Steep City Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Sil for yet another interesting tea! I was intrigued by the chamomile in this blend – seemed like a weird add-on to a mint chocolate blend, but I went with it (and used my metal infuser as a chamomile precaution!). Dry and steeped, it mostly smells like mint chocolate, as expected. The first infusion I had in my travel mug, and it was fairly decent – I could taste some chocolate, a bit of mint (along the lines of peppermint leaf, I think), and a touch of chamomile, which overall just made it taste a bit different from the usual mint chocolate blends. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. And of course, the cup was kind of murky due to the melted chips (yum!)

Second infusion: I assumed most of the chocolate would be gone, but apparently I was very wrong – it’s even murkier, and tastes even more cocoa-y. The chamomile is more apparent as well, and the mint is a bit lessened – more like chamomile chocolate (which reminds me of Verdant’s Chocolate Chamomile Curiousity Brew, not that it tastes like that as cinnamon was a prominent flavour there).

I’ll try another infusion but I don’t expect much. The only complaint I have here is that it would be great if the base tea was a bit richer and more obvious – I don’t believe I even detected it through the cocoa/chips/mint/chamomile. However, I don’t think I’ll have too many problems finishing this tea up in the next little while, as it’s quite perfectly seasonal right now.

Sil

haha dear god this was from like…forever ago

Kittenna

Yep… probably a year at minimum, since it was actually on my swap spreadsheet (apparently nothing from Feb made it on there, which is resulting in annoyance and inability to accurately estimate tea numbers).

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #17
I accidently oversteeped this one but it wasn’t ruined in the least. This is like the candy peach flavoring but I’ve had much worse. The peach tends to overpower the white tea flavor, even with the long steep time. The purple is just from the flowers but the flowers are pretty. I love a few of Steep City’s blends and I’m very sad I can’t order from all of the tea companies I wish to order from.. Steep City is on the list (maybe not this blend though). I’m sipping tea all day every day, doing my best. :D
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 5+ min

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83

From the Round 3 Here’s hoping TTB

Everything about this tea is soft… subtle. The peach flavor is consistently present but not in a knock your socks off kind of way. The flavor of the white tea is hay like and has a brightness to it. I didn’t even notice the base tea’s flavor at first, but as the tea cooled a touch it became much more apperent and blended with the peach flavor beautifully.

Glad I got to try this one. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but this one is nicely done.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Sexy Chai by Steep City Teas
767 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is a middle of the road chai. The base tea is ok, and the spice blend is good, but it’s mild. Not a memorable chai, but it’s a nice enough cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Sexy…? That’s just a weird thing to name a tea. :P

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60

I feel like I had tried this before but apparently if I had, I had not rated it. Maybe I was scared of the chocolate.

This was… interesting. It is definitely not a favorite tea, and one I would not be ordering again. The taste is very odd and hard for me to define. There is chocolate, yes, and something vaguely honey-ish, and definitely black tea. But it all melds together into something that while drinkable, is not something I exactly enjoy.

I’ll finish my pouch of it, but won’t be buying more.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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76

HHTTB Round 3

This is so lovely and subtle. Such a nice light peach and slightly floral white tea. I am finding I like white teas more and more these days. This one does sort of smell like a candle… but luckily it does not taste like a candle, which is the important part. =)

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

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82

Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for a bit of this one in your sale a while back. I LOVED the Steep City samples that they sent a while back, but the last couple I’ve tried I haven’t had much luck with. This one is back to deliciousness. The fragrance of the dry leaves coming from the white tea smells a bit like suntan lotion but the flavor combination really works… a candy coconut with something like buttery sweet cake or cookie ingredients. I can’t tell what exactly but this sure seems like a dessert tea. No roses in my blend though. White teas always make for nice pairings with dessert type flavors… I just realized. The second cup still had plenty of coconut flavor. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons I have left!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 3 min

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71

Sipdown (163/169)!

Finished this one from VariaTEA off in my timolino with a little milk added in to it; pretty good if I do say so myself! Actually, it was a significant step up from the nail polish remover/cotton ball incident the first time around.

If I had to describe this experience I think I’d use words like “Nectar” or “Ambrosia” because it really was creamy, silky honey notes with very faint rooibos taste and a milky chocolate. Yeah, milk and no nail polish remover is the way to go with this one. I’ll raise my rating a bit! But I wont seek this out again, most likely.

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71

Oh God.

So currently I’m drinking two cups of tea and watching Firefly while painting my nails (neon blue and orange) – and apparently I’m trying to do way too much stuff because I just took a huge swig of this only to taste chemical and find a cotton ball in my mouth.

I was using nail polish remover soaked cotton balls to take off the old polish and I tossed ‘em all onto the same table as my tea as I was done with them. Apparently I inadvertently “scored a basket” or some nonsense like that and one of them landed in my tea. No no no! So yeah, even though I spat it all back out I probably just drank some nail polish remover. I don’t think that’s a good thing.

But anyway, sample comes from VariaTEA and thankfully I have enough left for one more cup. Before this little incident, I was tasting primarily light chocolate and maybe a bit of honey drizzle sweetness? Where does the berry part come into play? It’s not in the ingredients, and I’m not tasting berries regardless of ingredient accuracy so what was the thought there?

Anyway – I though this was decent but not exceptional or memorable, up until the cotton ball thing that is…

Angrboda

It was probably very diluted by the tea, but even so I would follow up with plenty of clean water and pay attention to how you feel. Ring your doctor if you start feeling uncomfortable.

OMGsrsly

I am laughing so much! Sounds like something I’d do. :) Hope you’re feeling ok.

whatshesaid

Hahahahah gross! Hope you were ok after

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I mean, if you didn’t like the tea, you didn’t have to drink it. No need to resort to poisoning yourself in order to dump the cup :P. Seriously though, I hope you are okay because drinking nail polish removed can’t be good.

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80

An excellent iced tea! Flirt With me is a green rooibos with mango, papaya, passion fruit and rose petals. The flavor is mostly the tropical fruits – the mango papaya blend nicely together, and there is quite a bit of passion fruit flavor (if iced).
The green rooibos is in the background, but has a nice brothy green earthyness to it. The blend is a little watery, but that seems to happen with rooibos blends, but is countered if prepared iced and heavier on the tea.

Pretty good – the price is right ($4.50 for 2oz) and makes a tasty iced tea. I’ll be drinking this all summer!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/flirt-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Love it when they have fun names!

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88

Very nice…light and delicate. I like this one as a white…love the peach flavor!

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Drinking this from a swap with AwkwardSoul. I really like this tea! It is delicate tasting, and the peach flavor is NOT overpowering. I read the review on this tea as I was drinking it, and it does taste like a white peach, not like a regular peach. The tea base is just right…a black tea would not have done this tea justice.

Fruity and a bit floral…this tea is a very good start-to-the-week tea.

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

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92

I think I’ll be icing the rest of this, and not because it’s a bad tea. It just tastes so, so much like the lychee juice I pick up in the Asian grocer that it’s super weird to drink warm.

Incredibly juicy, and even a little thick on the tongue. Pretty much lychee perfection.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Mmmm, peach white tea. This one tastes amazing of course! More focused on the white base, a bai mu dan/white peony, so lots of juicy, delicate, crisp, floral flavor in there. The peach flavor is white peach, which matches quite well with the base.
Purple peach makes a really good refreshing iced tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/purple-peach-white-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Purple Moonkin, Tea Owls and tea pots!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Boomy is cute!

Anna

I want to try this so baaad.

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72

Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for selling a bit of this one! I thought I’d really like this one… some of those Steep City blends are REAL good. I know this has rooibos in it, but somehow it tastes like complete rooibos. With black tea? And two big chocolate chips in the infuser? Yep. I’m not sure how that happened. I don’t really taste chocolate. And I used one of my teabags so the rooibos shouldn’t have fallen into the cup. No berry. No honey either. I poured the water RIGHT after boiling, so if anything was going to melt, it should have melted. The description says it is supposed to be berry, but I think it’s just berry flavoring… that I can’t find. Whatever happened with this blend? I’ll try it again at some point but I think I’m missing what everyone else is tasting. I’m planning on buying the favorites I know I love at some point….

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72

Sipping on this now, I feel like I expected much more than I am getting. All the reviews seem so overwhelmingly positive that I thought this would be a mindblowing taste experience. Tbh, it is not. Don’t get me wrong, the tea is good but it is not something I NEED to have stocked. It mostly tastes of a black tea with a hint of honey sweetness and a few chocolatey notes here and there. Good, but not as special as I had hoped. Oh well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72

Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending this my way. I got so excited to try this tea that I immediately brewed up a cup. However, I never got a chance to try it hot because right when I sat down to enjoy it my sister called to see all the new clothes I bought today and it took me probably over an hour to try everything on. So trying it now, it tastes a lot like 52 teas black base with a hint of milk chocolate, which is not a good sign. I will hold off on rating until I try it properly but if this is any indication of what this tastes likes, I will be really disappointed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
C-chan

It’s always somewhat disappointing when life gets in the way of tea enjoyment. Hopefully it’s more enjoyable at its prime.

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drank Nutty Love by Steep City Teas
473 tasting notes

I am loving having done a mystery swap with Moraiwe! I’m getting to try teas from many companies that are new to me, this tea being one. If you get a chance to do a mystery swap with someone, I’d recommend it. It is a great way to try things that you may not have picked yourself.

This tea smells like raisins when dry! I think it tastes a little like them too. I’m definitely getting nuts in this tea. I can pick out walnuts more than almonds, but most of what I can taste is raisins. It reminds me of that really rich dessert wine, almost like a light port. It’s nice. I’m looking forward to my next cup of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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A blend from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s sale! thanks so much! I’ve really liked some of Steep City’s teas! This one isn’t my favorite though. It isn’t terrible, but the odd lychee flavor tastes weird when I don’t really have anything to compare it to (and the picture of the lychee on Steep City’s site is also Weird with a capital dub). But I love the addition of the fruit pieces (pineapple) – it did actually add a genuine pineapple flavor that wasn’t completely overshadowed by the weird lychee (I’m at least accustomed to pineapple). Not really berry like the description mentions. The white tea base is nice too. I won’t give up on Steep City, but this one just isn’t for me.

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88

What a pretty tea! The dark leaf is accented with colorful blue mallow, cornflower and safflower. Pieces of orange rind, yellow-green lemongrass and small shreds of eucalyptus appear throughout. It looks like confetti exploded in the leaf.

This brews up into a vibrant cup of celebration! Aside from the tea itself, lemongrass and orange are the dominating flavors. The eucalyptus and safflower pair to create an herby flavor with a tingly finish. The base is a little brothier than a lot of base for flavored teas, with a little bit of earthyness. It seems to keep the whole cup cohesive, and with so many flavors going on it’s impressive it does the job so well.

As a fun blend with different sights and flavors, this totally lives up to it’s Carnival moniker.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
music27note

Sounds delightful.

moraiwe

Yes! Very much so.

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90

Zomg, so busy right now with last minute christmas shopping and entertaining out of town guests, with more pouring in soon.

I was able to squeak out a review of Citrus Sunshine Oolong, yay!
Check it out on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/citrus-sunshine-oolong-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

It was really nice to finally have some of this oolong blend, since I bougth it awhile back and didn’t open it until now. I quite like this one, the citrus is really nice, it’s not too tart and the ginger, though doesn’t have a ginger taste, adds some warmth to this tea. Only con is this tea doesn’t resteep that well since most of the flavor is from the fruity chunks.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This was another tea included in BrewTEAlly Sweet sale box.

I don’t really have too much to say about this other than. OMG is it good. Warm chocolaty comforting. Perfect on this cold evening.
(Not allowed to buy any more teas, but will keep eyes open for a swap opportunity to get more…)

Sil

hahaha

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’m not alone!!! Another lover of this tea! Thank gawd!!

Dexter

This is great – it’s as good (or better) as the big chocolate Harney teas like Soho or Florance. This is fantastic. Thank you for introducing me. :))

BrewTEAlly Sweet

See and I LOVE LOVE both of those H&S teas :):) any time:)

mrmopar

I have been “Banned” from getting anything new also. Good thing I know my mail lady she will hold it till I can “Sneak” it in!

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90

So I was looking for a black to drink this afternoon. I was digging for a tin in the back, and this tin fell off the shelf. I figured I should just drink this one.

Yum, love the sweet honey maple flavor with nuts. Perfect afternoon pick me up! My review from awhile back http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s amazing. It was like, “pick meeeeeee!” :D

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90

I decided to start my morning with this black blend. Mmmm, deliciously maple brown sugar syrup notes finishing off with walnut and almond flavor! A very delicious sweet tea for breakfast when you have a sweet tooth, which is me, all the time. I’m still thinking about how I wanted an extra round of ice cream last night!

If you missed my blog review on it, here it is http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ + enemy crab

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