Culinary Teas

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80

WOW. This one is odd…but sometimes odd is GOOD, right!? Well, let’s see…

The dry smells like toasted peanuts with a slight woodsy smell hiding underneath. The wet leaves and post infusion liquid smells like soy sauce. Yes…It reminds me of soy sauce. The color of the liquid is a medium drab brown. The taste is surprisingly good. It has a nutty taste to it but also a roasted or toasted flavor as well as a little like mocha but oddly smoother than I anticipated.

Yeah…this one is odd but good. Not bad at all. Fairly Complex. Makes you think…

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60

Thank you Doulton for allowing me the opportunity to try this tea.

Slightly bitter and a bit creamy. The maple is there but it is almost like a bully forcing him/herself into a situation that they are not invited to. I found this tea to be rough around the edges. I do see potential if the blend percentages were tweaked a bit.

Extra points were given for potential.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

Backlogging from earlier this morning! VERY Strong! Very bold! See my other notes!

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96

2nd infusion…lighter but still flavorful…still yummers!

Cofftea

This tea makes me miss my best friend… :(

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96

This is excellent! I like the trade of orange instead of the chemically or fake bergamot I have been tasting in eg’s lately. I like the lemongrass addition as well! Bold yet smooth finish!

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91

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91

I’ve been wanted to try a Watermelon Tea!!! Woot! Here it is…

This smells lovely a little more watermelon than kiwi. It just intensifies as you infuse. Ahhhhh! Awesome and flavorful aroma! It looks like a typical green tea.

The taste is wonderful! Incredible juicy and thirst quenching. You can still taste the mouth-watering green tea but it’s almost equally paired with the watermelon/kiwi tango-dance of goodness! YUMMY!

Caitlin

That sounds uber yummy!

-Jessica-

What?! Watermelon AND kiwi in a green tea!!?? Ooooooh I must try this one!

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76

This hit the spot earlier this morning…keep the tea infusin’ – mama’s COLD and sick of winter!

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76

First cup of the day – fairly strong…earthy but nutty…

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76

This has a chewy-nutty-earthy-manly type taste and scent. It’s slightly astringent. Pretty good as far as Darjeelings go!

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85

This has always been one of my favorites. Currently I am drinking it iced and the flavors really shine in the cold – I do the cold brew in the fridge method. Used about 7 teaspoons for 1 1/2 quarts, about 7 hours. Really good, refreshing stuff!

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95

This is truly incredible! :)
If you are looking for a pear flavored tea – this is IT!!!!

This is highly scented and highly flavored! I don’t think it would get any more PEAR than this!

LOVING this!!!!

Melanie

Hi there TeaEqualBliss! Long time no see!!! I see we tasted the same tea – and had quite the opposite opinions. That’s Ok… I saw somewhere else that someone hated one of my favorite Ceylon teas :-) Nice to see you!

TeaEqualsBliss

Hiya! I totally see what you mean about the Jolly Rancher. At the time of logging this I was looking for a HIGHLY flavored pear so I was jazzed! LOL

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88

I’m not tasting the Jammy-ness today but I am getting a strong, burly, peppery punch and those ‘boxed’ raisins – passing the rest of this on to a friend.

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88

BOLD. I was looking for a Bold one this morning and this is the first bold one in my stash that I found. It did the job!

gmathis

This is one of my favorite Assams, and definitely my favorite from Culinary Teas.

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88

When I first smelled the dry leaves I was thinking it smelled like those Raisins in the lil red boxes…just a tad tho.

Post infusion it smells like bakey black tea.

The taste is a BOLD black tea taste a little sweet at first but then turns a bit jammy. This is a good strong tea, indeed! I like it!

gmathis

This is my favorite Assam from Culinary Teas. Good call.

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82

This is a VERY Creamy Earl Grey…emphasis on the cream and black tea a hint of the bergamot. Nice twist on the EG…decent flavored cuppa! :)

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87

This was the tea for today’s virtual tea tasting via Skype with Sandy. It was more vegetal than I remembered. I like darjeeling tea much better now that I know to only steep for 3 minutes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87

Wow! Thanks to TEAEQUALSBLISS for this generous sample! I had tried two darjeelings in the past and didn’t care for them much, but I didn’t know I was supposed to cut the steeping time for darjeelings. We often do side-by-side teas in the afternoon when we have new kinds to try, just for the fun of comparing all the aspects of the teas. Our choices today were this one and Supreme Breakfast by Harney and Sons. My first impression was…holy cow! This smells VEGETAL! It reminded me of my beloved Ruby #18, also known as Sun Moon Lake. The taste….quite good. Less astringent than my early attempts at darjeeling when I oversteeped. Also, it is very light, but not without flavor like a decaffeinated tea, just light and refreshing. I hadn’t read the description yet, but I served Raspberry Pim’s with this tea and they went together well. So they were right on with their serving suggestion! :) The astringency always kept me from making it through a whole cup of darjeeling before, but I had two cups of this one, even though I knew we had another pot of tea to try.

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

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79

This is a good strong Breakfast tea. It’s not superb but I liked it well enough. As Randy Jackson might say, “It was just a’ight”. I like this type of tea in general, but nothing here “popped” specially for me and nothing said “You must buy me again.”

On the other hand, I would be perfectly proud to serve this to anyone at all. I just would not be likely to think of it instantly if asked to select my favorite English Breakfast brew. But I cannot think of any other I would name first. I guess I have not found my English Breakfast to die for; my English Breakfast that I would be devastated if it were not at my finger-tips; the English Breakfast I would call a romantic fervor.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85

I very much enjoy this tea. It has a nice sweet berry scent. A bit more flavor on the base’s part and I would have liked a bit more of the fruit. Overall a nice tea with a smooth taste. One of my favorites.

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70
drank Mulberry by Culinary Teas
357 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 7

Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I scene 1

My only experience with mulberries is with the nursery rhyme which as I prepped this tea I kept singing to myself: “Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. Here we go ’round the mulberry bush…mumble, mumble, er…mumble.” Yeah, I couldn’t recall the last part of the song. Internet to the rescue! Unfortunately the first one I pulled up had the more original “on a cold and frosty morning” and I became confused and questioned my entire childhood until I found the rhyme I’d been taught. I grew up with the “on such an early morning.” So yeah, I spent a long amount of time youtubing the rhyme and just checking out info on mulberries (wait, they’re not bushes — they’re trees? Childhood called into question all over again). All this is to say that I haven’t the foggiest clue as to what a mulberry tastes like.

Both the dry leaves and steeped tea have a fruity smell that sort of overpowers the tea. I’m guessing Ceylon. The taste reminds me of a “Xtreme Berry”-type gum made by Extra that I had tried years ago and hadn’t particularly cared for. It’s a pleasant tea, but nothing that I ever plan on purchasing. Sorry that I can’t really describe it more, but it’s just a fruity tea that leans a little toward the sweet side vs. the tart side of things.

All that said, I’m going to call this tea my Hippolyta from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A character that says some nice things in the first act and then disappears for the most part until Act 5. Then she disagrees with her husband and sets him straight (which is a more agressive act than this tea would be capable of). A pretty much unremarkable part for an unremarkable tea. NE

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

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85
drank Russian Caravan by Culinary Teas
357 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 6

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
As You Like It, Act II scene 7

Smelling the dried leaves I really thought that this was going to be a negative note. It smelled smokey, but in that tar-like way. Nose wrinklege occurred. After it steeped it lost a lot of the smoke smell and smelled more like an Assam with wisps of smoke. Yowsa — first sip is all Assamalamadingdong! The whole first cup is an Assamarama.

Oh, then the second steep magic! The Assam starts its morph into sweet berryness and the lapsang joins it in a bold sweet cup. Oh, it’s yummy. I did a third steep — it was weakening, but I did need a cup for my commute. So the fourth steep I added a pinch of fresh leaves. Oh yes — yummy.

From the smell of the dry leaves and through the first cup I thought that this would be my King Lear. But the following steeps were so very sweet that I couldn’t go the tragic route without pushing it. Therefore, this tea became my As You Like It. A somewhat serious premise handled with brilliant wit and humor. And crossdressing. These are both a great tea and play. Just be sure you’re ready for the uber-oomph of the Assam. I know that this tea is at least an 85, but the rating most likely will go up after I’ve had it a few more times. TG

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Grand Marnier by Culinary Teas
357 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act II scene 7

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
Twelfth Night, Act I scene 1

Last night I was going through my Shakespeare box trying to decide what I’d have this morning. I settled on the Vinegar Black and then I had my choice narrowed down to two Culinary Teas. As I looked back and forth between the two a realization dawned on me: I had been seeing the name of this tea as “Grand Mariner” which I felt fit into the British theme of this box quite well. Oh. It’s actually “Grand Marnier” like the liqueur. ::facepalm:: I laughed and decided that this would follow the Vinegar — sort of a sweet and sour experience.

I have never had Grand Marnier on its own, and as far as I know I haven’t had it as part of a meal or mixed drink. So I am unable to judge whether or not this lives up to its namesake. When I opened the packet it was like an orange creamsicle. Yum. The cup maintains that orange creamsicle smell but gains the fragrance of Ceylon. The taste is more Ceylon, but the aroma is all about the creamsicle. I’d imagine that this would be crazy-good with cream or sugar. This also would be perfect with the right sort of dessert. I may have to try this iced. If this is great iced, then this may be added to the reorder list from Culinary Teas.

I dub this tea the play Twelfth Night. Partially since it kicks off with a shipwreck (a tip of the hat to my misreading of the tea’s name), and also because Twelfth Night (The Feast of Epiphany) kicks off the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras season and this tea would fit right into all the revelry — from the parties on Bourbon to the elaborate balls. This tea is a light fun sort of dessert tea and I’m having a good time with it. NE

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

He hee – that reminds me of when we rented the Hitchcock film Marnie, and I misread the title as Marine. I was looking for themes of underwater, fish, boats – nada – Finally I said to my husband when it was done, “But why was the title Marine?” and of course he burst out laughing and I’ve never lived it down ;)

Rabs

LOL! Thanks for sharing — I shall think of both of our stories every time that I make this tea and I’ll smile. :D

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