Metropolitan Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

Hmm, not bad. I wasn’t sure what the ideal steep time for this would be, so I tried three minutes on the first go. It’s very light – nut, malt, earth and woody notes. I get the feeling that a longer steep might yield a more complex character.

Maybe I’ll resteep these leaves and see what comes out, or maybe I’ll move on to something else today and experiment with this more later.

Edit: A second steep of the same leaves for 7 minutes was unimpressive.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Nutty, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The dry leaves don’t have a lot of fragrance but I’m charmed by how pretty they are. A tightly curled grey green, tending towards lavender tones.

First steep of two minutes in maybe 80 degree water yields a golden cup that’s light and refreshing. Grassy and vegetal, with a touch of hay and floral notes. No astringency. I drank half this cup hot and the rest cold. After the first steep the leaves had lost their lavender hue and were green and just starting to unfurl.

Second steep at 2:15 in 80ish degree water. This cup is very different. More full mouth and a lot of umami and sea weed notes. Maybe a bit of hay and vegetal still, but the fresh grass and floral notes are gone. A wee bit of astringency that builds as I drink my cup, and a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Third steep for 4:15 is very similar to the second steep, but not as complex. I’ll finish this cup, but I think these leaves are done.

Definitely a very nice green.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Grass, Hay, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal

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

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70

Now that I’m not broke, I’m realizing that I have a tea problem. I’ve been more interested in trying straight teas lately, so yesterday I went out to pick up a few small samples of straight blacks, greens and whites at Scoop N’Weight. Well, I scooped but didn’t bother weighing till I got to the till and then realized that my “small samples” were all 25-30g of each tea, which is not a sample. Oops. Still, nineish ounces of tea for under $18 is pretty excellent.

So between Scoop N’Weigh and DAVID’s, I came home with over a dozen new teas yesterday, and this one snuck in amongst them, since it just sounded so tasty.

It’s mildly astringent, with lots of grenadine sweetness and a touch of vanilla. I drank it straight but I think it would do nicely with some milk and sugar for a really easy to drink cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Grenadine, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

It’s been a while since I’ve made a whole pot of anything, but for a day of housework and cleaning, a steady supply of chai seemed appropriate.

I steeped this for 10 minutes and added a lot of milk and sugar. It’s a quite delightful, creamy cup. It’s bold and has a lot of back of the mouth flavour. A little more smoke and pepper, and not quite as much cardamom as I prefer in a chai, but still very nice.

This is super easy to drink and is keeping me going, so yay!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pepper, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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95

This has become one of my favourite morning teas.

The fragrance of the dried tea is bold and powerful – very fruity and sweet.

In the cup, dark midsize leaves unfurl with rose petals, and whole and pieces of freeze dried fruit, steeping to a reddish liquor that’s fragrant with berries.

On the tongue, the honey and raspberry notes are strong but don’t overpower the tea itself. It’s a nicely rounded cup with a lot of sweetness and just a touch of tart, making for a very nice whole mouth flavour.

This is such a pleasant, easy tea to drink, that I find myself drawn to it over and over for my first cup of the day.

Flavors: Berries, Honey, Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The woody flavour of the rooibos overpowers the complex chai spices, leaving only ginger noticeable at the front of the mouth,and some flavour and heat from the pepper in the back of the throat. A pleasant cup but lacking the depth that I enjoy in a good chai.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Pepper, Rooibos, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another decaf tea.

I like this one quite a bit. I’m trying to compare it to yesterday’s decaf, and I think the main difference is this one is a bit more on the floral side, and the Irish Breakfast is more on the malty side.

Both teas are very good. I’m happy with both and will probably stock both for the next several months so I don’t have to worry about my caffeine intake. But I can see myself being drawn to the Irish Breakfast a bit more ’cause of the maltiness.

Either way, delish!

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Decaf tea! What a weird thing to have.
I’m so thankful for this tea this morning.

I’m working at a job for the last five (?) or so weeks, and today is going to be my second last day. I applied for the full-time position and even though I’ve been working in the position for this long, they decided to go with someone else. That makes me feel just so awesome. thumbs down
So, I’m trying to stay focused and actually try to work hard today, but it’s not really going super well ‘cause I unfortunately have mentally checked out.
Plus, this morning I didn’t feel super well. But that’s more or less passed now, which is good. Food and water is a good thing.

So, the tea! I got this on the weekend from the shop a couple blocks away that sells many teas (the store I believe I mentioned in my Wild Strawberry note). I picked up two decaf teas, this is one of them.

It’s tasting pretty much the same as it’s caffinated counterpart. The Irish Breakfast that I had was with Steeped Tea, whereas this one is with Metropolitan. Adding milk and sugar is making this one just so nice. I’m getting some happy vibes now coming through to me from this tea. It’s making the day much better. Much much better. Very thankful for this tea this morning. The cup is almost gone already. It’s just that delicious. I will be resteeping this one this morning. I have to. It’s too good to waste. Maybe it’s just my day, but yeah. Seriously, good.

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I purchased 2 bulk bags of this, 500 tea-bags per foil bag and weighing 1 kg each. The expiration date was May 2015 and I read the reviews here before buying.

This tea smelled like a cross between old curry and dirty socks, I was appalled when I opened the beg.

Being frugal, I decided not to simply throw the tea away or send it back, so I brewed a small cup, put over ice and it wasn’t bad.

I brewed a half gallon using 12 tea-bags, the tea-bags were very small, 2 grams each. bout half the size of a normal tea-bag.

After the tea cooled I tried it over ice and although it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t real good. I then mixed it half and half with some iced herbal teas I have in my fridge at all times. (mostly hibiscus mixes) and it turned out fantastic.

This is a way to give my herbal teas a caffeine kick and it ended up being pretty tasty in the long run.

The smell really turned me off but the tea doesn’t smell after its’ brewed.

I bought this from an Ebay seller, maybe they stored the tea next to something with curry, or maybe the tea was old and they used a fake expiration tag, it was a stick on tag and I couldn’t find any bags that size online that resembled this tea. I could only find the small count boxes of 25 and 100 and some loose teas.

At this point, I would not recommend this tea, with that horrible smell. But, I am hoping it wasn’t the way the tea normally smells and it was an Ebay vendor storage issue.

Alone, the tea was not a hit with me. Mixed half and half with herbal tea, it was delicious.

Until I taste some fresh tea from this company, I can’t say what they are truly like.

I guess that’s what I get for trying to get a bargain. The old adage applies, if it seems to good to be true, it usually is :D Stick with a reputable company like Amazon.com or a well known store and I imagine that it would be much better.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 50 g 128 OZ / 3785 ML

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75

And here’s my cold brew for brunch today, and a sipdown!

This was definitely a lovely flavoured black. Fruity and juicy, my favourite as a cold brew but also lovely hot, plain or with a little sprinkle of sugar.

Thanks for this one, TraceyC — it was definitely a good choice for me :)

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75

Threw some of this into the fridge to cold steep overnight and threw the last of it into a mug for dinner tonight with a little sugar. Mmm, fruity good times.

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There’s a new place that opened up only a couple of blocks away from me that sells like… over 100 different varieties of Metropolitan tea company. I went in there for the first time yesterday… it was amazing.

This one definitely stood out to me as I’ve been really, really wanting a good black strawberry tea. I wish I had bought the 250g bag that I saw on Davidstea website site of Strawberry Shortcake last fall, but I didn’t… and now I’m kicking myself.

Anyways, so since that time, I’ve been looking, like I said. This one is amazing. It has just black tea and dehydrated fruits. It’s so delicious. It’s sweet, but not in a bad way. It’s just perfect. AND NO hibiscus!! That’s why I love davidstea one. It had no hibiscus, and the Steeped Tea one I tried did, which made me dislike it. Obviously this one doesn’t taste the same as the Davidstea one that I love so much, but it’s so good. I’m going to keep this one in the cupboard for sure!

gmathis

That’s living dangerously … 100 varieties of tea that close … I would spend all my allowance and most of my spouse’s!

TheKesser

lol yeah it’s pretty dangerous for sure! The fact I only bought ONE tea when I went in there was surprising. I bought a few empty tins that hold about 50g too. I’m going to see if they’ll order a bunch more. They look exactly like the Davidstea tins, but they are smaller and the ones I got were white.

gmathis

I was looking for some locally (why I thought I could find tins in the armpit of the Midwest, I don’t know). No luck, even at Bed/Bath & Beyond’s kitchen gimmick section.

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This tea is a prime example of why I need to drink down more of my tea before I buy more… which is getting really hard to not buy more right now… (New summer collection next week at Davidstea!!)

Anyway, this tea was found in my house… on my kitchen counter… in a fancy tea tin holder thing that my sis-in-law got me for Christmas a few years ago from Teaopia. I’ve been reusing the tins and I put this one in the one tin and didn’t label it. I’m positive it’s this one as it looks like it a few different teas mixed together like this one has.

And it’s absolutely delicious. I really enjoyed it this morning… Now it’s time to use this one up and move something else into it. I will drink down these teas and love every minute of it!

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Much spicy. Very not wow. I don’t usually use that meme but i couldn’t help it. It’s a spicy bland chai. I’ve added some orange honey to it and even that doesn’t help much.

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Tea #2 served in the pot at ladies’ CAH day! And I’m almost out of this one now. It’s a wonder what a pot full of tea will do to your stocks…

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Finally time to try some of this from my swap with TraceyC a couple of months ago. I was looking for something new to try cold brewed, after a couple of weeks of using the More Tea bottle for my cold brews I wanted to get back into the black brew overnight habit. Enter Island Coconut, stage left…

Yum. More to it than I thought it would have—or maybe I’d just forgotten how delicious a cold brewed black tea is, after so much white and green of late. Yeah yeah yeah yeah this’ll do, pig.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Free sample from a place in town. They gave it to me when I went in and bought other teas last year! You can never go wrong with free samples!

I don’t know why, but I had it in my head that this tea was peach. (Honestly, I never truly looked at the name of it. I don’t know why.)

It’s a very smoooooooth vanilla tea. Absolutely amazing. It’s refreshing and just perfect. No sugar in it. It’s sweet enough on its own. I love the vanilla and it seems to compliment the woody-ness of the rooibos just perfectly. Wow. I didn’t think I’d like this one. Guess I was wrong!

Would get again. But must drink down more first!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown!! (148)

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. Weirdly enough, I think this may have actually grown on me. That doesn’t mean I am going out to buy this anytime soon but it is a little sad to see this go. It is coconut flavor combined with a hint of hibiscusy tartness to round things out.

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