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85

This might have Darjeeling in it, maybe Keemun?. The leaves were broken, large thin pieces with significant green hues. A little smoky, a little dusty; the package says floral and malty.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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82

Astringent, orange liquor. Brisk, slightly malty. Would drink again, if offered, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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78

Wow, this has some low ratings. I’m not really understanding that considering that I’ve now had two cups (one yesterday, made by Peet’s, and one today, made by me) and they have both been reasonably good. The bergamot is on the fruity side, which I always appreciate. I didn’t realize until now that the base tea is Darjeeling, which explains the slightly sweet aftertaste I’m getting out of it. It also does not brew up bitter, which I like. Not bad!

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78
drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2654 tasting notes

This is a decent morning tea but doesn’t quite compare to some of my favorite yunnans.

I got one yunnan black at a hole in the wall store in Oakland that blows this out of the water. ha!

Anyway I feel that is tea is pretty strong even after steeping it for only 2.5 minutes. I may cut down on that time and see what happens. It’s malty and has definite spicy and peppery notes. Other folks remarked on the muscatel flavor and there is something about it that’s reminiscent of a darjeeling. It has a strong aftertaste. It’s missing the sweet and chocolate notes some other yunnans have. I probably won’t buy anymore of this when the tin runs out though I’ve enjoyed trying it. It’s better with soymilk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

The “Fancy” part cracks me up…

TeaBrat

So very fancy!

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81

A touch of milk and a fair bit of sugar tempered the astringency and mellowed the maltiness to a pleasant level that went well with caramel sauce on toast. Did not pair well with stir-fry vegetables.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85

While traveling, it’s much easier to have bagged teas. This is one I tried at a relative’s house. I liked how this tea smelled so nicely like spices. The flavour reminded me a bit of wassail or a similar Winter beverage. Had more while watching snow yesterday.

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85

Another stop on my quest for the best chocolate tea. I’ve not had Peet’s before, but this came as a solid recommendation from someone who had worked at the place as “the best tea Peets ever created”. It’s not currently available, but I dodgily (not a word, i know) purchased a tin on ebay. (I’ve drank the cup and I’m not dead, which is a good sign in this day and age!) This tea has both cacao nibs and shells…the shells combating the slightly sour taste that comes with cacao nibs. The base tea in Red Cloud is from Hunan China, which is I think what makes this tea work as well as it does. Canton’s Chocolate tea is assam/chinese and is steeped for only 3 minutes. This tea, because it can be steeped longer (gotta love Chinese teas!) imparts more of the chocolate flavor from the shells and nibs…which is good/bad….good, because there’s more natural chocolate flavor…bad because it overwhelms the vanilla and you kind of lose it in the mix. All that said, this is a brilliant alternative to cocoa during the winter months, and I will be looking at Peets website a bit more often now….

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

What a well crafted blend! Rich, nuanced, and balanced, Peet’s Holiday Breakfast has been my wake up cup each morning lately. Great way to start the day: deliciously.

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78

A great winter/holiday tea. It’s a perfect balance of all the stuff that goes into Constant Comment without all the overbearing flavors and lackluster tea leaves. My wife said it was almost refreshing.

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63

Had this at a conference this past weekend. I know that herbal is not Peet’s main staple, but I would have appreciated a little more flavor. It wasn’t bad, but it lacked boldness.

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96

Backlog from yesterday. I was completely blown away by this yesterday, and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Peet’s. I had never been to one but stopped in before a doctor’s appointment, expecting the usual three or four tea options. Instead I got a full menu and a staff who obviously knew what they were talking about and how to brew tea. I’ll definitely be going back!

As for the tea itself, it was amazing. It had the intense stone fruit flavors I love in this type of oolong, along with a slight woodiness and an incredible aftertaste that lingered forever—plum skin, honey, and flowers. I still can’t get over how fruity it was—it might be the fruitiest I’ve tried without flavoring added. I got two steeps out of it and wish I had gotten more (pesky doctor’s appointments!), but I would love this to be a permanent addition to my collection based on that.

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100

Hands down the best tea that Peet’s offers. A rich, sweet, nutty and full-bodied black tea with just the right amount of cocoa and vanilla.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toffee, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15

An extremely bizarre tisane with a taste reminiscent of latex.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

The single worst tea Peet’s has ever offered. The taste is of compost scrapings, a day-old coffee grounds, and with a vaguely fishy undertone. It brews blacker than coffee, is almost sludgy and has a bite that almost hurts the pallet.

For $25 for 4oz, don’t even bother wasting your money.

Flavors: Barnyard, Coffee, Compost, Seaweed

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

The best of both worlds: it’s not just a Miley Cyrus television show. It’s this tea. Chocolate + tea = I’m floating on a cloud of bliss.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Free cup of tea with my loose leaf purchase. I have had worse pu’erh. This one is nothing special, especially at the price they charge for the loose leaf.

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31

This was absolutely disgusting. It was like drinking a cup of perfume. The rose was so overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

I really don’t understand why this has such a low rating? It is a great quality Keemun. Maybe many of the people on here had it improperly made at the store or something. .. I bought the tin and it is now my favorite breakfast tea! Give it another try people!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I picked up a tin of this tea when I was in San Diego for the weekend a month ago. I grew up in California (and think it’s just about the best place in the world) but hadn’t been back for six(!) years prior to this little jaunt, and of the many, many foodie delights I miss Peet’s Jasmine Lime Cooler comes out pretty high on the list. So, being back in the land of Peet’s, picking one up was pretty high on my list of things to do. And I did. And it was just as wonderful—just as refreshing and sweet and tart and floral—as I remembered.

But this isn’t a review of the Jasmine Lime Cooler. This is, alas, a review of something much less exciting. The tea is smooth and sweet, although I can’t say I’m getting any of the plum mentioned in the official description. The sweetness I’m picking up on is more of the chocolate variety, which, as everyone probably knows by now, is not my most favorite of flavors to encounter in an unflavored black tea. This tea is also lighter on the smoke than I’d expected (and almost nonexistent on the pine), and it doesn’t have that rich red wine quality I’ve gotten with other Keemuns. It makes for a pleasant, if not especially memorable, cup, and I can see it making a nice, gentle introduction to Keemuns for those not inclined toward the bolder stuff.

Dustin

I miss Peet’s too! Just the smell in the air when driving past one early in the morning is very nostalgic for me.

greenteafairy

I love their drinks so much—the Jasmine Lime Cooler will always be my favorite, but I also grabbed an exceptionally tasty Mayan Mocha at the airport on my way back. It’d be awesome if they expanded further east!

Dustin

I do remember that Jasmine Cooler tasting pretty good. There is a new coffee shop chain in the Bay Area called Philz that has a mojito coffee drink with fresh mint leaves and it is amazing! They only have a few shops, so I’m guessing it is like Peet’s in the early days.

greenteafairy

That sounds really interesting! I have to get back to the Bay Area sometime…

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90

This is a very good white tea. I have to say for the price its a great deal. I can still reuse the leaves about three times and get a good flavor. Its said that silver needles are the finest white tea however for me they lack the flavor and I like this better. For a white tea this is a medium flavor, still light but its refreshing. I consider this an everyday tea especially for summer. I will keep buying this tea even though its not certified organic I don’t worry about sprays compared to cheap powdered ice teas in the supermarket. Its also hard to make this tea bitter even using boiling water.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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drank Chamomile by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1765 tasting notes

Not sure why I felt the need for chamomile, this morning.

gmathis

Mondays’ll do that to you.

Spencer

This was even before the main body of the Monday struck. Must have been a subconscious “I have a bad feeling about this…”

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74

Its been a long time since I had this one, but I had a “free cup of tea” card from Peets, and an empty lunch hour, and, well, these things just sort of happened.
Ahem.
I had a funny conversation with the barista about tea, who was excited that I was ordering it (no one does, but they buy the tea bags and the leaf!") and she provided much floruish along with my tea cup.
Its peppermint! As I recall the last time I had this, I never the quality of peppermint tea, it seems, unless it is bad, so that means this was alright.

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