Queen Mary

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This was pretty tasty, especially for a decaf black tea. I found the flavor blended well with the black tea, and it was pretty smooth. Sometimes decaf black teas taste funny, but this tasted just like it wasn’t decaf at all. I’m not the type that reaches for peachy teas much, but if I was, this would definitely hit the spot!

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
400 tasting notes

I was craving an oolong this evening but was not in the mood for a full fledged gongfu session, so I decided to try this. This is from Nicole’s super generous giveaway. The flavouring is quite nice. It’s a nice nutty slightly roasted coconut, that still tastes fresh and sweet. I can see what Nicole means when she said some might find it a little artificial as suspect that the buttery feeling of this pouching has less to do with the actual tea and more to do with the flavouring as it lacks much of the accompanying tingle I usually get from oolongs and the tea tastes thinner than the other pouchong I have at the moment. Despite all that, the tea is quite nice. It has a nutty sweet flavour that blend with a slightly nutty fruity base tea with a little touch of a floral accent quite nicely. So far I am on steep two and I suspect I’ll get one or two others out of this tea.

Thanks Nicole! I’ll enjoy the rest of this packet.

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drank Chocolate Tango by Queen Mary
632 tasting notes

Another sample from DianaK. Thanks! This tea tasted like flavored instant coffee to me. Weird. I got some chocolate…more the darker kind, but it wasn’t very powerful. The ingredients sound good, but I don’t think I would really reach for a tea that tastes like instant coffee. Fun to try though!

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drank Almond Cream by Queen Mary
632 tasting notes

I got to try a cup of this tea today. Thanks, DianaK! Just as she said, it’s like marzipan in a cup. The aroma is dead-on marzipan. I liked how the taste of the tea still came through also. Overall, it seemed to be a good quality almond flavored tea, and I wouldn’t refuse another cup if offered. :)

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(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)

Blah blah broken record, took oolongs to work… drink through them really fast. Yup, another sipdown due to drinking tea at work that works for work.

Anyway, I’m really tired. I worked a full day and then sat in traffic for almost 2 hours and then went to the symphony. It was great, but I almost fell asleep during the adagio bits.

Anyway, this is a great coconut tea, and I love that it’s a greener oolong. Glad I had the chance to try it! Would certainly have again if given the opportunity!

Tea Sipper

I almost had this one, but it’s one of the few teas that I’m not sure of the location at the moment.

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(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)

I’m trying to get through some of my older samples as I have quite a few thanks to swaps and traveling tea boxes. Also, I was working from home today which allowed me to use my variable kettle.

This is so tasty and manages to last for several steepings (I got 3 today). It’s almost syrupy, but in a good way. I didn’t manage a sipdown today and will probably get a few more cups out of the sample I received but definitely a good one if you like coconut and oolong!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thanks to Nicole for this generous sample!

I really like this one. It’s different from The Persimmon Tree Coconut Creme in that it tastes a little like toasted coconut (it kind of reminds me of toasted coconut marshmallows). The oolong makes it creamy. I added sweetener which makes it super sweet and dessert-like.

Delicious!

(Got 3 steeps easily out of 2 tsp of leaves in my 16oz steeping mug – probably could have gone for a 4th too).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Tango by Queen Mary
19 tasting notes

So after a first and second brew of this tea today, I’m not really loving it. Sure smells wonderful! But, nothing about the taste is really grabbing me. In fact, it’s coming across rather bitter and I’m not really getting much chocolate at all. I’ll be happy to use the rest of the small portion I purchased but won’t be ordering more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

What is it supposed to taste like? What’s the “tango” for? ;) Remind me to give you some chocolate delight tea….you’ll never see chocolate tea the same again!

Dkcox50

Ingredients:
Queen selected black tea, toasted mate and South African rooibos; dark and white chocolate; sunflower petals and natural chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut flavors. Contains caffeine.
I tried to paste the ingredients above. Not sure all of them are present. The tea contains some rooibos apparently.
Chocolate delight sounds good!

Dkcox50

Oh now I see the entire list copied in so there you have it.

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drank Almond Cream by Queen Mary
19 tasting notes

This tea has an amazingly wonderful aroma, like marzipan in a cup! I love almonds so I purchased a small amount and I have not been disappointed. The flavor is very nice, not too strong, but just right. I have read that this shop buys some tea blends from another company and does blend some of their own so I’m not sure which category this one falls into. All I can say is that it’s tasty, and I’m enjoying it so far.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I purchased this tea (and a few others!) while visiting my son in Seattle. The Queen Mary Tea Room is just a few steps away from their little shop full of teas and other tea items including bone china cups. This tea smells like summer…..peach and apricot come through for sure. When brewed, the flavor is very nice and the fruit flavors do not overpower the black tea. A second brew was ok but definitely not as flavorful as the first. I’m always searching for a nice apricot tea and have been enjoying Della Terra Apricot Carousel (which they will no longer be blending). As with all teas I try, I will need to have a couple more servings before deciding whether to buy more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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A sample from Nicole (Thank you!)

Since I don’t have full use of my fancy timed teamaker anymore, I often forget to set a timer for my teas, as was the case with this cup! So, it could have been over, under, or perfectly steeped and I’ll never know.

When I first took a sip it was entirely too hot for me to even taste anything other than ow, but once it cooled down a bit, it was delightful! Very sweet and flowery with a hint of coconut in the background. I might not have noticed the coconut if it wasn’t in the name (behold, the power of suggestion!) but with it on my mind, I pulled it out. A hint of vegetal flavor in the background, but it’s reducing the more and more the tea cools.

I’d describe it as delightful, but not necessarily delicious. BUT since I’m a dessert tea whore, that could contribute to me being not as in love with teas that do not make me feel like I am gaining weight just drinking them ;)

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
506 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoon for 375 ml

Overwhelmingly floral. Coconut flavour in background. Hints of nutty and roasted tones.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
358 tasting notes

I suppose I am having my own little “Sipdown Saturday” today, in between furiously reading Anna Karenina! This tea came to me from Nicole (thank you!) and it smells heavenly. I love anything coconut flavored, and have had a few other coconut oolongs in the past that have been quite nice. This tea is very pretty in it’s dry form – nice, big olive green twisted leaves. The flavor is wonderful, nice and smooth and nutty, with a touch of natural sweetness also. It is not artificial-tasting like some coconut-flavored teas often are. This is my first experience with Queen Mary Tea, but I would certainly order from them after experiencing this tea. They have a very nice website, and their tea room looks so very cute. If I am ever in Seattle I will definitely be dropping by!

-Dry blend has large, twisted green leaves with a few twigs. Leaves unfurl during steeping to large, full-sized leaves that float to the top.
-Dry leaves smell of creamy coconut with a hint of sweetness.
-Tea liquor is a clear, pale yellow color.
-Smooth coconut flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Lightly sweet finish.
-Best with a little sweetener.
-Very good tea. Sweetener brings out nutty flavors. Very light and satisfying.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

ooohhhh, I just visited their site! What a beautiful looking place, & some very tasty looking teas!

Josie Jade

I agree! Have you had the Coconut Oolong from The London Tea Room? This one reminds me of that!

Terri HarpLady

I have had the coconut oolong from LTR, & it is quite good!
Coincidentally, I was at the London Tea Room today! Tony & I went to breakfast downtown, & then we went to the LTR for tea. He had a pot of the Plum Berry White, & I had a pot of Irish Breakfast.

Josie Jade

Oh I’m jealous! I can’t wait for our next trip to St. Louis and the LTR! I’ve not tried the Plum Berry White or their Irish Breakfast, but I’m sure they’re quite good, as all of their teas seem to be!

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
1536 tasting notes

Additional notes: “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” I thought of a Band of Heathens song when I realized this one was a sipdown! I really like it and yes, I will miss it. It’s funny I mentioned needing sun in my last tasting note, as right now I’m a little sunburnt. I thought this tea would pair perfectly with some pecan pie I made for the pops for Father’s Day. I had three mugs of it and it still had that nice sweet coconut flavor (though probably not so authentic coconut, but I love it anyway) in all three mugs. I went for a fourth steep and it had less coconut until it cooled down.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
1536 tasting notes

Nicole, thank you for this one! This must be my favorite coconut tea! It’s a very sweet and creamy coconut. I was already wishing I was on a vacation today and the coconut here reminds me of suntan lotion. (Aw man, do I need some sun!) The first cup steeped for three minutes. The coconut is PERFECT with this oolong. Both are creamy, buttery, smooth. SO delicious. The second steep seemed like a peachier flavored oolong with less coconut. But then the third cup seemed to taste like the first cup again. The best steep is the first one, since it has the most coconut. I love this one.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

yum! I love coconut, but find most teas fail to deliver.

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drank Thai Chai by Queen Mary
582 tasting notes

Since I know Queen Mary Tea Room does some of their own blending and some they buy elsewhere already blended, I’m wondering if this is Adagio’s Thai Chai…

It is definitely well named. It reminds me of red coconut curry. All that is missing is some Thai basil. :) Strongly coconut, with a hit of lemongrass in the mix. The smells of the spices imply stronger spice than the tea delivers with milk mixed in, though. I did sip a bit before adding the milk and this may be one that the spices are not helped by milk. They were noticeable in the forefront when I sipped it without milk and are now toned down somewhat. The sugar popped them even more but I think the milk brings the coconut to the forefront and sends the spices to 3rd place taste. Not to say this isn’t full of cinnamon & cardamom flavor! It is.

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

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
5400 tasting notes

wheeeee coconut! thanks for letting me try this nicole i’ll find a good coconut loving home for this one! lol (looking at kittenna)

Kittenna

I imagine I could drink this up, yes, haha :P I adore coconut oolongs. Indigobloom might like it too?

Sil

I put it in the small box I have going for the to of you to fight over lol

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drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
582 tasting notes

I grabbed a pouch of this after my morning tea at the Queen Mary Tea room in Seattle. (I have also reviewed the tea room itself in Places) They blend some of their teas and some they buy blended already. I’m not sure which this is.

I like it. It seems to be a light oolong. Medium nuttiness with a decent coconut taste. Some might find it a bit fakey, but I actually find it mellow and fairly pleasant. A bit of sweetness in the background.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CupofTree

Oh exciting! Hope you’re enjoying your time in Seattle!

Nicole

I did, very much! Though we spent more time in Washington state than in Seattle proper… the husband seems to feel that if he hasn’t driven over 1000 miles it isn’t a vacation. :) I’ll have to go back by myself and spend time just in Seattle next time. I feel I missed some tea places…

CupofTree

When my boyfriend and I visited Washington, we were mostly on Mt. Rainier and our hotel was in Seattle but I didn’t get to see much of the city either. Thats ok though because we’re actually moving there soon!!! :D

Nicole

We were mostly in Olympic Park, but we went all over. I don’t think I could live in Seattle proper, but I love the smaller towns. Not sure I can do lots of snow so I wouldn’t want to get too far from the coast, but the area is just gorgeous! Congrats on the move, how exciting!!

And it isn’t tea, but definitely check out Chocolopolis in the Queen Anne district if you like quality chocolate and hot chocolate!

CupofTree

Oh wow the Olympic forest? I cannot WAIT to get there too. And thank you! I don’t believe it yet honestly.
And thanks for the tip, that chocolate place sounds good!

gmathis

I’ve enjoyed the travelogue! My husband wants me to ask about the concert. Enjoy?

Nicole

The concert was awesome. They were unchanged. Geddy took it easy on his voice for the first couple of older songs but then he cut loose on the new stuff. Alex was just on fire all night and Peart was his usual Jedi Master. :) 40 years and they still draw new fans – there were high school and college kids there. Amazing.

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