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My husband wanted a bag of Scottish Caramel Toffee puerh, so I decided to add a bag of this sencha to the order. I’m not a big fan of English Tea store teas. They are a good price, but it’s a “get what you pay for” kind of deal. I’ve gotten too spoiled with my tea options the past few years, so cheap tea is rarely my first choice. But, we are on a tight budget atm, I was placing the order anyway, and I was fresh out of green tea. So, I figured, what the heck?

It’s drinkable. I’ll definitely finish the bag. But it won’t be a repurchase. The flavor is oddly metallic. Theres a grassiness hiding in there, but the metallic flavor dominates.

Flavors: Metallic

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Monk’s Blend is a smooth and light tea. It has a nice caramel and vanilla quality to it; yet, there is the slight earthiness that comes with black tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The tea leaves are very uniform and do not break apart making the leaf easy to separate from the water. The taste is… like black tea lol. It is rich with flowery notes. The most interesting aspect is the dark colour of the leaves after brewing.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Chocolate by English Tea Store
148 tasting notes

From the EUTTB

After the complexity of the last tea I was kinda exhausted and a little tea drunk, so I’m having this one as it’s a fairly straightforward tea I don’t have to think too much about. I wasn’t expecting much, as I’m usually not the biggest fan of chocolate flavouring in teas, but this one I could tell from the scent was going to be better, and I’m pleased to report that it is! It’s still not the most chocolatey thing I’ve ever tasted, but it’s a whole lot better than the majority of chocolate teas. It actually smells like chocolate, which surprised me, but once brewing the Ceylon takes over. It doesn’t smell overly strong, and I was surprised by how bitter it went after only 3 minutes of brewing. Not my favourite black tea base, but once I added a splash of milk and just over half a teaspoon of vanilla sugar the bitterness was no longer detectable. Just what I wanted, really – something I can happily drink without having to think much about it.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I bought a pack of three of these guys and sent two off without trying the one I kept first. Well, I tried it tonight and now I know that I was probably wrong to send them off. First of all, I am unable to find this one on the store site but Amazon sells it (super overpriced at $19 for three pieces at .05oz)

As I tried to take my third sip this is what I decided: This is not an oolong tea and with the temperatures that I brewed it at this ‘oolong’ tea is semi burnt which gives a funky taste. The water I used was 180f which is not an issue for even the greenest oolongs I’ve had, but for the green tea that is used on this tea it wasn’t the prescribed bating conditions.

This led me to a fun discovery via Googl’ing stuff to find this: http://www.tealaden.com/department/tea-drops-flowering-teas-350.cfm
They have an oolong one… I may have to try theirs.
Then I watched this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1vgITST_xE
Let me ask this question: If anyone referenced tampon at any point of any tea process would it be really awkward for you?

Roswell Strange

No, because menstruation (and lets face it – it’s not the tampon that makes people uncomfortable, it’s what it’s used for) is a biological thing that’s unavoidable and people who menstruate should feel safe and comfortable talking about instead of feeling the urge to keep it ‘secret’ because menstraution is viewed as shameful or is sexualized. Then again, I’m maybe a little more liberal minded than the average person – and not everyone shares the same ideologies I do.

Liquid Proust

Roswell Strange I have the same thoughts. During college a friend and I were talking about how much our culture has this emphasis that the breast on a women are sexual and therefore they are to be hidden… lots of thoughts and what not, but it comes down to men being ridiculous.
But, word for word this is what the video says: “Defiantly not like how they show it on TV, they make it seem like it happens instantly. Like open like a tampon.”
Maybe it’s just me… and sorry for these images, but when someone is brewing a tea and talking about it absorbing water and opening up the last thing I want it to be compared to is a tampon. It’s two people having fun and I liked the video; in other words, I thought about it too much.

Roswell Strange

Don’t even get me started LP…

The way some people are offended by breasts is ridiculous because they serve a PRACTICAL BIOLOGICAL PURPOSE. I hate when people get offended by people breastfeeding in public because “boobies are sex objects”. Excuse you? And then people have the nerve to say stuff like “Well, if you can show your boobs in public can I pull my dick out in public!?”. Are you going to feed it to your baby? I certainly hope not. They’re not comparable – the real comparison would be flashing clitoris in public as the clitoris has no purpose except for arousal. And I don’t see anyone advocating for the right to show clit in public…

I’m gonna stop there though, ‘cause I’m sure this isn’t the conversation Dr Jim had in mind when he replied. I’ll just keep my ‘radical’ opinions to myself :P

But point is – I’m not uncomfortable with people comparing tea to tampons. Especially when tea paraphernalia like this exists:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Handmade-art-Yixing-purple-clay-decoration-tea-pet-zisha-vivid-dildo-Penis-gift-/281530584316

Liquid Proust

I did get you started and I wanted to. My persoective is thin and it won’t enlarge unless I have an open conversation with others about things I am not constantly talking or thinking about. There is beauty in how everyone thinks differently and in this case there is a tragic issue that comes about as we dicuss the crude remarks and thoughts on women vs men on what is acceptable and what is not. These conversations should occur with passion and not hatred. I am curious to know if you think the western mind and the eastern mind differ widely on sexual remarks and thoughts. P.s. tea can bring about many conversations

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drank Chocolate by English Tea Store
1581 tasting notes

From the EU TTB

I’m a bit of a sucker for a chocolate tea, so I was pleased to see this one in the box. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk.

To taste, it’s pretty good. There’s chocolate, all right, although it’s a little on the artificial side. The base is a little overpowering, I’d say. I can taste more ceylon, with its classic citrussy notes, than I can flavouring. It’s like a chocolate biscuit dipped in tea. The more I sip, the more I’m reminded of Adagio’s Chocolate Chip, which also has a ceylon base and a slightly artificial chocolate flavour. It’s nice, but not the best chocolate tea I’ve ever tasted.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I’m on the fence with this one. I bought several teas from The English Tea Store and this one by far is the best of them. There is something in this tea I can’t quite put my finger on – then I read the reviews here about it having a floral taste. Ah, that’s it. I am not a fan of floral teas. This one is subtle with the floral and I still find it drinkable. I will finish my supply out but it will not be a re-order for me.

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This is a hardy green tea, consistent and forgiving; a good beginning green tea for brewing gong-fu style. The pellets stay fresh for rather a long time, and the flavor is strong. If you’re looking for a light green tea, this is not it. This is a rigid flavor, grassy at first, then becoming nutty and sweet. Perfect for sipping in the rain, with the smell of wet grass. Astringency patiently increases with each steeping. The oak-woody undertone is pleasant, and there is a relaxing hint of cannabis.

Overall, a very affordable, really cheap green tea that doesn’t offer much but a strong, enjoyable brew. Nothing special, but just what to expect. It is very important not to use water that is too hot, despite it’s hardiness, and steep shorter as with other greens.

Flavors: Cannabis, Grass, Nutty, Oak wood

Preparation
1 tsp 3 OZ / 75 ML

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This is a lovely Earl Grey! Very aromatic and the caramel adds just enough sweetness to make this tea a wonderful after dinner tea. One of my personal favorites and a tea that is consistently in my rotation.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Floral, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea looks nice and smells decent but the flavor is a disappointment as the chai chokes the green tea to death in your cup as it steeps. This brews a rather dry and rough cup with a dark green tea taste as if it has sat in your tea for longer than you left it (yes, that bitter taste)

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is a happy, pleasant tea. Floral, sweet, perfect for breakfast…which is how I’m having it now. I really like this, best tea I’ve had in a while.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

My absolute favorite!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog:

A really nice tea. The black tea base is smooth and malty. It’s rich and flavorful but not overly aggressive. An excellent afternoon tea.

Soft floral notes. Delightful notes of strawberry and soft hints of citrus. The flavoring here is very delicate – this is a tea first and a flavored tea second, if you know what I mean. It focuses first on the tea, and then the tea is accented with soft flavors. The lemon is delicate but uplifting.

Not an overly astringent tea but it is slightly dry at the finish. Smooth and sweet until the finish where it becomes lightly dry.

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Backlog:

I wish I would have read the description of this tea before I tried the sampling of the tea that I had, because I thought it was a straight black tea and not a blend of black and green teas. I steeped it in boiling water for 3 minutes and this imparted some bitterness to the cup (I think the green didn’t like that I overlooked it and it acted out in my teacup.)

Even with the bitterness, it isn’t a bad tasting tea but it could certainly be better.

I love the aroma – the combination of bergamot and jasmine are delightful. I like the way these two elements play with one another in the cup. The tangy bergamot is an interesting contrast to the sweet, exotic floral notes.

The Assam is bold and the aforementioned bitterness may be there because of the Assam or it may be that the green tea acted out as I said before. I don’t get a lot of green tea flavor in the presence of the stronger Assam.

Overall, it’s alright, but I think it’d be better if I’d brewed it differently. Therefore I won’t rate it numerically.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Malt

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90

We ordered some of this because it was cheaper than Yorkshire Gold, so we thought we’d give it a try. Although Yorkshire Gold is still my favorite CTC breakfast-style tea, this is very close. It’s strong, hearty, complex, and delicious.

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I like this tea, but I think, as reviewed earlier, the base tea provides a more “tea with vanilla flavour” than a “vanilla chai”. It’s good though and definitely worth checking out if you enjoy vanilla.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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To me, this tea is smooth and yummy! I love rooibos, as I get the feeling of tea without the caffeine in the evenings. My new tea plan is to drink a different rooibos each night to calm down before bed.
I brewed it for about 10 minutes. My first impression was that it was a little weak, but that is because I have been mainly drinking black teas. After a few sips, I picked up cocoa and vanilla flavors. Then I added a splash of almond milk and a pinch of sugar. The caramel flavor really popped out at that point. It almost tasted like a milky way candy bar. Very soothing as well. I will be drinking and ordering this tea often.

Flavors: Cacao, Creamy, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This seems to be my go-to tea these days, and I’m glad I ordered more so I can have it several times a week. My latest blend with it turned out very nicely. I used a 4 cup pot and 3 tsp of this mixed with 1 tsp of Vanilla Cream Black Tea and 1 tsp of dried lavender. I added about 2 tsp of sugar. I tried it both with and without milk, but with milk dilutes the flavor too much. It is really soothing and perfect as it is. It is tangy and creamy from the Earl Grey, but has a candy quality from the vanilla tea and the lavender.
I did a rebrew with a bit of added tea and that turned out okay, but not as good as the first brew.

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It’s been a long week. A very long week and I’m in the middle of several weeks with no rest. So, my teas are what I am looking forward to right now. I bought some dried lavender today and decided to try it in this tea. It took a good tea to great! I’m a little new at tea blending, but I definitely enjoyed this one. I mixed 1.5 tsp Earl Grey Cream with 1/2 tsp Vanilla Cream (also from ETS) and 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers. It is creamy, sweet, and floral in about equal parts. What a great, relaxing tea to be drinking in the middle of a busy Saturday!
I also love this tea on its own. It has a nice, sweet, citrusy taste. I do wish it had slightly more vanilla and bergamot, but is is still good. I find that I actually like this best very lightly sweetened (about 1/3 tsp per cup) and without milk.

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I’ve brewed this several times, and I think I’m ready to review it. It is sweet, floral, and citrusy. It’s pretty much what I expected, but maybe even a little smoother.
Today’s brew is slightly weak. I think this tea might be better brewed at the 4 min mark. I’ll give that a try next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

So yum! I love the berry taste that comes out with just a little bit of sugar. I can also taste the nice blossoms that round out the flavor of this one. I haven’t tried it at a lower temperature, but I have tried it brewed longer. I prefer this one brewed for closer to 3 minutes, otherwise it is too strong. When I brewed it strong, I mixed the rebrew in and that helped tremendously.

Flavors: Blackberry, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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87
drank Monk's Blend by English Tea Store
1328 tasting notes

Queued post, written April 23rd 2014

I’ve learned, relatively recently, that a ‘monks blend’ is often something that involves vanilla and grenadine. Well. Isn’t that really all the justification I need to nab this one out of the EU TTB round 2?

Vanilla and a relatively tart sort of fruit seems to generally be a winner for me. There is the fabled Late Summer blend from AC Perchs which has vanilla and cranberry, for example, and the very idea of vanilla and grenadine in tea (who am I kidding? In anything! ) holds a great appeal to me.

This one smells both tart and sweet. I can easily tell that there is vanilla in it and the grenadine is equally clear and easy to detect. I can’t pick up anything of the base, though, which is a shame.

Gosh, this stuff! This is very similar to the aforementioned late summer blend, actually! It’s just grenadine instead of cranberry, and to be entirely honest with you I don’t think there is that big a difference between those two things to begin with.

I’m tasting primarily pomegranate-y grenadine. The vanilla smooths everything out and adds sweetness before the pomegranate comes again in spades on the swallow. I should have liked to have a little more vanilla in this, but it’s very good already as it is. It’s weird with flavours, really. In almost anything flavoured I want to be able to taste the base as well as the flavour. Except vanilla. There is always room for more vanilla.

I was skimming other people’s posts about this one, and came across one written by Anna. She didn’t like this blend very much but she wrote that she thought it would probably be something for me. I laughed when I saw. How right you are, Anna. How right you are.

gmathis

A Monk’s Blend (Culinary Teas) was the first tea I ever bought a whole pound of. Loved it down to the last leaf.

Anna

SO FUNNY! I remember this!

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I think I’m going to keep trying this tea. I’ve had it two days in a row and I can’t seem to get the steeping parameters correct. I tried this morning to steep it for 3 minutes, and it was a nice smooth black tea but not much fruity goodness. I added a bit of sugar and milk, and that definitely improved the taste! I was hoping to find in this tea a nice strong black tea that didn’t need sugar or milk, but I guess I should be happy to drink it like I drink all my other black teas. It certainly is a great tea for it’s price point!
I think I was spoiled by Short and Stout’s Monk’s Blend – it is much more syrupy sweet, which is a plus for me.

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This is a very nice, drinkable, medium bodied tea. I oversteeped it accidentally this morning, and was able to cure that with a little sugar and some milk. I think I prefer this tea milked and sugared anyway – British style! But, with the milk, and the oversteeping, I mostly taste black tea, and not much if any bergamont and almost zero jasmine. That’s fine with me today, as I am drinking this one for its strength. I will write another review later, where I steep it correctly. I’m also anxious to try this one iced.

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