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75

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

Kristal

Just double checked my review of this tea from the summer, and apparently I thought it was pretty weak too!

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90
drank Apple Crumble by Steeped Tea
301 tasting notes

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.

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90

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.

Kristal

Wish I could drink black tea to try it! I have bought from steeped tea numerous times but have been disappointed more times than not lately, so I wish I would try this since most people who have it really enjoy it.

raven22

The past few times I’ve had Steeped tea has been what others have given me, so I haven’t actually bought any myself in a long time, LOL. Black tea is like a staple in my diet – I don’t know how I would be able to go without!

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80
drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
34 tasting notes

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

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92

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.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 51 OZ / 1500 ML

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55
drank Remember Me by Steeped Tea
338 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kristal

Ok, so picking out all of the lavender will be ridiculously meticulous, so I’m just going to mix this tea with something else each cup.

tigress_al

I can’t stand lavender either. I used the tea that I bought with lavender as a bath soak

Kristal

I may just do that with this tea! Even though I like the other ingredients, 50g fills 80% of a tin since it’s so light; thus I have lots to spare!

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75
drank Feel Good Fennel by Steeped Tea
338 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

Note: this tea has 15 ingredients!

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82
drank Vanilla Matcha by Steeped Tea
338 tasting notes

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

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C
Sil

i adored their sample of this in OJ at the toronto tea festival but couldn’t justify the price. that sort of price should be reservved for ceremonial grade or something imo, and if they’re flavouring that grade of matcha…well don’t haha.

Kristal

Exactly! They do have Ceremonial Matcha but It’s $45/50g!! DAVIDs ceremonial Matcha is about $30/50g…not sure about other companies

I remember someone on here mentioned that Red Leaf Tea’s matchas (even flavoured) are similar to Steeped Tea’s pricings, but I’ve heard they are the crème de la crème of matcha. Maybe someone could verify that for me lol?

Kristal

Actually, with regards to pricing I just checked Red Leaf tea’s Madagascar Vanilla Matcha and regular price for 60g is $23. Dunno if that’s Canadian or American but still..

David’s Vanilla Matcha is $9/50g but half of the 50g is sugar mind you…

Either way the more I look, the more I see how overpriced this matcha is!

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70
drank Curious Cumin by Steeped Tea
338 tasting notes

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

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kirkoneill1988

steeped tea used to sell classic sencha. one pack tasted like asparagus and i loved it, and another did not have the asparagus taste.

Kristal

I think they started selling that tea again. I noticed it a couple weeks ago when I was flipping through their catalogue online. I would like to try it, but I want to use up a few green teas first before buying more.

Kirkoneill1988

are you looking in the canadian magazine or the american magazine?

Kristal

Should be Canadian (I live in Canada). It’s on pg 20 of the catalogue: http://www.steepedtea.com/flip_catalog2016_springsummer_new/#p=20

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76
drank Strawberries and Cream by Steeped Tea
7437 tasting notes

Tea sample from the tea festival. Always happy to to try new teas. this one is strawberries and cream for sure. the rooibos in this one isn’t that woody type so that is a plus for me. I wish, as usual, that the strawberry taste was stronger, but it’s a nice creamy tea.

Evol Ving Ness

There’s nothing like strawberry tea when that is what one has a yen for.

Sil

i still miss walterbishop from 52 teas… the only tea from frank that i was over the moon with…. sigh

Evol Ving Ness

I enjoyed the reblend. Did you you have a chance to try it? I think Anne did a super job with it.

Sil

i didn’t love it. i think it’s the honeybush

Kristal

Ah yes, I remember this tea. For me this tea was too much rooibos, not enough strawberry or cream flavor.

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57
drank Berry Mania by Steeped Tea
24 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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73

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!

www.mysteepedteaparty.com/teawithjo

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Delicious! Enjoyed a cup with a friend…exciting news in my tea life may be happening soon :)

Flavors: Lemon

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85

Delicious! Enjoyed a cup with a friend…exciting news in my tea life may be happening soon :)

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85

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77
drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
1048 tasting notes

I found the papaya for some reason to take over this tisane for some reason. The nuttiness is there, but in the background for me. I see where they are going to get toward the amaretto flavour, but it’s not quite there.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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92

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kristal

Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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89

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

Glad to hear you enjoyed it! For me, this tea is just okay and I’ve been using it up buy mixing it with lemon myrtle and drinking it when I’m at work. One of the nice things about Steeped tea is that it appears that none of their flavorings are artificial. But I agree about the catalogue ordering style- I really wish I didn’t have to commit to 50g every time I ordered. If you look at my tasting note for this tea, I went on a little rant about that :P

Alyssa

Hey Kristal, I saw that on your note. It looks like there’s a consultant around the corner from my house. I think my foray into loose leaf tea has only been limited to Davids and Bulk Barn and maybe one or two others. Perhaps my tastes will change as I venture out into the world, haha.

Kristal

Haha, for me it’s mostly DAVIDs, but I’m just went to my local tea shop and I’m loving that place :). I’m def going back!

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Well this one is exactly what it says it us. Lemon and ginger. It’s citrus with some spice. Not my favourite, but okay. It’s good for someone with a cold which is what I Have… lucky me

Kristal

Love this tea! Just bought 100g not too long ago. But then again, I really enjoy lemongrass and ginger… :)

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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.

Kristal

For me, I like my greens (on average) steeped about 2min at 175 degrees F. Of course, every tea and person is different though :)

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