Steeped and Infused

Recent Tasting Notes

72

I really enjoyed this tonight. I still think it’s very light for a chai, but I felt like drinking something light after a heavy meal.

The lapacho mixed with the sweetness of cinnamon and vanilla is really nice. I have enough for a few more cups before I have to decide if I’m going to replenish it. Actually, I think I have most of the ingredients. Maybe I’ll try to recreate it myself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Very Nice. I typically go for oolongs with a rich, nutty taste, but this citrusy blend works well. It’s nice and smooth, with no astringency. The flavours balance each other out well, without any of them being overpowering.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

Sipdown! 807. Read my note from last time, saw that I intended to make this into a latte… belatedly did so… and yay! Deliciousness! Tastes like a lovely nutty coffee beverage. Yum. I’d certainly drink this again if I had some. On that note, I should really try making Malted ChocoMate into a latte… can’t actually recall if I’ve ever done so…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

I should have checked to see what I’d steeped this at before, as I really liked it last time. Today I brewed it at 80C for 2.5 min. It was a bit astringent and lost the mango taste I remembered. I checked, and the water was at 70C last time and was perfect. I should make notes on my packages.

Not a sipdown, but pretty close.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

This was in my FABULOUS, AMAZING, GENEROUS swap box from scribbles. This was one of the “I would never have bought that for myself” teas. I am so glad that she included it in the box. This is also why I shouldn’t judge a tea by it’s name.
I don’t normally like vanilla tea (unlike my last tasting note that confirmed that I don’t like earl gray) but this casts doubt on that thought. I like this, I REALLY Like this.
The vanilla is present, but it’s not hitting you over the head. There are some caramel notes that I really like. This would be a great winter tea, those nights you just want to curl up with a warm soothing cup of something hot to take the chill off.
Thank you so much scribbles for introducing me to this tea.

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20

This tea was one of those tuition teas that taught me I don’t like fruity tisanes, and names are powerful! Didn’t taste like pear or cream to me. If the name had mentioned apples and flowers, I might have come in with different expectations. As it was, I expected something sweet and creamy, and what I got was watered down apple juice with some floral qualities. Not feeling it!

At any rate, I’m glad to see the end of my pouch.

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85

This is a backlog from this morning. I made a thermos of this and drank it all through the day. The ginger and lemongrass balance each other well and the type of oolong used is perfect with the flavours. The end result is a nice, light, smooth cup of tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88

I’m bumping my rating on this one a bit, as I finished my sample and then felt the need to buy a bag. That’s the sign of a good tea.

The first steep is the best, but the second is still pretty good.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82

I quite liked this one. It may not be the highest quality white tea, but the flavouring makes up for it. Winterhaven’s tasting note says there were chunks of strawberry in the tea mix. Mine doesn’t have any, just strawberry flavouring, so I’m assuming that the tea has changed a bit in the last couple of years.

It has a very nice, light, juicy strawberry taste. It’s very smooth with no astringency. I liked it both hot and cold.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83

I have a sample sized package of this tea. It didn’t have brewing instructions on it other than to say that it could be steeped for up to 5 min. I decided to err on the side of caution and used 70C water and steeped it for 4 min. It turned out great.

There is no astringency to it, even after 4 min. I can taste the tea base, but the mango clearly shines through. I’ve thought that other companies have had decent tasting mango teas, but I think this is the best I’ve had. Although it’s suggested that it’s good iced (I looked at the website after I made it), I prefer it hot as I feel the flavour is more pronounced.

I’m still not a huge fruit tea fan, but this one is pretty good.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

I found this tea in my cupboard, and I don’t think I’ve had it before, which is strange, because the other Lapacho tea I have from Steeped and Infused (Lapacho Pear Cream) is tied for my favourite tea at the moment (the other is Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong). Anyway, I decided to fix that and made a cup.

I don’t know if I gave it a fair shot, as I prepared it in water instead of as a true chai tea. I can taste a lot of the individual spices in it, but there’s another taste that must be the lapacho. I think that it would taste much better prepared as a traditional chai. Next time.

My rating of this is my official “water” rating.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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psssst…. totally cold brewed this last night and it’s not as bad cold brewed. but the best part? gotta love sipdowns because the people in your tea circle want to try everything lol

60 sipdowns…you will be mine…oh yes…

Kittenna

What can I say? TRYALLTHETEAS.

Sil

:) suits me juuuust fine! might even make it to 225 by the weekend at this rate..

Terri HarpLady

One of the best things about tea is all the endless variety! There’s always another one to try!

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Yeah still not feeling this one. It’s fruity, but not raspberry and there’s a bit of an artificial taste that i’m just not feeling. and it’s a white tea. into the swap box it goes!

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75

i’m so glad to see that steeped and infused is on this site. i looked at my strawberry white loose tea from steep and infused and they were more whole in shape than from david’s tea. consequently, i thought it was more flavourful.

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67

Thanks for passing along your sample of this one, Sil! Another not-quite-sipdown though, grumble. I thought there was less left. I’ll have to dig out two guaranteed sipdowns to meet today’s quota.

Yep, this tastes like 52teas’ Malted ChocoMate, but sweeter, more chocolatey, and less malty. There’s a bit of bitterness which perhaps came from my long infusion; don’t usually get bitterness with mate though. I was wondering if it was because there was coffee in here, but it appears that there is no coffee, just flavouring, perhaps, that’s turning things a touch bitter.

Although this is drinkable straight, I think it would be better as a latte, as suggested on the packet. Perhaps that’s how I’ll use the last of it up! Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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60
drank Pear Cream by Steeped and Infused
2229 tasting notes

Thanks go to Sil for this pear tea as well!!

As soon as this one finished brewing, I got super worried – the liquid in the mug definitely has that purple hibiscus tone to it. I hadn’t even considered that while brewing :( And oh no – I can smell barfy hibiscus in it too. Stupid me, not reading the ingredients (and they were RIGHT ON THE BAG.)

Thankfully, though I can smell the hibiscus a bit, it’s not overpowering in the flavour, so I can actually kind of taste the pear flavour and creaminess. It’s adding a bit of sour, but definitely isn’t ruining anything. Unfortunately, there’s not much to ruin to begin with; I am not really getting much pear from here. This mostly tastes like a fruity tea with a touch of hibiscus. Not bad at all, but not quite what I’m looking for either. Ah well. Still awesome to have tried (and now I can cross one more off my list!)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55

Sooooooo I’m definitely cheating and counting this as a sipdown, even though I only got a 1-cup sample to begin with! Ahahaha. Thanks Sil, for saving a bit of this one for me!

The aroma is definitely of a candy-sweet sort of pear, perhaps with a bit of creaminess. I’m not sure what I was expecting; perhaps something a bit closer to the pear aroma from S&V’s Ginger Pear. The flavour is not too bad… I’m tasting some creaminess, sweetness, and a bit of pear-y flavour, but it’s really not doing it for me. Also, I’m not super fond of lapacho – like rooibos and a few other teas, it gives me a scratchy throat which I find to be unpleasant. Ok – I’m getting more pear flavour in the… after-aftertaste, but I’d really prefer for it to show up sooner.

Sadly, this tea will not suffice for my perfect pear tea. I’m hoping that the Butiki blend will be exactly what I want, but until then, the search continues! (Although the S&V version was really pretty good.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

i’m hoping stacy will be our saviour heh.

Indigobloom

Don’t forget Sloane! :P

Kittenna

Oh yeah! Fingers crossed for that one too, as it sounded awesome! The two from Steeped and Infused were promising, but not quite there.

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85

SIPDOWN! (cause the rest is going to Kittena..THIS WEEKEND!!!!) yeah what can i say? I’m a wee bit excited at the prospect of board games and tea nerding out. And then the following weekend i get to go tea nerd out some more at toronto’s tea festival. Should be a great time! Still enjoying this one even if i did let it get too cold while i was on the phone…talking….so much talking…and planning wheee!

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75

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I had this this morning while try to get the dishes done from last night. As i suspected, this is a really nice COLD brew tea. I much prefer it that way over hot. I think this would be pretty darn good in the summer. I may pick some up then to try that out. maybe with a splash of lemonade :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

Another cup of this tonight while I worked from home with our china team. There’s something to be said about being on the phone with china at night while sipping on some tea. Here’s hoping I get to go down there to help the team out sometime this year!

Still enjoy this, though not a re-stock. Ill likely use the last of this to try a cold brew and see what’s what with that. Verdant orders here tomorrow so um I really need some more room lol

Indigobloom

If you went to China, you’d end up drinking lots of GREEN tea ;P

Sil

says you! But here’s hoping that i get to go at least once… gotta love business travel when you can tack on a few days of vacation to explore.

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85

I think this is a good enough pear tea for me unless someone finds one to wow me with. :) I had some again this afternoon and it was a really enjoyable cup(s) of tea. I think, if they ever get their retail store together again that i’ll have to pick some more up once my little sample is gone. Mostly because 50$ minimum purchases for free shipping just irks me..esp for canadians in canada.

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80
drank Pear Cream by Steeped and Infused
4840 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! well basically since the last little bit of this is off to Kittenna to try at our tea swap meet :) Still enjoy this though i think it would be a nice summer cold drink moreso than a hot one.

Kittenna

Yay! I read “sip down” and then saw my name…. whew! If I’m saving Cashew Turtle for you….!! :P

Sil

Haha yeah, I’ve got the other better pear one too that I’m making sure to save some for you…wrote your name on it and everything :)

Kittenna

Awwww, yay! It’s a good thing I’ll be driving because it sounds like I’m bringing a crapton of tea, as usual. I wish I had a super-updated list of teas I have for you guys to rifle through and pick from, but that would be more effort than I have time for :’( (Or I could just bring my whole collection…. a couple rubbermaid bins???? BAHAHAHA.)

Sil

just toss a bunch of them into a box and throw it in the trunk grin I’m happy to spend part of the afternoon rifling through your boxes grin

Kittenna

You know… if there’s a place to park in the vicinity of your place, I may just toss a bunch of stuff in a box and bring it…

Sil

dude you’re parking just outside the steps to our apartment complex haha

Kittenna

Perfect! I’ve been to some places where parking is a giant PITA, so I was a bit worried we’d have like a 10-block walk or something (slight exaggeration).

Sil

Must remember to take a few pictures this time :)

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78

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mmmmm still really liking this one, even with the bright red colour. I can see myself keeping this one around in the cooler months. I wouldn’t necessarily drink this in summer though as it’s more of a cakey cold weather type tea. Glad to have the chance to drink it though!

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63

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yeah…so this really isn’t gingersnap. It’s a nice tea but gingersnap it is not. As a result, dropping the rating for being something that it is not!

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