Tea Time with Em – Dec 14-18

So it’s been a BUSY couple of days… but really no one cares because it’s Christmas time and let’s face it these reviews aren’t really mind-blowing… so you probably haven’t missed them all that much… so rather than do 5 separate posts, I thought I would just pop them all in this post together…

Day 14:

Tea: Chai
Initial Reaction: I had forgotten about Chai tea… this could be fun…   
Brew Time: 4 mins 
Enjoyed with: Milk and honey… probably a bit too much milk… it come out quicker than I thought it would…  
Flavour: Spicy and sweet… although honey will do that.  It’s actually quite nice… nicer than I had expected… although I think my expectations were fairly low… it’s always the cinnamon… 
Score: 7/10

Bonus review from Dave: Ummmm… it’s sweet… but it tastes exactly like I thought it would… 8/10

Day 15:

Tea: Spellbound Cider
Initial Reaction: I do love cider… but in tea form? I guess we will find out.  Brew Time: 3 mins 
Enjoyed with: Just water… but by the time I got to it mine was cold… that’s what you get when you’re busy… 
Flavour: Sweet… and cider my… I think it might have even been better cold… I am really realising that I am not a fruit tea person… but it wasn’t terrible… either my expectations for fruit tea are getting lower or I am learning to appreciate them better. 
Score: 6/10

Bonus review from Dave: It tasted like someone left the appletiser out at Christmas… 6/10

Day 16:

Tea: French Earl Grey
Initial Reaction: Oh I don’t mind an early grey… excellent… and this one is French 
Brew Time: 3 mins 
Enjoyed with: Milk and sugar… it’s how I’ve always had my earl grey… despite it telling me it will be fine by itself… lies…
Flavour: This one was super fruity… and sweet… but the sweetness was probably my fault… as far as earl grey’s go it was pretty tasty 
Score: 7/10

Day 17:

Tea: Jade Mountain 
Initial Reaction: sounds exotic… green tea and chocolate what an odd combination 
Brew Time: 3 mins 
Enjoyed with: Nothing… there is already enough going on here
Flavour: look if I haven’t already said it… I should… I’m not sure chocolate and tea mix in the tea… chocolate is an on the side thing of its own… and tea should be left tea… I taste the cocoa, I taste the praline… I taste the green tea and separately sure… but hot and together not so much
Score: 4/10

Bonus review from Dave: A bold choice to put chocolate and green tea together but admits the confusion, not a bad drop… 7/10

Day 18:

Tea: Strawberries and Cream
Initial Reaction: I think someone gave me some of this once… maybe… I’m actually not sure… we’ll now is as good a time as ever to try it again… or for the first time… 
Brew Time: 3 mins 
Enjoyed with: Just water  
Flavour: Not as sweet as I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise… I mean it’s sweet, but not overwhelmingly so like some of the other teas I have tried from the calendar… would I rush out and buy it, probably not, but if they had it in-store as a taster would I have some… sure 
Score: 6/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 13

Day 13:

Tea: Detox
Initial Reaction: Oooo a purple tea… Oh it’s Detox, what does that mean? Contains liquorice… sure why not…
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with:
Flavour: Not at all what I expected… it’s almost a bit woody… there is a flavour in it that I can’t quite put my on it… to be honest… I am not sure I like it… I’m also not feeling particularly cleansed or detoxed… but that could also be due to the fact that I have natural suspicion that rings when ever I read the word detox…
Score: 4/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 12

Day 12:

Tea: Twinkle Berry
Initial Reaction: Doh! More fruit tea… although I do like berries… I am choosing to stay positive and hopeful that I might find the right fruit tea for me…
Brew Time: 3 mins
Enjoyed with: Nothing
Flavour: Look… to be totally honest this was better than I thought it would be… and it was really pink… I thought it would taste like hot ribena, but it didn’t and it was no where near as sweet as I was expecting… in fact as far as fruit teas go it was pretty good.
Score: 6/10

Bonus review from Dave: It was good, I finished the cup and I’d do it again 8/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 11

Day 11:

Tea: Green Rose
Initial Reaction: This sounds delicious… I like green tea and I love rose… so it could be a winner, seriously what combo.
Brew Time: 3 mins
Enjoyed with:
Just hot water
Flavour: I was right, it was delicious… I think I might be getting more of this.
Score: 8/10

Bonus review from Dave: I got a tiny Turkish delight tinge 6/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 10

Day 10:

Tea: New York Breakfast
Initial Reaction: I’ve had this before and I think I liked it… and its a good old black tea… yeah for normal tea ish…
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: a dash of milk and then a little bit of sugar
Flavour: Not bad… sweet vanillary taste even before I added the sugar, it’s nice, I think I still prefer just good old plain tea, but this was a nice treat for a change. Also… it’s getting harder to write these reviews… they are all blending into one hot tea mess…
Score: 7/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 09

Day 09:

Tea: Tummy Tea
Initial Reaction: Great, this is perfect for today… and it’s one I have wanted to try… a tea digestive.
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: Boiling Water
Flavour: Minty and sweet, and pretty much the same as my mint mix tea… I liked it.
Score: 9/10

Bonus review from Dave: Perfect after dinner mint… 7/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 08

Day 08:

Tea: Packs a Peach
Initial Reaction: I wonder if I can get a strictly black tea advent calendar because if I’m really honest, while I love the idea of a fruit tea.. I’m just not sure I’m that into them… but look peach iced tea seems to be the thing to do so maybe this will be ok.
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: you guessed it… nothing
Flavour: The label was not misleading at all… this really packs a peach… a heck of a lot of peach… it’s like drinking a cordial made of melted peach lollies… it’s not terrible… but I’m really starting to think it’s just all fruit teas I’m not that into.
Score: 6/10

Bonus review from Dave: It’s just like warm iced tea… 6/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 07

Day 07:

Tea: Frosted Fruitcake
Initial Reaction: Ooooo this looks fun… wait I don’t like fruitcake… but maybe I will like it tea form… is that a whole date in the mix?
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: Nothing
It didn’t smell like I would like it… and it was correct, it takes biscuity… but not crumbly or bitty, just like a biscuit would in drink form… I think that’s the cinnamon again… and it lingers…
Score: 5/10

Bonus review from Dave: A pleasant combination of fruit and black tea… 6/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 06

Day 06:

Tea: Creme Burlee
Initial Reaction: Look, I’m nervous, I’m not sure how I feel about desserty teas… but that’s what this is about right… trying new things and being surprised…
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: A dash of milk… because it was an option and surely it won’t hurt…
this was way better than I expected, just like a sweeter black tea… but with vanilla… I could drink this again, especially because it would mean no added sugar.
Score: 7/10

Bonus review from Dave: Too much creme, not enough brûlée… but I don’t actually think I know what brûlée is, but it certainly didn’t have enough… 6/10

Tea Time with Em – Dec 05

Day 05:

Tea: Southern Sunrise
Initial Reaction: Ooooo this sounds fun… Oh it’s fruity not black… I’m less excited now… but still intrigued, it smells delicious.
Brew Time: 4 mins
Enjoyed with: Nothing, apparently it is perfect on its own
Flavour: Pretty great for a fruit tea… I might actually drink this again… it’s like hot juice… or flat hot fizzy drink… it’s probably the best fruit tea I’ve tried
Score: 7/10

Bonus review from Dave: Too sweet, too much fruit… 5/10