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Metropolitan Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

44

Sipdown (171/173)!

Finally through with this one; it’s a good feeling!

This isn’t the worst cup I’ve made of this one, actually. In fact it’s pretty good compared to the others; there’s no bitterness/astringency, I can almost taste the fruitiness of the black current in each sip, and the vegetal qualities are leaning more on the “buttery” side of things and are less grass/seaweed like. More like spinach, really.

I’m sending some to Cavocorax, so fingers crossed she finds it more enjoyable and gets cups like this one, not like the bitter sludgey cups I’ve gotten in the past.

I need to go into work today to check when I work tomorrow – but I keep putting off doing it. I’m so cozy at home; I don’t want to leave! I don’t trust my foggy recollection of my schedule to get me there on time tomorrow, though…

Maybe I’ll get ready after this cuppa, and then reward myself by tacking on a trip to DAVIDsTEA for some tins and Cool Cucumber/Superberry (I’ve decided I don’t need more Bamboozled when I have Buddha Bamboo)…

I need to make that trip sooner than later anyway, what with Superberry soon to be discontinued.

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79

I’ve got tons of this because I have both loose leaf and a tin of teabags. But that’s a-okay, because I really enjoy it cold.

I have a migraine of epic proportions, so I’ll just say this is yummy.

Sami Kelsh

Feel better!

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70

This was weirdddddd!

I cold brewed it (total of 14 hours), and it came out so odd at work today. Although, I guess I should have expected it. This has lots of hibiscus in it which was definitely a really interesting, contrasting flavour from the coconut. What ended up happening was the hibiscus took over the pineapple in flavour and the result was a fruity, sharp sour “tang” as the initial taste, and then a smooth, coconut finish.

I haven’t made my mind up whether I like this or not.

Also, work was SO busy today! I didn’t get a breather all day. We were under staffed, which pisses me off so much because we wouldn’t have been if so many people weren’t fired. Ughh!

Flavors: Coconut

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Thank you LaLa for this one, which is bold, malty, & fruity, with a slight bitter edge that I’m enjoying this morning! I’m not quite at a sipdown with this one, I have just enough one more cup, so it goes into the sipdown extravaganza box for future reference.
Unless one of my friends would like me to send it along as a sample?

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44

I steeped this cup up like a green blend because it does have green tea in it, despite being mostly black. Even still, only one word comes to mind “Ick” – and if I’m allowing myself a second word, it would probably be “bitter”.

Sadly, in order to get a sipdown (without just sending this to other people, or throwing it away) I do have to actually drink it – and secretly I have hopes that if I experiment enough then I’ll be able to find a way it actually tastes alright.

At least I paired it with the new Supernatural episode from last night! One of the two is definitely enjoyable, that’s for sure!

VariaTEA

Why not put it on the swap board when you get a chance? A tea you hate may be loved by someone else.

Roswell Strange

Eventually I likely will; but can’t really afford to right now so I’ve just been slowly sipping it down in the meantime. It’s mostly gone anyway.

VariaTEA

But you have so many other delicious teas you could be drinking instead. :P

Cavocorax

Supernatural!!!! I saw some of the live tweets, but seeing as I’m 3 seasons behind, I stayed away. Stayed off tumble today too.

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95

Tonight this blend made an appearance outside of the closet! Because I’m running low, I’ve been hoarding/savouring what I have left of this – but I felt like after a sort of “mediocre” tea day I really needed a pick me up, and this is what stood out tonight.

It brewed up lovely; sweet grenadine and almost “raspberry” fruit notes and a brisk black base with a touch of astringency, but in a good way.

Definitely the best tea of the day, and I think the perfect one to end the day on.

VariaTEA

Oh Monk’y Blend, how I miss you.

VariaTEA

And by “Monk’y”, I of course mean “Monk’s”. Perhaps this is a sign I should sleep because y and s are not even close on the keyboard :P.

Sil

Eeewwwwww monks blend. We are not friends

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78

I have had this tea in a local tea shop and like it. I bought some to have at home and decided to make some today. I like this tea. I make it like a Chai with cream and sugar. It is much more mild than a Chai tea, but it is great for when you aren’t looking for the kick of a Chai.

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82

Went to local tea shop today and decided to try this. It was good. I bought it with cream and sweetened. Oh and I had it iced. It was refreshing , hit the spot, and had a pretty pink color.

VariaTEA

Yum! This is actually the better of the two Monk’s Blends I have tried so far (the other being from the Whistling Kettle). I have one more left to try and I am hoping it is at least on par with this version, especially since I bought 50 g of it.

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The awesome Roswell Strange sent me this in addition to a birthday card and I am able to sneak it in just in time for my birthday to be over. I am sipping away at the cup as I watch Frozen. Alas, this cup is seriously lacking. It tastes mostly like a regular orange pekoe tea. I am not sure what it is meant to taste like but I am guessing something more. Nonetheless, I was so touched to receive a birthday gift in the mail from my amazing tea triplet. Thank you so much!

Courtney

I hope you had a great birthday! :)

caile

Happy birthday! Hope your day was wonderful!

VariaTEA

Thank you guys :)

Cavocorax

Happy belated birthday!!!

VariaTEA

Thank you!

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79

One of my cold brews for the day in an effort to use it up. It’s a sweet ice-winey flavor, I’m always impressed at the flavor of this one. I love ice wine, but I also love having money and I can’t do both XD. This is always a nice alternative.

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90

Just finished this today. I made it a bit stronger than normal. 2.5 tsp for 16oz. It definitely was a strong tea. But, it was delicious and I’m glad to have had it.

I’m probably going to stick with my Canadian Breakfast though.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Well, this is pretty much a SIPDOWN at this point! Only a tiny bit remains of it which means it’ll be mixed with another delicious tea!

Again, really love this one. I overdid it with the steeping today so it was a bit more bitter and stronger than I normally would have gone for… And part of me was wishing I had had my Sugar and Spice tea from Davidstea instead. I think I’m enjoying the flavoured teas just a bit more right now. Must just be a phase. hahah

Anyways, probably would purchase again,… maybe… I think I like my Canadian Breakfast and the Irish Breakfast better though.

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95

Definitely a new favourite, but this one absolutely makes it into the day of Perfect Black teas. I’m running a little low at the moment so I haven’t been drinking it daily anymore, but it had to be included. Just had to.

It’s lovely and sweet and just ‘mmmm’, and if I had my way I’d share it with everyone because it’s kind of one of those teas everyone needs to try.

VariaTEA

Have you had Monk’s Blend from anywhere else? Every time I see it, I am so tempted to build a cart :P

Roswell Strange

I’ve had Tea Desire’s, and several at different restaurants but I wouldn’t be able to tell you where they received theirs from. My Aunt also stocks it (she’s a tea drinker like us Steepster Folk) but I don’t know where she gets hers from either. It tastes like garbage, though ;P

gmathis

This is one of the first teas I ever bought a full pound of. Can’t remember how long it took to drink it all down, but even as it aged and lost a (very small) bit of potency, it was good to the last leaf!

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70

Very aromatic and soothing! I haven’t had this one hot steeped in months, but from what I recall, it is fairly mellow with a warm, comforting, “homey” feeling given by the vanilla and almond slices. They don’t add too much flavor to the rooibos, but it makes it a little more rounded. Excellent cup if you add a bit of honey…really brings out the vanilla and makes this cup deliciously creamy and desert-like.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one I took a sample of out of the GCTTB.

I’m not sure what I did wrong with this.
1 tsp, less than boiling water, 2 minute steep = undrinkable. Strong, bitter, like coffee that’s been sitting for two days. It’s also gritty, lots of “dust” made it through my basket. Dump.
Second steep – better but not much. Nope I don’t like this one. Drank about half that cup. I’m really glad I only took a couple of tsp of this out of the box. I hope others have better luck with it than I did.

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69

A few friends of mine run a butler café of sorts, which they run at a few events. A friend of mine got a box of tea at their reformation, and between one thing and another, it recently ended up in my hands.

I’m now planning, over the next few days, to drink all the teas from it. It aught to be a delicious few days. :) Tea companies are according to the one who packed them and not officially on the packaging, so I am trusting her memory.

I’m actually slightly torn at the first few sips of this tea — I’ve had it before and it’s been lovely and almond/marzipan-y, but I’m not getting it this time with the freshly made tea. It could be that there’s not enough actual tea — the sachets seemed on the small size.

Overall… I get a bit of the aftertaste, but I’m not getting the tea’s flavour much at all. It’s much more… pleasantly flavoured water than tea, if you will.

So, yes. It’s a bit of a shame, as I know it can be better than this, but this cup isn’t quite tasting as wonderfully as it should.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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78

Sipdown!! (208)

So I think I steeped this cup at too high a temperature as it has turned out rather astringent. I am trying to get passed it but there is no vanilla or grenadine in this mug, just the base. Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange but alas it seems i ruined the last cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is the tea I came home to today!
I don’t drink a lot of CTC teas, but this one is worth drinking! It’s so finely chopped & roasted, so that it looks like coffee grounds, & it brews up a nice bold, malty, & slightly sweet cup!
Thank you, Lala for sending me a generous sample of this one!! :)

Lala

You’re welcome. I’m happy you liked this one.

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44

Also drank during the new Supernatural episode.

I don’t think I liked this cup as much as my first, and if I recall my first wasn’t too great either? Initial complaints for the first cup were that this is advertised (where I bought it) as a black tea, but it’s about 50/50 black and green – and I dislike green tea.

The cup I most recently had visually looked like a black, but tasted almost entirely like a green: buttery (kinda) with asparagus notes in between the faint black currant notes. And then a bitter, astringent aftertaste. Nope, I don’t think this one is for me.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. That does not sound pleasant.

gmathis

Black/green blends are hard to steep well—-their personalities are just too different. I always end up on the bitter side.

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95

You know, the problem with drinking tons of tea is that quite often you really have to pee at very inopportune times. For example, I’m nearly done watching The 10th Kingdom and currently I’m at a very dramatic part – but no, apparently it’s time to use the washroom instead.

Also, I really should have bought more of this because it’s become a staple tea for me. So sweet, and so good. After reading “VariaTEA’s” tasting note I just had to make myself a mug of it. Mmmmmm!

I’m gonna be out really soon :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I hear you about the peeing…I’ve been getting up at ungodly hours in the middle of the night running to the washroom! Kinda affecting my sleep :P But oh well, tea is worth it right?

keychange

I think I might hit you up for some of this…once you replenish, though! :)

Tuscanteal

Tweed and Hickory has Some of their teas at good prices. I’ve been meaning to place an order. Love this one!!

gmathis

It gets worse with middle age—learn to love it ;) This was the first tea I ever loved enough to buy a whole pound of. Toward the end of the pound it was starting to lose its zing but you have made me crave it again.

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78

So I didn’t know “Monk’s Blend” was a thing until very recently. Every time I saw it, I just assumed it was some company making a particular blend. However, when I finally realized a Monk’s Blend tea was a black tea with vanilla and grenadine I was all for it. I LOVE grenadine. Prior to deciding to be healthy, I would actually add grenadine to coke (the soda, not the drug). So when I had the oppurtunity to try a Monk’s Blend tea via my frequent swap pal, Roswell Strange. I jumped at the chance.

Even though this cup has cooled slightly, I still think this a great introduction. This tea is almost creamy in how smooth it is (likely from the vanilla). And the grenadine flavor really shines. This tea actually captures everything I love about grenadine syrup and leaves out the calories. It is like the tasty tea version of a Shirley Temple…YUM!!! Thank you Roswell Strange!!!

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

Sounds yum.

Courtney

Love the clarification.

Roswell Strange

Glad you enjoyed! I might go make a cup now. And laughing so hard at the clarification.

VariaTEA

I did not want anyone to get the wrong idea about me.

VariaTEA

Plus, I don’t think adding syrup to cocaine would work very well. Just saying.

yyz

I like grenadine too. In Montpellier they used to add it to lager. It’s actually surprisingly nice.

VariaTEA

There is a brewery here in Montreal (though it is a chain so I know there are ones in France as well as one location in Toronto) that makes beer cocktails. I used to like to get the one with grenadine because it was really quite tasty. I honestly love the stuff.

yyz

They are quite nice!.. We drank a lot of them because there was a beast wave that year. It was 38 at the end of April and it was the cheapest thing to drink. But the beer cocktails were fun.

OMGsrsly

I know what you mean, yyz, but I might include “beast wave” into my vocabulary. :D

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95

I was craving something sweet, and fruity like grenadine but also a softer strawberry/milky chocolate combination and since I couldn’t think of a single tea that fit that description, I decided to make two teas instead! It was a great ‘compromise’.

Parameters for this blend were 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 10 oz. of boiling water steeped for 3 min. and 45 seconds. Turns out, that just happened to be the perfect steeping parameters for this blend! It’s sweet, with balanced grenadine and vanilla notes and not a single touch of bitterness or astringency. Just smooth, sweet, Monk’s Blend!

It’s really going to take me no time to finish up the 50g of this that I bought while on vacation. At least I know where to get more, and it’s not too unattainable…

VariaTEA

Now I feel bad for asking for some. I would hate to deprive you of such a tasty tea but I am definitely excited to try it :)

Roswell Strange

I just hope you like it! And I didn’t mind sharing at all ;)

VariaTEA

I hope so too. I am sure I will though :)

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