Culinary Teas

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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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drank Formosa Oolong by Culinary Teas
1692 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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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
1692 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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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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drank Canadian Ice Wine by Culinary Teas
2412 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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80

Caribbean Blue lady is strawberry kiwi blend as you take the sip and turns into a delicious coconut on the finish/aftertaste. The tea base is very mild so I think this one is best used as an afternoon pick-me-up. Blend is very naturally sweet so I would skip the sweetener until you’ve tasted it.

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

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94

Juicy with vanilla and black tea throughout! I’m liking this more and more…

fcmonroe

That sounds so good! I love vanilla teas.

gmathis

The description focuses on the maple/berry hints, which I really liked when I had a sample … but I guess there’s some vanilla in there, too. Just never thought about it.

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79

This still smells slightly smoky to me.

It is more of a thick reddish color this time tho.

I’m still not getting juicy but I guess I could chalk up this cup – compared to the last – more wine-like…maybe a semi-dry one. It’s kind of dry but also a little sweet.

This cup was better than my last by about 2 points :P Whatever that means…regardless…I’m raising it by 2.

rabbysmom

yup, points boggle the mind- at least mine:)

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74

Smells sweet but tastes a little bitter but not bad. You can taste the spices and they are strong but in a satisfying way instead of it being distracting.

Cofftea Ya know, I don’t really like lemon grass in my chai, but the cumin and curry has me quite interested! And I’ve never heard of Rampe leaves. But what I’m really coveting is their chai spice mix.
Cofftea

Onion family? Weird:)

LENA

i’m curious now…

TeaEqualsBliss

Okay…AFTERMATH…I can totally taste the onion-funkiness-like thing in the aftertaste…ek!

LENA

yikes…i’m out.

Cofftea

I’m still game. But you know me, I have to try anything- infact, that just makes me even more curious!:)

TeaEqualsBliss

worth a try…LOL

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79

backlogging and enjoyed! About the same result as previous logged

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94

OH.MY.GOD. Masterpiece! This is great! Remember those scented markers back in the 80s that smelled just like fruit? Well, this tea smells JUST LIKE that Blackberry Marker! YES! It’s scent is LOVELY. The tea itself is very flavorful and yummy. The perfect mix of fruit and green tea. Great job Culinary Teas!

Cofftea

MUST TRY!

gmathis

Culinary Teas is one of my favorite, most consistent, vendors. Can’t remember getting a tea from them that didn’t live up to the description.

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80

You can see the almond and smell the vanilla and almond. It’s a reddish brown in color and lightly flavored and scented all around. It’s actually quite good. Not one thing is too overpowering.

TeaParT

Sounds like a great tea for New Year’s Eve. With a name like that, I think I’ll add it to my Mardi Gras menu!

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