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67
drank Strawberry Sencha by Tea Chai Te
41 tasting notes

Needs a lot of leaf! After you brew it, I think it smells much stronger than it tastes. First brew was done at 2 minutes, second at 4. I haven’t tried a third, the second was still alright so it could be worth it.
Feels better warm than hot.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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82
drank Lady Londonderry by Tea Chai Te
41 tasting notes

First steep is primarily a black tea with fruity aromas.
Second steep (steep forever) is so good when it’s cooled down to warm-ish. The fruity flavours come out, and a nice nutty mouthfeel at the end.
Doesn’t get bitter. Increasing the rating!

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 11 OZ / 340 ML

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82
drank Lady Londonderry by Tea Chai Te
41 tasting notes

Alright, second time trying.
Second steep is now alright, but I am using a LOT of tea. 2.5 tsp for 350ml!
Fruity flavours are starting to come through. It’s not that cost-effective when you compare it to higher quality tea that can be resteeped multiple times though.

Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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82
drank Lady Londonderry by Tea Chai Te
41 tasting notes

Quite weak, need to add more leaf, and even then the flavours (strawberry, lemon) are just hints. The leaf quality doesn’t seem that great either even though it’s full leaf.
Second steep was drinkable but not amazing. I wouldn’t bother with a third.

Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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86

Whoa, I have never smelled a tea that smells so much like coffee!!! It a little weird to be honest. For the record, I don’t know anything about yerba mate. The taste is really light and toasty. The buttery macadamia nut is nicely complemented by the mellow vanilla flavor. Also, it kicked out my headache, so yay.

Flavors: Coffee, Marzipan, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yerba Mate Chai by Tea Chai Te
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drank Roasted mate by Tea Chai Te
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drank Gaba Oolong by Tea Chai Te
941 tasting notes

This oolong had such a bizarre taste! I had to brew it a few times to figure it out, but I couldn’t. Wishing I could explain this tea, I am unable to as I haven’t had anything like it. Fantastic dark oolong, but for an oolong it does have this slight bitterness on the aftertaste within the mouth feel. Not sure is all Gaba oolongs are the same, but if they are then it is something to try for sure as it might be someones favorite.

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95
drank Bao Zhong by Tea Chai Te
193 tasting notes

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Flavors: Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Nectar, Sugarcane

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90

Tea Chai Te didn’t have a decent description of this one on its website, so I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But since I’ve only had roasted TGYs before so I decided to pick up an oz just to try it out. There also weren’t any brewing instructions so I winged it and did my usual green oolong brew of 1tsp of tea in 7oz for 2 minutes in 190º water.

It tastes like rich raw honey dipped in water. Maybe a little bit of a green taste at the back of the sip, but mostly just rich rich honey. Not at all like I was expecting. I thought the Yue Guang Bai cake from Puerhshop tasted like honey, but this blows that one out of the water. If you gave this to a non tea-drinker I’m positive they wouldn’t believe you hadn’t added the honey yourself.

Tea Cha Te doesn’t get that much press on here, but I’ve been very happy with them. They ship quickly, I think their prices are fair, and I’ve enjoyed all of the teas I received from them. In this past order I picked up an oz of three different tea, but all weighed closer to 50g which was a very nice surprise. I definitely recommend checking them out.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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85
drank Gaba Oolong by Tea Chai Te
193 tasting notes

There weren’t many instructions on the package for this tea, just steep for 3 minutes. No note of amount or water temp, so I made my best guess and used 1 tsp in 7oz with ~185º water.

It turned out pretty well, even though I thought it would be a bit light. This tastes very similar to DTH’s Organic Yunnan black tea, with that deep savory caramel note. It has a light mouthfeel, but the flavor is quite rich. There’s a little bit of fruitiness, but it’s mostly caramel. Not at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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75
drank Velvet Oolong by Tea Chai Te
6 tasting notes

An unusual oolong that reminded me of buttered popcorn in taste and especially in smell (in a good way). It has a creamy flavor to it – a pleasant departure from the expected. I rated it a 75 in that I enjoyed it but I don’t know anything about its quality or origin. I might update my rating after I learn more. I recommend this tea to adventurous palates but not those expecting a traditional oolong flavor.

Flavors: Butter, Popcorn

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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19
drank Rose Petal by Tea Chai Te
21 tasting notes

Another rose tea disappointment. The dry tea had a promising, fresh flowery scent—not too loud, but perceptible and pleasant. I steeped it for 2 minutes as suggested. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a trace of rose or anything else, for that matter, in the brewed tea. It would be nice as a basic black tea as it is fairly mild and not astringent, but that’s not what I was hoping for in a tea called Rose Petal. (The tea does contain petals and looks pretty.) Oh, well, moving on…

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

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51
drank Vanilla Rose Chai by Tea Chai Te
21 tasting notes

I am trying Vanilla Rose Chai today. The aroma is just heavenly in the bag! The tea looks beautiful, too, with its bright rose petals. The company suggests brewing it for 6 minutes. Because it is black tea, I prefer to brew it for 3-4 minutes, but I decided to experiment and brewed it twice: once for 3.5 minutes and once for 5. It didn’t affect much the aroma or the flavor of the steeped tea, but brewing it for 5 times made it stronger for me.

I’ve been looking for a good, prominent rose scent in a tea cup. While the scent of the vanilla and rose is quite prominent when the tea is dry, in the cup itself, the vanilla is very subtle. I could smell it, but tasting it was a different matter. The rose, unfortunately, didn’t make an appearance for me in the brewed tea. So, basically, I taste the black tea leaves, with some subtle vanilla. There is a slight citrus aftertaste.

I wanted to love this tea: it smells beautiful, and what could be better than vanilla and rose? It is also organic! However, I am looking for a bolder taste (not just smell) of the vanilla, and I certainly want to feel the rose not only when it’s dry. If someone is looking for an organic black tea with a subtle vanilla scent, this would be a good option. I’ll keep looking…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds scrumptious!

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drank Mt Hood Vanilla #17 by Tea Chai Te
145 tasting notes

Mmmm. The vanilla taste comes through pretty strong, but doesn’t overpower the black tea. It’s super vanilla-y but not too creamy. I think I would enjoy drinking this in the winter because something about the aftertaste makes me think of a gentle snowfall.

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

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83

Brews up a nice dark amber. Smells strongly of vanilla in the bag, and brews into a nice calm vanilla blanketing a lovely black tea. Simple but very nice.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Be Well by Tea Chai Te
2089 tasting notes

thanks TeaEqualsBliss for sending this in a trade a while back. On the site searching for steeping notes, I noticed it mentioned that this was a 1st Place Winner in Oregon’s First State Tea Competition – Sept. 2, 2011. Nice! This seemed to me more of a chai than anything medicinal! The tea looks better than in this picture. There are many colors in the blend! The steep color is a bright orange. The taste is a pretty solid chai… the type not mixed with black tea which is nice sometimes. I like the addition of the licorice… it adds something special! (Even though the tea I had yesterday also had licorice.) Nice and spicy!

MsWhatsit

I love a good licorice chai.

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90

This is one of the samples from my box from LiberTEAS, and also one of the only teas I specifically requested. Rose and chai are two of my favorite things, so it was a winner before I even tried it! She was nice enough to send me the last she had of this blend, enough for 3 or even 4 cups (not counting re-steeps). That sample box was probably the best tea-related things I’ve ever purchased—it’s been about a month since I got it and I’ve been trying to taste one of the samples every 2 days or so, but so far I have only actually run out of ONE kind! Okay, sorry this is sounding like a paid advertizement, I just get a little giddy whenever I look at how much stuff from it I have left to taste/finish~

Anyway, the tea. I love floral teas, creamy teas, and chai: all of those elements are very prevalent here. It’s floral, but not overpoweringly so, and I’ve always found rose to be the “sweetest” floral scent so it adds a nice balance to the spices. The chai part is warming, not too spicy but it has a great mouth-feel. There’s not a ton of ginger and I don’t think any pepper, which is what usually gives you that “heat”. This blend has more aromatic spices—cardamom, cinnamon, clove, maybe a little allspice? They work SO well with the rose. Then there’s that creaminess from the vanilla, perfectly balancing the spice/floral so nothing is overpowering and everything is in harmony. This is one of the best chais I’ve tasted and is most definitely going on my shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Hahahaha, I know, the box from LiberTEAS is fabulous! I feel like I’ve hardly made a dent in mine. And I found a few samples in there the other day that I really should have tried before now!

LiberTEAS

I’m so glad to hear so many positive comments about the box. I really do try to make it as wonderful an experience as each tea has been for me.

LiberTEAS

Oh… and BTW I do have one box available at the moment – just one for now, and I don’t know when I’ll have another! http://liberteas.teatra.de/store/products/foodzie-box-size-sampler-lots-of-tea-one-small-price/

Alphakitty

Ahh, don’t tempt me! I’m not allowed to buy any more tea ;~; Somebody better snatch that box up fast!

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93
drank Vanilla Rose Chai by Tea Chai Te
4839 tasting notes

Oh yum! YUM!!! This is the third tea that I picked up at Tea Chai Te, and I think this is a newer blend because it isn’t even on their website.

It is amazingly good – the spices are warm (not spicy hot). I taste the cardamom and the cinnamon primarily, and the vanilla is quite strong too. It is smooth and creamy, giving this cup a very luxurious kind of taste. The touch of rose is a delicate note, but it does much to add to the luxurious taste. Exotic, sweet, and absolutely irresistible – it is difficult to put the cup down long enough to type!

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87

I needed a caffeine fix this morning and this one did the job for me. Delicious. I love the macadamia nut flavor here, it melds so nicely with the vanilla. So good.

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87

YUM! This is one of the three different teas/tisanes that I purchased when I visited Tea Chai Té a couple of weeks ago. I don’t usually order yerba maté, so I thought I’d step outside of my comfort zone a little and try something I wouldn’t normally purchase, and when I saw Vanilla Macadamia Nut … well, that’s all I needed, really!

There are really too few macadamia nut flavored teas/tisanes out there. Tasting this makes me wonder why. This is really incredible. The vanilla tones are smooth and creamy and sweet, and the taste of the macadamia nut sort of sneaks up on you, starting as a rather subtle flavor and developing with each sip. By mid-cup, it’s delicious macadamia nuttiness!

TeaBrat

sounds yummy!

MegWesley

That sounds delicious! I have always been a fan of vanilla.

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