TLS’s Trim Tea

Trim Tea by TLS
Black Tea / Flavoured
$39.95USD for 30g (30 packets)

Jason (@teawithchu) has provided me with TLS’s Trim Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I received a 3 day supply of Trim Tea, which is a tea product by TLS. As per the product page, Trim Tea consists of black tea extract, and extract from Irvingia gabonensis (African Mango). If you look on the Wikipedia page for Irvingia gabonensis, it’s been used a lot in weight loss programs. Because I only received a 3 day supply, the purpose of this review is for me to try it out and review it based on taste – and not to see if it actually helps me to lose weight.

Each day’s supply comes prepackaged/portioned out, which is handy. Trim Tea is a dark, blackish-brown powder. It’s a very fine powder and it barely has a noticeable smell to it. I was expecting a little something, since it has black tea and mango in it, but I didn’t notice a smell.

I’m not a primary health care provider, or a researcher in weight-loss, so I can’t speak to the science behind how Trim Tea works. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your primary health care provider is aware that you’re engaging in any sort of weight loss program so that you can stay healthy and do it safely.

Preparation

TLS recommends combining 1 packet of Trim Tea with water, hot or cold. They also suggest, if you’re consuming this for weight loss reasons, to take it 30-60 minutes prior to a meal. Because I’m reviewing this on taste and not weight-loss effectiveness, I mixed it with hot water (93°C/200°F) and had it mid-morning.

First Taste

Trim Tea mixes to a very dark reddish-brown. It smells a bit like a pu’erh, which was surprising given the ingredients in this blend. On first sip, I found that it was slightly bitter. There’s a mild sweetness at the end of each sip, but it has a very earthy flavour to it. Trim Tea doesn’t taste like either black tea or mango, but it has a flavour that really does taste like pu’erh. TLS addresses the fact that if you think it tastes a little bitter, you should add a bit more water to dilute it (or, if you’re adventurous, you could always take it like a shot).

A Second Cup?

Because Trim Tea is a powder, there was nothing to resteep as it all mixed into the water.

My Overall Impression

I liked TLS’s Trim Tea. I’m personally not in the market for a weight-loss program right now, but I found the flavour to be palatable. There was a slight bitterness with Trim Tea, but there was that sweetness at the end of each tea that makes it easy to drink. Trim Tea has a great earthiness that reminds me a lot of pu’erh instead of a black tea. If you’re a fan of pu’erh teas, you might want to give Trim Tea a try. Like a good pu’erh, this one can go down easy since it has the sweetness at the tail end of each sip. If you’re looking to buy Trim Tea, it’s available online!

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T By Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan

When Harry Met Meghan by T By Daniel
Black Tea / Flavoured
$11.00 for 50g

T by Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s April themed subscription box.

First Impressions

There’s something whimsical and fun about T By Daniel’s packaging – I think it has a lot to do with the bright colours and the bow tie. After all, bow ties are cool (any Doctor Who fans in the audience?). When Harry Met Meghan is my first exposure to a blend by T By Daniel, which is a Ontario-based tea company. Clearly named for the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (and for 1989’s When Harry Met Sally), this tea came to me in a resealable foil pouch. The tea itself has a beautiful aroma and straight up smells like chocolate and strawberries. Not sure what the actual royal couple smells like, but the classic pairing of chocolate and strawberries smell divine.

When Harry Met Meghan consists of: Ceylon orange pekoe black tea, chocolate pieces, dried strawberries, safflowers, pink sugar, purple sprinkles, silver dragees, and natural flavours. I could definitely see all of the ingredients at one point or another. Love the fun sprinkles and dragees throughout!

Preparation

There weren’t any steeping instructions on the packaging, or on the online product page. I opted to do an initial steep of When Harry Met Meghan at 100°C (212°F) for 4 minutes.

First Taste

When Harry Met Meghan steeps to a slightly cloudy golden brown. There’s a bit of an oil slick across the surface, which can be attributed to the oils found in the chocolate, sprinkles, and dragees. The aroma from the steeped tea reminds me of chocolate and strawberries. Surprisingly, the flavour of the tea also consists of chocolate and strawberries.

I find it can be rare to find a tea that contains chocolate where the flavour actually holds up after the tea has been steeped. All of the ingredients that could dissolve in hot water had, so I was pleasantly surprised that the tea actually tastes like chocolate. The strawberry flavour also comes across well, I suspect part of the ‘natural flavours’ may be strawberry to amp it up a bit. There’s a sweetness to it that almost seems a bit much, and that’s coming from someone who really enjoys her sweets. I think it could have done without some of the sprinkles or dragees because I suspect the chocolate and dried strawberries might have enough sweetness on their own.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped When Harry Met Meghan twice. The first resteep wasn’t too bad, the chocolate and strawberry flavours were still pleasant, but it was less sweet (and that made it more enjoyable). The second resteep was kind of bland in comparison, and I couldn’t tasted the strawberry anymore. I would say that When Harry Met Meghan is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked T By Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan. I think the name is funny/punny and it’s a fun tea for anyone who likes chocolate teas, fruit teas, or royal shenanigans. I’m not usually a fan of teas with chocolate, but I found that this one did really well with maintaining the chocolate flavours throughout while balancing well with the strawberries. That said, I think the sprinkles/sugar made it just a touch too sweet for me. If you’re a fan of sweet teas, I think you’d really enjoy this one as-is, it’s definitely a black tea blend that doesn’t require any extra sweetener.

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Teatourist’s Quintessentials Tea Adventure

Quintessentials Tea Adventure (March 2018) by Teatourist
£11-15 for 1 box, plus shipping (+£3-5 per box)

Teatourist has provided me with the Quintessentials Tea Adventure for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

This was the first month where Teatourist had updated packaging! I quite like it – the bright orange goes so well with the teal, and it’s less the sleeve, so there’s less packaging to go into recycling, which I quite like as well. This monthly box came with six different teas, and four of the six are straight teas! The only way I’d be even more excited about trying this box would be if this box contained fudge

The teas in this box are: Morgans Brew Tea by Morgan’s Brew Tea Company (black tea), Ceylon Tea by Cheeky Chai (black tea), Green Tea with Jasmine by Pure Leaf (green tea), Bright Afternoon by Brighteas (black tea), Earl Grey 1833 by CHASH The Fine Tea Co (flavoured black tea), and Safari Oolong by Nothing But Tea (oolong).

Morgans Brew Tea has a strong smell to it that reminds me both of a breakfast tea (think British or Irish), while having some apricot notes in the dry leaf. This straight black tea is a blend of a few East African black teas (from Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda). Ceylon Tea (Pekoe Fannings) has a mildly sweet aroma, and has a very familiar black tea aroma to it. Ceylon Tea consists of 100% small leaf ceylon tea (pekoe fannings). Green Tea with Jasmine smells exactly as expected (like green tea and jasmine) and, surprise, consists of Chinese green tea and jasmine flowers.

From left to right: Morgan’s Brew Tea, Ceylon Tea, and Green Tea with Jasmine.

Bright Afternoon has an interesting aroma that reminds me of a fresh after-rain smell, and has some mushroom-earthiness to it. The ingredients in this black tea are Chinese Keemun, Mao Feng, and Yunnan black teas. Earl Grey 1833 has a lovely bergamot/citrusy aroma to it, and smells like most Earl Grey teas that I’ve smelled in that past. Curiously, the ingredients are listed as being the finest Ceylon black tea and pure bergamot oil. However, there’s obviously flower petals in the blend that aren’t listed in the ingredients. Safari Oolong is the most intriguing to me, as it has a very light honey and floral aroma to the dry leaf. Safari Oolong is 100% oolong tea from Tumoi Teas, located in Nandi Hills, Kenya.

From left to right: Bright Afternoon, Earl Grey 1833, and Safari Oolong.

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