Culinary Teas

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drank Narcissus Oolong by Culinary Teas
4453 tasting notes

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A really interesting Oolong. Sweet and floral, with a mild sweet pepper taste to it. I was really kind of surprised by the sweet pepper taste … in a very good way. I really liked it. It brought a unique and very compelling element to the cup.

The texture of the tea is soft and smooth, with a cleansing astringency that sort of wipes that soft, buttery texture off the palate in between sips. I like that the buttery notes don’t build too heavily.

A very enjoyable Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/27/narcissus-oolong-tea-from-culinary-teas/

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man… if blueberry cream cheese danish reblend tasted like this i’d be so much happier. theres a little bit of astringency to this, but the blueberry flavouring is pretty nice. it’s not super creamy, but it IS tasty. i added a little sugar and it made it oh so much better,cutting through the slightly astringent taste.

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sample sipdown! Thanks kittenna :) This is a pretty decent chai tea. But it’s not pumpkin. It’s got a bunch of ginger in it that makes this an interesting blend and slightly different from some of the other chais that i like, but it’s tasty. Dropped the rating slightly though because pumpkin this is not. :)

Terri HarpLady

Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, have you seen the show? LOL

Sil

YES! haha i started watching it…still undecided but i’ll give it a few more episodes lol

Terri HarpLady

It’s a little cheesy, but there are points of interest :)

Sil

haha yeah we’ll see how it plays out. I am all for bad tv as well… ian doesn’t watch much tv so i watch 2-3 episodes of shows and decide if they’re worth his time. if they’re not up there, then i get to watch them when i want..and i get more tv time in since i ride public transit every day.

Dinosara

Haha, I’ve watched the first couple of episodes but I couldn’t take the cheesiness. Don’t think I’ll be watching this Monday’s ep. Guess it’s just not my type of show. :)

Sil

i’ve only seen the one so far and i’m leaning towards middle of my watch pile, but we’ll see how the second episode goes heh

Terri HarpLady

There are so many other great shows out there, but I only watch TV at Tony’s, so we’ll see if he decides to keep watching it. LOL

K S

I was raised on front row Godzilla matinees. My cheese acceptance factor is pretty high. I just turn off the brain and go with it. Not great TV but nothing competing in the time slot I like better.

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thanks kittenna!

Well it appears that this is a tea i can get behind from culinary teas. It still wouldn’t be a staple, but at least i can get behind this one more than any of the others. There’s a creamy, buttery taste to this one and the base isn’t as harsh as the other teas i tried. It smells wonderful as well, just like a delicious caramel. hmmmm

thanks kittenna!

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another sample from kittenna! this one i had better luck with. it smells a little like those strawberry shortcake dolls…slightly artificial but not bad smelling. the taste is more like a green strawberry tea and not so very “shortcake-y” However, in comparison to the last two disasters for me, this is loads better. Still though, the base has a bitterness to it that i really don’t care for. oh well, better to sample than have purchased :)

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drank Pecan Pie by Culinary Teas
5068 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
5068 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
219 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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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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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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