Culinary Teas

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Lewis & Clarke TTB

I’ve never had a tea from Culinary Teas before, but I think they’re one of the vendors that a lot of other companies buy from and then resell as their own. I don’t have super high expectations of this one, but seeing as how I love both blueberry and vanilla, I had to try it! I don’t see any actual blueberries in here, just small black tea leaves and flower petals. This one was stored in a rather thin zipper bag, so it doesn’t have much scent left, though I can smell a little bit of blueberry. I gave it a 4 minute steep at 200 degrees.

Once brewed, the tea smells strongly of both blueberry and vanilla, which is promising. I can also smell the cream in there. Meh, the flavor’s not bad, I do get a decent amount of blueberry flavor, but not as much as I would like. The vanilla doesn’t really show up for me until the aftertaste, as well as the cream. It’s decent, but not something I would purchase.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Creme Brule by Culinary Teas
201 tasting notes

This is another tea from Mandy.
Not getting too much caramel from this one to be honest. Getting more of a burnt creme brule flavor for some reason. xD Don’t know why. Not such a fan of this one.
But these samples have been a nice distraction from feeling horrible today, so that’s nice at least. Thanks so much, Mandy! (:

Flyawaybirdie

=(. I’m guessing burnt as in not that ‘slightly burnt sugar taste’ but more ‘burnt to charcoal’ taste?
I’m sorry you’ve been having a bad day. Here’s something cute and fluffy: http://instagram.com/p/r_gCqYxNCN/

Ost

Maybe in the middle. xD Not sure that either is really good haha
Hehe that definitely cheered me up! Thanks!

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Got a surprise package in the sweet and thoughtful Mandy! A bunch of desert teas! Which I’m ALWAYS a fan of!
This one smelled ridiculously strong when I opened the bag. Which I hoped was a good sign. But it seems good smells can often betray dessert teas.
As for flavor there’s a WHOLE lot of butterscotch and caramel in it. Not tasting tons of toffee, just hints of it here and there.
There was mainly a caramel flavor in the first steep, and second mainly butterscotch…maybe for my third steep I will get a lot of toffee. xD
It’s definitely better than I expected it to be.
Though, steeped a couple minutes over the second time so kinda bitter. But good overall. Thank you so much, Mandy! (:

Flavors: Bitter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Sweet

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drank Lady Londonderry by Culinary Teas
261 tasting notes

I cold steeped this over night, the dry leaf smelled kind of fruity and sweet, but the wet leaf when I strained it this morning smelled like cough syrup: sweet and candy fruity, but medicinal and fake.

The aroma and front of the sip is medicinal, the middle sip isn’t too bad, sort of lemony and berry like, with the end of the sip taking on the medicine taste again. Coupled with the fact that I was drinking this out of a red plastic cup, my mind kept trying to tell me I was drinking cough syrup.

I think that the fact that I cold brewed this made the tea suffer, something that probably would have been fine in a traditional steep, became fake and medicinal in the 15 hour steep.

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This kind of reminds me of those strawberry hard candies with the gooey center flavor wise. Sweet, artificial, but still sort of berryish. The chocolate is definitely like those Easter bunnies that say “chocolate flavored”. Again, I can get the flavor, but it’s distinctly fake. Also a touch astringent. I did get a big whole dried raspberry in my scoop though, so there is real fruit in it, and I also see hard shiny shards that look like they might be pieces of cocoa shell mixed in with the tea leaves. This isn’t terrible, in fact I probably would have adored it back when I first was getting into loose leaf, but I’ve become a bit more picky about my flavored teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter

LOL yep – as you experience more teas, your tastes will change and you will become more discerning in your preferences.
I would not have believed you, if you had told me a year ago that my favorite teas would be straight blacks. Even 5 months ago I thought I liked Yunnan blacks, as it turns out most of my favorite blacks are Fujian…. it’s just so interesting to learn and experience new teas. You just don’t need to BUY them all at once. ;))

Mandy

Up until about a month or two ago, I thought I hated black tea, and the idea of getting notes of cocoa or caramel or cherry from a black tea with nothing added to it?! Preposterous! And drinking something the people affectionately call pu? Absurd! And now? I love the pure malty bready cocoa goodness of a good black tea, the wet earth (pond water)smell of puerh gets my pulse racing, and dessert flavored teas are hardly ever even on my mind. So of course I have all this tea in my cupboard that gets neglected, and. I’ve had a few entire orders of tea where by the time I got around to sampling, I wish I never bought.

Dexter

Isn’t it amazing what happens when you start exploring GOOD tea. LOVE pond water – LOVE Chinese black tea. But I still like the flavored stuff too. I haven’t totally left it behind. I’ve become more selective, more fussy, but I LOVE some of the H&S chocolate flavored blacks (Florance, Soho, etc). LOVE good, well balanced fruit tisanes. Still questing for my favorite pumpkin tea, and the list goes on.
That’s how I ended up with 300 teas in my cupboard. I like almost everything… :))

Mandy

Oh trust me I still like me some good flavored teas, I am a sweets girl wholey and fully. A good fruity or jasmine green tea are still my go to cold brew type for taking and running to class with. I good dessert tea that doesn’t taste fake is still (once I get through my teas that I still need to try) what I like to end a long night with. The only flavored H&S tea I’ve tried so far has been Vanilla Comoro, but I really like a few of Stacy’s chocolate teas (Three friends, so happy I decided to give that a shot).
Oh if you do find a favorite pumpkin tea, let me know! I’ve had a few that are pretty good chai latte style (but then again what chai isn’t good latte style), but I’d love one that tastes pumpkin without having to summer in milk for a bit first.
If my funds were more stable (might be getting a new job that makes quite a but more than my last, so fingers crossed) I’d have probably added another 25-30 teas easy to my cupboard during July. Knowing that if I sacrum to the tea desire I wouldn’t be able to pay my electric is a pretty decent tea control mechanism, haha.

Mandy

Succumb* not sacrum

Dexter

You need to enjoy the tea you have and pay the electric bill. :))
http://steepster.com/teas/traveling-tea/42210-pumpkin-ginger-spice
That is the pumpkin tea that I’ve never tried but am trying really hard to get my hands on some. I almost don’t want to admit it, but I’ve tried a BUNCH of pumpkin teas and my favorite is still Della Terra Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie. I just like the balance of spice in that one. I know, I should have moved past DT by now, but that’s still a favorite.
I keep buying fruity green tea, and I keep being disappointed. I have a tin of cheap (don’t even really know what it is) Chinese green tea that I bought at a local Asian market. Two tsp of that, three tsp of a fruit tisane in 750 ml of water – cold steep 12 hours. Perfect every time. Preblended fruity greens always seem to get bitter, or there isn’t enough fruit. I do that with a med quality yunnan black, or Davids Bai Hao Yin Zhen white – depending on what base I want.
Lupicia is one of my favorite companies for flavored teas…..
And I just told you to be happy with what you have – sorry, it’s just hard to stop recommending. ;))

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The dry leaf smells like the sugar free caramel sauce on top of the sugar free dulce de leche puddings in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Sweet and caramel like, but also a bit off.

The wet leaf and tea liquor smell like creamy custard and a but like caramel. It smells like that milk film the coats the pot after making a chai tea latte.

The flavor isn’t nearly as strong as the smell. There’s a bit of the milk taste, but not much of the custard from the aroma. There’s a bit of a sugar taste but it’s a far cry from the sweet sticky caramel smell from the dry leaf.

As it cools down there’s a bit more of a caramel taste, and some of the black tea base is coming out and mingling with the milk at the end of the sip. It smells better than it tastes, unfortunately, but I think that it might shine better in a cold brew.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been avoiding studying for my final (I busted my butt this last 6 weeks, and managed to set myself up so that as long as I get 74% or more I’ll get an A in a notoriously impossible to get an A in class. But I should still study just in case), so while I’ve had my webcourse page open, and my Lana Del Ray Pandora station playing (my preferred station for homework/quizzes/studying), I’ve spent that last couple hours catching up on things I’ve missed lately on here.

So, the dry leaf of this smells like fresh coffee beans, I don’t usually crave coffee anymore, but the smell made me miss it a tad. Like caramel coffee almost, thats what the dry leaf smells like. I set a timer for 3 minutes, and when it went off, I went to the kitchen to straight it, but then a good jammin’ song came on, and I stood there gettin’ down with my bad self (don’t mind the strange terms, avoiding studying gets me feelin’ some type of way), and then I realize that I forgot to pull the leaves out first, and I don’t know how much time has past: Seconds? Minutes? Hours?! I don’t know! But the tea liquor is inky black, like the swamp from chessey 60s swamp thing horror movies.

Thinking I ruined it, I sweetened it, and braced myself for the first sip. Not bad! I don’t slaughter it! It tastes like dark burnt (the good burnt, not the bad) caramel, and coffee, and some earthiness all mingled together creating what could possibly be Mr. Swamp Things favorite drink. Dark, thick, sweet, but sturdy, a mans dessert tea.

I’m surprised, and glad I got this. This is my second flavored puerh, and the first that I’ve liked. This is perfect for a dessert tea lover that wants to ease into the world of puerh safely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog
Hmm, I think I underbrewed this, or underleafed it, because I’m not getting much flavor from this. The dry leaf smells sweet and berry, the wet leaf smells a little vegetal as well. I forgot to cold brew some tea to take to class yesterday, so I steeped 4 tsp of this with 2 cups of 165 degree water, for 4 minutes and poured over ice. Unsweetened, it tasted like those lightly flavored no sugar added type of flavored waters. Water just barely hinting at berry. Sweetening it drew out the flavors a little bit, making it taste lightly vegetal and fruity. Not bad, I mean its more flavorful than water, and it was still refreshing.
I tried resteeping the used leaves, cold brewed, for 24 hours. The result has more flavor, reinforcing me belief that I did something wrong the first time. A little more fruity, with a hint of vegetal. Unfortunately, I think the combination of steeping it for so long, and resteeping leaves that aren’t good for resteeping also made it a bit astringent.

It’s hard to tell if this experience was because of the tea, or because of the way I prepared it, so I’m not going to rate it.

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The dry leaf of this smells thick and sweet and gooey like caramel and toffee. The wet leaf smells more strongly of general black tea, and toffee. The tea liquor smells like a sweet toffee.

This is pretty good. Sweet, caramelly, toffee, buttery goodness. I can’t really pick one flavor out from the other, but then again, what makes toffee so different from caramel, or either of those different from butterscotch? They are all in the same family, a sweet sticky gooey delicious family. Definitely a dessert tea. I didn’t notice much from the tea base, which is better than noticing an unpleasant base tea. This would have been perfect for me back when I didn’t like lack teas. And even now it makes more a nice sweet treat.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Sweet, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I usually drink fruity teas cold, either cold brewed or flash chilled with ice. This is especially true during the dog days of summer, but something made me want to try this tea hot. I thought that maybe since it’s vanilla cream in addition to blueberry, maybe it will taste kind of like a blueberry pie or something equally dessert like.

Hot, it does kind of remind me of vanilla ice cream melting on blueberry pie filling. It doesn’t taste exactly like I’m drinking a pie or anything, but it’s sweet, creamy, kind of vanilla, and gooey blueberriness enough to summon the images.

It’s pretty good dry, but I still really want to try this cold. I have a feeling it will be very juicy and refreshing.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you Sil for sharing this but I am not a fan. It’s not bad but something tastes off at the very end of the sip. It is almost as if the caramel is just a bit older than I would like it to be and the rooibos a touch too woody. I am grateful for the opportunity to try it though. Hopefully Cavocorax will have better luck.

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drank Caramel Cream Rooibos by Culinary Teas
4942 tasting notes

Cards and Tea Travelling teabox

Soooo i quite enjoy this one. it’s red rooibos, which i know some are not a fan of, but i like it, especially when it’s not that woodsy rooibos, which this is not. Steeped this for about 11 mins and it’s now a creamy delicious cup of tea. I know i’ve hard variations on this theme before and most of them are similar but this one is pretty good in my opinion. Though red rooibos haters may not agree with me :)

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One creamy cuppa earl grey. Good color, smells like Cornish cream and sharp tangy bergamot. Taste the same. Don’t steep too long though, gets a bit coppery tasting and bitter. Milk helps in that case. Not a bad earl grey at all. Still looking for “the one”, though.

Flavors: Bergamot, Butter, Cream

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From the Tea and Cards TTB.: this tastes like an earl grey creme with some blueberry flavouring. The flavours are nicely balanced. I enjoyed my cup, and I would definitely accept a cup, but I can’t say that it’s something that I would necessarily buy

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Smells divine while steeping. Very slightly vegetal, buttery and creamy, like clotted cream. The bergamot is definetly there but doesn’t transfer well after steeping. Not quite vanilla but definetly creamy and smooth. Not my favorite unfortunately. I’m still very much in love with my plain old Bigelow Earl Grey Green as my go to Earl Grey. But this is a second runner for sure.

Dry leaf: looks very pretty in pouch; rolled green leaves that unfurl while steeping with pretty blue cornflowers. Smells like bergamkont, gunpowder green and cream.

Steeps go a gorgeous golden amber cooler.

Flavors: Bergamot, Butter, Cream, Vegetal

Amaryllis

While delicious this tea does not hold up well on the second steep. The butter smell is all but gone, and what little of the bergamot that was there to begin with is no where to be found. The light, slightly floral notes of the green tea dominate the second steep. Which actually isn’t a bad thing. The green tea itself is a good quality and very smooth, not at all astringent and the actual liquor is the most gorgeous yellow gold. Still a great tea. I’ll try steeping it in shorter intervals next time to see if it makes a difference.

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I’m having a cup of this tea right now. I came across this in my stash and i have no idea how long I’ve had this sampling. Hopefully it’s not too stale.

Well, the good news is that I don’t think it’s stale. After a few moments of cool time, I can taste the apple and the caramel notes come through nicely. The black tea is brisk. It’s also a tad astringent. I think I’d prefer it to be a little less tannic, but, overall, it’s a tasty tea.

It’s one that I can’t find on the Culinary Teas website anymore, so I guess they’ve discontinued it. While there, I did happen to notice that they’ve changed their website.

Anyway, due to the potential age of this sampling, as well as the fact that it’s no longer available from Culinary Teas, I’m not going to bother rating it.

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I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. I love lavender scented everything, I own plenty of lotions and such, and when we got our house, the first thing I planted in the little garden was lavender.

That being said, I’m not sure lavender is something I need to drink.

I got distracted and forgot that I had this steeping (my life story), so it could’ve been five minutes or more. The EG was fine but the lavender definitely gave it a yucky bitterness.

I will refrain from giving this a rating and try again when I remember to set the steeping timer.

Marzipan

I’m the same way, I love lavender lotions and such, but I really don’t enjoy drinking flowers :( And it seems like most French teas are highly floral? At least the ones I have tried so far.

Stephanie

The only strong lavender tea I’ve enjoyed was Butiki’s the Killer’s Vanilla which is super weird because I’m picky about vanilla in teas as well!

whatshesaid

I will give it another chance but I’m guessing that for me, lavender will remain a scent I wear on my hands rather than drink in my tea :)

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drank Vanilla Cream by Culinary Teas
470 tasting notes

Meehhhhhh… It’s vanilla like, yes. It is also a bit dull. The vanilla tastes very true vanilla bean like, but this tea just doesn’t have much more going on with it. Pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I just cracked this one open for the first time, I have a soft spot for plain vanilla anything, and enjoyed DTT’s Cafe Vanilla tea, I purchased this one hoping to find another delicious plain vanilla.

I did not.
When I opened it, the smell was pretty alcoholy, but I still gave it a chance.

It tasted OK, but not the creamy vanilla goodness I was hoping for, not even close.

The weird smell of the dry leaves seemed to somehow translate to the brewed tea. It wasn’t gross, and I pretty much finished my cup, but it absolutely not what I was hoping to find.

Another one for the swap pile!

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This one has a very strong and very distinct toffee-caramel aroma! I was worried for a moment that it would be too strong when brewed. Nope. There is a nice balance between the B/C/T flavor and the mild, but decent base tea. No astringency that I can tell. (I used a 3 minute steep.) Each sip leaves a lingering buttery sweet feeling in my mouth. It’s almost sticky in the way that toffee leaves a stickiness behind. It’s not a very complex tea. Very one-dimensional. But the tea base and flavoring works well together—and it’s enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. (: I might try adding milk to this the next time I brew.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hm.

Smells like chocolate and caramel, tastes somewhat like that, but I’m not overly impressed.

The base is nothing exciting, and I find the tea just tastes like flavoring. Like, just not natural.

Honestly I think my major problem is that I love chocolate soooooo much that chocolate tea will never satisfy me.

However these last few days of flavored tea testing only serves to reinforce my intense desire to order some MF teas….no matter the cost. They make flavored teas I love and that don’t gross me out or disappoint me.

Swap pile!

Courtney

I’ve become more and more picky with chocolate flavours. It’s pretty well limited to Butiki and cacao now haha. They taste like quality actual chocolate I find. Not bleh milk chocolate hah.

whatshesaid

I will likely order some cacao soon!

Which Butiki blends are chocolate?

Courtney

Oh, Three Friends has chocolate hehe. As does Peppermint Patty.

whatshesaid

Yup, I knew the answer to that question was going to be super obvious, haha

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From the HHTTB2

Strong cinnamon notes up front followed by the sweetness of the plum. This is really good, and it’s something I’d love to have in my cupboard during the holiday season.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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