Carytown Teas

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drank Genmachia by Carytown Teas
44 tasting notes

I’ve made a few pots of this in the past week, and every time I’m surprised by how much I enjoy the grassy rice cake flavor. Big thanks to my sis for discovering the name of this style of tea.

Shmiracles

yay another richmonder! my sister also got me into teas about a year ago. now i’m an unstoppable tea machine!

Shmiracles

oh wait i just realized you are probably Em’s sister. …i wish my sis would use steepster :) that would be so fun.

Em

She is my sis :)

Shmiracles

well this is My sis http://steepster.com/oddree but as you can tell she doesn’t use steepster enough… even though she originally told me about it and got me into tea in the first place. i owe it all to her. and we still share all the teas we can cuz she lives down the street :)

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drank Russian Earl Grey by Carytown Teas
44 tasting notes

I was hoping for something more, but this is pretty much just a pleasant Earl Grey.

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drank Sweet Oblivion by Carytown Teas
44 tasting notes

Just finished the 2 oz. I bought to try this out. I started having just a cup in the evening, but this week I began brewing a pot before bedtime as they suggested. I’m not sure if it has helped me sleep, though.

I like the flavor of chamomile, which was my bedtime tisane before I tried this. This blend has a certain tang that took some getting used to. I think it might be fennel. Anyway, it’s not bad, but I think I’ll go back to plain old chamomile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Kenya Milima by Carytown Teas
205 tasting notes

I’ve tried different temps and times but this tea still doesn’t do it for me. I think I’ll pass it on to a friend. She might have better luck.

Anna

I have to say, after the first few cups of the sample I had, I wasn’t as impressed by it.

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drank Kenya Milima by Carytown Teas
205 tasting notes

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i haven’t been around much. i guess i just don’t have a ton to say about tea at the moment.
also marathon training has picked up in miles and requires more of my free time.
but don’t worry, i’m still obsessed with tea!

proof! look what i just bought!
special Mandarin White Puerh http://instagram.com/p/VXJqSQIc_3/

i had a dentist appt and then stopped in to Carytown Teas to get one cup to drink. and the next thing i knew i’d spent almost $25 dollars. but that mandarin puerh so beautiful!!!

also the blood orange puerh was very very nice! (though maybe a hint of chocolate couldn’t hurt.)

Em

How was the blood orange pu-erh? I might have to request it from sis ;)

Shmiracles

very nice! i’d definitely drink it again. i’ve steeped it a second time and now the grapefruitiness is less intense which is a nice change from the first cup. i also had a HUGE lunch so my tummy is thanking me.

CrowKettle

That puerh looks so cool. Nice picture! :)

Em

Adding it to my shopping list for next order from sis :)

Shmiracles

hi Em, the link you posted is the same as the pic i posted, but it is NOT the Blood Orange Puerh i am drinking. they had a Blood Orange Puerh and a Ginger Puerh that appear to not be on their website. you should ask your sister to bring you one of thier printout shopping sheets too next time she shops for you.
the Mandarin White Puerh is a unique tea they have just this once i think. which is why it’s expensive and also why i couldn’t resist.

Shmiracles

third steep!
the citrus is almost gone, and for the first time ever i can smell the ‘fishy’ scent everyone always seems to refer to in puerhs. also i keep getting this puzzling after scent of chocolate. maybe that’s a roasted quality to the tea that is tricking my nose? anyways, i will definitely buy this again.
also, lucky me my davidstea puerh sample box arrived today, so i can compare :)

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Carytown Teas
44 tasting notes

My favorite tea, particularly in the winter. I love cinnamon flavored things, and this is a perfect blend of the sweet and hot cinnamon flavors. I add a little honey to punch it up, but it doesn’t need it.

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

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drank Genmachia by Carytown Teas
736 tasting notes

went to Strange Matter.
the best punk bar with tea in town.
it’s a vegan (and non-vegan) dive bar for punk shows and they always have maybe 4 different loose leaf teas available. so much love for this place!

Tabby

Tea-punk should be a thing. We could start it!

Shmiracles

you just founded tea-punk!
i love it.
i’m gonna name my band Black Kettle.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

omg! I so want in on teapunk!

Shmiracles

definitely not to be confused with Steampunk.

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drank Paris by Carytown Teas
736 tasting notes

Carytown Teas version of the famous Harney & Sons tea.

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enjoyed this at Black Hand Coffee with Emily after a movie
http://instagram.com/p/Ut3wjOIc-2/
they only have 2 teas to choose from, but at least they are good teas.
they used to have 2 teas and a mate, but they stopped carrying the mate. idk.

the tea is nice. very delicate and fresh.

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drank Kenya Milima by Carytown Teas
205 tasting notes

Rethinking my rating on this after my experience today. This was so bitter that it was undrinkable. I’m going to try steeping at a shorter time the next time I make it with a lower temp. Going to take away my rating for now until I make a final decision about it.

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My sample is lableled only “Assam” and the tea leaves are much smaller than the photo, but the smaller pieces allow for a lot of flavor to come through. Good Assam, even on the second infusion (for which I used a 5 minute infusion).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter White by Carytown Teas
736 tasting notes

enjoyed this at Lamplighter Roasting Company along with a vegan cookie and the sunset.
it’s a subtle and delicate tea. that’s why i chose it.

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i have been drinking tea for days and not commenting or making notes.

old dear roommates visited from out of town and they got so excited when they smelled all of my teas!

i haven’t visited facebook for over a week, but within 2 min of clicking my friend notifications i registered for this http://www.7summitsrace.com
dangit.
DANGIT!
(i’m a race addict)

CrowKettle

Good luck! That looks crazy intense :)

Shmiracles

translation!
Good Luck crazy! That looks like a stupid idea!
HAHAHAHAH i have no idea what i was thinking
(aka if it involves too much swimming i’m bailing)

Shmiracles

translation,
i wasn’t thinking.
i was a little drunk when i clicked ‘register’

CrowKettle

Ha! I did a similar thing on a smaller scale when my young unathletic self impulsively signed up for the Vancouver Sun Run (only 6.2 miles). This is much more insane (and fun looking) though! It looks like you can skip the swimming obstacles at least?

CrowKettle

Are you doing it with a team?

Shmiracles

I actually only pre-registered, cuz the Virginia race doesn’t exist yet. but I did register because a few friends did too. so there might be a team involved.
My thing is marathons and 50ks, and my thing is decidedly NOT upper body strength and swimming. Whomp whomp.

CHAroma

Tried looking but stupid work computer blocked the site. :( Good luck though!!

Shmiracles

i hope to do the vancouver marathon or the dirty duo 50k there one of these years soon.

they haven’t even scheduled the race yet, so hopefully i’ll have enough time to train and not completely die out there.

the tea will save me!! hah

CrowKettle

Ah, I’m speechless! I’d swim lakes and lakes before I’d manage to finish 50k. Lots of respect from this direction :)

I’d never be able to do the 7summit but it looks amazing and I can’t wait to hear about how it goes if you do it!

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Thank you to Em for including this in your Christmas exchange gift to me. It’s lovely! I kind of think I should have started my day with this, because this has the heft that I was looking for … that kept me drinking black teas today (including this, I’ve had four mugs of black tea, and I don’t usually have that many in one day) … then again, I might have stopped with this one and I really enjoyed those other teas. So maybe now is the time for business from a black tea!

It is rich and flavorful from the Assam and the Nilgiri, but it has a touch of lightness from the Darjeeling. This is still definitely a full-flavored tea, but, the Darjeeling does add enough lightness to keep it from feeling too overwhelmingly heavy. This is just right – a good kick in the cup when you need one.

The description suggests warm nutty tones and I get that … as well as touches of fruit throughout the sip. Astringent at the tail … but not overly so. It has rich malty tones, this would be awesome as a latte, but I like it quite well served straight too.

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i went to WPA bakery (Well-made Pastry Alliance) and had a piece of chocolate banana rum walnut pie and a cup of tea. they also sell pots of tea!
i was there alone and i read my book (Shade it Black) and slowly savored my pie and tea.
i can’t wait to go back.

Em

I love Carytown Teas :)

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drank Flu Fighter by Carytown Teas
736 tasting notes

a local punk dive bar has this on the menu. it’s tonic and kinda bold. great for the long sip on a late evening out with friends. (i also hear it’s nice with some whiskey in it).

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This is my very first Rooibos tea. I was surprised how much I liked it. I followed the directions for brewing on rooibostea.com. Also followed the suggestion of putting milk and honey in it. YUMMO! Of course I had to go buy several other flavors of this delicious caffeine-free tea. I’ve been very impressed with the teas I’ve had from Carytown Teas.

Tomorrow, I’m heading to the Dragonfly Artisan Tea Cottage in Sylvania, Ohio for lunch tomorrow. Going to check out their selection. It’s my 2011 Christmas gift from a friend. We’re finally making time to do it. Can’t wait!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
gmathis

Have fun!

Em

Thanks! We may have to move the date to Thursday, but I’m hoping it works out :)

LiberTEAS

I like Carytown Teas. They are so warm and friendly.

Shmiracles

it’s funny, cuz I read this and was immediately like Wow an RVA person! … i live in Richmond VA and go to Carytown Teas once in a while, and it never occurred to me that people who don’t live here would order their tea online. duh! (i’ll probably appreciate them even more now.)

Em

My sis lives in Richmond and I give her my orders when she’s coming to visit :) I went to Carytown Teas once and enjoyed the experience as well as my purchase. Do you have any suggestions for me to ask her to pick up next time she visits?

Shmiracles

i don’t have recommendations, but i will try to get my sister to make a recommendation for sure! i know she has favorites from Carytown that she buys over and over. she’s also been drinking tea a bit longer than me, so she’s got all the experience. :)

Em

Awesome! BTW, I love that your cat’s name is House Party 3 :)

Shmiracles

to quote my sister, last night she said that the Carytown “Russian Earl Grey is the best tea she’s ever had. Period.” so there that :)
but also they are often out of it because it’s so popular.

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drank Kenya Milima by Carytown Teas
205 tasting notes

My sis picked this up for me. At first smell, I was disappointed. Thought it smelled much like Lipton. The taste surprised me. It is a nice smooth black that has a bit of sweetness to it. The more I try it the more I love it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

I brewed the same tea from Harney & Sons this morning, and most of the notes I saw about that suggested a shorter brewing time (from 90 seconds to 3 minutes) to reduce the bitterness and bring out more of the delicate flavors.

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After falling in love with the rose tea from Carytown Teas, I sent an order with my sister for a few other flavors. This is one of the blends she brought me. I like the light nutty flavor. Enjoying it this afternoon as a catch up on some of my reading for work.

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Discovered this tea while visiting my sister in Richmond. Carytown is a fun place to visit and this tea store has a great selection. This was my introduction into floral teas. I’ve always enjoyed the flavor of rose in deserts and candies. It is a wonderful match to black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tummy Tonic by Carytown Teas
1195 tasting notes

Some days I wake up and my stomach is just not happy with me for whatever reasons a stomach has, which I imagine aren’t very good reasons. I usually just drink whatever tea I’m in the mood for to soothe it, but since TeaEqualsBliss sent me some of this, I figure it is definitely worth a shot to see if maybe specific herbs with good purposes would do an even better job.

The tea is very entertaining while it’s steeping because of the chamomile. It’s fluffy! But the tea doesn’t steep into anything pretty. It looks murky…but it smells pretty good.

I’m confused now that I’m sipping it. It’s really sweet, like coating my throat with sugar is how it feels. This mug was clean, what is going on…can these ingredients really cause this to taste sweet? Like now I am convinced the dishwasher packet stuff didn’t clean off and I am drinking dishwashing soap that tastes really good. So better safe than sorry, I dumped it and made a new cup.

And it is definitely the tea, I guess. I even steeped it shorter and it’s still there. I really like the taste before it’s sweet like that and it really is soothing, but I really didn’t want to trade off a happy stomach for an uncomfortable throat.

Now that it’s cooled a bit I have identified the culprit…the licorice! It still leaves a weird taste to me but I’m also weird and the only licorice I like is salty licorice/salmiakki so when it’s sweet it just throws me off, haha.

Bonnie

I love your comments, you are funny!

momo

Thank you, Bonnie, it makes my day to hear that! :D

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drank Tummy Tonic by Carytown Teas
4322 tasting notes

I have been enjoying jalapeno chips all evening, and as a result, I now have an upset stomach. I had been holding on to this for a while, hoping for just the right time to try it, and it would appear that time is now.

The flavors are strong … and yet mild and soothing. The ginger and peppermint work together to soften each other out a little bit, curbing the sharper flavors of each, so that the flavor is a mellow ginger and peppermint note, with hints of licorice in the background, every once in a while the licorice surfaces to remind you that it’s there, but, for the most part, it remains a sweet background note. The chamomile isn’t all that strong, but it does offer a pleasing aroma to the cup and I do taste it. It’s very soft but it’s there.

And this is soothing my stomach … I’ve been sipping on it for about a half an hour now, and my tummy no longer feels like it had one too many jalapeno chips (and really, it had quite a few too many! Oh… but they are SO good.) I hope that this will be soothing enough so that I might avoid heartburn. I shall have to let you know.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sororitea Sisters think alike! I had natural Jalapeno Chips yesterday, too! They were GREAT :)

LiberTEAS

I don’t know which type you had, mine were from Deano’s Jalapenos … they were actual thin slices of jalapenos that had been fried and lightly salted. So amazingly good. My review of these will be on my foodie blog … I think later today… if not today, then within the next couple of days.

LiberTEAS

Oh… and PS: No heartburn last night after eating all those Jalapeno chips. This stuff works!

Barb

Ginger, Licorice, peppermint and chamomile? That is indeed a wide-spectrum medicinal! I’ve outlived my ability to consume jalapenos in any form, but I’m impressed by the results you reported.

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77
drank Spring Rooibos by Carytown Teas
4322 tasting notes

I am finishing up the last that I have of this tea, and to be honest, this time, I don’t taste much hibiscus (or rooibos!). The liquid looks as though it’s heavily hibiscus-y, with it’s deep red color, but it doesn’t have the thick texture or the tart taste of hibiscus. This time, I do taste a berry flavor but it’s on the sweet side.

I’m really enjoying it this evening, so I am increasing my rating of it.

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