Arbor Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

90

The green tea in this blend is definitely in the background. However, the spearmint is reined in by the tea. In the end, you have a mild spearmint flavor. It won’t smack you in the face like a peppermint candy but it is nice and refreshing. A little honey really goes nicely with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this Oolong. It’s really nice.

Yesterday’s Oolong was also a Shui Xian and that was purely by coincidence. I did not even realize that this was a Shui Xian until I started to put it in my gaiwan. Sure, the label said Shui Xian but what I was really focusing on was the “Oolong” part.

And as I’m tasting this, I do note similarities between this and the tea that I had last evening. They possess similar honey-esque tones and fruit notes, as well as roasty, charcoal-ish, nutty flavors. I notice a little less creaminess with this cup than I remember from last night, but that would be the only real notable difference. Then again, I’m not drinking them side-by-side so I can’t do a very accurate comparison … this is all based on my memory of the tea that I had last night (although I will say that it WAS a memorable tea) versus what I’m sipping right now.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed both teas.

Arbor Tea is one of my favorite companies if for no other reason than the fact that they are very dedicated to preserving the environment and that is important to me. But on top of that, they also provide excellent quality, fair-trade, organic teas.

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76

Before steeping, the leaves smell perfectly tropical with a hint of green tea mustiness. The aroma is sweet. The flavor is actually milder than I expected but in a very nice way. Every once in a while, a sip would leave a streak of fruity yumminess that would linger on my tongue for a while. I’m not sure if that came from the pineapple or the blue malva flowers but whatever it came from, it was extremely pleasant.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

This is a really nice chai. It’s odd but I like it simply sweetened, no creaminess needed. The vanilla is the dominant flavor but the spices hold their own. I’m actually tempted to try it hot.

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

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69

Organic. Decent aroma, but fairly disappointing taste. It does have the same overall effect but is much more subtle.

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80

So yummy! The dry mix smells like sweet flowers. It’s fun to watch steeping since the leaves open up quite a bit. I was a little worried about the rosehips since that flavor seems to overwhelm me in most teas but not here thankfully. The tea is a light syrup, a little astringent. Floral, but not overwhelmingly so. The last and lingering taste is pomegranate. The sample is only enough for a few cups so I think this will pop up on my shopping list once I whittle down my current stash.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
microj

if you are also smurfinconverse on bookmooch, I am trying to get one of your books (!)

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88

this is one of the more complex greens i have come across and the description from the purveyor definitely does it justice, however i would like to add that this tea has some similar levels of complexity that i would compare to an oolong. definitely not your typical green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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90

I got a wonderful whiff of bergamot the moment I opened the box. The tangy smell was only enhanced when I opened the pouch itself. Thankfully, the bergamot flavor is mellow and balanced once steeped. The tea itself is smooth and aromatic. A tiny bit of sugar really enhances the flavor for me. I can even get a couple of steepings out of it, so the value really streches.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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87

This tea is a sipdown… finally gone

I have enjoyed it but don’t think I need to get any more! Have a great day, Steepster.

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90

MATCHA-THON MATCHA #7

CREAMY! Woooooot! I’m not flying high…YET
See previous notes!

DaisyChubb

It’ll kick in ;)

Autumn Hearth

Oh dear, 7? I think I would be ill. More power to you though!

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Study break Tea Time! Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this sample.
The leaf scent is very pleasant and earthy.
Taste wise, I’m finding it difficult to judge because I’m new to straight loose-leaf green teas and don’t have any others on hand.
With that said, I’m not sure how to rate this tea either. I don’t taste much but after reading the other reviews, I have to say I agree mostly with the smooth, mellow, lightly buttery, veggie taste.
Its not really my thing but perhaps I am just not ready for straight green teas and have yet to develop an appreciation for them. Glad to have tried it though.

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73

A little early for me to be going decaff, but I am expecting to have two or three cups of high caffeine tea later, so I need to save up for it.

This tea doesn’t have nearly the amount of berries in the photo-and none of the bright ones. The few I have look like raisins and are hard to find in the tea. Maybe I just got unlucky. The most prominent ingredient is the yellowish calendula petals.

I’m not sure if the base is a Nilgiri or an Assam as the berries and flavoring are all I can smell. The tea leaves appear to be full-leaf (or large broken pieces). The liquor is a coppery orange.

The flavor tastes very natural, but in addition to the berry taste is a bit of a floral taste. Maybe it’s the calendula petals, maybe it’s the flavoring. It’s not bad, but I didn’t really want anything other than berry and tea. I can taste the tea base a little, but not enough. The berry flavor is brought out a little better with some sugar.

If I had to go all decaff with my tea, I’d probably buy this for some variety. But, absent that, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

Yes…yes…I AM eating Lentil Chips at 9:30 in the morning…sue me! LOL

Special thanks to LiberTEAs for this one!

This is mellower than I thought it would be but still a nice straight-up black tea. It’s very clean tasting and I would side with those saying it’s more like a Ceylon (instead of an Assam) – not that THAT is good, bad, or indifferent…just a personal observation.

This one is alright. I kinda of wish it had a little more oooomph tho. Still tasty, regardless!

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94

HEY! I remember you! We used to be friends! Perhaps you will make some news ones, soon! Sipping on a cuppa before passing it along :)

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91

I really LOVE this! Upping the rating! I’m on my 3rd infusion. SIPDOWN. This will be missed…sigh…

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81

Nilgiri’s are supposed to make good iced teas, so I decided to try some before my sample runs out.

I used 2 teaspoons instead of one and hot brewed. Then I poured the brewed tea over a cup of ice until melted.

The tea is very clear, as promised. Strangely, I tasted a little bit of a floral flavor that isn’t there when consumed hot. There is also a little bit of a bitterness in the finish. This really called out for 2-3 teaspoons of sugar-although I only put in one. If you are a fan of lemon, I think it would take well to this.

It’s good, but I prefer it hot. I also don’t like to add more than a teaspoon or so of sugar-if any. I can’t say that I wouldn’t ice it again-but it’s not likely to be my top choice.

Rating number is for the hot tea.

EDIT – I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing the leaves out after one steep and I made a second steep. Same parameters save for a touch more ice. I’m enjoying this cup more. The bitterness is no longer noticeable and the floral note is gone. I’m tasting more spicy, woodsy notes now. This cup is a little sweeter and does not require any sugar at all. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

yes, I had a tea from Tao of Tea called Lemon drops, it was lemon myrtle mixed with Nilgiri and I liked that combination!

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92

Thanks LiberTEAs for this one! This is a great tasting Ti Kuan Yin! Clean and smooth – sweet and juicy – lightweight and relaxing! Lovely!

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88

Thanks Liberteas!!!!

This does NOT taste like a DECAF Tea! Excellent!

This is a mighty strong Masala Chai and decaf but doesn’t taste like decaf! YAY!!! Full flavor!

Bonnie

I think the spices really help!

TeaBrat

I might need to check this one out, I could use a few more decaf teas for the evening!

TeaEqualsBliss

Arbor teas has some lovely Decaf teas that don’t taste decaf! Shanti Tea is another great company fitting the bill!

Indigobloom

oooh I totally have to check that out :)

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87

The first cup of the day. This tea is proving to be quite a versatile mixer for experiments, today I mixed it with some ceylon from the Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants. Drinking it with soymilk and sugar for the full-on eye opening experience.

By the way I have a bit of news, I got a new refrigerator/freezer from my Landlord. The old one must have been over 30 years old and still requires a manual defrost. The new one is beautiful, compared to what I am used to. I feel like such a modern woman. ;-)

Missy

yay for new fridge/freezer!

CHAroma

Awesome, congrats!

TeaBrat

Matcha popsicles!

ashmanra

Woohoo! You go, girl!

TeaBrat

I feel like such a part of the 20th century! :-D

ScottTeaMan

The newer ones don’t last 30 yrs though…….but enjoy the marvel of 20th century tech! :))

Bonnie

Whoopie! I love a new appliance!

Bonnie

somehow that sounded wierd ;/

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90
drank Thai Iced Tea Blend by Arbor Teas
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 8oz at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: approximately 3 and a half minutes
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cardamom, spice
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey black tea
Additives: 2 tsp sugar, ice, 4 tbl sweetened condensed milk
Flavor: heavily spiced black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet, astringent
Liquor: nearly opaque dark brown to a cloudy light brown

Delicious! Very much like the many thai teas I have had while dining out. I zipped through this sample in the hot weather and was sad to find I had no more sniff

I tried the next batch hot and cold, both were good
(4 tsp 500ml at 212°F – 3 minutes, 2 cups 1 tsp sugar each, 4 tbl milk each 2 hot and 2 cold)

I even did a resteep, and it worked out fine

Note: breville had lots of grit in cups / teapot – suggest using tsac method

Rating: 4/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/06/24/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-organic-thai-iced-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
T.C.

I love the blog post, by the way. Totally perfect!

AmazonV

@T.C. I have never before easily found Thai tea not at restaurants, BAM problem solved :)

ScottTeaMan

Sounds like a fantastic Thai tea! Nice blog photos too! :))

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91
drank Thai Iced Tea Blend by Arbor Teas
4366 tasting notes

Backlog:

I’ve had this as a traditional thai iced tea using sweetened condensed milk (AMAZING) as well as coconut milk (tasty). Then I got a little experimental and tried it with some ginger ale instead of milk or coconut milk (quite good!)

I brewed it at double strength so it wouldn’t be weak tasting with the addition of the milk. This is key, I think, because the flavor of the tea is really well pronounced without tasting bitter or overpowering, it marries perfectly with the sweetened condensed milk in particular … this addition makes it taste EXACTLY like a Thai Iced Tea that I’d buy in a restaurant. Better even. I like that I can taste the subtle notes of vanilla and the cardamom and anise. It doesn’t taste overpowered by any of these spices, instead, they accent the flavor of a good, strong black tea.

This is easily the best Thai Iced Tea product that I can make at home. And based upon my experiences with it as an iced tea, I decided to up the rating a bit… I do love Thai Iced tea!

TeaBrat

this sounds yummy!

gmathis

Mmmm…I think I have enough coconut milk in the fridge to try a similar Thai/rooibos blend.

ashmanra

Could something close be made using Harney and Sons Indian Spice?

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85

Small, tighly-rolled leaves are mostly chocolate brown with a few chestnut brown leaves/tips in the mix.

Brews a fairly strong mahogany-copper cup. Brisk and malty. Not smooth, but not bitter. Consumed straight, as usual. It’s reliable and something I would probably re-purchase in the future to drink by itself, or to blend it with a good Ceylon to make an Assam/Ceylon Irish blend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I might want to try this someday. I’ve been wanting to place another order with Arbor but unless you order $60 of stuff the shipping is really expensive. :-/

Scott B

I thought their shipping was reasonable-it was cheaper than Wendell. However, San Fran is pretty far from Michigan, so they probably socked you there.

TeaBrat

I just did a test run – $8.83 to ship $25 worth of tea. :-?

Scott B

Ouch. I thought I paid about $5.30 for a $30 order.

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91
drank Thai Iced Tea Blend by Arbor Teas
4366 tasting notes

I am in the process of brewing some of this (double strength) to drink tomorrow as traditional Thai Iced Tea, but, I decided to try a cup of it hot first (not double strength) to see how I like it hot.

It’s really quite fabulous served hot, too. The black tea is good and strong, which makes me hopeful for the iced tea to come, but I can also taste the spices. The vanilla is soft and creamy. YUM! Can’t wait to try this iced tomorrow!

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90

It’s been a hectic day so I decided to sit down and finish the rest of this sample I got from Arbor teas. This is a lovely oolong that reminds me of roasted plums with a sweet finish. Quite mineral-y too. I’m a happy camper with my wuyi oolongs, this cuppa is dreamy and I’ve gotten at least 3 good steeps out of this tea even when steeping it Western style. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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