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Acquired Taste Tea Co.

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drank Lemon Spice by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
4026 tasting notes

I tried this one as a cold brew as well, and while i like it a bit more than this hot brewed, i think this is just not the tea for me. Conceptually i really like it, but in execution there’s something slightly off about this one. However, appreciate the share MissB because i love trying all the teas!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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68
drank Lemon Spice by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
4026 tasting notes

this is one of the teas that missB sent my way. It smells quite lovely with the lemon and the addded spice. Drinking it up though, was a different sort of experience. There wasn’t as much lemon as i figured there might be and the spice left a weird taste in my mouth. I’m cold brewing the rest of my sample to see if that makes a difference in the taste:)

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84

Good morning Steepster!! I have energy today because I actually went to bed earlyish (a half hour makes a big difference lol), it’s supposed to be +16 C here today and the sun is shining :) and it’s not Monday!! Life is good.

So I needed to have a citrus tea today, as KittyLovesTea said, the sunshine brings about citrus cravings, they just go hand in hand. This tea is so good, I need to drink it more often, a nice black base with actual grapefruit flavor. Not too tart either, more of a sweet grapefruit. A very nice wake up tea for at work :) see previous notes!

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84

I’m sure that all these dutch licorice teas (the two that I have) come from the same company originally, I’m just stuck as to who that is exactly, so this review stays here.

Still a satisfying cup, and one that I’m really enjoying, although overleafing it a bit seems like my favorite way to have it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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84

Smooth and luscious, this is another lovely Dutch licorice tea. Just like the licorice bunnies I know and love from childhood!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
sherapop

Sounds great! “Another” Dutch Licorice tea? Who knew? ;-)

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71

Darn it, I know I logged this the other night. Ah well. This is infinitely better hot; cold, it’s just a faintly flavored rooibos. Hot, it’s all juicy tangerine/orange with something granular added to the mix.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

Standard chai spices, with a solid chai flavor. A bit much licorice/anise for me, but otherwise, lovely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

Pleasant, fruity and light – although something I’m drinking, I’m having an allergic reaction to. Very pineapple-y, depending on the sip, with little coconut, but it’s still in there vaguely.

(Just moving this; I think this may be an original).

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

I swear there was some sort of Fujian base in here, as I’m getting faint chocolate notes along with the black tea and mint. It’s a lovely cup, although very different from the Moroccan tea I’m used to having after a meal. (Perhaps theirs is full of honey though). A solid offering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This likely came from either Murchie’s or Market Spice originally, however I grabbed it from Acquired Taste in Edmonton.

Smells like lemon, tastes like a lemony chai, sort of. A bit drying. All it is supposedly is lemon and cinnamon with Ceylon, and I get the faint idea of a lemon flavored cinnamon heart. Mild though, just… drying, and it feels like it’s from the cinnamon. It’s not a bad tea, just probably better suited for someone else. I also brewed it wrong, as it looks like a green… maybe it was mislabeled? Dunno.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

I’m going to hazard that this is the same blend that Bayswater here in Vancouver, BC sells, and that both companies grabbed it from Simpson & Vail (but they call it Citrus Paradisi Tea). Ah, I wish this process were easier. :) Maybe a name, supplier and where purchased needs to be added?

Anyway. This is a lovely tea, and I’m super happy that I grabbed it. A tiny bit tart like grapefruit, juicy and sweet, with zero flowery blergamot that I can detect. It smells amazing too!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Almost positive this is The Tao of Tea’s 500 Mile Chai, however I still need confirmation so I’m putting this here.

Hoo boy, this is one strong chai. The base is a bit much for me; I like my chai less in-your-face. Hasn’t stopped me from drinking it… the ginger is quite lovely here, as is the cardamom and something sweet, sweeter than normal in a straight chai. I do like it, it’s just something I probably shouldn’t have had at 12:41am…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

I keep making midnight teas too – I’ll be too tired all evening to get up and make my tea, and by the time I do, it keeps me awake until half past 2. WHOOPS!

Suziqzer

Oops.. I know what happens when I forget and drink too much black tea too late! Hope you got to sleep ok.

MissB

I was sooo tired, and I read a study recently saying that chai tea (even caffeinated) somehow helps folks fall asleep faster. I’d hoped this might have been the case last night. ;)

Angrboda

That probably has something to do with warm milk.

Suziqzer

Hmm.. Interesting idea… might have to try it sometime and see how it works for me.

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68

I’m sure this is an offering from some other company, but I’m at a loss to figure out which. It’s definitely strong on the lemon and quite lovely, however there’s zero ginger in it – and I’ve had this three times now, all oversteeped in the hopes to pull some ginger out of it. Boo. It’s not a bad tea, it’s actually quite lovely… I just wanted ginger.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

A straightforward chai, almost gingerbread-like in the smell and taste. It’s leaving a weird feeling on my teeth though, almost like it’s stripping the enamel? Hard to describe, it just makes my teeth feel… dry.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

That is certainly very weird. I wonder what could be causing that…

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86

The description calls this a chai – I’m not sure what to call it exactly, other than shockingly delicious. Barely can taste the base, then there’s vanilla, some creaminess from the cardamom, something nutty, and orange. I love this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

Sounds delish ;-)

Sil

oh maaaan…sounds amazing!

Suziqzer

Sounds like an intriguing mix of flavors.

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74

Hm. Methinks this is the same chai as the Spicy Chai, except that this has vanilla in it. Interesting. I definitely like this better – smoother – however it’s still too bitter as it cooled.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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72

I think (?) this is what I’m reviewing? I have two chais here, and I forgot which was which. From the ingredient list, this looks like what I should be drinking… I need to look at my pictures… yep, this is the spicy chai.

I’m finding it really drying, and spicy, but more that it’s got a lot of spice in it than any sort of heat. Very thick, full bodied chai. Bitter as it cooled as well, which blows.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

Good morning decaf Lady Grey…I had a lot of trouble getting up this morning, the middle of the week is always the worst, especially since I’ve had 2 days of daylight savings messing with my schedule. I also have a couple meetings today so did not want to overcaffeinate and be bouncing off the walls lol..so out comes this tea. Reliable and tasty, a perfect substitute for a full out black tea, with the addition of lavender to keep me calm and collected. I really do enjoy this tea! See previous notes :)

Flavors: Flowers

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83

First tea of the day, this tasty decaf! It’s a busy Monday at work, but it’s also my birthday :D getting older! Here’s to another year in my life of drinking tea! See previous notes on this one.

__Morgana__

Happy birthday!

scribbles

Have a great birthday!

caile

Happy birthday!

CHAroma

Happy Birthday!

keychange

Happy birthday to you!

Tea Sipper

happy birthday!

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday! :) (How did I miss that?!)

MissLena

Haha you didn’t miss it @OMG, at least, it’s still Feb 10 where I am :)

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89

Ok so I am finally not too busy to write a tasting note!! Ok, first of all, news

If you just want to read about the tea, skip to the last paragraph

So this weekend has been hectic, well the last few weeks anyways..as we have been..house shopping! Yes, me and the guy have been looking at houses, searching online, etc etc..and we finally found it! Our house! And, WE GOT IT! For less than we budgeted too! I am sooo excited! It’s been super busy, and now the guy is off to work up north for 10 days, so I will have a fair amount to do this week, but it’s ours, and it’s beautiful! A big garden and fruit trees too, in the city!

and a tea related part!

The wonderful couple we bought it from lived there for over 40 years, and there were tons of teapots in the house! Beautiful ones! Well, we went on the weekend when they were there, and got talking tea! Haha what are the chances! They brought out a bunch of tins for me to smell and everything, and even recommended me a new company based in Vancouver! Crazy haha, tea brings about the randomest things sometimes!

So yes, that is my news. First house! So excited :D

So now..onto this tea..

I have been drinking tea as of late but too busy to log, but tonight I am relaxing and having a wonderful cup of this with a splash of skim milk. Skim doesn’t seem to upset my stomach, so a very good cup tonight! Creamy, tart, a bit astringent, but it’s lemon haha, so it’s ok. I might have steeped it a bit over 2 mins as well, so that could be contributing. Yummy and good on a Monday night! See previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Wow! Congratulations! I really hope you enjoy your new house :) This is so exciting!

yyz

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks!! Ahh it’s so exciting, it’s just the one we wanted! It even has shelves and lit cupboards for my teaware :D the cat won’t break any of it again haha

keychange

Congratulations! You must be over the moon!

Kamyria

Oh wow, congratulations!! It sounds like a lovely house. I like the part about the big garden with fruit trees.. and place for your teaware!! :D

Fjellrev

Wow, congrats! If I were to buy one there, it would be south side or nothing haha.

OMGsrsly

Congratulations! That’s so awesome. :) (I have to ask though, where did they recommend? I want to visit!)

Kat_Maria

Congratulations! I can’t wait for that moment to come for my hub and me… someday.

__Morgana__

Congrats on the house!

MissLena

Thanks everyone!! Yes the fruit trees and garden, which is actually a bunch of raised flowerbeds, will be awesome! And room for teaware of course haha! And Fjellrev don’t worry it’s on the south side of the river haha :D

And @OMGsrsly – they recommended Murchie’s, I looked at a few of their reviews on here and I will definitely have to place an order in the next few months! Looks tasty!

Fjellrev

I am SO glad to hear that!

OMGsrsly

Oh yes! A friend got me (more) Murchie’s for Christmas. :) Their stuff can be quite nice!

Sil

That’s amazing news! Congratulations!

Meliboum

Congratulations !!!!! :)

Nicole

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks all! Yeah Murchie’s has a huge selection, in Feb I will probably place a small order :)

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83

I didn’t drink a whole lot of tea today, but I should try to get a good rest tonight, so out comes my sole decaf black tea. This one is really quite tasty! The lavender shines along with a mild bergamot, the base is not too weak in my opinion either. I don’t have much experience with decaf blacks, but I enjoy this one! See previous notes!

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80

My one cup of black tea for the day..I keep having it at night too lol, not sure if that’s a good plan, but at least I’m cutting down on caffeine! Although I did have genmaicha this afternoon, which has caffeine, but minor detail lol. This tea called out to me tonight. After an unfortunate incident of our kitty breaking both of my boyfriend’s favorite pieces of teaware (elephant teapot and halloween color changing mug), he ordered I put some of my teas away so we have a place for teaware. This one ended up in the rejects bag, but of course I had to have a craving for it tonight, so I took it out again lol. Oh, and I ordered him a replacement elephant teapot, so we should be good! Bad cat, he was in a bit of trouble for that :( but anyways, this is creamy and delicious tonight. I quite like this EGC, it has a tasty cream note but the black base and bergamot are still a tad stronger. I like it, yes indeed. See previous note!

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78

Yum this made for a good cup today. It doesn’t seem as waxy, just sweet with heat in the aftertaste from the chilis. Warm on this frigid day. I wanted to go to the gym, but I really don’t want to step foot outside in -36 C windchill weather haha. I will just sit and have more tea I guess :P at least it’s not bad for me! See previous notes on this one :) oh and decreased rating a little bit, just due to the slight waxiness.

Fjellrev

Gross, yeah, it’s -37 with windchill (I’m about 100km from there right now) and the weather has been making me too lazy to go outside or do anything.

MissLena

Ouch! Yeah there’s tons of warnings to the east of here, I hope it warms up by tomorrow! Oh well, cold weather=more tea lol.

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78

This is the other tea mom got me for Christmas, I tried to remember the ingredients the lady gave me on the phone but not sure if I got them all, no nuts at least! The dry leaves consist of black tea, chocolate chunks, what looks like strips of chili peppers, and red peppercorns. Interesting, kind of a version of Chocolate Chili Chai (davidstea).

So I’m not sure on steeping parameters, but I tried 2 mins with boiling water in my new little teapot. I stirred the leaves to get the chocolate to dissolve. Oh, the dry smell is wonderful, strongly chocolate with spice. A big smell for the tea flavor to live up to lol.

The steeped tea smelled kind of weird…almost a waxy smell? It could be the teapot too lol, as after I poured it it’s mellowed into a faint chocolate scent, maybe it’s the spices? Whatever it was, it’s almost gone luckily haha.

As for the taste, wow this is interesting haha. There’s a slight waxiness like a crayon….that sounds bad, but I think it’s just the chocolate being artificial. The wax fades in the middle of the sip to actual chocolate, then, pow, the spice from the chilies and peppercorns hits you and you feel a spicy burn. Definitely not just a chocolate tea haha. The chocolate flavor comes back after the heat too. The only other tea that has made me feel a burn like this was one from Della Terra, a rooibos I can’t find on their site now haha.

Oh, and as the cup cools, the waxy flavor is fading. Hurrah! What an interesting tea. I’ll have to try Davidsteas’s CCC to see how it compares. This one definitely warms me up! A good present from my mom, as it’s not one I would have picked on my own lol. Rating 81 (hard to rate on my tablet without the keyboard attached lol)

JustJames

hmmmm, wonder if they used a chocolate with canuba wax in it?

MissLena

That could be it lol it was definitely a bit unexpected but not too terrible at least :)

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