3-In-1 Milk Tea from Gold Kili. . . . . .

I have finally found the Holy Grail of Lazy Tea People:

Matcha for black tea.

This Instant 3-in-1 Milk Tea is black tea (type unspecified) with sugar and milk added. It’s all ground up, pre-steeped (I imagine?), dried, and ready to go. You just rip open the packet and dump it in a mug.

If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say this is probably some kind of English Breakfast tea. It’s probably more like tea-bag stock than loose-leaf stock, though I can’t say that definitively.

I mostly can’t tell because it already has the sugar and cream in there.

And it’s a BUNCH of sugar and cream.

Like, way more than I’d ever use on my own. I drink my teas straight, maybe with a splash of vanilla almond milk if I think it should be sweeter. This is candy-like. It’s absurdly sweet. When I made it, it’s a very pastel brown. Not a light amber (transparent), but thick and opaque.

I’m not going to lie: this is delicious. It’s almost like a tea version of a hot chocolate, or a tea-latte. Or those “Thai iced teas” that have the condensed milk in there.

They’re 70 calories each. It doesn’t sound like much. However, two cups is as much as a can of Coca-Cola. One cup is THREE Weight Watchers SmartPoints. (I just plugged it into the calculator & added it to the database. You’re welcome, fellow WW sisters.)

I like this a lot, but think that, like Cookie Monster and his cookies, this tea is a “sometimes treat.”

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Gold Kili

Made using specially selected premium grade tea leaves, creamer and with the finest cane sugar, this blend has a distinctive full flavor and aroma. It is both convenient and simple to make, a definite choice for discerning tea lovers.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Honey Green Tea from ChaTime. . . .

So I recently discovered that UberEATS delivers bubble tea. This is life changing! Now I can be lazy and sit at home instead of driving the 5 minutes to get my chatime fix!

Now normally when I get my bubble tea I go the milk tea route but today I decided to try a regular green tea with bubbles. I got honey green tea and despite that being a sweet flavor and the fact that I don’t usually add sugar to my tea, I decided to go with 1/2 sugar and less ice. I guess something told me this might need a sweetness boost.

Unfortunately it isn’t enough because this is not sitting well with me. It’s bitter and grassy while also having a medicinal qualities that I would associate with halls or cough medicine. So yeah, not my favorite and with no creamy tea to flavor the tapioca, it’s just not for me. There is an overlying honey note here but it is not enough to overcome the obstacles faced by the tea itself.

In the future, I’m sticking to the milk tea.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Chatime
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Rington’s Kenyan Gold Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

kenyanRingtonsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black,

Where to Buy: Rington’s Tea

Tea Description:

Kenyan Gold is a luxury, top quality tea. Bright, golden with a full, refreshing flavour. From our “Extra Fresh” family of wholesale teas. This includes two cup Kenyan Gold tea bags that are flavour locked for freshness and shipped from the US.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It is always nice to have a steadfast bagged tea to grab quickly as I am trying to join the rat race on time in the morning.  I am NOT naturally a morning person. The irony is that I start my commute at 6am.  Bagged tea is my friend on those mornings when the snooze button was just too tempting…like this morning.  Fortunately, Ringtons Kenyan Gold was there for the rescue!

Kenyan Gold is a lovely amber gold in the cup.  The smell of the liquid is of lightly toasted biscuit and malt, which are my favorite notes in tea…so I was pleased that the smell translated wonderfully into the taste in the cup!

There is a slight astringency that touches the back of the tongue and adds to the “brightness” of this tea, but not so much that it leaves the tongue feeling dry.  This tea accepted a touch of milk graciously and and deliciously as well.  I steeped this for 3 minutes and it was “Goldilocks” strength….not TO strong and not TO weak.  Just right for the tea drinker who likes a cuppa as a boost to their day, but not enough to knock their socks off.  Ringtons Kenyan Gold is a bright and pleasant way to start your day, and I’m glad I did!