Metropolitan Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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Cold brewed this one and it is a weird combination of pineapple/coconut and hibiscus. It is like two different teas in the same bottle but they don’t really blend properly. Very, very strange. Although, with that said, I don’t mind this as much as I thought I might given I am neither a lover of Pina Colada or hibby. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the chance to have tried this so thank you Roswell Strange for sending it my way.

In other news, the flavors in this are reminding me of the tasty, tasty Hawaiian Blizzard I had earlier. MMmmmm…blizzards :)

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Another lovely tea from roswell strange via my wife! this one I took to work this morning as a nice treat as I knew it would be a long long Tuesday. I was very impressed with the base black tea in this one, monks blend has such a distinct flavoring that often I think inferior bases are used and covered by too much flavor. Not so here, the tea is the thing here, as I like it, and the various ingredients are blended in subtly so as not to overwhelm the palette. It is a very mellow cup of tea, a nice way to start a chaotic day!

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This was surprisingly great, considering I got it from a reseller (Darlene’s) and got 1/4 lb for $1.99, SHIPPED. It’s a nice, dark, malty assam and it hits all the right notes for me. I doubt I could tell it from any others if side by side. I have actually only had one tea from a Metropolitan reseller that I didn’t like, and I think that was due to personal taste. I still want my fancy ones, but it’s nice to pick up bigger packages – especially for iced teas. I bought their black wild blackberry and it’s great for that.

Suziqzer

Wow.. awesome price! I’ve been curious about ordering from her… seen her on ebay. I agree that larger amounts for a better value are great for iced tea.. it disappears so fast at my house!

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Sipdown (176/180)!

Cold brewed the last of this one for a relatively short period of time (nine hours) and with a smaller leaf amount because it was all I had left and it turned out pleasantly decent. Basically more coconut/pineapple with a less harsh hibiscus undertone/edge. Still wont be a restock though. Not even close.

Also, the pizza people definitely judge us. I mean, I guess I technically have no proof or anything – but it’s just a feeling! Today I ordered pizza when I got home from work (mmm!) and then found out that Tre had also ordered pizza today not even two hours ago! That’s a lot of pizza for one household…

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Last of my teas to log from yesterday! Sadly I didn’t do much tea drinking; I was too busy going out and actually doing things on my day off and then sleeping when I got home…

I made this hot because I really felt like I’d been sharing it with a lot of people but not taking the time to really enjoy it myself – and since I’d only had it cold brewed I thought I’d switch things up a little bit.

I have to say it was mostly a let down because the pineapple/coconut were really drowned out by the powerful taste of straight hibiscus. I didn’t really enjoy it at all, to be honest…

Also late yesterday Geordan tried the first of hopefully many teas from the sampler I gave him! He had 50 different blends to pick from but out of all 50 I gave him his top four picks were:

- Hot Lips (DAVIDsTEA)
- Peach Dream (Cuppa’T Specialty Teas)
- Bravissimo (DAVIDsTEA)
- Caramel Pu’Erh (Tea Desire)

I don’t know why, but I found it very interesting that out all tons of goodies like Caramel MATCHccino or Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha those are the ones he thought sounded most promising. Huh.

In the end he settled for Caramel Pu’Erh. I don’t know what his thoughts were, but I really hope he liked it! It would have been this first non herbal tea he has ever had; I don’t think he realizes what a “brave soul” he is for picking a Pu’Erh as his first real tea experience. Funnily enough, that happens to be the only Pu’Erh I included in his sampler.

Tea for though, I guess.

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Today I’m going to try and sipdown a lot of the teas I have only small amounts of left.
But I’m also going to attempt to try some of the ones I’ve had for a while and never tried. This one falls under the latter.

I feel like this needs to be a two bagger. I’m a bit surprised that it isn’t stronger. I let it steep for 4 mins and I get just the smallest hint of bitterness to it. I didn’t add any milk and only a sprinkling sugar. The further down the cup I go, the more I’m getting the bitterness. I really should have done the 3min steep like I originally planned and we’ll try two tea bags next time.

I’ll probably also add some milk to my next cup and see what happens.
The only flavours I’m really getting right now is a tiny bit of pineapple… not much… I’m very unimpressed with this one… it makes me sad.

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