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A huuuuuuuuge clump of cranberry fell into the thermos when I went to steep this last night! I was actually surprised to find as many as they were floating around in the leaf.
I finally got around to cold steeping this guy!
And I think I like it better hot.
There’s a weird soapy floral note that feels really out of place when it’s cold brewed. The soapiness goes away with a little sugar, but the floral sticks around and hits my tongue before the sweet-tart berry that I actually expected (and looked forward to!). There’s a depth of flavor I hadn’t expected and the sip ends on a sweet blackberry note which is nice, though.
I’ll try an extra strong normal brewing over ice before I change my rating, but I am so bummed this isn’t what I thought I was going to get.
Last Culinary Teas sample from Jackie T.
Hmm, initially I thought there was a creaminess, but then I only really tasted spice. And not quite chai spice either. No pumpkin either. I’m also not a big fan of sprinkles in tea… they make things gross and are totally unnecessary. If you want to make a tea pretty, put in flower petals or something.
Anyways, not really impressed with this tea. I’ve had better pumpkin spice teas.
This one was good. I drank it a bit absentmindedly while the boy was over, but I recall it tasting better than I expected; like a light, creamy toffee. The second infusion was also tasty! For some reason, I had previously dismissed Culinary Teas as being a company I’d perhaps want to order from, but I am now wondering if I’ve done so in error, because I’ve rather enjoyed most of the teas I’ve recently tried. The last one I have from Jackie is on the list for a bit later tonight (gotta get through some re-steeps of the previous ones first) – maybe I’ll check my swap list to see if I have any others lurking about that I could try.
Thanks again Jackie T :)
I’m assuming that this tea is what I got a sample of, not Maple Cream. :D Thanks for yet another one from Culinary Teas, Jackie T :)
The first sip of this one, for whatever reason, instantly made me think of 52teas. My suspicion is that something about the flavouring is very similar to a 52teas blend… though I’m not certain which one. I’d say Pancake Breakfast, but I’ve actually only had that tea maybe once. It actually may be Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake (RIP) that I’m remembering.
Anyhow, this tea is probably better than the maple ones I have tried from Tealux, but it doesn’t quite satisfy me as a maple tea should. The flavouring is fairly weak (although not bad), and there’s some astringency despite my short steep. This is probably my least favourite of the five Culinary Teas I’ve tried recently (I don’t know if I’ve tried others previously… memory problems!) It’s still ok, though.
ETA: Bleh, not a fan of the second infusion. Astringent and almost no flavour.
Another tea from Jackie T :D
This tea smells and tastes very much like other strawberry teas I’ve had recently. Like Yaya Strawberry (is that a tea? I’m too tired to look it up. Although whatever I’m remembering was green). Also like… something something Strawberry… something. From Sil. By Majesteas. Ah – Leslie Grove Strawberry Patch! There’s hope for my memory yet (watch me get it wrong).
Anyhow, basically yes, the flavour here is familiar. It’s candy strawberry. But the big difference I’m finding here is that there is very little or no astringency. Woo! Of course, it got only 2 minutes of hot water, but if my memory serves (hmm…), LGSP had some serious astringency issues. So, this tea is superior in that sense. However, I don’t think that this is much like strawberry shortcake… perhaps the strawberries on the top of shortcake, but I’m not getting any cakey flavours. DavidsTea’s Strawberry Shortcake was better in that regard for me.
ETA: Yum! Tasty second infusion.
Delicious! This rivals Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish as the best blueberry tea I’ve tried (for a while DavidsTea’s Blueberry Jam held that spot… until the stevia became too much). There’s a strong, delicious fresh blueberry aroma and flavour, and although the cream isn’t overly apparent, it’s present as a softening of what could otherwise be a tangy flavour. This is definitely a well-done tea. Thanks for passing some along Jackie T!
ETA: Also a mediocre second infusion.
Trying a whole bunch of teas from Jackie T today! Thanks so much!
I couldn’t smell much from this one while steeping, but after it had cooled a bit – yum!! Definitely nutty, malty, pecan pie. This is pretty good – there’s a bit of astringency, but I imagine if I went with my intended time of a 2 minute infusion, it would mostly disappear. I would love to put a bit of cream into this tea, but I’m afraid that the flavours, which aren’t super strong, wouldn’t hold up to it, but luckily it is quite enjoyable plain as well.
I would happily drink this one as a travel mug staple – there’s enough flavour and a twinge of sweetness, which is pretty much what I look for in that sort of tea. Sadly, I only have enough for another cup (+one for Sil), so will enjoy it while it lasts!
ETA: Mediocre second infusion. Not unexpected for a flavoured black.
Earl grey tea has been a favorite of mine since I was little, but I haven’t had much experience with EGC so I ordered a few different ones to try out. I hope to add one to my regular rotation of teas just to change things up a little. I’m looking forward to the day where I can compare these side by side, but I’ll have to wait for now since I’m ready to head off traveling again soon.
My first sip of this was when it was still very hot and was surprised by the lack of astringency that I normally notice when I drink an EG before it has cooled off. This was one creamy EGC, I got the vanilla straight off, but it completely takes over this blend. I really like the black base they used for this although it doesn’t stand out as much as I would have liked, this ends up being pretty mild and I like my EG a bit stronger. This may change if I go with a longer steep time, for my first cup I went on the lower end to be safe.
I think that this would make a great tea latte so I’ll have to play around with that soon.
I really wanted to save this sample until we had a warm day so I could make iced tea, but I had 2 lbs of fresh strawberries calling my name this morning and just had to drink this with them. Since is was in the low 60s today it ended up being another hot tea day. I probably shouldn’t complain, but I really really wish we’d have some warmer weather. It is absolutely not supposed to be in the 50s-60s in the beginning of June. I’m a southern girl, we don’t like cold weather, and June is suppose to hover around the mid 90s so I can run through the sprinkler and goof off with the baby. So far this summer has not resembled summer at all, but the strawberry tea helped a little.
I was pretty impressed with this one since it was the first strawberry tea that I have come across that didn’t taste completely fake. I love that it had actual freeze dried strawberries in it as well as the natural flavoring, i’m sure that made all the difference in the flavor. I didn’t find this overly fruity, but it sure had a nice creaminess to it that reminded me of cake. I think that this would have reminded me more of a strawberry short cake if the floral flavors hadn’t taken over once the tea started to cool. This makes me excited to try some more teas from Culinary Teas.
After reading my notes from yesterday, Dexter3657 was getting worried that she’s made poor choices for me when picking teas. Well, Dex, you’re batting a thousand right now. All teas tried today were good. Not va va voom or anything, but good.
This tea is one that delivers. The smell of the dry leaf, and the flavour are bang on chocolate and caramel. Clear caramel liquor. I sweetened it and added creamer and I am already looking forward to steep 2. The tea itself is actually pretty weak, I had to brew longer than my usual rule of thumb for black tea so I doubt it will resteep 3 times with good result but another round should be just fine.
Once again, a tea I was kinda meh about hot is made short work of iced. Love how refreshing earl grey iced tea is!
Gonna be quiet around here for a week or two as I go out of town—I don’t bring tea with me when I travel (usually travel = chance to drink fancypants cocktails because Memphis’ craft bar scene is pretty crap so I gotta make the most of my chances) and I don’t have internet access/a smartphone anyway. Hope y’all have a lovely, tealicious week.
Amount: 2 tsp
Brewed In: 1.5 cups
Cup Size: 23oz tumbler full of ice
Sweetener: stevia in the raw
Steep Time: 3 min
Method: Finum paper tea filter
The first sip almost tastes smokey – just a little. But then the longer it sits on my tongue, the more that flavor mellows out & I can begin to taste the cherry-sweet grenadine which lingers afterwards.
It’s nice – am I head over heels for it? No, but I can easily see finishing up the sample I bought. And who knows…it may grow on me more.
And I can’t help but wonder what this would taste like hot on a cold, rainy day – seems like it might be a nice pick me up then.
I love this tea with ginger! I cut up fresh ginger and let it boil in hot water for a few minutes then added this tea. Delicious! I also added some sugar since this tea became too bitter to drink alone. My husband liked the tea, which is great! He loves ginger tea.
Amount: 6 tea bags
Brewed In: 2 cups
Cup Size: Quart pitcher w/ ice
Sweetener: stevia in the raw
Steep Time: 3 min
Hmmm….I really want to love this tea iced, but I’m not quite there yet. Oh, I want to be there – don’t get me wrong and I’m pretty positive I will be…but I’m wondering if I over-steeped it or made it too weak for the pitcher. But it’s tasting a little astringent to me at the moment – or maybe it needed more sweetening?
So I say again…hmmmm.
Just a little bummed because I had my mouth all set for the perfect Tex-Mex experience for a native Tex who’s been away far too long from her Mex.
I spent the day marinating chicken, soaking Mesquite chips (mes-keet for you non-natives) for the grill, prepping the cilantro & jalapenos, crumbling the queso fresco, warmed up the corn tortillas…even found some Tejano music on Pandora and sat down to enjoy it all with a tall glass of iced key lime tea….and????….ehh.
The tea was off. Only slightly, but still off enough to foil the pinnacle of what was to be my Saturday night home grill extravaganza.
I’m at work so this will be a brief one to start.
I am such a pleb. I like bold flavours. I don’t want “a hint of”. If you have a hint of whatever, you might as well not bother.
In the bag this smells so good I want to shove it in my mouth and eat it (what a barbarian, eh?). I might have under leafed, black teas scare me a little. So I’m getting some strawberry and almost no chocolate. I think the aftertaste is really goo though, get more chocolate here. I dumped in a bunch of sugar.
I’ll have to add more leaf next cup. It’s good but the aroma is way stronger than the flavour.
Can’t rate yet.
Ps. Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending this.
P.P.S: I get a feeling a lot of my notes will say thanks Dexter. Sorry if you’re bothered by it! I give credit where it’s due.