Cuppa'T Specialty Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

72

Made the last of this tea as a cold brew. I found this tea to be a bit heavy on the hibiscus so I only brewed it for 3 hours. I find that I do not like cold brewed hibiscus. But it seems that 3 hours was still too long. The tea brewed up a beautiful dark ruby red colour. At the very beginning of the sip, I get an awesome blood orange taste, but then the bitter/sour hibiscus kicks in. I even added some white sugar as a sweetener, which did sweeten it up, but it is sweet and way too bitter at the same time. The blood orange taste kicks in again in the aftertaste. I think I will be able to choke this one down with a puckered mouth, but I will keep it as a hot tea if I ever purchase again.

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90

Sipdown!
I finished this one off with a cold brew. This is very refreshing, I didn’t add any sweetener and I didn’t find that it needed it. The slight tartness is what makes it so refreshing I think.
I might have to stock up on this for the summer!

Lala

This is one of my favorites!

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77

I made this one as a cold brew. I find that I do not like hibiscus in cold brews so I only brewed this one for 4 hours, instead of my usual 12+. I found that even though I did less time, the hibiscus was just starting to get strong. There is a very light citrous, orange, grapefruit flavour. No peppery grapefruit taste. It would have been nice to brew for longer and have more grapefruit flavour but then the hibiscus would have been too strong. I like this one better brewed hot.

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91

Last time I made this one, I brewed it as a black tea, instead of a white. So this time I brewed it at the proper temperature. I also added a few peices of rock sugar.

The spiceyness of the tea is a lot stronger with the proper brewing temperature. A mix of licorice and cinnamon, with cinnamon being the predominate flavour. There is definitely a strong citrous flavor, its creamy and peppery. I would say it is more tangerine this time around.

This tea seems to be good at any temperature, forgiving to using too hot water to brew. But I think it is best when brewed at the proper temperature for white tea.

tigress_al

This must be a new blend! And it sounds right up my alley. Yay! I like trying new teas

Lala

I think it is one of the new spring teas.

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95

SIPDOWN!
I am having my last cuppa of this gem of a tea. Smooth chocolate, coconut dessert in a cup. A great way to end the day.

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100

Just what I needed this morning to kick start my day! I needed something creamy and smooth. And delicious as usual

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65

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Hint of astrigency. Vanilla sugary sweetness. Blunt lavender overtones. White tea taste is very nice into aftertaste.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72

I remember this tea smelling different in the store. When I first smelled the dry tea I thought it was dead on blood orange. Now that I smell it one day later at home, it smells more like candied orange peel.

The brewed tea smells like creamy tart citrus with a healthy does of hibiscus. The tea tastes very tart (the hibiscus). There is an spicey orange flavour. Slightly creamy. The aftertaste it a dead ringer for blood orange. But it only lasts for a split second. The hibiscus doesn’t ruin the blend, which is nice for a change.

Overall this fruit blend is ok. I have had better and have had worse.

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

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77

I think that this tea is called tart grapefruit but I am not quite sure because when I got home the packaging said banana split…

The dry tea smells deliciously like a freshly sliced ruby red grapefruit.

The tea tastes like grapefruit but is not tart at all. Slightly sweet. However, there is a strong peppery spicey aftertaste. The same you get with eating a real grapefruit. As the tea cools, it gets a little more tart.

The owner of Cuppa T recommended a long steep time for this tea but I failed to inquire what “long” actually meant. I steeped for 4 minutes, so I will try for longer next time to see if it makes a more tart tea.

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

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58

I went to my local tea shop to stock up on one tea. And of course I started browsing and smelling everything (there were new teas out). I found a blood orange fruit/herbal tea that smelled amazing so of course I caved and bought some. I was discussing my love of blood oranges with the owner and she suggested her blood orange rooibos. I was hesitant because rooibos is hit and miss for me, mostly miss. So she generously gave me a sample just to try the tea (3 TABLEspoons!!).

On first smell the dry tea does smells like rooibos and blood orange. When the hot water first hit the tea, it smelled exactly like an orange creamsicle. After steeping, there was a very strong metallic rooibos smell, the kind that I would prefer to miss. But there was also a slight creamy orange smell.

At the beginning of the sip, the brewed tea tastes like straight rooibos. Mid sip there is a kind of creamy orange creamiscle taste. There is a slight tartness in the aftertaste. I would not describe this one as blood orange but there is certainly an orange flavor to it, but it’s mostly rooibos.

Very appreciative of the free sample but I don’t think I will be purchasing this in the future.

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

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66

Thanks to Sil via Lala for this sample!!
I’m not sure about this. Is it Sencha? I’m not a huge fan of the base. The fruity part is nice. Vaguely reminiscent of pear but there is a stronger overlying general fruitiness. I added a pinch of sugar to see if that brought out the flavours more, but alas it did not.
A rather familiar flavour to be honest. I’ve had something similar, somewhere, before.
Also, now that I am finished my cup, I’m feeling a prickly sensation. Whether that’s my dislike for sencha, or the power of suggestion, I don’t know!

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81

backlog and a sipdown!

Thanks again to lala for sharing this one with me from her local shop. I an still enjoying this one quite a bit. It’s a pretty tasty green pear tea i find, though slightly different from other pear teas. Sad to see this one go!

Kittenna

Pssssst prickly pears are cactus fruit, not actual pears ;)

Sil

I know….doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste like a pear :p

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81

mmmm i am still really digging this tea. having this as a relaxing cup before dinner and testing tonight. Soooo glad it’s almost the weekend!

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73

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Tastes more like tart apricot than prickly pear. There is a pear-like note. Slight perfume-y note near the back of the throat at the end of the sip. Soft sweetness.

Thanks Sil for passing this on to me!

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

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96

Brewed this one cold last night. Brewed for about 14 hours. It brewed the most beautiful bright fuschia liquid. It tastes like what I imagine dragonfruit juice would taste like. There is just a touch of sweetness. No need to add any sweetener to this one. I think I prefer this one cold.
This tea is going to become a cupboard staple I think.

Kittenna

No hibiscus?! Onto the shopping list this goes! Sounds neat!

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73

Thanks to Lala via Sil for letting me try out another pear tea! Unfortunately, although this blend is quite pleasant, it fails to hit the “pear” mark. I wonder if that’s because prickly pear is actually cactus, not pear! (Probably.) That said, I’ve been dying to try cactus teas as well, so it worked for me!

Anyhow, I didn’t make great notes on this as I drank it at our meet up, but it was a lightly flavoured green, very smooth and sweet. It didn’t taste like a typical flavoured sencha, which I am not fond of, so that was appreciated. I’ve only had prickly pears a couple times previously, but the quality of exotic fruits obtained in Canada is usually questionable at best, so even if I could remember how they tasted, I’d be skeptical as to whether that was what they really tasted like. So, about the best I can do is say that it was fruity and I enjoyed it. I do have enough for another cup, so hopefully at that time I can better articulate it! I also noticed that other people mentioned strange flavours – I didn’t taste any of those :)

Thanks again to the both of you!

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

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96

This dry tea is just large chunks of dried fruit. The dragon fruit pieces are fair sized slices, and the cranberries are whole. I have to admit I ate some dried dragonfruit. I was super good. The only downsize was I bought 50g but it didnt give much becuase of the weight of the tea.

The tea brews up a beautiful dark pink colour. It smells of dragonfruit and slight tart berry, but not necessarily cranberry. The tea is quite light. I thought it would end up tart with the cranberry, but it isn’t. It tasted predominately of the dragonfruit. I did have to add some rock sugar to sweeten it a little bit.

Jule, the owner of Cuppa T, recommended to try this one cold brewed, so I have a pitcher in the fridge brewing overnight.

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

Looking forward to seeing your coldbrew review :)

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67

I am not a fan of dessert teas, or rooibos, but I had to try this because it had pistachio in it. I love pistachio.

The dry tea is a mix of rooibos, dried apple pieces and whole pistachio nuts. The dry tea and brewed tea smells like nutty pistachio.

The brewed tea tastes like candied apple or dried apple pieces, there is the taste of pistachio, very nutty tasting. But there is also a strong rooibos taste.

Overall this tea is OK. It certainly lives up to its name.

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

Sounds promising… except for the strong rooibos taste :(

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68

So I figured out why I was confused about the tangerine parfait tea I reviewed earlier today. I initially thought it was a black tea, but it turned out to be a white tea. I was confused becuase I guess I bought two orange teas. This one, sweet orange, is a black tea. Who would have though a tea addict would buy tea and then forget what they bought :P

This tea is black tea mixed with orange peel. It smells like candied orange.

The smell of the brewed tea is more so just sweet orange, like a ripe mandarin, but not candy. The black tea is also strong, and you can smell that underneath the orange smell.

The tea tastes like a black tea with an orange flavouring in it. I added rock sugar to sweeten it up a bit but it made no difference.

In regards to an orange tea, I prefer the tangerine parfait from Cuppa T Specialty Teas vs this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

I was a bit surprised at first becuase I initially thought this was a black tea, but it didn’t look like a black tea after it was brewed. Its actually a white tea, oops. So I brewed it like a black, but it turned out really good.

There were beautiful sunflower petals mixed in with the tea and orange peels.

The tea is a dark yellow brown colour. There is a sweet spicey smell to it, slightly orange. I can’t quite determine what the spice is, but it might be licorice root, however, the tea does not taste like licorice root or cinnamon.

The tea tastes like sweet orange. Not quite tangerine, but it is not tart orange or bergamot. There is a slight spice to it, but it is not overpowering.

Initially I thought I should have added sweetener, but I am glad that I didn’t. Once it cooled slightly it was perfect.

Next time I am going to brew this one like a white tea and see how the flavours change.

I think this would be a great tea for anyone that likes orange, but not bergamot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Hmmmm ill have to keep this one in mind :)

Kittenna

Luckily whites often aren’t as finicky as greens!! :D

Lala

Sil – I thought of you while I was drinking this one. Ha ha.

Sil

oh we’ll be swapping again lady! haha

Lala

Sil: sounds good to me

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98

Oh, my! This is a good one.

Now I couldn’t resist picking this one up based soley on the name. But the tea had an interesting look and smell to it.

The dry tea is colourful, and has dried fruit peices, flower petal, leaves, and peppercorns. It smells sweet and spicey at the same time. It smells almost herbal (but not medicinal), not so much minty or fruity or flowery.

The tea brews up golden yellow. The liquor smells the same as it did when it was dry. The tea tastes wonderful, and it is warming me from the inside out. I can’t even describe the taste of the tea. I am tasting slight mint, moreso peppermint than spearmint, I can also tast the verbena, cornflowers, peppercorns. There is a slight sweet finish to the tea, which I presume comes from the dried fruit, but don’t get me wrong, the tea is not at all fruity. At the absolute awesomest part of this tea is the wasabi! It does not taste like wasabi but it has the heat of wasabi. My tongue and throat and stomach are warm, but not burning. Thats the best part of wasabi in my opinion.

This was a hard one to describe. So instead of trying to further describe it, I am just going to drink it.

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

I’m a huge wasabi fan but putting it into tea never even kind of crossed my mind. But I can imagine how it would work like you described. Interesting.

Sil

Oh neat!

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67

soooooo tired. I’m about ready for bed but wait, whta’s that? oh yes i’m on another meeting with China that makes it once again clear that they’re lost without me there. sigh not sure what the hell i’m going to do to move this project forward but let me tell you 10-midnight are NOT my best hours. nope. not at all.

Lala sent this my way in our swap. I don’t recall whether or not I asked for this one, but i’m always happy to try new teas! I was a little worried when i read that this had lavender in it, but surprisingly it’s not OMG IN YOUR FACE lavender. So that’s good. :) it wouldn’t be my first choice in a tea but overall it’s not too shabby.

Thanks Lala!

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81

Another tea from my swap with Lala I am loving this one! I’m not getting the after taste that others did, beyond the taste of a slightly unripe pear in the after taste. The tea is a sweet, fruity tea with a pear taste that rolls through the sip.

Lala

so happy you liked it!

Sil

It’s a good one :)

tigress_al

I really don’t like this one hot, but iced, it is ok

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