international house of tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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My first time trying international house of tea! A got a small amount from my husband’s cousin who is no longer drinking teas with caffeine. This tea is really nice and smooth and “pure tasting”. I have to watch it with oolong teas due to my sensitive stomach so I probably will just use this tea up and not repurchase, but I definitely recommend it for those who like oolongs!

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

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GCTTB3

Sipdown!

I took the remainder of this from the GCTTB3 box when I had it, and there was only a smidgen of leaf in the bag anyway, so I decided to make it iced. Coldbrewed for about 10 hrs or so. I also added a spoonful of sugar into the whole mix.

The liquor is a beautiful pale yellow, but I think it absorbed smells and flavours from other teas in the box, as it tastes more floral than fruity. Luckily, there was no astringency.

One more tea down.

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One of the samples I pulled from the GCTTB Round 3. This tea smells delicious, almost like a dessert! There is definitely sweet caramel flavor there, along with a rich, creamy background. Nice way to start the day :)

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GCTTB Rd 3:

This tea is really nice. It’s creamy for sure and has an amazing caramel sweetness that pairs perfectly with the smooth base. I am really enjoying this cup and am almost tempted to steal the rest from the box but I feel others should get a chance to enjoy it too. Thank you Calla for sharing :)

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GCTTB2

This one didn’t appear to be in the steepster database, so I added it. I am hoping it wasn’t somewhere else under a different name.

I quite like ginger peach teas. I don’t think I have ever had a white blend before though. This one was pretty decent. Definitely a nice ginger peach flavour. The ginger was just spicey enough but not too powerful, a bit sweet. The peach was juicy and sweet, like candy. The white tea worked well with the flavouring. I was a bit surprised because the white tea was a bit bitter like dandelion greens. But it worked with the tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown! I’ve been struggling with tea lately so i decided today needed to be at least one sipdown. I actually have very much enjoyed this one though it always feels like there’s some sort of flavouring in it when i drink it. Sad to see the last of this go, but happy it might mean an order in the future lol

Cavocorax

Awww. If you’re struggling, it might be better to do the opposite? Back off? Don’t worry about sipdowns. Find THAT tea that will excite you.

Tea Sipper

Definitely.. sip your favorites!

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Also one of my morning teas! I wanted to try it with GOOD water and it’s still a tasty brew for me. I may need to try and place an order from this company when i can do that just to try out a few more teas since i’ve enjoyed the couple that i’ve now tried. Thanks boxermama!

183 in case anyone’s paying attention as my verdant blends club teas finally arrived. Still though, only 33 away from my black friday goal and there are 32 days left until then and I’m a master of weekend sipdowns heh. No orders incoming either AND even if Terri sends the BBB Box my way, it won’t get here until mid to end of november and should only include 4 teas or so :)

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t mailed it!
Although I have put teas in there for you & TB, I also want to include some extra things, if you know what I mean :)

Sil

i’m just still upset my box never made it to you

Terri HarpLady

I admit, it sucks, but it is what it is. Mainly I’m sad that I didn’t get my part of the TeaVivre order, but hopefully someone somewhere is enjoying my teas, or who knows, maybe it will eventually show up…still hoping…

Terri HarpLady

Anyway, I don’t blame you, not one bit!

Sil

I haven’t drunk any of the tea we bought so i will share if it hasn’t shown up by the time the BBB Box gets to me. I’m also a little concerned because a simple letter we sent out the same day seems not to have arrived in florida either… hmmm

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Thank you boxermama! For this addition to the BBB box. I brought this one with me because I thought it would be a good one for mornings and afternoons. Also, I still hadn’t managed to try it and the box will be on its way again soon. I’m doing y best to try and get through the teas sent to me before the next round arrives, though if think this time I won’t manage it. This is a nice malty and sweet tea At the same time. I’m curious as to how it will taste once I get home since the water here. Is uh….interesting lol

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Sipdown! I finally got the chance to try this as a latte and man it is deeeeelicious! Nothing says good morning awful friday which had me up late last night testing, like this. It’s like drinking a piece of liquid tiramisu. Yep. I am loving this as a latte. I’m guessing with a teeeeny bit of sweetner it would bring the flavours out even more. woot! thanks boxermama!

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I really need to try this as a latte. I like this a bunch, though i wouldn’t want it every day. :) I like that this doesn’t hide the puerh taste but still reminds me of tiramisu. Thanks again for sharing this with us as part of the BBB Box, Boxermama!

Stephanie

Oooh, sounds tasty

Sil

it’s for sure tiramisu/coffee, rich puerh

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Oh man! (Adds to shopping list!!)

Terri HarpLady

I still have some of this too. Maybe I’ll try it as a latte tomorrow.

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this is from the BBB Box… and from the elusive boxermama. need to dash to bed, but i drank thing tonight and it was tasty. better tasting note next time but for now i need my beauty sleep! training session tomorrow for our sales guys…“how to use our demo effectively” haha

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This is one of BoxerMama’s offerings for the BBBB (I miss you!!!).
The Shu base of this is a nice one, no off tastes or anything. Layered over that are chocolate & coffee flavors. I added a little Maple syrup & yum!
Sipdown!

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BoxerMama’s 2nd offering to the BBBB.
Due to my milk allergy, I’ve never had Tiramisu. That’s probably a good thing, because I’d be making it all the time & weighing in at 300 lbs in no time. Luckily, there are teas that taste like decadent desserts, & although I shun most of them because of artificial flavors, there are a few exceptions. So this tea has a decent puerh base, free of funky odors & tastes. The prominent taste is coffee, with an unsweetened cocoa powder backdrop. It’s actually a little bitter, & pretty satisfying to me right now. If I added sweetener that would probably bring out more creamy cakey flavors & it would be more dessert-like…or not. I might try adding a little maple on the resteep, just to see how it turns out…& maybe some of that left over coconut whipped cream…hmmmmm….hopefully it won’t ruin it!

Sil

final tally for me is 226 until cavocorax gets here with the samples from omgsrsly and our purchase from bayswater. so much less than i thought it would be haha

Terri HarpLady

LOL, tonight when I get home, or tomorrow morning, I’ll update mine & we’ll see where I stand. :)

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Sipdown! 204
I think I’ve made it one of my goals today to get down to 200 teas.
Why not?
Of course, that is just one of my goals. The other goals include 3 hours minimum of practice time, & a couple of hours of writing on my nanowrimo project (I’m miserably behind so far…sigh…).

Spencer

Drinking more tea seems like the most important of those.

Terri HarpLady

It probably shouldn’t be, but there it is! :D

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From the BBBB, thanks to BoxerMama, this is a pleasantly bold morning cup. I thought it would be a sipdown today, but I actually still have enough to drink it one more time, so when I go home this evening I’ll add it to the ‘sipdown’ box.

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Another bold brekkie tea from the BBBBox, this one from BoxerMama (I miss you so). I made another 16oz pot, which fills my 5oz blue cup, roughly 3 times. Drew stole 1 cup, but Leif missed out, so I got 2!

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I brought my bag of teas from the BBB Box (the 3B Box…the Triple B Box?) to Tony’s. I figured we’ll be eating a decadent brekkie, sitting around in PJs all day, watching Baseball from noon on (Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds), & hopefully I’ll post a blog entry (I’m a terrible blogger, it takes me forever to create a post).

So, this tea is from BoxerMama! I couldn’t resist starting with it because the name “Scottish Breakfast” is, at least in my mind, synonymous with the word “bold”. And it is! It’s a well rounded cup, with a nice dark chocolate liquor low end, a malty middle, & the high end as fairly bright, my least favorite feature, but it doesn’t ruin the overall cup. I steeped a rounded tsp for 3 min. It’s a little on the astringent side, but definitely lives up to it’s name! Thanks BoxerMama!

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Tea number 3 out of the BBBB, this one from Boxermama. My mom really liked this one. Me, not so much. I don’t love tiramisu or coffee flavored teas, but my mom loves all of that so I made this when she came over to watch my kids just so I could have a sip and then let her enjoy the rest. The puerh, while definitely present, doesn’t overwhelm the flavors. I can imagine it’s actually pretty tasty if you like tiramisu flavor and it resteeps really well. My mom took the rest of my sample home with her. I’m slowly converting her to tea. One mug at a time. Thanks for helping with me with the cause Boxermama!

Terri HarpLady

Wow! I’m not a huge flavored puer person, although I love my Sichuan Caravan, & brioche or cinnamon toast or whatever that one was that I tried, but I admit, this sounds awesome!

TastyBrew

Yeah, this one has a nice flavor to it. Cinnamon swirl bread is the ultimate in flavored puerhs for me. Brioche is just a plain old flavored black tea. It’s that good and bready without puerh! It’s probably my favorite flavored black, that or caramel vanilla assam. Yum, I haven’t had that in awhile, I think I’m due for some.

Terri HarpLady

Cinnamon Swirl Bread! That was it! :)

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Taste was nothing I would care to experience again, though I can’t pinpoint what I didn’t like. It also gave me a terrible headache.

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