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Steepster is such a dangerous but wonderful place. I was perusing newly added teas the other day and saw a Crystal Malt tea that I just HAD to find out more about. So I hopped onto their website and saw there was a cheap sampler pack. Now, I know company experience isn’t really part of a tea’s rating, but I’d like to mention that I got amazing customer service! There were some issues with my order and they were fixed speedily. Also, my samples cam in this adorable little tin! This is the first of 5 teas that I have to try, but I already know I’ll be ordering again soon.

I decided to cold brew a teabag of this, and something very strange happened. It brewed to a dark amber in ONE HOUR. I know, right! The fastest I’ve ever had a tea “finish” cold brewing was 4 hours, and that’s usually for bagged tea (which infuses faster because it’s all cut up) or I’ll throw a whole bunch of leaves in there. This, though, is whole grains, so I’m amazed it only took that long. And it was strong too! I got a second brew out of it, but I have a feeling you could probably cold brew a bag of this all day long and get 4 cups easy. Which, of course, makes it a whole lot more appealing!

If you’ve ever had barley tea, the taste here is obviously similar. It’s rich and has an almost savory quality, but the corn adds a surprising hint of sweetness at the end of the sip. I am reminded of genmaicha, but with a stronger background taste instead of a green tea. The malty flavor is quite strong, almost molasses-y. So delicious and refreshing!

Azzrian

Oh lord I need to go check this site NOW!

Azzrian

Got me a sampler pack and a POUND of genmaicha for only 7 bucks and some change! WOW!!!!

Alphakitty

Their prices are SO good! It’s kind of unbelievable, but what I have tried so far has been really tasty.

Autumn Hearth

Very interesting, something to try in the future, okay for those prices maybe the near future, malted grains seem very fallish.

Alphakitty

That’s funny, I associate it with summer because I drink so much genmaicha and bottled barley tea! I can see it being very wintery hot though.

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Azzrian

Oh lord I need to go check this site NOW!

Azzrian

Got me a sampler pack and a POUND of genmaicha for only 7 bucks and some change! WOW!!!!

Alphakitty

Their prices are SO good! It’s kind of unbelievable, but what I have tried so far has been really tasty.

Autumn Hearth

Very interesting, something to try in the future, okay for those prices maybe the near future, malted grains seem very fallish.

Alphakitty

That’s funny, I associate it with summer because I drink so much genmaicha and bottled barley tea! I can see it being very wintery hot though.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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