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Carytown Teas

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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
712 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
204 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
4221 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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drank Spring Rooibos by Carytown Teas
4221 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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drank Spring Rooibos by Carytown Teas
4221 tasting notes

This rooibos blend has a lot of hibiscus in it. I can also taste a fruity background, but the hibiscus is overpowering everything else… I will have to try this again some other time…

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drank Flu Fighter by Carytown Teas
6770 tasting notes

meh.

It’s not bad but it doesn’t really taste like much…but…if it does the trick!?

Anyhow…it lingers with the lemon but not much else. During the sip I can taste the chamomile…not really sure how I feel about this one to be honest…

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drank Flu Fighter by Carytown Teas
4221 tasting notes

Having another cup – this time, I steeped for eight full minutes, and the hibiscus still does not dominate the cup, which is a very pleasant surprise, indeed. I really like this tisane! It’s quite good!

I raised the numeric rating slightly, because I am so impressed with the blend.

Infusin_Susan

You don’t like hibiscus?

LiberTEAS

Not particularly. It’s ok in some blends, but I don’t like it by itself, nor do I like it when blends contain too much hibiscus… it’s just too tart for my personal taste. Tart and it produces a rather thick texture. Not my cup of tea!

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drank Flu Fighter by Carytown Teas
4221 tasting notes

My husband has the flu. I don’t want to get the flu. So I am hoping this will help me avoid it. (I don’t do flu shots… I avoid shots whenever possible)

This has a much lighter flavor and texture to it than I expected with the hibiscus in it. I think that next time I brew this, I can actually try to go longer than 5 minutes (which is my usual steep time for anything with hibiscus in it). It has a nice lemony flavor in the background, and a berry flavor up front. It doesn’t taste medicinal. It tastes herbal-y, but not medicinal.

Not bad at all… this is certainly better than a flu shot.

ashmanra

Here’s hoping you don’t get it! I never get the shot either.

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drank Tummy Tonic by Carytown Teas
6770 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to stick with an IBS-C Diet (sorry if that is TMI for you LOL) but sometimes I stray and then I suffer. Anyhow…thought I would try this tea today and I will say I am very surprised at how tasty it is. I was thinking it would be overly herbal and nothing more…but it’s a pretty tasty cuppa. Oddly, I find the licorice to be a good draw here – I rarely EVER say that because I am not really into licorice teas…but seriously it gives it just enough to be noticed and paired with the other ingredients it works amazingly! I can taste the Chamomile at first but then it changes up to licorice and minty-goodness. And for those who aren’t crazy about mint…it smells more like mint than it tastes. I can see the ginger more than I can smell or taste it but I will say I think it blends well with the other ingredients and contributes to the overall flavor!

This is the surprise of the day, folks, and it was a pleasant one!!!!

gmathis

I guess I just need to buck up and learn to like (or at least tolerate) licorice … if I ever intend to get any use out of medicinal tea blends. (Even thinking about it, my tongue feels gluey! :)

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I’m having a hard time finding the info for this one but I just got it today…at first glance and sniff I thought to myself…What DOESN’T this blend have in it? It appears to have both red and green Rooibos along with hibiscus and fruit and a few herbs! It’s pretty good! I thought the hibiscus would throw me but because of the green Rooibos it worked well! I prefer it cold but it’s not too shabby hot either.

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drank Roasted Mate by Carytown Teas
45 tasting notes

Surprisingly nice w/ milk and honey.

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This is the last of what I have! I might just have to get some more, I really enjoyed it. This seems to have more bergamot than any other Earl Grey I’ve had, it’s strong and citrus-y. Definitely not for people that don’t like citrus or bergamot flavors in their tea. There’s also some lemongrass and those little blue flowers in it that seem to be in most loose leaf Earl Greys I’ve come across.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Mint by Carytown Teas
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Bought this on a lark when I was last at my local tea shop. Ahh, the dry leaves smell just like an Andes candy or a Peppermint pattie. So delicious, it makes me want to just try eating it though that would probably be a horrible idea. Let’s see… the liquor is a bit of a sickly brown, sort of like the way my lapsang souchong always looks. Oh, but it smells just like mint chocolate brownies!

So, let’s just take a sip and.. huh? Where’s the flavor? Ah, well… it’s in the aftertaste. Minty, just a little chocolate-y. The liquid itself doesn’t seem to have much going for it though. Sort of… woody tasting. It’s like drinking hot water and then chasing it with a mint chocolate candy. It smells so spectacular but the tea itself doesn’t live up the the expectations it causes by smelling so nice. I don’t think I’ll buy this again, but it was an interesting thing to try out at least.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Margaret's Hope by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Kenya Milima by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Carytown Teas
86 tasting notes

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