Cuppa'T Specialty Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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This is not necessarily a tea review, so you can stop reading now if you like.

I made pea soup. Mmmmm. It was delicious. My grandparents sill farm, even though they are probably to old to be farming, they just won’t quit. Good for them! My grandpa grew peas last year so I got my grandma to steal me an ice cream pail of peas after harvest. I have been using them up sparingly. They were not “processed” and “fresh” off the field. In saying that I mean they were not cleaned so they were full of dust, husks and dehydrated grasshopper parts. I spent an hour yesterday sifting through 4 cups of peas to clean out any non-pea debris, then soaked for 12 hours in water. I slow cookered the peas for 12 hours with a ham bone, 1 cup of strong lapsang souchong tea, chicken stock, pepper and bay leaves.

The lapsang gave the soup a smokey flavour that paired perfectly with the ham. But I think it also helped to cut back on the saltiness that sometimes the ham can give it. I also found the soup to be very smooth, which I am attributing to the tea because that is the only difference this time around. I didn’t use too much tea so the caffeine does not appear to be a factor.

This was great and I look forward to doing it again. My grandparents are growing peas again this year so I might have to sneak some more in the fall :) Maybe more than an ice cream pail this time!

Nxtdoor

Ham hock?

Nxtdoor

Split pea soup is awesome. With ham hock, I’m in heaven.

Lala

It was the bone from a picnic ham, so the leg – not sure what the cut is called.

JustJames

i can’t do smoke normally…. but i likely could this way! yum!!!

no grasshopper parts? but we all need protein =0(

Lala

Ha ha, well I got the grasshopper parts that still had faces and antennas. I am sure there were still a few legs left in there. :P

Fjellrev

Interesting concoction!

JustJames

not happy when your beverages grimace at you?

Lala

More like: I don’t like when I have a smiling face staring up at me right before I eat it. He he.

Bonnie

What a great idea! I cook with lapsang souchong all the time. Usually though, I grind it into a powder with my mortar and pestle…then sprinkled on steaming broccoli or use in rubs.

Lala

Bonnie – I thought about just putting the tea leaves in whole but I was worried about the caffeine getting too strong – so I can eat this for supper/dinner. Do you find that when you grind the leaves there seems to be caffeine effects added?

JustJames

it could have been sticking its tongue out, lol!!

i have to be careful with smoke/smokiness. i can’t be around even bonfire smoke (so annoying), and i am sensitive to it in teas as well. i do think i could do it in a pea soup, though.

canadianadia

ooh! Lapsang in split pea soup – that’s genius!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh man! That sounds so good!

Bonnie

DELETE2 minutes ago
When you make a powder out of the tea, you just use a pinch of it or so to taste…and unless you’re eating everything yourself, I hardly think caffeine is an issue. Sugar and salt are bigger concerns to health. I cook with tea frequently and at 65 have never noticed any caffeine effect as yet. Possibly, this is due to having the tea with food…not on an empty stomach.

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90

Brewed up a cup this morning. I again added some rose buds to smooth out the taste a bit.
I usually don’t re-steep but I tried re-steeping this one. The smoke flavour is a little less. The tea tastes a bit more crisp than it did on the first steep. The flavour profile stays very much the same, just a little less intense.
Still delicious!

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90

My new favorite!!! This tea has a strong smokey smell. It retains a smokey flavour once brewed, but is not so strong that is overpowers. Once brewed it makes a medium brown with slight hint of red liqour. The smokey taste is slightly sweet. There is a bit of a smokey after taste but it is not unpleasant. Reminds me not so much of a campfire but of a smoke house, (ie. used to smoke meats). This tea makes you feel warm.

I brewed a second cup and added two organic rose buds (also from Cuppa’T). I was inspired by the posts of Anna Karenina from The Republic of Tea (which is on my wish list). While the smokey flavour is still present, the rose buds smooth out the taste. The rose buds a bit more sweetness. There is also less aftertaste, then when brewed plain. Love this tea!!!

Looking forward to many more cups of this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

I have never tried this blend because it smells SO smoky, but adding some floral is a wonderful idea.
I might have to try this!

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90

I have had this for a year and have not logged it yet. This is a mildly spicy chai with a tad bit of sweetness. It really does smell like christmas.

As a latte with a smidgen of brown sugar, this is perfect for christmas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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91

I bought this earlier in the year when I happened to be in Regina for a workshop. It was fun exploring my old haunts, and even more fun to find a specialty tea store :) I’m surprised I haven’t logged this one yet though.

I bought Latte Macchiato because 1) I love coffee just as much as I love tea and 2) I wanted to compare it to the Latte Macchiato from Adonia Tea in Vancouver. They both have a dry scent that’s a pleasant mix of earthy tea and fresh coffee. Adonia has the strange but yummy yogurt crispies in their blend. Cuppa’T has coconut flakes which I love.

They both taste very similar as well. Just a hint of coffee, and a nice creaminess. This blend is a bit more astringent than Adonia’s. Maybe I’ll just cut down on the steeping time. I had this today with a teaspoon of sugar and some So Delicious coconut milk to add to the coconut flakes. It’s a very nice way to start the weekend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I prepared this as an eggnog latte, which tastes pretty good. This rooibos is a little artificial tasting, so the addition of the eggnog helped to make it palatable.
I wouldn’t restock this tea.

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80

This definitely smells good. It is ok, good for a sweet dessert. Maybe a little bit artificial tasting.

I can see this as being good to mix with other teas that need a sweet kick.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

This was a sipdown this afternoon with my in laws. I love them dearly, but sometimes they are just plain crazy. Haha
Anyway, I really enjoy this tea and might have to get more to have iced in the summer. It is super finicky with brewing though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Shared a pot of this with the in laws this morning before brunch and it was a lovely tropical cuppa. I mostly got passion fruit today. The flavour really depends on the chunks of fruit in the spoonful, because the chunks are fairly large. I still really enjoy this one, even though it is finicky. I got it right today though!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

It is fricking cold today, so I needed something tropical to take my mind off the cold. This did the trick! I am mostly getting pineapple today.
I think I finally found the sweet spot for steeping parameters of this tea because the base is very finicky and can get astringent very quickly. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

A little taste of paradise this morning. I wish I was on a beach somewhere right now instead of here in the cold and snow! Maybe in the new year I will go on a trip.

I still really enjoy this. The papaya is coming out a little more today. I guess I got some bits in my tsp! The black base can get really astringent if brewed for too long though, so you kind of have to watch the time on this one.

Boiling water cooled off a little at 3 minutes.

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90

This was one of the first teas I tried from my local tea shop. It is very tropical and natural tasting. Pineapple is probably the strongest note.

I brewed this for 4 minutes and flash chilled it. This is the first time I am having this iced. It is a little more astringent than I remember. However, I still love it, and it is very refreshing.

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83

My mom and I shared a pot of this today, it was here first white tea. It smells like green beans once steeped. It has a nice light nut flavor, not overwhelming. Nice and creamy, with just a bit of the “green bean” white tea taste.

One thing I found really interesting was that my mom didn’t notice the green bean smell until I mentioned it. She said she was so focused on tasting the hazelnut flavor that she couldn’t see it. I feel like this shows I’m getting better at noticing flavors in tea!

Thanks from my mom and I for this tea, Tigress_al!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Glad you enjoyed this tea! To tell you the truth I didn’t really get the green bean notes. I will have to brew up a cup now! You got me curious

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85

Backlogging from last week.

I am definitely getting the maple taste, but it is slightly bitter. I added a tad bit of brown sugar, and then the flavour popped. Now this is good stuff. However, I don’t really like to have to add things to my tea.

I also tried this in some oatmeal with a little bit of raisins. Wow, yummy breakfast!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Barb

How did you combine it with the oatmeal? Did you just add a bit after the oatmeal was cooked, or use it for all or part of the cooking liquid? Interesting idea!

tigress_al

I let the tea cool down a little bit. Then I used the tea instead of the water in making the oatmeal. Kinda a little experiment.

Barb

What an excellent idea. I sometimes make savory oatmeal instead of sweet — will have to experiment with using Lapsang Souchong as the liquid. (I know, this will horrify some folks!)

tattooed_tea

Try adding real maple syrup! So yum

Bonnie

I’ve added a bit of applewood smoked salt and I have pure maple sugar (granulated) if needed and Lapsang Souchong for the diehard smoke lovers.

tigress_al

Yep, oatmeal would be great with a Lapsang as well, or used in BBQing, I will have to try that next!

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90

Backlogging from last week, I haven’t wrote any notes for awhile!

I am not sure of the ingredients, but this is very similar to Ice Age from Teaopia without the mint. It is a good refreshing blend of lemon, lime, and orange flavours.

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85

Backlogging from the weekend
This was a pretty standard Earl Grey with a little bit of a stronger finish. I like it, it is still smooth, but I just have so many Earl Grey that hold a closer place in my heart.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

I made this cold brewed.
This tea was good. Definitely mainly raspberry but a little tart, also getting a little of the lemon notes as well.
This tea makes a wonderful smoothie though!

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90

This tea kind of surprised me. It is better than I thought it would be. The flavours actually meld pretty well together and the licorice isn’t too strong. The lemongrass makes it taste “fresh” and the pepper gives it a little bit of a kick.
It is also good cold brewed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

I made this tea a couple of days ago hot, then put it in the fridge overnight to chill. I also added a little bit of sugar because of the tartness. With the addition of the sugar, it is a much better tisane. Refreshing, but I am still not getting much in the kiwi department.

As much as I don’t like to add sugar, this tea kinda needs it.

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88

This was ok. I cold brewed this.
There is good strawberry flavour, but kind of lacking in the kiwi department. It is also a little bit tart. I don’t like to add sugar to teas. But, I guess I could try some stevia next time I make it.

Preparation
Iced

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90

Sipdown!
I sweetened this with 1tsp of sugar, which is now a little too sweet for my tastes. It is good though, tastes like cranberry cocktail now!

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90

This tea is getting really old. Time to drink this puppy up. I chilled this overnight. It is a little more tart than I remember but it was very refreshing. Or maybe it’s just losing sweetness with age

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90

I cold brewed this.
It is not as tart as I was expecting. There is sugar added, so it sweetens it a lot. I am definitely getting the cranberry taste. It tastes like a store-bought cranberry cocktail.
I really like it, but I don’t like the fact that sugar was already added.

Preparation
Iced

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Sipdown
This is a very refreshing tea. Almost like lemonade but not too sweet. It’s slightly tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. Each cup tastes a little different depending on what fruit pieces end up in the scoop but that’s ok.
I would like to re-stock this but I think my local tea shop has stopped selling this tea :(
That’s the worst when you find a tea you like and then can’t restock it! Oh well, I enjoyed it while I had it

Lala

Wen I first read your review I was like I am going to get some of this, Ihave never seen it is the store so it must be a new one. But then I read thru the review and am now sad :(

Michelle Butler Hallett

Nooooo! Discontinued tea …

tigress_al

It is sad :(

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