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Finishing off my last bit of this tea. It’s been a while since I’ve had this one, but I still give it a big thumbs up. I like that this is a Ceylon tea with notes of jasmine and lavender rather than overly strong floral notes and little to no tea flavor. Premium Steap did a great job with this blend. If I ever make it to their store I’d happily pick up more of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

That sounds delicious.

Veronica

It is! I was never a fan of floral teas until I tried this one.

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70
drank Winter Solstice by Premium Steap
9 tasting notes

Different from several other orange spice black teas I’ve had. Vanilla and black pepper stand out.

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
645 tasting notes

I cold brewed this one last night. I’m not a huge green tea person, but I love this sencha. I love it best cold because it’s an amazing thirst quencher. There is a smooth buttery note from the green tea, and a floral note that is strong but not overwhelming. Yum. I’m going to have to pick up some more of this one. I think it is going to be one of my go-to iced teas again this summer.

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Package notes recommend 4-5 min at 212 degrees for 1 tsp and 8 oz. I opted for 4 min 30 sec at 200 degrees. My first Keemun Mao Feng in over a year. Pretty delicious, slightly smokey but not overpowering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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70

Tea #8 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

The combination of ingredients really caught my attention, rooibos peppercorns, chili, coconut, cinnamon and orange. Sadly, I think this tea smells a lot better than it tastes. I almost didn’t try it because the scent was overwhelmingly orange when I opened the package and as I’ve mentioned before, I really don’t like orange. The flavor is heavily orange as well, but with a slight kick from the chili and peppercorns and a little bit of sweetness from the coconut.

Not a tea for me, but certainly an interesting combination that would likely appeal to a citrus lover. This tea won’t be continuing on, I finished off the last little bit.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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65

Spicy and bright. Had a cup with honey and a drop of milk, and brewed a little longer than recommended [2min] the cardamom and cloves were the dominant flavor

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
645 tasting notes

I probably shouldn’t be drinking caffeinated drinks right now, but this one was calling to me. I’m going to have to try some other Senchas because this one is quickly becoming one of my favorite green teas. It’s so light and clean yet full of flavor. Oh yeah, I like.

Bumping my rating up on this one.

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
645 tasting notes

Tea of the night. I just realized this is my third green tea today which is almost unheard of for me. I’ve enjoyed each one, so maybe I’m finally starting to warm up to green teas.

This tea smells sweetly floral. The tea has a brothy feel, but the taste is a bit cleaner with light hints of cherry and rose. The rose comes to the foreground as the tea cools, and almost all of the cherry is lost. That’s kind of a bummer because it’s a good cherry flavor. Nothing artificial or gummy tasting. I’m picking up some grassier notes from the tea which is really nice with the floral flavor. Wow. Good stuff.

All in all a lovely cup. I know I enjoyed cold brewing it during the summer, but this is much better hot than I remember. I’m glad I revisited it.

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79
drank Heaven Rooibos by Premium Steap
50 tasting notes

This tea had the rooibos taste with a little chocolate, little mint added. I can’t say that I could detect vanilla. It was good, it did resemble a thin mint cookie. It wasn’t ‘heaven’ per se, but I enjoyed it.

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I made this one with my latest obsession: Vanilla Bean Infused Honey: http://www.republicoftea.com/vanilla-bean-honey-for-tea-12-oz/p/V00506/

The honey makes what is a very good already tea ridiculously fantastic. The caramel and the honey and the vanilla bean – ah! A splash of milk, too. Just wonderful. So satisfying and real tea-ish. Real dessert tea-ish nonetheless!

I could probably drive myself into the poor house at the rate I would like to consume this vanilla bean honey. Thankfully, I noticed that it’s pretty easy to make:

http://creatingnaturally.com/vanilla-infused-honey/

I made 6 jars of it today — I’ll let you know how it tastes in about a week or two :) I also made one jar with honey, vanilla bean, and a teaspoon of Penzeys cinnamon. I REALLY can’t wait to try that one!

ifjuly

that sounds awesome!

Sandy

That does sound yummy

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78
drank Mexican Spice by Premium Steap
1287 tasting notes

Teabox B! My Red Leaf order arrived today! I couldn’t help it. I needed some filter tea bags anyway because my mesh infuser that I used for the non-expanding rooibos blends just weren’t cutting it… I was getting tiny woodchips messing with my throat. This was the first tea I wanted to try with the new filter bags. They work very well! No tiny woodchips! The nice long flap goes over the side of the cup so it doesn’t sink. Exactly what I wanted!

This tea is a nice rooibos blend. Oranges, peppercorns, chili, coconut, cinnamon. VERY awesome ingredients combo but surprisingly not that spicy. I get the oranges and a bit of coconut. I’ll be saving some of this from the teabox but there will be some left. I’ll be happy drinking a billion more rooibos teas with these filter bags!

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It’s not often, here anyway, that the first semi-conscious thought that follows “I have got to change the stupid radio station on the alarm clock! I can’t stand those guys.” is “Oooh. Need Darjeeling.”

But it was this morning, and this was the DJ of choice. Even with an aged and none-too-carefully stored swappy bag, this is still rich and grape-juicy.

Ysaurella

I really ADMIRE people able to bear to be awaked by any alarm clock radio. Really, first it reminds me groundhog day with Bill Murray (and the possibility of living his nightmare !), second the sound quality of an alarm clock radio is just a kind of torture for my asleeped ears and third I always fear it won’t wake me up due to a possible electricity problem.
But I need to have Margaret’s hope, really because I am thinking to this darjeeling kind since a long time now, so need to dive in this straight tea asap.

gmathis

I neglect Darjeelings…and every time I make one I’m surprised at how good they are.

The one upside of the annoying radio station is that I can’t reach the alarm clock and when the two annoying and whiny local talk radio guys start their show, it forces me out of bed to turn them OFF!

Ysaurella

ahaha so that’s a solution to surely wake up finaly.

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91

I was considering having this one iced, but I chose to have it hot because I love the smell of it so much. Just having a mug of this sitting on my desk makes the room smell divine. The jasmine and lavender are wonderful together, and even though the scent is unmistakably floral the tea itself can easily be tasted along with the floral notes.

There is only enough leaf left for me to have one more cup of this lovely tea. Yet another reason to make a trip to Premium Steap (Emperor’s Red and Organic Black with Coconut being the other reasons).

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
645 tasting notes

Cold brewed this again. It’s really nice. Wonderfully smooth and clean. The rose flavor is very light this time, but I like that it gives the sencha a chance to shine. It’s perfect for a hot day like today.

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91

Cold brewed. Lots of floral, but the base tea is still there. A great way to cool down on a hot day.

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
645 tasting notes

This tea is lovely cold brewed. The base tea is crisp and light which blends well with the rose flavor. There is a hint of cherry, but it’s subtle. Overall, it’s a wonderfully delicate tea. I can see this being a hit at a summer tea or garden party.

I think I prefer this cold brewed. It eliminates the soapy taste I was getting when I drank it hot. I’ll probably end up blowing through the rest of this tea far too quickly by cold brewing it, but for something this good it’ll be worth it.

Upping the rating a bit.

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93

Sipdown!

I am really sad to see this one leave my cupboard. It has a wonderful base tea paired with a lovely coconut flavor . I wish more coconut flavored teas used toasted coconut. It really does make a difference. The flavor is intense without being artificial or leaving a bitter taste. It might overwhelm other flavors, but otherwise I’d say it’s worth the extra bit of effort.

I’m sure this tea will find its way back on to my tea shelf sooner rather than later. Definitely before the snowflakes start falling this tea’ll be back in my cup. If the toll for the bridge over to Philly wasn’t so insanely high I’d be tempted to make a trip to Premium Steap far more often than I do now (which is next to never)!

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79
drank Coconut Chai by Premium Steap
252 tasting notes

Just finished this off. I enjoyed this, especially with milk. The coconut added a creamy aspect. However, it was a bit weak for my tastes. I would really like to find a strong coconut chai!

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88
drank Wedding Chai by Premium Steap
73 tasting notes

You know what? This might be one of those teas that makes a liar out of me. I like my spicy teas spicy – and that goes especially for chai – no messing around, plenty of ginger and cinnamon – pepper, cloves, I like ‘em. And then I got this one, and it’s so smooth and sweet from the vanilla and cardamom (both favourite flavours, but not without the other spices for chai), and the Assam works so well as a base, with its typical astringency tempered by the vanilla and cardamom, that it’s just a lovely cup of sweetly flavoured tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Spicy Chai by Premium Steap
73 tasting notes

Not my kind of chai at all, because of the anise, which is far too prominent a flavour to be ignored. Possibly the chicory root doesn’t help, but I can’t get past the anise to determine that. I’d think this was probably a pretty good chai, if you like the flavours.

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93

I really like this tea. It’s so rich and flavorful. I love the big pieces of coconut in my brew basket, and I really love that there is no artificial taste but instead a clean, sweet fruit flavor. Plus, the tea itself is really bold and pairs beautifully with the coconut. Love, love, love it!

Miss Starfish

This sounds lovely! Onto the wishlist it goes!

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drank Jasmine & Lavender by Premium Steap
228 tasting notes

From the here’s hoping tea box

I love both lavender and jasmine. I selected this tea from the teabox because I am always on the lookout for Jasmine or lavender flavors and have never seen them together.

This is a great tea. I am also getting a citrus flavor which is an interesting addition.

The tea is an orangy-tan in the cup. The dry leaves smell GREAT. I love it if this scent came in an air freshener! I am really enjoying this tea and added it to my shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I love both jasmine & lavender as well, and haven’t seen them together – at least not that I remember. I added this to my shopping list as well – sounds divine!

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drank Coconut Chai by Premium Steap
252 tasting notes

The last time I had this, I accidentally drowned out the flavor with some almond milk. This time I used normal milk and went for a ten minute steep. I really enjoyed this one. It’s a less intense chai, with the coconut adding more creaminess than actual flavor. If you’re wanting a very strong coconut flavor, this probably isn’t the best for you, but otherwise it’s really good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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My coworker gave me her pouch of this — she didn’t like it! I am absolutely crazy for it, though. The caramel does such wonderful things with the rooibos base — it adds sweetness, heft, and such a delicious flavor. Authentic caramel and no fake-y drinking a Yankee candle business! A very tea-like caffeine free evening cuppa with a little milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Mmmmm! Caramel makes almost anything better.

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