Culinary Teas

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76

This is kind of an experiment for me, to see how my taste buds are doing. I wanted a more delicate tasting tea than the tea I’ve been drinking (mostly black teas with a lot of ginger and cinnamon and other spices) to see if I could detect some of the lighter flavors. And they seem to be in check! Woot!

The pear flavor is quite lovely, as is the flavor of the green tea. Fresh, slightly vegetative, and the fruit flavor is light yet sweet and delicious.

As for TeaEqualsBliss’s challenge, Um… well… here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm6GXllBiw … Pear-adise City!

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks for playing along!!!! Awesome song choice!

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76

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This has a really good flavor. The pear essence is abundant in both the aroma and taste, and the Sencha tastes fresh and smooth. A nice light-bodied tea with a whole lot of flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Russian Earl Grey by Culinary Teas
902 tasting notes
I woke up to a solid inch of snow on the ground, and it’s still coming down quite nicely. I probably should go out and get a few errands done, but people in my town can’t drive in less-than-ideal weather conditions, so I’ll be hunkering down with old movies and tea. After all, it is the perfect day for it!

Geoffrey sent me some of this to try…can’t believe I’m just now getting to it. This is a great Earl blend! It’s lighter on the bergamot than I expected, which is great because it really lets the lemongrass and citrus come through. The base tea still shines in this as well. Everything blends together very well; no one flavor comes to the fore. I think I’ll try it at 5 minutes next time, though, to see if the bergamot gets stronger.

Thanks, Geoffrey! It’s yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

Glad ya liked. :-)

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84

some vanilla pudding and buttery notes, but overall weaker texture and aftertaste. Walker Tea Review #289. Score= 84

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81

where is the muscatel? Walker Tea Review #283. Score=81

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93

Finishing up this delightful sample from Laura R. I really enjoy the smooth sweet strawberry and the buttery sencha. I find this blend to be much more flavorful and the sencha more tasty than other strawberry greens I’ve tried. I would love to have more of this on hand in the near future.

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93

I’ve really been falling in love with strawberry teas lately. And most recently flavored sencha’s have been in my top teas as well. This tea makes the list. Such a sweet succulent berry flavor. I will definitely be checking out more teas from Culinary teas…as soon as I make room in my cupboard. A friend at work purchased 8-10 different teas for me for my birthday, plus the recent Teavana and Harney’s orders, plus hubby took me to Teavana for more teas….I’ve got some time before I can decupboard anything. Glad I got a chance to try this tea, thanks again to LauraR and her wonderful sample package!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Charisma

sounds so good! I’ve ordered from Culinary teas and I was happy :) They always have that 10% coupon on their page.

Stephanie

Why am I wishing for a Long Island Iced Tea at 10:30 in the morning?? :)

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83
drank Pecan Pie by Culinary Teas
69 tasting notes

I love, love, love nutty teas and this one is indeed nutty tasting with a somewhat dry black tea base. That dryness kind of adds authenticity to the nuttiness. I found that a little sweetener brings out some caramel nuances that I really enjoyed. I think this one would be fun to play with by adding some steamed milk, maple syrup, and so on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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69
drank Queen Mary Tea by Culinary Teas
21 tasting notes

Holy Smokes, this will knock your slippers off. Billed as a breakfast tea, they weren’t kidding. I only brewed if for 3.5 minutes, instead of the recommemded 5 and it was super strong. One reviewer said it needed 7 to taste right. Definately a British style tea. In your face, no nuances. Good for those mornings when your brain is in a London fog.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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69
drank Queen Mary Tea by Culinary Teas
21 tasting notes

This is billed as a breakfast tea and boy, is it ever. Strong, tannic, very British. Must have cream. Sugar if you like and there you are, in a British kitchen! Not many nuances here and a good bit of tannin

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I brewed this for only the second time today since the mother was in town. For the life of me, I don’t know why I waited so long to revisit it. It’s exactly what you hope for in a promised title like “cream Earl Grey”. The high quality Ceylon tea base and vanilla/bergamot pairing work to outstanding effect to create a very sweet cup without the need for sugar. I also don’t know why I haven’t latte’d this yet. Tomorrow, maybe.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/10/06/review-culinary-teas-cream-earl-grey/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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69

Smells like raisins, flowers, grain and chocolate. Very smooth, dark, heavy, bright with an almost harsh edge, which cream takes care of nicely. Next time I will use a bit more tea and brew it a bit less.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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85

I didn’t think I liked black teas — then I tried this one, which immediately shot to the top of my favorites. It’s nice and smooth, as lovely to gulp as it is to sip. Tastes good on its own or with a little honey.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83

It smelled of wine, really good aged wood, and a touch of smoke. The smoke almost disappears in the tasting, and that is of baked wheat, well-aged red wine barrels, lots of depth and heartiness, although it is quite smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1

If you would enjoy a pear flavored Jolly Rancher melted into your Sencha tea, then you would enjoy this tea. However, though I love Sencha, this was not a tea I would ever drink again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

This makes me want to find a Jolly Rancher and melt it into my tea, just to see what it would taste like!

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100

I love this tea! The black tea is rich and smooth – and the addition of strawberry and lemon is unique. I drink this with milk and a bit of sugar. Can’t wait to buy more!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Hey Melanie! Good to see you! :)

Jaime

I’ve been eyeing this tea. Is the lemon strong or sour/tart?

Melanie

No Jaime! I do not do sour!!! :-) It is a very gentle lemon – the strawberry is a little stronger, but what I love is that they are both background flavors to the tea. And I would never add milk to tea with real lemon in it – you’d get curds, but I can add milk to this tea and it’s delicious!

Jaime

I hardly ever add milk to tea, so I’ve never gotten curds. This sounds delicious, even though I do do sour!! I’m looking for a replacement for Teavana’s Sour Cherry Serenade. Of course, the first tea that I try from them, I fall in love with, and they retire it two days after I tried it!

Melanie

Ah… of course… Murphy’s Law :-) Well.. this is probably not the sour you’re looking for. Have you tried any of BourgeaTea? If you like Green Tea you might like their Green Citrus! Again – not real sour – but much more of the real pure citrus flavor than this one.

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70

Okay…so…I’m drinking this right now with a splash of Vanilla Rice Milk in it. There is NO texture – it’s VERY smooth…almost paint like, thick, etc. This is alright. It’s a sweet green veggie type taste. It has a milky yet slight spinach-y aftertaste to it.

Cofftea

Haha I know what you’re saying, but the “paint like” actually made me gag LOL! Is this drinking grade or cooking grade? I just ask cuz of the brand name.

Cofftea

Wait a min… how do you know what the mouth feel of paint is anyway? TEAhehe:)

TeaEqualsBliss

OH!!!! I should have said that the LOOK of it in the CUP looks like paint!!!! LOL

Cofftea

Haha ok, now I can worry about you a lot less:)

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91

This is really neat! Incredibly toasty and a good amount of sweetness! This is VERY Good!

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87

Backlogging from last week…mouth watering, smooth, pure delight!

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87

straight up oolong and lovely! Mouth watering and refreshing! Very nice!

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70

Smooth…not as hefty as I wanted for my first cup but it’s not bad!

gmathis

I love “heft” as a tea adjective.

TeaEqualsBliss

“Hefty! Hefty! Hefty Wimpy! Wimpy!”…

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70

A nice basic English Breakfast…a bit on the smoother side…

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64
drank Earl Grey by Culinary Teas
6770 tasting notes

Well, not terrible but I find this a little soapy. Thankfully not overly so…but there is that taste that I am picking up. I’m sure it’s the smoothness of the actual tea along with the Bergamot flavor. I prefer Culinary’s other flavored EG’s better, however, I was able to finish the entire cup.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Soapy? That doesn’t sound appealing at all. No bubbles right? LOL :-)

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