Simpson & Vail

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is not half bad for a decaf, pretty bad when compared to regular green tea. I am avoiding caffeine tonight and chose this one. It has a vegetal taste which I don’t mind and a fairly sour aftertaste which I do mind. This is not one I would recommend, unless you are really looking for decaf green tea. There just aren’t that many available from decent tea vendors and Simpson and Vail is excellent.

I think I would like to try this with a 1 min steep time and see if the sour flavor goes away.

I steeped this once in an 18oz teapot for 2 min with 175 degree water and 3 tsp of leaf.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

I rebrewed this tea with fresh leaves for 45 sec and with 2.5 tsp of leaf and the sour taste is almost gone. Much better.

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82

This is a tasty blend of jackfruit, apricot and mango flavors. It is slightly astringent as many of Simpson and Vail teas are. I brewed this in a large iced tea pot and put it in a thermos to bring to work. There is just a small amount of bitterness as well. It is very good, although not the very best. It definitely ranks as a very good tea.

I brewed this once in an 64oz iced tea pot for 4 min with 8 tsp leaf and boiling water.

Also, it seems we need to add jackfruit to the list of authorized flavors as the computer won’t allow you to add one not on the list.

Flavors: Apricot, Mango

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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80
drank Lychee Congou by Simpson & Vail
135 tasting notes

I brewed this in a 64 oz iced tea pot and put it in a thermos for work. I did not end up finishing it but I had plenty of tea. It is slightly sweet from the Lychee flavoring, slightly, very slightly bitter, and very slightly astringent. It is a fairly good mix, no one flavor is overpowering.

I brewed this once in a 64oz iced tea pot with 8 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I then put it in a thermos and brought it to work.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML
TeaBrat

this sounds like it would be good as an iced tea. :)

AllanK

I have been meaning to try it iced, haven’t gotten around to it.

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79
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
183 tasting notes

Got this tea from…Mandy I think??
Well whoever it’s from I definitely owe them some tea because as skeptical as I was over Creme Brulee teas lately, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this tea. I can’t even place what I like about it so much….
I’m getting a crap load of caramel from this tea right now, and it’s amazing. It’s strong and sweet. Don’t even need to think about adding anything to enhance the flavor. It’s delicious! Definitely a win!
If I ever place another Simpson & Vail order, definitely getting this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet

sherapop

Why the “if”?

Ost

Well, I placed an order before and only really liked one tea I got that I would buy again. So unless they had a good sale like that again I probably won’t buy.

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82

I brewed this in the morning before work in a big 64oz iced tea pot and put it in a thermos for work. This is an excellent tea. It is mildly sweet from the orange peel, but not too sweet. There is a little bit of bitterness but not much. It is purely on the back burner, the orange flavor dominates.

I brewed this once in a 64oz iced tea pot with 8 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I proceeded to drink it all day and shared it with some of my co workers.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML
TeaBrat

I like this too, I need to start drinking it more often :)

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83
drank Yumberry by Simpson & Vail
135 tasting notes

This tea is an excellent Green Tea. The person who originally entered it classed it as white tea by mistake because the green tea that is the primary ingredient is called White Monkey Tea. Strange name for a green tea. It is excellent. My stock of it has begun to lose its flavor but is still good. It is sweet, but not too sweet. There is a slight aftertaste that I would describe as neither sweet nor bitter nor sour but perhaps savory. I don’t know how else to describe it. In short if you like flavored green tea this one is good and worth buying.

I brewed this once, western style, in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min. Good stuff from an excellent tea seller who sells very reasonably priced teas. There teas may not be quite as good as Whispering Pines by reputation, but they are excellent and much cheaper.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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70
drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
135 tasting notes

This tea I would categorize as not bad simply because there is simply too much sweetness to it. The gooseberry flavor, which like the other reviewers I can’t pin down as gooseberry, is too strong. There is a little bitterness to this tea, but not much. There is no noticeable astringency or malt flavor.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot for three minutes with boiling water. I used 3 tsp of leaf. If you like really, really sweet flavor teas you may like this.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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L&C TTB

Tasty!

kinda sweet, a little roasty tasting.

Easy to drink.

Nice after it cools. (Work was crazy yet again today, and I had a couple of infusions of this that wound up sitting longer than planned.)

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88

Thank you Ost for the sale! I picked up some good ones. Now when I’m not drinking new teas, it must be sipdowns! I think I have all three of S&V’s cupcake teas now. Whoops. This one smells heavenly, just as the description sounded: cocoa, coconut, raspberry. I’m not exactly SURE what red velvet is, but I did make a red velvet cake a couple weeks ago for the first time… but from a box. Also, the red velvet Pop Tarts are the BEST Pop Tarts. Anyway, the taste is the same as the scent. Sweet, chocolate notes, hints of coconut, not a huge amount of raspberry. The dry blend is mostly rooibos, which completely makes sense for red velvet and of course actually makes the color red, but if there had been more of the ingredients that aren’t rooibos, I think it would have been even more cakey. S&V seems to have some pretty darn nice teas.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 1 min

Cameron B.

Coconut and raspberry in red velvet…? What?

Marzipan

Red velvet cake is just chocolate cake and red food coloring with cream cheese icing.

Tea Sipper

Hmm.. even the boxed red velvet cake didn’t seem like chocolate to me.

Cameron B.

Tea Sipper, I think it’s a bit less chocolaty than other chocolate cakes, at least in my experience. And my grandma uses a different kind of frosting on hers, which is nice because I hate cream cheese. :P

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93

I think this is perhaps the tastiest sweet rooibos tea I have ever drank. I needed something tasty on my palette after a horrible shou puerh from Aliexpress and this fits the bill. I also didn’t want any more caffeine tonight having had a nice sheng session earlier. The flavor of the berries is predominate. It somewhat overpowers the savory character of the green rooibos. If you like sweet rooibos you will like this. If you hate rooibos you will hate it. I guess that sums it up. I brewed 3 tsp of leaf for 5 min in an 18 oz teapot. Its very hard to brew this tea wrong. There is a lot of latitude to it.

Flavors: Berries, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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83
drank White Ambrosia by Simpson & Vail
135 tasting notes

This tea is quite good. I brewed it with 6g of tea in an 18 oz teapot for 3 min, one steep, 185 degree water. The flavors of the apricot and mango really come through although the tea has a slightly smoky flavor too. I can’t properly describe this other flavor but it is not an off taste. This tea is sold by Simpson and Vail, an excellent tea shop with reasonable prices at www.svtea.com.

Flavors: Apricot, Mango

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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OK admitting that I really neglected to pay attention to steeping parameters. This might have steeped for 15 minutes or more. OOOOoooops. I’m blaming the cat – somehow this must have been the cats fault.

Not sure that this is carrot cake, but it does have some of those spices. What I am getting though is the icing – cream cheese icing. Yep spice and icing – and I like it. All the other cheesecake teas, or cake teas – I never really get the “tang” of the cheese cake – this one really has it. Fun little tea, not sure I need to keep it in my cupboard, but was a nice experience.

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75
drank Floral Nectar by Simpson & Vail
31 tasting notes

I was surprised at how light this tea actually tasted. It’s got a very strong, sweet smell to it, not to mention a lot of lavender in the dry mix, so I was expecting something a little more intense than the light flavor I got at first. There’s also a subtle fruitiness, due to the apricot flavoring.

It’s certainly nice for the summer, kind of a “cheery” tea. The flavor becomes slightly stronger as it cools, but not much. Just enough.

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78

I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I do drink it on occasion. I got curious as to what a coffee-flavored tea might be like, so I ordered some. There’s a lot of big pieces of almond in the blend. Not so many coffee beans, but that could just be my bag.

It certainly smells like coffee. It tastes like it too, in that’s what I’m primarily getting. Not so much the almond, but I suppose it’s because I was expecting a sweeter almond flavor like most almond-flavored things have. It’s something I’d drink in the morning really, or when I want coffee flavor without the jitters that strong coffee gives me.

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85

With the addition of milk along with sugar it tastes less like a cupcake and more like strawberry milk. Tasty either way, but I prefer it without milk.

Also the second steep brews up pretty much the same as the first.

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85

I think I need to use a bit more than one teaspoon per cup for Simpson & Vail teas, since so far they seem to be very mild. That said, this tea’s actually really tasty.

I taste the strawberry and a tiny hint of chocolate; it reminds me a little of Adagio’s Valentines tea. There’s a little something else to it too, guess that’s the “cakey” note other people have mentioned. I’m the kind of person who could drink dessert teas every day, and not just for dessert, so I could see myself going through the 2 oz. bag I got pretty quickly. Next time I might add milk along with the sugar, see if that’ll coax the chocolate out a little more.

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50
drank Lilac Bouquet by Simpson & Vail
31 tasting notes

Nope, just not my cup of tea. Nothing I can do makes it taste like anything but perfumed powder or soap. It’s more like something I’d want to wear, not drink. Seems as far as florals go, lilac isn’t for me.

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drank Lilac Bouquet by Simpson & Vail
31 tasting notes

Since it’s just flowery tea day for me today, this time it’s lilac. The smell of the dry leaves is powdery and soft, kind of like a sachet. The brewed tea smells the same way.

It tastes like the various scented powders and sprays I used to coat myself in as a teenager smelled. Not entirely sure I’m used to, or really want, that as a flavor. I probably have to play with it a bit more and see what I think.

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77
drank Violet by Simpson & Vail
31 tasting notes

This is the first time I’ve ever tried a violet tea. Normally rose and lavender are my florals of choice, but I decided to try something new.

Anyone else remember the violet candy that came in the purple wrapper? It smells like that. As it should, considering it’s violet-flavored. I remember wanting it once as a kid because it was purple (my favorite color, ha) and spitting the first piece I put in my mouth out immediately because it tasted HORRIBLE to me. I figured that now that I’m older, I might be able to appreciate a floral flavor more. Like I said, I adore lavender and rose.

It reminds me of that candy when I add sugar. Not quite as in-your-face VIOLET, but I still remember it. I think I like this because the violet is more muted; too strong and I’d probably be spitting it out too. Probably not the first thing I’d go for when I want something flowery, but I could see myself buying it again on occasion.

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80
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Simpson & Vail
183 tasting notes

This was the tea that got motivated me the most to order from Simpson & Vail.
Anything with the word “cookie” in it has my attention.
The smell of this tea first made me skeptical because it didn’t smell very “cookie-y” when I opened the bag. But as it steeped it began to smell more like a sugar cookie.
The taste was pretty buttery, which is usually a big aspect of a sugar cookie. Sometimes buttery tastes in teas don’t sit well with me, but in dessert teas it’s heavenly! You can definitely taste the almond too which is an excellent combo to the butter. It definitely lives up to it’s name but I don’t think any sugar cookie tea can ever beat, Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. :P
I would have fully enjoyed this cup of tea if I hadn’t gotten randomly sick again, but I definitely will when I drink it in the future! It’s worth trying if you ever order from Simpson & Vail! (:

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Wow was this ever sweet! no sugar added or anything. I don’t mind, it was a nice dessert treat. Maybe next time I’ll try it with milk and see how that goes.
I think it actually did taste like red velvet, but I was in a rush so will try a longer steep next time. Gotta hold off on the rating for now!

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80
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
247 tasting notes

Thanks Cheri for the sample!
I must admit, the first and only time I’ve ever had Creme Brulee was on my cruise last month, so I’m not the perfect judge of accuracy here! I can say that this was caramelly and sort of creamy and vanilla-y. I’m not getting much custard from this, but I’m satisfied with what I am getting. I nice sweet dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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