Caraway Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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So last night, I decided to go through a bunch of the teas I had and pick out a select few that I either hadn’t yet tried, or hadn’t tried properly, etc. etc. Ended up with a huge pile (probably 50+ teas), and my plan is to drink through them (not finishing them, just trying them all) until I’m done, without going for other teas! Of course, I’ll probably let myself slip up a bit, but hopefully I can get through these ones fairly quickly. Some are teas that I owe reviews for (e.g. from Teavivre); some are old things I need to use up, and others I just haven’t tried. It’s not an exhaustive pile by a long shot, and I didn’t go through too many sample boxes (just ones from Azzrian, and Mercuryhime) so there are plenty of samples baggies yet to go through…. eek.

Anyways, starting with a couple from Caraway Teas. Apparently nobody else had tried this one, as I had to add it myself; I was surprised, as it actually sounds rather good. A black tea, with pineapple and papaya. I find it interesting that instead of large chunks of fruit as other companies do, the fruit here is nearly indistinguishable from the tea, being in small brown pellety form. At least I hope it’s fruit (haha). Anyhow, it’s not likely freeze-dried fruit, more likely dried in a different manner. I’m brewing this at work, so not optimal conditions, but oh well – blacks at least don’t have stringent temperature requirements!

The aroma is of a strong black tea. Little, if any, fruitiness is apparent, although the aroma is not unpleasant. A few sips in, and it’s clear that this is too strong for my liking. It’s rather bitter and somewhat astringent, which leads me to believe that a 2:30 infusion would have been better, and perhaps adding a bit less tea may also have been beneficial (my work teaspoon is currently indisposed… I eyeballed). Unfortunately, I’m really not tasting anything fruity here. I think there are perhaps hints, and maybe if I compared an unflavoured version of this black tea base to this cup, I would notice a difference, but I’m just not picking it up. There is a bit of sweetness though, so this tea is palatable to drink straight (well, it would be better if not oversteeped), it’s just nothing special at all. I feel like I could put some milk and sugar in here and serve it in a restaurant as “tea” and nobody would be the wiser.

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3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I have tried to do this a few times and keep failing.

tattooed_tea

I too have tried to at least try what I haven’t yet. It lasted a few days but I still have so much to try, but o just want to drink my fave.

Kittenna

Well, this pile definitely doesn’t contain everything I have yet to try, but a good bit of it is new to my tastebuds! Got three down today, and there’s a bunch of stuff in there that I’m eager to try, so I don’t think it will be quite the chore it could be (yet).

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I chose to drink this tea tonight simply on name. I went out for sushi for dinner at Sushi Studio in Long Beach. They have a Caribbean Roll which is Asparagus tempura topped with salmon with lots of mayo and tobiko ontop! Yum! Though, I think the garlic edamame stole the show. I believe this sample comes from Kittena, ty!

STEEPED: pale brown/orange tea, smells fruity.

TASTE: Brisk green rooibos taste upfront with fruityness – some sips I get a zip of mango, other sips.. blast of soapy papaya (but for some reason papaya tastes soapy to me sometimes). The fruityness is pretty gentle, and lingers as an aftertaste as mango and papaya. Tea is on the light side. Not getting the orange or passionfruit. Not sure if I taste any floral. CP is not tart tasting.

COMMENTS: I should really get more green rooibos – the rooibos here is pretty good and not funky like red rooibos is. I love how the fruit waves in and out of this tea. However, I’d like the fruityness to be stronger. Though, this would make a very good ice or cold steeping to bring out the fruit flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ha, I don’t think I’ve even tried this one yet! I feel like I had a reason for sending it to you, but I can’t think of why… oh well! Glad it wasn’t too bad :)

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Thank you Tattooed_tea! This smells so good! I was expecting a stronger flavor for this tea but it’s actually quite delicate. The fruit flavor is pretty light and let’s the rooibos shine through. It’s a nice combination and both are pretty equal. No dominate flavors going on here. I really liked this! Thanks again!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea is a little funny. Brewed up it smells like cherry. Cherry left in some damp gym socks. I’m a little scared to take a sip.
The taste isn’t bad but it’s a little blah. I get a hint of green and the idea of some kind of flavoring but not much. Woohoo it doesn’t taste like gym socks! But it is rather boring.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is day four of abstaining from caffeine AND sugar, which is really limiting my choices of tea, and a lot of other things. As a black tea-lover with a bit of a sweet tooth, this (religious) act (which will continue for another 3 days) has left me very tired. It’s a little crazy to see how much caffeine and sugar I consume on a regular basis.

So thank goodness for this new-to-me tea. I believe this came from tattooed_tea – so thank you!

The dry tisane smells very sweet – almost vanilla-y and orange-y. Steeped, it’s not as sweet as it smells, but its still pretty good for an unsweetened tea. Good for morning as an orange juice alternative. Probably not something I’ll keep in the tea cupboard, but very enjoyable right now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I think it was Azzrian who sent me this! Thanks so much!

LOVE the large HUNKS of Orange in here!
The Spice is quite nice – aroma-wise as well as the added color from the red peppercorns! I can also smell the sweet apples!

This infuses to a VERY light brown color due to the little bit of black tea base in the loose leaf mix I have in my steep-strainer.

The taste is delightful tho…all of the ingredients work well with each other – nothing is over done or too loud. The Orange, Apple, and spices are gentle and purposeful and comforting and warm. The black tea base is mellow and seems to work in unison with the other flavors as well.

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I feel that perhaps I shouldnt be the first person to review a tea. My reviews may not he quite as eloquent as others around here. And this is a fairly to the point review. So here goes nothing.

I’m still working on my sip down, which I feel is taking FOREVER. I have thinned out the pack so to speak, uetuere just aren’t enough hours in the day while I am working to drink enough tea, especially sinceI don’t have a kettle at work (note to self: purchase electric kettle for work, Northern Ontario winters are on the way). I need another day off, especially since I am not feeling well.

The dry notes smell like a chocolate orange with a touch of spices. Once steeped it smells of the same artificial honey scent that I dislike.
In taste I get a green tea taste with light notes of caramel and orange at the end of the sip. It’s quite nice, a light tea with an earthy start and dessert finish.

I’m likely going to repurchase this also with their Tea and Cookies, because that is a definete gem!

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Technically this is sip down #6. #5 was Blazing Strawberry, but I realized I had previously tried it jot and it still does nothing for me.

Onto the tea at hand. The dry notes smell artificially fruity. As it does once steeped. I saw a little chuck of kiwis in there.
Fruity… apple-ish… cherry, yum. So far no nuttiness. This should he called fruit salad. I feel like I can taste a million different fruit in this all playing off each other.
This is a good-un. Too bad i only got a sample. I bet this would also be great cold.

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drank Black Cherry by Caraway Tea Company
1195 tasting notes

Thanks, Azzrian!

This is okay, I’ve not been trying any of the rest of my Caraway flavored teas because I just don’t like the way they taste. I’ve been steeping it as I drink it cold, and when I do get the cherry flavor it tastes very artificial. At least it’s actually cherry and not like cough medicine, but it just has an artificial aftertaste to it.

The black tea itself is pretty good though, it’s actually quite sweet on its own. Maybe that’s actually the flavoring playing into it slightly, which would be fine because it needs an appearance somewhere.

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This is another sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks for the chance at a new tea.

This is the best of Caraway so far. I thought the pomegranate was well done and not overly tart like some fruity teas. The white seems to be very subtle as I can’t tell you much about it. It may just be beyond my palate at this time. I know there is white tea in here but I am not picking up the flavors I expect from a white tea. In any case, I enjoyed this cup of tea. Thanks again Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie. :d

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

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This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks again for the generous envelope of goodies.

This is a very light in flavor and color. I’ve not had acai berry on it’s own but it reminds me of several other berries. The white tea seems to be very subtle, so it didn’t live up to my expectations. I think this would be pretty good as an iced tea for the berry flavor. Thanks again Annie.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks for sharing! Miss Anny was rather nice and sent me a surprise package of tea. Very considerate lady.

So this tea is not my cuppa. I like that word cuppa. I’ve been waiting to use it for a while now. The tea has a strong seaweed flavor which is some thing I don’t enjoy right now. At first I thought a vague citrus was teasing me but I do get tangerine in the aftertaste. The biggest problem is this was really bitter.

I don’t feel I used too much leaf. In fact, it looked like less leaf than I generally pile into my Ingenuitea. I brewed at a lower temperature and for less time than the instructions called for so perhaps that contributed to the bitterness. In any case, this isn’t a tea I would keep around, but I’m glad I got to try it. Thanks again Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

You are very welcome!!
:0)

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I didn’t get any of this when I ordered from Caraway because it says almond in the description…yet it’s not an ingredient. Whaaaatever. And like Kittenna said, it’s pretty clear just from the picture this isn’t just cherry, kiwi, and coconut.

This is a lot like my beloved Cherry Kiwi Coconut, but it seems like it requires more to make a cup. I think possibly it tastes like there are more apple pieces to it also.

At least there is something to go to when I’m out of that one. I probably should have just used the whole sample to make the iced tea cup of this but I was going by the other tea’s standards. Still eerily close though.

It’s mostly a watered down tart apple cherry juice taste, but it’s so close to that Mahamosa tea….just about the same price too. Weird.

Thanks, Azzrian!

Azzrian

Your welcome – glad you got to try it! :)

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I’m not sure what the Pledge talk is all about or the hate for this tea. I actually quite like it. I had it iced & it’s nice & light. It’s definetly reminiscent of something else but I can’t place it (& it sure isn’t pledge).
I had to add a little honey which I usually do with greens. It has a touch of green tea taste, but is many citrus.

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I made this iced, to me an Orange Creamsicle can only be iced.
The dry notes smell just like an orange creamsicle, so potent & sweet. Once steeped it still smells like this, the rooibos starts to come out though. I think by now we know I don’t like rooibos teas, but I had to try this.
There is only the slightest hint of orange creamsicle in it, thankfully though the rooibos isn’t strong & I will be able to finish the pitcher of it.

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Thanks to Alphakitty I was able to try this one! This just might be my fave from Caraway Tea Company thus far! This is a great fruity white tea. The currants are plumpy and true. It has a mysterious creamy-note in the middle of the sip that is surprising but delightful! There are subtle floral specs of flavor in this as well. White Base & White Currants make a winning combo in my book!

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Love the smell of the dry notes. Perfectly spicey with a hint of citrus.
Once steeped it keeps the smell, however the scent doesn’t quite carry through to the taste. It’s not as spicy as I would like.
About half my cup cooled to slightly more than room temperature & there was my spice. WOW. So good. Perfect amount of spices with a black tea taste lingering & a hint of citrus. This may just be one of my new fav spiced teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Delicious cold-brewed. And very similar/the same as Mahamosa’s Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit.

Also, it’s funny how the ingredients listed don’t match up to what’s in the tea, because there are definitely cranberry pieces and apple in here… in fact, they’re obvious in the tea that’s pictured here! So why only cherries, kiwi, and coconut are listed, I have no idea.

Anyways, it’s good :D

One thing I’ve been noticing about Caraway’s teas though, is that I swear there’s extra sediment at the bottom of my cup when I’m drinking them. It could be fruit pieces or something, but it looks like sand, and I’m really worried that that’s what it is. I don’t remember seeing it in teas prior, but have experienced in more than once in the teas from Caraway (particularly the fruity ones). Anyone else?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Raritea

There is a sand-like sediment on the bottom of my cup from the sample that you gave me. Quite odd…

Kittenna

Huh. I thought I was maybe dreaming that (and had totally forgotten to be honest, my apologies) – perhaps I should chuck the rest of the bag…

Raritea

No worries! I’m really glad that I got to try this! It’s interesting that you found this in other fruits blends of theirs as well. I wouldn’t even have noticed there was anything unless I had read your tasting note.

Kittenna

I think when I wrote this, I wasn’t sure if I had just been imagining things or not, and had meant to check. I had at least a couple Caraway blends since (not fruit ones though), and they were totally fine, like the White Ginger Peach, and… Strawberry Orchid? Bleh :(

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drank Chocolate Cream by Caraway Tea Company
1195 tasting notes

…where’s the chocolate? There is no chocolate. I have one chocolate chip in my entire sample bag. I do have some cacao nibs so I threw them in with some agave to counteract their bitterness…so there’s that.

Before adding more chocolate (or really any at all) this did taste like a decent Ceylon, so that’s a positive. And with the cacao nibs, it’s not bad. Also, it’s making them a lot easier to eat which is probably not a good thing. I can tell there was added flavoring too but it didn’t do much.

So this wasn’t much of a winner but with cacao nibs it’s vastly improved and I’ll definitely finish the sample bag.

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This sample was sent to me by Anny Oxidant and the Tea Bullie – thank you!

Hmm, the reviews here are not too favorable so far. :-P

I steeped mine at around 180F for 3 minutes. I am finding that the flavor is pretty high up on the tangerine. I’m not quite getting the “Pledge” flavor that others have described but maybe I’m used to lemon pledge? :)

I’m finding it a little bit bitter and a little bit reminiscent of Tang. I definitely don’t love it, but I don’t hate it as much as the other reviewers. Might even finish the cup!

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

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This sample tea comes from Anny Oxidant and the Tea Bullie. thank you!

I went to the gym today and got a good workout, now I’m just trying to stay awake through the evening’s activity which involves going to an art opening.

I steeped for 3 minutes at 180F; this yielded a very light tea liquor. I’m not sure I’ve ever had an acai berry before, but the flavor reminds me of a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry. I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but it’s very nice and refreshing… might also be good as a cold brew tea. It isn’t as sweet as some white teas I’ve tried, but that might also be due to the acai flavoring.

Thank you, Anny for letting me try it!

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

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The smell of this one initially reminded me of 52teas’ Strawberry Pancake; mostly sweet strawberry flavouring coming out, with perhaps a green tea undertone.

The flavour is initially a bit tart-sweet, and the aftertaste is definitely of strawberries. Fake ones, perhaps, but I’m ok with that. The aftertaste is actually also reminiscent of the strawberry flavour from Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong, which is quite distinct from the 52teas flavour. Interesting. There’s also a light berryish flavour that I’m picking up, which fits in nicely. I’m actually rather enjoying this tea, honestly. It’s a touch too light for me, but I followed the instructions and used 1 tsp instead of the usual 1.5 that I would use, so I’ll change that next time. I am also getting some green tea flavour, both during the sip and as an aftertaste. Yum :) I don’t think I’d buy some for myself, but it was worth the taste!

Just noticed that I’m getting a bit of throat scratchiness here, not sure if it’s random and unrelated, or a flavouring thing. Not worrisome enough to make a fuss about though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Brewed a bit of this up to try, and although there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a pretty bland green tea. A bit nutty-ish, which is nice, but it mostly screams generic green tea to me, so not something I’d pick out for myself. It’s not particularly vegetal, nor seaweedy, and there’s almost a hint of astringency in the aftertaste, which is actually more pleasant than a problem. It actually reminds me a touch of a genmaicha.

I won’t be re-steeping this one; I’m drowning in tea as is, so I really don’t need to drag this one out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

‘Precious Eyebrow’ has to be one of the silliest tea names in existence!

Missy

Lol, I was thinking the same thing!

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Finally hit a tea I don’t feel like I’ve tasted before. The aroma is kind of peachy, and it carries into the flavour, which unfortunately is then marred by hibiscus. That said, the hibiscus isn’t overwhelming, so it’s ok, but peach and that sort of tartness don’t really go together in my mind. This tastes more or less like ‘Thank You Berry Much’ plus some peach flavour thrown in.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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