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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

The slightly cooler weather had me craving this one! Good tea and amazing vanilla bean flavor. I love that slightly…smoky? earthy? flavor that comes from steeping the pod along with the vanilla bean.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

When you do this, how do you prepare the vanilla? Do you just cut it up as it is, or do you open the pod and take the seeds out first and mix with the leaves and then cut up the rest?

JacquelineM

I cut up 1 pod with scissors into little slices (I didn’t scrape out the beans because the little vanilla pieces get steeped with the tea, so you are steeping beans and pod with the tea), and used about 3 oz of tea leaves. Leave in a tin about 3 weeks before enjoying :) I really love it. I’m going to try and add one to some Earl Grey next to make my own version of Earl Grey de la Creme!

Angrboda

Interesting. I think I’ll try this at some point. I don’t have anything that would suitable for mixing it into at the moment as stocks are woefully low on plain black that isn’t Lapsang Souchong (which isn’t really plain -plain anyway, is it), but I’ll definitely be keeping it in mind for another time.

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I am completely, utterly, and delightfully shocked how good this tea is without any cream and just a half teaspoon of sugar! My coworkers brought in sweets for my birthday today (awwwwwww!) and I wanted to drink this tea with them, but didn’t have any milk! So, I said “Oh throw caution to the wind! You are now aged enough to be considered an eccentric old bat – do something wacky!!!”

I lowered the temperature and steep time and voilà! Delicious, vanilla tinged, excellent with pastry breakfast tea. Yay! I think this eccentric old bat time of life suits me!

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
sophistre

So many birthdays! I bet you’re going to have the most delicious baked things ever for your birthday, and I will be — as usual! — deeply, mournfully envious of your skills with the oven. I hope you have a great one!

Rabs

I hope that you have an amazingly awesome birthday and a woder-filled year :D

JacquelineM

Thank you! I’m pretty excited – we have reservations on sunday for a full afternoon tea at a 250 year old farmhouse which prepares most of the food portion of the meal with produce from their behind the restaurant garden! I hope to take pictures! I am taking off from the oven for my birthday, well mostly. I have this really nice steak that needs cooking tonight, but… ;)

AmazonV

oooo yummy birthday treats :) i hope dinner sunday is amazing

JacquelineM

Thanks AmazonV! I’ll let you know how sunday goes – it’s in Chalfont PA so not too far away from either of us! We then hope to go to the Mercer museum in Doylestown.

LadyLondonderry

Belated happy birthday wishes! Hope you had a wonderful day filled with all your favorite things, including your top teas, of course!

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Yesterday, I made a key lime style pie (I say style because I used regular limes, and made the crust out of pretzels that I put in the food processor instead of graham crackers – it was great!!). I was at a loss as to what tea to serve with it, until I thought of this Vanilla Assam! It was an excellent pairing. The earthy vanilla bean and pod taste was an interesting and delicious counterpoint to the citrusy sweet dessert. A+!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

That sounds utterly amazing and yummy!

Adham

Yum – that sounds so delicious…

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Let the eating, I mean grading, begin!!

I knew we were going to have delicious sweet things, so I brought a little tin of this in, along with some half and half. I walked in with my cookies, but another coworker already had CINNAMON BUNS out!!! Good, sticky, walnut topped cinnamon buns from a little neighborhood bakery. YES!

I quickly put my kettle on and gosh, this tea is REALLY good with cinnamon buns. The natural vanilla and good tea is something special, but does not complete with the cinnamon bun. Pure indulgent synergy is going on :) Yum, yum, yum. I’m soooo glad I took this in today.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dan

I need to try this, you haven’t steered me wrong yet.

Dan

How long did you keep the vanilla and the assam together before you tried it?

JacquelineM

Three weeks :) Use an assam you like but that isn’t stellar (as an example, don’t use Mountain Malt, but maybe use that Assam by Mark T. Wendell that you get at your health food store :) I used a good buy not great Assam and the vanilla smoothed out all of the rough edges to make it wonderful!!!

Rabs

I adore the phrase “pure indulgent synergy.” :)

I also hope that today goes quickly for you, but not too quick while you’ve got yummy food and tea nearby! ;)

Stephanie

Gah! Now I want cinamon buns!! :)

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I made brownies yesterday to contribute to yesterday’s dinner – tried a new recipe because I was out of baking chocolate (!!!):

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Best-Cocoa-Brownies-108346

changes: used 1 stick butter instead of 1& 1/4, 1 cup sugar instead of 1& 1/4, and sprinkled coconut and mini chocolate chips on top to make “chocolate coconut easter egg brownies” They were rich and very chocolate coconut easter egg!

Anyway! I set two aside for tonight’s dessert. That hint of good vanilla flavor with the full bodied Assam complimented the dense chocolate brownie so well. This vanilla tea went particularly well because it’s not the creamy kind which would compete with the dessert.

I had one of these brownies with coffee last night and it was just not the same. The coffee stomps on the dessert, but the tea dances with the dessert!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Miss Sweet

Yum! I love pairing teas with food – and I’m definitely overdue for baking a brownie!

gmathis

Ooh..I’m due to bring birthday treats to work next week (the nerve…making ME cook on my own b-day) and your brownie recipe sounds actually within my realm of culinary klutziness.

AmazonV

@gmathis how lazy of them all, confuse them all make bacon chocolate chip cookies and serve with bacon tea!

gmathis

I’m tempted just to throw Oreos on a doily to make it look like I fussed.

JacquelineM

gmathis – they are really easy and tasty. If you use a big enough bowl to melt the butter etc you can finish the recipe with only that bowl – hardly any dirty dishes. I bake on my own birthday too. ANY excuse to bake, because I enjoy it :) If you don’t enjoy it, store bought on a doily is still a treat!

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I just drank two cups of this tea as fast as I could make them! There is something about me and vanilla tea – I just can’t seem to get enough! I baked black bottom cupcakes (chocolate cupcake with the top third a sort of cheesecake, and mini chocolate chips to decorate), and brought some into work (the rest are for a Tupperware party I am going to tonight. Everyone that I mention it to says “They still HAVE Tupperware parties!?!?” and I am here to say, yes, they do, and my niece is having one. I think the “2010” part is that it’s being held in a bar (!).

Anyway! The combination of these cupcakes and the Vanilla Assam is great! The tea tastes really caramel-y (perhaps the mixing of the malty Assam and vanilla with the rich chocolate and cheesecake?) and very decadent. Tupperware parties at bars, blackbottom cupcakes and vanilla tea at 10am – what can I say – I am a wild, wild woman.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Those cupcakes sound SO GOOD! Maybe w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai frosting?

JacquelineM

I have to say, they are really, really good. I got into making cupcakes because once, for doing extra work, a department at our school bought us a dozen cupcakes from this really fancy bakery, and they were so great. I went in one day to get more, and they were so expensive I almost fainted! So I made it my mission to try and find recipes that were as good as these cupcakes that have mythical status in our office :) So far these are just as good as their blackbottom cupcakes and I have a great recipe for chocolate chocolate but I have not perfected the vanilla buttercream frosting! It always comes out too sweet! Maybe the addition of a tea infusion will give it the richness and complexity it lacks!! :)

Cofftea

Try it and report back!

sophistre

Want. D:

Doulton

I know that you used a good vanilla bean What kind of tea did you use? I, too, am a vanilla fan. Is Tupperware “sincere” or “kitsch” or “retro” or something else nowadays?

JacquelineM

I used Premium Steap Assam Khongea FTGFOP-1

http://www.premiumsteap.com/p-154-assam-khongea-ftgfop-1.aspx
and a Nielsen Massey vanilla bean!

I’m not sure about the current cultural significance of tupperware (I spent last night baking from scratch and listening to Rigoletto. I am out of the loop to say the least!), but I can say that I am in earnest! I am always trying to make things ahead and freeze them since I work full time and am also in school, plus I garden and like to freeze extra produce for the winter. My freezer is pretty much 100% tomato puree in August :) I haven’t learned to can yet!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I want your day, please.

~lauren.

I am in awe of your awesomeness. Seriously. You cook, you garden, you work, you school (oops, you try to make that into a verb! LOL!) and you party (tupperware)! Hope you had fun! :)

JacquelineM

Awwww shucks! Thank you ~lauren!

It was really fun! We played games and made salsa in the little tupperware hand run food processor and drank a little bit too much wine :)

~lauren.

Oh, I just got a great idea! Remember those little tupperware midget thingies (we used to use them for salad dressing) http://tinyurl.com/3pdog4, next time I go away for a weekend, I am taking some favorite loose tea with me in those! UGH, this weekend, went somewhere and had the MOST atrocious tea ever.

JacquelineM

I was thinking of getting them! I got a set of freezer containers, a cake decorator, and a lunch carrier and containers for my husband, and felt like I had already spent a fortune and stopped there :)

takgoti sent me some samples in these mini gladware containers and they would be good to travel with too!

http://www.amazon.com/Gladware-Containers-Lids-Mini-Round/dp/B0030HTZTM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1269908501&sr=1-7

I also love the little tins the quiet life got from specialty bottle

http://www.specialtybottle.com/

I am washing and saving everything for reuse :)

~lauren.

I had a sister-in-law and a close friend that sold tupperware. You have a niece. It’s very hard to say ‘no’ because 1. tupperware items are cute and colorful and usable 2. they are your sister-in-law, your close friend or your niece who hands you a pretty catalog while looking at you, silently, pleadingly, hoping you will buy just one more thing …! LOL*SIGH. Thanks for the links, too.

Batrachoid

Vanilla Assam with vanilla sugar? Would That be too much? Maybe different kinds of vanila in each? Sounds amazing with or without matching decadent cupcakes.

JacquelineM

Batrachoid – vanilla sugar is a grand idea! It would be lovely in so many things. I’m all done my Vanilla Assam, and should really make more…

Batrachoid

it is! You make it just like you made your Assam. klI just made a big batch of vanilla sugar based in turbinado sugar with a Indonesia vanilla bean. The molasses tang and richness go great with the vanilla. PM next time you make a batch of Assam and I’ll send you some (we usually have some; sweet drinks here are usually honeyed).

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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Today is an exciting day! My Vanilla Assam is ready for consumption!!!

I took about 3 oz of Very Good but Nothing Earth Shattering Like Dear Thomas Assam (Premium Steap’s Assam Khongea FTGFOP-1) and cut into it a vanilla bean (one Extremely Intoxicating Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla Bean). Let sit for 3 weeks to a month, shaking whenever you remember, to infuse. When you make your tea, steep the vanilla bean pieces along with the tea leaves.

Ooooooooh it’s FANTASTIC! If you are a vanilla lover, you HAVE to try this! I guess because I used an entire high quality vanilla bean, the tea is just making me swoon with deliciousness! So much vanilla bean flavor and that slight smokiness. BUT – because it has no extract or flavoring, it’s delicate and really lets whatever tea you use shine. It’s old fashioned and home made and just wonderful. It is sublime for drinking and I think it would really be great infused into a vanilla tea buttercream frosting. I’d also like to play around with different vanilla beans with different origins – e.g. Tahitian Vanilla bean instead of Madagascar, and different teas.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dan

This sounds like fun, I like to blend teas anyway and adding either fruit or vanilla beans sounds yummy.

Cofftea

Gotta try this w/ green tea!

Bethany

Awesome! Such a great idea!

Jillian

Mmm, sounds yummy! :)

Lori

Not that sounds like a great idea…

Janefan

thanks for the idea! I’m going to try this with my boring Adagio Cream to give it a new lease on life!

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drank Blend Experiment by Custom
158 tasting notes

Not really an ‘experiment’ this time, per se, but a quick cup. This weekend has been an end-to-end slog of geekery of the highest order, capped off, two nights in a row, with a night out at a noisy bar with about 12 other people all conversing over the noise, and then a drunken collapse into bed (alone, not with 12 other people).

I am hoarse. I am raw. I’m exhausted. And I am about to do it for night #3.

No time to make a full chai, I steeped 1 teaspoon of Samurai Chai Mate and 1 teaspoon of Samovar’s Masala Chai (which I have mysteriously not written a tasting note for, yet?) in a quick 16oz. of water, and threw a tiny bit of milk and sugar at it. I need the caffeine from the mate if I’m going to survive.

Reminds me, as it usually does, of a holiday tea. I’m at a point where I think I really need to get some yerba mate that isn’t dressed up as a chai so that I can try it alone, prepared in a gourd and all of that good stuff. I’m not sure I’ll like it, but there’s no denying that the impact of the caffeine from mate kicks the pants off of the caffeine from almost anything else I’ve tried (though I did manage to get an interesting, refreshingly mellow mood lift from the pu-erh I’ve been drinking, after prolonged periods of sipping — something I can thank takgoti for pointing out).

Anyway…today, back to the con. One last day, one friend’s b-day dinner, and then rest…sweet, sweet rest.

Dan

Ahhh I can remember burning the candle at both ends and then trying to light it in the middle. So long ago the details escape me.

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drank Blend Experiment by Custom
158 tasting notes

In an effort to reduce Adagio sample tins, inspired by Bethany, I decided to go ahead and start mixing stuff together. Today it was Assam Melody and Keemun Rhapsody, and the results are pretty good…one teaspoon of each for my 16oz. teacup. Raisiny-sweet without being too astringent, a smooth cup to start the day.

And yes, that’s Mr. T. Mr. TEA. …yeah, I know, it’s not that funny.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Mr. T and his chamomile blend made me laugh. I so needed that. Thank you so much.

sophistre

Hey, anytime! Though I notice that steepster cut off the part that says ‘I PITY THE FOOL’. Probably I will have to fix that later.

I hope your day improves, Auggy!

Jillian

Bwhahaha! That pic is so much win! I’ve actually had it saved in my DevArt Favorite folder for awhile. :)

~lauren.

You know, when I read Melody & Rhapsody, my mind immediately conjured up … oh, y’know, sonatas & concertos, violas & cellos & grand pianos— it was a complete surprise to see Mr. T again! hehehe : )

teaplz

Best.

Picture.

Ever.

I am crushing on you very hard right now, sophness.

Teaman

Really liked your review. You have a way with words on this one. I tend to struggle sometime to come up with descriptions of what I’m tasting that don’t involve comparisons with other teas. But you have provides tangible objects that work well to share your epxerience! Well done!

sophistre

@Lauren: Adagio does have a way of making me want to dig into the sometimes-neglected classical parts of my musical library, I admit.

@teaplz: Not bad! Google image search ftw. I probably ought to rotate the picture out, but it’s going to be hard to top that one.

@teaman: Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if saying ‘this tea tastes like x, y, and z’ to me is really that helpful, since I’m not sure that the foods or smells or things that get referenced are experienced precisely the same way by other people, but it helps me to remember those elements when I go back to read later. I’m glad it works for someone else, too.

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85
drank Earl Grey Melange by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I made dinner, dessert and this tea iced to bring to my mom for Mother’s Day. I made the big 8 cup pitcher cold brewed with some simple syrup and half a lemon. Very refreshing! The cold brewed method makes the bergamot subtle enough to be delicious with food. I still prefer this with lime, but I used all my limes for the pie!

I also gave some tea to Mama Earth today. I compost all my used tea leaves, and my garden got a nice helping :) It’s so great to see my used tea leaves, vegetable scraps, the leaves the trees shed in the winter, etc. become food for my garden, then food for me, then food for my garden, then food for me… :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Rabs

Thank you for thinking of Mama Earth today. That last paragraph made me feel all warm ’n fuzzy on the insides :)

LadyLondonderry

Ditto — I love your generous gesture toward Mama Earth. It’s so funny, just this morning I was looking at my spent tea leaves and wishing I had a garden so I could use them as compost instead of just tossing them out!

Rabs

It just occurred to me that one of my coworkers has a compost heap that she uses for her garden. I should ask her if she’d like my spent leaves!

SoccerMom

I’ve been throwing my spent leaves in the bed of my azalea bushes LOL.

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85
drank Earl Grey Melange by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I made cold brewed iced tea with this, a little simple syrup, and a half of a lime juiced. So. Good. So refreshing! Perfect with our picnic after a long, muddy hike. I originally used the lime because I was out of lemon, but we wound up preferring it to lemon! My husband thought it was the best iced tea so far this year (I still like the Darjeeling Assam better, but this is a close second!)! Next I will try this one with some of a juiced orange.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85
drank Earl Grey Melange by Custom
1112 tasting notes

Made some iced tea with this! 4 tablespoons of Earl Grey tea, 4 cups of water in big pitcher for 8 hours in refrigerator. When ready strain into another pitcher with 4 tablespoons simple syrup. I also juiced a lemon and added it. I found it a nice touch but too lemony. I will use a half lemon next time. I can’t wait to make it again because it was so refreshing! Earl Grey makes a fantastic iced tea! We drank all four cups with our dinner!!!

It paired so nicely with the Alsatian Onion Tart/Pizza hybrid I made for our meal!

(basically this dough:
http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2009/05/wednesday-baking-thin-crust-pizza/

combined with this topping from the Baking with Julia cookbook:
http://mollysmadeleine.blogspot.com/2008/11/tart.html

with a little bit of grated cheese sprinkled on the dough before adding the toppings and baking. I used a cheddar but next time, definitely smoked gouda!)

(I highly recommend making your own pizza. It’s so much cheaper (even a super gourmet one is literally like 3-4 dollars vs the 10-15 you can spend ordering one) and this overnight dough method makes it so easy and ultimately quicker than waiting on a pizza delivery. Think of all the time you can then spend on Steepster, and $$ you can then spend on tea! Not to mention – the iced tea costs pennies vs. the expensive, horrible for you soda most people get with pizza delivery. OK. Off my soapbox ;)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

yum… pizza. That sounds yummy. I was just thinking about what I should make for dinner too!

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85
drank Earl Grey Melange by Custom
1112 tasting notes

My first blend is a success! The sum is truly greater than the parts on this one :) A nice synergy is going on between all the random Earls and the Assam. I’m so glad I did this! The soapy citrus from Adagio’s Earl Grey got really tamed with the additions (some of which were smoky Russian Earls), and it results in a pleasant bergamot infused tea. I can’t wait to try it iced in the summer with fresh orange slices!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

Can you help me clarify this a bit? Congrats — it sounds like you made up the very successful blend “Earl Grey Melange”. You gave it a score of 82. When I clicked on it, the rating came up as 75 with 1 rating. Shouldn’t it have said 82 since I am assuming you made this blend up and there was only one tasting note on it (yours)? Or shouldn’t it have said two ratings – yours & anonymous_person and the combined score would have been 75? Or have I totally messed up on what this ratings thing is about today? Wouldn’t surprise me, not having a good tea day.

JacquelineM

Here is a post that explains the rating system:

http://blog.steepster.com/post/247562587/brewing-a-better-rating-system-the-2nd-steep

in a nutshell – it’s a Bayesian Average and it takes into consideration things like average rating across all teas on Steepster, average number of times each tea has been rated, number of ratings for the tea you’re looking at, and
average rating for that specific tea. I hope I summarized that correctly because statistics are not my strong point to say the least!

~lauren.

Got it – this really helps clarify – Thanks!

Cofftea

This rating system is so dumb in my opinion.

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82

I’m not a big fan of the vaguely bread-like flavor of chamomile, so I put in a smidge of rooibos tropica to liven it up. And it did! The tea came out pale-pale-pale, but it had all the fullness of chamomile and a nice little zing on top from the sweet rooibos tropica. I will have to remember this for the next time I crave some chamomile. I might try adding a little sugar so that not all of the sweetness is coming from the rooibos, although that could also end up being too much.

(My girlfriend pronounced, with a tone of great surprise, that this was “Huh! Actually comforting.”)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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57

Alas, this did not work very well; there’s a really strange aftertaste along the lines of a too-sweet toothpaste. It’s still smooth, though — apparently you just can’t wreck this Fortnum & Mason Vanilla. Sadly, that’s the last of mine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have no idea where this rooibos caramel comes from. I have an old Teavana tin with “Roo. Caram.” scrawled across the label in my handwriting, so obviously at one point I knew more about it…you know, for someone who catalogues as obsessively as I do, I’ve managed my teas rather poorly so far. Anyway, this rooibos caramel isn’t much good on its own — it’s far too sweet in a cloying sort of way — so I keep it to sweeten my other teas. Today I tossed it in with an old and rather bitter Ceylon Black that really needs the help, and the result was a nicely balanced cup of black tea. It would have been too bitter for a first cup of the morning, but as a second one the bitter was mixed with the caramel and the rooibos nicely. (I’ll refrain from any philosophical generalizations on the blending!)

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

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89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

Note to self: Dopn’t add too much tea. Don’t let it steep too long. Don’t try adding more hot water to the cup make it better.
And don’t expect to be cheerful when it’s 4am and you can’t sleep.
Wrong tea, at the wrong time. Tastes like Mud. But all my own fault.
Wouldn’t be fair to re-rate this tea over this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

After last night’s fiasco with appalling cardamom tea, I was enraged, so I made my own.
Made up some assam, cracked open three green cardamom pods and dropped them in the pot.
And it was a corker. It was as good as the pre-packaged garbage was bad.
Malty of course, but with a lovely overlay. Ahh, good tea with cardamom – simultaneously conjures up the hot dusty desert roads of its origin. and the decadence of the desserts it usually follows.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Liked the imagery in your post. Dislike bitting into a green cardamon pod at the Indian restaurant.

Robert Godden

I love cardamom, and will prove it in an hour or two by shooting a cardamom tea video. I love finding soggy whole pods in my indian food and chewing them into oblivion

Christeana

Glad I am not the only one deeply fond of these. Two pods in a cup of boring green tea make a world of difference.

Robert Godden

To me, cardamom and banana are exssential companions. Last night’s dessert was sliced dates, bananas and cashews, lightly coated with yoghurt and sprinkled with my chai sprinkle – powdered cinaamon, cardamom and sugar. Accompanied by a Blue Mountain tea

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89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

My better half was eating Turkish delight, so I changed my mind from Darjeeling and reached for this malty assam to cut through the sweetness.
It is everything I want in a tea, great black for me or with milk for anyone else.
malty and caramelly, luscious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

I’ve gone through about ten cups of this over the last week without ever reveiwing it. I think it’s because it’s a ‘social’ tea – I tend to drink it with others.
So, it’s dark, it’s malty, it has a delicious heady pure tea aroma.
It is the essence of tealiness .
And i love it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Hazelnut Chocolate Mint by Custom
1317 tasting notes

One teaspoon Hazelnut black tea (Adagio), one teaspoon Chocolate black tea (also Adagio), and a pinch of peppermint (Luka Te m. m.)

BLARGH!

Experiment fail. Wildly mediocre. That is all.

Ricky

Haha reminds me when I mixed darjeeling, assam and keemun together. Hey, a lot of companies do it! Yeah, total disaster. Worse sip ever.

Angrboda

Well, this is drinkable. But it’s certainly not particularly interesting.

Ricky

Haha, you are a better blender than I am =D

IdentiTEA

Yeah, what Ricky said. At least you have the guts to blend… I don’t!

Angrboda

It can be fun, but also a bit risky. :p I’ve also done it sometimes if I didn’t have enough of something for a full pot (my preferred pot isn’t very big, it’s just about half a liter) I can put in something else to increase the amount of leaves. It’s just a question of finding something that fits. Like for example if you have something flavoured with a type of berry, another type of fruit will usually work. If it’s strongly flavoured, even something plain. If it isn’t strongly flavoured, you can still use a plain one with it, but the flavouring might get overpowered. If you just use left-overs it doesn’t feel as much like a waste of leaves if it doesn’t work.

Suzi

I wonder if it would work better if you added a fruit, like a strawberry tea? At least, chocolate/hazelnut/strawberry crepes taste great, and strawberry/mint can be quite fun…

But add me to the list of ‘too cowardly to blend’

Angrboda

Personally I think I should have left out the mint. It works well with the chocolate alone, but together with the hazelnut something just seemed… off. Chocolate and a fruit would definitely work though.

S

Aww. I have a custom blend fail as well…I mixed Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint black with H&S Vanilla black….gag

Angrboda

Yeah, it seems to me that if one want to use mint, it can only be together with one other flavour. With chocolate alone it’s nice. With vanilla alone it was surprisingly nice also. But together, yeah, that sounds like flavour war.

Dru Bramlett

rooibos + lapsong + ginger. YUM.

shethatisnau

I like adding mint to my green teas, it’s a lovely combination that was inspired by a flavor called “Kyoto Mint” that combined matcha, sencha & mint. :}

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90
drank Jim's Caravan by Custom
159 tasting notes

The last few grams of my Jim’s Caravan.
I actually had this as a nightcap last night, and have re-steeped this morning. My tastebuds are cold-addled.
And yet, it cuts through, it’s smooth, it’s invigorating.
A good choice.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Jim's Caravan by Custom
159 tasting notes

My morning Pick-me-up. It’swas hot already at 6:30am when I had this.
Great tannin tones on an ultra-gentle smoky base.
Wobnderful start to the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Jim's Caravan by Custom
159 tasting notes

This is only my second tea of the day; the first day of our new found democracy in South Australia.
i decided to replace the English Breakfast in the micro-cafe with Jim’s Caravan.
So. it’s infuser and paper cup time.
Great aroma and lovely tan colour.
The smokiness is just at the right level, the brackish warmth is very heart-warming.
A little cup of happiness.

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

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