Angelina's Teas

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A friend gave me a sample of this tea and I instantly fell in love. The strong caramel is backed up by a rich, powerful pu-erh with none of the negatives (fish, bitterness) that sometimes accompany pu-erh.

I did two 3-minute steeps. For the first, the caramel was dominant, though the tea was definitely present. For the second, the tea dominated, though the caramel was still obviously present.

This tea makes me want to buy more from Angelina’s teas. I’d never heard of them before, but this was really good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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70
drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
2014 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (187)

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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70
drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
2014 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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80

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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80

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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60

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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70

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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70

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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drank Fig Formosa Oolong by Angelina's Teas
5241 tasting notes

sipdown! (246) I wasn’t expecting much from this after seeing terri’s review. She passed on a little of this one for me to try. Fig teas always interest me, mostly because i know gracebtlb is on the look out for a great fig tea. This is not it grace! not unless you think figs = grape. because all i get from this one is grape…and that artificial grape flavour, not juicy green or purple grapes. not a bad tea, but not the tea it claims to be. :)

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These comments refer to the 2006 Haiwan Ripe Tuo:

I enjoy tuo chas for the convenience factor and sometimes I use them to introduce someone to “real” pu’er (as opposed to the flavored loose pu’er sold by many companies). They are a bit of a novelty and most people new to pu’er enjoy them. This particular Haiwan tuo is a very satisfying traditional style ripe Pu’er with a robust, soothing flavor – thick, earthy and nutty. While I definitely prefer breaking off a chunk of a high quality aged cake, all in all this is a smooth and powerful shu which is also quite delicate. It’s good enough that I’ll probably reorder and try to keep it on hand.

Preparation
Boiling

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The Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box arrived yesterday! WOW, it’s HUGE!
I immediately sat down with my laptop & 2 additional boxes. I put all the teas on my futon, (photo coming soon), & then made a list of all the teas, dividing them between the 3 boxes:
“No Thanks” went back into the original box. This is anything with artificial flavors, or just something I have no interest in, for one reason or another.
“Sample” I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. These are teas that might be interesting to try once, but once sampled will most likely end up in the “No Thanks” box.
“This one is mine” Originally titled, “I’m keeping this sh*t!” I guess you know that those are the ones I’m keeping to drink after the box is back on it’s way.

I’m at Tony’s for most of the weekend, with the exception of leaving for part of tomorrow to go play a wedding. I brought several of the tea samples with me, & I included the fig formosa in the sampling category because I love figs, especially fresh figs, & I figured, “Why not”. Unsweetened it is meh ;p
Sweetened, it tastes like grapejuice. There is oolong in there, but I’m not sure where. There are lots of flowers. Definitely going in the “no thanks” box.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Woot, the teabox arrived! it is quite a monster, but yeah, quite a bit I wasn’t into either, but there was crazy amount of selection for sure.

Tea Sipper

THAT is an awesome system! It helps all the choices from becoming overwhelming.

Terri HarpLady

Given the number of teas in the box (98), it seemed like the easiest way to handle them! It really is an amazing array of teas, with something for everybody!

ashmanra

This has to be the very same one I bought at Tin Roof Teas, even has the same name. Definitely tastes like grape juice, and doesn’t scratch my oolong itch at all. But last week I had people over and three of them drank 96 ounces of this. I really hoped for lots of fig flavor, but I got grape Kool-Aid or Dimetapp vibe more than anything else.

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I put this tea in the fiancee’s stocking for Christmas, since he loves root beer and rooibos. It has a lot of large pieces of orange rind and spices in the dry blend, and smells like a really strong, syrupy sweet root beer. The tea itself has more of a spicy sweet root beer aroma. The initial flavor is a little odd – it has the root beer spiciness, but also a strange sourness to it. The aftertaste has a tingling licorice note. I added a little milk and sweetener, which took away the sourness but seemed to enhance the licorice flavor. I like licorice, so I’m fine with that. :)

Right in the middle of steeping this tea the doorbell rang and my books arrived for nursing school. I need to order a lunchbox, nametag holder, and Timolino and I will officially be ready for nursing school!

-Dry blend has red rooibos with large pieces of dried orange peel and spices.
-Dry leaves smell strongly of a syrupy root beer. Tea liquor aroma is of spicy sweet root beer.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Spicy and almost sour flavor and finish. Lightly numbing licorice aftertaste that lingers.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Spicy sweet and sour root beer flavor with a heavy licorice note.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Janefan

Glad those books arrived! Sounds like you have your priorities in order – food, nametag, and TEA! You’ll be just fine. :-)

Josie Jade

Thanks, Janefan, I hope so! :)

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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