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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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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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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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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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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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78
drank Mexican Spice by Premium Steap
1330 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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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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Didn’t get a chance to drink it with milk as recommended, will want to try it again. bit weak. brew strong.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Drank this last night. I really didn’t taste much flavor at all. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but next time I will try spicing it up with some of my peppermint, to see where that goes.

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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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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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Yet another one of my coworkers is a now a tea drinker! Horray! For her birthday, our department gave her a gift certificate to Premium Steap. Yesterday, she came back from her lunch break with a bag full of wonderment! When she offered me a sample of this tea, I took her up on it. What a terrible greedy gift giver I am!

Anyway – this is DELICIOUS. There are wee squares of caramel in it, need I say more? The rooibos provides richness and backbone, and the caramel is sweet but burnt and really, really good. I prepared it like a regular tea, with a smidge of sugar and a splash of milk, and I thought it tasted very tea like. Certainly better than most of the decafs I’ve had.

This goes on the to-buy list FOR SURE.

I have one tragic bit of news. When I was perusing the Premium Steap site to enter this tisane, I noticed that Emperor’s Red is no longer listed for sale! When I go to the shop I will try and find out the story. I have other teas that I think are very much in the Emperor’s family, but still…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

No! No! They can not cease to carry the Emperor!

ScottTeaMan

I’m not a fan of rooibos, so I would have to find the right blend.

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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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Margaret’s Hope. Isn’t that a nice name? Shades of a young wife standing on her widow’s walk with sea spray blowing in her face waiting for her true love to sail back home…

…which has little do to with this really fine, fruity and grapey Darjeeling. I have maybe just enough (courtesy of the lovely jacquelinem) to try a small pot’s worth chilled, which I’m thinking would be elegantly refreshing.

ashmanra

Ummm, I hate to break it to you, but Margaret hoped to run the plantation for her dad one day, but died as a young teen on the ship back to England. Legend says that when it is time to pick the tea, her ghost walks through the big house in India and the curtains flutter as she passes through. Her Dad renamed the plantation in her honor. Sniff. Sniff.

This may all simply be excellent marketing! LOL!

gmathis

When I get time, I’ll write the novelization :)

JacquelineM

ashmanra, thank you for the story! I had never heard it!

Bonnie

Uh oh we have another story teller in our midst! Come on!

ashmanra

http://steepster.com/teas/culinary-teas/12128-margarets-hope-2nd-flush-ftgfop-darjeeling
I finally found where I first saw the story, and it was here on Steepster all along!

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Overdid on leaf, time, and temp (all three, I’m afraid) and even so, it’s a good and juicy Darjeeling. Just had a touch of bitterness at the end. With a little more attentiveness, this will be grapey and excellent.

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I oopsed and attributed this to the wrong company yesterday, will try to retire the wrong note. Previous comments still stand, though; to me, this isn’t nearly as dry and grape-y as many better Darjeelings, but I like the light-and-smooth consistency that doesn’t pucker my tongue.

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I’m holding off on rating till I don’t have a sore throat.
Sweet and mildly astringent.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Oh no, not another holiday sick person! I hope you feel better soon – rest, rest, rest!

Ross Duff

Thanks :)

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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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92
drank Jasmine & Lavender by Premium Steap
230 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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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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79
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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79
drank Coconut Chai by Premium Steap
252 tasting notes

Another from my TTB.
Yesterday while shopping my mom and I found some unsweetened coconut vanilla almond milk. It just sounded so interesting that we had to get it and try it.

I thought it might be interesting to try it in a coconut flavored tea. I put it in this tea. Without sugar, it tastes like peanuts. With sugar, the milk flavor masks the taste of the tea, so I’m not even able to remark on the flavors of the tea! I can taste the almond flavor now, with some vanilla sweetness. This doesn’t add to the tea flavor like I was hoping, but instead seems to completely dominate the flavor. I’ll try the tea itself another time, perhaps with normal milk so I can actually give it a proper review!

ETA: One thing I found interesting was the steep time. The person who contributed this tea wrote a recommended time of 10 minutes, which just seems like waaaaay to much for this tea. I decided to give it a try anyway, but since I couldn’t taste the tea, it didn’t really matter.

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