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drank Paradise Peach by Culinary Teas
225 tasting notes

Smells like peach candy when dry, but very tart! This might be good as a cold brewed tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Caramel Tea by Culinary Teas
77 tasting notes

Yummmm! This was more caramel-y than I had anticipated. Not terribly sweet, but more of a deep, burnt caramel. It almost reminded me of a coffee more than a tea, which is great because I miss coffee (I had to quit drinking it a few months ago). I can see this being really satisfying in the morning.

I would be interested to try this again with maybe some soy milk or cream.. I feel like it would round out the rich caramel flavor nicely.

I enjoyed this quite a bit and I might just have to purchase a few ounces… thanks for the sample, Amanda! :)

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received this from LiberTEAS in the Love of Food box. Thank you!

I have been very leery of rose. This was a light black tea with hints of rose. The rose was not over powering, but blended well with the flavor of the black tea. I have had a few rose teas and they are usually more perfumey. This was not the case for this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I did it, I finally found the time and help to clean out a spot for my desk in the basement and move it down! Step one of my Tea-Lair is complete, and while my sweetheart is busy at school tomorrow I will be moving all of my stuff down and setting up my little nest. I also got a new teacup, it was so expensive, a whopping 99 cents, but it is simple, white, and from Arsburg, Germany.

Today’s tea is a dessert tea full of candy-like sweetness. Caramel Tea by Culinary Teas is a Ceylon black tea blended with Natural flavors, Butterscotch chips, Sunflower petals, and Calendula petals. The aroma certainly matches the name with strong notes of burnt sugar and vanilla cream. There is also a malty undertone of black tea, so it does not just smell like candy.

Once brewed the leaves become very rich and malty with and intense sweetness. The aroma reminds me more of toffee and cream than caramel, but that is not at all a derogatory statement. The liquid has an intensely sweet aroma mixing caramel notes and creaminess for a tea that certainly smells more like a dessert than anything else.

The taste is pretty intense, honestly it reminds me more of a Caramel Mocchiato than tea, mixing strong notes of caramel, cream, and slightly bitter nuttiness. It is quite good, leaving a smooth feeling in the mouth and a very sweet aftertaste, of course I want to try this tea with a bit of cream. Adding cream mellows out the tea and brings out the caramel but making it more like caramelized sugar rather than candy. As the tea cools it has a slightly toasted marshmallow taste to it. This tea is a perfect example of sweet dessert tea, and makes a great substitute for an actual dessert at the end of the meal.

On a fun note, tomorrow will start a “Theme Week” the Pu-Erh week worked so well so I am going to try a different spin on it. Experiments are fun! For blogs and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/01/culinary-teas-caramel-tea-tea-review.html

Nicole

“tea-lair”… I love it.

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drank Lady Londonderry by Culinary Teas
207 tasting notes

I received this in the box of samples I purchased from LiberTEAS. Thank you!

I really really wanted to love this tea. Strawberry and lemon, it sounds like the perfect combination. The hint of floral and the way the strawberry was presented in this tea just didn’t quite do it for me, but this is a kind of tea I would like to keep trying. Maybe there is a different brand that does the same type of tea a different way.

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This particular variety of Russian earl grey is very aromatic before the water even begins to mix with the leaves. Once your leaves are introduced you are hit with the pleasant notes of lemongrass and citrus. Obviously should be expected as they are two of the main ingredients, but it brings you to a new place where you forget about the tea and indulge in the calming effects of this fusion between stout black tea and elegant extras that the group at Culinary Teas were so kind to expertly take the time to perfectly blend. With a normal steeping time of about 4-5 minutes. The dark amber color begins to show, the leaves and other ingredients begin to rehydrate and blossom. This being said I am adding my water at just below a boil, as to give the cup a chance to cool as it steeps. The taste instantly mixes the scents of Earl Grey with the Asian flare of lemongrass and just an extra touch of Spanish orange but as not to overpower the now more subtle nuance of bergamot. The group at Culinary Teas really put a lot of effort into this one and every time I smell the scents coming from my cup, I can just tell. Enjoy!

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I bought a one OZ sample of this in late November, 2011, having brewed it twice (most recently on 1/20/2014).

Overall: I’m keeping this review very simple. I just brewed it up for my wife (in the midst of doing my pu-erh toucha sessions), using my standard black tea parameters (although I used my 16oz glass Victorian), and I am impressed with its flavor: I don’t drink brandy often, but I do like it, and this definitely tastes like brandy. The peppermint comes though nicely as well. Not artificial taste either. And, the leaf is at least two years old to boot. I am not a huge flavor-added tea guy, but I am impressed with this tea. My wife likes it as well.

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

Culinary Teas was my gateway vendor for flavored black teas. This sounds pleasant!

SimpliciTEA

Culinary Teas does have some good teas.

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drank Pecan Pie by Culinary Teas
589 tasting notes

I was really excited to see this in my package from ifjuly. Thank you so much.
I LOVE pecan pie. If asked, what my favorite pie is – depending on the season, I would either say pecan or pumpkin. If you’ve been following me you know that I’ve explored quite a few pumpkin teas – there aren’t as many pecan ones out there, so was really hoping for this one.

All in all, I like it. I am perfectly happy drinking this tea. I think Culinary Teas have something in their blends that remind me of dark/bitter chocolate. That’s great if it’s a chocolate strawberry tea you are drinking, not so good if it’s pecan pie. To me this is a chocolate, pecan tea. I love nutty, chocolate teas – so I’m good, but I don’t need chocolate in my pecan pie.

TheTeaFairy

Maybe not in pecan pie, but dark chocolate and pecan together = heaven!

Fjellrev

Chocolate in nut pies does indeed throw things off balance. But I agree that dark chocolate and pecan is a heavenly combination anyway.

Dexter3657

LOL it’s good, but I have lots of chocolate nut teas – I wanted pecan, gooey, sweet, crusty. I like it, but it’s not what was promised. :))

Dexter3657

You might like their cherry cordial for you chocolate cherry but not sweet tea…

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmmm…

Fjellrev

Cherry cordial tea sounds awesome, even though I don’t even like cherry cordials that much. Mmm.

Let’s hope someone out there will make a stunning pecan pie tea. It needs to be done!

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My boss brought some of this tea in and it’s incrdible!! She and a friend would go to a tea room in Oakhurst, California run by a family friend to get this particular tea. She brought some in for us to try and I’m hooked!! It’s such a lovely fruity/coconuty tea. So delicious!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Elderberry by Culinary Teas
1621 tasting notes

Tea #28 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

This tea wasn’t what I expected at all, but then again the only thing I’ve had before with elderberry was wine, so I really have no idea what it tastes like. This was surprisingly floral, almost rose flavored. I was expecting more of a sweet/tart berry flavor, rather than floral. I the background notes there were hints of sweetness and tartness which somewhat confused the senses. It really runs the gamut as far as flavors go and because of this I can’t quite figure out if I like it or not. I’m edging more towards not because the more I drink of it the more it reminds me of potpourri. I will say that it was much better hot than at room temperature.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Before I start my day I figured I’d make a cup of this which I got in a trade with Shadowfall. The hazelnut and vanilla are very light but still present. Kinda like they are playing peek-a-boo with your taste buds. I think I would enjoy it a bit more if the vanilla flavor had more presence.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Backlog:

A really good “every day” type of jasmine tea. (Pearls can be expensive if you’re drinking them everyday!) A sweet, vegetative, floral cup.

A little bit buttery, creamy, with a slight grassy undertone. A good, economical jasmine for those of us who like to have a cup of jasmine every day!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/09/jasmine-flowers-green-tea-culinary-teas/

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Had this for my morning tea with cookies. This is a good dessert tea but better to go short on the steeping time, I left my first cup for a tad of 3 minutes and it was too much, bitter. This second cup hits the spot, slightly sweet and creamy chocolate taste. I love the weekend so sad that tomorrow is Monday… but on the plus side, my Verdant Tea Black Friday order should be coming in :)

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87
drank Lady Londonderry by Culinary Teas
4231 tasting notes

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Very nice. Slightly sweet, slightly earthy and slightly astringent from the black tea base, and a delightful fruity tone from the strawberry and lemon. These two fruits work remarkably well together. The strawberry is sweet, and the lemon adds a nice tart contrast.

A really pleasant afternoon tea – works awesomely for an iced tea too.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/26/lady-londonderry-tea-culinary-teas/

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drank Peaches n' Cream by Culinary Teas
611 tasting notes

I’m trying to go through and backlog all the teas I had this spring and summer but was too busy to review. Pretty daunting, but some headway’s better than none, right?

Once I quickly figured out I’m not nuts for Culinary Teas’ black base for its flavored offerings (Ceylon usually, I think?) but do appreciate the aromas and flavors, I put most of ‘em in the “cold steep” pile…and learned to my delight they are fabulous that way. This was the stand out for sure. I emptied the pouch in no time at the beginning of the summer, loving every refreshing glass. It was so good that way I’d reorder it just for that purpose. Yum.

Preparation
Iced

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Backlog:

A really good Rose Congou! I had heard much about chilling Rose Congou, but it was something I had never tried until I got this Rose Congou Emperor from Culinary Teas and I decided to try it out. It’s fantastic iced! It might even be better iced than hot. That’s not something I can say about every tea because I am a hot tea drinker more so than an iced tea drinker (although I do keep a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge at all times now because it’s nice to have something chilled to drink with meals and such)

When iced, this Rose Congou reminds me a little bit of baklava that has been flavored with rose water. The rose is soft, not at all perfume-ish or soapy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/04/rose-congou-emperor-tea-from-culinary-teas/

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I’d much rather drink a caffeinated version of a tea than a decaffeinated variety, and I know I’ve said that more than once before. Even some of the best decaffeinated teas … they still taste a wee bit thin and just a bit off. There are some exceptions to this (Vanilla Comoro comes to mind immediately.)

And while this a wee bit thinner in texture than what I might experience from a typical Jasmine green, it’s still a really good tea and I would say it’s one of the better decaf teas I’ve tried.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/24/jasmine-green-decaffeinated-tea-from-culinary-teas/

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Dark Chocolate and cherry, what’s not to like? I’m not getting the cough syrup, medicinal cherry that others are mentioning. This works for me. It’s not complicated, just a nice chocolate cherry tea. I would buy this again.

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A really impressive rooibos blend. The blueberry is intense here.

The sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos creates a sort of pancake-y kind of flavor, and accents the blueberry notes well. Very good iced or hot.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/18/blueberry-bang-rooibos-from-culinary-teas/

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