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drank Kiwi Melon Crush by Steeped Tea
457 tasting notes

Another one that I only had 7-8 perfect spoons left so I’m making popsicles. Hopefully they taste okay ’cause they smelt flowery.

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reviewed Steeping Sacks by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

I got 50 of these steeping sacks when I bought the rooibos collection from steeped tea. I didn’t need them, but they came with.

These filters are just like any other filters tea places sell: about 6 inches long, with one opening for tea. You put the filter in your mug and you get an inch or two of the filter overhanging over the end of your mug. the slot for the tea is long and when the filter is wet, it kind of “seals” at the top.

Overall these definitely do the job, but I do prefer DAVIDs drawstring filters over these. This is because sometimes when you are steeping tea the steeping sack will absorb tea all the way through the filter so when you go to pull it out it’s wet at the end. With DAVIDs drawstring filters the string and tag at the end usually doesn’t get wet.

I will definitely use these up no problem but for $10/100 filters I my as well just get DAVIDs filters.

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drank Monks Blend by Steeped Tea
11 tasting notes

My current favourite, and the best I’ve had from Steeped Tea!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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Second or third time I’ve brewed this one since I got it at my birthday. I find it’s not all that impressive hot, but I steeped it hot and then poured it over ice and it’s definitely an improvement! It did need to be sweetened a bit but I’m not sure white sugar was the best choice, it might be better with agave.

It is cherry-flavoured, but it’s definitely an artificial taste. I’d way rather drink DavidsTEA “Hard Candy” than this. Iced was certainly an improvement over hot, though.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Not sure what I just did but I lost my tasting note… let’s try this again.

My aunt gave me the last two tsps of this one that I steeped up into about 16oz of water.

I get the nice roasted taste to it and I definitely get a great chai flavour to it too but I don’t really notice the apricot or even just a fruitiness to it. But I do like this tea. I probably wouldn’t get it again, but I did enjoy this cup a lot.

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What’s weird is that I really liked it at the tasting party, but I am not a fan now. There is a very strange cakey smell and flavor to it. I am not getting any lemon from it. I doctored it up with two sugar cubes and some lemon and that helps a little, but it’s not perfect. It has a lovely color though. I will have to try it again with a cooler brewing temperature or a lesser steeping time.

Flavors: Cake, Corn Husk, Cut grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

Tea 6/6 of the Rooibos tea collection I got from Steeped Tea. I brewed it up as a latte: 10 tsp of tea in 1 cup of boiling water with a little bit of vanilla agave. Steeped for about 4.5 min, then mixed with frothed milk.

So, I didn’t get into this with my tasting note of the Cherry Pie tea from this collection, but both Cherry Pie and this tea have this strong flavouring that’s kind of fruity/almondy. Both teas claim to have no artificial flouring, but if it weren’t for that I would ave said most certainly that these teas have artificial flavouring. It’s weird because I can’t quite put my finger on what that flavouring is, but it’s the strongest taste in both this tea and Cherry Pie.
With that being said, this is quite a good tea latte. I’m getting that flavouring and also some almond notes at the end. I just can’t get over the fact of how strangely strong the flavouring is while I don’t quite know what it is.

Overall I might buy this again; it is quite tasty, but I also feel like I have better teas too in which I can actually pick out the flavours. Overall, here’s my impression of the rest of the collection:

Toffee Crunch- Amazing as a latte; favourite tea of this collection- would absolutely purchase again
Pina Colada- Really good as a latte; would purchase again
Cherry Pie- okay tea, best as an iced tea. Really strong flavouring that turns me off and I don’t care for it as a latte.
Creme Caramello- Disappointing; weak flavour, would not re purchase
Vanilla Cupcake- Disappointing; weak flavour, would not re purchase

Overall it’s been nice trying a whole new collection out for the first time in a while :)

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 10 tsp

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drank Creme Carmello by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

Tea 5/6 of the Rooibos tea collection I got from Steeped Tea. I brewed it up as a latte: 10 tsp (17 grams) of tea in 1 cup of boiling water with a little bit of vanilla agave. Steeped for about 4.5 min, then mixed with frothed milk.

When I read the ingredients in this tea as well as looked at and smelled the leaves, It really reminded me of creme brule tea from DAVIDs TEA. It’s been 2-3 years since I had that tea but I remember being unimpressed with it because it didn’t taste anything like what the name said. Thus, I was skeptical of this tea when I brewed it up. Sadly, just like Creme brule, this tea failed to deliver- I wasn’t getting much of a caramel taste at all. The tastes I was getting was a bit of vanilla sweetness from the agave, as well as milky rooibos. The ingredients listed for this tea are “Rooibos tea, hazelnut pieces, calendula petals, natural flavour”. I don’t understand why Steeped tea and David’s markets a caramel taste with this tea and creme brule; there’s nothing in those teas to create that taste.

In conclusion I will mix this with Vanilla cupcake (another rooibos blend I was disappointed with) to use it up but will not repurchase. Interesting to try, but glad I only got 25 grams (1.5 lattes) of tea.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 10 tsp

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drank Vanilla Cupcake by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

Tea 4/6 of the Rooibos tea collection I got from Steeped Tea. I brewed it up as a latte: 10 tsp (17 grams) of tea in 1 cup of boiling water with a little bit of vanilla agave. Steeped for about 4.5 min, then mixed with frothed milk.

One thing I dislike about steeped tea is the fact that they don’t have an entire list of ingredients for each tea in their catalogue. When this came in with the other teas I was expecting it to be like birthday cake from DAVID’s tea, going by the name, but this is simply a vanilla flavoured rooibos. When I smelled the leaves it just smelled like rooibos with a faint hint of vanilla. After brewing it up as mentioned, I’m getting very little vanilla flavour, which is saying something considering I added a little VANILLA AGAVE to the tea. The latte just tastes like mildly sweet,milky rooibos with a slight taste of vanilla. Overall, just like DAVID’s vanilla rooibos, it is too plain. I have half a latte’s worth of this tea so I will use it up by mixing it in with another tea, but this isn’t something I will repurchase. Disappointing.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Tea 3/6 of the Rooibos tea collection I got from Steeped Tea. When I smelled the dry leaves in the bag, it really did smell like a pina colada. I brewed it up as a latte: 10 tsp (17 grams) of tea in 1 cup of boiling water with a little bit of vanilla agave. Steeped for about 4.5 min, then mixed with frothed milk. It does taste like a pina colada and adding the milk actually made it even more so since it added creaminess. The coconut is probably the strongest flavour followed by pineapple. Yum. I would consider repurchasing this tea for lattes. I think Toffee Crunch is still my fave from the rooibos collection, but this is a close second (but there still is 3 more teas to try!).

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 17 g

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drank Cherry Pie by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

This is one of the 6 teas that came with the rooibos tea collection. I bought the collection to try different kinds of lattes, and to be honest this is the tea I was most skeptical of because it doesn’t sound like it would make a good latte- usually I go for lattes that have flavours like vanilla, almond, and maple – not sweet like fruit.

When I opened the bag and took a sniff it immediately brought me back to 2-3 years ago when David’s tea had a tea called Amaretto. Whatever flavouring is in this tea, it’s exactly what that tea had. Ironically, there is an Amaretto tea by Steeped tea as well and that also smells similar to this one. It’s kind of fruity.

I tried this tea 3 ways. First, as a latte, which was just okay. Second, hot, which was also just okay, and finally iced, which was probably the best, but didn’t “wow” me. Overall, it’s nice to try, but I probably won’t purchase it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Toffee Crunch by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

So, while I have been using up a lot of tea, I’m afraid to say that I’ve also been buying just as much. I’ve been trying to decrease my tea collection but it doesn’t seem to be working, lol.
ALTHOUGH what I’ve realized is is that lately I’ve been drinking lots of green tea (as per usual) as well as making more tea lattes with flavoured rooibos blends since I’ve been at home a lot (work is slowing down due to budget freeze at my main job) and when I’m at home I have the equipment and time to drink tea lattes. What I haven’t been drinking is herbal teas (which comprises half of my collection) so in order to decrease my collection what I need to focus on is making pitchers of iced herbals to use them up (which I have). Luckily, between my husband and I we go through a pitcher every few days (and therefore use up about a quarter cup of loose leaf tea every time- yay!).

So, in conclusion, I do not feel guilty about buying 6 new teas from steeped tea to try out because:
-I have been using up a lot of different kinds of tea
-Tea lattes use up A LOT of tea (10 tsp per 16 oz latte)
-The 6 teas I bought are all 25 gram samples that came in a tea collection, which means I’m only going to get 1.5 lattes out of each sample

Anywho, onto the tasting note:

I of course made this tea into a tea latte: used 10 tsp (18 grams) of it in about 1 cup of boiling water. steeped for 4 min, then mixed it in hot, frothed milk. I also added a touch of vanilla agave I’m trying to use up. Overall this is nicely (not overly) sweet, and I taste more almond extract and vanilla notes than toffee. Regardless, I still really like it though, and when I get low on my “latte teas” (different rooibos teas) I will definitely re purchase. Yum.

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 18 g
Sil

noms! sounds delicious!

TheKesser

I never thought to try this one as a latte! I have this one too and I quite enjoy it myself. I could see this one staying a staple in my cupboard.

Kristal

This is very good! TheKesser, you should try it as a latte (if that’s your thing) and let me know what you think :)

I can see this as being a staple (at least latte wise) for me as well :)

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75

The green tea is strong with this one. haha

Senchas tend to be strong flavoured from what I’ve noticed in my journeys thus far. So, the base is strong, but thankfully not overpowering. I still get the lovely flavours of the tea coming through. There’s something almost creamy about this tea and I think it’s the coconut coming through and actually probably the vanilla too, but it pairs so well with the fruity flavours of the papaya and maybe the pineapple.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn’t think I’d like this one. I was going to give it away, but I’m actually sort of glad I didn’t.

I do wish that Steeped Tea would indicate water temperature for steeping. They don’t and all I can think of is how many people are steeping up their teas at the wrong temperatures and burning their lovely teas…? So sad, but what can you do. I let the kettle cool for about 10mins before having this one. And it seemed to be just right. Only steeped for about 2.5mins too. (I got inpatient and didn’t want to wait the extra 30sec for the 3min steep.) But I must say, I’m glad that I didn’t steep longer. It would have been too much otherwise.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Sil

not having steeping instructions on packages drives me nuts. Or the same generic steeping instructions on all the teas.

Kristal

Yeah, I’ve noticed just the generic steeping on the backs of their teas (i.e. herbals- boiling – 4-5 min, etc). I tend to only buy herbals from them so it doesn’t make too much of a difference in that regard. However, one tea I had issues with was called Zingy Ginger. Normally I used 1.5 tsp of tea per cup and that’s what I did but the tea was full pieces of ginger and other spices and it ended up so crazy spicy I couldn’t drink it. After trial and error I learned to just put 1/2 tsp in with some peppermint tea for an upset stomach, but that tea serves as an example to why they should consider putting specific instructions on all of of their teas :/

TheKesser

I completely agree! I just don’t understand why their instructions are so generic. There are a lot of people that only drink steeped tea that I know and they have no idea that there are better ways to steep up their teas than what the packaging says. It just makes me cringe every time. And I noticed the consultants don’t mention water temperatures either.

Kristal

Ugh, water temperatures are so important! I can’t stand when people who drink tea don’t understand the importance of letting the water cool. I was talking to my mother in law about teas we like (I drink mainly green tea and then herbals in the evening) and she said “Japenese Sencha- that one had kind of a bitter taste right?” I said “Not if you make it right!”

This is a woman who has more tea in her tea collection than I do (although she doesn’t drink it as consistently as I do). Ughhh

TheKesser

oh no!!
I have a friend that loves green tea and she leaves the tea bag or tea leaves in the entire time she’s drinking the cup of tea. I was like… “uh, doesn’t that get super bitter by the end of the cup?” and she just shrugged her shoulders. haha
I got a cup of green tea from Starbucks one time and the time it took to drive from the Starbucks to the mall which was just across the street and down a few stores it was so bitter I couldn’t drink it. I can’t imagine if I left the bag in the whole time!

Kristal

Wow, no kidding!

Whenever I order green tea from a coffee shop (which is rare) I always ask for the bag separately, wait for the water to cool (10-20 min), then steep it for about 30 sec. That way its actually half decent.

TheKesser

That’s a really good idea! I may have to do that the next time I get a green tea!

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drank Monks Blend by Steeped Tea
1 tasting notes

This is by far my favorite tea. I love black tea and sweet teas. This combines the best of both worlds. Strong vanilla flavors and an excellent pick-me-up.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I received a free sample of this from a trade show a while ago.

First I was a bit disappointed, it was in a nice pyramid sachet. But there was only about 1/2 teaspoon of tea in it. Not a very large sample and not enough for a full cup. My opinion, anyway.

This tea screams hibiscus. I was anticipating that based on the fact it was a “fruit blend” and on the large amount of hibiscus and rose hip in the dry blend. So it is hibiscus tart, there are hints of citrus. Nothing I would describe as orange or pineapple. I can understand the whole point of the use of “cooler” in the name. I bet this one would be not too bad as an iced tea. Brew up and iced, then quite a bit of sugar added, would taste like a sweet and bitter juice drink. Oh well, I definitely didn’t have enough sample for that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Harvest Spice by Steeped Tea
25 tasting notes

Good black tea, though not great. My opinion may be swayed since itsbeen in my cupboard for a year, as I remember it tasting much better.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I went in on an order of Steeped Tea with a friend, and we split the free sample of this between us. I was happy to have it, as lime is one of my favourite tea flavours, and this one smelled really good. However, the taste was… not so much. Maybe I steeped it too long or the water was too hot, or something, but my first thought upon sipping was this “it reminds me of salmon”. A fishy taste is NOT what I should get from a green tea. >_> The fishy taste was still around as I made my way through the cup, and I really couldn’t shake it. Sad face. I still have some tea left, so I’ll try and make it again (or maybe iced?), but if I get the same taste, this one is definitely a miss for me.

Kristal

I got this as a free sample as well. I personally did not get a fishy taste but I found the lime overwhelmed the taste of the green tea. I love just plain green tea, so this wasn’t my fav. It is nice iced, though. Just gotta be careful about infusion time.

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drank Toffee Dream by Steeped Tea
1 tasting notes

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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank English Breakfast by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

Ordered some of the tea triangles for my mom for Mother’s Day (I know it’s in 3 months but I dont know when I’m going to be ordering from steeped tea again, haha). I can have black tea occasionally so I stole one of them to make sure it’ll be the right kind for my mom as she strictly only drinks black tea. This stuff is pretty decent. I know it’s 10x better than the no name brand, bottom of the barrel black tea she’s been drinking. This stuff was expensive (20 tea triangles for $13!) so I definitely recommend just buying the loose leaf version to save some money.. The only reason why I didn’t is because my mom won’t take the time to deal with loose leaf tea but I still like to buy her tea for her birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas (it’s one of my “standard” gifts to her).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Zingy Ginger by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

Steeped tea really needs to have recommended amounts of tea per cup for each individual tea and not just per type of tea. When I first tried this tea, I used 1.5 tsp for my cup (recommended amount for herbals) and the spice was so incredibly overwhelming I dumped it out. However, after trial and error, I discovered that 1/2 tsp per cup is perfect. That’s because this tea is just chunks of spices (ginger especially).

With that being said, the taste of this tea is of course, spicy. As mentioned in my tasting note on Hot Yoga, the only time I drink teas that are prominently spices is when I’m sick. I never really drink Zingy Ginger just straight though: I always mix it in with teas like lemon myrtle or peppermint. One thing I appreciate about this tea as opposed to Hot Yoga is the fact that all of the spices are whole so they are evenly distributed (Hot Yoga has some whole spices and some ground so the ground spices settle to the bottom which is annoying).

Once this tea is gone, I do not know if I would repurchase. Yes, it is a good tea to mix with others, but my favorite loose leaf spicy tea is Super Ginger from DAVIDs which is similar enough to this tea that I would purchase it over this. Other than super ginger, I think I prefer bagged teas for spice teas because I know the ingredients will be evenly mixed. Thirdly, the fact is that this tea is expensive ($10/50g or $17/100g!) and it is JUST SPICES. I can easily cut a tiny piece of dried ginger from my spice rack and throw that into my lemon myrtle tea instead of using this tea.

I think I will continue using this tea up by mixing it in with other teas when I feel sick, and that will be it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My steeped tea consultant was very kind to include 50 grams of this tea in my order for free! This means that half of my collection is now steeped tea which is quite the shift from being exclusively DAVID’s tea.

I steeped this in my timolino before work and have been slowly sipping away at it. The smell of the dry leaves is a very strong lime smell (as if someone grabbed a little bottle of lime juice and squeezed a bunch onto the green tea leaves) and the smell of the brewed tea is quite strongly lime as well. Luckily, the taste isn’t like drinking lime juice or artificial. It’s actually a nice citrus taste. Unfortunately though I can’t taste the green tea which is disappointing because normally I drink green tea fairly straight up with maybe just a jasmine flavour or some lemongrass. This is a good tasting tea but its not what green tea is supposed to be like. I’ll definitely use it up (and I will try it iced in the summertime as well-I think it would be quite good like that) but it’s nothing I would order for myself.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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79

Sipdown!

This tea is super light-50 grams is about 1.5 tins worth! Strangely, the leaves look they are covered in dandelion fluff which is quite unique.

Overall the taste is floral with a hint of citrus and very light. The lemongrass is really nice with the nettle leaf. Overall its pretty nice.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Hot Yoga by Steeped Tea
207 tasting notes

I seem to be re-reviewing (deleting the old note, making a new note) a bunch of teas from steeped tea today.

Hot Yoga is a tea with pretty much just spices. For some reason 6 months ago I bought many “medicinal herbals” with spices, to only realize I only drink teas that are prominently spicy when I’m sick/nauseous.

I steeped 1 tsp of this tea in 8oz of boiled water for about 4 min. The result is indeed a mildly spicy tea(mind you I under leafed it because that is what I prefer). It’s pretty good, but like I said, I don’t really drink teas that are prominently just spices unless I’m sick. One thing that annoys me about this tea is that there are ground spices as well as whole spices so the ground spices go to the bottom, resulting in uneven amounts from scoop to scoop. My favorite prominently spicy tea is Super Ginger from DAVIDs, but other than that I think I actually prefer bagged tea (like Tetly) for teas that have spices because then the spices are evenly distributed.

With that being said, I don’t think I will repurchase this one cause I rarely drink it. Instead I think I will mix 1/2 – 1 tsp of this tea in certain pitchers of herbal teas I make to use it up.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

I don’t like this tea anymore :/

Kristal

Yeah, I remember seeing your review. Doesn’t really suit my fancy, either :/

Kirkoneill1988

steeped tea sells expensive low quality teas IMHO :/

Kirkoneill1988

just be wary of telling them that

Kristal

I hear you. They are better quality than bagged tea but I do find them to be VERY overpriced for what they are offering. If you look down to my recent review of Zingy Ginger from them I kind of went on a little bit of a rant: $10/50grams (or I think $17/100grams) of a tea that’s entirely just spices.I don’t think I’ve ordered any teas from them that are less than $8/50 grams. Sure, you get a bit more bang for your buck if you order 100 grams, but it’s brutally expensive if you just want to try out teas.

So far the only teas I’ve found from them that I really like are Lemon Ginger Tea-Tox and Toffee Crunch. The rest have just been “meh”. Also, it really annoys me that they have NO unflavored green teas.

With that being said though, I did just order a bunch of fruit teas from them to make iced tea, so look out for my reviews. Depending on how much I like these ones I may not be ordering much from them anymore…

Kirkoneill1988

they once had classic sencha, but its gone now :/

Kristal

Actually, I was just looking at the Fall/Winter 2015 catalogue and they are bringing it back :)

But still, 1 straight green tea?

Kirkoneill1988

classic sencha is straight sencha :)

Kristal

Yep, I understand :) I’m just saying that only having 1 straight green tea when you are supposed to be a “high quality loose leaf tea business” is ridiculous.

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