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drank Herbal Spa by Sterling Tea
401 tasting notes

Awwww, my note just got eaten! Here we go again…
I’m usually not a huge fan of sleepy time teas. They often taste like a mouth full of chamomile fighting it out with some lavender. In this tea the mint runs the show with the lavender making an appearance towards the end and in the aftertaste. The chamomile mostly chills in the back which is fine by me. I’m not picking up on any rose, but I sweetened this with local honey to try to combat allergy season and the honey is pretty flavorful making it hard to taste past and get a true feel for the tea. It seems like a decent cup, but I’d like to try it again minus the honey. Hopefully the tea will relax me while I try to drift off to sleep and dream of what tea I will drink tomorrow!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My husband took me out for high tea yesterday, and this was one of the pots they served us. I can’t tell you how it was prepared, but with a little sugar and a dash of milk it was a very nice complement to the savories.

It was a little heavy on the lavender, but you could still pick out the black tea and bergamot flavors. I didn’t notice any astringency, either.

Nicole

Out for tea! Lucky you. I get taken to bring your own tea bag type of places. :)

wheezybee

It was really nice… we were the last people there, so we were totally spoiled and the chef came out several times to check on us and make sure everything was wonderful :)

Tealizzy

Now, that’s a very sweet husband! :)

wheezybee

Very! :)

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drank Decadent by Sterling Tea
11 tasting notes

As a sweet tea drinker who’s trying to cut calories, making this with Stevia in the Raw was still delicious – but when I tossed in a couple of brown sugar cubes the flavor really went through the roof!

Will be a part of my permanent stash.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1ST STEEP INFO:
Amount: 1.5 tsp per ~ 12 oz mug
Additives: stevia in the raw
Water: tap, boiling
Tool: finum paper tea bag
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Yum!

Drinking this sweetened & love the creamy notes of pineapple & coconut. Will definitely have to add this to my permanent stock. Found myself sniffing the empty mug just to inhale the wonderful fragrance. Resteeping the leaves now with an additional 1/2 tsp to have again.

Bought on a whim, now it will be part of the permanent stash.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Swirl by Sterling Tea
1255 tasting notes

Last time we had this I thought it tasted most of all like celery, which is not something I enjoy. Husband disagreed vehemently with this assessment and told me I was ‘smoking rocks’.

Then I forgot all about it.

Fast forward to tonight where I made it again in a wish to use up the leaf, and I was completely unaware that I had actually disliked it until I went to remove it from the cupboard and eaw the other post. It made me laugh so I reminded Husband.

A little while later he came in and demanded to know what I had done. Now he’s apparently getting the celery flavour and I’m all vindicated.

LOL!

fermataleaf

Why is it always the orange teas? I swear, everyone’s low reviews of orange teas make me scared to ever try an orange tea.

Angrboda

As a matter of fact I possess an orange pu erh which is pretty much heavenly. Don’t give up, the awesome ones are out there.

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drank Lemon Velvet by Sterling Tea
401 tasting notes

I had never heard of this brand of tea before, but picked up an 86 cent sized bag of it at the supermarket in the bulk section on a whim. It smelled like the discontinued Bangkok Lemongrass Teavana tea. I liked that one, this could be promising. I brewed it up and took a sip… yeeeeeeesssss, the lemongrass is strong in this one. It has a heavier, fuller taste than the Bangkok tea. I think I may like it better. Each sip fills my mouth with lemongrassy goodness and I ADORE lemongrass. The rooibos is present, but hangs out backstage. Not quite as delicious once it has cooled. Could it be I’m falling in love? I’m going to have to check out more teas by Sterling because this one was awesome.

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drank Orange Swirl by Sterling Tea
1255 tasting notes

Auggy shared this one with me, I think because she had said she wasn’t getting along with it and I told her of my new-found appreciation for flavoured rooibos. Although for me that’s largely berry-y flavouring. (And I still think it’s new-found.)

I cannot shake the notion of celery. Both in smell and flavour.

A statement which caused Husband to exclaim, and I quote:

“You are smoking rocks!”

He thought it smelled like some sort of orange-y chocolate-y drink. I can’t find either. I can barely even find the rooibos!

Celery on the other hand…

I don’t much like celery.

Husband is enjoying it, though.

Azzrian

Strange – LOL Rocks! I quite like celery but one would not think this would taste as such!

Lynne-tea

Hehehe =)

Auggy

This cracks me up! I’m going to have to smell the tin next time I’m at the store and see if I can pick up celery. I was with your husband on this one – I quite liked it. But the flavoring must be corn-based because it gave me a migraine, so bye bye!

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drank Orange Swirl by Sterling Tea
911 tasting notes

Those of you that know me know I don’t like red rooibos. Green rooibos is cool, but red tastes like rotting wood to me. Which really doesn’t explain why I keep buying it.

This is another tea I picked up from my grocery store. I knew it was rooibos and I probably wouldn’t like but it just smells so good! The dry not-leaf smells like orange sherbet or dreamsicle ice cream. That scent is one of my most favorite smells in life so I couldn’t resist buying a little.

I didn’t anticipate liking the taste, especially as post-steeping this still has that lovely dreamsicle smell, but it is coupled with the sadly stronger wet wood smell that is rooibos. But surprise, surprise! The taste is 90% dreamsicle. Yay! Slurping brings out a bit more orange fruit flavor which is nice and juicy. The rooibos comes in at the very end of the sip; a bit sour, a bit rotted wood. It’s not really all that pleasant but, after the first sip, it’s not really all that present either.

Sadly, I think the flavoring of this might not be my friend as I seem to have developed a bit of a headache after finishing my first cup. That is sad because this is a rooibos that is quite delicious. If drinking it didn’t hurt, I’d definitely do it more.

Angrboda

I have found too that rooibos on its own is no good, but flavoured it’s a completely different picture! Now I’ve actually TWICE bought, actually BOUGHT, a rooibos blend. O.O

Auggy

Shocking! :D But I totally agree – flavoring can really make a rooibos tea good! It doesn’t always work for me, but it’s nice to know that it can sometimes.

Angrboda

Yeah, it works best for me if it’s a sweet flavour or a berry flavour or both. Husband is very fond of one with lemongrass in it, which I’ve come to find reasonable, but will never be a favourite.

Auggy

Interesting! I hadn’t thought to look for a pattern as to what flavors I like with rooibos. I do like lemongrass, but that’s just a general thing, I’m not sure if I like rooibos more with it or not. I must keep an eye out for a pattern!

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Oddly enough, this is a true and proper bai mu dan. The leaves are huge and unfurled even when dry. It reminds me of the bai mu dan that TeaGsch sells (although their leaves are even bigger).

In case you hadn’t noticed, I don’t really “do” flavored (or scented) teas. Like flavored coffees, they are usually an excuse to sell poor quality product by hiding it under too much flavor agent. I’ve had both teas and coffees that you can cut 20 to 1 with unflavored and the flavor agent is still HUGE in the cup. I just don’t get it.

Especially on white teas. What is it with people flavoring the most subtle, most delicate of teas?

But Sterling is a Texas company and they were hanging out in our Central Market location a few Sundays ago (I always do a shopping run there after services each week) and the folks were so nice and the sample they offered was… GOOD.

So I decided to do the local thing and picked up some of this white earl grey. If nothing else, I knew Liz would like it.

But… I like it too. In spite of myself. Neither the vanilla nor the bergamot are at all overpowering here — and that is saying something with vanilla. And the underlying bai mu dan is a proper, good set of leaf that are essentially undamaged in the flavoring process.

BEWARE of over steeping. This gets bitter FAST.

But if you get the timing right, you are rewarded with a warming, gently sweet, tangy cup. Bai mu dan are some of my favorite cold weather teas and the additions Sterling have added to this one make it a great “winter warmer” cuppa.

Charles Thomas Draper

I agree about flavored tea and coffee

TeaBrat

I drink both flavored and unflavored teas. The flavored ones I find entertaining as a novelty or dessert item as they are better for me than soda or candy. And I can’t get white tea to taste like anything most of the time. I must be doing something wrong…

Jim Marks

Steeping white tea is worse than having an exotic pet. But, when you get it right, the results are amazing.

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Hey this IS a good earl grey. My husband brought this home from the grocery store, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have a black-tea based earl grey with vanilla in it at home, and the vanilla just tastes really overpowering and artificial. This is different. The tea looks really high quality- the bai mu dan leaves are lovely. The vanilla is a nice, muted backdrop. And the bergamot dominates just enough to make this a good earl grey, without wiping out the delicate white tea leaves. Am digging this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Passion Blend by Sterling Tea
21 tasting notes

Very smooth and a nice delicate blend of floral flavor with the green and black. I could smell the fruits much more than taste them, but personally I prefer it this way.

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I’m finishing up this from my stash as well. I must say it’s one of the better Chai’s I have had. Sorry to see it go…

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I received this in a tea swap today. First time I I have tried this tea AND this company! Thanks Karen!!! This is full of spices! I’m steeping now. Some of the spices are floating to the top of the steeper/holder. I see a chunk of ginger switch kind of frightens me. Oh well, I’m game! The color is a true brown. Not much else to say about the color. I have to sample a sip more than once to make up my mind. I did use a little less of the blend because of the scent I thought it would be too overpowering. BUT I really don’t think it is. It blends well. I think it might be the hint of peppermint to offset the other spices. I never add anything to my teas…no milk/sugar…nothing so all my reviews are based on the true taste and this is a nice middle road for a chai. If you have had bad experiences with chai before give this a try if you are looking for something way over the top and spicy this may not have enough kick for you…but if you add milk or other things to it it just might work regardless…depends. It’s not bad…I like it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jason

Do you arrange your tea swap on Steepster?

TeaEqualsBliss

The one that I do is actually a group of crafters…we do hand made cards and send 2 samples each month. A few are on steepster but it’s not a steepster related or headed project. BUT…I have recently started swappin’ tea with a girl on steepster…just for fun…

Jason

Why aren’t they all on Steepster?!?!?! What’s the group called? I’d like to check it out or get any other details you have about the process. We’re actually working on some features that are designed to help people do tea swaps on Steepster, so any knowledge/advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to shoot me an email ([email protected]) if there’s anything you think might help.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ll try and drop you an email tomorrow…

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Very nice fruity and tangy flavor. The hibiscus really stands out, but not so much of the orange peel and lemongrass. I don’t taste much of a strawberry flavor, but it still tastes very good.

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drank Passion Blend by Sterling Tea
6 tasting notes

I could taste either the papaya or pineapple I wasn’t quite sure which one, but mostly it tasted like green tea with a hit of black and a little fruity flavor to it. Not a big fan of this one.

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