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75

The green tea is strong with this one. haha

Senchas tend to be strong flavoured from what I’ve noticed in my journeys thus far. So, the base is strong, but thankfully not overpowering. I still get the lovely flavours of the tea coming through. There’s something almost creamy about this tea and I think it’s the coconut coming through and actually probably the vanilla too, but it pairs so well with the fruity flavours of the papaya and maybe the pineapple.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn’t think I’d like this one. I was going to give it away, but I’m actually sort of glad I didn’t.

I do wish that Steeped Tea would indicate water temperature for steeping. They don’t and all I can think of is how many people are steeping up their teas at the wrong temperatures and burning their lovely teas…? So sad, but what can you do. I let the kettle cool for about 10mins before having this one. And it seemed to be just right. Only steeped for about 2.5mins too. (I got inpatient and didn’t want to wait the extra 30sec for the 3min steep.) But I must say, I’m glad that I didn’t steep longer. It would have been too much otherwise.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Sil

not having steeping instructions on packages drives me nuts. Or the same generic steeping instructions on all the teas.

Kristal

Yeah, I’ve noticed just the generic steeping on the backs of their teas (i.e. herbals- boiling – 4-5 min, etc). I tend to only buy herbals from them so it doesn’t make too much of a difference in that regard. However, one tea I had issues with was called Zingy Ginger. Normally I used 1.5 tsp of tea per cup and that’s what I did but the tea was full pieces of ginger and other spices and it ended up so crazy spicy I couldn’t drink it. After trial and error I learned to just put 1/2 tsp in with some peppermint tea for an upset stomach, but that tea serves as an example to why they should consider putting specific instructions on all of of their teas :/

TheKesser

I completely agree! I just don’t understand why their instructions are so generic. There are a lot of people that only drink steeped tea that I know and they have no idea that there are better ways to steep up their teas than what the packaging says. It just makes me cringe every time. And I noticed the consultants don’t mention water temperatures either.

Kristal

Ugh, water temperatures are so important! I can’t stand when people who drink tea don’t understand the importance of letting the water cool. I was talking to my mother in law about teas we like (I drink mainly green tea and then herbals in the evening) and she said “Japenese Sencha- that one had kind of a bitter taste right?” I said “Not if you make it right!”

This is a woman who has more tea in her tea collection than I do (although she doesn’t drink it as consistently as I do). Ughhh

TheKesser

oh no!!
I have a friend that loves green tea and she leaves the tea bag or tea leaves in the entire time she’s drinking the cup of tea. I was like… “uh, doesn’t that get super bitter by the end of the cup?” and she just shrugged her shoulders. haha
I got a cup of green tea from Starbucks one time and the time it took to drive from the Starbucks to the mall which was just across the street and down a few stores it was so bitter I couldn’t drink it. I can’t imagine if I left the bag in the whole time!

Kristal

Wow, no kidding!

Whenever I order green tea from a coffee shop (which is rare) I always ask for the bag separately, wait for the water to cool (10-20 min), then steep it for about 30 sec. That way its actually half decent.

TheKesser

That’s a really good idea! I may have to do that the next time I get a green tea!

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95
drank Monks Blend by Steeped Tea
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This is by far my favorite tea. I love black tea and sweet teas. This combines the best of both worlds. Strong vanilla flavors and an excellent pick-me-up.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60

I received a free sample of this from a trade show a while ago.

First I was a bit disappointed, it was in a nice pyramid sachet. But there was only about 1/2 teaspoon of tea in it. Not a very large sample and not enough for a full cup. My opinion, anyway.

This tea screams hibiscus. I was anticipating that based on the fact it was a “fruit blend” and on the large amount of hibiscus and rose hip in the dry blend. So it is hibiscus tart, there are hints of citrus. Nothing I would describe as orange or pineapple. I can understand the whole point of the use of “cooler” in the name. I bet this one would be not too bad as an iced tea. Brew up and iced, then quite a bit of sugar added, would taste like a sweet and bitter juice drink. Oh well, I definitely didn’t have enough sample for that.

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

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65
drank Harvest Spice by Steeped Tea
25 tasting notes

Good black tea, though not great. My opinion may be swayed since itsbeen in my cupboard for a year, as I remember it tasting much better.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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50

I went in on an order of Steeped Tea with a friend, and we split the free sample of this between us. I was happy to have it, as lime is one of my favourite tea flavours, and this one smelled really good. However, the taste was… not so much. Maybe I steeped it too long or the water was too hot, or something, but my first thought upon sipping was this “it reminds me of salmon”. A fishy taste is NOT what I should get from a green tea. >_> The fishy taste was still around as I made my way through the cup, and I really couldn’t shake it. Sad face. I still have some tea left, so I’ll try and make it again (or maybe iced?), but if I get the same taste, this one is definitely a miss for me.

Kristal

I got this as a free sample as well. I personally did not get a fishy taste but I found the lime overwhelmed the taste of the green tea. I love just plain green tea, so this wasn’t my fav. It is nice iced, though. Just gotta be careful about infusion time.

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99
drank Toffee Dream by Steeped Tea
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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank English Breakfast by Steeped Tea
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Ordered some of the tea triangles for my mom for Mother’s Day (I know it’s in 3 months but I dont know when I’m going to be ordering from steeped tea again, haha). I can have black tea occasionally so I stole one of them to make sure it’ll be the right kind for my mom as she strictly only drinks black tea. This stuff is pretty decent. I know it’s 10x better than the no name brand, bottom of the barrel black tea she’s been drinking. This stuff was expensive (20 tea triangles for $13!) so I definitely recommend just buying the loose leaf version to save some money.. The only reason why I didn’t is because my mom won’t take the time to deal with loose leaf tea but I still like to buy her tea for her birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas (it’s one of my “standard” gifts to her).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Zingy Ginger by Steeped Tea
181 tasting notes

They weren’t kidding about “Zingy”!

I expected this to be like Super Ginger from David’s Tea or Immunity Booster from Steeped Tea. This was not the case. This was as if I went into the spice cupboard, took a bunch of pepper and ginger and put it into hot water. Even my husband was taken aback by how crazy spicy this tea was. I even tried making the tea into a latté and it didn’t help with the spice. Maybe I over leafed or over steeped the tea but I’ve never tasted anything this bold before. I’m going to try making this another time using less than 1 tsp per cup and a shorter steeping time, but otherwise I will not be buying this again.

Update: I steeped this tea with 0.75 tsp in almost 500 ml of hot water for only a few minutes and it was much better. Thus I updated The previous rating of 40 to 60. I still think this will be a cold and flu tea and that’s it.

Another update: actually, If I mix 1/2 tsp of this tea in with 1 tsp of peppermint tea and brew it up as normal it’s quite good for an upset stomach.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

My steeped tea consultant was very kind to include 50 grams of this tea in my order for free! This means that half of my collection is now steeped tea which is quite the shift from being exclusively DAVID’s tea.

I steeped this in my timolino before work and have been slowly sipping away at it. The smell of the dry leaves is a very strong lime smell (as if someone grabbed a little bottle of lime juice and squeezed a bunch onto the green tea leaves) and the smell of the brewed tea is quite strongly lime as well. Luckily, the taste isn’t like drinking lime juice or artificial. It’s actually a nice citrus taste. Unfortunately though I can’t taste the green tea which is disappointing because normally I drink green tea fairly straight up with maybe just a jasmine flavour or some lemongrass. This is a good tasting tea but its not what green tea is supposed to be like. I’ll definitely use it up (and I will try it iced in the summertime as well-I think it would be quite good like that) but it’s nothing I would order for myself.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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80

Sipdown!

This tea is super light-50 grams is about 1.5 tins worth! Strangely, the leaves look they are covered in dandelion fluff which is quite unique.

Overall the taste is floral with a hint of citrus and very light. The lemongrass is really nice with the nettle leaf. Overall its pretty nice.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Hot Yoga by Steeped Tea
181 tasting notes

Sipdown! (I think?)

This one smells spicier than it tastes. The dry leaves smell like the overpowering cinnamon rooibos chai from DAVID’s Tea, but the taste isn’t CRAZY powerful (it still is quite cinnamon-y though). This is pretty much a chai tea, and I normally reserve this kind of tea for lattes but I’m not even sure if it would be good for a latte because it might be a tad too weak. I’m not sure. I’ll leave this note up for now and if my opinion changes I’ll revise this note.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

I never mentioned that I got a new tea kettle! My old one (electric) started leaking so I used up some gift certificates and got a really good one-stainless steel, different heat settings for different types of tea, and it keeps the water warm for up to 30 min. I love it and have been using it all of the time and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a cheapo plastic one.

Anywho, I got some new tea to go with my new kettle! This tea is new to steeped tea and I must say I absolutely love it. The smell of the dry leaves consists of rose petals and lemon. The smell of the tea brewed is mostly lemon with a hint of rose. Finally, the taste of the tea is lemony with just the right about of spice from the ginger. It’s absolutely wonderful and it’s just what I’ve been looking for. This is my replacement for honeybush lemon ginger from David’s tea that’s been long gone.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Another tea that I had that I ended up giving to my mom ‘cause of the hibiscus. I’m glad it was a free bag, otherwise I’d have a harder time saying goodbye to the few that I’ve given her. But I guess if you’re not going to drink them, you might as well pass them along.

Bye tea!

Steeped tea, Please Please Please cut back on the blends that have hibiscus! Not everyone likes it and it’s too bad that a lot of the ones I want to like have it in it.

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15

Added 1t of sugar, although I’m not convinced it was necessary. With sugar (or perhaps, naturally) it has an overly sweet flavor that is likely from the “natural flavor”. I don’t really know what pina colada is supposed to taste like short of a tropical drink, but it’s not something I particularly enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85
drank Bubblegum by Steeped Tea
213 tasting notes

I’ve had this one twice now, once with a bubblegum in my steeper, and once without. The addition of the gum definitely sweetens up the tea a little, which I like, but I also like the more tart version of this. I had high hopes for this one, since it’s a fruit tea that has a couple of my favourite flavours, and I wasn’t disappointed! Will have to pick up some more of this the next time I order from this company. :)

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90

time for a full review:

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell like strong pineapple and other fruits

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell a little like pineapple

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells a little like pineapple and peppery

when i taste the brewed tea, it smells sweet with pineapple and pepper

many thanks to christina for letting me help with the tea party setup and for giving me this tea

i wonder if there is a tea that tastes peppery more than this.

new score, 100 —> 90

off to take a relaxing hot shower

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

an awesome tea tastes peppery and sort of sweet

a full review to come in the future

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75
drank Lemon Chiffon by Steeped Tea
213 tasting notes

This one reminds me of lemon meringue pie – mmmm. It’s a light taste, though, which is good considering the green tea base. I do enjoy my lemon teas, and this one is a nice flavour. Not as strong as a lemon as I usually like, but I don’t think it would work in this case.

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75
drank Hot Yoga by Steeped Tea
297 tasting notes

time for a full review:

when i smell the leaves dry, it smells like cinnamon, ginger and spices

when i smell the leaves wet, it smell mostly of cinnamon.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like cinnamon and ginger

when i taste the brewed tea, i can taste cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and spicey powders

overall this is a decent tea :D

USED: 3x tablespoons for multiple 250 ml cups throughout the day.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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40

I forgot all about this during yesterday’s epic Earl Grey face-off. :) I just have a small bag of it, got it from one of those community fundraising things a couple years back. Anyway, I was in the mood for a tea I could add milk to, and this was near the front of my cupboard (how did I miss it yesterday) so here we are.

It smells really good, like there’s a definite creamy vanilla scent that blends in well with the bergamot. When I first tasted it, I was suprised to find it quite bitter! Like, enough so that I couldn’t really pay attention to the other flavours at all. It tasted like I had oversteeped it, though the package says steep for 3-7min and I went with 4min, so I didn’t think that was particularly excessive. Anyway, I guess it’s a good thing that I was planning to add milk to this anyway! I added more than my usual splash of milk, and that made it entirely drinkable. It still smells a lot better than it tastes, though.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Nichole/CuppaGeek

I’ve been super curious about their teas. Guess I can cross this one off the list.

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80
drank Stress Reliever by Steeped Tea
181 tasting notes

I was thinking of purchasing this tea, and voila! I found a sample my husband’s cousin gave to me on my wedding day ;). I wasn’t necessarily stressed tonight- just a little tired and quickly grabbed a tea out of the cupboard to bring to my evening shift. I like this tea-no artificialness, and an “earthy” herbal tea taste. It does have a bit of a medicinal taste to it (probably the St. Johns Wort?) but it doesn’t bother me none. I’ll make sure to keep this on hand on those stressful days when I can’t drink a glass of Merlot ;).

Flavors: Lemongrass, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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50

it was an ok tea :P tasted like rye to me lol. :D but it had this odd sweetness to it and i cannot seem to pinpoint the type. although its not my cup of tea you should still try it you might like it. especially if you like rye lol :D

Flavors: Alcohol, Rye, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 50 ML

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90

this was a good tea. it reminds me of earl grey. the fact that the bergamot doesn’t over power the sencha makes it a wonderful tea

Flavors: Asparagus, Bergamot, Grass

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 50 ML

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75

a decent puehr tea. I can taste a slight caramel and toffee taste and a decent shou puehr taste

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 50 ML

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