Metropolitan Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

50

Hmm, I think I was expecting a bit more from this tea. The tasting notes suggest a lot more fruit, but I’m only getting the slightest hint of orange, and mostly just lots and lots of cinnamon. I’m also not sure about this black tea base – for a 4 min steep there’s a lot more bitterness than I would like or expect, and I’m not getting much earth or malt or other black tea flavours.

I think with a lot of cinnamon notes, I’m also wanting some other flavours to round it out and give it a more full mouth taste. Something more like a masala chai. Which maybe is unfair to this blend, but it just seems like there’s some back of the mouth flavour that should be there but isn’t.

This isn’t bad, and the more I sip at it the more I like it, but I’m not impressed either. I wonder if playing with the steeping will resolve some of the bitterness. Maybe some milk and sugar would help it along too.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy

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

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70

Oh this is different. I was expecting something more neutral, but but this has an acidic juiciness, tartness, like a fruit tisane.

There’s some notes of sweet hay and fruit – apples, grapes, pineapple maybe? A bit of earthiness. All in all a light, fresh cup, and different from any of the white teas I’ve tried to-date.

I think my rating on this is going to shift around, as I try different steeps and more cups of this.

Edit: A second steep is more mellow. The tartness is less prominent, a bit more fruitiness on the nose, and the hay comes more toward to the forefront.

Flavors: Apple, Earth, Grapes, Hay, Pineapple, Sour, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

Hmm, not really feeling this one. I think maybe my water was a touch too hot? This smells a bit fruity but mostly tastes bitter with a touch of astringency and soapiness. A bit floral on the finish.

I added a bit of sugar and maybe it helps, but I’m not excited by this cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Soap

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

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65

Mmmm. The dry leaf smells sweet, fruity and floral, with blueberry notes. In fact, I was so distracted by the smell of this that I forgot to put my strainer in my cup and just dumped the leaves straight in. Oops, not so good for this style of cup.

Steeped, it smells very light, with the same fruity, blueberry notes. On the palette, the start of the sip is kind of boring. There’s more floral notes, and then on the finish, things get more interesting, with berry notes and a hint of caramel. Very light and easy to drink. It’s pleasant but it’s not really exciting me that much.

Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

Malty, bold, thick, dark, smooth. A touch of cocoa, a touch of astringency and bitterness on the finish. All in all pretty good, and not as generic as I was anticipating for a CTC tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cocoa, Malt, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

I’m home! The comfort is much needed. What an awkward trip that was.
A friend of mine is going through a rough time and blames me for part of it (because I am not romantically interested). I feel terrible about it, but I just can’t date someone I have no feelings for. I’ve been there and no, they don’t “grow over time”, at least not for me. Even still… If it hurts me to see my friend go through what seems to be a deep, legit depression, I don’t want to imagine the suffering he is going through. So much frustration! I don’t know what to do about it (and still respect myself at the end of the day)

Anyhow, while we were in Ottawa, we stopped at a place called Tea Store. In the Market. A cute little shop with all sorts of pots and mugs on display. They sold loose tea as well, mostly from Metropolitan, but also Kusmi and a few other brands.
Unfortunately, only the Metropolitan Teas were available by the cup, so I settled for this one. Lately, I’ve been craving Yunnans every now and then, but not enough for me to keep any in my cupboard. Well, maybe a few cups worth, but certainly not in the minimum purchase amount I’d have to buy.
So yeah, this cuppa really hit my craving. Or it would have if the mood hadn’t been so melancholy.
It was sweet like honey, or maybe honeysuckle, with an edge of hay or straw. Dusty sunshine! A little complex, which I love.
I also really enjoyed the smoothness. However it was a tad thick, and heavy. Sadly, that is the part that makes me pause, and not indulge very often. Ah well, it really is great once in awhile!!

Flavors: Hay, Honey

gmathis

I haven’t perused the current menu of Metropolitan Tea selections—but this one sounds well worth perusing and pursuing.

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I don’t think it’s available to the public. I inquired once and they indicated it was only for wholesale purchases. Apparently they have hundreds of blends available.

gmathis

I think I knew that…the Metropolitan teas I’ve tried previously came from Culinary Teas; they carry a pretty big selection.

TeaBrat

you heartbreaker you… :)

Indigobloom

I read a stat somewhere once that they supply something like 80% of the “small teashop” market. Ever since, I’ve been less than impressed LOL

Indigobloom

TeaBrat – You have no idea :P

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95

My favorite grape flavored tea, delicious!

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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58

Its alright, you have to be very careful brewing it, as others have noted the flavor becomes bitter quickly. Not the best blueberry tea I have tasted but passable.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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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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85

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

This was my morning opener after a wet night in the woods in a hammock. Boiled lake water and powdered milk was not the kindest to this tea but it was super satisfying none the less.

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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

Drank this in the rain, in the woods. Tasty as always, even with lake water. I definitely needed a hot cup of tea.

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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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65

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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85

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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50

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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85

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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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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