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Day 8 – Cherry Blossom
White Tea, Low Caffeine
When I first unscrewed this tin I noticed a familiar scent… CHERRY LIPBALM! It’s subtly sweet with a slight hit of tanginess. The aftertaste is clean and not bitter, almost like you steeped a Cherry Blaster.
Day 9 – Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai
I don’t love rooibos because of its overpowering taste but I enjoyed this clean cinnamon chai. A bit spicy and I was surprised it was caffeine free because of how strong it brewed up. This would make a great latte.
Ingredients: Rooibos (organic), apple, cinnamon. With natural cinnamon flavouring.
Day 10 – Organic Nepal Black
Black Tea, Medium Caffeine
I love the clean, crisp taste of black tea, and this hand-made black from a small family-owned tea garden named Jun Chiyabari is one of the best I have tried. Absolutely delicious with a hint of milk and sugar.
Ingredients: Black tea from Nepal.
Day 11 – Hot Chocolate
Pu-erh, Medium Caffeine
I was really excited to try this one because I had read such great reviews. Sadly it reminded me of really cheap powdered hot chocolate. but watered down. Meh.
Ingredients (organic): Pu’erh tea, black tea, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), chocolate curls (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, chocolate liquor, whey powder, lactose, soy lecithin, vanilla), stevia extract, natural flavours.
Day 12 – The Spice is Right
Green Tea, Low Caffeine
Not only does the list of ingredients on this green tea get me excited but the name is a PUN! Heeey-o. This has two stages of spice: a cinnamon and clove heat on first sip followed by a kick of chili pepper aftertaste that heats the back of your throat. Perfect hangover cure!
Ingredients (organic): Cinnamon, green tea, orange peel, cloves, chili pepper. With natural flavouring.
Day 13 – Buddha’s Blend
White Tea, Medium Caffeine
I love how this has a full flower blossom inside! I noticed a peachy scent as I was brewing but there was no hint of that in the taste. It’s a bit bitter and tastes better with sweetener. You can definitely taste the floral, and it’s a clean floral unlike, say, a rose floral which can be heady.
Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring.
Day 14 – Alpine Punch
This is jam-packed with a ton of delicious and bold flavours… it is a bit hard to distinguish one from another, but it works. I can definitey taste the apple and coconut with the hint of cardamom and ginger. The rose blossoms are delicate and subtle in this blend, only becoming apparent after you have had a few sips. There is also a very nice undertone of almond that smooths Alpine Punch out.
Ingredients: Rooibos, coconut chips (coconut, coconut fat, sugar), coconut rasps, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almonds, natural and artificial almond cream flavouring.
Favourites this week are The Spice is Right and Alpine Punch. It’s not that I don’t love the others but these are both complex blends that really layer nicely and change with each sip.
Stay tuned for next week’s round-up!
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