Culinary Teas

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drank Pecan Pie by Culinary Teas
4875 tasting notes

sample from kittenna I’m pretty sure i dislike the base of culinary teas or something. This was another one that i couldn’t handle. the taste that was left in my mouth after i spit it out was decent, but the first impression left much to be desired. I’m steeping these fairly lightly too, so not too sure what’s going on. I appreciate the taste though Kittenna!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ifjuly

Yeah, I totally agree. When I first joined Steepster I placed a huge order of flavored teas with CT all excited and was mostly disappointed. I think IIRC Ceylon tends to be the base for most of her flavored blends, and it was precisely the thing I wasn’t digging about any of them. It’s like the flavor applied over the tea base doesn’t “stick” well with the tea.

I did find much later that all of the flavored teas I tried from CT were salvageable cold steeped, esp. Peaches and Cream.

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drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
4875 tasting notes

thanks kittenna this is pretty nasty. While i realise i accidentally let this cool down, i pretty much took a sip and spat it out. Not sure if it’s contaminated or something but it was bitter, astringent and not delicious at all :( ah well, can’t win them all!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Nxtdoor

I love the honesty. “Thanks” followed by " it’s nasty!"

Sil

Lol well I appreciate her giving me a try :) This is just icky though.

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Thank you Stephanie for this sample. I had this iced and its quite delicious. Its delicate… with a slight floral hint. The cherry note is quite pleasing. I like how simple this tea is yet still very impressive. Thank you for this little slice of bliss:)

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Backlog:

A really good Genmaicha. A good, warm, nutty and roasty flavor from the toasted rice, and the green tea has a freshness to it. The Matcha gives the cup a little bit of creaminess that I enjoyed.

Pleasant, sweet, and comforting. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/16/genmaicha-extra-green-with-matcha-tea-from-culinary-teas/

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drank Pineapple Tea by Culinary Teas
212 tasting notes

So this is actually the second time I’ve made this, but I was so underwhelmed by it the first time I made it that I decided to just toss it back in my untried bin and after awhile, try it again. Lol.

Great pineapple smell in the bag, in a mouthwatering way. So I was pretty excited. And the brewed tea smells pretty pineapple-y also.
But after sipping it, I don’t really get much actual pineapple taste. Maybe I’m expecting too much, but if a tea is labeled pineapple, it should at least be pretty strongly pineapple. Even with sugar added, not much pineapple.
It could also be that this tea was so astringent to me that I couldn’t drink much more than half of it before pouring it out. Even 5ish minutes later my mouth is still all wonky from the astringency.

I’d keep this and finish it out, but that astringency is just too much. Ah well. One day I’ll find a good pineapple tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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77

I bought an ounce of this to make iced tea out of and you certainly can’t beat the price I paid $1.76/oz. A 4 hour cold steep was just long enough to bring out a hint of pineapple-like flavor. I think this came across more sweet than a genuine pineapple so I’m glad that I went with such a short steep. Generally I cold steep overnight and I think that with this tea it would have been a mistake because the pineapple would have been overpowering, rather than delicate and just slightly noticeable.

Preparation
Iced

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75

This tea isn’t half bad. Thanks for sharing it with me CK!

What appeals to me is what many others here considered a flaw of sorts. It’s not an in-your-face dessert tea. The black base is bold and the white chocolate only adds a slight change of texture and a touch of sweetness.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Definitely stronger on the tea front and less intense on the spices arena.
it could just be the scoop i pulled from the bag, but having a not so powerful spice flavor is a good thing for me. because i’ve had times when i had a WAY too spicy chai and it kinda scarred me against liking them. i’m just starting to recover i think. mostly thanks to getting to try some good chais like this one!
now that i’ve tried this tea straight i’m REALLY looking forward to brewing it in a hot pan with almond milk and agave Mmmmmm.
Thank you TastyBrew! delish!

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I’ve had this sitting on my counter for the last month because I had the intention of using it for iced tea. I just haven’t been in the mood for sencha lately so it sat longer than expected. I finally cold steeped this over night and have been drinking it all day long while I was out running errands.

So far I’ve been really impressed with my order from Culinary Teas, I see many orders in my future. I’m a bit on the fence about this one though, but I think it is mainly because I don’t really care for sencha. This had a nice slightly sweet, slightly tart flavor. It didn’t quite come across as a strawberry, but more a generic berry flavor.

I’m not sure this will be a repurchase for me, but I won’t have any problem finishing off the 4oz package that I purchased.

Preparation
Iced

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After oolongs and blacks I decided on something light. So this one came out of the untried bin for the day.
The dried leaves are fuzzy and a pain in the butt to try to measure out. I think that’s just a characteristic of white teas since I had just as much trouble measuring out the whites from Butiki. Lol.

Steeped this for the 2 min minimum for starters and I’m wondering if I should’ve either let the tea steep longer, or increased the amount of tea I used (which was approx 1.5 tsp near as I can figure). This tasted very light overall. Lightly vegetal, lightly tea flavored. Though it had a nice crisp taste. Just not much other taste overall.

As this one was steeping, most of the leaves were a nice light green, but I noticed a few that were yellow-y and brown spotted. Is this a common thing in white teas? And should I try to spot them before steeping and pick them out?

The package says that this should be steeped 3 – 4 times, but I’m very doubtful since after a second steeping, this one had even less flavor than the first. It just tasted like hot water with a bit of extra something.

Maybe it’s because I’m not used to flavor of white teas that this tastes so light overall. I’ll have to try this again when I’ve been either off darker teas, or off tea altogether.

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

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So I open this and it smells like chocolate. Which was strange. I had to go back and take another inhale just to be sure. Lol. It’s got another layer to it, but I can’t think of the word to identify it right now. Maybe an earthy kinda of underscent? I dunno.
Brewed this for the minimum time since that’s usually how I brew all my black teas for the first time. I’d rather have it a bit weak, but still tasty than stronger, but bitter or undrinkable.
The cocoa-y taste comes through in the brew and is very nice. So does that underscent, but not in a bad way. Maybe it’s the maltyness? I’m not how to exactly identify what ‘malty’ should be, so I tend to guess. Lol. Adding a bit of truvia brings out the cocoa a bit more, but it’s still nice and smooth and woodsy/malty/etc.
Drinking this its got a fuller mouthfeel than I’m used to while drinking a tea. Almost like I’m eating something, rather than drinking it, but not like when you have soup. Kinda like, uhhh, a mouthful of a burger or something like that. Which is a really really weird thing to say in a review for a tea, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind while trying to describe this.
Hope that doesn’t put anyone off this tea because I think it’s a very nice tea. Nice enough that I’ll very likely reorder this one in the future when I run out.

Edit – Second Steep – Same Temp +1 min extra – Still kinda cocoa-y, with that malty/woodsy undersmell/taste whatever. (Yes, I lose my words the later it gets…it’s after midnight right now. Lol!)
And it’s gotten kinda sweet. Adding just a bit of truvia makes it even better, even as it sits here and cools. I’d try for a third steeping but unfortunately it’s way too late for that. It was too late for a second steeping, but I wasn’t about to let at least that go to waste. Lol.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Momo box tea!

My highly trained sister cold-steeped this one when she finished off the prairie berry icedtea thismorning. This one is very artificial in a way I can’t make up my mind about. It’s almost like a chocolate liquor with xanthum gum flavoring. I can’t really taste the base over all the flavoring I might add some coconut milk to the second half of the glass. That is only if I can move from where I am- so sore from kettlebell class last night!

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drank Vanilla Cream by Culinary Teas
212 tasting notes

So I wanted something mellow and different but still familiar, so I grabbed this and cut open the bag. The first smell I was hit with was an alcoholic vanilla scent. Kinda like that smell you get when you smell the vanilla in the bottles from the store, but without that sweetness to the scent. So right off I was very doubting of this. But I brewed on.
I always go with the lower suggested steeping time, so this when for 2 min in my ingenuitea before decanting.

Smell wise the brew wasn’t bad. Nice creamy vanilla scent so I took an optimistic sip….and just about spat it back into my cup. Oh! Oh EWW! It tastes like when you lick the measuring spoon after measuring out vanilla extract without really thinking about it, expecting sweet vanilla flavor and only getting a sharp alcohol taste. BLEH! I even tried adding some sugar and I’m sorry to say that I only wasted the sugar.

Maybe the batch I got was very fresh made and the alcohol fumes of whatever flavoring they used didn’t have a chance to air off. But whatever it was, I’m not up for giving this a second chance. So Out Out OUT for this!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh no! okay, maybe this one will interest you: vanilla plantation by silk road teas. all natural ingredients… i grabbed some for a vanilla hound tea buddy for one of our swaps. she said it was great. (and it resteeps over and over).

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This is a first-flush Darjeeling that isn’t on Culinary Teas’ website…can’t vouch too accurately for the age of the unopened package, but probably easily 2 years. It had just been neglected; I don’t reach first for Darjeelings too often.

Score one for proper packaging and reasonable storage…first whiff of the pouch had a delicious tangy/musty scent. (Only in Steepsterland does musty smell good?) Steeped at 5 minutes, it was grape-juicy good, minus the fruit. (Only in Steepsterland would people read that description and get it.)Not too astringent. A welcome change of wake-up pace.

Jason

gmathis: Did you rate this tea and then remove the rating? Trying to figure out if something is happening to people’s ratings….

gmathis

I typically don’t do numeric ratings, I’m too wishy-washy to be consistent. (Truthfully, I can’t remember whether I even noticed the slider bar this morning when I wrote this. Sorry about that.)

Jason

No worries! I was just making sure your rating hadn’t been deleted because some people are seeing something like that.

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