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Split a pot of this with my mom at the Vintage Tea Room quite a while back when I was still in the process of moving, but far enough into it that all of my tea had been boxed. I was really, really looking towards external tea sources that week to keep myself from becoming completely unhinged.

Essentially, this is just a soft Earl Grey with caramel notes. There are other ingredients in the blend like apple and as assortment of floral things but you can’t especially taste any of them. This was pleasant enough on it’s own, with a nice light bergamot note but it was quite delicious with just a little bit of cream added in. That really elevated it quite nicely. Since the Vintage Tea Room is a tea room I paired this pot with a slice of some truly delicious Pecan Pie. Quite indulgent overall, but the citrus notes of the tea provided just enough deviation from the rich pairing.

The one thing I will say that I disliked was that this tea room brews “Grandpa” style so the last few cups of this were not so good. Quite bitter, actually. But it did the trick!

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I picked this up at a little tea shop the last time I was in Cape May. I thought it would be nice to have this autumn, and then, of course, I brought it home and forgot about it. Me thinks perhaps I need a better storage/organization system for my teas. But I digress….

This tea is good, but not great. There’s a nice maple flavor, and the base tea has a slight maltiness that’s nice. There was no creamy note as far as I could tell, so I added a touch of milk. The result was a perfectly enjoyable cup, but also an easily forgettable one.

I’m going to try to remember to use up the rest of this tea over the next few months because I think this is a tea that’ll lose its flavor and body if it’s not used in a timely manner. Now if I could just remember to remember!

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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First time trying this one. I do wish this one had a bit of a stronger peach flavour, but oh well. It’s not too bad, but I’m not sure if I would get this one again. Again the tea is lovely and enjoyable, but I do with that the peach was stronger.

Edit: It’s lukewarm now and I have to say it almost seems like the peach flavour has come out a bit more, which doesn’t make any sense to me, but whatever. I like it. I want to try this one iced!

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I’m pleasantly surprised by this one! I only steeped it for about 3mins and that was absolutely perfect. I added some soy cream because that’s I had and it made it so yummy! Lovely blueberry flavour. I didn’t think I would like this one as I had the bagged version but honestly it was so good. If my mom-in-law still has some the next time I come down I’ll probably have it again but making sure I don’t oversteep it

gmathis

I have rarely encountered a Metropolitan Tea I didn’t like.

TheKesser

Now that you mention that, I think I have to say the same! I’m amazed at how many teas of theirs I like.

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Amazing with the Canadian Ice Wine flavored cookies…..same with the ice wine tea. Otherwise, another malty Ceylon with a syrupy taste. I like it in the evening in the cold despite my inherent restlessness. Also, honey really pushes forward the syrupy nature of this tea. Again, my friends love it but I wouldn’t recommend this tea to every one on here. If you were looking for a decent bagged tea, though, I would say that this company would leave you with a more satisfied, full taste.

Flavors: Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Sometimes I prefer this one over the Ice Wine, other times I prefer the Ice Wine over this one. I need to add honey to this one, but I don’t add cream or sugar. Nice blueberry smell and taste with a champagne and malty background. Malty is honestly the best description for most of the Metropolitan teas. Again, this tea is very Canadian, or European influenced. I’d give it to a friend, but I don’t think I’d recommend it on here.

Flavors: Blueberry, Champagne, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really like this flavor. The sweet, lingering grape wine aroma and merlot color are aspects of this tea that makes me enjoy it so much. Most of the color is attributed to the dust fanning of the Ceylon, but the main leaves are pretty descent quality. To me, this would seem like a really European tea, which is no surprise considering Canada’s stronger ties to England and France. Cream and sugar are the bread and butter to this tea, and almost needs a cookie or biscotti for company. Honey also doesn’t go bad with the wine taste, but overwhelms the better malty qualities of the Ceylon. I have drank it without any cream or sweetener, but it’s only okay. It depends too much on sugar or honey to bring out the flavor. I would have probably rated it higher if it weren’t for that fact.

Like I’ve said with other bagged teas, this one is really best out of the bag in the first few weeks. During that time you’ll be having your after dinner wine and tea in the same cup. I’d recommend this almost to any guest I have over or any one of my friends (who steal a lot of it anyway). I’m not sure that I would recommend this one on this particular site though.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Grapes, Malt, Red Wine, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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57

Here’s hoping TTB
This one gets a rousing “meh.” on the how-good-is-this-tea-o-meter. It’s semi-floral and was okay at first, but gets really bitter at the end of the cup when it’s cooled off a little.

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Bought this one a few months ago when I was still pregnant and thought I was going to be able to drink it while pregnant. Then I got it home and realized one of the ingredients isn’t pregnancy friendly (can’t remember which one).

Anyways, so it sat and waited for me until now. I attempted this one in latte form. I love them right now and I’m dying for something amazing as my favourite is all gone from my cupboard and I’m looking for something to replace it.

So, I steeped up 2 tsp, added my frothed milk…. and I hate it. Ugh… This is the second tea today that I don’t like.
The look of this one was strange. I open the bag and it seriously looks like powder… or dust. There were pieces of something in there, but I have no idea what they are.
Taste-wise: what. in. the. world. Seriously. It tastes mostly of black pepper. I have come to realize that black pepper in tea is not my favourite thing. And with this tea, and maybe it wasn’t steeped up as strong as it should have been, it was all I could taste! I couldn’t make out what the base was at all, nor any other flavours.

Anyways (apparently I use that word a lot… oops) I have decided I dislike this one. I wouldn’t get again. I’m actually not sure how I’m going to finish this one. I’m going to try it one more time as a regular tea, but I’m not expecting much.

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The first time I tried this tea I absolutely hated it. It was terrible! I took a few sips and threw it out. Today I thought I’d try it again and if I hated it again, I would just toss the bag.

Today… it’s not terrible. It’s not mind-blowing by any means, but it’s not terrible. I wouldn’t get this one again ever, but it’s not terrible… Not sure if today’s attempt did enough to make me want to keep it though. I will probably throw it out.

I did get some apple flavour, but with a name like apple crunch, I would expect some form of pastry flavour or something creamy (which, the cream is suppose to be in there) and yet I taste nothing. It’s very strange. I don’t care for this tea. So… as I write this, I have decided that I’m done with it: the tea and this note. haha

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I’ve had this tea 3 or 4 times at a local tea room, and it’s been lovely. It’s nice clear, but it’s better with milk & sugar. I bought some loose leaf because I’ve enjoyed it so much, but first impressions upon opening the bag weren’t great. It smelled very smoky, and there was almost no trace of the maple at all. Tasted better once I’d brewed it, but I’m worried I used too much tea and brewed for too long.

The first steep was actually pretty good, although the smoky scent still lingered. I resteeped the same leaves about 8 hours later…bad idea, don’t recommend it. Had to add a ton of sugar and a bit of milk to make it drinkable.

Flavors: Bitter, Maple, Smoke, Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I had this one last week with my mom and totally didn’t think to log it.

I was… disappointed with this one. I found it to be so lightly flavoured that it felt like I was just drinking water. I couldn’t get much of any flavour to it… I will be trying it again before I give up on it, but even my mom agreed. I guess we’ll see. I’m going to add more leaves and see what happens.

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #20

Try all the Earls! This one seems less bergamot and more citrus. But then there seems to be a perfume-like quality… definitely something like “baroness” there. It’s not the best earl I’ve tried… I seem to like more bergamot than citrus, but it tastes better to me as it cools. A very dark cup that lends itself to the brightness of the citrus.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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drank Plum by Metropolitan Tea Company
1060 tasting notes

I picked this tea up last weekend while in Cape May, NJ. While exploring the town I discovered Tea By The Sea, an adorable tea shop full of teas from The Metropolitan Tea Company as well as a few other companies. I was really really good and only bought a few teas, but I enjoyed my time in Cape May so much I’m sure I’ll go back, and when I do I’ll stop by this shop and buy more tea. Also, if you ever have the chance to go to Cape May, go! It’s one of the prettiest sea side towns I’ve ever seen, and the people there are very friendly.

On to the tea! This is a nice fruity (not candy) plum tea. The base tea has an earthy flavor but isn’t heavy. I thought I picked up a light mossy note a time or two, but it was hit or miss. The plum note is delicate and slightly sweet with a floral finish. It works well with the base tea, and I really like that the plum flavor is fruity rather than overly sweet or artificial tasting. I did try one cup with sugar, and while it really brought out the plum flavor the floral note was lost. I definitely preferred this plain.

I only bought an ounce of this, so I’ll probably blow through it pretty fast, but I’ll enjoy it!

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Moss, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #15

A standard Golden Monkey! I love the scent of the brew even before I take a sip – very syrupy sweet. The flavor is like honey, syrup, dried grass, molasses and chocolate. Somehow a great combination. Dark and delicious. I’ve had a couple better Golden Monkeys but this one works!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // few min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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Finished this one last week as a latte. Still delicious, but I think I may have either over leafed or over steeped as I found the flavour wasn’t as nice as last time I had it. Either way, enjoyed it and would get again, but I’m planning to wait until my collection has depleted a bit more. I have quite a long way to go.

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Made this into a latte today. I probably made it stronger than needed, but I love strong flavoured lattes. This one was so great. It had the great cookie taste I mentioned in the last tasting note, and it’s got the creaminess of the cream.
This tea is such a surprise. I love it. Now that I’m making lattes at home, I don’t think this one will last long. haha Delish!

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90

Bought this on a whim last week.

I wasn’t even sure about the smell honestly, but how could I pass up a tea called Cookies and Cream?!

I added some milk and sugar (not much), and it made this tea such a great sweet dessert tea. I definitely got the sweetness and chocolately taste from it. But there was also a creaminess to it. I was impressed by the combo and how well the two worked together and the fact that you get both the cookie taste and the cream. Usually you don’t get both when a company says you should, but this time you definitely can. Seriously surprised and impressed.

I’m going to enjoy this one.

As a side note, I’m like dying to buy more tea, which technically I have in the last week, but I want to buy more and I’m trying with everything in me to not. I have a Steeped Tea party tonight so we’ll see how well that lasts… I HAVE to drink down some of my collection!

Fjellrev

Haha I’m sort of in that mode right now too, and totally don’t blame you for wanting to try this!

TheKesser

Ya it’s so good! And I’m proud to say I didn’t buy any tea at the tea party!

Fjellrev

See? You’re doing well!

Frost (Mags)

Oh man, that tea sounds delightful.

TheKesser

It’s so good! I made it into a latte today… Delish!!

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HGTTB

I finished off the last of this one from the tea box today and it was WELL worth it. I think if there’d been more in the box i would have taken it out :) It’s not the most perfect raspberry tea but there’s something about it that is quite refreshing. Even when it was thoroughly cooled it had a pleasant taste, no bitterness and the base was present but blended with the flavouring instead of working against it. Thanks for sharing!

Final Count: 115

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Such a weird tea. I made it with a fillable tea bag because it’s so fine. One level 1/2tbsp was only 1.7g, so I added a bit more to bring it up to 2g, steeped for 3min. It tastes… like tea. Like, there’s nothing unpleasant about this, no bitterness or excessive astringency, but there’s also nothing particularly interesting about it. Reading the description I was something much more “punch you in the face and wake you up” but it wasn’t really that. I resteeped for 6min and the resulting cup is drinkable but a bit bland. Meh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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73

This is a very tart tea. The initial brew is blaring with raspberry and a spiced honey. The color of the liquor is crimson red. The first sip leads to a blast of raspberry and grape. It reminds me a of a sweetened red wine. The aftertaste is one of a dark black tea with some astringency. I can taste a woodsy flavor with slight roasting. This is not a tea for me, but I can see why others may enjoy it.

Flavors: Raspberry, Red Wine, Smoked, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This tea has got to be about 8 years old. I purchased it on an ill-fated trip to Montreal that ended with food poisoning and years of aversion to maple-flavored everything (I’m over that aversion now, thankfully). The tea’s still pretty tasty! I never drank it much because it’s one of those black teas that makes my stomach hurt, but it has a nice muscatel flavor to it. It’s rather drying but not unpleasantly so. I have never tried real ice wine so I don’t know if the tea tastes anything like its actual namesake. No rating because seriously, this tea is olllld.

Sipdown, finally.

Fjellrev

Surprising that it still tastes good! And I’m glad to hear that you got over that aversion. Stuff like that can take forever for your brain to get over.

Kaylee

It was really bad for a while. I wouldn’t even put maple syrup on pancakes. Thankfully I got over it and now one of my favorite teas is Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong!

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