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Spices and Tease

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Brewed this one up according to company directions – 3min at 175F – and I’m definitely not impressed. It came out seriously bitter on the aftertaste, bad enough that I’m going to toss it down the drain and start anew.

Second steep was 2min at 175F and the results were slightly better. The aftertaste of bitterness is lessened, but I happen to find the fruit flavours less than appealing…I pick up a lot of pineapple and papaya (or possibly mango) that doesn’t merge well with the green base.

I think if I were going to make it again I would keep the steep down to 1min at 175F to hopefully kill the bitterness that happens as it cools…but my honest opinion is that it’s not worth another round of steeping to hopefully get it up to mediocre.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Mayan Secret by Spices and Tease
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Mayan Secret by Spices and Tease
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80
drank Mayan Secret by Spices and Tease
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80
drank Mayan Secret by Spices and Tease
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Tried a second infusion this morning, with a longer steep time. Much stronger and more tart fruit flavors in the second infusion. Not enough mate flavor left. I would not infuse this one twice again.

Flavors: Stewed Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Simple, floral white tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Plants

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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85

I bought this tea a while ago when I went to visit my old stomping grounds in New York. I was originally looking for a now discontinued blend but settled with this one to give it a try (at the time I hadn’t had much experience with white teas).

The citrus and berry flavors complement the otherwise subtle taste of white tea really well. It was a very pleasant drinking experience.

The smell is actually my favorite part. It’s just a wonderful, sweet aroma that fills the room with warmth.

I plan to re-stock as soon as I get back to NY.

Their tins are really bad for tea, however, with an open “viewing” window that lets light in. They are also generally a pain to open and close, so I’d transfer to a better storage asap.

http://www.infusedmusings.com/2014/01/06/spices-tease-white-raspberry-grapefruit/

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Mayan Secret by Spices and Tease
18 tasting notes

Brewed longer than advised on website for full flavor. Interesting, earthy mix of green and rooibos, with vegetal notes from green tea and carrot, and fruity sweetness from pineapple.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cocoa, Earth, Grass, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is AWESOME! Strong chocolate notes, with a bit of orange. Neither tastes fake, and you can still taste TEA beneath it. The leaves don’t look as broken as in many other flavored black tea blends either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Nice! Would you say that this is the best chocolate orange tea you’ve had?

__Morgana__

Sounds yum!

Janefan

@Fjellrev - Yes, but I believe it’s the only chocolate orange tea I’ve had so far. ;)

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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83

I took a chance on this one. Imagine Grand Central at 6pm on a Tuesday. Seriously. Hungry NYC commuters food shopping forced me to make a quick decision on trying a new tea by sight alone. I wanted a flavored white. I looked for a substantial leaf with a mix of added ingredients that sounded good. I made a good choice. Its a well balanced tea that’s good hot or cold, sweetened or not. I will definitely try more from Spices and Tease.

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86
drank Relaxation by Spices and Tease
60 tasting notes

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86
drank Relaxation by Spices and Tease
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Oooh i love this tea. I make all my herbal teas pretty strong, about 1 3/4 cups, so that works for me. It’s a pretty teay anyway, with rosebuds and full chamomile flowers.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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89

Another stunning offering from Spices and Tease. This white blend has a robust citrus bent to it, creating near immunity to bitterness. The aroma of the dry tea is mesmerizing (they tell me some customers use it as potpourri!). The leaves appear slightly darker than some typical whites, and with the fruit the tea brews a delicate sunny color that is just as pleasant to smell as the dry leaves.

I tend to enjoy this tea with dessert or at night time as part of a routine to reduce stress and ‘meditate’ awake, as it were. The flavors are citrus, but reflecting upon your sip you can make out hints of rose and marigold, that add a nice touch so as not to overpower the tea with strong citrus flavors. The result is a very solid white blend that Spices and Tease has perfected.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Seabreeze by Spices and Tease
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Absolutely Stupendous. From a French company that has planted a flag in New York City comes a majestic blend of black, sencha, and citrus that is a fully satisfying beverage experience. One only need to enjoy grapefruit, citrus, or bergamot flavors to relish this tea. The blend looks deliciously fresh, so much so one is almost tempted to eat it instead. This is an incredibly versatile tea, excellent hot and even better iced. No review or description I could write does this blend justice, it is a full on favorite in the blended category and I will not be without some backup of this tea in my cupboard(s).

The appearance is gorgeous, as can be seen in the image. Tiny pieces of grapefruit and papaya swim in black and green teas and among the safflower. The brewed color resembles a lighter black tea but the aroma is unmistakable and attentively inviting. The taste is just right. They really nailed this one. So if one has a proclivity towards citrus flavors this is sure to take up space in your lineup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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99

Rooibos Frappuccino is devine .. steep for 10 minutes, add a small teaspoon of brown sugar …

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94

Tried this out last night while doing the dishes. A little honey and the tea was warm and sweet. Not to tart, bitter or too sweet. Caramel aroma was wonderful. Definitely a hit.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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