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Alice's Tea Cup

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95
drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Sad sad sipdown. I still really like the rose-candy aspect of this tea. But it’s quite finicky. A 3-min steep at 190f today came out astringent. It was still good, but when I get a cup of this tea right it can be great. It’s really hard to get right though. So probably not a restock despite its tastiness.

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76
drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
11 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea for a few years, after my sister introduced me to it. It was my favorite black for a while, until I switched over to Assam blends without flowers or spice. I’ve never really tasted the green tea component, and I usually drink at least 70 oz of sencha a day.

The rose flavor is relatively light, and mutes a little with a splash of milk.

I brew 1.5 tsp with 12 oz (17 oz porcelain teapot, tea loose), basically 150% of the steep directions on the bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Alas, I both underleafed and oversteeped this morning. Not by much, but enough to be noticeable. It’s a bit weak and a bit astringent. I usually go for just under boiling temp, but tried 180° F today. It really brought out the rose flavor wonderfully. So not a total loss, just not perfect. Still one of my favorite teas!

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83
drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
4043 tasting notes

sipdown! thank you kaylee! suprisingly enough…i REALLY like this. Contrary to my usual dislike of earl grey’s i am enjoying this! The mint isn’t overly present, but it tempers the bergamot and makes this a really nice cup. also..it’s GREEEEEEEEENNN! lol

Terri HarpLady

19 teas today Sil? Really? You’re killing me here…lol

Sil

LMAO i haven’t even finished writing my tasting note!!

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drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
4043 tasting notes

Catching up on my logs from yesterday so that i can continue trying to kick terri’s butt in our sipoff :) This was a sample sent to me courtesy of Kaylee! This was an interesting tea. It calls for boiling, but given the green tea in this, i opted for a slightly cooler water temp. Now i have to say, that i didn’t expect to like this one because i am not a fan of most teas with florals in them. But i wanted to try it and kaylee was awesome enough to send it my way.

This is a pretty decent cup of tea. It’s not really up my alley but i wouldn’t turn down a cup. It has a great vanilla, rose scent and the taste is similar. Luckily the rose doesn’t overpower the brew and the vanilla complements it very nicely. This was a lovely cup to try! Thank you Kaylee

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95
drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Oh boo. I wasn’t paying attention this morning and ended up overbrewing. The result was still drinkable, but the magic was gone :-( It was just kind of generically green and black. Smooth and not at all astringent, but…meh. Which I suppose doesn’t matter much, because I ended up losing my travel mug. My awesome, spill-proof, keep-tea-warm-for-ages travel mug.

Go a few days without constant easy access to high quality tea? Whatever shall I do? ::promptly orders a new travel mug::

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87

I decided to treat myself to tea and scones at the Upper West Side location. Pricey, but lovely.

One warning – they automatically make this with milk unless you specifically request otherwise. They readily brewed up a new pot for me, though. Without milk, the color of the tea is a tad darker than clover honey. It smells like gingerbread. Perfectly autumnal.

Upon first sip, the immediate taste is spicy. I thought it was cloves, but there aren’t any in this tea so I guess it’s the ginger. The cinnamon kicks in mid-sip and blends quite nicely with the spiciness. It’s a strong flavor, but I love it. I can’t make out anything about the base tea other than that it is quite smooth and acts as a lovely palette for the ginger and cinnamon. There’s no astringency. The aftertaste is primarily ginger with a touch of cinnamon.

I only drank two cups of a three-cup pot, so I took the rest to go. I added some rice milk when I got home and nuked it for a minute (heresy, I know). Quite good. I think it would have been even better with some brown sugar, but I don’t have any. The rice milk did add some creaminess and a touch of sweetness that really complimented the spiciness nicely.

This is really interesting as a chai because it uses a green tea base rather than black. I quite enjoyed it. Still, not so much so that I feel an obsessive need to keep it in stock (unlike the Alice’s Blend and Casablanca).

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95
drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Oh. My. Goodness. This tea has just been an oasis for me at work. I’ve been brewing it up in the morning and bringing it to work in my handy dandy spill-proof travel mug, which has the added benefit of keeping my tea warm for hours. This is a particularly important feature because work has been extremely hectic. It actually has taken hours to finish a mug. And this stuff is good to the last drop.

I brewed some up at home today so I could write up a proper tasting note. I like to brew it longer than the recommended 3 minutes, and easily get at least two steeps out of it. The smell is just perfectly rosy. The color is the same golden tone as clover honey. The taste is like rose candy with a hint of vanilla. Perfection.

I just noticed that I described Alice’s Casablanca blend as actively making a bad day at work better. So I guess these two teas complement each other as work accessories! This sounds like an excellent excuse to keep both teas on hand at all times and get a little temp. kettle for the office.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

This sounds wonderful! :)

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94
drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Work on a Saturday, you say? Oh gee look at that I haven’t made a tasting note in absolutely forever I better catch up on my Steepster activity! Procrastination FTW.

This one’s a little bit of a backlog. I made some and took it to work on Thursday. You know those days that are just bad? When everything that could wrong does? When it rains and you end up late on the one day you really truly can’t be late and it shakes your confidence and you end up making a fool of yourself? When all you want to do is close the door to your office and curl up and hide from the world? Yeah, it was one of those days.

And you know what? This tea actively made it better. There’s something about having your favorite mint tea on hand that just makes the world more tolerable. As always, the perfect blend of mint and citrus to bring a little sunshine into my day. A lovely bit of comfort right when I needed it.

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94
drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Mmmm… still tasty. Tangy minty goodness. I accidentally left the second steep brewing for something like 20 minutes, and it’s still fantastic. Is it even possible for this tea to turn out bad?

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94
drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

Had this again as a wake-up tea today. It’s just consistently good and my hands-down favorite mint tea. Very well balanced, very refreshing. I hate when stores make you buy a minimum of two ounces, but honestly I’m glad to have this much of it on hand. It’s likely to be a tea cabinet staple.

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94
drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
312 tasting notes

I had this at Alice’s Tea Cup the other day and loved it enough to bring some home. It’s just a lovely combination of mint and citrus. The tanginess of the bergamot really complements the mint. Not sure what kind of mint this is – peppermint maybe? Whatever it is, it lingers nicely on the tongue. A touch of honey really brings the flavors together.

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74
drank Indian Chai by Alice's Tea Cup
24 tasting notes

This is a pretty darn good tea… I’m not a huge chai-er… so I’m not sure if it should/can be drunk WITHOUT milk… but WITH MILK AND HONEY this is awesome!!! _

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i had a break through yesterday. get ready for this…. i realized i don’t like chamomile!

i always thought it was the other ingredients that i didn’t like, but this tea is so mild and unoffensive i was surprised that i could feel so adverse to it. and then it dawned on me! i have two chamomile based teas in my collection, both very different, and i don’t like either. like, i want to throw them away don’t like them. (don’t worry i won’t do that really, i’ll give them to my sister instead.)

point is, this is a valuable lesson. chamomile tastes like old soapy grass and i do not like it.

Uniquity

Chamomile is revolting! : )

Shmiracles

haha omg thanks for backing me up! it help me feel a little less crazy yo.

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As best that I can remember, the clerk told me the base tea is Gunpowder Green Tea, and the mint is spearmint. Very minty, even if not overwhelmingly so. I liked it a lot without quite loving it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

I was in NYC for the first time last week and visited Alice’s Tea Cup (which is an experience in itself.) I had this tea and loved it so much I bought some to bring home. With a dash of milk and a tiny bit of sugar, this is absolutely delicious. I’m going to be sad when I run out of this—it’s a long way back to NYC!

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94
drank Sessa by Alice's Tea Cup
56 tasting notes

Chugged this on ice today… LOVE this tea. :)

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I had this this morning after picking some up on a trip to NYC. It was very pleasant and not too strong, which I think would’ve made it a better choice for the afternoon than the morning time when I normally need a bit more strength (will have it after lunch from now on). The dry loose leaf has a beautiful perfumed smell that is really nice, and I had it with a rose-flavored sugar so that probably also flowered it up a bit. :) I definitely enjoyed it, but funny enough, I also think it would be fantastic to use in sachets in clothing drawers, etc. as the scent is really quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Chai by Alice's Tea Cup
23 tasting notes

Cinnamon was strong
But they got the chai wrong
At, first it was not brewed enough
They tried again, but it was tough
So I was not as satisfied as I would like
But its ok…their other tea was worth the hike :)

As you can tell – I am on a caffeine high!

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68
drank Gyokuro by Alice's Tea Cup
22 tasting notes

Dark twisty leaves brew up a pale green liquor. Very slightly vegetal flavor, with hints of nuttiness and a good amount of natural sweetness. Light and crisp.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Which chapter was this at?

DavidT

Chapter? My house, I guess. A friend brought me 2 teas from Alice’s Tea Cup for sampling, this and a herbal chai.

Ricky

Woaps, sorry! I thought you drank it at the tea house. I forgot about purchasing tea from there :D

DavidT

That’s fine, no worries :). I’m in northern California, but my friend brought it back from a trip to the east coast. He said he got it in the shop off of Lexington maybe? West side Manhattan is as much as he can recall presently.

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91

I am on the “Jasmine Tea Lovers” side of the camp, because not only is it fantasically flavorful but I tend to think it invigorates me more than other green teas. Possibly more than black teas. This tea adds a bonus by unraveling in a clear pot/glass. It’s aromatic, delicious and a little afternoon entertainment for the eyes. Nothing wrong with that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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I had this in the shop last weekend and was unimpressed.
The flavors muddled one another instead of being complimentary.
I’ll try it with honey next time…

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90

I love love love this tea, and I’m never entirely sure why. It’s very simple and smooth, not flavored any particular way, but is the most delicious tea with honey ever. Should turn a lovely, warm, deep, crystalized caramel honey color, too. Fabulous for cleaning out your palate after late night girly gossip, as a friend and I did at 2 AM yesterday.

Pretty delicate for a black blend, so be careful not to over-steep; I usually let my water cool down a bit from boiling and then brew it to prevent this. Be sure to have with with honey. Seriously. Don’t have this without honey. Have I mentioned honey?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Madison Bartholemew

guess I should have had it with honey…

tease

There’s also a probable chance, if you had it at Alice’s, that someone over steeped it. I get faulty pots all the time, it’s a shame.

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85
drank Symphony by Alice's Tea Cup
50 tasting notes

This tea is very easy to over-brew into bitterness, but if you’re careful, it’s pretty lovely, with some nice, smoky notes that I don’t think they mention at Alice’s. Usually, I use just-boiled water, so it is strong, as I tend to like my black teas. The strawberry and chocolate is subtle enough that I don’t feel as though I’m drinking something tawdry. Even if you do over brew, sugar can fix some of it! For any New Yorkers, Alice’s Tea Cup is one of many lifesavers, and certainly mine while at college and feeling homesick for their loose tea!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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