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I had high hopes for this one… It’s not as strong as I would have liked, despite me steeping it for ages and using a fair bit of the leaves. The smell is good, though! And it does make a good iced version (though again, not as strong as I would like). Some people might like the milder taste, as a general rule, I do not. :P
Another winner from my care package! The smell is pretty much on par with the legit apple crumble my flatmate’s girlfriend made last night, haha.
Other than DT’s Apple Studel, I’m not sure I’ve had an apple tea with a black tea base. I tried this one plain, and with a bit of milk and I loved both cups. Now that I’m transitioning into autumn (and winter is coming, woe!), I’m getting back into those warm, comforting teas, when normally at this time of year I’d be going hard core into the iced stuff.
My first care package from home had this in it!
Honestly, this is probably in my top three of teas I’ve sampled from Steeped Tea. It’s really good, and I was craving some cinnamon tea. The cinnamon, vanilla and maple are muted as individual flavours, but whatever combination they’re in here works. I added some milk and this was a delightful addition to my dessert. Yum.
For a tea with papaya, I didn’t find this pushed the wrong buttons for me. The scent is incredible, reminding me strongly of the now defunct Teopia’s blissful “Amaretto Cherry,” however the almond flavour notes do not quite come close to the strength the scent would seem to imply. It’s a little more vague than you’d expect, though the tea still packs a punch of flavour, enough to stand on its own even with milk added, which is my preference.
For me, it’s a nice approximation to a nutty amaretto tea, though not quite as obvious in its almond as I expected. I still enjoy it quite thoroughly, though! Simply be warned that the flavour will differ from the scent you might first preview. If you can sample it before you order it, I would highly suggest you do. Especially since I was ready to give it a miss based on the papaya, yet still found it enjoyable – many other reviewers, it seems, found the opposite to be true.
Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Nutty
Okay, I opened this tea without realizing it’s name had BERRY in it, thinking it was some kind of empowering tea. I know, I can be silly. It has a very powerful berry aroma though. I made a pot….and immediately enjoyed it. So I am drinking it again. I love the berry notes of this tea. It is not sweet, but has such a great berry flavour you would swear it is. I can drink a whole 1.5l pot in a few hours, it tastes great all the way to the last drop.
Tried this twice so far. Once the steeping time was short and the leaf was low on lavender. It tasted very herbaceous and grassy. Nice. This time around it was heavy on lavender and I steeped the tea for at least 8 min. The tea tasted like I imagine my facial cleanser would taste like. Yuck. For that reason, I have to rate this tea low and will not repurchase. I think the way I will salvage my tea is to pick out all of the lavender and reserve it to make my own Angels on Bare Skin (my cleanser from lush which is mainly ground almonds and lavender).
I don’t mind when there’s a little lavender but this last cup was overwhelming.
Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Lavender
This is one of Steeped Tea’s new teas they are promoting. They are trying to promote teas with different spices that are supposed to have health benefits.
First off, I got to remember to brew this tea only in paper filters since even my fine mesh cup infusers will allow fine bits from one of the flower ingredients to sneak through. I don’t mind sediment at the bottom of my cup, but I don’t like bits floating on top!
With that being said, this is a more complex blend. I find initially you get a naturally “sweet” taste from the apple, orange peel, cinnamon, anise (small amount only!) , other baking spices and vanilla, but that is soon contrasted with the fennel (which does seem to work in the blend).
Altogether, this is enjoyable. I’m still not sure what to rate it though since it is so different to what herbals I have been drinking and since it’s so complex with all of the different ingredients. I’ll keep the rating at 75 for now and as I form more of an opinion I will adjust accordingly.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel
So, I’m not a huge Matcha drinker (I find that I have to drink it down right away before the powder settles + its a bit too powerful for my sensitive stomach) but the day my most recent order was ready my steeped tea consultant mentioned on facebook that she was giving away samples so I scooped up a small sample (probably 1.5tsp) of this to try out. (Not to be rude, but considering that I bought three 50g bags of herbal teas at about $10 each (a considerable markup compared to other companies) I think a few samples are merited!)I made a small cup (0.5tsp in maybe 8oz of 160 degree F water), whisking using a kitchen whisk. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this flavoured matcha: The vanilla pulls through decently (unlike, say, their vanilla rooibos) and it’s without artificialness or sugar. Grassy notes are there too, which is something I like. Also, surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of sediment compared to what I remember about other matchas.
Overall, this seems to me like a good matcha! Don’t know if I would repurchase since I’m sensitive to caffeine, but those who do drink matcha might want to look into this (although, be warned that this matcha is very expensive at $30+ per 50g…I dunno if the price merits the tea…)
Flavors: Grass, Vanilla
My steeped Tea representative was nice to include a sample of this tea in my most recent order. I wasn’t sure If I would like this one due to anise being so high up on the ingredients list and thus I did not want to commit to a full 50g of this tea.
Interesting how this is called Curious Cumin when Fennel is the most prominent spice. Steeped Tea is trying to promote spice teas that include fennel, turmeric, cumin and ginger and they have a fennel one already (which I did purchase 50g of) so I guess they did not want to promote yet another fennel tea.
Onto the tea: I brewed this up at work: used half the sample in my 16oz timolino. Not sure of the temperature of the water, but the brew time was 4min (wanted to be careful on the strength of the anise). The main taste is anise (although it isn’t disgustingly strong or cloyingly sweet) followed by fennel and other spices. When I think about cumin, I can see how it pulls though. The anise is actually complimentary to cumin and the other spices in spite of my aversion to it.
With that being said though, I’m not huge on teas that are anise/licorice prominent and therefore will not be purchasing any. Once again, I’m thankful my steeped tea rep gave me a sample instead of me spending about $10/50g…
Flavors: Anise, Fennel, Spices
Another sample from the festival this weekend. This tea is alright. It has bit more hibiscus than I would like, but then I’m not usually a fan of hibiscus in anything. There is also a pleasant berry flavour. Overall, this tea doesn’t wow me, so it isn’t likely that I’ll be buying more of it.
This was my first ever black tea and I loved the creaminess to it. I was always afraid that black teas were strong and bitter but boy was I wrong. I love this Tea!
Smells like a light, white coconut. The coconut flavour is not overpowering; you can still taste the white leaves. Looks beautiful steeped – leaves really come and it’s a gorgeous light gold colour. Very refreshing flavour, little aftertaste, mild notes.
Flavors: Coconut, Rose
Thank you to Kristal for sending me a sample of this! This has been a fun first exchange on steepster.
I really don’t know how to describe this tea other than to say it tastes like a warm root beer float, without the carbonation. You might think it sounds disgusting, but it’s remarkably good. The best thing about it is that it lingers long after I’ve finished the last sip. It’s a wonderfully warming tea that would go well in an eggnog latte— especially around this time of the year.
The one thing I like most about this tea is that it’s strong, balanced, and has a bold flavour that I don’t think I’ve found in any other tea. I’m tempted to try Steeped Teas again just to see if it’s a universal attribute.
Note: I drank this with 1 tsp sugar and 2 tsp milk because I unfortunately untaught myself how to drink black teas black. I’m going to try to cut back on my additives in the future.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple, Root Beer, Vanilla
First off, thank you to Kristal for sending me a sample of this tea. It’s the first one I’ve ever tried from Steeped Tea. Ironically, it’s packaged in Ancaster/Hamilton— and you sent it to me from Northern Ontario. How fun!
I tried this tea tonight because I wanted something non-caffeinated before bed. It’s been so long since I’ve had a rooibos.
First steeping was lovely. It was sweet, slightly berry-ish, and had an incredible flavour when inhaled. It’s funny how that inhaled flavour doesn’t translate much to sipping. The steeped tea smells much more fragrant than it tastes. What I like most about rooibos is that it has that overwhelming almost alcohol/almond flavour to it. I haven’t had it in so long that I think I really missed that about rooibos. The tea starts off sweet, and then turns woodsy and hay like. The colour is a beautiful copper red as well.
There’s not a ton of added flavour, which is nice. I find that many rooibos teas have an artificial aftertaste. This one lacks any sort of artificial-ness. It tastes like a basic red rooibos with a gentle berry finish.
The second steeping was hay-like and earthy. There was no real berry flavour or sweetness to it. The colour changed to a much paler yellow-copper. I don’t think this tea is suited to multiple steepings.
I would probably get this tea again if offered. I’m unfortunately a little iffy about the whole catalogue-ordering style of shopping, especially when their head office is right near me. It would be nice to feel less pressured to buy at least 50g of tea, and to receive samples instead.
Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Berry, Decayed wood, Earth, Hay, Rooibos
2tsp for a 300mL pot at 85C. Steeped 3 minutes 30 seconds.
Don’t oversteep this beautiful tea — it will get bitter. I can taste a faint bitterness in the finish. Shorter steep next time.
Dry leave is very pretty: long pai mu tan leaves with blossoms. Strong but not cloying scent of peaches and papaya.
Liquor is dark for a white tea, verging towards bronze.
Juicy pai mu tan with peaches and papaya dominating, with some mango notes. Delicious.