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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
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I’m kind of a cardamom freak. I’ve always wanted to try this tea so I ordered some from Amazon when I needed a few other things. This is by far the largest tin of tea I’ve ever had at 17.6 ounces! The tin is HUGE. I recall having an 8 oz. tin of Florence by Harney and Sons that seemed to last forever. I guess I’ll have this stuff for years. Let me know if anyone would like a sample ;)

Now on to the tea tasting notes. I steeped it this morning in my Adagio tea maker for 3 minutes. I didn’t see an cardamom pods or powder in here. I think this is cardamom flavored tea. I’m not sure if the flavoring comes from oil or what. Compared to the cardamom french toast I had from David’s Tea this is much milder. Less cardamom-y. Since I have so much of it I might throw in some cardamom pods or desiccated cardamom into the tin to bump up the flavor a bit.

As for the tea itself, it’s a dark, somewhat standard ceylon. I found it had quite a bit of heft compared to some other ceylons I’ve tried. It has that citrusy, sort of copper-y flavor that’s fairly unique to ceylons. I had a mug of this in the morning with soymilk added. I haven’t tried it with sugar yet, but I imagine that would be good with this particular flavor combo.

Overall I like this stuff but I wish I liked it a bit more, since I definitely have way too much of it. I guess it won’t go stale anytime soon, that’s the good thing about black tea.

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Nicole

Wow, that’s a lot. Maybe try it in some recipes?

tea-sipper

whoa. i can’t believe they sell 17.6 ounces at once!

TeaBrat

@ Nicole hmm. I am not sure what I could make with cardamom tea!
@ tea-sipper It’s overkill for sure. oh well

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drank VPK Kapha Tea by maharishi ayurveda
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Purchased a box of this online from Amazon.com.

In the winter time I tend to feel lethargic, sluggish and lazy. In Ayurvedic terms this signifies a kapha imbalance if you believe in such things. I decided to get an herbal kapha tea to see if it would help to perk me up without any caffeine.

This stuff is VERY strong and potent. It contains ginger, turmeric, saffron, cardamom, black pepper and clove. It tastes a bit like a really spicy soup or some kind of Indian marinade. The clove is a lot stronger than I thought it would be. I have to say, this is pretty invigorating and warming stuff. However, it is not for the feint of heart due to the large amount of spice. I also wouldn’t drink this if I had a stomach ache or heartburn, I think it could cause utter turmoil!

I guess it’s about what I expected but I’m seriously NOT drinking this for the flavor experience, more for medicinal purposes. :)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Wowzers…made my eyes water just reading the ingredient list!

TeaBrat

@gmathis – it is very strong!

mtchyg

Ginger and tumeric are supposed to be good for stomach ailments. This tea interests me. Thanks for reviewing it and putting it on my radar.

TeaBrat

@mtchyg. no problem. also they are both supposed to be good anti-inflammatories!

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drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
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Hi Steepster friends!
I haven’t been here much lately as I am not trying a lot of new things lately, most of the tea I’ve been drinking is stuff I am trying to sip down or old favorites I’ve already written tasting notes for.

I’m not a big David’s tea fan but I do love cardamom so I got some of this the last time I was in the store. I have enjoyed this as a breakfast tea most of the time with soymilk added. It definitely has a strong cardamom flavor, so if you don’t like cardamom I would skip this. I’m not sure I’m getting french toast but there is something buttery and pastry like in the flavor.

The only bad thing about this in my opinion is the very sweet after taste. I definitely don’t mind it as much as some of the other tasters did. I wonder if they could have just made this without the added sweetener, after all it’s easy enough to add your own.

Overall, this is better than I thought it would be but I probably won’t repurchase it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

Wow they added cane and coconut sugar here. Yikes!

Sil

yeah i’m so tired of them adding sugar and stevia to everything

Dustin

You like cardamon? Have you tried the Kashmiri Chai yet? It is one of my favorites!

TeaBrat

@Dustin – who makes the Kashmiri Chai? David’s or someone else?
@Indigobloom @Sil – yeah I mean, why!

Indigobloom

Yup. My thoughts exactly. Whyyyyyy!

Dustin

Oh, I’m sorry! I should have clarified that. It is David’s as well. Zhi Tea used to have once that tastes exactly like David’s, but they discontinued it years ago because they weren’t able to keep getting the ingredients from an organic source. I’m super happy to have it back in my cupboard via David’s!

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78
drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
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Good morning Steepster.
I haven’t been buying much new tea lately as I’m trying to work my way through the formidable stock I already have. I picked up this sample tea bag in one of our hotels in India (can’t remember which hotel).

I’ve never been a big Breakfast Blend tea drinker but this is pretty nice. It’s a blend of Assam and 2nd flush darjeeling. The Assam is more prominent and the darjeeling is adding a lighter and fruity note in the background. I found this to be pretty tasty with a splash of soymilk, it did not need sugar. For a breakfast tea, I would prefer something a bit more hefty but I can definitely see the appeal of this. I have enjoyed it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Chai Bag Cinnamon by Lupicia
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Hi Steepster,
Happy New Year! Did anyone get tea for Christmas? I did not, as I was vacationing in India with my boyfriend and his family. We went to Dehli, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. It was an epic trip and pretty fun, though India was very chaotic and busy, even more so because a lot of people were traveling within the country on vacation. I put a bunch of photos on Instagram under the name TeaBrat.

I did not see any tea plantations, I wasn’t in the right section of the country for that. I didn’t even see a lot of tea shops or tea bars which kind of surprised me. Everyone does drink chai, though it is usually made with milk and very sweet. I’m having a cup of this Lupicia blend because it’s one of the only chais I have. I got it last year in the grab bag sale! I really need to drink this down. As far as chai blends it is kind of “ok” I usually prefer more ginger and cardamom in my tea. I guess I’ll try to drink this down soon.

Back in San Francisco, the weather has been totally dreary and I am still recovering from some 30 odd hours of traveling and not sleeping. Had a really bad bout with stomach issues and then a cold after that. Jet Lag really sucks! It was definitely an adventure though.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Happy new year and welcome back!

Sil

so jealous of your adventure!

Fjellrev

Welcome back, and that must have been an amazing experience!

Kristal

Happy New year; welcome back! I did get some tea for Christmas (almost all individual ingredients to make my own herbal tea blends). I got 6/8 teas I got in this gorgeous box: http://www.internationalhouseoftea.com/collections/tea-gifts/products/wooden-tea-chest-6

Nicole

Sounds like a great trip!

ashmanra

Epic! And yes, tea for Christmas! YAY! My kids are now so converted that they ASK for tea for Christmas, so I also gave a lot of tea, too!

TeaBrat

Tea for everyone!!! :)

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My stomach has been feeling bad since I started taking the oral typhoid vaccine (going to India at the end of next week). I thought a pu’erh might be nice this afternoon so I grabbed this on my way to the office. I’m still leery of my puerh collection after my apartment got sprayed for cockroaches. The smell of bug spray was everywhere. Still it’s a hard decision to throw out what amount to hundreds of dollars of tea.

This sample was in a plastic ziplock bag so at least I think it was better protected than the pu have that’s wrapped in paper. I still haven’t decided what to do! Anyway this is a good shu, I have always liked it. Chocolate and velvety. Hope it does the trick to settle my tummy a bit.

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boychik

so exciting. how long is your trip?

TeaExplorer

So sorry to hear about the bug spray. We sometimes have strong cleaning odors in our house (wife is a fan of bleach and eucalyptus oil), so I keep my teas in plastic storage bins and air them out a couple of times per week when it’s safe.

TeaBrat

@boychik – just 2 weeks. wish I could stay longer but I just started a new job!
@TeaExplorer that is probably a good idea

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96
drank Blooming Tea by Mandala Tea
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I am out of these, finally. A sipdown!

I have enjoyed these white tea blooms but it has taken me a long time to finish them off. Normally I am a green tea fan, but I would like to drink more of my white tea supply since they are so high in antioxidants. The trouble is I have so much tea it’s getting hard to sip anything down. I guess there could be worse problems to have ;)

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drank Cherry Blossom by David's Tea
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I have to confess I’m not the biggest fan of David’s Tea – too many disappointing blends come out of there in my opinion. However, I was at the mall today and figured I would try a cup of something I’ve never had before. I had a cup of this hot, with no sweetener. This is a blend of white and green teas with cherry, rosebuds and coconut. I did enjoy the cherry/floral flavor of this. I find that cherry is such a difficult flavor to get right in tea. This wasn’t too bad but it did seem slightly high on the artificial flavor. Probably would not turn down another cup if it was offered to me, but it won’t be a purchase.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kristal

For myself I find with DAVIDs, the simpler the blend, the more likely I am to enjoy it. I find they have a really good selection of straight green teas compared to other companies I order from, which is something I really like. As for herbals, there’s a few I really enjoy (like straight peppermint, mulberry magic, cold 911, ginger beer, chamomile) but they don’t tend to invest in a lot of “medicinal herbal” blends and instead focus of fruit blends (ESPECIALLY with hibiscus- which I DO not DRINK HOT) or candy pieces which is something I’m not in to.

So with that being said, I hear where you are coming from with their blends lol

TeaBrat

yes the simpler the better, I find too many of their blends disgusting.

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88
drank Yunnan Gong Fu by Asha Tea House
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I picked this up from the new Asha Tea House in San Francisco, which is just a short walk from my office downtown. So far I’ve had their houjicha latte and lemon jasmine iced green tea to go, both were really good.

I decided to pick some of this up today because yunnan blacks are definitely a favorite of mine and it couldn’t hurt to have another breakfast tea. I steeped it for 2 minutes with boiling water per package directions and am drinking it plain.

This is a nice, rich black tea that doesn’t have much bitterness at all. I am getting chocolate plus a bit of tobacco aroma & flavor. I don’t normally sweeten my tea but I ended up putting a small amount of sugar in this, and that brought out even more chocolate-y and roasted notes. A very good everyday drinker, for the morning or anytime. Happy with this purchase!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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