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Another fantastic surprise gift from boychik. Thank you!

This tea is unbelievable. It makes me wonder aloud “why does anyone make dessert tea with anything but pu erh?!” To be honest, I’ve been drifting away from flavored teas—hoping it’s just a phase as I focus my attention on pu erh mostly, and because this tends to happen when it starts to warm up—but maaaan this is just the thing to snap me right back. As soon as I opened the bag I was hit with the best rich deep caramel aroma I’ve ever smelled in a tea, and then while rinsing, steeping, and putting my nose to the finished cup it just kept delivering. The body is somewhat full but not rough, and the flavor has this ever-so-slight raspiness that keeps that deep, heady caramel aroma from turning too cloying or gummy—it’s a grounded, toasty caramel, not those individually wrapped light colored candies with cream in the center, not that milky. I reckon this is so people who like it nice and toasty can revel in it (deep deep deep!), and those who want that milky sweetness can add cream and/or sugar to taste. I love how it’s so decadent yet it still definitely tastes like TEA, full of that dark, mysterious, murky wonder.

I feel teased because I’m too broke for even something so reasonably priced right now (or anything for that matter), but let me tell you, as soon as I have a chance to I’m ordering this one. It has the potential to ruin me for any other dessert tea, gadzooks. boychik really knows how to find stuff that hits it out of the park! If you love deep dark rich breakfast blends with sweet treat hints (which I loved about Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake, wish there were more morning blends like that that can wake you up but also make you feel a little indulgent) as well as the sweet rich shu pu erhs and maybe even the roasty coffee-chocolatey Wuyi oolongs, I have a feeling you’d be smitten. It is a little like Herbal Infusions’ Moose Tracks meets Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake meets Mandala’s Big Red Robe Fancy Grade. And something about the end of the sip, how it’s thinner and clean, kind of reminds me a little of Lupicia’s dessert flavored Orzo tisanes.

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

You are such fabulous reviewer. You are so free with words. Amazing;). Thank you, it simply made my morning.

whatshesaid

Sounds amazing!

DeliriumsFrogs

As boychik said, you are such a fabulous reviewer. This was so much fun to read. :) This sounds beyond fantastic.

Sil

you can get this from a number of vendors…thus far all of them have been tasty that i’ve tried, if this version isn’t easily accessible

whatshesaid

Which vendors?

ifjuly

aw, thanks boychik and DF! love you guys and seeing you when i get up here. (:

yeah Sil, i was poking around angelina’s on the steepster DB and their site (because i like to torture myself) and i noticed there was overlap, the whole metropolitan tea scattered to the winds thing. good to have confirmation.

ifjuly

whatshesaid, i notice a lot of the time if you type just the tea name and no vendor in the steepster search box you will find a lot of different companies with what looks to be the same tea (often sourced by metropolitan if i’m remembering right).

whatshesaid

Ohhhh really, interesting! Never heard of this metropolitan company before…

Sil

majesteas in toronto has it… uh london tea room….uh….a bunch.
lol

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I’m on vacation so I got some mini tuo cha with me. So convenient. This is a free sample I got fr Angelina’s tea. I’m not into jasmine teas but decided to try. On a wrapper it’s written 2002, so I assume it was pressed in 2002. Pls correct me if I’m wrong. The tuo doesn’t look green, more brown and it doesn’t have strong floral green smell. Jasmine is very soft, just a hint of it. And it’s soo sweet, no bite, no bitterness. I like this tea a lot. It aged nicely. Sadly I went on their site and didn’t find any.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

Yay for vacation!

boychik

Yea, it nice. I’m still slaving in the kitchen :-)

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i placed a teeny tiny order fr. Angelina’s tea mostly with mini tuo puerh. while I was browsing on a site I noticed this blend which sounded so right to me nowdays. i have cravings for bold flavored teas. in the same time they shouldn’t be artificial tasting. well, let me tell you, this tea tastes like Sheridan’s. OMG, i love Sheridan’s . unfortunately you can purchase it only if you go Caribbean. But if you want to cut expenses you can order this wonderful puerh fr Angelina’s for $1.6/oz. . I feel bad that ordered only an oz, but I have a feeling i cannot resist another order.
Thank you Angelina’s tea.

I cannot even imaging the taste of it with cream and sugar

ps i rinsed briefly, i always rinse Puerh even if its flavored

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown!

Polished off the rest of this sample from Josie Jade, just went back and read my previous review of this tea from one year ago which I had totally forgotten about.

This time I didn’t oversteep, and was very impressed with this tea.

It’s hearty! I love a cup of tea that can hold its own even when you add milk or cream. I drank half of this cup just plain, and the other half with a tiny splash of 10% cream. Both ways were tasty and full bodied. Adding maple syrup probably would have made it even more delicious.

I loathe a watery black tea, this was not.

The blueberry was very apparent and the maple fairly obvious also, though again the addition of some real maple syrup would have brought out the flavours even more.

I’d call this tea a success for me because I’d buy some if I could easily do so!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
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I dropped the temperature and the time and was able to get rid of the astringency. There is also a very nice blueberry flavor to this tea. Unfortunately I am still not getting much maple. That doesn’t mean I am not enjoying the cup though. Thank you Josie Jade for sharing with me!

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
1342 tasting notes

I never knew maple and blueberry was a thing but I keep seeing teas with that flavor combination. Who knew? Well, this smells amazing but I find myself disappointed. I taste the blueberry but the maple is nowhere to be found. Plus, there is an astringency that I am not really enjoying. I have one more cup worth though so perhaps I will have more success coaxing out the maple if I tweak the steeping parameters. Nonetheless, thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea. It is always fun to experience something new.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
__Morgana__

I only know it as a pancake thing. ;-)

Hello.Kiki

Maple and blueberry sounds like an awesome combo for tea! I had an artisan bread not too long ago with similar flavors and it was delish!

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I really enjoyed this tea. The first thing that struck me about it was the fragrance. It’s a very light tea in terms of taste in my opinion,. I prefer to take it without any sweetener since I think that would overpower the tea. This may become one of my favourites.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Pumpkin-flavored things are about the only thing that makes me excited for summer ending and fall beginning. Every year, I always want to try Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but then I remember how I don’t like coffee and love tea. I tried The Republic of Tea’s pumpkin spice blend and didn’t like it at all – it was much too spicy from what I remember. When I saw this tea on Angelina’s website I knew I wanted to try it, even though it’s a rooibos and not a black tea. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It definitely has that thick, creamy pumpkin flavor, especially with a little milk added. Actually, milk and sugar pretty much transforms this cup of tea in my opinion. It’s also not too overwhelmingly spicy, which I appreciate. I like the pumpkin pie flavor, not the nothing-but-spices-with-a-little-pumpkin-on-the-side flavor. This is a great cup to celebrate fall!

-Dry blend has red and green pieces of rooibos and honeybush with pieces of nuts, spices, sweet potato cubes and puffed rice.
-Dry leaves smell softly of pumpkin and sweet spices. Tea liquor aroma is of candy pumpkin with a hint of spices and rooibos.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium orange brown color.
-Mediciney flavor with a spicy finish. Sweet creamy pumpkin aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Creamy pumpkin taste with a hint of sweet spices. Not too much rooibos flavor with milk and sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

Have you tried dellaterra’s pumpkin pie? It’s a black, which I know you like, and I of course enjoy it with a ton of milk and sugar. delish!

Josie Jade

I haven’t, but I want to! I’m sure I would love it. I’ve been planning a Della Terra order, and this one will go on the list since you recommended it and we’re kind of tea-twins and all with our love of milk and sugar! :)

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First cup of the morning. I’m so glad it’s already the weekend again. Even after just a short 2 day week after fall break, I was ready for the weekend again! Lots of homework to get done today, and also my dog’s halloween costume. :) Then tomorrow we are going to visit a friend for the rest of the weekend. Today it’s sunny outside, but very chilly.

This was another new tea from Angelina’s. Since I love the blueberry maple tea so much, I thought this one may be a winner too, since it’s blackberry and maple. It’s good, but nothing compared to the blueberry maple. It’s very softly flavored, and the blackberry is a little artificial. The maple doesn’t really stand out either, it’s just there as a sweet flavor in the background. Even the maltiness isn’t really all that malty, just a rounded and gentle maltiness. I will gladly finish this 1 ounce, probably in my Timolino, but I doubt that I’ll repurchase this one.

-Dry blend has medium and large black and green tea leaves with small blue and white flowers.
-Dry leaves smell softly of blackberries with a hint of sweet maple syrup. Tea liquor aroma is of warm berries.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark orange brown color.
-Malty and sweet fruity flavor and finish. Artificial berry and maple aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A softly flavored cup. Light berry flavor with a touch of sweetness from the maple.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been wanting to try this tea for awhile. I remember someone raving about Monk’s Blend in one of their reviews, and I’ve been curious ever since. This is pretty good, very sweet and a little artificial tasting, but not too much. It has a syrupy sweet aroma and flavor. The vanilla is a nice touch to the grenadine’s sweetness, and it gives it a creamy texture. I like this one, but I’m not sure if I will purchase more after I get through this ounce. Maybe I’ll have to try another company’s blend to see if it tastes any different.

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell fruity and syrupy sweet. Tea liquor aroma is of vanilla and sweet fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark orange brown color.
-Malty and fruity flavor with a sweet fruity finish. Light creamy grenadine aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A syrupy sweet cup with a fruity hint and a vanilla creaminess.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Another new Angelina’s Tea to try. And sadly, it’s the last day of fall break. Of course I never did my homework this whole time, so today will be spent doing homework, running errands and getting organized for the week. Yesterday was a fun day of shopping with the fiancee and having lunch. We also got started on our Halloween costumes, yay! Every year we always wait until the last minute and don’t have time to put together any thing really good. This year we’re more on top of it, and I am so excited. Come on, October 31st!

This tea smells wonderful, with a creamy vanilla scent and just a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is completely malty at first, with hardly any other flavors. I was able to coax out the vanilla and hazelnut with a little milk and sugar, and now its a perfectly rich cup of hazelnut and vanilla yuminess. I wanted to like this tea a little more, but it’s still not a bad cup. I’m looking forward to enjoying this tea on the upcoming chilly fall days!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell like creamy vanilla with a hint of nuttiness. Tea liquor aroma is of rich sweet vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Deep malty flavor with a sweet and nutty finish. Strong malty aftertaste with a hint of hazelnut.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A sweet cup of vanilla with a hint of toasty hazelnut.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This is one of the new teas from Angelina’s. I don’t know why, but when I read the description I started craving this tea. Maybe it’s the cold, rainy weather outside. Anyway, this tea is nice. I was expecting more of a creamy vanilla flavor, but it’s more of a milky caramel flavor. Very strong black tea base with a definite milkiness about it, like fresh milk had been added. I did add milk and sweetener, and it brought out some caramel hints. I think this will be a nice tea to enjoy on cold mornings this fall and winter!

-Dry blend has small grainy black tea leaves with large black tea leaves and twigs with a few white petals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly malty with a faint hint of milk. Tea liquor aroma is of strong black tea and warm creamy milk.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy very dark brown color.
-Extremely robust flavor with an almost bitter finish. Light milky caramel aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Robust flavor with hints of creamy milk and sweet caramel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Janefan

My fave from Angelina’s is the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh. I bet I’d like this one for days when I don’t want to fuss with it. Mmm I am “on hiatus” but I think I’m visiting Angelina’s with my tea group next weekend, and it would be rude not to buy something!

Josie Jade

I absolutely love Angelina’s Maple Blueberry and highly recommend it! I’ll have to try the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh, thanks for the recommendation!

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