Alicia’s Tea Review #1

Posted August 30, 2017 in Tea Review / 0 Comments

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my tearoom. Make yourselves right at home in the parlour while I prepare a nice pot of tea. In this new feature, I will be sharing with you some of the various kinds of tea I’ve tried and what I thought of them. One might even consider these…tea reviews! Here are some scones,  jam, and clotted cream to keep you busy while the water boils. Let me just quickly fetch the tea I’ll be discussing today and we can begin!

Cinnamon Apple Spice

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: herbal

packaging: teabags

caffeine: no

steeping: 5 minutes

date tried: 2013

rating: great!

From the website: This blend combines spicy Vietnamese cinnamon with juicy apple flavor. There’s a chocolate note and hint of butterscotch in the finish, making this tea comforting and invigorating all at once.

My thoughts: This was my original favourite tea before I discovered how many other kinds there are. It’s still a classic in my collection. The key to tasting tea properly is to taste it without (or with very little) sweetener and just let the flavours wash over your tongue. This tea definitely smells like apples but pretty much only tastes like spice until the apple flavour comes in later, subtly, and then the tea becomes sweeter. I like to pair this with Chamomile or Honey Vanilla Chamomile of the same brand. I do like to add a sweetener to this. I use either honey, rock sugar, or stevia. I also like to add a little milk or cream.

Honey Vanilla Chamomile

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: herbal

packaging: teabags

caffeine: no

steeping: 5 minutes

date tried: 2014

rating: yum

From the website: Our blend of fine chamomile flavors is perfectly complemented by a soothing combination of flavors, including creamy, nutty vanilla and golden honey.

My thoughts: This tea is almost as classic to me as the one above. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had it on its own. Maybe once. It just goes so well with almost any other herbal tea. I like to think that I’m getting the added benefits of the chamomile while getting a little more sweetness from the honey. I always add a little sweetener and usually some milk. This is a very simple tea, but it’s a great one to have in your collection because it adds a little more subtle flavour to any other tea. I would probably stay away from pairing it with citrusy or fruity teas in general. Anything that you think could be made sweet is a good option. I wouldn’t put tart blueberries or sour lemon in that category. But I’m not too fond of tea in those flavours anyway!

Peppermint

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: herbal

packaging: teabags

caffeine: no

steeping: 5 minutes

date tried: 2014

rating: fantastic

From the website: The aromatic Oregon- and Washington-grown peppermint we’ve selected tastes so fresh and delicious that it requires no accompaniment — it’s simply the only ingredient here.

My thoughts: Another timeless classic! That seems to be the theme today. I always have peppermint stocked in my cupboard. This particular tea, being bagged, has very subtle hints of peppermint when it’s plain, so I always add a bit of honey or other sweetener. I prefer not to add milk because I do not think milk and peppermint go very well together! (The exception is with hot chocolate.) I like pairing this with a plain chamomile for a more layered flavour profile; as the website says, the tea contains only peppermint.


That’s it for today! Keep in mind that my rating system for tea is nowhere near as organised as it is for books. I don’t use a star or number system. But it is equally holistic. I taste the tea, and then whatever word pops into my mind is the rating! Some ratings are repeated, but not too often.

I hope you had a pleasant stay in my tearoom this afternoon! Be sure to stop by again soon for more tea, sweets, and discussion!

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