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Bag from the tea box. The mint is so tasty, and it goes really well with the green tea. It’s mild and delicious. I usually drink herbal mint teas, but here, mixing it with the green tea does add a special something – a bit of complexity maybe. I also like that this is decaf. I don’t know that I’d order it, but I wouldn’t mind a few more bags.
Happy birthday to my bestie Todd! And Happy National Mojito Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with either lime or mint flavor notes. At one point in time I actually had a lime and mint “mojito” inspired tea, but it has been long gone from the cupboard now. I couldn’t find any teas in my current stash that combined both, so I’ll be drinking a mint tea and a lime tea today!
I’ve had this box for a while, after my local grocery sent me a dollar off Twinings coupon and I felt the need to use it, but this is my first time breaking into it. I do like mint tea to soothe my tum on bad GI days, and was curious how I’d feel about this one that mixes a vanilla flavoring with peppermint, as opposed to just plain peppermint whole leaf or a good peppermint/spearmint/lemongrass blend.
A single teabag in 350ml of 205F water, left soaking. I really enjoy the aroma coming off the cup; there is a sweetness to the peppermint that does remind me of a peppermint candy or the namesake, a buttermint.
Mmm… yes, this is quite nice! It isn’t as crisp as drinking a full leaf peppermint herbal (this is peppermint fannings with a lot of the mint taste coming from flavoring), but the mint flavor is pleasing and I do like how it pairs with the vanilla flavoring. Neither flavor is overbearing and they meld together nicely. As my cup cools a bit and I continue to sip, I have a nice cooling sensation building on the back of my tongue and throat, and the sweet vanilla does lend a sort of sweet cream note that really does remind me of a buttermint.
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla
I bought a box of this a long while ago and didn’t remember that I didn’t like it until I bought another box. Brewing this hot is rather uninspiring if you’ve had a good smoky and smooth Lapsang Souchong. I don’t mind trying a bagged tea as they are easier for traveling and go cups.
I also don’t drink a lot of iced tea, its not something I gravitate towards, it seems un-natural to water down my tea. But we’ve had some hot days here and we started boat tours this week so I need something cool to sip on while I blather on about the history, rocks, plants and big horn sheep in our canyon. So I gave this a shot, brewed it hot in my go cup and added ice to the top. Wow that mellowed this tea out. Now its just mildly smoky and can stand up to 8 oz of ice. Not bitter at all. I’ll finish what I have, but won’t be buying again. Iced its not that bad, hot its barely drinkable.
Following the directions, I used cold water and let steep for five minutes. After the five minutes were up, there was about a centimeter of tea-colored liquid at the bottom of the glass. The rest of the cup was still clear. Not what I expected. I dunked and swirled the bag a bit so that it would mix, but it still looks pretty light. Letting it steep a bit longer.
Ended up steeping for several more minutes and finally just decided to sip with the tea bag in. Interestingly, it tastes a little like orange flower water. So slightly floral. Overall, I’m not a fan. It wasn’t strong enough for an iced tea, in my opinion, and the flavor wasn’t anything special.
This is the last of the bags from my swap with Devon Bartholomew – so fun to try some new-to-me bagged teas!
Flavors: Drying, Floral, Orange Blossom
A very busy afternoon/evening yesterday and a somewhat busy morning today has lead my body to decide it will no longer respond to my demands. It’s achy, sore, and sleepy, so I’m having one last caffeinated beverage this afternoon to push me through until bedtime. I’m so tempted to take a nap, but I have to wake up earlier than usual tomorrow for work and I want to be sure I can sleep tonight.
Just a short 3-minute steep for this one and it brewed up much darker than I expected. The flavor is solid and a bit lighter, which I would expect from something that is more of an afternoon blend. It’s probably not one I would purchase, but it’s certainly one I’m enjoying. Thanks, Devon Bartholomew, for letting me sample all the bagged teas!
Very unusual for me to crave anything than proper tea/ coffee/ alcohol but it could be perfect storm of weather and lack of vegetables. All fruit is there so it must be absence of vegs in diet that make someone appreciate true herbal tisane. Isn’t that why dark teas are so prevalent with nomads, to compensate their mineralless diet with microbiology ? Anyway, I had access to company car during first few weeks of pandemic, more accidentally so, and was forced to shop closer to stone layer arteries. Result – raiding shelves with herbals. Some teas didn’t arrive so had to brace for the worst. Since then I casually check supermarket shelves for those. The last one, only got because delayed regular heicha restock, and knew there would at least few days of fermented detox overlay. But the taste is kind of wintery. That’s why I am surprised that I am enjoying it. Maybe there is a portal to Australia. Normally, anything with turmeric tastes dusty to me. This one, probably because of star anise, is sublime. Always cautious of licorice but this is less common and not as heavy. Orange bit in would have dismissed but maybe there is a variety that glided into this soup. This is the 2nd blend from this brand that I actually consciously keep in mind between reboils. Maybe I should start making my own blends, like stuffing melons with tian jian. Should have patented this before the supply of both was disrupted by you know what. Will have to wait for next big calamity like alien invasion event. I’ll be ready then with my digital copyright alibi.
Light scent, almost floral orangey. It doesn’t taste as bitter as Earl Grey if you oversteep it by accident (Tend to leave it in my teapot as I drink 2 to 3 cups of it at a go). I add milk to it, as it has a light bergamot, orange note. Refreshing.
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange, Orange Zest
This time I doubled up on the tea bags to try and get a richer/stronger flavour and I’m really happy with how that turned out. Very sweet and saturated blueberry notes with undertones of fresh and juicy apple. Definitely leans sweet and bordering on “candy fruit” but ultimately not bad at all. Very convenient/quick too. Now I need to try two teabags for the other flavours, I suppose!
This was my favourite of the cold infuse teas but that shouldn’t be a surprise – I am a notoriously big fan of blueberry teas and this was a nice sweet, juicy blueberry flavour complimented by the hints of apple and hibiscus. The strawberry actually did give it a little bit of a run for its money though, I’ll admit.
Part of why I liked this one so much though, flavour aside, was that it was the least thin and watery tasting of all four of the flavours. It might just be the pinkish colour that made them stand out/pop more against the small cut ingredients but, I think this had the most compressed flavouring of all four of the teas so maybe that’s part of why?
Nice regardless, though!
Lemon & Ginger is definitely not the first flavour I would have thought to make for a product line of cold infuse teas because, to me at least, that’s more of a “sick tea” that you drink hot – maybe with honey? That said, I was pleasantly surprised. The lemon here is much, much stronger and sweeter than what’s used in the Strawberry Lemon and the ginger is at a strength that I personally enjoy. So, that is to say, fairly light. I still think I’d like this more as a hot tea, but it was nice!
I guess I’m just not feeling the mango/passionfruit combo right now because this was definitely my least favourite of these four cold infuse teas. It was tangier than the others with some of the sour and sweet notes of the passionfruit coming out and a juicier mango than I expected – but relative to other mango or passionfruit teas that I own I just thought it was thin in mouthfeel and a bit unbalanced. Still not bad at all, though! Very drinkable.
As someone who cold brews daily, I was of course very intrigued when I saw this line up of “cold infuse” teas from Twinings at the grocery store during my last big haul…
I have some mixed feelings on them – part of me really appreciates that they’re ready to drink in like five minutes but the other part of me feels like that’s a bit of a fundamental misunderstanding of why I like cold brewing. If I want a quick cold/chilled drink, I’ll just make an iced tea, y’know? Cold brewing is great because I can start a brew in the morning or evening and then just forget about it for hours and hours and just come back to it whenever it’s convenient for me.
The other thing with these cold infuse teas is that the reason they actually can steep so quickly is because there’s such an incredibly high amount of flavouring in the tea. There are basically two kinds of flavouring: “liquid” flavouring and “solid” flavouring, each with their own advantages. Looking closely at all four of the different flavours I bought, I can actually see the large amount of compressed flavouring within the ingredient mix. So over the course of those five minutes when you’re shaking your tea to “infuse” it what you’re actually doing is just dissolving the flavouring into the tea.
Now, I personally don’t have anything against flavoured teas at all – but at a five minute cold infusion time you’re really not allowing anything else in these blends to actually steep aside from the tiniest bit of hibiscus or apple. At that point, why not just by a flavoured water enhancer that you can just squirt into some water??
But, all of that said…
It’s a damn good strawberry flavour. Sweet and juicy without really much acidity to it, and then a refreshing “RTD Style” lemon that has its own kind of soft sweetness. It’s not really very strong compared to a standard iced tea/cold brew because nothing has really “steeped” – and the mouthfeel is thin aside from the texture of the flavouring. But yeah, for what it is I think it nails the two flavours.
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Another swap teabag down!
This sounds good to me in theory, but there’s something odd about it… I think maybe it’s the lime blossom part? It’s coming off a little perfumey, yet also limey, which is a strange combination. And it kind of tastes like Windex in the same way that lime Skittles always did to me. Luckily they replaced those with green apple.
Anyway, the chamomile and orange parts are fine, but the lime blossom is weird. Now I might need to seek out an orange chamomile tisane, because that sounds yummy…
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Chamomile, Floral, Honey, Lime, Orange, Perfume, Sweet
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Another swap teabag!
This is actually quite pleasant. It has a nice sweet and tart orange flavor, augmented by just a little hibiscus tartness. The ginger adds a nice touch of spiciness. And I actually like the honey flavoring as well, it’s subtle enough that it doesn’t taste cloying.
Not something I would buy for myself, but I’m enjoying it this evening on the couch!
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Ginger, Hibiscus, Honey, Orange, Spicy, Sweet, Tart
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I got a single wrapped teabag of this in my recent swap. Perfect for a late-night sipdown! :D
The chamomile is the strongest flavor here, which I don’t mind as I love chamomile. It’s soft and mellow with a nice honeyed note. The spearmint makes a nice accent and adds a refreshing cleanness to the blend. Apparently there’s lemongrass and linden in this as well. It’s been a while since I’ve had linden in a tisane, but I think I can taste it here? Especially at the end of the sip.
Obviously this doesn’t taste overly fresh or anything, but it’s perfectly lovely for a low-maintenance bedtime brew and I’m happy to be sipping on it. :)
Flavors: Chamomile, Herbaceous, Honey, Linden, Mint, Spearmint, Sweet
Big bags tea bag and well, either this one haven’t aged well, or it is plain boring. I had to search what loganberry is, and well I know the vice versa berry — a raspberryblackberry (dunno correct name) but it seems it is different plant to loganberry. We have that one in our garden and I love them.
But this tea is unfortunately hibiscus forward than berries, and while it wasn’t bad, it was nothing remarkable than generic berry fruit tea. It had some tartness, but it was quite mellow and as I said, nothing to write much about, unfortunately. To be honest, disappointed about this cup.
Another foilwrapped tea from my big bags. There are still many hidden to drink and try. Sadly, this tea is discontinued already, which is shame because it’s not that bad even being that old.
It’s a bit on the rough side of spectrum of white teas, but aged whites are delish and I noticed quite similar flavours here among common hay in old teas. It was a bit stonefruity and a little of autumn leaf pile. Of course, none of those were strong as a loose leaf (even when it was a dragonball). But they were somehow noticeable.
And the fruit line? It was truly a hint of Pomegranate. It was there. Some fruity undertone was there. Probably the flavouring was a bit flat than fresh, but it was there. I can imagine it being made in loose leaf. But as a tea bag, it wasn’t bad either.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Hay, Stonefruit
From the tea box. This is a nice rooibos! Good depth, sweet, no distracting weirdness. Not much to say since it’s plain, but I like it! I grabbed a few bags to make some pitchers for the fridge. I tried a long resteep, and it ended up tasting exactly like the paper tea bag, so I won’t be doing that again! This is one of the better plain rooibos teas I’ve come across lately.