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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

You know, I have to admit this is really not too bad. The coconut flavor is nicely rich and sweet and satisfyingly dessert-like.

Of course, I can still detect the rooibos quite strongly and it’s its usual “pipe tobacco” self. But I made this stronger than normal, using two and a half heaping teaspoonfuls in 12 oz. and it’s pretty tasty….in a “rooibos” way. So, I’m upping the score a bit.

I would love this flavor in a regular tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
SoccerMom

Stephanie, To me this one tastes like GM’s coconut pouchong minus the rooibos and insert Pouchong.

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’ve discovered that I’m not much of a fan of rooibos or honeybush teas. They remind me so much of pipe tobacco! The scent and appearance is very pipe tobacco-ish. Which is not really a bad thing, I guess. It’s just not tea to me (I mean, I know it’s an herbal, but other herbals seem like tea to me—maybe it’s a “leaf” thing? Rooibos is not leafy).

This Coconut Custard Rooibos smells like vanilla-flavored pipe tobacco with coconut added. Very sweet, hay-like and faintly smoky. There is real shredded coconut in it. The tea is a deep orange-amber. And the taste is like a root-y, herbal coconut water. I like how naturally sweet this is. It’s actually quenching a dessert-craving I’ve been having tonight.

This was one of my first forays into rooibos/honeybush tea (the others being Very Vanilla and Honeybush) and it may be my last. Because, although they’re nice, I don’t like them enough to try more variations.

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This gets better every time I drink it. I rinsed it for 15 sec and then steeped it for 4 min. Its a very earthy, very dark brown tea. It tastes like it smells, earthy. It would not be an everyday tea for me, but its great once in a while. I tried the 30 sec steeps and the tea just had no taste to it for me. It tasted like dark water. I guess thats why everyones taste is different. This way just works for me and I like it.

Cofftea

What was your leaf/water ratio when you did the short steeps?

Dan

I used 2 full tsp to 8 oz of water.

Cofftea

Not sure what the weight of that would be, but that may be the problem. I use 1g/1oz of water when I do short steeps (which is always). Due to the large leaf amount I normally make 2-3oz cups.

Dan

Looks like I need a scale.

Cofftea

Definitely worth it! I got one that reads to .01 (which I recommend if you’re gonna bother buying one at all) for $15.

Dan

Please let me know the name and model number. $15 sounds like a bargain to me.

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

OK, so I had to try something different. This time I did steep the leaves for 15 sec and then decant. Then I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes and added 1/8 tsp of splenda. The tea had a grassy hay like smell. The taste was like grassy grain like. The taste was greatly improved for me. This tea is supposed to be very good for you and now I can drink it. Its hard for me to drink any tea with almost no or bad flavor. This is much better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This is my second try today with this tea and I had much better results thanks to Cofftea.
My first steep was for 15 seconds and then decanted the tea. Then I steeped for 20 seconds and the results I had were much better. The tea still had a grassy hay smell. It almost taste the same way, at least it didn’t taste like muddy water like it did the first time. This tea was slightly sweet on the edges of my tongue. This is not my favorite type of tea, but I just have to try everything. So I need to up my ratings since my first steep didn’t do this tea justice.
2nd steep;
The tea seems to get a little sweeter. It still has the hay notes, but its a little smoother and is easier to drink and enjoy. I steeped for 45 seconds with 195 deg. water.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

There’s always raw pu erh, which is a completely different experience:) Glad you were able to make some improvements though!:)

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This was my first experience with Pu’erh and I can’t really say that I liked it very much. The tea smelled much like grassy hay when I smelled it dry. The instruction said boiling water from 3-5 minutes, so I tried 4. The tea had an earthy smell and taste, much like muddy water. The tea was amber in hue and has no bitter taste at all. I don’t give up easily and I have an ounce of tea so I will keep trying other temps and steep times. If anyone has any ideas, please leave me a comment.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Here’s how I do mine, thanks to Carolyn, now after being completely revolted by steeping parameters similar to yours lol: 1g of tea per 1oz of water. Rinse the leaves by pouring the appropraite volume of boiling (I actually use just below boiling to preserve the health benefits) water over the leaves and let steep for 15 sec. Decant and discard this 1st steep. Boil more water and do a 20 sec. steep. This is your 1st drinkable steep. To do additional infusions, continue at 20 sec til you find the flavor to be too weak for your taste, then increase by 10 sec.

Dan

Thanks, I will try anything after my first bout with Pu’erh.

Cofftea

Let me know how you like it!:)

Dan

Thank you Coftea, it works great and tastes much better. Now I need to do a new Tealog.

Cofftea

Any time!

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This is another reliable, forgiving “great to drink at work” tea! I’ve been drinking this a lot. I brought a big bag as my “stash” to keep at work and it’s become very popular with my co-workers too. It smells so wonderful, brews up beautifully in the water from our water cooler’s hot water spigot and it can handle oversteeping!

It’s also a good “palate-cleanser” after a heavy lunch. Very refreshing and sweet—like a rainshower in the summer surrounded by hothouse blooms.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I think I’m liking this again. The flowers taste sweet—like candied rose and sugared jasmine petals. They’re not overpowering at all, this time. Maybe last time I used too much leaf?

Anyway, this still remains my favorite Earl Grey incarnation! I’m bumping up the score.

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

Lowering the scale a bit on this one. I think I oversteeped it or something because the rose flavor was just a little too overpowering for me, this time.

But maybe my tastes have changed.

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’m really liking these florally teas, lately! I think this is a nice twist on your standard Earl Grey. The rose and jasmine really complement the bergamot. It’s like drinking a lovely soup bouquet. So, If you don’t like flowers in your tea, I’d say steer clear. :)

Also, it’s kind of heavy on the rose and reminds me of Turkish Delight.

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Sigh, this tea is almost gone and such an excellent tea. Smooth with caramel notes and so easy to drink. I wonder how much the golden monkeys get paid to pick it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I’m getting to the bottom of my tin, which means I will have to get some more of the fantastic tea. It is one of the best teas I have drank. I find little nuances every time I drink it. The smell is like sugar and raisins and it smells sweet. The taste is hard to describe as it depends on the steep time, temp of water, and how much tea you use. It is slightly sweet and tingly on the tip of my tongue. It almost has a caramel taste and a light mouthfeel.( to me coffee is a heavy mouthfeel). I’m getting a nutty like aftertaste (pecan?). Just a great tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I just know I’m going to be heartbroken when this tea is gone.

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Was feeling a little under the weather today so decided to add a little honey to the tea. It cured my upset stomach but really destroyed the taste of the Golden Monkey. Next time I need honey I’m going to use a cheaper tea. This one is too good to waste.

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

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Drinking this complex tea makes me wonder if monkeys actually picked it. It also makes me wonder what other companies Golden Monkey tastes like and do I really want to try them wondering if I will be let down or not. Its not a brisk or robust tea, its a fantastic tea.

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

stick to this monkey – all the other ive tried (including specialteas) just dont stand up

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This is very complex tea. I get different nuances every time I brew it different. Its a very earthy tea that is slightly sweet on the tongue. Its very nice for a cold rainy day in Maine.
An enjoyable tea.

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

Love Golden Monkey though I have not had the pleasure of the Teas Etc version!

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I’m spending lots of time with this tea. It has a sugar raisin type of smell to it. My first taste this morning gave me a sweetness that coated my tongue. I have tried a 5 minute steep, but a 4 minute one brings out more flavors and complexities. I can understand why this tea rated a second place and I’m no expect on tea by any means. I may drink this tea all day and then lament over having drank it all this evening. Such a warm and comforting tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Now this is a very nice tea. It has a copper red hue and smells very earthy. It has a sweet finish and is smooth with no bitterness at all. This tea actually has a caramel character which I have never tasted before. This is not a brisk robust breakfast tea. This is a tea to sit and linger over. Overall, one of the best teas I have ever drank. I followed directions on the packet for my first cup, but I intend to experiment a little with regards to temp and steep time in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Niko12345678

I must taste this tea! It goes straight to the shopping list!

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This is a refreshing change from the black teas I’ve been drinking all week!

I used the last of my 1oz. tin (about 2.5 heaping teaspoons in my 12oz. mug). The scent is super tangy and sweet—very “pink”. The tea itself is a pinkish amber and very “downy” because of the feathery white leaves. I’m tasting mostly rose petals and a little bit of strawberry. The coconut appears only as a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste reminds me a little of Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries® cereal!

I think I may order more of this, eventually—but not for awhile because there are so many other teas out there to try!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Another neat tea name and a romantic story with it to boot.

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

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