chorus of voices or my overall distain for this time of year, it’s exhausting demand and cruel consumerism, but I’m not a fan. I will agree that an instrumental version or one without the use of bells of Carol of the Bells has a pretty dark foreboding feeling that I can get behind. Also helps that I can’t make out enough of the lyrics to get a week long earworm like what happens with most carols. I’m much more comfortable with the Halloween time of year.
I made this earlier and then got distracted and it has now cooled. I feel like there is a flatness to the start of the sip that wasn’t there when it was hot, but it’s something I don’t notice as much if I’m sipping more frequently. I’m not getting anything that stands out as pumpkin, but the finish has the hints of spice with something deeper and almost coffee like. I thought about reheating this, but I’ve already sipped down 2/3rds of the cup and I don’t think this David’s mug is microwavable with it’s metallic paint. I’ll have to pay more attention to the time the next time I steep this.
I’m pretty sure this is the same as one of Adagio’s old pumpkin black teas. I haven’t had this particular one, but I recognize the flavoring from Adagio’s other pumpkin tea. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m just not into what they’re doing here. Instead of being savory or spicy, it just tastes very sweet and fruity. I agree with another review that mentions it has a bit of a soda taste. It’s not that it tastes bad. It’s just so contrary to my expectations, that I find myself disappointed. Maybe if it were marketed as sweet pumpkin or something, it would be okay.
This has a deeper peach flavor than I imagined it would. It’s also a bit too sour from the hibiscus/rose hips. Maybe a shorter brew would suit this one better. It’s decent, but with a tweak or two, it could be much better. I do enjoy how strong it is, and I’ll work on adjusting my brew time. It’s almost like biting into a juicy, ripe peach. Almost.
I’ve had my eye on this beautiful tea for the last two years, and I finally bought some. I’m drinking it warm, which probably isn’t how it’s meant to be enjoyed, but I like it like this! The flavor is almost like white grape. It’s so light and delicate. It’s also pleasant cold. I’m not sure it’s great enough to order again, but I definitely enjoyed my one ounce of it!
Angry Tea Room has a pretty awesome Black Friday sale, so I ordered this tea, along with a few others. The flavor is a bit sour. It definitely tastes better cold. Hot, I feel like I could taste a sort of alcohol flavor that I didn’t love. Cold, I’m enjoying the tart fruitiness. It tastes more like citrus and hibiscus than like strawberry, but that’s okay. Cold, it’s almost like a flavored lemonade.
Finally trying the last tea from my November order. I crushed the cardamom pod to make sure I got the flavor in my infuser. To be honest, cardamom is the main flavor. Other than that it’s just the tea which isn’t the tastiest of white teas. The first time I oversteeped it, and it was very sour/bitter, and this second time it’s better, but I still wouldn’t call it good. I wish I could taste the almond or bergamot! It’s just boring.
I’ve been in search of good maple teas for the past year, so I had to try this one. I bought it during the Black Friday sale and am only just not trying it. The teas come in ziplock pouches, and unfortunately, I noticed that this one wasn’t actually sealed all the way. I never opened it, so it must have arrived that way in November. That’s not encouraging. I’m sadly not getting any maple flavor. All I taste are the spices, but the combination reminds me of a particular Adagio chai tea that I dislike. It’s just not a pleasant combo of spices for my tastes. I guess I won’t leave a rating in case the mapleness escaped through the unsealed package, but I’m not too pleased with my experience with this one. The flavors are strong, they’re just not accurate and not for me.
The blend appears to be made up of mostly cocoa pieces, but the flavor is predominantly sourness/rose hips. I ordered this tea because strawberry teas are some of my absolute favorites. It does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, which I enjoy, but there’s also a hint of strange mintiness? It was a pretty confusing blend. I had to add way more sugar than usual since it was so tart. Yeah, the flavor combo just ended up being weird.
I grab a blueberry rooibos from basically every brand I ever buy from, and this is one of of my latest ones. I steeped it for like 30 minutes since work got pretty busy today. Steeping rooibos for a long time has never really bothered me before, but it may be to blame for the strange taste this one had. It had a weird acidic bitter flavor that was pretty unpleasant. I was thirsty though, so I just added more sugar to cover it up. The blueberry flavor wasn’t very clear and the green rooibos didn’t add its usually thick sweetness. I’ll try mixing another blueberry tea with this one next time to try to pep it up. And I’ll steep for a reasonable amount of time too, of course. I’ll raise the rating if my next cup of this is better.
All right, now this is pretty tasty. Hot, you get mostly the orange flavor with a bit of alcohol as if it were flavored with orange extract. It was still pretty good, but I’m so glad I put the rest of my mug in the fridge because wow, this morning I am drinking pure creamsicle. The flavor is so creamy and accurate. If I order from Angry Tea Room again, I will certainly purchase a larger amount of this and drink it chilled every time.
Oh, I did not realize this had green tea in it, so I definitely steeped it too long, but I couldn’t taste (and could barely see in the leaves) the green tea, so luckily, I got away with it. The only watermelon ingredient is watermelon seeds…which seems like a weird choice to me. I was hoping for a sweet watermelon flavor, but instead, what I got was mostly a strange lime. I’m not a fan of limeade teas, so this wasn’t too surprising. The tea turned a beautiful deep pink from the hibiscus and carrot, but like…why could they not put watermelon in there? I just feel misled! Anyway, this tea is drinkable, it’s fine, just expect mostly lime.
I loved Teavana’s mandarin mimosa, and I’ve been on the hunt for a good orange tea ever since. I’m pleased to say that I quite enjoy this one! It’s light and not really tart at all. It’s kind of like watered down orange juice, but not in a bad way. It’s not as good as what I’m looking for, but this is perfectly refreshing and tasty with just a little sugar added. The only flavor I detect is orange, which is what I was hoping for.
I’m pretty sure this tea is the same as Adagio’s honeybush pumpkin chai, which I’m not a huge fan of. It’s too sweet and fruity. The spices are way too light. I agree with earlier reviews saying it tastes like bubble gum. I love a spicy, slightly savory pumpkin chai. This is the opposite of that. I can see how others might enjoy this tea more, I’m just especially annoyed about inadvertently ordering a tea I already didn’t love.
Wow, this is really good. Nutmeg is the strongest flavor. Everything together definitely evokes eggnog. It’s lightly spicy, creamy, and so good. Sadly, the one ounce size I got will only make like two of my giant mugs of tea. I’ll have to buy a bigger size next time! I could drink this all the time.
I just had to order this one after seeing how beautiful it looked in the picture. Hot, this one just tasted like tart cherries no matter how much sugar I added. It reminded me of Dewy Cherry from Adagio. It was too tart for me, so I put it in the fridge, hoping the flavor would improve. It’s a few hours later, and it has! Now it tastes rather tropical, with the primary flavor being a very creamy coconut. The sour cherry flavor has completely disappeared. If I had ordered a pina colada tea and received this, I would be very pleased – it’s probably the best pina colada-ish tea I’ve had. However, I’d say it fails at what it set out to do. Hot, it was way too much sour cherry. Cold, there is none. So prepared correctly, this can be quite tasty, but maybe not what you were hoping for. My rating reflects its flavor cold. If I were to rate it hot…well it wouldn’t be high.
This is the first great pumpkin blend I’ve had on my shelf in a while – what a relief! Unfortunately, I only have an ounce, which will make at most five of my (giant) mugs. But I’ll totally order more of this during the next sale. The spices are pretty strong, but not in a spicy way. The flavors are really clear and tasty. It’s not like a pumpkin pie really, but I’d say it’s similar to pumpkin spice lattes you find in the fall. It was a bit too savory for me until I added the sugar and milk, but now, it’s so good. The spices linger in your mouth. Really good.
I’ve been so hopped up on Chinese and Taiwanese teas for the past few months, it was nice to take a break with a good blend. I received this tea in a swap with Mastress Alita.
Went with 2tsp in a teaball, 10oz mug, first steep of 3.5 minutes, second steep of 5. This tea has been calling to me for a few weeks. I’ve been opening the bag for a good whiff every so often. It smells so good. I enjoy both lavender and earl grey, neither of which overpowered the other. They were backed by a slight creamy flavor which made this tea taste like an herbed black tea orange creamsicle. The base tea worked well with the flavors. The only thing I took issue with was a thin mouthfeel. I suppose, then, that this tea would be good for people who like to add milk or cream to their blacks and that’s where a fuller mouthfeel would come in. I bet it would make a killer lavender London Fog, but I don’t have the ambition nor the tools to make one. The taste of this tea makes me look forward to California winter… that’s a good thing. Thanks for sharing, Mastress Alita!!
I bought a sample of this with an order a while back! So it isn’t the freshest to review, but it’s still pretty tasty (I need to stop with late reviews!). This blend just sounded dreamy – apricot, osmanthus, jasmine – all with a black tea base. The result of the black tea is a little light, just barely leaving a color to the cup. There is plenty of flavor though! Certainly apricot/peach and I did see pieces of fruit in the blend. Plenty of jasmine petals, however I’ve tasted some VERY jasmine flavored teas before and this doesn’t have quite the strength in jasmine that I’d like. I’m not sure what osmanthus should taste like. I had an osmanthus tea a few years ago and I think I remember tasting peach just from the osmanthus or else a very sweet flavor? But that is just my experience of osmanthus from one tea and many years ago. Overall, a very tasty blend, just wishing more jasmine. I’ve certainly had some really bad peach/apricot teas and this isn’t one of them.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Additional notes: Sipping a bit of this one for a bit of celebrating. I usually do NOT care about the grammys at all, but this year, I feel like many talented people I’ve admired for years are getting some awards, or at least some mentions: Bettye LaVette, Anderson East, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae (though I’ve loved her earlier albums more), Punch Brothers, and most importantly, for probably my frame-for-frame favorite music video ever, ‘This Is America’ by the talented Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, and Hiro Murai. The video is the thing but I think the song won four awards? Yowzas. I instantly loved that video. I don’t even watch music videos and I didn’t even watch the grammys… but this is a tea website so I’ll stop.
By my calculations, there is about 154 different teas I never wrote a tasting note for. I’ve failed you, teas, I’ve failed you! Anyway…. Thanks so much for sending a bit of this along, Mastress Alita! I wanted to try this when I saw it over on Angry Tea Room’s website. This would probably be amazing iced, but I brewed this one up hot. I’m not really an alcohol drinker (drinking alcohol would mean less tea consumption anyway) but this has a flavor that tastes JUST like champagne. It’s uncanny. It’s the strongest flavor there is among all of these delicious ingredients: apples, papaya, rose, strawberry. But it’s the champagne that makes this so unique and tasty. Champagne with some fruit thrown in maybe. Then I read Mastress Alita’s description with memories of drinking champagne with frozen fruit to keep it cold: yep, that is what this tea is. I could definitely stock up on this one.