Chado

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60
drank English Breakfast by Chado
40 tasting notes

Burnt, vegital taste
Sipping this heavy black tea
A long slow morning

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10

Awful. Package says lemon tea with lemon peels. Upon opening it, the scent of lemon pledge rushes out of the package. While big chunks of lemon peel are visible in the tea, the brewed flavor is medicinal and harsh. I poured out a full pot and threw away the rest.

I was hoping I’d be able to bear some of this chado order, but so far the best of it has only been mediocre and the rest undrinkable.

yyz

Yikes sounds like an earl grey Ceylon I had once. I tried but in the end it to smelled to much like pledge or another innocuous lemon cleanser.

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40
drank Pumpkin Spice Black Tea by Chado
5239 tasting notes

this is kinda like a black tea that forgot it was supposed to be a pumpkin spice tea. Dinosara sent some my way and it appears that our impressions of this tea are similar. If i were going to drink a pumpkin spice tea…it wouldn’t be this one. this is like a snooze fest for my mouth. Oh well…love trying new teas! even if they’re not that impressive haha

Tealizzy

That was my experience with all the Chado teas I tried.

Dinosara

Yeah this was pretty lame. Oh well!

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drank Pumpkin Spice Black Tea by Chado
2006 tasting notes

Sipdown, 138. Nope, this one was no better brewed strong with milk and sugar. I think it is just very old, to say nothing of what it would have been like when it was new. Well, glad to be rid of it.

Tina

Pumpkin tea. WOW! can’t even imagine the taste in my mouth when I thin about it.

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drank Pumpkin Spice Black Tea by Chado
2006 tasting notes

Wow there was about 15 minutes there where the Steepster discussion boards were totally overtaken by spam. But it’s gone now!

So I’ve had this tea for a little while now, and I got it in a swap with IrishBreakfastLass. Thanks! At first I didn’t try it because it wasn’t “seasonal”, but then I didn’t try it because it didn’t seem that awesome. Lots of CTC leaf, and a kind of lackluster scent of the dry leaf. But I figured I should get around to tasting it sooner or later.

Yeah, lackluster smell of the brewed tea, too. It smells like the kind of gross CTC tea that I hate, along with some cinnamon. It doesn’t taste gross, but it also doesn’t really taste good. Kind of like the Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee tea I had earlier this week, this one tastes like not much at all anymore. Maybe like musty cinnamon. I wonder if pumpkin flavoring disappears faster than others? There is maybe a bit more to this one, though, and I wonder if I could force some flavor out of it by brewing it super strong then adding milk and sugar. Well, it goes home, and if it still sucks, it will meet the trash can!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
caile

Yeah, that was quite a bit of spam!

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75
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
253 tasting notes

Thank you, Dinosara for the opportunity to try this complex and very interesting tea! I completely understand what you meant when you talked about the different elements of this tea blending together in such a fascinating way. It’s not quite what I’m looking for in an Earl Grey, but it’s only by trying so many different varieties that you do get to dial that in!

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/09/exotique-by-chado-tea-room.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank pu erh by Chado
5 tasting notes

This is my first Pu Erh and wow, I’m not sure what to think. Extremely dark like black coffee, this tea this tea has a musty earthy aroma but little astringency. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I have a feeling that it may grow on me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank coconut chai by Chado
605 tasting notes

I was excited to try a number of distinctly different chai’s, but I’m not sure Chado’s chai’s are working out for me. This chai wasn’t bad. It definitely tastes like coconut, but the other spices are kinda flat. I couldn’t really detect individual spices, because they all seemed to fall in the same level. The black tea base isn’t as smooth as I’d like either. I thought that maybe next time honey might help the flavor a bit…will try that.

Kafziel

When brewed at the actual Chado Tea Room, they add a pinch of Mauritius. It’s their secret to an awesome cup. Every time I buy 8oz of coconut chai, I also order 1oz of Mauritius. It makes all the difference.

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drank Phoenix by Chado
605 tasting notes

This tea does not taste like the description. Talk about false advertising! I should have known it when I opened the bag, because it smelled fruity..not at all caramel or vanilla. It tasted fruity and a bit floral too. Anyanka posted that it tasted like a floral honey, and I definitely get that. Maybe a fruity floral honey. I also got the sediment she talked about. Pretty unpleasant to have sediment in your last couple of sips. Overall, this was a disappointment, because some people raved about this tea on the yelp page for this tea house. It makes me wonder if it got cross-contaminated somehow with another tea. At least their samples sizes are pretty cheap for how much you get!

Anyanka

Ha, I’d just logged back in and this popped up. It smells weird, doesn’t it? No caramel or vanilla at all. I’m tossing the rest of mine, I opened it yesterday and realized I didn’t want it ever again. I’m a little worried that Chado, being a tea house more than a tea supplier, is going to be disappointing.

Tealizzy

Ya, not sure if I’d drink it again. At least we didn’t spend a lot on the samples! I still have a bunch to try, so we’ll see.

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drank Rooibos Butterscotch by Chado
605 tasting notes

We have been running around a lot on our week off, so I haven’t had much time for steepster, but I wanted to let you know I tried this one last night. It definitely smelled and tasted like rooibos, so for those of you that are sensitive to that, it’s probably not for you. I guess the butterscotch was in the aftertaste. I have not had a lot of butterscotch, although I do remember my mom using butterscotch chips to make haystack cookies, so I wasn’t sure if this tasted exactly like butterscotch. To me, it was like toffee…kind of buttery and sweet. For some reason the taste lingered on my teeth! Weird! Anyway, not bad. I’ll have to have some more to figure out what I really think about it.

gmathis

Rooibos goes really well with ice creamy flavors. Butterscotch would be great!

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drank Uni Genmaicha by Chado
8 tasting notes

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I had almost forgotten about a tin of this Nilgiri at the back of the cabinet. I found it behind the hibiscus flowers and allspice berries.

I sought something a little different this morning, but didn’t have time for a major presentation. I used a gaiwan, water boiled with a piece of bamboo charcoal, and didn’t add anything else. It’s balanced in flavor, and has good texture. It’s also remarkably not stale, and I know I have had this on hand for over a year.

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drank Rooibos Campfire by Chado
267 tasting notes
This is a decent blend, though not one of my absolute favorites. Of the additions to the rooibos, the orange stands out the most- so much so that I can’t taste rooibos (not a problem). The cinnamon comes up next, and I faintly taste almond, it’s really a backdrop. If you like orange-cinnamon tea, give it a shot- even if you don’t like rooibos!
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

The name is so cute. But I am not sure that I am into an orange rooibos mixture.

Lisbet

Oddly, I just had it again this morning and it was more almondy with a hint of citrus. I still haven’t decided how I feel about this blend, so I didn’t give it a numerical rating yet.

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drank Mauritius by Chado
50 tasting notes

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85
drank Golden Buddha by Chado
187 tasting notes

This is delicious. One of the best Oolongs I have ever had, and tastes just as good after 3-4 steeps. I’m sure I’ll add more at a later date but just wanted to record how nice it is

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55
drank Lychee by Chado
29 tasting notes

Daily cup of tea! I’m now going to try to cut down on all the drinks in hopes of losing a couple pounds before summer officially begins (I know it’s here for some, too bad I’ve summer classes, booooo)

The dry leaves look okay, doesn’t smell like anything special to me, but my roommate assures me that the lychee smell is there, albeit very very faint.
The brew is a very nice looking reddish brown color, still doesn’t smell like lychee, although I can now smell a little of it in the damp leaves. When drinking it, you get the typical black tea flavor up front, but as you swallow, your mouth fills up with the aroma of the lychee.
Adding some sugar helped a bit as it made the lychee pop more, but not by a lot. Not bad, but not good either.

It’s not what I expected, I was expecting more lychee upfront instead of having to fish for it.
Overall okay as a flavored black tea, nothing too wowwy (huh?), and just not my cup of tea.

EDIT: Okay, so I didn’t pay attention to time and the tea cooled and I took a swig…OMG this was not the same stuff I started with. The lychee flavor is now more prominent and it’s like drinking lychee juice, thought it’s less sweet.
I’m going to bump up the rating simply because this is quite good when cooled. Should make a nice cold brew or iced tea, yay!

Stephanie

I’ve been switching to unsweetened tea for the same reason!

Hikari

woot! stay strong fellow weight shaker! Although I’m having some trouble with all those flavored teas in my stash that I want to try..

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10

Too sweet for me and tastes of wet cigar and mystery fruit.

Tealizzy

Ooh, yum, wet cigar :P

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11
drank Orange Blossom Oolong by Chado
58 tasting notes

Tastes like I tossed an old orange rind I found somewhere in a cup of water.

I’m seriously fed up with my Chado order. I’m throwing most of these samples out after one cup. I was so excited when I ordered – I chose many teas I thought I would like. When they came, they were attractively packaged and the samples were all well over an ounce. Now I wonder if the generosity wasn’t to make up for the tea. (Full disclosure, I like the over-cinnamoned christmas tea and the banana tea so far, but by comparison to the rest of my Chado order, not by comparison to the rest of, well, tea.)

This tea is tasteless. So tasteless I actually chewed a few leaves to see if they had any taste. They did, but only barely. Also, it had very little tea aroma dry and no aroma (or flavor) once brewed. I’m guessing it is stale.

I don’t care for being so universally negative, but this tea is just not working out for me.

ifjuly

Yeah, I’ve noticed your low ratings for Chado over and over…yikes! Sorry to hear. When I’m disappointed by a tea but don’t actively find it disgusting, I throw it in a bin marked “for icing”. I have a much lower bar for iced tea flavor, partly ‘cause I can’t taste things as subtly when cold and also ’cause I often spike my iced tea. Just a thought.

Kaylee

Ha! What do you spike it with?

Anyanka

Yes, I do need to dedicate a spot for teas only suitable for icing. So far, I’ve only tossed the ones that have a flavor that’s just unbearable (or in this case absent).

Tealizzy

Ya, my order’s been a bummer too. Oh well. One less tea place to buy from!

ifjuly

Kaylee, usually homemade lemonade and vodka. I want to experiment more though ever since that recent thread on tea-infused cocktails yielded that recipe for Arnold Palmer where you steep gin with tea overnight first, and make it fizzy. That drink is awesome, and now I wonder if using some of my junkier/more boring teas that way will work.

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63
drank Green Christmas by Chado
58 tasting notes

This is quite nice (if you like cinnamon). I don’t taste all of the things listed in the description, for me it’s mostly orange and cinnamon. Maybe I need to mix up next time.

It smells delicious, dry, steeping, and brewed. I tried it first with no sweetener, and it was good, but a small amount of sugar really brightened it up and brought out the flavors. Even though this is supposed to be a holiday flavor, it doesn’t seem wintery at all, maybe because the green tea is so bright tasting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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37
drank Phoenix by Chado
58 tasting notes

This is my first chado tea from a dozen samples. The teas were inexpensive, the samples are generous, and shipping was reasonable and quick.

This tea is supposed to be black tea with honey, caramel, and vanilla. I don’t taste the caramel or the vanilla. It’s heavily scented with what I guess is a very floral honey. I tried to smell one of the chunks to see if it smelled like honey and ended up snorting it up my nose, gagging, then giggling. I’m one of the dumbest people I’ve ever met.

Anyway, the tea is ok, but smelly. It’s better with sweetener than without. I haven’t tried it with milk because it seems like a bad idea and I’m at my bad idea limit for the day. Not destined to be a favorite or a reorder, but drinkable. It doesn’t go bitter if oversteeped. It leaves a lot of powdery sediment in the bottom of the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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