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drank Flaming Prince Charming by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon from the T-We shop in the Crocker Galleria. I went in looking for a rooibos blend but decided to try this instead. It’s a blend of white tea, coconut and cardamom.

I happen to love cardamom and this smelled really good in the shop. I wanted something with low caffeine so hopefully this doesn’t keep me awake later on. I’d say the cardamom is very strong in this blend and overpowers the other ingredients a bit. The coconut is present in the background as a bit of a milky/creamy taste. It’s a bit difficult to pick out the flavor that the white tea is contributing to this. Overall this is a really nice blend if you like cardamom. I tried mine plain but I think it would be good with a touch of sweetener and would be VERY good with coconut milk or coconut sugar. hmmm.

Did you know that cardamom is supposedly an anti-depressant? there’s something about it that is making me happy. ;)

Flavors: Cardamon, Cream

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Marzipan

What is the smallest quantity they sell tea in at their brick & mortar location?

TeaBrat

You can go in and buy a cup of tea for $3. Otherwise it’s a box of tea that has 25 servings. Looks to me about 3-4 oz. in the box. I would love if they had sample kits!

TeaBrat

cool, I didn’t see any option like that in the store. I’ll have to ask next time I go in !

Marzipan

There are several I would love to split if you’re interested.

TeaBrat

You meant split the samples? I don’t know if they sell those at the store but I’ll find out. :)

Marzipan

No split the larger quantities.

TeaBrat

send me a PM and we’ll talk ;)

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80
drank Guurl Grey by T-We Tea
154 tasting notes

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88
drank Dolores Day by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

I’m finally getting around to trying this herbal blend I got in S.F. a few weeks ago. Dolores Day… evidently named for Dolores Park, a place the locals like to go hang out on the weekends when it’s sunny. This is definitely a good blend with lemon balm, peppermint and lavender. I don’t normally like lavender in tea but it’s subtle and nice and the lemon balm gives it a pleasant, herby note. I also feel like this would be good with some turbinado sugar but I’m trying to resist that for now. T-We makes some really nice blends and this just makes me happy for some reason ….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Everything they have makes me smile.

TeaBrat

their stuff is fun!

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83
drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
1349 tasting notes

Kind of reminds me of Twining’s Buttermint, but it’s easier to find here. :P Still, not that easy, but, tasty enough and with enough in my cupboard that it’ll do me! Yay…. minty vanilla, who knew I’d love you so much.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Love these names :)

MissB

I love this company! Their names are amazing.

Sil

need to place an order with them someday if i ever get back to tea control lol. no more travelling for me to tea places! haha

MissB

Every place is a tea place! I’ll send you some of what I have left.

Sil

lol that’s the problem MissB…that’s the problem!

ashmanra

The young man who owns this company went to our church years ago. His family is so nice, and his mom just wrote a book. I think it is called From Wedding Bells to Hand Grenades. It is all about being an army wife. Her name is Nicole Lee if you want to look up the book!

Sil

oh that’s really interesting ash!

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drank Chai Me by T-We Tea
1349 tasting notes

Something about this was painfully off when I had it – so much so that I packed up the rest immediately and planned on sharing it with someone who might like it more. Can’t remember what it was, but it just wasn’t to my tastes. Maybe the rooibos, maybe the combination of flavors? Dunno, but it made me sad, because I love this company to bits.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai Me by T-We Tea
1349 tasting notes

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90
drank You're welcome by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Finished off my box of this today, I never added it to my cupboard but it was gone fairly quicky after I purchased it. I drank this a lot as an after lunch digestive type of tea, my currently I’m on a ginger & peppermint mix or just plain ginger. I may get some more at some point but I still have a cupboard full of tea to drink at home. =)

Kirkoneill1988

lunch digestive seems like a good idea :)

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90
drank You're welcome by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Afternoon tea that I got at local company T-We tea in San Francisco. I wasn’t expecting too much from this blend but it’s really good in my opinion. Of course, I love ginger and that is the predominant flavor of this blend: ginger with a slight hint of orange. There’s white tea in it too but it’s actually hard to find to detect the white tea in it. I might have to go back and get some more of this next week. If you don’t like ginger I wouldn’t bother though.

I definitely felt this was warming, invigorating and SPICY! I also found if you buy a glass tumbler from them they will give you a free cup of tea every time you go in. Pretty good deal if you’re in the area, the tumbler would pay for itself in a little over 10 visits. I think I will be doing that more often :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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1
drank Ghetto Fab by T-We Tea
154 tasting notes

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drank Guurl Grey by T-We Tea
1927 tasting notes

What with the jasmine blossoms and citrus peels, I thought this tea was going to be over the top floral soapy… but it’s not!

It’s actually a super mild earl grey with some additional floral notes. Not bad, but not really enough, either. As in, it’s not distinct enough or different enough to find a permanent place in my cupboard.

That being said, I really enjoyed the mug I had this morning. Yum!

Thank you for sharing, MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Boobage by T-We Tea
1927 tasting notes

Aww, it looks like MissB didn’t try this one (it was the lavender, wasn’t it?)! So now it’s up to me to review a tea that I… don’t really have any application for. Oh well, it smells good!

There is definitely a LOAD of lavender in this tea. Sniffing it, I can also smell the raspberry leaf, but wow it’s almost soap. And it takes a lot of lavender to make things smell soapy for me.

Steeped, it smells like herbal soap tea. Umm… I’m kinda scared.

It’s been sitting there for about 15 minutes while I putter around and consider drinking it.

Well, it’s not terrible. It’s a bit sweet from the “anise seeds” (aka fennel) and the lavender. The raspberry leaf is tasty enough. I can’t tell there’s fenugreek in it. But I would still much rather be drinking something else.

I think that if it’s a tea you need, this would be a much tastier option than some others, but as a tea I don’t need… I’m gonna pass.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CHAroma

“It’s been sitting there for about 15 minutes while I putter around and consider drinking it.” Haha, nice visual! I’ve definitely done this myself. :)

OMGsrsly

Sometimes the tea just doesn’t seem appealing…

MissB

I’m not sure I felt okay reviewing it honestly, and thus.. Let you guys do it instead! Lol

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drank Sippin' Pretty by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Ah… this is a beautify-full and fragrant herbal blend that I just blogged about today so you can read all the details here:

http://teabre.ws/1sjcJc3

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Worst by T-We Tea
1794 tasting notes

Ahhh, somehow the lavender is refreshing!

mj

LOL at the name and description of this tea

Spencer

Such a strange tea

ashmanra

My daughter was in youth group with one of the owners of this company. Nice guy with an awesome, fun, and fantastic family!

TeaBrat

they are nice people :)

Spencer

The owners of T-We are great, very friendly and super helpful.

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72
drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
341 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of plain black teas, but I like this better than some others I’ve had. There is a subtleness to the taste that is almost sweet, while still being earthy without any bitterness. I like this.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Hipsters in Wonderland by T-We Tea
341 tasting notes

I liked tea before tea was cool. (Sorry. I just couldn’t resist.)

This tea is one of the strangest teas I’ve ever drunk. Yes, there is green tea in it but there is far more carrot so it was less green tea with carrot, and more carrot tea. The jasmine did add a nice touch, but I wish it tasted like… well, tea.

Guess I’m not a hipster.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Chai That by T-We Tea
798 tasting notes

I stopped by this shop for the first time last week and picked this up. I think ashmanra told me about this company. I didn’t know it existed, and it’s only a couple blocks from my work! Anyway, it’s a very modern, tiny little shop. They have their regular blends and then they have their “fancy pants” blends. Haha! Their teas seem to only come in 2.5 oz. packages. They don’t have a huge selection, but they did have 3 different chai’s. They have Chai Me (herbal), Chai This, and Chai That. I picked up Chai That because it had star anise in it. I think it’s supposed to be the spicier of the two black chai’s. I was a little disappointed in the packaging, because inside the box, the tea is in kind of a thin plastic bag with one of those curl-down ties, but once you open it, it’s not as secure.

The dry leaf of this tea smells great! There only seems to be one little star anise in my little bag though. Once steeped, it still smells great! However, the taste was disappointing. I thought the spice blend was pretty flat, meaning I couldn’t discern high or low notes. Oh well, it was fun to try, but apparently not the blend for me.

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89
drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Mmmm… sipdown!
I have rather enjoyed this and will probably get more someday. I’m not a huge fan of Keemun but somehow it works here with the Nilgiri and Ceylon. I wouldn’t have thought of putting those together myself but it’s a tasty blend.

I’m happy to have my Silk Soymilk back for tea. Regarding plant based milks, I keep trying different ones and Silk Soymilk is definitely the best one for tea, it doesn’t impart much of a flavor but it makes things nice and creamy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. The Bay Area weather can be so bizarre – yesterday we were at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael and it felt like it was in the 90’s. This morning in San Francisco it’s foggy and under 60 degrees. Brrr. I’m glad I have this tea!

p.s. – I had the most wonderful 4th of July yesterday at the Marin County Fair!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Strange, I thought I had done a tasting note for this tea but evidently not.

Tea of the morning. This is a local San Francisco company with a very unique blend of black teas here, assam, nilgiri and keemun. This gives it somewhat of a stout flavor profile with a bit of heft as well. Not really for the faint at heart, I definitely needed soymilk in this but it’s good for the morning time, hence the name. Nilgiri was an interesting choice to blend with the keemun and assam, which gives it an almost lemony component.

Can’t write too much more or I’ll be late for work!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Sound good to me!

TeaBrat

I liked it better than I thought I would especially given I am not a huge keemun fan…

QueenOfTarts

This sounds yummy!

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91
drank Renegade by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Sipdown this morning

I’ve had this tea for far too long. It’s a decent blend of Indonesian Java tea, Keemun, cinnamon chips and cacao, very good with soymilk as well. It’s a tea that is tasty but one I haven’t reached for too often for some reason.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Renegade by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

So it’s been a while since I’ve had this one and I went to the T-We website and saw they have some new stuff, I need to go back soon and check out some of their other offerings. :)

Anyway this is a very strong and in your face blend which is why it’s called RENEGADE, I guess! This morning it seems really strong to me, almost a bit like coffee. The cinnamon is very pronounced too… It’s really good and getting me moving today!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Renegade by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

I discovered this tea company recently when I was at the Treasure Island flea market and it will be worthy of a blog post pretty soon. :)

Don’t know why there isn’t a photo of this tea on their website. Anyway I thought this combination sounded intriguing: Indonesian java black tea, Chinese keemun black tea, cacao nibs and cinnamon.

It is interesting. The cinnamon is a very predominate flavor.The cacao is pretty light but the black tea base has a bit of smokiness. I can’t remember how long I steeped this for exactly because I’ve been picking up and trying to get my laundry done. I’m sure I steeped it for at least 5 minutes and then added some soymilk to add a bit of creaminess. It’s good! The blend is really creative and I look forward to trying more from this San Francisco company.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

a chocolate chai? neato!

Claire

My coworker told me about this company awhile back, and she just invited me to an event they’re having on Friday. I’ll find the info for you.

TeaBrat

I got the invite too, not sure if I can make it but will try to stop by. :)

ashmanra

Amy Oh: I just found out today that one of the owners of this tea company is a young man who was in youth group with my daughter! I knew his parents, though not terribly well. (It is a huge church with four locations and multiple services at each.) Small world, isn’t it? I will keep an eye out for future reviews on this young man’s venture!

TeaBrat

groovy!

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