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i know i should rinse first but as i read that somebody enjoyed the first steep of puerh the most, i decided to taste it. i liked the flavor actually. but it was lost subsequent steeps. drank them still, for the healthy elements :)

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This tea tastes thick to me, like it’s not flavored water anymore. If you look beyond that, it tastes pretty good. It tastes yellow, even though it’s not. It smells much more citrusy than it is. I did a series of very short steepings, probably thirty seconds or less.

Flavors: Citrus, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 251 ML

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81

This is one of three teas I take something with: I put in about a teaspoon of strawberry jam. On its own, the smoky flavor is really overpowering. I’m the only one in my family who drinks it because they all complain that it smells awful. It doesn’t smell particularly fabulous, but it tastes good. I also let it steep for more than ten minutes, and it doesn’t turn bitter. I just sort of get it when I think about it.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

Really fragrant tea, tastes like roses and cardamom. The black tea barely shows up on my tongue, but it’s excellent like that.

Flavors: Cardamon, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

A good choice for my regular rotation. Not an All Day Cup, but one I never regret pouring.

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90

Tolstoy’s Sip has a smoky flavor that dances a little on the edge of too much without ever crossing over. The result is a flavor that I have to be in the mood for, but when I am, I am absolutely crazy about it.

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
483 tasting notes

I received this tea from MissB’s tea sale back in January. Thank you!

I had a bunch of this back when I received it, but it looks like I didn’t write a note. Tonight I believe I over leafed or over steeped. It was a bit on the sour side. I get a bit of cacao, mint and then a bit of lavender. Some nights I enjoy this tea, other nights it just doesn’t sit right. I am glad to have experienced this combination, but I am not sure I would consider buying again.

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Interesting!

Drank this the other night, the lavender tasted peppery to me. I enjoyed it, it was definitely different, but I reached the conclusion that I would have liked it way more if it was just cacao mint. Which is why I plan to buy that flavor from Herbal Infusions at some point to try.

I’m not big on spicy/peppery teas, and for whatever reason the lavender overwhelmed my tastebuds to that extent.

So, nice to try, that’s it, goodbye!

Thanks for the sample, OMGsrsly! :)

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77

Thanks MissB for sending this one my way to try.

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m not certain i’ve had a Pu-erh before, but I was hoping the cocoa would take a main stage.

Upon steepin I found the base tea to come through strong and in the front, the cocoa taking a back seat. I added a touch of raw sugar and cream. The cream mellowed out the base, although still allowed it to be present, and the cocoa came through. Much better. Not sure I’d make this a staple as this is quite a strong base for me, but it was nice to try. I might find myself drawn more to blends like this as I become more used to rich teas.

I’m finding i enjoy it more as it cools. Maybe a re-steep will be in order after all.

Flavors: Cocoa

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85

I also had this at Samovar Tea Lounge today because I am a tea glutton. This was not bitter, but it also wasn’t sweet. It was creamy and I enjoyed it very much. The aftertaste reminded me of the yolk of a hard-boiled egg.

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77

This was the tea I ordered today at Samovar Tea Lounge. It was a solid sencha.

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86

I went to Samovar Tea Lounge at Yerba Buena Gardens today with Casey. It was really a great place, but I guess I will save my review of this venue for that other part of Steepster.

Casey ordered this tea. It was really nice. I think the redwood forest description was pretty accurate, but Casey said it was a stretch, and he grew up literally in a redwood forest. The earthy/mossy flavors blended nicely with the citrus blood orange, grapefruit, and ginger flavors. The only problem with this tea that was by the end of the pot, the citrus rinds had contributed an overwhelming amount of flavor. Overall, I was really impressed. I’m not usually that fond of the puerh and citrus combination.

Flavors: Earth, Orange Zest, Peat Moss

TeaBrat

I love Samovar :)

CharlotteZero

The coconut rice pudding was awesome.

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Mmm, caffeine. Puerh and mate, please do your job and give me energy!

This is another sample from MissB. She seems to have a habit of throwing multiple samples, pre-measured for 16oz of water, into her swaps. So awesome. Except today I’m cheating and using my “12” oz mug from SBUX. It’s really more 14-15 when I fill it all the way, so I don’t feel so bad.

I added some almond milk and a little maple syrup to this tea. Oh yeah. This is nice. I don’t think I’d want it all the time, as I’m finding I’m not a huge fan of the cacao shells (and I have the Cacao Mint), but it is really nice. It has some depth from the puerh, and a bit of grassy/hay flavour from the mate.

I’m gonna guzzle this down, then set up for an hour long yoga video. Now, which one to choose…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

this one sounds really lovely..

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty good! I don’t love the mate flavour, but otherwise it’s a solid chocolatey tea. :)

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Whoops! Shouldn’t have steeped this one up tonight… I had it in my herbal pile, but puerh AND Yerba mate? This could be interesting.

I mixed this up with my creamer, and yum! That’s tasty!

Good thing I didn’t use up all of my sample from MissB.. I had a couple gulps and the rest will be dumped… I will have a fresh mug in the morning though!

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1921 tasting notes

The only mint tea in my cupboard is now, sadly, gone.

I really really liked this one when I was in the mood for mint and didn’t have to worry about minting up my apartment (BFF is seriously allergic).

The mint, the lavender, the deliciousness. Mmm…

Perfect night time treat.

(Eee!!! 201! I’m almost below 200 teas!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

i can remedy that…

OMGsrsly

Noooooo! My tea cupboard is nacho problem!

Dexter

LOL and I was looking at a post yesterday thinking – I should send her some of that. :))

OMGsrsly

I don’t wanna taco ’bout it. ;)

Sil

the best part? 90% of the population out there probably wants to know why you’re spelling “not your” wrong :)

OMGsrsly

Ahahaha. Awesome. (Psst weirdos. Drunk taco joke. Youtube. Yeah.)

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1921 tasting notes

IDK why I love this tea so much, but I do. Even with the mint. It’s just SOOOO good. And lavender-y. :D

Sipping on it plain today, since I want the last of my milk for my morning tea. I’ve also baked a bajillion cookies tonight in preparation for decorating them like eyeballs for Halloween, and not having sugar in this tea is a nice accompaniment to the cookies that weren’t quite perfect. Yes, that’s right. They weren’t perfect and also I needed to test them. Yup.

Anyways, if you like mint and chocolate and don’t mind lavender, definitely check this one out. It’s expensive, and hard for me to get, and also my BFF is hideously allergic to it, so I won’t be getting more. But you should! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kittenna

Lavender?! Ewww.

Kittenna

Also, unsweetened (good quality) teas are the perfect complement to baked goods. Om nom nom.

OMGsrsly

Haha. That was MissB’s response too, which is why I ended up with the tea! And I LOVE it.

Anlina

Wishlisted! I love chocolate and mint and the idea of adding lavender intrigues me.

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1921 tasting notes

This is SO GOOD. Thank you, MissB!

It’s helping my breathing because of the mint, and the flavour is just divine. Especially with some honey.

This might be the only mint tea I ever want to keep stocked. It’s not the best for my tummy (mint makes me nauseous), but right now it’s amazing.

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
MissB

So glad you’re enjoying it and that it went to a home that loves it. :)

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1921 tasting notes

Hot damn. I love this.

That is something I never thought I’d say about a mint tea.

But this is superb.

I get mint-chocolate, with lavender. It smells in the order of chocolate-lavender-mint, though. The mint is SO fresh. I definitely have different taste buds from MissB, and I do love lavender.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

I did grossly oversteep this, however lavender really does make me feel like I’m breaking out into hives when it’s as strong as it is in that brew. I’m so glad you love it!!

OMGsrsly

I think I want more, MissB. Could I buy half the packet off you? It can wait till after your rush at work. :) And if no one else wants it by that point, I might take it all. I’m falling asleep in my chair here! This might be a new favourite night time tea.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I see someone else grabbed it. Boo. Now the hunt begins! :)

oddree

Mint chocolate and lavender sounds AMAZING to me – I’ll have to keep an eye out for that combo, or something similar.

OMGsrsly

If you can get your hands on this one, definitely try it!

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1349 tasting notes

I love the idea of this tea, and had wanted to try Samovar for a while. if I’d known however how much lavender was in this blend, I would have passed.

Brewed, this smells so strongly of lavender, it’s a bit cloying. If you like that sort of thing, this is probably your kind of tea. Me? I sipped hesitantly. One sip and I had to dump it. While I did taste the cacao and mint at the start of the sip, the lavender quickly took over and owned me.

It seems I really overleafed this one (1 tbsp for 8 oz, even though I swear that’s what it said on the package), however for the cost involved, I’d much rather just pass this along to someone who will enjoy it more.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Anna

Lavender is so tricky – just right, and it’s the loveliest thing ever, too much, and it’s an instant pour-out.

(I had lavender and white chocolate gelato a few weeks back, and they managed to balance it just right. Nom.)

Dustin

^That gelato sounds delicious!

OMGsrsly

I’ll try it, but can’t promise to love it because of the mint. :) I love lavender.

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85

Still on a non-caffeinated kick, so I had some of this late last night. Gulped it down faster than I made it…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

When it goes down that fast, it must have hit the spot :)

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85

So hard to describe this tea, other than it’s a smooth, sweet, mildly spicy herbal brew. I inhale a bit of turmeric, I feel a tiny bit of ginger in the sweetness, and the smooth like butta must come from the licorice. There’s little here that I can pick out specifically, it all just seems to work together.

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

I should note that the tea I have is very, very orange, unlike the picture which makes this tea look more yellow than anything. I’m sure it’s from the turmeric. Again, a tasty tea, but only if you’re a licorice/anise fan. Really smooth and creamy with hints of other spices in there.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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85

I still like this stuff, and it’s perfect for fighting a cold (or one I’m trying to avoid, as is the case with my son being ill right now). This cup tasted a lot more like turmeric than anything else, which is perfect for me, as that was my intention and hope when I bought it. Kept it straight other than a dropper full of grapefruit extract to help with fending off a cold.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Oh no! I hope he feels better and manages to have some fun.

MissB

Yea, me too. Hopefully he sleeps it off.

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85

I’m swimming in tea. I got (almost) everyone’s tea from Black Friday sent out, save anything from Butiki (looks like it was shipped today) and Herbal Infusions order #2. Woot! 13 packages now on to their varied destinations including Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

I grabbed this tea because I’m a huge turmeric fan, and wanted a replacement for DAVID’s turmeric tea that they’ve discontinued (and that I love).

It’s a strong smelling tea, and of course the bag is stained from the turmeric. Strong, as in it smells like butter chicken sauce to me. Yum!

Drinking it, I mostly get licorice first, then heat, a slight touch of lemon, strong turmeric, and bite from the ginger. I’d love to try this with honey, it’ll just have to wait when I have more time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Dexter

OMG – you have THIRTEEN packages sent out!!!! WOW – bowing to the master of organizational skills…

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s pretty amazing!

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