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Sip down, and thanks to Sil! This cup was a little more pu-erhy than the last, probably because I let it steep longer, plus there was enough leaf left for more than one but less than two cups, so I went with the former. I still get that freshly ground cinnamon note in the forefront, and a truly baked cinnamon flavour. I also tried half and half this time. Tastes like the smell of the—I’m guessing—cinnamon raisin bread the grocery store bakery was baking whilst I was doing my shopping.
I received a sample of this from Allie in our mystery swap. Thank you for sharing!
This was a sweet apple tea. I have had quite a few apple flavored teas recently, but most have been spiced with stronger cinnamon. This was mostly apple with a hint of spice. It looks like this is a green tea base, but I didn’t get much of the tea base out of it. This was a nice cup. Thank you!
Ah, Black and White. I’ve avoided you for a bit, because I enjoyed you so much the first time, and knew that I had to wait to make any more orders for a bit now. I have WAY too much tea still, even though I’m (finally) under 400 in my cupboard.
Definitely is a different experience than last time. First few sips were milky, vanilla chocolate, however now I’m getting more bitter white tea than anything. So, so very sad. :(
Thank you again OMGsrsly for sharing this with me! :) You rock.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Sipdown No. 87!
This tea has a small history. It started with Tasty Brew, who included it in the BBBBox as part of the ‘grab bag’. I sampled it, sent it on to Sil, who also sampled it, & then she sent it back to me.
I think I liked it better the first time I tried it, but it’s still ok. Now it’s gone!
Sil, you little pu-erh pusher, you! Thanks for the sample. I’ll admit that I was a little frightened when I saw it amongst the other samples. Pu-erh usually makes my taste buds cry. But hey, this actually smells like cinnamon bread and not a barn, so let’s go!
I’m already halfway through my Nordic mug, and it’s not like I’m forcing it down either. It’s seriously like cinnamon bread! A quiet bready note behind freshly ground cinnamon and a pinch of sugar. I’ve said this about a tea before, and can’t remember which one, but this smells like my grandma’s cinnamon twists, while she’s in the midst of making them, dough and a bed of cinnamon sugar mixture.
No pu-erh weirdness. Whoa! Mind blown. Finally a pu-erh I would actually want to have around. I think Tea Desire’s Cinnamon Star is still my favourite, because it’s more like a cinnamon bun with icing, but this is actually a very close second. I’m amazed at how mellow the base is. It just lets the other notes sing.
Thank you so much, Sil!
Mind Boost Mint – Steap Shoppe – 2/10/2014
Took a break from tea for the weekend because of a vague cold-like thing that I still have but now I’m at work and I need tea. I made this without looking at the ingredients first (stupid me) and have just now realized that this has stevia in it so I’m now not expecting much. Otherwise, we’ll see. I like mint.
Well, it is a little overly sweet and the stevia taste is bleh but it’s mostly pleasing on the first sip. The mint is somewhat subdued to me by the other flavours. I think I’m picking up what must be gingko biloba but I’m not sure, never having tasted that separately before. There’s a certain earthiness that I’m not familiar with in here.
I imagine my taste buds are sort of dulled from my sort of cold and my mind is dull from the cold and lack of sleep and the aftermath of an adrenalin rush from my car accident last night (my fault, stupid mistake). I wish I didn’t have a headache.
Thanks to Dexter3657 for a sample of this!
So far I’m on my 3rd steep (dare I try a 4th?), and it’s nearly as flavorful as the first, it’s actually bit creamier. I was a bit worried, this being a Pu Erh, but it’s actually really nice! I don’t think it would make me get a brick or plain Pu Erh or anything, but tasty cinnamon tea with all the benefits of Pu Erh? Yes, please.
A lot of the reviews say this is bready and I’m not sure I’m going “bread” but it definitely evokes a cinnamon pastry.
I’ll definitely need to restock this when I’m out.
This is another from TastyBrew from a while back! thanks so much! I’ve loved the three blends I’ve tried Steap Shoppe, but this one isn’t to my tastes. It’s a Darjeeling so maybe I’m picky with those. I waited 20 minutes and steeped for 2-3 minutes. The flavor is very mild.. not much of note. One sip had a hint of plum. But maybe my palatte isn’t tuned to this one. The second steep reminded me of the black tea base that 52Teas sometimes uses that I don’t really like. Ah well. Maybe the scrumptious sounding description ruined my expectations? Every single other tea that TastyBrew sent me are some pretty amazing blends anyway!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 mins
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min (just a half mug of water)
Thank you OMGsrsly for the chance to try this tea. Every so often I get a glimpse of the delicious chocolate that this tea promises but mostly I taste the white tea. I like it but I am glad I sent most of the sample to Dexter3657 as I believe she enjoyed it far more than I did.
A big thanks to OMGsrsly for a sample of this tea. I have to say I have wanted to try this one for a while because of all the rapturous tasting notes on it (and I kinda didn’t believe a flavored puerh could be that good). I kept asking swap partner after swap partner but no one had enough, and OMGsrsly was so nice and sent me the last of her sample. Thanks so much!
This one made me glad for the new “average preparation” section on the tea page since sTEAp shoppe doesn’t provide steeping parameters on their website. I hope the leaf per water gets incorporated into that now that it’s available (I still had to troll old tasting notes for that info).
When the water hit the leaf I immediately smelled a bit of stinky puerh, but then the sweet cinnamon bread aroma started overtaking it. Steeped, when I get a hint of it I smell cinnamon and a bit of earthy puerh, but then when I inhale deeply it really does smell like cinnamon bread.
I have to say, pretty impressive on the flavor here. I am glad I finally got to try this one. The Yunnan black tea and the puerh do a good job of making a bready base for this one, although the occasional whiff of puerh diminishes my enjoyment a bit. But I am enjoying it a lot nonetheless. Sweet bread, cinnamon sugar, a bit of icing. Pretty authentic! I don’t think I need this one in my cupboard, but I am really glad I finally got to try it!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Yay, we have a winner. I really like this one. It reminds be a bit of Checkmate from Davids – but this is a better version of that.
This is a very nice chocolate vanilla tea.
I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s not complex, it doesn’t try to be a lot of things. This is just a really nice chocolate dessert tea. I like it.
Thank you VariaTEA for this sample.
Thank you to, I think, JustJames for sharing a really generous sample of this with me.
I had zero idea how to brew this up, so I winged it and went for a heaping teaspoon in one cup of water. I think it needs more leaf, and perhaps a longer steep as I’m finding this a bit weak. I’m also rarely a fan of teas that are pre-sweetened, so this may be a factor.
Yes, I get cinnamon out of the smell and faintly in the taste, however it’s ever-so-slight. Again, I have to wonder if there’s something off with me, because everyone that has similar tastes to mine love this, and I’m just feeling meh about it.
I’m working (don’t like that word, sounds like a chore, but can’t come up with a better one tonight) my way though the teas the ifjuly sent me. I’ve found a few that I really liked, I’ve found a few that weren’t really to my taste, and I’ve still have a few to try. I want to express my appreciation at being able to try stuff outside my comfort zone. She very generously send me a ton of different ones to try, and I am appreciative of the experience.
I drank this one a few days ago and thought it was a really weird chai. Tonight, it’s a nice, warm, cardamom, with just a touch of vanilla. Not sure why I have have such different opinions. Maybe it’s really touchy steep parameters. Not sure about the other night, but tonight was 95C for 4 minutes. Tonight, I really like this – the other night not so much. LOL I can’t even decide how I feel about this.
Roswell Strange, I really must say this competition has done wonders for my stash. With each cup I feel a little more accomplished because not only am I advancing just a little more ahead in the competition but I am simultaneously decreasing my stash.
Anyways, this tea came to my by was of the wonderful OMGsrsly. I have read mixed reviews but it sounded tasty so I am glad I finally get to try it for myself. When I took my first sip, I was like “whoa, that is milk chocolate!” but then I started picking up more and more on the white tea. I don’t know why but with each consequent sip I am getting less and less milk chocolate and the white tea is becoming more and more noticeable. That isn’t particularly a bad thing, and there is still a nice creaminess to the mix but I miss that first sip that tasted of a melted chocolate bar in my cup. Maybe this is a tea best enjoyed absent-mindedly as opposed to being concentrated on and analyzed…hmmmm…
Nonetheless, thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me. It has definitely be a unique flavor experience.
From BrewTEAlly Sweet! thanks so much! I’m so happy I was able to try this one, as it is exactly as I imagined it when I saw its existence years ago! SO SO good. The dry leaves actually smell like just baked cinnamon bread. The flavor is amazingly also like cinnamon bread. The pu-erh and black tea combination is perfect! This might be the only combined pu-erh/black tea in my possession right now. The only way this doesn’t taste like liquefied cinnamon bread is the hint of pu-erh flavor, but the pu-erh probably gives it that bready flavor. The cinnamon is the sugary sweet kind, so it’s like cinnamon sugar toast from my childhood! And there is definite BUTTERY flavor. The only addition I could think of is some raisins to make it raisin toast…but I suppose I could add some to the infuser myself. I can’t say enough for this blend. It’s a masterpiece. I want to try EVERYTHING from sTEAp Shoppe! I’m thankful this made my morning nicer.. it’s the perfect breakfast tea. Is winter over yet? As I was sipping this, I was wishing to be somewhere that wasn’t winter.. at a nice diner outside eating a lovely breakfast (waffles, hash browns, fruit salad?)… maybe even on the ocean but that would be asking too much! But this tea was a nice replacement for that.
Steep #1// few minutes after boiling // 5 min
Steep #2// just boiled // 7 min
Oh, wow! Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me. This is amazing!
Chocolate notes hit me first; really creamy milky chocolate. Really, that’s all that hit me though — milky chocolate. I’m totally cool with that, as I have too few chocolate teas that I enjoy, and I think this is the only non-black tea in that lot.
Whoa, cinnamon! I really like the taste of cinnamon but I’m not so sure I like the amount of it that I am getting from this tea. Now despite that I do still find it to be a good tea. It’s just I feel like there is too much cinnamon and not enough ‘tea’ flavor.
Tea #38 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
One of my goals for next year is to learn a little bit more about darjeeling. I don’t drink it very often, but I’ve come across several I’ve really enjoyed. Moraiwe sent me several to try out and hopefully I’ll get a chance to post about them soon because I’ve really enjoyed them, I just haven’t managed to find the time to sit down and write about them yet.
There are several darjeeling teas in the TTB, but this is the only one that is flavored. In fact, it is the first time I’ve had a flavored darjeeling, but the combination of vanilla bean, fenugreek, cardamom, and darjeeling is very tasty. At first, while my cup was still very hot, all I could really taste was the vanilla, but as the tea cooled the spices came out and the darjeeling base peaked through here and there. This reminds me a bit of chai, but the flavors are much more mellow and smooth. I really liked the addition of the vanilla bean, it gave the tea a creaminess and cut down on some of the astringency I don’t normally care for in darjeeling. I also love the lack of cinnamon since I still get many of the flavors of chai without needing to take allergy medicine to enjoy my cup of tea (I’m really allergic to cinnamon.) I think I may have finally found my chai replacement.
Thanks to OMGsrsly/Sil for this tea! I smelled and tasted the tea before looking up the ingredients, and my first impression of the tea is that it was creamy white chocolate. Straight up.
Regarding the taste, I also got white chocolate, but there’s a smokiness in here too. It’s not too heavy but it stands out. I normally don’t like smoky teas but this one is subtle enough that it doesn’t make me cry in my sauerkraut.
As a side note, I’m surprised there aren’t that many Boxing Day sales. But maybe that’s a a good thing because I need to work on what I already have. And budget and stuff.
Sipdown! Thanks, Cavocorax, for sharing with me. :)
I’ve had a few cups, and I don’t think it’s something I’d buy. It smells so good, and tastes pretty good, but something about it just doesn’t make me reach for it.
So now I have a tin for my S&V GINGERBREAD tea. :)
Sample sipdown – unfortunately :(.
So I tried this on Wednesday with the intention of coming back to do resteeps later that night. Yeah, Wednesday ended up being my stupid 12 hour day due to jury duty. That didn’t happen.
I did keep the leaves though, and with the knowledge that the tea was good but could have used a little more leaf, I just went all in on the sample and intend to suck the life out of them through resteeps today.
Steep one: 2 minutes, 10 oz. water. The smell of this is what kills me. If you were to take a cinnamon roll and unroll it, and stick your nose right next to the filling and breathe in, that’s what this tea smells like. There are even light notes of bread in the smell. The liquor is very very dark opaque brown (because I went heavy on the leaf) but the taste isn’t bitter or astringent. It has a great mouthfeel and the bready notes are present, but I went ahead and added milk and sugar because I felt like it needed some help bringing out the sweetness.
Once you do that its like you took a cinnamon roll and liquefied it. This cup was finished pretty fast on account of CINNAMON ROLL. IN A CUP.
Steep two: 3 minutes, milk and sugar again added. This tastes much the same as the first cup, though I did try a sip plain and it was a touch weaker (this is not a bad thing, that first cup was STRONG). Still tastes like a cinnamon roll in my cup. I honestly am impressed. This actually takes the urge to eat a cinnamon roll away completely because the flavor is so right on.
Okay, I will be back once I spend some time with the other steeps just to keep a record of this….but as it stands right now this is a definite buy for my sugar cravings. :)