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90
drank Arabic Tea by Custom
190 tasting notes

Had this again this morning. I think mint flavored hot tea may become one of my summer favorites – even though the tea is hot, the mint makes it refreshing. The second steep was tasty, too!

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90
drank Arabic Tea by Custom
190 tasting notes

I think this is pretty close. There might be another spice in the restaurant version, but then again maybe not? Also, I’m not sure if flowery orange pekoe is “authentic” – I’ll have to do some reading, or maybe the restaurant would tell me if I go when it’s not too busy. This attempt is delicious anyhow. :)

I steeped this attempt in about 12 oz water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Steph's Peppy Jazz by Custom
221 tasting notes

Aha! This is the one! A perfect blend of jasmine silver tip with cut peppermint leaves, which somehow manage to compliment the jasmine quite nicely. I’m not normally big on either of these teas, but together they make for a decadant and refreshing cup. High five Steph, this is delicious!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60

This delightful jasmine/peppermint concoction was dreamed up by my co-worker Steph, who couldn’t remember if she’d used the pearls or a jasmine white tea previously. Naturally I made her blend both for me. This is a little awkward to brew, mostly because you need to make sure you scoop up some peppermint along with your preferred amount of pearls. I waited until all the leaves had unravelled in the cup before pulling out my infuser, which may have been a touch too long as the jasmine was a bit bitey and the peppermint overwhelmed a little. The second 4 minute steep of this is perfect though, it mellows out quite nicely!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Mint Lavender Chamomile by Custom
190 tasting notes

A very soothing bedtime tea. The flavors were nicely balanced – the mellow taste of chamomile, sweet peppermint, and a bit of zest from the lavender.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Moroccan Mint by Custom
51 tasting notes

Great way to close off a fantastic meal/dessert! It’s just a simply great digestive that takes the food down softly and smoothly with a touch of mint. The smell of this tea is just so relaxing and brings a smile to my face everytime. I guess it’s one of the classics that got me into drinking tea in the first place and revisiting it everyonce and a while with family and friends just makes it so much more enjoyable to drink. For effect: I reccomend Moroccan tea cups as it makes you feel like your really living it. like this : http://bit.ly/cnqN1w

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77
drank Moroccan Mint by Custom
51 tasting notes

Moroccan Mint tea is a classic of all teas, especially as it was the first tea I ever had.
My grandmother makes it all the time with sweet deserts and pastries. I am not the biggest fan of mint, but I think with deserts and a little bit of splenda sweetener it’s pretty unique.
The perfect way to do this custom tea is to use actual green tea leaves and mint tea leaves, once again this one is a classic.

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90
drank Sakura Pear by Custom
4833 tasting notes

This is a backlog from last night… I have just a little of my La Vert Pear left, and I blended these two teas to see what would come of it. Cherry and Pear work amazingly well together. Much better than I imagined. Delightful. Delicious… and a little sad because I only have enough La Vert Pear for maybe one or two more…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

I blended this blend a while ago. I wanted to improve upon this flavor idea… so I used Jasmine Pearls and Japanese Green Sencha and flavored them with Passionfruit and Orange.

Pleasant, fresh and fruity taste with a whisper of jasmine. LOVE it!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

If you ever reblended this one, I’d buy it. I like the Lipton’s version for a bagged green tea. I bet yours is waaay better.

LiberTEAS

Chrine: that was actually my inspiration for this blend. I went to a restaurant and all they had was Liptons (yuck) but this blend sounded intriguing enough so I tried it and was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying it. However, as I sat there sipping it, I kept thinking of ways that I’d improve upon it. Like using jasmine pearls and Sencha instead of whatever green base they were using.

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80

This morning, I woke up with a slight sore throat (my hubby has a bad case of a headcold so I’m sure that I’m coming down with it too) so to combat the sore throat, I decided to grab my “Kitchen Sink” breakfast tea which is a combination of small bits of black tea blends from all different companies and brew it, and then add some of my ginger/honey crystals to have a spicy hot soothing cuppa that did WONDERS on my throat. And it tasted good too. I’m glad my tastebuds haven’t been affected (yet) by the cold. Hopefully they won’t!

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80

This particular custom blend is a blend of Nilgiri, Assam, and a high grown Ceylon, along with a few spices that I tossed in, just for fun.

The tea is very pleasant. STRONG. Got a lot of “get up and go” to it. Nice malty backdrop. Smooth transition of flavors. The spices I used (ginger and pepper) add a nice, peppery kick that compliments some of the Nilgiri notes quite well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

LOVE the name!

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95
drank Jasmine Pearls by Custom
4833 tasting notes

I must really be happy with me today, because not only did I have Norbu Oolong tea, but I’m treating myself to some Jasmine Pearls.

Now, a little explanation – these are “custom” because, well, I get my jasmine pearls from various sources. There are some perks to being a tea purveyor. Anyways… as I haven’t really found much difference from brand to brand, I just keep them in my pretty little washi paper tin, combining them as I get them… and to be honest, I really don’t know which source(s) I received these from.

Anyways, until I find the “perfect” pearl – if it exists – a pearl is a pearl is a pearl… and all are equally lovely in my eyes.

When it comes to pearls, I have found that a moderately low temperature and extended brewing time works wonders.

The flavor is amazing. Jasmine. Smooth, delicious, sweet green tea leaves, delicate in flavor. Sweet, floral jasmine tantalizing my palate. Delightful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Good idea! Now that you made this listing, I may use it as well once I try each one separately once. Do you combine pearls of different sizes/types?

LiberTEAS

Well, most jasmine pearls (green tea pearls) I’ve come across are basically the same size, or vary only slightly, so I combine the pearls I receive from my various sources. They might call them jasmine pearls, or jasmine pheonix tears or jasmine dragon thing-a-ma-bobs, or whatever, but basically, I’ve found no real difference between one company’s jasmine pearls and another company’s jasmine pearls. And I do try them before I combine them… to see if there is a difference… because I am searching for the perfect pearl. However, these… are very, very close to perfection.

Jillian

If you want a good jasmine pearl, Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmine is excellent IMO, and I’ve heard a lot of people rave about Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl Green.

Cofftea

I’ve only had oolong pearls… combining them w/ green pearls (which is what I meant by “type”), might be kinda interesting.

LiberTEAS

Cofftea: No, I haven’t combined Oolong pearls with green pearls. By Oolong pearls are you referring to the rolled “greener” Oolong leaves?

Cofftea

I’m refering to oolongs like Adagio’s Jasmine #12.

LiberTEAS

Ah…yes, that is definitely a pearl… although I haven’t tried it – I imagine it’s a bit larger than a green pearl. I think I must try this one the next time I place an order with adagio. I do love jasmine Oolongs… this one sounds right up my alley.

Cofftea

The jasmine pearls (also oolong) in the maestro collection are quite tiny.

SoccerMom

LiberTEAS, I have a sampler tin of jasmine #12 if you’d like it I could send it to you?

Cofftea

Take her up on it LiberTEAS, it’s yummy!

SoccerMom

I must warn you both I have an ulterior motive.:) I want to send her another Oolong my favorite oolong ever and see if LiberTEAS has ever tried one similar and if SO what she knows about it. I buy mine locally and the shop owner doesn’t tell me much about it (I think she just orders it and doesn’t know much about it).

LiberTEAS

SoccerMom: I’d appreciate that a great deal! And I’d be happy to try your oolong and see if there is one similar. Is there something I can send you in exchange?

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67
drank Ginger by Custom
44 tasting notes

Yummy! It helps sore throats.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I was lamenting the fact that we didn’t have the ingredients for me to whip up some hot chocolate after our Epic Snow Shoveling Adventure, but then I realized I had a tea which is even better! This one is Harney & Sons Chocolate tea and Florence tea mixed, with some mini chocolate chips thrown in for good measure. So rich, but you can taste the tea too, which is utterly delightful. The real bonus is no horrid sugar crash afterwards – that always happens to me after hot chocolate and I am happy to avoid it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristen

We hardly got any of the Epic snow! I think we were too far west… :( We got just a few inches, maybe 3in. but sounds like East of us got ALOT!

JacquelineM

I’m not sure what our official number was, but since it came up to my beagle’s belly, I think it was at least a foot! I should measure his legs to make sure ;)

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Saturday night caffeinated dessert tea ahoy! I haven’t had this one in a long time and I’ve missed it! Adult hot chocolate when you add creme and sugar. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I spent the day on friday at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. The supposed reason we went was to ride the rollercoasters (we did all 10 that were open!! The rollersoaker in the waterpark was not running for the season yet) but I ain’t gonna lie – I love going to Chocolate World. There you will find all the chocolate Hershey makes (including many things never seen in my local stores) in enormous quantities, all so perfectly fresh. We brought home some serious loot!

Last night it was our task to eat this enormous Reeses bar which I’ve never seen in a store with peanuts and wafers and a sort of peanut brittle in it (so good!) – and I decided to simply go for broke with the pairing – the most chocolate-y tea in my collection. Some half and half and sugar to just make the whole thing as decadent as possible.

The tea held up nicely to the strong flavors, and helped with the Peanut Butter Phenomenon – you know how peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth?!?

Great pairing – it was the equivalent of going on a roller coaster – a short, intense burst of WOW!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Wow. This is a place I should definitely never, ever go! Lol!

JacquelineM

When you are near Chocolate World they even pipe a chocolate scent through the air. It’s a chocolate lovers’ heaven (or hell, depending!!) ;)

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Oooheeee this is so good and rich. Half and half and just a little sugar and you have something very special for dessert.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lori

Now this sounds like a delish combo!

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Made this for a second night in a row. Yup, must mean I really, really like it! I love how it still has the same sort of Florence like flavor, only intensified.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lori

So this one is even better? I will need to try this one!

JacquelineM

What I did was get Harney’s Florence and Chocolate tea and mix them in equal proportions, then throw in some mini Chocolate chips like Adagio does with their Chocolate chip tea. I really like it and would go so far as to get more tins of Florence and chocolate tea just to do this again when I run out :)

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drank ChocolaTEA by Custom
1112 tasting notes

So as I was straightening my cupboard this morning, I noticed that my tins of both Florence and Chocolate Tea from Harney and Sons were less than half full, and the wheels started to turn…I wondered what would happen if I combined them, and then added some mini chocolate chips like Adagio does with their Chocolate chip tea…

Success! I was afraid that the chocolate chips might overwhelm the tea and especially the hazelnut flavor, but not to worry – each taste comes through. I’m really pleased with this one!!! It is working to satisfy my chocolate craving AND it made a little much needed room in my cupboard!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
the quiet life

Ooo, since you gave me samples of both, I may have to try this too!! Mmmm chocolate.

Doulton

That sounds great. I love how inventive you are with teas.

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91
drank Organic Breakfast Chai by Custom
406 tasting notes

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91
drank Organic Breakfast Chai by Custom
406 tasting notes

So very yummy. I prepared this accord to takgoti/teaplz’s instructions ( http://steepster.com/teaplz/posts/20967 ) and now I think I need to re-rate all of my chais so that this one doesn’t have an unfair advantage. I had been preparing my chai like normal black tea – hah! I only added a little bit of stevia for sweetener, but it tastes much sweeter; something about heating the milk, I think? Anyway, very very tasty.

I always forget that there’s black pepper in this chai blend, because it’s very understated – mostly cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves – just enough to give it a little bite. I can barely taste the assam, but it enough there to make this taste like tea, and to keep it from being too sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

I made a big pitcher of cold brewed iced tea with the last of this. So sad it’s gone! I am definitely going to get some more Darjeeling to mix with other black teas for iced tea. It adds a light and fruity aspect that I adore!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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95

Today we went on a nature walk and picnic, and for days now I planned to cold brew this for the picnic drink. Well, I woke up today smacking my head – I FORGOT TO COLD BREW THE ICED TEA!!!! Siiiiiggggggghhhhhh!

I quickly made a double strength hot brew of it, cooled it down over ice, and took it on our adventure. It was really good, and very refreshing with our spicy peanut noodle picnic, but I definitely prefer the cold brew method. This was a little harsh and strong, where the cold brewed one is delicate and so much more fruity. I didn’t get any of the grapefruit/St. Germain notes today.

Moral of the story: Don’t forget to put your iced tea to cold brew before going to sleep the night before a picnic or you will be sad!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I just can’t bring myself to click the “like” because this is sooo sad! (But a spicy peanut noodle picnic sounds divine!)

~lauren.

Oh, true, but I went ahead and clicked it (the “like” button) because the nature walk and the picnic does sound wonderful! Such a peaceful harmonious way to appreciate all this green-ness around us! Not to mention the birds and the squirrels and the rabbits …!

JacquelineM

We went here http://www.bhwp.org/

Even though it’s early there were a number of wildflowers in bloom!

JacquelineM

Rabs – http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Peanut-Sesame-Noodles-106572

So easy, so delicious. Makes a ton! My husband and I both have spicy peanut noodle lunch today too :) The only thing I changed was to put a huge squirt of Sriracha in with the sauce ingredients. Sriracha makes everything better :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I heart Sriracha. I seriously don’t know how I used to live without it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Okay, I have everything to make the spicy peanut noodles in my house and they sound super yum. But the husband is allergic to peanuts! =(

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oooh, that one looks good too! But it has cashews.=( But I can leave them out! Thanks Jacqueline.

JacquelineM

Is he allergic to all/most nuts? That must be so difficult! I think cashews would be easy to leave out in this one. Is he ok w sesame? I think regular oil and a big squirt of sriracha would provide plenty of flavor if he is :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I think he’s allergic to only peanuts. He’s not sure. We love Asian food so I’m sure he’s eating almonds and peanut oil without knowing it and been fine. If he knows it (the psychological effect) or can taste the nutty taste (which tastes like foulness to him), it bothers him. Some sesame is okay, too many sesame starts to remind him on nuts.

It does suck. I love peanut butter, almonds, almond butter, pecans, etc. But can’t eat them if he’s home. So I have to sneak it when he’s at work. I’m just glad that the sight of it in the house doesn’t bother him.

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95

WOW. I made a cold brewed iced tea with this and it is amazing! It really is like St. Germain liquor iced tea because of the Darjeeling. I am really impressed. Very sweet and fruity with that almost grapefruit edge. Very sophisticated! I’m going to save this one for hot summer evening dinner parties :) It’s too good for every day!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Dan

Gonna have to try this.

Dan

Just wanted to let you know that my wife loves this also. Its very good.

JacquelineM

Goodie!!! I really liked this one too – I am going to have to hunt down the teas I used so I can make it again. I am so so on plain darjeelings but am crazy about that little fruity lift they give to the bolder teas.

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