Ann Arbor TeaHaus

Recent Tasting Notes

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I received a sample of this from Allie in a “Mystery Swap”. Thank you!

I had just discovered Arbor Teas. I was searching for Thai Iced tea and they seem to have a pretty good one. Anyway, onto THIS tea. This was so nice! I definitely get the mango and the sweetness of the pineapple. This was a real treat hot. I need to make a cup cold and add a little bit of sugar.

Nicole

Oof. I’ve only had Thai iced tea once and I just can’t do it. The version I had was too much like coffee.

TeaTiff

Nicole do you ever go to Lulu’s? (Thai Noodle Shop) This is the thai iced tea I have had. It is pretty good as long as I don’t think about the amount of sweet and condensed milk that is in it:)

Allie

I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s definitely nice when iced with sweetener. :-)

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91

Apparently I’m in a chocolatey mood today! This is the second chocolate tea I’ve reached for today, and I’m not regretting this in the least.

Yum. There is a wonderful dark chocolate taste to this tea. While it’s not quite the same as biting into the real thing, I’m pretty convinced that it’s a decent substitute. Which is odd… I’m not sure that if you’d tell me I’d like chocolate-flavoured water, I’d like it. But. I do.

I think it’s the aftertaste. I do still miss the texture of chocolate with this, but the scent and aftertaste are so much like eating a bar of chocolate…. I’m definitely looking forward to having more of this!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74

When I make a cup of chai, my ideal experience is a wave of creamy spicy sweet. The tea, of course, is manly responsible for the spicy part, but it needs to serve as a vehicle for the creamy and sweet too. This tea, however, I found too mild. The taste is pleasant, and I will not say otherwise, but it falls short of giving me the wow factor, the wave of pleasure that I’m looking for. Still not bad, and I have a feeling that my mother, the plain chai enthusiast would enjoy it. I’d just like a bit more depth of flavour, myself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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77

I was surprised by the very short steep recommended for this tea. I’m starting to think that the tea makers at TeaHaus prefer rather short steeps, however. As a result, the taste is rather mild, though the vanilla (combined with the obligatory orange peel and cloves) makes for a mild base to begin with, regardless of steep time. (My mind goes to Glitter and Gold for an example of such.)

A longer steep makes it a little bitter, but not too much so — the mild, creamy flavour still predominant. I’m starting to think that the tea would be all the better for a bit of cinnamon, though it’s quite decent on its own.

In all, not bad. Not the greatest of the orange Christmas teas, but certainly a decent one nonetheless, especially if one is after a milder version of the flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Pineapple Mango by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
1108 tasting notes

Thank you to Allie for sharing this sample with me!

I made sure not to mess this one up, even though Allie was generous and sent more more than enough for a few cups’ worth.

I taste more mango than anything when it’s straight and hot, however when I sweeten it, it’s all pineapple juiciness. Tasty and easy to drink, with zero astringency or bitterness. It’s all smooth at the finish too, likely due to the mango (which I can actually taste the granularity of the mango, how weird and awesome is that?!)

Thanks again Allie for letting me try this. I’ll definitely enjoy this to it’s fullest.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Allie

I’m glad you are enjoying it! :-)

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43

Feeling better about the flavor of this tea. I now detect the muscatel fragrance of Darjeeling on the nose. Seems to be very high in caffeine.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank China Rose by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
183 tasting notes

Despite the fact that I once referred to drinking this tea as “like licking an English garden” it’s actually one of my favorites, and I’ve been drinking it daily. I was a bit wary of the floral flavor at first, as the gardeny scent of roses will always be reminiscent of gift shop candles and soap in my mind. I was surprised that the taste was strong (nothing more disappointing than a strongly-scented, barely-flavored tea) and very pleasant. Soft, slightly sweet… there’s just something relaxingly decadent about drinking roses.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pear Mango by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
74 tasting notes

Sipdown. Finishing this sample from Ann Arbor TeaHaus. I leafed it a bit heavier this time. I’m really liking the pear flavor, which is enhanced by a mango note. All blends nicely. I will restock this one.

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80

This brews up a to a dark amber color. It has a nice light fruity note combined with the underlying maltiness. I really like the flavor. I don’t like the astringent finish much, which leaves my mouth feeling dry…like too many tannins dry.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pear Mango by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
74 tasting notes

I was given a free sample of this today at Teahaus. The pear and mango flavors are nice accents to the white tea without overpowering it. Very light and refreshing. Can’t wait to try it iced!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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82

Thanks Allie for the sample!

This is a nice honeybush with a sweet strawberry finish with each sip. The honeybush is slightly nutty too! I’m going to enjoy finishing this pack off.

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94

Thanks Allie for the sample!

I LOVE strawberry (doesn’t everyone?). I’m also a fan of honeybush. Heck, I even like caramel! Match made in heaven? I say yes!

The taste is sweet (but not sickly sweet). The strawberry is there but doesn’t take over the flavor. Nice balance among the ingredients. It is (to use a technical term) Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88

More oxidized than the average Chinese Oolong. Fuller bodied, more akin to a 2nd flush darjeeling in aroma, taste, and body without the heavy muscatel and astringency.

Dry tea smells fruity and spicy, but not the true fruity papaya quality Taiwanese Oolongs often have. Tastes of delicate mango freshness with a spicy ginger undertone and a hint of lime zest. Well balanced. Fruity mango with slight gingery spice notes and a hint of lime zest.

Exceptional complex mixture of light tones, with a slight brisk and highly pleasant bitterness at the finish. Each sip leaves a pleasant mouth fullness, a coated feeling.

This is one of the best teas TeaHaus carries.

Needs to be brewed with a large amount of tea and small amount of water. This tea stands up to multiple brewing. The second infusion was as good as the first. I think it should be brewed with slightly under boiling water, such as pouring boiling water into your cup first and then into the teapot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

This tea has a slightly smokey flavor which complements the underlying chocolate and wet leaf tones. For those adverse to the liquid smoke like taste and smell of Lapsang Souchong, this tea is a pleasant balance between smokiness, earthen leaf, and more floral qualities.

Among Keemun’s this is a good to great one, but not fantastic. It is more smokey/floral and less chocolatey than the Keemun 1110 from The Republic of Tea. A subtle sweetness lingers after each sip.

Good with milk, given it’s smokey flavor, especially when brewed for 3-5 minutes. Milk enhances the smoke and earthen leaf tones, diminishing floral and chocolate notes. I personally avoid milk with this tea, unless I happen to over-brew.

VALUE
At $3.72-3.26/oz (1.7oz/1.1lb respectively) this tea is moderately priced and a very good value, especially considering it’s multi-brew capacity and the price The Republic of Tea’s Keemun 1110 Full Leaf at $3.71-2.8/oz (3.5oz to 1lb respectively).

THE BREW
Best when brewed between 195-205ºF and for 2-3 minutes. Short 2-3 minute brews produce a delicate mouth feel while longer 4-5 minute brews enhance the astringency and bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

A good, not great, 2nd flush darjeeling. Slightly too expensive, $3/oz would be right. The advertised astringency and muscatel flavors border on lushness but end up having a metallic taste (not the water).

COST
At a cost of $6.55 for 50g, or 3.72/oz, this tea is a bit expensive. Considering the price, this tea does not amaze. There are better value 2nd flush darjeelings, such as the Republic of Tea darjeeling (which can be found around $2.80±0.30, 1lb is $42 direct).

TASTE
A warming white pepper taste surrounds the mouth upon taking your first sip. Hints of tart sweetness leave the mouth dry. Moments later a bright orange note rises from the dryness. Finally metallic copper enters, vibrating between the orange and sweet dryness. Some may find the astringency, dryness, and near-metallic taste to be discomforting.  This is a specialist flavor. Some will run towards others away. For those 1st flush floral lovers this tea will greatly disappoint.

BREWING
Although TeaHaus suggests using boiling water and steeping for 3 minutes I find using slightly cooled water between 90º and 97º is best. Depends on your brewing vessel, and its heat capacity, absorbency, and insulation as well as your pre-heating/washing rituals.

Second brewing is still quite good, especially if the first has a shorter brew. Third falls flat.

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

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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43

Very, very mild tea. Unlikely to buy again.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Capetown by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
127 tasting notes

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70

A neat woody traditional North Taiwanese. It’s very wonderful iced. Probably not as incredible as it’s priced at.

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70

A a lovely light oolong with a crisp aftertaste. Probably a bit overpriced, though.

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61

Huh. Seemingly no aroma or distinct taste. Kind of cross between an Oolong and an Assam. Next time I’ll try doubling the recipe.

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