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Interesting! I dropped some leaves in my mug and poured down-a-bit-from-boiling water in, then spent several minutes going “ooh” as the leaves gracefully unrolled and arrowed down through the water. The water started darkening almost right away and was a pinkish sort of gold by the time most of the leaves were off the top of the mug and I could start sipping.

The first steep of this was really strong. Not bitter, but certainly harsh. I wasn’t enamored, but I figured I might as well keep going (if nothing else, the excuse to get up and walk away from the project documentation I’m writing for long enough to heat the water was a draw!).

By the second steep, all of the leaves were down on the base of the mug, but many of them were just barely touching down, like they were dancing around down there. To my surprise, this steep was very different, smoother and with a lingering sweet aftertaste to each sip. For the third steep, it’s sweet almost all the way through, with a lingering astringency and juiciness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I used vastly different steeping parameters, but yes it IS an interesting tea! And I like it:)

Cait

I’m always intrigued by the way Life in Teacup’s steeping suggestions are so different from the standard set, and how often there are two or three different ways to do it. It makes me want to try them all and compare!

It was also surprising to me how different each steep was, given that I wasn’t drinking the leaves dry but kept about a quarter (I never remembered to stop at a third!) of the water each time….

Cofftea

Way too complicated and type B for me… it’s funny- I’m only type A when it comes to my steeping parameters.

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88
drank Sun's Up by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes
__Morgana__

I noticed you’ve tried a number of teas from The Tea Table. A friend of mine at work has been ordering from them for years and turned me on to them. Expecting my first order shortly. I don’t see them mentioned much here, though so I was curious about your general impressions? Thanks!

Cait

I actually got a tea-of-the-month subscription to The Tea Table as a gift from my dad this year, which is how I have such a constant stream of them! So far I’m really pleased; I haven’t loved everything but I’ve loved several teas and enjoyed the range of tasting the others. There’s been something from each type of herbal/green/oolong/black that I’ve tried so far which has been great, so that’s probably a pretty good sign for the company.

__Morgana__

Good to know, thanks!

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58
drank Caramel by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

Okay, “sour” isn’t really the right word. There’s something going on here which I’m experiencing as neither bitter nor sweet, though, and I can’t seem to mesh it with my “caramel tea” expectations. Perhaps I’m just holding it up against Fortnum & Mason’s vanilla tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Is it that burnt-sugar taste?

Cait

I don’t think so — normally that also tastes sweet to me — but maybe?

Jillian

Caramel can also have a bit of a salty taste although I’ve never come across it in a tea… *shrugs * :)

Cait

Huh. You know, that might be it!

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88
drank Sun's Up by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

Okay, this gets a bit more of a bump up. It makes a really nice cold-brewed fizzy iced tea!

Cold-brewed fizzy iced tea:
1. In a lidded glass carafe, put:
-* 2 liters cold seltzer water
-* 3 heaping teaspoons of Sun’s Up
-* 2 heaping teaspoons of sugar
2. Cuss while running for the sink because you forgot that adding sugar to seltzer water makes it fizz up.
3. Clean the outside of the carafe.
4. Add another teaspoon of Sun’s Up to the carafe to replace what was lost in the fizzing up.
5. Put the lid on.
6. Put the carafe in the fridge.
7. Check on it periodically to watch it turn a gorgeous pink color.
8. For lunch the next day, put your tea basket over a tall glass and pour the iced tea through it to strain.
9. Sip contentedly, enjoying the coolness of the mint with the sharpness of the hibiscus and seltzer.
10. Eye the rest of the carafe greedily.

Cofftea

I love fizzy iced tea! I’ve only made it w/ root beer black though.

Cait

Oh, wow, fizzy root beer black iced tea sounds dreamy!

Cofftea

Yep, All the root beer goodness, no calories, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners =D

Jillian

Mmmm sounds good. I’ll have to experiment with cold-brewing tea. Usually I just make the tea like I normally would with hot water, then add some honey and let it cool in the fridge.

Cait

The joy of cold-brewing is the seltzer. Well, and not worrying about steeping time. :) The problem, of course, is delayed gratification!

Doulton

Thank you for the recipe. I’m going to have to try seltzer water next time I make iced tea.

Cait

I’m very excited to try it with the rootbeer tea you sent to me! :)

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97
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
216 tasting notes

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58
drank Caramel by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

Bizarrely sour. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and hold off rating until I can try this again with a fresh steep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Lemon Green by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

This also makes a lovely mid-day palate cleanser!

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70
drank Four Seasons by Samovar
216 tasting notes

Hmm. I tried this with the mini-steeps that Life in Teacup recommends for oolongs — they seemed like a good fit for my new mini-teapot! — but I think I might try this again with the long steeping suggested by Samovar next time.

This tea smells earthy; I can’t think of another way to describe it. With short steeps, though, it tastes lighter and feels heavier than that. I had four cups in four hours — not a whole lot, really, given how teeny-tiny omg adorable this little teapot is — and I felt full and weighed down! For the fifth steep, I went for three minutes, and the resulting tea changed quite a bit: it was more complex and it tasted a bit heavier. However, it also grew bitter very quickly as it cooled.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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