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Talbott Teas

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84

ooh, this is delicious! I get little almond, but I’m okay with that, as it’s a really nummy chocolate tea. Dinosara you’ve spoiled me rotten. Thank you!

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

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80

Talbott teas make me laugh. Their descriptions about their couture teas making you feel like you just walked the red carpet in a silk taffeta dress is a little over the top, but I still enjoy it.
My grandma got me this tea as a gift and I have to say I really loved it. Whenever I wanted a break from my loose leaf teas, or was traveling I almost always grabbed a bag of this. I’d definitely get it again if I came across it at the store.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me.

The tea is definitely chocolate. I didn’t get much almond from it. The chocolate is sadly not my favourite chocolate flavour. :(

Adding some homemade coconut creamer made it better, and I did finish the travel mug of tea today.

It was a good tea to try, but not one I’m interested in hunting down and buying. :)

Thank you for sharing!

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I got up this morning thinking I wanted something chocolatey, something almondy, but what? What almond tea do I have that would blend well with a chocolate tea? I started looking though my teas and remembered the sample of Chocolate Almond Allure that Dinosara sent me. YES, that will do wonderfully!

I was reading over my notes for the chocolate strawberry by Talbot and decided to try steeping this tea at a lower temp and for a shorter period with a little more tea than I normally would because I want it iced. The result was pretty wow! I’m getting a really deep chocolate flavor, like dark chocolate with that bitter edge to it. There is definitely almond flavoring in there, but I can’t pin down exactly what kind. Not roasted. Maybe raw? I don’t know, but I’m spending way too much brain power on trying to suss that out when I should just be enjoying this cup!

I’m thinking it is going to be mandatory to have a chocolate almond tea kept in stock in my cupboard from now on and am hoping my local grocery store will start carrying this flavor!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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While grocery shopping today I strolled along the tea isle and was excited to see four flavors of Talbot teas! Unfortunately they didn’t have the Chocolate Almond and unfortunately they were only sold in bags, but oh well! The bags are made of Soilon, and look like the silken mesh tea bags that are supposed to be biodegradable, but I kept finding whole in my garden bed after going through the compost pile. I looked it up and they are made of corn starch. I’ll try tossing these in with the compost and see what happens, but I’m fully expecting to find these bags chilling in my veggie garden.

Onto the tea! The first cup I brewed was at 3.5minutes in boiling water. I filled my cup 2/3 of the way with water thinking being bagged tea it was likely to be a little weaker, but it wasn’t. I went outside with it where I couldn’t easily add more water and drank the whole cup even tho it was way too strong. It wasn’t really bitter, but it had that bite at the sides of my tongue that dilution was likely to resolve. My second cup was steeped for 3 minutes in the same amount of water and was an improvement in the concentration factor, but may be lacking in the flavor arena. I’m getting strawberry as the dominating flavor in the sip with chocolate being more of an aftertaste and the whole thing is pretty smooth. The problem I’m having is a flatness in the sip that is cardboard like. I’m betting if I brewed it right the first time, it would have been a much more enjoyable cup. I have 11 more bags to try it with, so I’m sure I’ll get the chance to brew it better in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93

Isn’t it satisfying when you go back to one of the teas you loved really early in your tea career, and it is still amazingly delicious? That is true of this tea. Just lucky to stumble across a good one early, I guess. This is so tasty: nutty and chocolatey in a really awesome way, with a light sweet caramel underneath. A chocolate tea that does it without chocolate chips! I love that. And even if this is an older tea, it is still very flavorful and aging well.

ETA: Wow, the first part of this tasting note must not have copied when I had to resubmit it. There was another paragraph! Anyway, that one basically said: This is the oldest tea in my cupboard, or at least the oldest continuous tea in my cupboard. I actually have two tins of it, and neither are the original that I got years ago.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

«Tea career», lol. We sure do make a career out of it, don’t we?

Dinosara

Yeah I figured it was an appropriate term. :)

Tea Sipper

tea career! haha

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81

I finished up my sample! I finally got this right today, which is great! I steeped this longer than usual and it brewed a nice medium brown. The scent was chocolate! I added sugar and milk to it, which definitely brought out the flavors more. It was creamy and I could actually taste a bit of strawberry even though it was faint. Delicious blend.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

Delicious dessert tea! I love strawberries and chocolate! This tea is well blended. I wish there was more strawberry in this blend.

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I got a sample of this from the very generous Dinosara! Thank you so much! I love almond teas and don’t think I have tried one with chocolate yet, nor have I tried Talbott!

It smells very chocolatey when steeped! It smells like the chocolate on a scratch and sniff sticker! I took a few sips of it before I sweetened it and it tasted… strange. Chocolate taste without the sweetness is something my brain isn’t used to. It is pretty darn tasty once sweetened, but I need to step back and let it cool before I burn myself in my eagerness to drink my first cup of the day.
Once cooled a touch I can taste a whole lot of chocolate! Sweet caramel like chocolate! I’m not tasting much almond at the moment, but I’m trying to remember to go easy on judgement during allergy season. I’m getting a little bit of astringency on the back of my tongue each sip, so I may try a shorter steep next time. As it cools even more, the almond starts to come out a bit. Almond or not, this tea is pretty delicious and I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand and this tea in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Wow, this sounds incredible! Glad you enjoyed it!

Dustin

The hubby did too! He apparently snuck a sip when I wasn’t guarding my cup and asked about it later. I guess I’m going to have to add this to my cupboard!

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80
drank Chocolate Almond Allure by Talbott Teas
4044 tasting notes

sipdown! (191) I’m not focusing on sipdowns during the week but i am happy to take advantage of wanting a particular flavour and being near a sipdown :) This is a pretty tasty tea, although it’s not something i need in my cupboard all the time. I like the blend of the chocolate and almond in this one, smoothed out by the caramel taste. thanks dinosara!

Terri HarpLady

I’m jealous of all your sipdowns!

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80
drank Chocolate Almond Allure by Talbott Teas
4044 tasting notes

I can’t tell you how long i’ve been waiting to try the talbott teas. It’s a little hard to justify buying an entire tin, especially since the shipping seems to border on the ridiculous any time that i’ve checked.

I am a fan of this one, though truth be told i accidentally let it get a bit on the cold side before drinking it, so i’m glad i have more to try again. The chocolate is the kind of chocolate i like in a tea – not the della terra kind. The base is still present in the tea but doesn’t overpower the flavours so i can still taste the chocolate, caramel, almond coming through. yep this is a nice one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
1628 tasting notes

My tin is getting a little long in the tooth, so I blew several spoonsful on a cold steep in the fridge. Not so much. I’m OK with chilled rooibos, this particular blend doesn’t handle it well. Too tart for my liking and smelled a little like stinky shoes.

Warm, it’s fine. Orangey, creamy, little tart but not obnoxiously so like it was this afternoon.

Sil

hot brew then cool it?

gmathis

Probably—that works better with greens, also. And there’s a good measure of hibiscus in this. Hibiscus never does what I want it to.

Sil

Heh this sounds delicious though….from the name. I am a sucker for orange cream flavour

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69

Needs more caramel! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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69

I overwhelmed this with milk and brown sugar, sadly. Gonna try it again without.

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97
drank Paris Breakfast by Talbott Teas
87 tasting notes

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
1628 tasting notes

Hubby went peppercorn crazy at the bulk herb store and the pink ones were just so cute…

…that I crushed a pinch of them into this nice orangey blend, most often compared to Creamsicle flavor. Their presence was detectible when the cup was hot, less so as it cooled.

Which leads to a couple of questions for amateur or pro blenders and alchemists: 1) how many peppercorns does it take to really warm your cup up? 2) what kinds of tea do you or would you put a peppercorn in?

Sil

nomnomnom this sounds good!

Bonnie

Peppercorns in chai and chocolate (although I use something like a basket and play with the strength…this way you can pull the basket out.).

gmathis

I’m not much of a chai person, just in the dead of winter, but I have some Belgian Chocolate rooibos that might be good with a kick…

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85

Full review on March 3rd on http://sororiteasisters.com/ here are the snippits:

I have not had many Talbott’s Teas – honestly I don’t know if I have had any. This was a great introduction to the brand as I do enjoy this tea.

Caramel Sundae Escape from Talbott’s Tea is a mellow, caramel tea that has absolutely no astringency or bitterness. It is sweet but not overly so. The chocolate notes are slight, if you are really wanting chocolate decadence this may not be the exact tea for you but the chocolate notes are present. This is by far more a caramel tea, and after all it is named Caramel Sundae Escape. However it is part of the Chocolate Lover’s collection so some may be a little disappointed it is not more chocolatey!

Regardless, this is a really delicious cup! I was surprised at just how many bits were in the blend, plenty of caramel chunks for sure!

Sil

i can’t wait for my swap/box from TEB – pretty sure she put in a few talbott teas for me to try. woot woot!

Azzrian

Ohhh nice!!!! :)

Sil

i mean..she hasn’t mailed it yet lol because i told her not to worry about it until “whenever” but it’s out there..waiting to come to me…“someday” hahaha When i get home i’m also going to put together my care package for you guys. I will likely send it to one of you since i know you shift things around between the 3 of you fairly often. But i have teas for all three sisters :)

Azzrian

Wow SIl how really totally sweet of you!

Sil

You guys are good to the noobies and others. :) I just need to get organized once i’m home with all my swaps and tea cupboard and the like.

Azzrian

lol let me know if you figure out the trick to making that happen! ;)
I work on it daily.
Bought another tea cup at an antique store yesterday! WHY? when I have at least half of my collection hidden away. Now I had to sneak this into my cabinet lol it never stops between the tea, the accessories, well you know … :)

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89

I received a sampling box of Talbot teas for Christmas that I forgot to input to my cupboard and this one was the first of the lot of them that I tried. I rarely find myself disappointed in a breakfast tea. From English to Irish and now Paris, they are all delectable. Paris Breakfast, while very similar to both it’s British Isles cousins, has more in common with English Breakfast in my opinion. In short, it’s a very good cuppa. _

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64

Additional notes: This IS better steeping RIGHT after the water has been boiled for ten or more minutes, and not bothering with a second steep. There was more flavor… but I still don’t like the fruit leaves in here.

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51
drank Clara's Tea by Talbott Teas
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown, 244. I am sipping down this and another fruity rooibos that I got in a swap, although I no longer remember exactly from whom. Seems like it could have been an envelope from TeaEqualsBliss? In any case, thanks who ever sent it.

I am coming to the conclusion that fruity rooibos is not for me. Generically tart fruity? Check. Smells like cough medicine? Check. Oh well, I know what to avoid, now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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