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Another sample from Miss B, and a delicious one it is! I think I’ve only tried a couple of “sugar cookie” blends before, and neither particularly stand out in my memory. I think it’s at least partly because sugar cookie is such a mild flavour anyway – although distinctive in its own right. This tea captures the flavour perfectly. The initial sip is sweet, smooth and creamy, with the almond emerging in the mid-sip and a sweet biscuit flavour running throughout. The almond isn’t harsh or overpowering in the way of marzipan, but soft and almost candied in flavour, just as you’d expect. The end of the sip features slightly malty, brown sugar-like notes. Deliciousness in a cup!

1 tsp, 3 minutes, boiling water. Splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Sil

look at you drinking everything up!

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drank Lime by Perennial Tea Room
1530 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B, and my first cup of the morning. I used 1.5 tsp for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. It certainly smells like lime, but sadly it doesn’t really taste like lime. There’s a mild sourness that’s vaguely reminiscent of citrus fruit, and a really rather nice creaminess, but other than that I’m not getting much from this one. The black tea is smooth and silky, which is nice, but I wanted lime and I’m not getting it. Sad face.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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The grassy floral notes in the scent of this tea were amazing in the store so I had to buy it. I’ll have to revisit this one again as I feel that the steep I did following the instructions wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping.

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I’m not really sure of whether this is a tea of the Perennial Tea room or one of their teas that they buy in bulk from other companies. Either way it’s an interesting tea. Might be good with some wine added. It says 3 minutes for steeping but I had forgotten I was steeping it (my daughter was not wanting to eat breakfast) so I ended up steeping it for about 10 minutes. Surprisingly, it has no bitterness. In fact I think it’s quite good. The spices definitely have a bit more kick then they probably would of at 3 minutes. Actually, the more I drink it the more it reminds me of a chai.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Thai Tea by Perennial Tea Room
116 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Thanks MissB for the sample! I had this last night while I watched a movie. It was a lighter Thai tea and to truly bring out the flavours I added some honey and a splash of almond milk. Generally I’m not a fan of adding any dairy (or in my case “dairy”) to my teas, but the only exception to that is Thai and Chai teas. I found this one to be light in taste with no noticeable specific spices, just a conglomeration of them as a whole. It was alright but I prefer something with a bit more heft. I do appreciate the chance to try it though! :)

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thanks so much for the teas, Nicole! I got an awesome package just for shipping and I super appreciate it. If it wasn’t for such nice Steepsterers, I wouldn’t have been able to try nearly as many teas that I have. It says something when I mostly organize my teas by who has sent them to me… and I can usually actually remember WHO sent them to me! :D

The leaves here lead to a lovely dark amber brew. It’s light for a golden monkey – probably the lightest one I’ve ever sipped! The flavor is more like one of those teas that are all golden leaves – like Yunnan Sourcing’s delicious Imperial Mojiang. The flavor isn’t chocolate at all but a light molasses/honey/maple syrup maybe hints of stone fruits. So delicious. Two excellent steeps.
Steep #1 // two teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute

Nicole

I’m so glad this has a good home. It wasn’t for me so I’m super happy you like it!

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drank Lime by Perennial Tea Room
120 tasting notes

Drank this this morning as part of my random sample grab fun. It smells like lime. It maybe tastes just a bit limey? I think I need to make this iced. Pretty unoffensive base, with average maltiness and smoothness, with no cocoa or coffee, which is a good thing to me. Pretty meh, but at least some caffeine!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

I think from looking on Perennial’s website that this is actually from Silk Road but since my tasting experience was so different from the one I had with the Silk Road sample I thought maybe I should enter it is another tea.

The first thing I thought of when smelling this freshly steeped brew was “funnel cake.” It smells like a county fair – hot oil and fried dough. There is a dryness at the tail end of the sip but the overall flavor is very mild. It’s buttery fried dough until the dry hits. A nice tea, but not one that I’d keep around. My tasting of this was so different from my Silk Road sample tasting I’d wonder if they were the same batch of tea. At least I have a good bit of it to experiment with steeping parameters. :)

I have been so busy that while I have been drinking plenty of tea I haven’t been logging much of it. Plus, a lot of what I’m drinking is simply repeats of things I’ve logged before. So I’m still here and reading all your notes – sometimes the likes stick and sometimes they don’t. Still working on some tea news for you – should be after mid-November and it will be ready for public announcement. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
boychik

Are you on Instagram? I think I spend more time there. I love teaporn

Nicole

LOL… no, I’m not very social media active, I’m afraid. And it’s probably good. I don’t need any more temptation than Steepster provides! :)

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This is a lovely tea! Huge, wiry leaves.

It smells very strongly of wild rice! But the flavor is very light with honey notes. It’s actually very unusual. Very good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Dunno why this is called cappuccino anything, it’s just a caramel rooibos. A nice one at that, but I was hoping for a coffee replacement in a decaf tea when I grabbed this. Nothing wrong with it, just… not as described.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lime by Perennial Tea Room
1416 tasting notes

Was thinking of this for an iced tea when I grabbed it, and I think I’ll need to try it as such to really give it a decent rating. It’s a very smooth, subtle cup, with only a hint of lime in it for me, along with something that’s not reacting well to my lips/tongue. I’m finding myself itchy/feeling like there’s an allergic reaction happening on a smaller scale.

Flavors: Lime

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Thai Tea by Perennial Tea Room
1416 tasting notes

Had my first cup of this today, from a tea-buying spree in Seattle this past weekend, where among other things I attended The Film School, and ran into Kevin Smith and Jason Mews in my hotel elevator. It’s a nice, solid Thai tea, although I had to oversweeten it (like a traditional Thai iced tea) to have it taste authentic. I can see myself really enjoying this!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

You ran into Kevin Smith & Jason Mews? Soooo jelly…

MissB

It was so surprising, and exciting! Kevin didn’t seem social (I found out later they’d just come from a show), but Jay was all sad/quiet until he was recognized, then he lit up and chatted a bit.

whatshesaid

So cool!!!

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Wooo! I do not know if this tea is actually from Perennial Tea Room, as where I got it, the shop owner prefers to not reveal the origin of the teas.

1st Smell: Mmmm. Lovely. Bergamot with the sweet light smell of roses.
1st taste: Just as lovely as the smell. I love the smell and taste of roses in tea. I think the next time I make this, (Which probably should be in a pot.) will be with a splash of vanilla syrup, as I’ve gotten used to EG cream, and miss that, to slightly blunt the intensity of the Bergamot.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Strong smell and flavor (from the marsala wine). Next time I should try steeping it for a shorter time. Not sure if I like it.

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drank Ruby #18 by Perennial Tea Room
18 tasting notes

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Excellent Rooibos tea! This tea is smooth and sweet with caramel flavors. Personally, I don’t think it taste like coffee, but is an excellent choice for a sweet dessert type tea. Steep time doesn’t seem to matter

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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This is winter in a cup! The bold peppermint is mellowed by the sweet vanilla; all evened out by a great black tea. A great cup to keep you warm while you stroll through the snow… (Also, I tried uploading a picture of the tea, but it wasn’t working. To see a picture, the Perennial Tea Room has a nice website.)

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drank Spiced Pear by Perennial Tea Room
26 tasting notes

Mmmmm, mild pear notes with a hint of cinnamon combined with a smooth black tea. A very nice cup on this cold winter evening…..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Great chai, well rounded taste and delicious with cream or without. I love it with a splash of honey.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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