Alicia’s Tea Review #2

Posted September 23, 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!

Bengal Spice

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: herbal

packaging: teabags

caffeine: no

steeping: 5 minutes

date tried: 8.26.16

rating: okay

From the website: Brimming with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, this adventurous blend is our caffeine-free interpretation of chai, the piquant Indian brew traditionally made with black tea. Try it with milk and sugar for a true chai experience.

My thoughts: I really wanted to like this one. (Maybe just because of the tiger on the label?) But unfortunately, like with most bagged tea, the flavour takes a little while to surface. It tastes slightly of spices, but it’s a very mild flavour. However, because it’s meant to be like a chai, I do use this when I make chai tea lattes, mixing in a little rock sugar and milk. When I make lattes, I use a frother to make the milk bubbly on top, and then I take additional spices (usually cinnamon or apple pie spice) and sprinkle those on top. The milk holds up the spices and adds a bit of extra flavour, especially at the end when it’s just the remaining milk and spices. At the time of writing this, I don’t have a wide variety of teas that I like to use for these lattes (I do, however, have tons of other kinds of tea) so this is pretty useful to have in my current rotation, but when I run out of it, I will probably try something else.

Antioxidant

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: green

packaging: teabags

caffeine: yes

steeping: 2 minutes

date tried: 8.26.16

rating: good

From the website: This smooth blend of authentic green tea and delicate white tea provides all the benefits of green tea and great taste. It has added Vitamin A and antioxidant Vitamin C plus a breezy citrus sweetness reminiscent of old-fashioned lemonade.

My thoughts: This is a really nice tea to have when you’re feeling sick or feeling like you might be getting a cold. You know how you take that effervescent vitamin C that tastes like fizzy orange juice? This is like a milder version of that. You can definitely taste the citrus, even if it is a little mild. It smells like citrus and has a nice aftertaste. I like to add a tiny bit of sugar sometimes to make it more palatable (again, not a huge fan of citrusy teas) and make it go better with whatever snack I happen to be eating with it. But it really can stand on its own without any add-ins. Sometimes when you’re sick you just need something with both citrus and vitamin C to make you feel like you’re getting better. I’m sure it’s helpful, but sometimes just the placebo effect works. I’m surprised I liked this as much as I did (which is apparently still only a “good” rating) but it’s definitely one I’ll keep in my rotation, for when I’m feeling under the weather.

True Blueberry

brand: Celestial Seasonings

type: herbal

packaging: teabags

caffeine: no

steeping: 5 minutes

date tried: 9.9.16

rating: blegh!

From the website: Often described as simply tasting blue, this tea has an intense wild blueberry flavor with subtle overtones of purple grapes. It’s a sweet and deep berry flavor that’s equally delicious hot and over ice.

My thoughts: This should come as no surprise—I tend to not like teas that are too citrusy or based on fruits that are too tart. That includes berries! I did not like this tea. It tastes like blueberry, I’ll give it that—but it was not a pleasant taste. Maybe with sweetener it would be better, but I was not willing to give it that second chance. (I always try teas plain first.) I noticed that it was also very dehydrating. My mouth got really dry and for hours afterwards, I was drinking more water than usual. It was so strange. I would have to experiment more to be completely sure it was the tea, but I’m mostly sure. Anyway, we had to have at least one negative review here! Cheers to our first one.


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.

Fun note: I tried organic honey cashews from Costco today and they are fantastic. And super addicting. You have to be careful. I normally don’t like things with too much actual sugar (I tend to gravitate towards artificial sweeteners, naturally sweet fruit, or things that aren’t sweet at all) but these I can probably make an exception for, even though the sugar is still better than refined sugar (it’s organic cane sugar AND honey, which does seem excessive). But anyway, for Christmas we usually make candied pecans each year, and these could rival those, seriously. It helps that cashews are my absolute favourite nut and probably (healthy) snack food in general.

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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