Talbott Teas

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
1687 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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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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drank Clara's Tea by Talbott Teas
1909 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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89

Behold a tea which actually manages to smell like chocolate. I could sip this after a yoga session or at night because the black tea is quite subdued by its small quantity in the teabag. I had it on a cold day after wheatgrass which imparts an effervescence to the maltiness of the leaves and the moist strawberry. Then again I could have imagined all of that…

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83

Tea of the morning…..

I am trying to decide what to cut and what to keep, and have a few that I need to try again as it has been so long. While I doubt I will try much more from Talbott, this is definitely drinkable, and even enjoyable. Smooth black tea base that does not fight the flavors, light caramel flavor with a hint of chocolate. Pretty sure it is not quite hefty enough to stand up to milk or cream. I don’t think it is worth the price for what they charge regular price for a tin of this, but if you can score it in a gift set on sale, it is worth it.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79

It really is a wonderful tea, but not what I expected. I don’t really taste any caramel or cocoa or salt, but it’s such a fine, slightly smokey, black tea, I don’t mind at all. There some very subtle hints that do mellow it out and maybe a touch of vanilla that leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste that makes it wonderfully smooth . If your looking for a Tea Forte type dessert tea with cocoa, this isn’t it, but I must say I am loving it anyway. It smells like a wonderfully, mellow, smokey black tea. I usually like black teas with milk, but I like this plain. I like the small tins. No extra wasted empty space in them and they stack nice.

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100

Yumm!!! Can I say new favorite! This tea smells and tastes just like creamsicles! I love it. It is a little bland compared to the smell without honey, but add a tsp of raw honey and it is delicious! I could drink this tea everyday! I haven’t tried it cold yet, but I imagine it would make a great summer time iced tea.

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98

Sending the last lil bit of this one to Azz, too!

Azzrian

OH YEAH! :)

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98

Sending the last lil bit to Azz

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80

Another one I am sending to Azz and Sil – Liberteas has this one on tap somewhere in a box, too!

Azzrian

Can’t wait! I have not had any tea from Talbott yet! Not that I recall anyway and I LOVE blueberry!!!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh geez! I thought I sent you some! They might be in the many boxes I have on tap! teehee!

Sil

azz – i’ll be sure to send a bit extra of the blueberry tea that i have so that the ladies can share with you :) it’s from majesteas

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81

Sending the rest to Azz & Sil :)

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89

Had a lil splash of this one with what was left in the bottom which were mostly shavings but at least I didn’t send THOSE to Sil! Sil – this one is going in your box :) (but the full leaf not the end of the tin! LOL)

Sil

lol i’m not picky! :)

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64

thanks again for sending this one a while back, TeaEqualsBliss! I waited a while to write a steeping note for this one. I wanted to try it again because the first cup was underwhelming. I guess I expect more flavor for the price! I steeped for 15 minutes at boiling, and I’m not sure there is any caramel or chocolate flavor here. The malty black tea is decent enough, but like I said, underwhelming. But this is why tea swaps are so great: you get to try teas without having to buy whole ounces of it! :D (Also, this may or may not have absorbed the flavor of Adagio’s White Cucumber: they are both in baggies and this one was next to it! I’ll have to move it later today…I was planning on reorganizing anyway!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
MsWhatsit

I don’t know why they give teas names like this. They’re kind of hard to live up to.

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95

It’s an official SIPDOWN – well – that and I am passing some on to friends.
Still LOVE this one. I’ll miss it but hope others enjoy it too! See previous notes :)

MsWhatsit

Sharing tea makes it even better. So does running out of it. There really is something to the old saw of absence making the heart grow fonder. Sometimes it’s good to miss a tea for a while to remind yourself why you liked it.

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thanks so much Dinosara for the trade! This sure smells chocolatey, both in the leaves and steeped. The steep color is a lighter brown, which seems too light for a black tea! It seems to me that Tabott doesn’t have that much flavor. I tried another of their teas before. I actually didn’t want to write a steeping note before giving that one another chance. This one basically tastes just like that one, even if it’s a different flavor. It’s hard to tell if I’m steeping it wrong, since there are no instructions on their site. But this smells more like chocolate than it tastes. The strawberry flavor is just hinted at. It seems there should be more flavor for the price. On the second steep, I used just boiled water and steeped for a LONG time. The result was the same… but at least it never had any astringency to it. I think when I use fresh leaves the next time I’ll just go for the long steep with just boiled water the first time. Disappointing, but I appreciate being able to try it!

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98

Another SIPDOWN! This one I will miss VERY VERY much!!! Totally YUMMO!
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Sil

you are inspiring me to try this company out sometime when i’m able to get the funds..

TeaEqualsBliss

They are a great company! I chat with one of the owners often. They’ve been featured on Oprah’s Fave Things and that show Shark Tank! They have some neat flavorings!

CHAroma

Whoa! They were funded through Shark Tank??

TeaEqualsBliss

They were a successful company on their own prior but they were on the show last season, I think. Their promotional and media kits are pretty awesome, too!

CHAroma

Now I’m intrigued…I’ll have to check them out!

LiberTEAS

They’ve recently been bought out, though, I think. That’s what I’ve heard anyway.

TeaEqualsBliss

They are still the co-founders. Shane & Steve. They sold to Jamba Juice, I think. But they still are involved.

CHAroma

What a nice success story! Love it!

Sil

Awesome. I’ll need to take some time to plan purchase for when i have funds again.

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89

Having a bit of this while divvying up my stash for Azzrian :)
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Azzrian

OMG thank you this sounds REALLY good!

Nik

I didn’t even read the ingredients before adding this to my shopping list. I just love the name!

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drank Clara's Tea by Talbott Teas
6770 tasting notes

Decupboarding this! Sending the last lil bit to Azzrian – it’s a bit puckery but still decent. I like it better iced.

Azzrian

I do love strawberry. :)

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63

Final hotel tea. I liked it! I, for some reason, drink a lot of blueberry teas and this one held up as a decent cup. If I’m going to order blueberry tea, it’d probably be the bar harbor blend. But I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to pick this up if I saw it somewhere.

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