Steeped Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Someone was giving away samples of this at a local flea market recently. I’d never even heard of “Steeped Tea” as a company, so I had to google it. Looks like it’s basically Epicure but with loose tea. I’ve never been much into those home party business gimmick sales dealios, but I admit to buying random jars of Epicure.

I can’t see me entertaining the notion of doing it with tea though, seems cheap somehow. Like, where does all this tea even come from? I guess I can’t help but compare it to Body by Vi and other ridiculous empty promise pyramid schemes. Soooo negative connotations over here, clearly!

Anyway, this wasn’t half bad, I cold brewed my sample. It was moderately strawberry tasting but pretty hibiscus heavy. The dry leaf smelled freakin amazing though.

I cannot see myself seeking these teas out anytime soon. Though it’s kind of neat that this company exists, as far as getting the word of “loose tea” out to the masses!

TheKesser

Yeah I have several of their teas and was even asked if I wanted to become a consultant for them, but something just holding me back. I find their teas are really hit and miss as to whether they’re great or not. I just couldn’t take the plunge. I think I agree with you. It almost does seem to… cheapen it a bit.

whatshesaid

And would you believe I woke up this morning and someone on Facebook had invited me to a Steeped Tea group as they just started selling it?! Hilarious timing, considering I hadn’t heard of it until I googled it while writing this review.

Cavocorax

I’ve tried a few and was always disappointed so I don’t want to bother with them any more. The idea of doing tea-parties, like they used to do with candle parties, just seems so outdated when we can order online. ALso, when we can swap teas in this group to try things out!

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I am loving this tea! Its smells so amazing like a nutty caramel dessert. The taste is mild and not to powerful. The color is a beautiful light amber color. I use my Steeped Tea glass tea traveler and add about a teaspoon in the removable fine mesh infuser that it comes with. (perfect for rooibos!) I just keep it in my cup and it never gets to strong or bitter. I received this tea in my consultant kit and I am loving My Steeped Tea ;)

Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

Another sample I’ve had for a while. Wasn’t too bad but again wash’t all that memorable. Not too strong of an almond flavour, but it could be because I’ve had it a while or maybe I didn’t have enough tea leaves.

Either way… won’t get again.

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drank Lemolicious by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

Had this one this afternoon at work. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew what company it was from and at least some of the ingredients within it and this is the one that popped up.

It’s tart from the hibiscus and the lemon, but it’s not overpowering thankfully. Other than those, I didn’t really notice the other flavours really… Meh…

This one isn’t too bad, but not all that memorable to me.

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From my Giant Peach taste off:

This one is peachy but it also has the taste of the other fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya). It’s not too bad… I’m torn about how I feel about this one. But it is really good.

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drank Cosmopolitan by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

Bought last summer but not reviewed yet… I seriously need to reign in the spending and drink up! It’s teas like these that I’ve bought but not drank yet that remind me it’s time to get cracking!

Anyways, having this one hot. It’s not too bad! I’m very surprised considering I don’t like hibiscus and yet it’s the first ingredient. It’s a touch tart, but not overly. And it has the apple and other fruits in there coming through. I didn’t use boiling water so that might make a difference, but if not, than this tea is pretty good. I think I would make this up into an iced tea for tomorrow maybe. I’m just so thrown and surprised by this one!

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drank Bluest Blueberry by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

From my Great Blueberry Taste-off this morning:

Blueberry tea with a black tea base. I’m noticing the blackberry touch, and although it’s nice in its own right, it’s not my thing.

Have other blueberry teas I prefer more.

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drank Wild Blueberry by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

From my Great Blueberry Taste-off this morning:

I’m just not liking this one at all really. The hibiscus is making it weird and combined with the raisins, I just don’t feel that this one is for me at all. This one is really baffling to me. It’s not as bad once it cools down quite a bit, but I’m more of the type to drink my black teas HOT. I don’t usually wait until they are cooled down a bit.

I definitely prefer other blueberry teas to this one. Won’t restock this one. Actually probably going to give it away, so I’ll call this a Sipdown (sort of) and give it to my aunt.

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Yet another two packages of tea landed in my mailbox last night from Steeped Tea. This is one of them.

I’ve never been a huge earl grey fan as I get the dreaded “soap” flavour when I have it, so I don’t have high hopes for this one. This one smells very… lemon floor cleaner to me. :(

My first burning sip was terrible. Couldn’t wait to get into this one apparently… either that, or I’m just that tired. That’s probably it… Anyway, it made me want to add milk and sugar so I did. It almost seems to mellow out the lemony smell a lot by adding the milk, which is making it easier to sip now.

It’s actually pretty good!! Milk and sugar make it better for sure. It’s now a slightly sweet, almost like lemony treat… Lemon is by far the most predominant flavour, but when you smell this one you expect no less. The orange is a nice touch as I think it seems to mellow out the lemon just slightly… or maybe it just compliments it. Either way, it’s a nice addition.

Verdict! I will drink this one and not give it away. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I drink it up fairly fast as it’s sort of summer outside and this is the season for all things fruity and light and refreshing. So yes… I will, but I think it will be fast and I think that I won’t restock. It’s not one I would have chosen normally and I honestly don’t think I would think to rebuy. Glad I got to try it out though.

Edit I will admit though. It still has a bit of floor cleaner-ness to it, but it’s not nessecarily in a bad way…? Does that make sense?

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drank Apple Crumble by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

Another review of this one. I haven’t changed my mind or anything, but I brought a bunch of fruity teas to work to get myself into the summer mode and today it actually looks like summer is coming! WORST. WINTER. EVER. This is one of the ones I grabbed too.

Apples are usually thought of in the fall and wintertime. You get your apple pies with cinnamon ice cream, apple turnovers with whipped cream, and apple cider with cinnamon sticks… But honestly, why not during the summer too? There are some amazing things you can add apples to and it just makes it awesome… Fruit trays, snacks, all sorts of yummy things…

Anyways, I’m going to really enjoy this one today. It’s almost inhaled already and I’m already trying to decide if I want to do another cup of this or go to something else fruity… oh the possibilities.

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Sipping on a cup of this now. Really smooth with vanilla notes. The maple is a little less discernible and I found that I needed to add a pinch of sugar to bring the maple forward. The cinnamon is subtle but I like that, because cinnamon can be sometimes aggressive and I like that I can enjoy the three flavors – vanilla, maple and cinnamon – rather than an overpowering cinnamon note.

A really tasty cuppa.

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drank Feminini-Tea by Steeped Tea
104 tasting notes

I like this tea! It has a ton of different flavours when brewd up, and really does help with lady problems. I’m definately keeping this one is stock!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Crumble by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

This tea has definitely surprised me. For the last several years I’ve been looking for a really nice apple tea… Something warm and comforting. Something that makes me thing of fall and the leaves falling and the magnitude of fall colours. Well, this tea hits it right on the head!! It is absolutely delicious! I was hoping Davidstea’s Mom’s Apple Pie would have been that tea for me, but it really didn’t give me that warmth from a tea that I really wanted.

This tea does it. It’s probably the black tea base. I definitely prefer it to the green tea. I don’t think I’m much for green teas after all. But that’s okay. I know I’ll still finish up the Mom’s Apple Pie. Can’t let a good tea go to waste right?!

haha I love tea so much!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bluest Blueberry by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

I got this with my monthly tea-zer program through Steeped tea. I was surprised to see this one as I was thinking about buying 50g of it, but decided against. Now I have a 50g bag to enjoy!

I’m going to be comparing this one to the Nova Scotia Wild Blue tea that my dad got me for Christmas as that’s the one that’s definitely the closest. This tea is nothing like the Blueberry Jam from Davidstea. I didn’t care for that one all that much. But this one and the Wild Blue, I LOVE.

Anyways, this one is VERY similar to WIld Blue. Now, I’m going on memory of the Wild Blue as I haven’t had it in a while, but rereading my note on it is refreshing my memory a little bit.

This one is quite nice. I do wish the black tea base was just a bit milder, so the blueberries could take more of front seat in this one. But that’s not to say that the blueberries don’t to some degree already take a front seat. It’s just I’m not getting the juicy blueberry taste from this one that I was with the Wild Blue.

I was just thinking… I did steep this for 3mins when Steeped Tea recommends 2mins for their black teas. I probably over steeped it, which could explain why I feel like I’m getting some bitterness in the tea. I think next time I would do more than a 1.25tsp for 12oz but do a shorter steep to see if I can kick up the blueberry flavour but drive down the bitterness.

Overall, not a bad tea. Just needs some tweaking. If I still get the bitterness after a 2min steep, then we’ll have to talk. haha

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
727 tasting notes

This was another sample that I was a little afraid of. I don’t normally do well with anything licorice.
This isn’t your average licorice tea. The anise is mild and gentle, there is some creamy tones, the black base is present, and maybe a hint of nutty from the rooibos. All in all, I don’t hate this, I don’t think I would drink it everyday, but I’ve had two cups of it tonight.
Thanks Sil for a sample of this interesting tea. :))

MissB

Ah, I love this stuff… however I also have some salted licorice sitting here at my desk. :P

Sil

i like that it’s not sweet in your face “licorice”

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WOW! I’m surprised by this one.

Smell: I was really unsure of this one. I can make out the chocolate and I’m picking up a hint of the strawberry. But the almond I’m missing in smell.

But Taste: I’m getting it all: chocolate, almond and strawberry all combined. It’s absolutely delicious! I love the combo. It reminds me ever so slightly of Chocolate Rocket from Davidstea, but this one is a lot more subtle, where the chocolate rocket is just like “Bam, I’m here!” I definitely like the black tea base with these items. And the strawberry instead of the raspberry in the rocket is nicer to me.

I love the sweetness of this one and it’s not too much. It’s quite subtle in sweetness, but you know it’s there. Milk was added to this one to make it a bit creamy, which I love. I’m sure this one would have been amazing on its own, but I love milk in my black teas.

I definitely would get this one again. Absolutely. I’d probably get this one instead of Chocolate Rocket, as I’m realizing I don’t care for the Mate base in teas. I’ve tried several and I don’t think I’ve found one that I really love yet.

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drank After Eight by Steeped Tea
270 tasting notes

When I first had this tea, I found it remarkable how much it really did taste like an after eight, with a nice combination of chocolate and mint.
I’m not quite enjoying it as much this time — honestly I think that the method of steeping I’m using (in my libre travel mug with the leaves still in) is doing it any favours though. The chocolate is not as strong as I may want, but it’s definitely still there — sweetness around the edges of the predominant minty flavour.
I still think that this would be better brewed another way — it’s certainly overstepping this way (which I half expected, it is a black tea base after all), but it’s not horrible even for it.
Still, holding off on rating until I’ve had it “properly”.

EDIT: Had it again, made more according to directions. Finding it watery.
I’m frustrated because I found it amazing when I had it at the demonstration, but I can’t seem to get it just right at home. Ah well, maybe with a few more attempts….

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Not bad, not great. Mediocre tea.

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drank Bubblegum by Steeped Tea
28 tasting notes

I occasionally enjoy a mug of this stuff but not entirely my favorite. My boyfriend absolutely hates it. Alright, not a winner not a loser.

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This is the Green Earl Grey de la Creme.

I got this one as a part of the Tea-zer program through Steeped Tea. If you host a party and it has $250 in sales, plus you have two parties book off of yours and they both reach $250 in sales, then you get 6 months of tea FREE!
Wow, the way I wrote that out almost sounds like a sales pitch. Rest assured, I’m not a Steeped Tea consultant. I’m just someone that loves free tea.

Anyways, so I tried this one finally yesterday after getting it a few weeks back. I had the afternoon off ’cause of poor weather, so I thought I should try this one out too.

I’m really unsure of what to think about it though. To me, it had your typical Earl Grey flavour, but it was QUITE a bit milder. it was more like it had a hint of the earl grey flavouring. I found the green tea base to nice as a paring. Only steeped this bad boy for 2mins! And I think doing so has prevented it from going bitter on me which I find green teas do so well!

OVerall, I’m still very undecided as to whether I like this tea or not, but I’ll try it again and update this once I decide what I think about it. As of right now, I don’t think I’d buy it myself, but I know others that would probably love it… so who knows?

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

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
1114 tasting notes

Ever since I was made aware of this tea’s existence, I wanted to try it. You see, I love (what I call) Dutch licorice. Love, love, LOVE it. It’s very different from black licorice, or just plain licorice, and you’d tell the difference instantly should you have two pieces one right after the other, or if you’re a weirdo like me and used to eat Dutch licorice by the handful as a child. It came as little kitties, or short and hard stubs, and occasionally (for a real treat!) it was in pastille format and had the weird name of Zout, Double Zout or Triple Zout. Yes, that’s salted licorice folks, and it’s amazing… if you’re Dutch. I rarely ate it as a child (too salty!) however I craved it while pregnant with my now 16-year-old, and if I do run into a European deli, it’s the first thing I look for. My former mother-in-law sent me some just this past Christmas.

So as you can imagine, I had high hopes for this tea. While I love licorice teas, and have had a few (So Long and Thanks for All the Licorice from Butiki comes to mind), none have been Dutch licorice.

This tea? This is obviously made by someone who knows the difference between the two, and called it Amsterdam Licorice for a reason. It’s Dutch licorice, and it’s spot on. I’ve added a bit of sweetener to it, however my next go-around, I’ll add some salt to see if it estimates Double Zout.

Thank you Cavocorax for generously sharing the last of your stash of this with me! I was so excited to get this, I literally opened it and brewed it just now as soon as the package arrived.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Cream, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

Sounds absolutely amazing!

MissB

I have some left, if you’d like me to send you some? I’m definitely ordering more at some point. Good to see you, BTW! :)

Fjellrev

I tried out the Scandinavians’ version of salted licorice and I think you definitely have to grow up eating it or something in order to truly appreciate it haha.

MissB

I’d say everyone I’ve ever given salted licorice to has spit it out almost instantly and given me a “what the hell?!” look. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

CelebriTEA

lol @ Miss B… perhaps…
After trying my first like on a darjeeling, I can admit that sometimes
I like to try something a bit different than the norm.
I do love licorice in tea, so it sounds compelling and the added salt
makes it sound far more intriguing.
Thanks a bunch.
Good to be here.
Hopefully my life will calm down a bit SOON ;-)

OMGsrsly

I love it, but I’ve yet to find a variety that isn’t loaded with wheat flour. (Yeah, I know. Licorice root in tea = gross ick. Licorice itself = give me more!)

MissB

I’ll put some aside for you CelebriTEA.

OMG: There’s only licorice flavoring in this one.

Dustin

I LOVE salted licorice! I’ll have to give this tea a try someday!

OMGsrsly

Srsly? :D Definitely going on the wish list, although I can wait to try it. I have SO MANY teas to try!

Cavocorax

YES! I’m really happy that you loved it. It just wasn’t for me, but you seem to have been the perfect person to send it too! Hahah

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drank Irish Breakfast by Steeped Tea
322 tasting notes

I’m just about done this one. I have enough for one 8-oz cup, which means it’ll probably be mixed with something else to make enough for either a 12 or 16 oz cup. So,… that being said, I guess I should consider this a SIPDOWN!

I really enjoyed this tea. It’s a very nice mild black tea that isn’t in your face. I found it to be very much like an orange pekoe and I was totally fine with that. I’d absolutely buy this one again, without a second thought. I’d definitely get the 100g bag tho, as 50g didn’t last me too long.

It holds up really well to a second steeping too. I bet it would even do a third steeping if I tried.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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