Caraway Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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83

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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67

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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63

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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71

This tastes disturbingly like DavidsTea’s Bear Trap. Very similar. Tart from the hibiscus (but bearable in spite of a long infusion), and kind of like tart berries.

In other news, I’m feeling really down right now because I feel like I’ve made a bunch of social/relationship mis-steps lately, and am really worried that I’ve ruined things. :( Blah.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Missy

D’oh! Hope things get better.

Kittenna

Sigh. Thanks :)

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90

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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90

So, Amanda, if you happen to be reading this… I almost have a suspicion that this tea and Mahamosa’s Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit are the same tea. I guess I’ll be able to find out shortly. I’m definitely getting similar flavours here, and there are huge pieces of tasty cherry, and the ingredients seem to be the same… Again though, like with Roasted Almond, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, since I’m such a fan! And it’s nice to find alternate suppliers. I just would almost prefer to be trying something new and different instead of something I’ve had before.

The aroma is fruity and cherry-like, although definitely not cough syrup; it’s a real cherry sort of aroma (and flavour) here. Same with the flavour. Light cherry, general fruitiness, a bit of creaminess perhaps from the coconut. Can’t really taste the kiwi, but it could be doing something in there. I’d like this to be stronger though; already used 2 heaping tsp for a maybe 10 oz. mug, so will have to try more next time.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
momo

oh what, what what WHAT. I await confirmation via the cherry coconut kiwi one!

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88

Yep… like someone else (Azzrian?) said, this one is pretty much the same as DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts, and a few other offerings from other companies. Less sweet than DT’s version, but tastily cinnamony, nutty, and good. So, a bit sad that it’s nothing special, but I’m not upset that it’s at least something tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87

When I saw this in my huge pile of samples I bought when Caraway tea had their sale I thought “why on earth would you order something that had a flower name in the title and as the main ingredients? DUH!” I am not a fan of flower flavoured/scented anything.
The dry notes are very berry smelling so I figured I’d give it a go after putting it back 3 or 4 times. once steeped it lost some of the berry scent & had a little more of a floral scent. I cringed a lil bit.
Thankfull the floral flavour in the tea is very weak, I mainly taste berries & a nice light green tea taste.
Since our summer has been a hot one nearly every day 30+ celcius for weeks on end, I am drinking this iced (maybe tonight I can enjoy a hot spiced tea since it’s raining) and it is a yummy one iced.
So far I am really impressed with Caraway Tea!

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80

I’m a bit behind on my tasting notes, this was from 2 days ago I think. Since the short cold brews have worked so well with other Caraway teas, so I decided to do it with this one as well. I think I left it in a little too long, since the flavors were pretty strong, but still not overwhelming or artificial.

I’ve become very fond of currant flavored teas recently, though I find it usually pairs best with a black base. I found the idea of a white currant blend very appealing (both with a white base & white currants!), so it was pretty impossible to resist at the sale price. There are whole currants in here, which is always a good sign! They look like baby cranberries, those white ones that sometimes get mixed into bags. There’s a bit of a pink tinge as well, so the resemblance is strong! This is a pretty fruity tea with heavy berry notes, but I don’t know if I would identify it right away with currant. Then again I’m not that familiar with the white variety—it seems to lack a jammy, sweet quality though and is less subtle. The white base works well here, adding supporting floral and fruity notes along with a bit of sweet grassiness. It’s a nice iced tea, though perhaps not exactly what I was expecting.

Tawny Kira

I love currants, but I’ve never thought about a currant tea. And a white based currant tea does sound pretty interesting. I’ll have to look into them!

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75

I tasted the Orange Vanilla Cream Black tea from Caraway and it was DELICIOUS, so I had high hopes for this tea. I was hoping for a light, creamy, vanilla-ish tea that would soothe me while simultaneously remind me of those orange creamsicle pops for which it was named…

Unfortunately, no such luck. While this tea wasn’t BAD, it definitely does not live up to its name. Even with some vanilla soymilk helping it along, it was flat and really had no depth of flavor. I will drink it, but I won’t crave it, that’s for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Babble

I didn’t taste much flavor, either. But I thought it smelled wonderful, at least!

I like how you didn’t like it, but still gave it an 83 ;)

tattooed_tea

oh booo :( I have this in my samples & it smells just like an orange creamsicle

Madeline Alyce

Rachel, I know I need to go back and rerate everything. My problem is I Started rating high so now I keep rating everything high in comparison. :-x

Madeline Alyce

There, now it’s a 78 :-P A C+ isn’t THAT good of a rating

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86

I have only recently started enjoying green teas with fruit flavourings in them.
The dry notes were spectacularly fruity. I wasn’t quite getting the mango scent, perhaps more of the passionfruit (although I’ve never tried an actual passion fruit).
Once steeped I found it lost much of it’s fruity scent, so I added a touch of honey just in case. This tea was nice & light & refreshing. I found there was very little green tea taste (which is great for me, probably less so for someone who loves the taste of green tea).

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82

It seems like most people are displeased with their Caraway, so I am pretty nervous about digging into mine. Especially this one, since it was over $20 before discounts. A tea that pricey should be delicious, right? In the bag this smells like Element’s Pink Sonoma, which I loved, so I was cautiously optimistic. I decided to cold brew it since that seems to lessen the artificial-ness of some teas, which seems to be the main complaint with Caraway’s product.

I’ll admit that I totally forgot this was in the fridge and steeped it for about 20 hours instead of 12. Oops! Fortunately it didn’t seem to do much damage, just a bit of bitterness because there was too much leaf. I’m gonna chalk that one up to my spazziness and not the tea. The raspberry here is very subtle, not as bright or fruity as I was expecting based on the smell. The champagne comes in at the end of the sip and tastes like, well, champagne! It’s sweet and almost sparkling, which I didn’t expect. The white base is bright and a bit fruity, with some soft floral notes. Overall this is a nice tea and much better than I was expecting based on some of their other teas. I do prefer Pink Sonoma, but that tea isn’t even available anymore so I suppose this is a fair substitute!

momo

I am pretty sure I have bought this one before from a local shop that no longer is in business, it smelled the same and so there is definitely at least one decent one out there!

Alphakitty

I think their white blends are much better, the white currant I got also smells amazing while the Sakura green is a little… suspect.

momo

Yeah, I opened that one last night too and after the tangerine one there was no way I was taking a chance on that one. I’m very afraid of it.

Lynne-tea

Haha spazziness. Too cute =)

Babble

Who else was unhappy with Caraway? I only tried a couple, but I do agree they were a little artificial.

Alphakitty

Most of the new reviews here are pretty low, especially for the sencha-based blends. They just seem to go a bit heavy on the flavoring!

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22

Oh Caraway, I want to like your tea; it is just too artificial.

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

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5

Uggg. Another bad one from Caraway. If you like your tea with a touch of Pledge, this is your tea. Uggg

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Sad to hear the teas from Caraway aren’t great. So far I don’t think I’ve ordered the same ones as you, so I maintain hope!

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

I look foward to your reviews. I always worry that my palate is having an off day. I will go back in week and taste these again just to make sure.

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Something I cannot understand is why any tea company would use such artificial flavoring AND why they would believe real tea lovers would settle for it.
Smells artificial and tastes artificial. Sad really. I think of the little native people who spend so much time and effort collecting these teas for the world to enjoy, then just to have such mediocre flavorings applied. Sad.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

if you love flavored oolongs, the only place I would buy them from is Naivetea. They are amazing, non-chemical, and award winning (as well as amazingly nice). I might have a sample of the Passion fruit I could send and I do have the Lychee oolong (which is stunning)

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

Thank you so much for the recommendation. Sure I would love to swap a few samples with you. PM me.

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55

Another sample from my “this was on sale so it’s okay” order from Caraway.

I almost bought a full 4 oz of this during the sale, but I told myself to just buy a sample .. and I’m glad I did.

First of all, the tea smells ….. weird. Artificial, maybe? I’m not sure what I was expecting since the title could be many things, but certainly not this. I think I was expecting something more creamy. Also, I noticed the mate looked a little more different than normal. More twiggy. At least I think it was the mate I was looking at.

As for the taste? It’s weird too. I don’t know how to describe it. It does have a little bit of a creamy taste, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for. The tea is better colder than hot. The tea isn’t bad – it’s certainly drinkable. I’m just not as crazy about it as I have been with other flavored mates I’ve had.

Maybe I’ll brew a little more, but I think I’m going to save the rest of this for a tea swap since someone might enjoy it more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a twiggy mate.

Babble

I’m wondering what else it could be then? The other ingredients don’t seem to fit the “twig” description.

Kittenna

Hmm. I got a sample of this one too. Wasn’t sure what it would be like.

Madeline Alyce

I remember seeing a twig in one of my teas the other day, too! It might have been this one! I don’t know what it was… something to do with their flavoring?? A tree fell in their tea stock??? This tea has an okay flavor, but it’s a little light for me.

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69

This tea does have a light pomegranate taste with grape undertones but brews up a little on the bland side. The white tea does not shine the way I had hoped. Next steeping I will double the tea leaves and see how it comes out.

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

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77

I am going to GUESS this is a Ceylon base but I have to confess I do not consider myself very versed in identifying black teas yet.
Its a nice cherry flavored tea.
I have not had too many cherry black teas yet although I have been trying to find a really great one.
I would say this is very good, maybe not GREAT but I have nothing to really compare it to. Thus far however I am quite pleased with this in my cabinet!
Its a nice blend that is not too sweet but just sweet enough.
No astringency, not bitter, nor tart.
I did add an agave stick because I got them in today from David’s in my first ever David’s order and had to give one a try. This seemed to be a good tea to try them out with.
I do like the added sweetener to this tea but it was nice on its own as well.
There may be a slight “artificial” flavor in this tea but I am not sure if that is the tea itself or if it is the agave that I am just not used to yet.
Regardless a nice tea.

EDIT:
I made a mistake and logged this under Compass Teas but this was from Caraway! I have since changed it in the database.

Babble

Too bad you have 4 oz of it, eh? That’s the one problem with ordering so much tea at once. I know it’s a good price, but if I don’t like a tea, I feel so bad having so much on hand (this was also before swaps were commonplace, though..)

Azzrian

Oh but I like it. I mean its not DA BOMB lol but its nice. Its the best cherry tea thus far as for black teas. I am going to try it out cold brewed too and since that takes twice the leaf I don’t feel I have too much.
However you are right – with swaps and such its not like we have to sit on something when we don’t like it.

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87

Thanks for this LiberTEAs!

Dry this smells like Apple/Cinnamon/Almond Pie or Danish of some sort…very aromatic and appealing at that!

Once infused this has a pinkish-light-brown color to it. The aroma changes and isn’t very pie-like anymore…but still very scented of Almonds and Apples…not as much Cinnamon.

The taste is nice! It has a great even-steven amount of almond and cinnamon and the apples are juicy and not overly tart or peppy…everything joins hands together nicely in this fruit and nut tisane.

The after taste is much like a candied apple.

This is a nice treat. A good flavored fruit and nut combo and one fruit/herbal I find me wanting more of!

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65

Backlogging…thanks AGAIN to LiberTEAs!

I wasn’t really fond of this one…not sure why…just didn’t stand out in any way for me. It was your run-of-the-mill rooibos with spice…that sums it up…not bad, just not memorable, I guess.

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80

Thanks LiberTEAs!

This is intense with aroma but a little flatter with the taste but I like it very much because of that fact! Nicely done!

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82

Backlogging: I had some of this as my last cup of the evening last night. This is a really delicious rooibos chai. The cinnamon was a sweet cinnamon and it dominated the cup. I could also note the warmth of the cardamom and just a hint of peppery goodness from the ginger. The hint of vanilla eliminated the need to add any milk to this chai, and since I am a bit uncomfortable with adding milk to rooibos anyway, it worked well for me.

It wasn’t overly spicy, it was sweet and warming though. I really liked it.

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80

Orange, Ginger, and Peach! All 3 flavors blended in perfect harmony over top of the green tea. Nice! Just enough of each flavor for my liking and overall a nicely flavored green!

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