Steeped Tea

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I’ve had the opportunity to sample a lot of chai over the past few years, but this was one of the most disappointing I’ve come across in recent memory. Traditionally chai is prepared with milk and sugar, but I found that this chai didn’t hold up well to traditional preparation methods. Instead of being greated by the bright, bold flavors from the various spices this blend was incredibly flat and bland. Even after increasing the amount of loose leaf I used during my preparation (from 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon) I had difficulty tasing the spices. There was an add aftertaste present, perhaps from the chocolate, that seemed to stick with me and get strong the more I drank. In the end I dumped out several cups of this tea, some prepared with milk and others without. I’ve decided to fix something else to get me going this morning.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/30/tuesday-tea-dark-chocolate-chai-and-earl-grey-de-la-creme-st.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Earl Grey de la Créme from Steeped tea is very heavy on the vanilla, giving it a pleasantly sweet flavor (perfect for those of you like me who have a sweet tooth!) There is only a hint of citrusy bergamot that shines through. If I had one complaint about this blend it would be that it really needs a stronger base to balance everything out and tone down the sweetness. Without more of a contrast from the bergamot and base I think this blend is actually too sweet.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/30/tuesday-tea-dark-chocolate-chai-and-earl-grey-de-la-creme-st.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Egyptian Chamomile is one of the first teas my mother gave me when I was younger. It was a staple in our household, normally reserved for those nights we couldn’t sleep or weren’t feeling good. It is known to be a mild sedative and also for its ability to calm an upset stomach, which is why my mother always pulled it out when we were sick. It is also naturally caffeine free so you’ll commonly see it listed as an ingredient in various herbal and bedtime blends. The flavor is mild and somewhat sweet with a slight taste of apples. You can drink it on its own, blend it with other herbals, or serve it with a large drizzle of honey to ease a sore throat. While I don’t generally purchase chamomile on its own, it is still something great to have on hand. You’ll find it listed as an ingredient in many of the teas in my cupboard.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/9/tuesday-tea-coconut-calypso-and-egyptian-chamomile-steeped-t.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

Chamomile is also soothing topically! We were treating my dog’s paws with chamomile foot soaks to relieve the redness and itching. He had licked them raw because of grass pollen allergies. I was so impressed with how well it worked, I am convinced it must do wonders for our tummies.

sherapop

I discovered that the infused sachets of Harney & Sons Egyptian Chamomile make excellent eye compresses!

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Out of the six teas I’ve sampled from Steeped Tea, Coconut Calypso is the most colorful. The large leaves of white tea are sprinkled with blue mallow flowers and delicate pink rosebuds, giving it a somewhat romantic feel. As much as I love the way this tea looks, it is unfortunately the one I enjoyed the least. To start off, it has such an unappealing smell that I struggled to drink it. Scent is such a huge part of what I enjoy about tea, if the tea doesn’t smell good it ruins the entire experience. The unpleasant scent does tend to dissipate as the tea cools and isn’t nearly as noticeable when I cold steep this blend overnight. It seems to come out at its strongest when the tea is prepared hot. So as a solution, I’ve stopped preparing this tea hot.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/9/tuesday-tea-coconut-calypso-and-egyptian-chamomile-steeped-t.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While this doesn’t taste quite like a Piña Colada, it is delicious. The flavor tastes strongly of brown sugar with all of its maple goodness. Since the pineapple and coconut flavors don’t stand out as much this blend tastes more like pineapple upside down cake. Still tasty, but not quite what I had expected. The pineapple did come out more once I iced this tea down, but the coconut flavor stayed in the background keeping it from truly tasting like a piña colada.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/8/26/tuesday-tea-pia-colada-and-creme-carmello-steeped-tea.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I love dessert teas, they have all of the flavor of a well crafted dessert without any of the calories. Crème Carmello has that wonderful deep burnt sugar flavor you find in crème brûlée. It’s seriously delicious and the addition of hazelnuts only makes it better. I’ve never had hazelnut crème brûlée, I’m not even sure if it is a thing, but if it is I imagine it tastes just like this tea.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/8/26/tuesday-tea-pia-colada-and-creme-carmello-steeped-tea.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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
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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
323 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 Wild Blueberry by Steeped Tea
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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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