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98

I can never resist a mint green tea, so of course I had to obtain this one during my most recent Culinary Teas order! This minty version is unique; it’s made with gunpowder green, so it’s minty with a hint of smoky flavor. I’m a nut for anything gunpowder green…or gunmetal gray for that matter! ;) But this is refreshing and yummy. I’ve tried the cold brew version as well and it is a pantry staple. This is wonderful as well; even brewed hot, the refreshing taste of peppermint cools you. A new favorite!

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91
drank Earl Grey Tea by Culinary Teas
4834 tasting notes

LOVE!

This is a fantastic Earl Grey. The black tea base is solid yet pliant, and the bergamot is flavored skillfully. The citrus-y tones pop out first, and then there are simple notes of the floral aspects of the bergamot. Very rich, very flavorful. So very nice.

looseTman

My wife is wondering how this Earl Grey compares to The Whistling Kettle’s EG Cream she’s currently drinking? Also, how does it compare to the French Earl Grey by The Tea merchant? Thanks!

LiberTEAS

To be honest, I have had a lot of Earl Grey teas. And because it’s been a while since I’ve had this particular Earl Grey, and I don’t think I’ve tried Whistling Kettle’s version, I would be at a great disadvantage to try to compare the two. I would recommend trying it and seeing how you like it. Everyone’s palate is different. :)

looseTman

Hello LiberTEAS, Have you tried French Earl Grey by The Tea merchant? If yes, how does Culinary Teas EG compare to it? Thanks!

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58

Prepared 1/2 gallon according to package directions and then iced.

So there is a nice sencha background to this tea. But I’m not getting the pear. It’s going to sound really weird but when I opened the bag all I could smell were those circus peanuts – you know, the orange marshmallowy candy shaped like peanuts? It was strange. And it also, unfortunately, didn’t go away – I feel like I’m drinking circus peanut flavored sencha. Not quite what I wanted.

I’m glad I only got a sample size of this – I’ll stick with the peach black or strawberry sencha instead. Now to talk myself into finishing that half gallon…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

I’m surprised I’m the first to review this tea. I purchased it in the loose tea version, and splurged on the 4 oz size. I love anything cinnamon so while it appeared to be a gamble, it really wasn’t. ;)
This is crazy spicy! I’d love to mix this with plum in the winter time for a cinnamon plum tea (which I love). First sip was strong – almost bitter, like I brewed too long. I added Splenda and ta-da! It’s delicious, perfectly smooth. Spicy. Delicious hot. Reminds me of autumn, which is the only season I really enjoy around here in MD. I don’t think I could drink this all the time in the summer, but come fall this will be a trusted staple.

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97

Mmm…strawberry sencha, it’s been too long. The smell of the leaf, both steeped and dry, is very strong on the strawberry, but that’s fine by me – it’s one of my favorite fruits.

Brewed 2 heaping tsp. at the below parameters in my Breville, with no additives. I’ve found that 2 minutes is the sweet spot for this particular tea – it strikes a balance of tart strawberry and sweet sencha – which makes me happy because I’m drinking tea to taste tea, not just the fruit.

I like this both hot and iced – one of the few teas I own that has that distinction. A wonderful choice for tonight!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

Cold brewed 1/2 gallon today for 6.5 hours, using 8 level tsp. tea.

I wanted something fruity and iced today – and this was a great choice, especially the steep time used. The liquor is a pale green and the scent/taste is very strawberry. The green tea taste that is present is more toward the back of the sip, but it is grassy and sweet, with no astringency whatsoever.

A nice choice for what will likely be my last cold brew for a while.

Preparation
8 min or more

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97

Made 1/2 gallon iced using 16 g. leaf at parameters stated below.
I think a shorter steeping time might actually have been a little better – it seemed to get a little astringent towards the end of the sip. I left it unsweetened and added it into a fabulous smoothie after my run, though, and the astringency was lost, thank goodness.

I do so love this tea cold!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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97

Oh, steepster! I’ve missed you!

I went on a last minute cruise with my family to the bahamas and sadly, cruises have terrible drinking water that is not fit to waste tea leaves on. While the beaches were great I will definitely travel there by some route other than boat next time – it was hard being tea less for a week!

Anyway, just before I left I cold brewed this (3 tsp. to 27 oz. water) to drink on the car ride to the boat. It was SO GOOD, even unsweetened. The tea smelled wonderfully strawberry and yet still had a strong green background and I have a feeling that adding sweetener in my traditional amounts for an iced tea will be amazing!

I have a bunch of this to use up and I am SO, SO GLAD!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea – I’ve tried it before … here’s my full-length review: http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=8536

This is a good one and one I don’t mind enjoying again!

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97

This has been getting me through those really tough days at work. You know the ones where all you really want to do is be home… The mint is very refreshing and a bit calming too. Which is just what I’ll need this weekend. The college I work for is hosting Reunion this weekend. So there are a lot of wonderful women returning to campus BUT sometimes they have some interesting requests that cannot always be granted. So mint green take me away!

Preparation
Iced

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97

This is mighty yummy and refreshing on what is turning out to be a HOT day in Upstate, NY, thank you KeenTeaThyme for sharing! I’m loving the mint flavor with each and every sip. The hint of matcha is also hitting the spot too. I would def. pick up some of these asap and I might do just that right now!!

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88

First of all, after buying from Teavana so often, this was deliciously cheap. I got 4 ounces for 10 dollars with shipping.

That said, this is one of my favorite teas. (Nostalgia may color this review. This is the first proper tea I ever had.) I don’t think it’s for everyone, though; for one thing, it smells kind of like cherry cough syrup, but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it were subtle. You can smell the roses and you can taste the cherries and I don’t think the green tea is overpowered. Definitely buying more once my bag runs out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Peach Lift by Culinary Teas
863 tasting notes

I only got an ounce of this to try iced – I have been wanting some fruity iced teas lately and ordered this with the long island strawberry sencha and pear sencha to hopefully enjoy over the summer.

I made half a gallon of this (using 8 level tsp. of the tea) and added about 8-9 tsp. of sugar to the 8 cups of tea once steeped, which is how I traditionally drink my iced teas. Before steeping the leaves smelled peachy – very naturally and pleasantly so. My boyfriend smelled the leaves when dry and remarked that he wanted to eat them because it reminded him so strongly of a peach.

It was SOOOO good! I used enough sweetener that it really just managed to bring out the peach to the foreground. I may have overbrewed just a tad as there is some slight astringency on the tongue, but overall the taste is a combination of peach juice and black tea. A definite winner, and a definite re-buy during the remainder of iced tea season!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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97

This chocolate and cherry wonder hit the spot for me today. I’m so ready for a vacation, even if it’s just one precious day off from work when I am not sick! I’d love to try this iced, but it’s so cold in my office today I just need warmth.

I really do enjoy this sweet cuppa. :)

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97

Chocolate and cherry – what a great pairing! This tastes like those cordials from chocolate boxes, more dark chocolate than milk, which is my preference. The cherry is slightly artificial tasting, but sometimes that’s the taste you get in a box anyway! It’s delish regardless and the black tea base is a great AM wakeup.

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97

I love that you can re-infuse these. I’ve been working on one all day; I’m on my second infusion and will finish up soon, infusing for a third time and the ride home. I cold brew in a 20 oz cup, so that’s even more than a usual mug size. These are perfect for summer!

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97

These are ingenious and delicious! I placed my first order from Culinary Teas last week and opted for these as they are on sale in May. These work well – I also mixed with matcha powder (more on that later). I actually don’t let them sit for the recommended 4-5 hours, I just brew for an hour or so and go. Delish! Cold mint green tea has to be one of my favorite things on Earth.

IllBeMother221B

Had my eye on these thanks for letting me know!

KeenTeaThyme

I’ve got to try the Mango ones next! :)

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41

I’m not that impressed with this tea. :( First, it doesn’t taste at all like buttered anything, let alone rum. The black tea doesn’t even taste all that great. Second, it doesn’t smell like anything! Butterscotch is normally a stronger scent – think Butterscotch Lifesavers – but this is Weak. I’m finishing the cup, but I’m glad I opted for a sample size over a larger version. The other teas I’ve had from Culinary Teas are delish, but this misses the mark.

SimplyJenW

I agree with you on this one. I was so disappointed. I am pretty sure I sent it to a new home…. ;)

Infusin_Susan

That’s too bad. Weak tea is one of my least favorite things.

KeenTeaThyme

It’s entering my “tea swap” bin so it will end up in a new home… Weak tea is the worst, agreed!

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100

OMG – I love this iced, but right now I’m enjoying a hot cuppa. This blend of strawberry and green tea is just HAPPY. :) Please see other notes, this is a fave of mine!

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100

I love, love, love this one! I haven’t had it in a while – didn’t want to run right through the tin – but opted for it this morning. So glad I did. The strawberry flavor tastes real (not like an additive, or artificial flavor) and is real strong.

Please see other notes – this is one of my faves. :)

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100

Tried this one iced today! Yums! :) (Please see other tasting notes.)

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100

Tried this iced today…even better! I upped the rating since it’s multi-purpose! I will be getting a larger bag; if anyone wants to try some from my sample lemme know. Or perhaps we can split an order? I’m no tea pusher (like QG! :) ) but if you’re looking for a perfect summertime strawberry tea, this is it. :) Simply yummiful! (It’s so good, I invent words for it.)

QuiltGuppy

Hey! I object.

KeenTeaThyme

I’m sorry – I’ll send you some of this to make it up to you!

Indigobloom

hey I will admit freely that I AM a tea pusher!! :p
(and yoga to. You should try it! haha)

JoonSusanna

I have been dying to try this since I saw your earlier tasting note! I love iced tea so much and it’s making my mouth water. How heavy is the strawberry?

IllBeMother221B

I too am wondering how berry the taste is.

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100

This is one of the best strawberry teas I’ve had in a while, and definitely the best strawberry GREEN tea! The flavor tastes natural and pure, no artificial Starburst-y flavors. It smells as yummy as it tastes, even as it cools. This reminds me of summer – delightful and fun. A new cupboard essential!

Infusin_Susan

I think strawberry flavor goes very well with green tea. My favorite one from Teavana (Nine Treasures) was discontinued, so perhaps I’ll give this one a try!

KeenTeaThyme

I loved Nine Treasures too! If you want me to send you a sample from mine, just PM me your addy. I think you’ll be happy with it, though. :)

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90

Thank you LiberTEAS for sharing a sample of this with me. It certainly smells malty as I let it steep. The taste is surprisingly not bitter like I have come to expect with most breakfast teas. It tastes a bit malty and rich is the word I would use. But in such a good way. I might at a little sweetener, but I don’t think I’ll need it, have to see as the cup goes. Perfect tea to kick start this perfectly rainy day in NY.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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