Tea Review: Bingley’s Teddy Bear Tisane

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First impressions: I was so super excited to try this tea.  I love gummy bears and all gummy candies, so being able to try a tea that tastes just like gummy bears made me feel like a kid again!  I just got the sample pack of the Teddy Bear Tisane from Bingley’s Teas, so right off the bat I used 3/4 of the package in making an entire pot for myself (it was one of those days).  I made it in my lovely Tardis teapot, as you can see above.

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Positives: This tea tastes exactly like red gummy bears!  It is just sweet enough to be delightful, but still a bit tart.  The berries and lemongrass are in a battle for the top note of this tea, but they work in harmony.  This is perfect for the younger tea drinkers in your family.

Negatives: The flavor can be very overpowering if you oversteep.  Because it is an herbal tea, it doesn’t go bitter, but it does get extremely flavorful, so be prepared to cut it with water if you accidentally oversteep.  On the other hand, don’t under steep, either.  My first cup was under steeped and it was not as flavorful as I would have liked.  The lemongrass can also, at times, be a bit overpowering.

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Overall: 4 cups out of 5.  This is a very good berry tisane!

Tea Review: Bingley’s Teas Emma’s Perfect Match

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First impressions:  Bingley’s Teas never disappoint, so I jumped at the opportunity to try Emma’s Perfect Match when at my friend’s house.  I’m not typically a fan of green tea, simply because I prefer a robust cup of black tea.  I usually find the flavor of green teas to be too weak for my liking, and I therefore stay away from them.  However, I had nothing to lose when I was at my friend’s house, so I decided to try this tea!  This tea is a China green tea with roses and strawberries.

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Positives: The tea is excellent!  It has a rosy top note with underlying strawberry.  This is the perfect Valentine’s day tea.  It’s very light (as one would expect a green tea to be) and the strawberry flavor is not at all overpowering.  In fact, one would only be able to taste it if her or she was looking for it.  I sweetened it with a little bit of sugar and it was perfection.  Plus, the leaves are beautiful (this is just an aesthetic thing, as leaves obviously don’t have to look good to taste good.)  Just look at them!

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Cons: I think I didn’t put enough leaves into the pot, because the flavor came out a little too weak.  Also, I probably could have steeped it longer, but I didn’t want to scorch the leaves.  User error all the way, there is nothing wrong with the tea!

Overall: 4 cups out of 5.  It was a lovely tea!

Tea Review: Lipton Harvest Strawberry and Passion Fruit

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First Impressions:  I had no preconceived notions of this tea except for the fact that I had heard that the Blueberry and Pomegranate variety of this tea was good.  I’ve been a big fan of strawberries since I was a kid (I used to dip them in sugar!) so I decided to try this and the Blueberry and Pomegranate.  I also don’t have a high opinion of the regular varieties of Lipton tea, but I thought that their “premium” selections would be better.  Honestly, I had given up on this tea and given it to my roommate, who then told me that she tried it and wasn’t thrilled with it.  I decided to give it a go before I went to bed one evening.

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Positives: The tea does come in silk pyramid tea bags, which is quite nice.  However, that’s the only good thing I can think of.

Negatives: This tea left a lot to be desired.  The flavor was weak and very artificial.  While I usually sip teas slowly in order to enjoy them, I drank this tea very, very quickly.  I wish I would have spent my money on a different kind of tea that I would have actually enjoyed.  My roommate and I are going to attempt to use it as iced tea, and if that doesn’t work, we are going to attempt mixing it with lemonade to make a strawberry lemonade tea.  If it doesn’t work after that, this will likely be passed on to one of my friends that can appreciate more than I can.

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Overall: 1.5 cups out of 5.  I do not recommend this tea.

Double Review: Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea and The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Hello everyone!  This is officially my first book review and my first tea review on this blog! I’ll be reviewing the Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea and The Fault in our Stars by John Green, two things that I am very happy for purchasing.  So, here we go!

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Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea

First Impressions:  Honestly, I only got this tea because I needed a straight up mint tea because I was all out, Target didn’t have my usual brand (Twinings), and this tea had cool packaging.  It comes in a handy dandy tin that I know I can use for other things in the future (most likely carrying tea bags for vacations and such).  I didn’t expect the tea to be anything special.  When I read “sachets” I thought that I’d just be getting flat paper tea bags.

Positives: Four words: SILK PYRAMID TEA BAGS.  Look at these sexy things:

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That was the #1 best surprise I’ve had in my tea experience.  In case you didn’t already know, silk pyramid tea bags are basically the closest you can get to loose-leaf tea in pre-bagged form.  It’s also a sign that high-quality tea lies within.  Since I am a college student and bagged teas are the most convenient, I will and have bought from this company again.  Any tea company that exceeds my expectations is worth a second shot to me!  The tea itself was an excellent pure peppermint tea.  I sweetened my large mug with one pack of Splenda per personal preference, but it is anything but bitter and could easily go without.

Negatives: The tea does pack a pretty hefty $6 price tag for 20 sachets, but because of the convenience and the quality, I will buy it again.

Overall: 4 cups out of 5.  This tea is exactly what it ought to be and more!

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

First Impressions:  We all know that Tumblr is all about John Green, so I figured that I ought to check him out.  As a Christmas present to myself, I bought the box set of his works, plus the book that he co-authored with David Leviathan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  I chose to read TFIOS first since it was JG’s most recently published novel and since I’d heard great feedback about it.  I dove headfirst into it as soon as I received it.

Positives: THIS IS AN AMAZING NOVEL.  Now, granted, I picked it up without knowing that it was about teenagers, so that is something that might stray away a few readers, but it was in no way a cliche high school romance.  JG does a great job of building up the pathos the reader has for each character and causing all of it to spill out of your eyes via tears with the twist of a few little words.  Also, there are a lot of amazing quotes in the novel.  While I did cry for an hour straight while reading this book, there are also some remarkable funny parts where I audibly laughed.  It is a very realistic mix of emotions; more realistic than any other teenage novel that I’ve read.

Negatives: I honestly can’t think of any except maybe that it was too short!  This novel was truly amazing and I enjoyed every word of it.

Overall: 4.9 cups out of 5.  It was an excellent, excellent novel.

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