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Empire Tea Services

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87

Liberteas sent this my way! Thanks a bunch!
I couldn’t find it in the steepster datebase so if you or anyone else knows the direct URL – let me know and I will see if Ricky can merge the two.

This is a Ceylon and Sencha blend with caramel and roasted almonds (flavoring).

It’s quite good. The Ceylon is a mellower-black and that Sencha gives it a hint of grassy/vegetal-ness! The Caramel makes it creamy-smooth and a bit sweet and that almond contributes to the overall flavor…nutty and somewhat-smooth.

These 4 flavors seem to work very well with each other. It’s pleasant and tasty.

LiberTEAS

It should have been in the steepster database, because I should have logged it! Very weird!

TeaEqualsBliss

That’s what I thought!!! Eeeeek!

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93

Ok, the Zenjala Creamy Earl Grey was a sophisticated cup. The vanilla was very mild and served to tame the uncivilized bergamot. Empire Tea Services calls their version luxurious. My take on this is it is more of a frat house version. The vanilla comes screaming out of the pouch, chased by the bergamot beast in a toga. The Ceylon base is like the bass player in the band, you may not notice him untless he stops, then you realize he was responsible for the groove. There are also hints of chocolate and something like burnt caramel or sugar. This is a party in a cup and I don’t think it is intended for meditative moments. Party on.

Madeline Alyce

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to drink earl gray again without picturing Bergamot as a toga wearing frat boy! Thanks!

gmathis

You know you make me wanna SHOUT
(Sorry I’m too tired for a food fight.)

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82
drank Tea & Herb by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

I have only been sleeping about 4 hours a night for the last few weeks due to stress. Last night this helped me get nearly 7 hours. Yeah!

This is a weird tea, in that when I look at the list of ingredients I think I shouldn’t like it, but Empire understands blending and this stuff just works.

Missy

I too, having trouble sleeping. So far, I like Sleepy Time Extra the best. I’ll give this one a go some time and see how it does.

TeaBrat

Feel better!

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81

I under-infused this one only because the leaves are cut so fine I wasn’t sure how intense the flavor was going to be right off the bat.

Under-infusing seemed to fit the bill for my personal palate. This is a brothy-type green! It’s not bitter, it’s not overly grassy or overly sweet. It’s a straight and narrow – bound and determined sort of green! The sort of green tea you would want to have on hand at all times.

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91
drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

So on top of everything else, went to heat up water in the micronuker and after 3 seconds it went Zzzzzzzt and quit. So a quick trip to ‘The Wal-mart’ and I now I have hot water for this mug-o-delight. (One of these days I need a kettle for home) While I enjoy this, it almost seems wrong to add flavors to a delicate white. The bergamot is not heavy and peppery like the green version. It is just a relaxing light cup.

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79

COLD Notes (see previous for HOT):

The Raspberry does seem to pop out more…and it IS a combo of the berry and the Raspberry Greens – such as the leaves! It seems to almost taste more herbally ICED.

Most of you know I don’t add anything to my teas but I think this one would be ok sweetened when doing iced. UNsweetened…I think I actually like it a bit better HOT.

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79

I’m a REBEL. I’m trying a half cup of this HOT first and I have the other half of cup chilling and will review that shortly, too!

HOT:

This is a bold black tea base with a fairly good amount of Raspberry flavor mixed in. Eventho this is an ICED TEA Blend from Empire this is pretty good HOT, too!

It not only tastes like the berry part but also the greens…like the leaves and stem. Pretty Good!

COLD review coming soon…

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The tea I’m drinking doesn’t look like this – but it says it’s what it is so here, goes!

It doesn’t really smell like anything and looks like a lighter black tea finely cut instead of a green tea. It infuses REALLY Dark, too, much like a black tea. (Perhaps it was mismarked?)

This has a VERY subtle cherry flavor (so maybe it isn’t mismarked or maybe it’s a black/green blend???) It just seems too dark to be a straight-up green…regardless it’s tasty. It’s not overly scented or flavored at all!

As it cools at room temperature for a few moments it’s starting to taste more like a green but it’s still very dark – much like a green/black tea blend!

Eventho I’m a bit confused my this tea’s name – I am enjoying my cup! It’s yummy! It’s flavor is VERY subtle which is a bit different from Empire’s other teas. I’m a fan of the taste of this one but I’m not going to rate it just yet because it puzzles me overall.

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88

This has a lovely aroma! Tropical and Fruity but not overly so and certainly not artificial – to the nose.

It infuses to a VERY Dark Brown color – near coffee color. It has that bold black tea base with Mango flavor up-front followed by Kiwi and then Passion Fruit. This is very tasty, nicely flavored black, and great both hot and cold!

JC

I have to try this one! I’m from the ‘tropics’ and I’ve learned the hard way to stay well away from ANYTHING that says ‘tropic/tropical/Caribbean/etc.’ because it usually tastes like Kool-aid and Hawaiian Punch had a tea battle.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m loving it because it’s NOT Banana-type flavor but it also isn’t Kool-Aid type…it doesn’t have hibiscus in it! Woot!

JC

Nice! I’ll get some of that soon. Do you have any other fruit flavored tea recommendations?

TeaEqualsBliss

From Empire, specifically or from other companies, too? What kind of fruits do you NOT like???

JC

I’m not a picky eater. I like all fruits but I hate that ‘natural’ flavor of some teas that remind me of hard candy or fruit roll ups.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m pondering this for you! LOL :)
Are you searching for a specific base? Like flavored black or flavored greens or fruity herbals? Or doesn’t it matter/or an assortment?

JC

I would guess black tea because I feel is a better base for flavors but I can try a with greens too.

TeaEqualsBliss

Cool! I will put some thought to that!

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88

This is probably one of the better (or maybe the best) peach flavored black teas I have had! This has just the right amount of peach in addition to a sturdy Black tea base! This is a delight both hot and cold :)

Bonnie

Am I imagining things or are you on a roll of berry and peach lately?!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh!!! Maybe! LOL – Didn’t even notice! Just drinking what’s in the pile! hahahaha…good observation!

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82

I seriously cannot believe how many new teas Empire Tea Services has added and is still adding!!! This is one I couldn’t find on their site. I received a bunch of their new teas but I also see TONS more on there that I haven’t tried yet!!! WOW!

This is a finely cut green with peach flavoring – it nicely scented without over doing it. I did noticed it infuses to a dark green tea than most I have been infusing lately, anyways. Near a light to medium brown – almost a honey color.

The taste of the green tea base is what I would consider medium-strength as is the peach flavoring. I think there is a bit more peach than green tea taste – for those of you who are interesting in flavoring levels.

It’s juicy and sweet and peachy! I really like this! I’m drinking it hot but am assuming it would be just as good iced :)

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93

This is AMAZING!!! That is IF you are a lemon fan :)
I have been drinking a lot of lemon flavored teas lately and especially the lemon flavored black teas reminds me of my “Grandma T” – you can read more about me/her over at http://sororiteasisters.com/who-are-the-sororitea-sisters/

I’m on my 2nd cup of this stuff and I have been trying to think of what the aroma reminds me of and I keep coming back to Lemon-Cream Danish. It has that natural sugary-lemon flavor but then smooths out. It’s a very strong black tea base which follows suit to most of Empire Teas Black Tea Bases…which I LOVE.

But, the LEMON, is really wonderful in this! I just have to point that out a 2nd time :)

K S

Oh I almost got a sample of this when I was in their shop. Then I thought eh, its just lemon. Now I know better for next visit. Do you recall the Zoomdweebies you sent me way back when? How does this compare?

TeaEqualsBliss

Compared to Zoomdweebies – this one has more of a lemon-sugar flavor compared to Zoom’s regular-lemon flavor…hope that makes sense. Also…I would say Zoom’s has a Medium Black Tea base strength where as Empire’s is more intense!

K S

Makes perfect sense – thx

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82

If you’re an apricot fan you will probably enjoy this cup! It has a strong-sweet-apricot flavor on top of the ceylon base. It’s good hot but even better cold!

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90

This is probably one of the better Blackcurrant Flavored Black Teas I have had. There is a medium to strong black tea base with a smoother-type black currant flavor within. I like this one even better iced!

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88

This morning I had Empire Tea Services Traditional Black and I will say…BOY HOWDY was it strong! Certainly a wake-up call! JUST what I needed today! It stood up well to a 2nd infusion, too! Nifty and sturdy black!

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85

I was unable to find this one on their site but I know the fine folks at Empire are adding new teas at the moment so I assume it will be added soon!

I just got this one today! Among others :)

The finely cut-pebbled black tea is a nice solid and strong black base and the strawberry is a nice flavor but doesn’t overpower the black tea base! YAY!

Not only is this a great tasting flavored black – it smell WONDERFUL!!!!

TeaEqualsBliss

Just a PS – This is even better ICED :)

K S

As much as I love their teas, they definitely need the web update they told me was in the works.

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93

I finished my work day with the tea I almost started with. This smells so luxurious. Wonderful vanilla, bergamot, and orange pieces with a smooth Ceylon base. The vanilla tastes like it has been caramelized, and the flavor flows right into the bergamot. I like the bergamot Empire Tea uses. It is a little different from most I’ve tried. I can never really pick out the orange flavor or maybe that is what gives the bergamot the unique twist. A delicious desert drink. When the sample is gone I plan to order this one.

Hesper June

Ooooo! This sounds like a absolutely divine Earl Grey! Adding this to my shopping list.

K S

Can’t wait to see your review. If I had more than a sample I would send you some.

Hesper June

Aw,thanks, you just enjoy!

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91
drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

Last night I had multiple glasses of iced decaf Lipton. Mom and Dad love the stuff. Today I had slow brewed (what does that mean)iced tea at Texas Rodhouse. It was actually pretty good for restaurant tea. So this evening at home I am finally getting back to my tea. Happy times.

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drank Tea & Herb by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

This has become a bit of a nightly ritual with my wife and me. The bag is half gone already. She asked if we could order this and have it mailed to us. Which should I use? Ummm… no… I think we need to drive an hour and a half and pick it up ;) Or, Sure and the gas money we save by paying shipping we can use to order more tea and make it worth our while. Yeah, I think I am going with the second.

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

Meatloaf, mashed potates, corn on the cob, and White Earl Grey – could it get any better? The correct answer is no… oh wait, I could have had pie. Dang.

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drank Tea & Herb by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

I had this last night. LiberTeas description of Tutti Frutti sounded kind of like this. I was reminded of it again this morning at the farmer’s market when I passed a booth selling lavender. The first few cups of this I couldn’t pick out individual flavors. Now I am used to it enough I am catching the spearmint (but it is not overpowering – I generally don’t like spearmint). It props up the rose and lavender. Again neither of which are strong in themselves. Sipping this without thinking it kind of comes off as grape Kool-Aid. I think that makes this a decaf grown up kid’s drink :)

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drank Tea & Herb by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

Backlogging from Wednesday. Tuesday night my son and I took our telescopes to the state park to help a friend do a public outreach program during the Venus transit. If you missed it, sorry it won’t happen again in your lifetime. It was well attended and a lot of fun. Wednesday I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. Apparently I am a wimp. Flash forward to bedtime. I want tea. This has decaf in it. A pleasant ending to the day.

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84

Before I get to this tea – I went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. They used to serve Golden Peak iced tea. It wasn’t bad. Whatever they switched to was awesome for restaurant tea. Great depth. Great bite. Made my tongue tingle. The tamale was good too.

On to this one – still can’t figure out why the name on this one. I can lightly pick out the lavender today. I can also taste something sort of like pumpkin spice – is that what safflower tastes like? Can’t really pick out the black tea. It’s pleasant enough but is kind of one of those teas for people who don’t really like tea. The dry leaf looks like my cockatiel would love it.

Barb

ASK them! ;-) Seriously. I have no recollection of Golden Peak although I do remember seeing it in diners, cafeterias, etc. The new brew may only be sold to the restaurant trade but I’d still like to know.

I would probably try Yorkshire Gold with tamales, but so far haven’t had it iced.

Can’t help with the safflower, sorry.

K S

I normally do ask. usually they look at me weird (dude, its just tea). The Red Lobster near by has excellent iced tea. Their website says they serve Tetley. This was similar but honestly even more depth. Could have been in large part the master with the scoop and the water. It can make a big difference.

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90

Saying good bye to the oldest tea in my drawer. I haven’t proven to be the biggest fan of Keemun on its own but I do enjoy it blended with other teas. This is an excellent Ceylon Keemun blend. Today I saw this tea in an all new light. This is the first time I have brewed this immediately after Bailin Gong Fu, and amazingly they are far more similar than different. This one is almost equally malty but lightly more astringent. The leaf in the press has a sweet hay/chocolate notes aroma. This is a civilized cup with nice rounded edges. I bought this with a co-worker. When his half runs out, if he wants to keep it in his arsenal, I will reorder with him. This is just good.

Just noticed this is my 300th tasting note!

TeaBrat

Yeah I feel you on the keemun thing… :D

K S

I am more so with assam and LS.

TeaBrat

Me too! We can be the Wonder Twins of Assam and LS. Pow!!!

K S

But no capes!

Bonnie

Right behind you! Congratulations on turning over 300 reviews!

Azzrian

Big 300! Woot! Congrats! :) The tea sounds pretty darn good!

SimplyJenW

Congratulations on 300!

MegWesley

Yay for 300!

Missy

Congratulations on your 300 notes!

Ninavampi

Wow! 300!!! Congrats! : )

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