Spire Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Backlog:

A really good Oolong. My first couple of infusions were sweet and buttery, with a velvety soft texture. Some floral notes, some fruit tones and a nice honey undertone.

Subsequent infusions began to lose their buttery taste, but it is here where the floral tones begin to develop. Beautifully honeyed. Fruit notes are in the distance.

A really nice tea adventure.

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A really good Oolong. It has a strong fruit essence … I can taste distinct peach notes. The roasted notes are gentle and don’t slap you upside the head. The flavor is toasted, slightly mineral-y, peach, with some wood tones. And a delicious honey undertone.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/09/roasted-oriental-beauty-oolong-tea-from-spire-tea/

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93
drank Island Coconut by Spire Tea
4323 tasting notes

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One of the best coconut teas I’ve ever tasted!

The Chinese Sencha is buttery and sweet and marries well with the creamy sweet notes of the coconut. Slightly vegetative, somewhere between vegetable and seaweed. The coconut is the real star of this tea though – and it is so delicious … if you love coconut, you’ve got to try this tea!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/24/island-coconut-green-tea-blend-from-spire-tea/

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85

Backlog: This is a tasty chai … to me it’s more like a cinnamon orange type of tea similar to the MarketSpice (although not nearly as overwhelming) or the cinnamon tea from Harney (again, not quite as powerful) … it’s got a delicious, sweet, cinnamon-y orange taste.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/10/sweet-chai-black-tea-blend-from-spire-tea/

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90
drank Golden Buds by Spire Tea
4323 tasting notes

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

A really nice Golden Yunnan. Delicious, caramel-y yumminess!

I love that every leaf is fully golden … not just the tips. The full leaf is gold. Well, actually, these truly are BUDS … not so much leaves, but the leaf bud. And they aren’t just tipped in gold, but they are fully golden and bursting with flavor.

A rich and smooth tea. Very satisfying. One of those teas that I could drink everyday! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/20/golden-buds-black-tea-from-spire-tea/

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drank Spiced Rooibos Blend by Spire Tea
4323 tasting notes

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tisane.

A nice, warm, spiced blend. It reminds me of a Sin Dawg! (if you want to know what a Sin Dawg is, check this out: http://www.daveskillerbread.com/killer-bread/sin-dawg.html )

I really enjoyed this cuppa … a nice level of spices, the flavor of rooibos is distinguishable but works with the spice notes and gives it a nice, nutty intonation.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/12/spiced-rooibos-blend-from-spire-tea/

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drank Island Coconut by Spire Tea
78 tasting notes

This is a really tasty green tea. I prefer when coconut flavoring is more on the toasty side. This is definitely a more toasty coconut flavor. It is really smooth and I like it a lot. I will try it iced next time and this also might be a really one for a cold brew.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Island Coconut by Spire Tea
2229 tasting notes

Hmm, this tea tastes quite a bit like coconut oolong, but without the oolongy flavour. That is to say, it’s very much a kind of toasty coconut, which is really quite good! I wish I could taste the green tea a bit more, so next time I’ll lengthen the infusion a bit – I kept it to 2 minutes to prevent any possible astringency, which I did succeed at. This is definitely one of the better coconut greens I’ve tasted though… highly recommend if that’s something you’re looking for.

I feel like this would be a great blending tea for use when coconut flavour is desired (but when oolong is not)… so perhaps that’s what I’ll use it for! Or maybe I’ll ice it. Hmm, the possibilities…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Is this the Amoda blend? I wasn’t sure how to add it as the package said “Amoda” for blender.

Kittenna

Yeah, I saw that too, but then in the little letter it said Spire Tea… so that’s what I put! :P

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79

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea!

It’s a delightful Green tea! Sweet, vegetal – with a taste that falls somewhere between sweet grass and mild steamed veggies – a very invigorating, light, crisp cuppa!

Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/06/jeju-summer-harvest-korean-green-tea-from-spire-tea/

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. Yummy!

This is so totally yum! Completely and utterly yum! Just what I have been craving without really realizing I was craving anything … after I started sipping, I just felt a sense of “ahhh… this is it.”

It has a nice kick of heat to it, but, it isn’t too hot. The chocolate is smooth, rich and creamy and manages to temper the heat from the chili so that it doesn’t become an overly spicy beverage. Oh, sure, it is spicy … but not TOO spicy. I’m not feeling the need to relieve my tongue from the heat, in other words. The sweet seems to counterblast the heat.

Instead, I feel this warming me up from the inside out, and I love that from a tea during this time of year. My husband, who hails from Minnesota, thinks that anything just over freezing is uncomfortably hot, so this house is typically on the chilly side year round. I … on the other hand, am a California girl and while I feel I’ve adapted to the Pacific Northwest in such a way that I’m proud to call it home, I’m still not quite as used to cold as someone who comes from a place buried in snow.

So this tea is warming me up (and the thermostats are turned up now that hubby is safely ensconced at work) on a very chilly day. It is deliciously chocolate-y (needs more chocolate though, LOL) and there is heat from the spice … I’d call it a mild-to-medium type of heat rather than a hot heat.

Very nice!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha, creative use of “counterblast”.

LiberTEAS

Thanks @ButikiTeas :)

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. It is a perfect holiday time tea … it reminds me so of the yummy chocolate oranges that you can find this time of year. So yummy!

It is rich and chocolate-y, with just a touch of orange … not too much, just enough to brighten the cup in a really lovely way. Sweet, rich and creamy. Very nice!

Nik

Ooooh, I love chocolate orange teas! (Well, I’ve only had one, but I loved it.) :D

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try. It’s yummy!

This is also my 3200 tasting note! Wow. Do I drink too much tea? nah … perhaps the issue is that I spend so much time writing about it.

This tisane is indeed tasty. The coconut and almond flavors are well pronounced … the cookie is not quite as obvious, but, the sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos sort of give a bake-y kind of flavor that could translate into “cookie” I suppose. I think a buttery note might take this tisane to another level and really give it that cookie taste.

As it is, though, it’s really tasty. It’s a nice, cozy kind of tea.

Kittenna

3200! I have a long ways to go to catch up :D

TeaEqualsBliss

Congrats on 3200!

IrishBreakfastLass

That is a LOT of tea ;)

LiberTEAS

And … I don’t know if I should actually admit this, but, I don’t even log every tea that I drink. I usually log every tea at least once, so if it’s a new-to-me tea I will log it. But, occasionally, I skip one. And if I’ve already logged it, I usually do not log it when I drink it a second or third time.

Gravitea

I’m a science nerd by trade and this got me to thinking just exactly how much is 3200 cups of tea. That’s about 200 gallons or 2 entire full-to-the-brim bathtubs of tea. And as LiberTEAS mentioned – that’s just 1st run tasting notes, that’s not counting everything that’s been drunk. Sounds to me like some needs an intervention!

LiberTEAS

LOL! I guess I shouldn’t mention that my cups are actually mugs that hold about 14 ounces …

Gravitea

350 gallons…

LiberTEAS

I don’t know that I need an intervention though … see, if you’ll look on my bio, I admit that I’m obsessed with tea. And admitting you’ve a problem is half the solution, right? So, I’m halfway there. I’m just not actively working on resolving the other half…

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89
drank Milk Oolong by Spire Tea
4323 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Oolong.

This is remarkably sweet. It has a nice balance between sweet and creamy notes, without tasting overly creamy or fake. It has a nice floral note, Very enjoyable. Subsequent infusions become smoother and softer without really losing flavor.

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84

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this. It is REALLY yummy. The caramel flavor is strong, and it mingles so nicely with the fruity notes of the green honeybush. Sweet, mild and soothing. Very nice, indeed!

SimpliciTEA

Oh my, now I see there is also a green honeybush? Are the comparisons between Green and Red rooibos, and Green and Red honeybush, the same?

Kittenna

I also was unaware of green honeybush, and am too lazy to look it up right now, but that’s certainly interesting…

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80
drank Silver Needle by Spire Tea
66 tasting notes

This is a delicious and refreshing white tea — sweet, fruity, delicate, and light.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 90 sec..

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 3 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10 min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Green Mao Feng by Spire Tea
66 tasting notes

A very nice Chinese green, in both appearance and taste. The flavours move from sweet and fruity, to less sweet and more stringent, to pleasantly astringent at the end.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 2 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 3 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10 min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81

Energy in a cup! This is bright and powerful – in a good way! It’s much like a spring bouquet but slightly vegetal and quite crisp, too! Ahhhhh! Sunshine!

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75

Backlogging from earlier in the week…this was alright…the green honeybush is nice the caramel flavors are mellower tho.

Julie

And do you feel carefree now?! :)

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drank Dragonwell by Spire Tea
66 tasting notes

Mildly-sweet and sweetly-mild, though the flavour is pretty much gone after 2 infusions. Nice enough, mind you, but nothing special.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 90 sec.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 3 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10 min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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82

This is very nice! All the ingredients work very well together and nothing is too overpowering. The Coconut, spices, and something vanilla-esque is sweet and cheery! Pretty delicious!

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drank Milk Oolong by Spire Tea
6770 tasting notes

This is a bit sweeter than most Milk Oolongs i have tried lately and I like that difference. It’s a little less milkier – also not a bad thing in this case. The more I sip the more I like the sweetness. It’s really special!

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81

Smells Great!

Coconut – check, Almond – Check, Cookie…not so much…well, it’s subtle, but I was hoping for Bready/cakey/bready! Overall GOOD tho! Nice flavor.

I think I like this cold a little bit better than hot. I can’t really explain why tho…lol…
I just like what I like :)

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93

Well, this smells interesting and scrumptious! Chocolate, Spice, and something like wafers.

This is really tasty! the spices aren’t over the top – they are perfect to my personal specifications! (That sounds uppity, doesn’t it!? teahee!) and the chocolate is grand! The chocolate keeps boppin’ back and forth between a milk chocolate taste and a white chocolate taste…really neat!

YUP! This puts a smile on my face…sending the rest to Anne…

Serendipitea

Indeed, this sounds Very Yum!

Anthony Bazic

I am just slobbering to take a sip of this! spicy chocolate..what else can you ask for? but more chocolate!

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YUM! YUM! YUM!
Now…this really isn’t like the orange chocolate that Buffaloians hold dear but it’s still darned tasty! Many of you have heard me ramble on about Orange Chocolate which is more of a milk chocolate with orange flavors throughout. This, however, is different than that but still very good!

I had a huge slice of dried orange in mine. Woo!!!! The orange flavors increase as the liquid cools at room temp for a bit. The dark chocolate is excellent! And it IS a darker chocolate taste and not a milk chocolate. There are some spices throughout, too, which I ended up enjoy more and more as I continued to sip on it.

This is more than JUST Orange and Dark Chocolate with that addition of the spice I am tasting but this is a treat indeed and very tasty!

Serendipitea

Every second tea on my dashboard is Chocolate these days – and they all sound so good!!

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