Carytown Teas

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This Yunnan is a rich, full bodied tea with cocoa, honey, sweet potato and raisin
sweetness. The chocolate jumps right out at you, you don’t have to search for it. This tea is a prime example of why I love Chinese teas so much. Bamboo Temple is the perfect autumn cup and would do justice to a fine Thanksgiving Day dinner served with or after dessert. Do yourself a favor and worship at The Temple, you’ll be thankful you did!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cacao, Chocolate, Custard, Fig, Honey, Jam, Raisins, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, White Chocolate, Yams

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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In the familiar old desert island scenario, Margaret’s Hope Estate Second Flush Darjeeling would, without a doubt, be my one tea of choice. To take it further, I believe that tea lovers who have lived a good life, upon arrival in heaven, are handed a cup of this ethereal elixir by St. Peter at the pearly gates. This Darjeeling is most exquisitely luscious – Hauntingly floral with a pronounced sweet muscatel flavor. Honey, fruit and nut flavors add to the pleasant and soft complexity with a mild astringency at the end that I find quite enjoyable. This is my perfect tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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So, I bought a couple ounces of this because I really liked the tuo cha I tried from Upton, and this didn’t require shipping, etc. It’s not bad, but the flavor is very mild compared to that one. I’ll drink through the rest of what I have, but I’ll be looking for another tuo cha (or just ordering some from Upton) in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Super old sample sipdown… Thanks to Shmiracles for sharing this with me long ago!

I didn’t really care for it, unfortunately. Might be because I don’t love orange teas very much. I did like Davidstea’s chocolate orange, so maybe chocolate would have helped this one.

It was really musty and dusty and murky and putting orange flavouring on top of that didn’t make it taste any better to me. Like sticking an orange air freshener in a dank old basement….you never can hide that mustiness.

Not the pu-erh for me, I guess!
Though I appreciate getting to try it :)

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Mixed the rest of this with some of the old Davidstea version (pre lemongrass), to top it up, and cold brewed it.

I left it two days because I didn’t feel like drinking cold tea yesterday.
It was understandably bitter, I left it too long without straining it. But it was amazing coconutty and creamy so I will definitely do it again and just remove it sooner.

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This is a very old sample sent from Shmiracles back in the day before I got pregnant and stopped drinking tea for a year or so.

Not sure what makes this one different, but I didn’t like it quite as much as the original Coconut oolong from Davidstea (before they brought it back with the unnecessary addition of lemongrass).

This one seemed a bit more floral. I used 85 degree water and steeped for three minutes. Maybe two minutes would be less oolongy.

Either way, decent! I think I will cold brew the rest :)

A long overdue thanks to Shmiracles for the sample!

mj

“unnecessary addition of lemongrass”: totally agree! WHY?? To me, that’s the reason I do not like DT’s Coconut Oolong AT ALL

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drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
1700 tasting notes

An adult version of cocoa? Yes please!

I wish I had tried this sooner, but I didin’t realize what it was. It’s delicious! Thank you, Shmiracles! It was nice and chocolately before I added milk. It was creamy and rich.

Down to 222

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drank Chocolate Mint by Carytown Teas
359 tasting notes

More minty than chocolate flavored, next time I’ll have it iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I think Shmiracles sent me this one a loong loooong time ago. It smells heavenly! The flavor is amazing. It has that nice buttery oolong flavor tied with toasty coconut. The flavor is so rich it reminds me of some type of cookie or dessert. It’s super creamy and smooth. I really, really like this one! Thank you!

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drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
359 tasting notes

Ohh this is delicious! I picked up a small bag as a mother’s day gift. I think it might be the first time I’ve had a cocoa blend, and I am a FAN. I brewed it a bit too weak, so I didn’t get much if any rose flavor, but the hazelnut really makes the tea. Def going on my wishlist!

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
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had this for breakfast.
it might be my favorite carytown tea to date.
no lie.

vacation starts tomorrow.
i am currently in my office at work waiting out a tornado warning.
i’m passing the time by shopping for Hawkeye t-shirts.
there are so many i’m having a very hard time picking just 1 or 2.
i will also keep looking for a shirt with Phil Coulson in space from the #2 recent Secret Avengers comic. it’s only a matter of time.

TeaBrat

stay safe!

MissB

Oh gosh. Stay safe! Was in my first tornado a few summers back, waited it out in a truck stop in Northern Saskatchewan. Super scary, yet the locals seemed unphased.

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drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
98 tasting notes

I have apricot tea and apricot tartlette cookies, and my whole desk smells like apricots. Yay, vacation tomorrow with Shmiracles! South Beach ahoy. Essentials for the beach: Kindle filled with slash fic & Thomas Harris & poetry, Hannibal & beach music playlists, Timolino, ceviche. I did make an awesome playlist, I have to say – all euro synth and goth poetry and cheeky humor. I’ll add you to my instagram? I’m giraffodil there.

OMGsrsly

I’ll add you to my instagram! :)

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drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
98 tasting notes

I was all, I need some Chinese black tea to help me with my life crisis. And Carytown was all, we use that in most of our black tea blends, like Apricot and Black Rose. And I was all, I knew I loved you guys for a reason. I also got apricot tea biscuits and stuff to make my lunches, but I forgot them all at home this morning. Life crisis.

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Thanks Schmiracles for the surprise sample of this in our swap!

This tea has three things that I love, chocolate, nuts, and flowers. I am mostly getting the chocolate and the rose in the sip, but not a very distinct rose, which is good because rose isn’t my favourite flavour. I am only getting the hazelnut in the aftertaste. I like that I can detect the things that I’m supposed to in this tea, that doesn’t often happen for me.

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drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
602 tasting notes

Another sipdown from the lovely shmiracles :)

Yep. Black tea with coco and yumminess.
Currently busy watching Iron Man 3 before I have to meet up with my friend to study sooo yeah. Lazy tasting note. Here’s my previous one that actually has notes on the flavour and things

http://steepster.com/jump62359/posts/220396

Preparation
2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
602 tasting notes

One of the last teas from my swap with shmiracles!

Not the biggest fan of cocoa in teas, but this tea (dry) smells soooo good! The cocoa seems like just the perfect amount, along with the hazelnut. Couldn’t really smell the rose but that’s fine with me since I’m also not the biggest fan of rose hahah.
Steeping, I can definitely smell the chocolate. It reminds me a whole lot of White Christmas by Lupicia.
Drinking it, it definitely keeps the cocoa. The rose gets lost a bit and I do get that rich nutty flavour of the hazelnut.

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drank Sweet Oblivion by Carytown Teas
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drank Sweet Oblivion by Carytown Teas
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drank Sweet Oblivion by Carytown Teas
8 tasting notes

This definitely knocks me out. Although it doesn’t help me fall asleep faster, it helps me stay asleep as I am I light sleeper and wake up multiple times through the night.

The taste is OK. I’m not a huge fan of the fennel flavor that is fairly bold compared to the other ingredients, but other than that, it’s alright. Definitely not a tea I’d drink for pleasure, just to help me sleep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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okay warning, i’m not really a flower tea kinda gal. i like chocolate and vanilla and cremes and mints and tend to stay away from lavender and rose petals. and his tea is chocolate and rose petals. so i rolled the dice.
and i really wish i liked this one more. it’s good. it’s fine. it’s totally a nice mellow chocolate. and i will definitely drink the whole tin. it’s just that it has a slight alcohol smell to me that i can’t entirely get past it. and i suspect it’s the rose petals.
but i’ll probably come around!
give me a couple weeks drinking this and i’ll be singing it’s glory.
but i still totally LOVE Mistie’s Blend and will buy it always and forever.

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small tea story
i ran really far on saturday and then went to lunch with my boyfriend and ate everything in sight.
then he had to work for an hr so he dropped me off at the tea shop so i could get a cup! but when i got there they sadly told me they didn’t have any cups!
so then i went to panera to get a cup of tea there instead, but when i got there i was like ‘i don’t want this tea’ and i just asked for a cup and lid instead. the teenage panera-worker said i could just have a cup! hah i took it and ran.
i took the cup back to carytown teas and ordered this Pu-erh. they thought it was funny that i was determined enough to supply my own cup.

this pu-erh is not a super favorite. i kept the tea bag and had a second steep the next day. it’s true that pu-erh can be amazing. when it’s really good it will easily skyrocket to the top of my list! but when it’s mediocre it can tend towards bummer-city. this one is not memorable. and kinda lame.

JustJames

and yet the story is awesome…. so something grand came from it!

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