Compass Teas

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This is an okay earl grey. After the last cup I wanted one that actually tasted like EG, but sadly this one isn’t as fruity as I’d like. The tea base is assertive and the bergamot is floral without being too much, but there’s something missing and I think it’s the fruitiness that I associate with my favorite EGs. In this case it’s completely a personal taste thing and nothing wrong with the tea itself; it’s drinkable and smooth, and I’ll have no trouble finishing off what I have. It’s doubtful this will go on the list to buy, though.

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drank Coconut Macaroon by Compass Teas
2245 tasting notes

My faith in Compass Teas is sadly fading…. not a big fan of this one. At least I can taste the coconut here, and it’s alright (whew, not rancid!), but it’s a very plain, boring tea, with a very unremarkable base that’s verging on astringency with even just a short 2-minute infusion. It’s not terrible, and if milk/sweetener didn’t cover up the mild coconut flavour, it might actually be good that way, but I’m not keen to have this one again.

Oops – forgot to thank JoonSusanna for passing some of this along :) Always curious to try, even if a tea doesn’t work for me!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I have only tried one of their teas before and was not a fan. I have not sought out anymore since then and it would seem that I am not missing out on anything.

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drank Butter Pecan by Compass Teas
2245 tasting notes

Thanks to JoonSusanna (I think) for passing this tea on! Unfortunately, I’m not getting even the slightest butter-pecan flavour; it just tastes like a mildly astringent basic black. I don’t know if it could be age, but it’s in a nice sealed pouch, so that would surprise me a bit. I may give it another chance at some point, but sadly was pretty unimpressed this time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

haha look at you finally getting in to those ones

Kittenna

Heh, a bit!

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drank Earl Grey Classic by Compass Teas
4391 tasting notes

Backlog:

I love Earl Grey tea – as many of you probably know already. There are few teas out there that make me as happy as a good Earl Grey and this one qualifies as good! A strong bergamot aroma, and a tangy flavor with just a tad of sweetness to it. A very uplifting taste. Not soapy or perfume-ish, just beautifully bergamot-y.

A rich, medium-to-full-bodied black tea base.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/25/earl-grey-classic-black-tea-compass-teas/

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drank Dublin Cream by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

I have been wanting coffee lately, especially since the boyfriend is really wanting to start into grinding beans himself and buying the good stuff, a la 100% Kona style.

So, I remembered that I had this tea and it reminded me strongly of coffee and then it seemed like a good idea to have it last night to help me stay up and get school stuff done.

It is thinner in body than coffee but it does have a nice french vanilla undertone to it that creamer brings out nicely. It gave me the hit of energy I needed to power through, as well.

I can’t wait for this week to be over – one more night at work and I can maybe focus on myself and recuperate from the crazy. I hope it goes by fast.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Dublin Cream by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Note #700 and it’s a tea I’ve had for a while but never tried.

I think I was just nervous because it had a coffee like scent to it. And well, Dublin cream? It just sounds like it would be coffee-esque. I have an on-again/off- again relationship with coffee and since I’m liking it okay of late I figured I may as well just suck it up and try this for breakfast.

Steep notes: 1 tsp. leaf to a cup, below parameters. Creamer to sweeten.

That creamer really does make it seem like I’ve having a cup of coffee. French vanilla coffee, even. Strange. I did take a sip plain and it didn’t taste like much of anything (vague hints of vanilla at best) so I wonder how much of this is the tea and how much is the additive.

Anyway, I liked this. I just don’t feel like I actually drank tea this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

ooh sounds tasty heh though not necessarily “tea like”

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drank Spiced Doughnut Chai by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

this was in the BBB box grab bag so i pulled it out to try. I must try ALL THE TEAS so even if i don’t think i’ll enjoy something, if it’s going to be tossed, i am happy to try it lol. This isn’t quite spiced donut but it IS a decent chai. I like the blend of spices going on in this one.

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1917 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (163)

I made the last of the sample JoonSusanna sent me and this tea is incredibly underwhelming. More than anything, I get a mediocre black tea base. If I search very, VERY hard, I can mildly detect a hint of banana but it is a lot of work to pick up a very subtle note. There is also a bit of thickness that might represent the pancakes. All in all, I was not impressed but I am glad I got to try it. You never know what a tea will be like unless you try it out first and with that in mind, thank you JoonSusanna for sending a sample my way :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1917 tasting notes

JoonSusanna sent me this in a take it away package. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any steeping recommendations so I used 1.5 tsps and brewed it in just-below-boiling water for 4 minutes. That definitely was not right for this tea because all I am getting is a bitter base. I still have more to try to get this right so I will hold off numbers for now. Anyways, thank you JoonSusanna for sharing this with me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sunset Pineapple by Compass Teas
4391 tasting notes

Backlog:

Definitely one of the better pineapple teas/tisanes that I’ve had, and I don’t know if this is even available any longer. Back when I wrote my full-length review of this tea (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/19/sunset-pineapple-tisane-from-compass-teas/ ) … back in June … yes, I’m still so very behind! This tisane wasn’t available back then and it doesn’t appear to be available now, some months later.

Unfortunate because this was really tasty.

Sweet, pineapple-y and the green rooibos base is light and refreshing. An amazing iced tea!

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last tea of the evening and it’s a sipdown! Thus bringing my total at the end of the weekend to 220. 70 teas to drink up between now and black friday, ignoring the few swaps/samples that are on their way to me. 70 teas in 52 days. I can totally do this! While this tea is ok, it’s likely not a repurchase for me unless i need something to up my cart to free shipping or something. At the end of the day it’s really just a rooibosy ginger blend, and it’s less delicious than the blend from tao leaf tea that i like :) Thanks though Kaylee for sharing this one with me!

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thanks kaylee! This is one from my swap with kaylee and one i was excited for. I’m always looking for caffeine free blends for days when caffeine seems to be bothering me. This isn’t a bad brew but i’m not sure it’s really gingersnap cookie to me. I do like the ginger flavouring, so i may play with this one similar to what kaylee tried and add some sugar and milk. Over all though, a nice ginger cup of tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

Sip down! (217)

Finished this one off as a cold brew and its super tasty :) I’d get this one again. Thanks again joonsusanna! :)

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drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

Cold brewed this today and it’s delicious! I’m thinking maybe trying this out in my NEW ZOKU SLUSHIE maker tomorrow…or maybe i’ll make a chai slushie…licorice chai? hmmm i’m super excited to test this baby out!

Meanwhile in tea land..this one is a tea i prefer cold strangely…the cold brew evens out the rooibos taste and really lets the fruit flavours come out a bit more.

Also..just for cavocorax (today puts me at 224)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Aww! A Zoku Slushie maker? Thought they were just for pops! Well that will be crazy good for tea slush experiments, won’t it??

Sil

Tey have the pop makers and now the slushie one cup wonders . I pretty much only bought it for tea experiments….saves on having to make ice to grind in the blender lol

DaisyChubb

oo let us know how it goes! I love my zoku for popsicles, this may be next on the list ;)

Cavocorax

Oh, fancy! Can’t wait to hear how that thing works out. :D
Also, GJ on the sipdowns!

Terri HarpLady

I can see that I’m probably gonna need one of those Zoku slushie thinging next…I’m thinking it would be awesome for chai…sigh

tigress_al

I had to google what that was but it looks awesome!!

ashmanra

I have three! I love them! I have the pop maker, too. I love the tea pops and tea slushies – so refreshing!

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drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

Another one from Junesusanna via cavocorax! This is a pretty tasty one. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s green rooibos in this one or what but it’s a really delicious fruity tea! I really want to cold brew this next to see if it’s a tea i can get behind cold as well. the berries are all hanging out in this one really nicely and there’s no bitterness. it also hasn’t devolved into that whole “generic” berry taste that i’m not fond of. happy to have this one to play with a bit more!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Cinnamon & Spice by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! figured this might be a tea that would cut through the weirdness my taste buds are having today. This was decent enough and i thank joonsusanna for sharing it with me :) I’ll stick with other rooibos blends for non caffeinated teas but this was still a decent cup of cinnamon-ey/spicey tea!

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drank Cinnamon & Spice by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of another tea that i’ve had before. overall not too bad but i can taste the rooibos in this one and that woodsy taste isn’t my favourite. I don’t get much cinnamon from this either but i do get the generic “spice” flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Cola by Compass Teas
4923 tasting notes

Sipdown! (235) haha i figured tonight was a good time to try this one and maybe a couple other rooibos teas to refrain from pilling up on the caffeine :) This was sent via Junesusanna and cavocorax :)

Cola teas confuse me. They’re hot but should be cold. This one is no exception. there is a definite cola taste to this tea but my mouth is totally weirded out by the heat. overall this is a good tea but i think i need to stay away from hot cola teas haha.

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This tea has the most amazingly wonderfully delicious aroma. It came in the mail today and I grabbed it as we were leaving so I couldn’t brew it up right away. So instead my excitement grew and grew to try it.

At least it smells good. But the tea is not great. I’m hoping I can coax a better flavor out of this by experimenting with temps and times. I let about half my cup cool completely while I was making dinner and it actually kind of tasted like caramel corn and genmaicha. I resteeped my leaves and the second round had kind of an old butter flavor. Bleh.

I really want to like this. It has so much potential and I love flavored genmaichas. And seriously, it smells amazing.

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drank Coconut Macaroon by Compass Teas
1199 tasting notes

I prefer macarons over macaroons, to the point I have an irrational hatred for macaroons for when people spell macarons like macaroons.

But I do like coconut. A lot.

So this was okay at first without sugar. It smells really nutty. But what I think must be the base tea is giving it this smoky aftertaste. It’s not offputting enough for me to dump the cup, but it just really doesn’t match the sweet cookie thing this tea has going on otherwise. I added milk and sugar and it makes it more tolerable, as does letting it cool off a bit more.

I added way more sugar than I usually do, which makes this tea taste like I’m having dessert for breakfast.

Thanks, JoonSusanna!

Dinosara

Re: macarons vs. macaroons… Me too!

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Mmm, there’s just something so comforting about the smell of hazelnut. Toasty, nutty, bake-y goodness. I’ve been dying to try this since I received it in a swap with TeaEqualsBliss but for some reason it got shoved to the back of my “to try” pile and I just noticed it sitting there all lonely and sad today. Well, time to remedy that!

I was about to prepare some earl grey when I dug up this beauty, so I decided why not mix them up? And of course with something as decadent as hazelnut I couldn’t have any regular old cup of tea so a stovetop latte it was—2 parts hazelnut to 1 part RoT’s Earl Greyer.

Wow, this is good! Really strong hazelnut flavor, and very natural tasting. It pairs so well with the EG, which tempers the hazelnut a bit so it’s not too strong. I have to say, the base on this is really fantastic too. That’s not normally something I notice with heavily flavored blends, but the base here is really strong and malty and definitely held up to a long steep in milk.

I won’t be rating this now since I haven’t had it on its own, but suffice to say it’s a real winner so far! I’ve been looking for a good hazelnut tea, and I think this one has just found a place in my cupboard where it will be staying for a long time.

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1199 tasting notes

Steeped this time for 3 minutes, and added some of the acacia honey from my Fauchon set to sweeten it. Perfect way to add a boost to this tea! Acacia is so light in flavor but has just a hint of vanilla and wow it makes the banana pop and kind of gives this the pancake flavor without me waiting for it to cool off.

I ended up finally being able to go back to sleep after I ate breakfast, so now this is cold. The pancake flavor definitely comes out even more now with the honey. I may have to cold brew the rest of this sample that I have!

Marcel Duchamp

This sounds amazing!

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1199 tasting notes

I think I converted a Facebook friend to a tea drinker last night LOL

Thank you for this tea, Jackie T! I think I should have stuck with my initial thought to steep it for 3 minutes because 3 1/2 was a bit astringent.

This is definitely banana, not really cakey at all but still definitely feels like a caffeinated kick. It does have yerba mate in there too so that’ll help.

The banana flavor is pretty subtle, and a little sweet. I left a bit in my cup and now it’s cooled off. At first it diddn’t taste like banana at all but it’s very sweet in the aftertaste, and almost tastes more like pancakes this way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Evangelist, we all understand because we all do it! Are we Tea Nerds?

momo

I think so. It didn’t even stem out of something related to tea, it was about my etsy shop. She was surprised I didn’t sell tea due to how much I love it and it went from there haha.

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