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Culinary Teas

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75

Post-call day. I finally found some time to go on steepster. Oh how I miss steepster. I’ve drank several teas since my last visit but haven’t recorded them.

A solid black tea with milk and agave. Yum. Just what I need.

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89
drank Chocolate Mint by Culinary Teas
255 tasting notes

The dry tea smells just like a Peppermint Patty. This tea is a tasty confection that leaves my mouth feeling fresh and satisfied. It’s more subtle on the mouth, but as Culinary Teas notes in their description: "It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas. "

Keeping that in mind, I appreciate the tea more. There is no hint of anything synthetic or unnaturally brassy. It’s a very nice marriage which, like the delightful York’s Peppermint Patty, tends to draw out the peppermint with the chocolate as a supporting player. So far the best peppermint/chocolate I have had.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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70
drank Cardamom Tea by Culinary Teas
255 tasting notes

Hey, who took the tea out of my tea? I think that my tastes have become more pronounced. I don’t like weak teas. I like teas to slap me around with smoke; to bang me in the face with a ton of spinach; to throttle me with riches; to have a body like one of those WWW guys and the education of a Rhodes scholar. I like a tea with an upbringing like Prince Charles including all of the eccentricities and the bite of his Rottweiler.

A few months of consideration and serious drinking has led me to reject the timid. I think that Cardamon tea on its own is a timid little lassie, unschooled in the ways of the world. I could envision serving this to children at a little tea party (note to self: I’m glad my children are now officially elderly and don’t need service, whatever they might want).

I think I’ll say that if you like Cardamon, the taste is there. I think I’ll save this tea and add it to a really rich full-bodied tea and see if I can make my own blend of Chai. Must pursue JacquelineM’s recipes for home blends.

Ewa

…spinach?
But yeah, that definitely sounds like a candidate for chai.

LiberTEAS

Yeah… it would be good for a custom blend of chai… it might also be good with a chocolate-y tea.

AmazonV

i know that mixing the Cardamon Cinnamon tea from republic of tea with another tea or even just wine or apple juice results in delicious things, alone it is rather sad.

Ewa

Wine, really? Do you heat it up or what?

AmazonV

@Ewa yes in the winter hot mulled wine is delicious, just put a bit in with the spices in a pot and warm it up and keep taking sips after a few minutes until the spice is strong enough. my favorite is red wine with chai spices, although apple wine with cinnamon is good as well.

SoccerMom

hmmm I’ve heard of mulled wine but never tried it. I guess I’ll have to try this recipe in the winter.

Ewa

I’ve made mulled wine before (best use of two-buck Chuck, evar!) but it never occurred to me to use tea for it.

AmazonV

call it lazy? the tea was kinda lacking…something but was nice and spicy, so we found another better use for it!

Ewa

woah woah woah, that’s not lazy, it’s INNOVATIVE.

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67

I was all primed, since the title contains “pan fired,” to be assaulted with smoke from the first sip. Not the case, though. It’s nice and gentle and a little grapey in the background. Baked golden raisins, maybe.

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75

Had some stove-top chai tonight. I’m burning the candles since I have an exam coming up. Yummy! :)

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94

I’m all out of this again…bummmmmmer…but it was SO WORTH IT. Another Busy Day…maybe sometime I can breathe! LOL

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48
drank Canadian Ice Wine by Culinary Teas
2268 tasting notes

sweet upfront with a bit on tannin on the finish, just like a nice glass of wine. Only warm, and alcohol-free! Great with cold pizza for breakfast :-)

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

actually this teat tastes sweeter when hot, and becomes more tannic as it cools (which seems the opposite of some other tea which seem more harsh when hot and mellow out/sweeten as they cool down.) Anyway, I like the first half of the cup better than the second. Still need to try this one iced or room temp though to see just how wine-like it can be. Would also be good hot w/ mulling spices as a “virgin” mulled wine.

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84

Tropical fruits and black tea for an afternoon with the promise of snow. This tea was a gift from my friend, Lillian, a recently retired math teacher and all-around classy woman.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I was looking for a bold black tea to start my day…this was a great choice! I have 1 more ‘helping’ left tho…which is a bummer…

I had a hellish day yesterday! It ended up on a good note tho!!! So…I am going to be drinking lots and lots of tea today! Almost done with this cuppa!

I’m also going to try and finish up what’s low in my stash today, too!

Here’s to a good tea day!

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75
drank Formosa Oolong by Culinary Teas
1623 tasting notes

Opened this to compare to my ace-in-the-hole health food store cheapie oolong. It’s a little sweeter, a little more golden, and I’d almost swear to some raisiny stuff happening in the background. Makes me feel a little upscale on a decidedly NOT upscale morning.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

Finished this bit off today! It is one of the better Assam’s I’ve had! Very smooth. Not astringent to me. I didn’t need to add any sugar or milk to it, but adding it doesn’t hurt the flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

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94

Revisiting this one again this morning…still a great cuppa! YUMMY to my TUMMY

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94

I have decided to up this rating. Why? Because my in-house tea collection is at an all time high and it seems I have been going back to this one often. I’m not sure why…sure, it’s yummy, but why am I drawn to it!? There’s vanilla in it and I usually don’t go for the vanilla ones…it’s creamy but I usually don’t go for those, specifically, either. It’s floral but sweet and juicy, too. AND it’s a medium flavored black tea…but…when it comes to all-around flavor – it’s very flavorful! I still am not sure why I am drawn to this but I am…and it intrigues me so I am upping the rating a bit.

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71

Nothing is over the top with this in smell or taste but it is pleasant and sweet and an enjoyable cup

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75
drank Canadian Ice Wine by Culinary Teas
1623 tasting notes

Last of the packet. Sigh. Goodbye, friend—-I will miss your grapeyness.

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50

It’s been a long, somewhat difficult day. So I pulled out this decaf to try tonight in hopes of a calming effect without the caffeine. It has a strong artificial flavor and taste. I guess I don’t really remember what grenadine tastes like. Somehow, in my mind, I thought grenadine tasted like maraschino cherries. I’m probably wrong about that. On the good side, there is very little bitterness to this tea. Every other possible taste is covered up by the strong strange taste that I am assuming is grenadine. Meh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

That’s what it tastes like to me – maraschino cherry juice. Jillian revealed that it’s actually made with pomegranate [part of my brain still refuses to accept that], but I still associate it with cherries.

Jillian

I think it does have sort of a cherry taste but I also get pomegrante flavour out of it too. But it’s very sweet, and very syrupy-tasting.

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32
drank Blend 1776 by Culinary Teas
223 tasting notes

Is one especially patriotic if one drinks 1776 tea in the morning? Or would it have to be drunk on July 4 to get the patriotic points? It is a silly name for a tea.

The ingredients don’t seem to match what I think of when I think of revolutionary history either: strawberry, maple, Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan teas.

None of them are even the teas tossed into Boston Harbor, which consisted of 240 chests of Bohea, 15 of Congou, 10 of Souchong (all black teas), 60 of Singlo, and 15 of Hyson (both green teas). Green tea accounted for about 22% of the shipments’ total volume, and 30% of the value. Now if someone wanted to create a Boston Tea Party blend in honor of the event in 1773, those are the teas to blend.

But I’m delaying telling you about this tea. Either I brewed it too long or it is naturally this bitter. There is a strong strawberry taste similar to Marco Polo. I don’t taste the maple. In truth, I’m not anxious to taste anything more from this tea.

Off to brew something else.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
S

Wow, I’ve impressed by your history skills! I’ve never heard of any of those teas, except Souchong. And, now I’m craving a black-green blend.

Carolyn

I’m married to a history professor so any history skills I have are just the product of rubbing against his skills. (Which sounds like it should be more fun than it actually is.)

In this case, I knew that the colonists couldn’t have been using Kenyan tea (because it hadn’t been planted there yet) and knew that the tea of choice in the colonies was Bohea since it makes an appearance in several poems and works of literature from that period. Since I was miffed at the tea for being ahistorical in ways I knew were wrong and for being bitter to me, I just looked up the exact composition of the cargo using the great Google. So I’m less impressive than I might first appear.

Peggie Bennett

Maybe because the colonists were bitter, so the tea blend was bitter? :-)

I’m no historian by any stretch of the imagination. I can’t even remember last week.

teaplz

Carolyn, your explanation of the Boston Tea Party’s shenanigans was awesome. I’ve been wondering what the teas were that were dumped into the harbor for a long time, but I never took the time to research! Thanks for the info!

Auggy

Now I really wish there was a blend reflecting what was actually dumped overboard!

sophistre

Living in Boston myself, I can tell you that the harbor has probably never smelled better than it did that evening in 1773.

S

LOL sophistre! I second that!

Cofftea

Patriotic any day, double points on any US holiday other than July 4th, triple points on July 4th.

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88
drank Cherry Cordial by Culinary Teas
223 tasting notes

This tastes remarkably like a cherry cordial. Or at least it tastes like a cherry cordial if it were coupled with very dark intense chocolate. In the end, I added honey to the tea to take down the slight bitterness of the tea. Just a smidgeon brought out the decadent tastes of chocolate and cherry and satisfied my cravings for the afternoon. Much thanks to Janefan for steering me toward Culinary Teas. If this is indicative of their quality, I think I will be extremely pleased with their teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

This sounds awesomely yummy. Now you made me want cherry cordial. I think I’ve got some in the fridge…

Carolyn

It is extraordinarily good. I’ve been sniffing my now-empty cup longing for more (but holding myself back).

takgoti

Oooh, that does sound good.

Jillian

Oh man I’m in love with all things cherry, and if they have chocolate in then that’s even better! ;)

Janefan

The one tea I have from them is the Canadian Icewine, which I got from a tea swap. I am going to have to research what else they have and order something. This one sounds good!

Carolyn

@janefan It is quite good. I had it again this morning to ground my fortitude before going to the doctor and it was delightful.

Carolyn

@Jillian You would like this one, then. It has a very strong alcoholic cherry fragrance and taste.

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83

A beautiful deep reddish brown. Not much for scent. Nice medium, even taste with slightly smoky undertones at the end of the sip.

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48
drank Canadian Ice Wine by Culinary Teas
2268 tasting notes

Very strong grape/wine flavor. Hardly taste the tea though. It’s a good tea for when you want wine but can’t/shouldn’t have it!

Carolyn

This sounds really good. Where did you find it?

Janefan

a friend who didn’t care for it gave it to me. They do have a website you can order from: http://www.culinaryteas.com/Flavored_Teas/Canadian_Ice_Wine_Tea.html
Looks like a 1oz sample is $2

Carolyn

Thank you. I will try them out.

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89

This is the first Pumpkin tea I have tasted, so I don’t really have any points of comparison. I’m the kind of person who chases after things like “Pumpkin Pie Martinis” and “Pumpkin Ravioli” so I write from the perspective of a pumpkin lover.

This tea pleased me very much. Most importantly, the pumpkin flavor seems true and not at all synthetic. The mix between the black tea, the spices, and the pumpkin was exquisitely done. If you like flavored teas as I do and if you are a fan of the Pumpkin as Food or Flavor source, you owe it to yourself to give this a try. Very well done, Culinary Teas!

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