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Friday, March 22, 2019

Steven Smith Teamaker Teabag Herbal Tea 'Blend: No. 67 Meadow'

Tea Information:
Tea: Blend: No. 67 Meadow
Type: Herbal Tea
Packaging: Teabag
Company: Steven Smith Teamaker
Purchase: Here
Description: About this Tea
A caffeine free blend of golden Egyptian chamomile flowers and mildly stimulating, fragrant hyssop joined with smooth Cape rooibos, rose petals and linden flowers. You may need a sun hat.

Ingredients: Egyptian chamomile, South African rooibos, fragrant hyssop, linden flowers, lemon myrtle, rose petals, safflower, cyani flowers and natural flavors.
Preparation: For best flavor, bring freshly drawn filtered water to a boil. Steep five minutes. Imagine something beautiful happening somewhere else in the world.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 bag
Water: ~12oz, 212°
Tool: N/A
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chamomile, mint, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: chamomile, rooibos
Flavor: delicate chamomile, rooibos and a hint of lemon
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal, astringent
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

Chamomile overpowers everything in this tea, it's not a bad tea, I am just finding it to be too boring for me. There is a hint of lemon and rooibos, but where are the other flavors?

Loose leaf review was the same - https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/steven-smith-teamaker-loose-leaf-herbal.html

Rating: 2/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing





Monday, March 4, 2019

David's Tea loose leaf Herbal Tisane 'caribbean crush'

Tea Information:
Tea: caribbean crush
Type: Herbal Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Packaging: loose leaf
Company: David's Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: Dreaming of palm trees and soft white sand? Escape to paradise with this tropical fruit infusion of pineapple, papaya, cranberry and hibiscus. Refreshing, juicy and slightly tart, it’s got all the vibrant, crowdpleasing flavours of a perfect summer fruit punch. The only thing missing is a little paper umbrella...
Ingredients: Apple, pineapple (pineapple, sugar), papaya (papaya, sugar), hibiscus, cranberry, artificial flavouring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 sample packet
Water: boiling
Tool: kati loose tea system 12oz
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: coconut and cranberry
Steeped Tea Smell: apple and pineapple
Flavor: very sweet fruit punch, apple, pineapple
Body: Light
Aftertaste: almost tart, but still fruity
Liquor: translucent pinky-purple






Rating: 2/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product.
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product.
I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

David's Tea teatime treats 'milk chocolate with Cream of Earl Grey'

Tea Information:
From teatime treats gift set
Chocolate: milk chocolate with Cream of Earl Grey
Company: David's Tea

Tasting Notes:
Soft milk chocolate with a fairly firm (ganache?) center that had a little grit?
It was a very strong citrus, stronger than the earl grey tea itself (steeped tea). The vanilla I think was lost.
There was one milk chocolate so it was easy to identify.













Rating: 3/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

David's Tea teatime treats 'dark chocolate with Super Ginger'

Tea Information:
From teatime treats gift set
Chocolate: dark chocolate with Super Ginger
Company: David's Tea

Tasting Notes:
Dark chocolate with a gooey center that had a little grit? It was cardamom-ish, and then was a very strong ginger burn finish and after taste.
There were 2 dark chocolates that looked the same, would have been nice to have them look different / easier to identify.











Rating: 3/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

David's Tea Teabag Black Tea 'organic blueberry jam'

Tea Information:
From 24 teas to love gift set
Tea: organic blueberry jam
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: teabag
Company: David's Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: This fruity organic black tea is our ode to the blueberry. Long before the “superfood” era, blueberries were called “star berries” and renowned for their healing properties. Dark, sweet and plump, their juicy flavour comes through perfectly in cakes, jams – and this satisfying blend of black tea, elderberries, cornflowers and stevia. It’s the perfect companion to your morning toast.
Ingredients: Organic: Black tea*, black currants, blueberries, elderberries, cornflower petals, stevia extract. With organic raspberry and natural blueberry flavouring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tea bag
Water: boiling, 1 mug full
Tool: pot
Steep Time: lost track of time, over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: smell light berry and a bit bakey.
Flavor: Taste none, water, what? WTF?
Body: light
Aftertaste: Hints berry finish
Liquor: Color dark red brown opaque.

No flavor, I do not understand?!? Hibiscus is generally not mild.

Post-Steep Additives: none
Resteep: none

Rating: 1/4 leaves






Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

David's Tea Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane 'spiced apple'

Tea Information:
Tea: spiced apple
Type: Herbal Tisane
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: David's Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: This sweet and spicy infusion of apple, figs and chai spices is a warm hug in a cup. Laced with cinnamon and star anise, it’s a comforting fruity tisane that brings back memories of apple picking, hot cider and fresh-from-the-oven pies. Whether you pair it with a good book or great company, Spiced Apple tea is about as cozy as it gets.
Ingredients: Apple (apple, citric acid), figs, cinnamon, star anise, chicory, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, natural apple and spice flavouring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: boiling, 1 kati mug full
Tool: kati loose tea system 12oz
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cloves, cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell: Apple, star snise, cloves, figs
Flavor: very sweet (too much), fig and apple, star anise, spice, clove finish
Body: Full
Aftertaste: clove
Liquor: dark opaque red-brown

Loud and busy tea

Post-Steep Additives: none
Resteep: none

Rating: 2/4 leaves







Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing




I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

David's Tea Teabag Black Tea 'organic cream of earl grey'

Tea Information:
From 24 teas to love gift set
Tea: organic cream of earl grey
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: teabag
Company: David's Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: Lovers of Earl Grey tea adore this creamy alternative to the original breakfast blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience. Try it on its own or as a satisfying tea latte.
Ingredients: Organic: Black tea, marigolds. With cornflowers and natural flavouring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tea bag
Water: boiling, 1 mug full
Tool: pot
Steep Time: lost track of time, over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Smell vanilla, floral, citrus
Steeped Tea Smell: Smell vanilla, citrus, bakey.
Flavor: Bakey start, vanilla finish.
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: Astringent and citrus after with hints if lingering perfume :(
Liquor: Color dark red brown.

Not my favorite earl grey, unlikely to buy

Post-Steep Additives: Added cream and sugar and cut down on the perfume now it's mostly vanilla with a hint of citrus and a hint of astringency
Resteep: none

Rating: 3/4 leaves








Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

David's Tea Teabag Red Tisane 'organic super ginger'

Tea Information:
From 24 teas to love gift set
Tea: organic super ginger
Type: Red (Rooibos) Tisane
Packaging: teabag
Company: David's Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: This potent herbal infusion of anti-inflammatory ginger, green rooibos and peppercorns is so soothing, you might even say it has superpowers. It’s the spiciest, most comforting tisane imaginable – the perfect ginger tea to reach for when you’re fighting a cold or sore throat. The best part? It’s caffeine-free, so you can heal fast and still enjoy a good night's sleep.
Ingredients: Organic: Ginger, green rooibos*, black pepper, white pepper, pink peppercorn. With natural flavouring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tea bag
Water: boiling, 1 mug full
Tool: pot
Steep Time: lost track of time, over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: kick in the face ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: Smell Ginger, peppercorn, woody.
Flavor: Taste pepper up front, Ginger finish
Body: Body is medium.
Aftertaste: slightly woody after taste.
Liquor: Color burnt orange green.

Post-Steep Additives: Added sugar and milk. Ok caffeine free chai
Resteep: none

Rating: 3/4 leaves






Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.