Okay I’ve been working on this ask on and off all day so here ya go! I went way out on this and made it a lot more than I think you wanted but oh well.
All of these teas were made by Cara (areyoutryingtodeduceme) and you can find all of them here. Links to the teas I posted about are on the tea names. The art work used in the graphic above was also made by Cara and all credit goes to her. The labels used in the graphic are the ones I’m reviewing. The reviews are in the order they appear when I clicked on the list of all her blends so don’t worry about order.
I’ll update this list as I try more teas, I’ve got the rest of the HP samples to go through still!
TARDIS earl grey bravo, blackberry, vanilla: Went through my bag the quickest of any tea I’ve tried so far. It’s perfect hot and cold. Tastes like a blueberry muffin melted into a cup! I drank a lot of this over the summer because it’s not too heavy and gave me the perfect start to my morning. I prefer it no milk with sugar. Honey dulled the berry taste so I’d just use sugar to sweeten. Extra sugar for cold.
SHERLOCK HOLMES lapsang souchong, assam melody,oriental spice: Not one I enjoyed actually. Perfect character tea, but like I told Cara it just wasn’t for me. You really should try a sample of lapsang souchong (you can buy samples for $3) before you decide to get this one. It’s smokey, very! It literally tastes like a fire it’s so weird and different. The smell is also off putting but it tones down a lot after it’s brewed. Though I don’t like it I know a lot of people do!! Try the lapsang souchong before you commit to a whole bag.
KILI ceylon sonata, oriental spice,vanilla accented with ginger: This was a pleasant surprise! When I tried this (I only have the sample) I was eating Chinese takeaway that was a little spicy. I can’t tell you how excellent a companion this tea was to my dinner! It has a bit of a spicy kick but not in a chai tea way, and yet under that it has a bit sweet citrus taste. A bit too bitter without sugar, I added about a spoon and half of sugar and just a tiny tiny bit of honey. I will purchase a full bag of this blend!
JOHN WATSON irish breakfast, cinnamon, earl grey green: I love this one, I’ve bought it 3 times. You can find my actual review here. Basically know that it’s John Watson in a cup and surprisingly good. Great for first time loose leaf tea drinkers because it’s not so far off from normal bagged tea that you’re not going to do with it. It’s really great. I take it with milk, sugar, and honey.
BILBO BREW irish breakfast, sweet potato, vanilla green accented with cinnamon: This is one of the teas I tried at Cara’s tea party at Almacon so I can’t give you an indepth review. I liked it though, I would possibly buy this one. I was nervous about the sweet potato actually and I was pleased to find that was one of my favorite parts of this tea! It felt really homey and nice. If you like Watson there’s a good chance you’ll like this one. Good for first time tea drinkers I think.
REICHENBACH RECOVERY earl grey bravo, hazelnut, caramel: I love this one, it was one of the first I bought! It really feels like a giant hug. This is also another tea that I’d recommend if you’re new to tea blends.It’s not so different than an earl grey tea bag that you’ll freak out but it’s different enough to be much better and worth buying. I love the hazelnut in it because it’s subtle! I’ve found that I don’t like a lot of hazelnut but this is just enough to give it an interesting taste. I take mine with milk, sugar, and honey.
MYCROFT: chocolate chip, rooibos vanilla chai,cream: When I first had this I was like meh, not bad not great. Then I tried this as a latte. I finished the bag so fast it’s not even funny. It’s so good as a latte! And to make it is stupidly easy. Just heat up some milk and (if you don’t have a frother) whisk it up or what I did was put it in a little bowl with a lid and shook it up. When it gets all bubbly put it in your cup and add lots of sugar. Hello amazing tasting heaven. It also smells fantastic! It smells like Christmas! I’m out of this now but I might buy another bag someday down the line.
DESTIEL oriental spice, assam melody, tiger eye accented with cinnamon and cocoa nibs Er I actually only had a sip of this one. Alex tried this at the tea party and I had a taste, it really really tasted like weak coffee though! Not for me, but Alex liked it because of the coffee taste so idk go ask her what it tastes like?
REMUS LUPIN earl grey moonlight, pu erh dante,chocolate chai I didn’t have any milk when I tried this one! I’m telling you this because it needs milk. I think anyway. Very earthy and I love the hint of chocolate! It’s sweet but not too sweet and one of my favorite blends character wise. Like seriously this is Remus in cup. No doubts. I didn’t really like it without the milk but now that I have some I’ll try it again.
MIND & THE HEART irish breakfast, berry blues, rooibos vanilla chai One of my favorites! I love the fact that it’s almost sweet and spicy at the same time. I’m a huge fan of the rooibos vanilla chai because it’s got a great taste without being overwhelming. Loved this with sugar and honey because it brings out the berry taste even more. Perfect balance of almost opposites.
MIND PALACE ceylon sonata, blood orange, vanilla accented with marigold flowers I think I would consider this my top favorite of all the blends I’ve tried. It’s really homey and sweet but not overly sweet. My Grandma makes me tea with orange slices instead of lemon and this is exactly what it tastes like! The orange is strong but in the best kind of way. I like it with sugar and honey but NOT with milk. The milk I found dulls it, which some might like but I want that orangey taste! Because it is very light to begin with I like to seep it a bit longer than I normally would. It brings out the flavor more if you let it sit a bit. If you’re wary about the orange, have a cup of English Breakfast with an orange slice and that’s similar to what you’ll get with this. Love the smell too!
MORIARTEA ginger, masala chaiOh man, this was my second cup at the tea party and I was so pleasantly surprised! I really didn’t know if I’d like it but I did! I added sugar, like Cara recommended, and I’m glad I did. It’s spicy and bold but in a good way. Very warm and every time I took a sip it was like a new experience. I really like this one and will buy it! I would love to see what this tastes like with milk. If you’re a fan of chai tea you’ll probably like this.
JACK FROST snowbud, cream, peppermint accented with lemon balm [CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK]I got this blend as a sample from the tea party (thanks Becka for the trade!) and I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. It’s a bit different but give this a try if you like mint! I really like it. It tastes like winter! Not Christmasy but like the days when it’s cold but not bitter, there’s a fresh pile of snow, and the sun is out! It’s a really light tea which I was nervous about but I had no reason to be. It tastes great and all the flavors compliment each other very nicely. I added sugar only and made a huge pitcher of it iced which I love!
MOLLY HOOPER chamomile, dewy cherry, snowbud: I ordered this for a friends birthday and tried a cup of it so my review is not going to be very helpful since that was a year ago but I know she really likes it! I’m not a fan of chamomile at all so this tea was not for me but it’s good if you do like it. It was really really light, almost clear! It was also fairly sweet and I don’t think I added sugar. Very Molly though!
NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM irish breakfast, rooibos vanilla chai,peach This is the tea I’m drinking right now actually! The peach here is amazing, I was worried that it’d be a subtle taste but it is very strong! If you like peach flavor you’ll love this. The rooibos vanilla chai complements this so nicely, it gives it an extra kick without being overwhelming. The Irish breakfast is a great base to this one as well! I have a box of like Lipton or whatever that’s just peach and while it’s okay it doesn’t give me the complex and interesting tastes that this one does. I take it with just a tad of milk, with sugar and honey to enhance the sweetness of the peach. Great for first time tea blend drinkers.
THIRD STAR irish breakfast, ginseng green,vanilla Now this is an odd one because when I first tried it I actually liked it but as time grew on I liked it less and less. It’s kind of odd and the ginseng green is hard to get to taste right. I’m not a giant fan of green teas though. The vanilla was a great addition though and it gave it a more interesting flavor. It tasted kind of grassy at some points. Very mellow and tasted best with honey, I ended up giving this one to a friend actually. She liked it more than I did so if this sounds like something you might like give it a try!
#BELIEVEINSHERLOCK assam melody, irish breakfast,honeybush hazelnut Not the tea for me. I am not a fan of assam melody which has a very robust and nutty flavor, that combined with the hazelnut put me off of it. It was all a bit too much for me. I gave this one to a friend. I could see coffee lovers being into this one though, and if you like nuttier tastes you want to give it a shot!
Well that’s all I’ve had so far! As I try more (and believe me I will!) I’ll update with new reviews. Take my advice lightly though, what I like you may not and what I don’t like you might! So try whatever you feel comfortable with!
Many thanks to Cara for coming up with all these amazing teas! ◕ ◡ ◕