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83
drank Holiday Spice by Sterling Tea
222 tasting notes

I got this one that was accidentally mixed with Winter Warmth and it tastes like Christmas! In a good way! It has a subtle blend of spice and the black tea is pretty mellow but I think I can taste a bit of pine? This is definitely one that I’ll have to share with my boyfriend – he looooves spicy teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pine, Spices

Preparation
1 tsp
rosebudmelissa

That does sound good. I really like the taste of pine.

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COLD BREW
This chai was nice and spicy, with a refreshing hint of mint at the end to keep you drinking more. I had originally gotten this for my boyfriend, only to remember that he doesn’t enjoy anything with mint in it. So I finally got around to it and I’m pretty sure if I didn’t tell him that there was any mint in it he wouldn’t have noticed. The mint is just this magical element that nullifies the spiciness.

Flavors: Mint, Spicy

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75

What an interesting tea. I don’t care much for flavors, but this one tasted even. Not too sweet, not too fruity, the flavors just all came together. I just want to try it iced now!

Cold Brew
I cold brewed this twice with slightly different results. The first time was very light, not very much flavor. The second time it packed a better flavor and all I wanted was a little bit of sweetener to make the perfect iced tea. This cold brew makes me love this tea even more.

Flavors: Blackberry

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85

What an amazing tea. I’m always surprised when I like something new. I don’t tend to lean toward the white teas, but this one was soothing and satisfying.

Cold Brew
While I usually prefer the cold brew, this time I was only partially satisfied. It was good, but this tea was phenomenal hot with cookies.

Flavors: Vanilla

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60

Smells great, but it doesn’t translate to the flavor. Again, this might be a tea that I need to add a little more to get the flavor I want.

Flavors: Spices

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72
drank Mint Kiss by Sterling Tea
53 tasting notes

I’m usually not drawn to red teas, but this one was surprisingly delicious. Excellent flavor with a hint of chocolate made for a great mouthfeel.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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60

Very mild in the cranberry and orange flavors. I want a little more from this tea, but maybe I should add more tea next time.

Flavors: Cranberry, Orange Zest

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60

I was hoping for a bit more spice in this tea. There is so much potential for something delicious, maybe I should add more tea next time.

Flavors: Spices

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64

I haven’t tasted a hibiscus tea like this before. The added ingredients really helped this one taste like cranberries which makes it perfect for the holidays.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Sweet

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75
drank Yerba Chai by Sterling Tea
53 tasting notes

A great spicy blend, I hardly noticed that this didn’t have any traditional tea leaves. Usually a chai with red tea tends to be a little too mild for me, but this one was delicious.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spicy

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88
drank Sedona by Sterling Tea
2 tasting notes

This one is very similar to Tazo Passion, just not as tart. It’s a nice citrusy floral mix with a gorgeous red color.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Apricot Oolong by Sterling Tea
1202 tasting notes

Very good iced! This one is a green oolong that is very creamy with a bit of floral and grassyness – the apricot/peach flavor is light and much stronger of the taste when iced. With that said, this is more of an oolong with a twist of fruityness at the end.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/apricot-oolong-sterling-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Herbal Spa by Sterling Tea
710 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!

Preparation
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 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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89
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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89
drank Lemon Velvet by Sterling Tea
710 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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27
drank Orange Swirl by Sterling Tea
1328 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 Orange Swirl by Sterling Tea
1328 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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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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61
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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