Lemon Lily’s Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade by Lemon Lily
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

Lemon Lily’s Pink Lemonade came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s June themed subscription box.

First Impressions

Pink Lemonade came in a resealable white foil pouch, with a now-familiar label on the front. Lemon Lily’s teas generally come in increments of 50g or more, but The Sugared Teacup gets them specially packaged for the subscription boxes. The first thing I noted when I opened the packaging is that it smells like lemonade. I can see the hibiscus, which is what I’m assuming gives the tea a pink colour.

Pink Lemonade consists of black tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, lemongrass, and raspberry leaf – all organic ingredients and Lemon Lily’s products are certified by Ecocert Canada.

Preparation

Lemon Lily recommends steeping Pink Lemonade in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep was for 6 minutes.

First Taste

Pink Lemonade steeps to a beautiful dark pink colour, and it smells exactly what you’d expect a tea called “Pink Lemonade” to smell like. There’s a really nice, bright lemon aroma that comes from the tea. On first taste, I really noticed the lemon, and there was a good amount of tartness in the tea that really reminds me of lemonade. I’m not sure if the tart quality is coming from the lemon ingredients or from the hibiscus (likely the hibiscus, I think). If you’re not a huge fan of tart teas, I would recommend adding a bit of sugar or sweetener to help balance out the flavours.

I also iced a cup of Pink Lemonade and I’m pleased to share that it is very good iced as well.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Pink Lemonade. I found that the flavour was alright, and the colour was considerably weaker in comparison to the initial steep. I think Pink Lemonade is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Lemon Lily’s Pink Lemonade. I think the flavour was fantastic, and it tasted just as I expected it to based on the name and the fragrance from the dried leaf. I really liked the colour and flavour in my initial steep of Pink Lemonade. I think this black tea is best iced/cold, and with a touch of sweetener if you’re not into having a bit of a pucker action going on due to the tartness of the tea.

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Lemon Lily’s London Fog

London Fog by Lemon Lily
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

Lemon Lily’s London Fog came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s April themed subscription box.

First Impressions

Lemon Lily’s London Fog came to me via The Sugared Tea Cup’s April themed subscription box (late spoilers: it was all things British in preparation for the Royal Wedding last month!). I can definitely smell the bergamot, it’s very strong and overwhelms the vanilla. I can see the pieces of vanilla bean, but smelling it is a whole other story. The black tea has some long, wiry leaves in it which is nice to see – I can’t smell them though since the bergamot is a force to be reckoned with.

London Fog consists of: black tea, vanilla bean, and natural bergamot – all organic ingredients.

Preparation

Lemon Lily recommends steeping London Fog in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep of London Fog was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

London Fog steeps to a deep reddish-brown colour. There’s a very mild vanilla aroma to it, with the bergamot being very much present (much like it was in the dry leaf). There’s a mild astringency to London Fog when I drink it, causing a little bit of a mouth pucker. I found there was a light vanilla flavour, with a slight creaminess behind each sip. The bergamot flavour is very present, with a bright citrus flavour throughout.

Given its name, I did try London Fog with a bit of sweetener (I used locally harvested honey) and evaporated milk. I found that the vanilla flavour to be more present once the bergamot had been tempered down.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped London Fog twice, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the first resteep was very much like the initial steep, while the second had no vanilla flavour that I could find. I would say that London Fog is good for a least one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Lemon Lily’s London Fog. I think it’s really great with some extra sweetener and milk. I found, for me, the bergamot was quite powerful and it was overwhelming the more gentler flavour of the vanilla bean and I would have liked for the vanilla to be more present. I think if the flavours had been a bit better balanced, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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Lemon Lily’s Rose Petal Chai

Rose Petal Chai by Lemon Lily
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

Lemon Lily’s Rose Petal Chai came to me as part of a subscription box from The Sugared Teacup.

First Impressions

As a fan of black tea blends, I’m a sucker for a good chai. There’s just something soothing about a black with with a whole bunch of spices… and sometimes I’ll add some honey or sugar and some frothed milk and make it into a tea latte. I was happy to see Rose Petal Chai in the box that I received from The Sugared Teacup, because while I love a good chai, I don’t always have all the ingredients on hand to blend it on my own, so having it blended for me helps a lot!

Rose Petal Chai came to me in a resealable bag, the aroma of the dry leaf is primarily that of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon – yum! Lemon Lily’s Rose Petal Chai consists of: black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rose petal, rosehip, and vanilla bean – all certified organic.

Preparation

Lemon Lily recommends steeping Rose Petal Chai in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Rose Petal Chai steeps to a deep reddish-brown, and has a beautiful aroma that is mostly that of cardamom and ginger. It’s a very relaxing aroma if you breathe it in deep! I found that the flavour of the tea is well reflected by the ingredients list. I can taste the cardamom, there’s some gentle heat from the ginger, and I can taste the cinnamon for sure. I found that there’s just a hint of floral sweetness, which I attribute to the rose petal and rosehip. I can’t make out the vanilla bean, unfortunately, but the overall flavour profile definitely makes me think of a nice chai.

I did try Rose Petal Chai with a touch of honey and some frothed milk to make it into a tea latte and I was not disappointed! If you like chai lattes, I would definitely recommend trying this chai as a tea latte.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Rose Petal Chai twice. The first resteep was fairly similar to the initial steep in terms of flavour and strength of all the ingredients. The second resteep was missing the floral sweetness and the ginger was more lost. I would say that Rose Petal Chai is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Lemon Lily’s Rose Petal Chai. I found the blend of ingredients to be incredibly pleasant, and made for a very nice lightly floral cup of chai. The gentle heat of the ginger and the presence of cardamom make for a very nice cup of tea – made all the better when I turned it into a tea latte! I do wish the vanilla bean was more a present flavour, since I love the flavour of vanilla bean. I think this blend could do with some more rose petals, just to impart a stronger rose flavour into the tea.

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