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Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla
It’s not a bad chai tea, but very average. It has a light cinnamon taste, but I prefer my chai quite strong. It’s very mild for a chai, which isn’t bad but just not for me. It is listed as a gingery tea, but I didn’t really taste the ginger. The cinnamom and cardamon is definitely noticable, however.
For a stronger taste, I recommend using double the tea than one would normally use. It’s certainly not a bad tea, just not anything spectacular like Steeped Tea’s usual fare.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger
This tea smells like a cinnamon candle. (Which is weird in a tea) And not surprisingly, tastes very strongly of cinnamon. I figured I’d try it since it was sent to me. It has a hint of black tea of course but its mostly cinnamon and spice. Warming.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
Well, it is one of those days where I do not have much of an intro. I caught a spider and put it outside, I made a giant rice-filled sack to act as a cooling pad, and a drank tea. All the cleaning and redoing of my room I did yesterday left me very sore and worn out, so for the most part today I have taken it easy and tried not to melt in the oppressive heat.
Today I am looking at an herbal blend from Steeped Tea, Curious Cumin, a mix of…well a lot of things: Fennel, anise, cinnamon bits, silver lime blossoms, cumin, turmeric, goji berries, lemongrass, rose blossom leaves, peppermint leaves, pistachios, pomegranate blossoms, cardamom, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms, safflowers, natural flavors. I was…ha…curious to try this herbal blend because it has a few ingredients I am rather fond of, especially cumin, cardamon, turmeric, and pistachios. These things show up a lot in Indian food, which is probably well known to be a favorite cuisine of mine. Plus the description lists it as savory, and I do adore herbal blends with a heavy savory quality, so when asked if I wanted to try a few teas, this one seemed like a good choice. The aroma was a bit of a cacophony, surprisingly sweet and very spice heavy. Notes of nuttiness, fennel, citrus, and flowers give it a strong perfumed finish. Totally not what I expected, a little odd and intense though not necessarily unpleasant.
Steeping in my glass apparatus, the aroma is pretty intense, it has a real weight to it. Notes of cumin, fennel, pepper, turmeric, and lemons. Surprisingly little flower and surprisingly sweet for such earthy spice notes, but fennel is like that. The aroma of the liquid is peppery and spicy, earthy and herbal, with an undertone of lemongrass and flowers. The main note is fennel, with cumin being fairly light.
So with all those aroma notes being so sweet I was expecting a mouth full of syrup, but no, it is fairly savory and earthy, bordering on medicinal. Strong notes of fennel and turmeric, with a middle of cumin and pepper, and a finish of lemongrass and a sweetness that just shows up and lingers. When the tea cools a bit it starts being sweeter in the middle and picks up more floral notes. I am not sure if I like this blend or not, there is definitely a lot going on, and the flavors do clash a little. It is not unpleasant but there is a lot of mouth noise and I found it hard to focus on just one note, also I was a little sad there was no real sign of pistachio in the taste, but since pistachios are one of my favorite things ever, me being sad is only expected. I say give this tea a try if you are a fan of really chaotic herbal blends/teas, or ones very heavy on spices and herbs.
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Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Floral, Flowers, Hot hay, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Pepper
This is a decent chamomile, but I honestly prefer the mellow stale grocery store tea bags to this. I don’t enjoy the fresh and almost fierce flavour of looseleaf chamomile. Still, I really enjoy trying new brands of things and will drink this until its gone.
The good news is that it does not oversteep (it has been sitting in my cup for 2 hours because I forgot about it) and also can be brewed multiple times.
Flavors: Biting, Flowers, Lemon, Pepper
I like the strong flavours of sweet winter spices like clove and cinnamon in this. It is a bit sweet and a bit spicy. The black pu’erh base is quite tasty. I taste tannins (but not in a bitter way) and Earthiness from the fermented base. I can’t make out all the flavours from the pu’erh because of the spices in it, but I can taste some fermented flavours. I like pu’erh in this more than a plain black because the pu’erh flavours go really well with the peppercorns and molasses flavours.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Earth, Molasses, Peppercorn, Round , Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks
Very strong and fresh peppermint. This has a strong menthol flavour, so if you prefer mellow mint flavours, this might not be for you. The good news is that it can be brewed hot or iced and is easily resteeped a few times.
Flavors: Biting, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint
I don’t know why I bought this. Perhaps it sounded wonderful and the smell was enticing. This has a vague sour strawberry taste that is wrapped in something musty. It doesn’t add to the tea at all. Tried it numerous times with different steeping, sweetners etc. nothing helped. Pass.
Flavors: Cherry, Musty, Sour, Strawberry, Tea
Wonderful tea. My favorite of all time actually. Lovely strong Pu’erh with the listed toffee and caramel flavors but I also taste a hint of coffee, chocolate and nuts. Amazing. I’d have it all the time except I find Steeped Tea’s organization irritating. I’d prefer to pick up my tea when I need it rather than having to chase someone down.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Coffee, Nuts, Tea, Toffee
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.