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37
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
2353 tasting notes

Thanks so much to QueenofTarts for this tea which I did ask for in my recent swap with her!

I smelled this a bit after I finished brewing it and it smells like coconut. And dirty feet. This is the second red rooibos I’ve had that smells like feet. Feet and cough syrup with a bit of coconut essence, note this was my initial impression when plain. It was a little bit better when soymilk was added.

But man, I have to wonder am I doing something wrong here? I used about 1 tsb of leaf to 12 oz. of tea and steeped for 5 minutes. This is not my favorite. I have no idea why I like some red roobois blends much better than others. Other people seemed to love this one so I dunno… maybe it’s just me?? I thought the recent red roobois teas I had were better tho’.

I did go to the Teas Etc website and they recommend steeping at 180 F or so – I’ll have to try it again at a lower temp. I don’t really like giving a bad review to a tea. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
512 tasting notes

It tastes like real coconut! The nuttiness from the rooibos really adds to the experience here. The rooibos is pretty strong tasting though.

It’s a great dessert tea.

My brain is too tired to write extended reviews these days, but I know when tea is awesome. Take my word on it. :)

Ninavampi

I take your word! Hope your brain gets some rest soon! : )

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Steep Information:
Amount: 5.6g
Water: 750ml 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: toasty, then vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: roasty, light vegetal
Flavor: smooth, sweet, a little vegetal
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: toasty
Liquor: translucent brown-green

Other Names: Iron Goddess of Mercy, Ti Kuan Yin, Ti Kwan Yin, Tie Guan Yin, Monkey Picked Oolong

A smooth and sweet Ti Kuan Yin, I even had a leftover cup from the refrigerator and it was good. Not all Ti Kuan Yin ice well.

This was smooth, but not as silky a mouth feel as some very nice Ti Kuan Yin I have had. It is on par with the one from Teavivre. The better Ti Kuan Yin I have had was from Chicago Tea Garden. This would do far be my second favorite.

Resteep Information: 3 min
same as first

Resteep Information: 3:30 min
lighter than first

I gave up on the leaves so I could sleep. This is one of those darling teas you really get your money worth, and it keeps on ticking, just add a bit more time and voila! If you drink a lot of tea start your day off with this and it will keep going all day for you.

My apologies for not getting pictures of resteeps and spent leaves.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.net/2011/12/teas-etc-loose-leaf-oolong-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Apple Cinnamon Oolong by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2+ tsp
Water: 500ml 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strong cinnamon apple, minds me of a nice mulled apple cider, hints of roasty tea
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon black tea, hint of sweet apple if you sniff hard
Flavor: sweet black tea, spice notes and a subtle sweetness
Body: full
Aftertaste: cinnamon, apple
Liquor: translucent dark reddish brown

It’s a smooth and lovely tea. It doesn’t call to me in such a way it’s going to be an addiction but I am enjoying this and hope it gives me another couple steeps. I should warn you I am suffering from a head cold so scents and flavors may be muted.

Resteep: 500ml 195°F 3 minutes
resteep weaker, but not bad, perhaps adding 30 seconds would have done better?

A warm, comforting, fall feeling cup of tea.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/12/teas-etc-loose-leaf-oolong-tea-cinnamon.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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35
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
7 tasting notes

Bought mine at Colonial Williamsburg, and it was nothing like its description.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Fig Formosa by Teas Etc
374 tasting notes

After reading LiberTEAS review I knew this had to be on my next Teas, Etc order. I’m so glad I did. The dry leaves, figs, etc smelled super sweet when I opened the package, so I was a little worried it would be too sweet. I was so wrong! The mix was just right! I am enjoying a dark, rich flavored oolong. The fig is there loud and clear, the cornflower and poppy add a nice sweetness so no additional sweetener was needed which was nice too. i usually prefer my oolongs straight, but this is a nice change from the usual.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Pear Spice White by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

I ordered a sample of this along with my recent order, mainly out of curiosity, because I was looking for pear flavored teas as part of a swap gift that I had sent out, and I was contemplating ordering this tea for my swap partner. I am glad that I decided not to order this one for her, because while it is a very delicious tea, it possesses a strong anise flavor (I love it, but, it is not for everyone) and I don’t know if she would have enjoyed it as much as I am.

The description suggests that the pear is the main focus of this cup, but I would have to disagree… I’m getting mostly white tea and anise. I get pear flavor too, but, it is back there a bit, standing behind the strength of the anise. It takes a few sips for the pear to develop, but it is really quite a lovely set of flavors.

It is incredibly light and smooth… and I agree with AmazonV – don’t add anything to this tea, it’s quite lovely as it is, and such a soft, sweet flavor that could easily be overpowered.

Ninavampi

Anise is very much not for everyone. I feel like it is one of those things you either love or hate… Sadly I can’t stand it… : (

LiberTEAS

I absolutely love it, but, I know that there are quite a few out there that do not. But as my grampa would say “it’s good that we don’t all like the same thing. Otherwise we’d all want to be married to the same person.”

Ninavampi

Hahaha… Your grampa is very very right! : )

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79
drank Golden Prosperity by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea forever (maybe for over a year) and I just now have gotten around to opening it. Seemed fitting for today. :)

The tea ball unfurls beautifully in my tea glass. Green tea “spokes” cradling two bright marigold blossoms. The flavor is mild, slightly toasty and chlorophyll-like. I think I taste the marigolds too—there’s this sense of dried petals and poutporri-ness in the flavor—almost like incense, in a way.

All in all, this bossoming tea is a lovely novelty and to look at it is uplifting. I can definitely admire the artistry and care in its creation.

But, as for the taste, it’s okay. I’m afraid that it’s not too memorable flavor-wise.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Don’t forget to drink some puerh after the feast! ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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65
drank Bai Hao Silver Needle by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 5.8g
Water: 750ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: translucent green-brown

Too light to taste at 3:30, so I tossed the leaves back in for another 1:00.

Too vegetal without anything else for me, but a smooth cup of tea. Have it with some cookies or snacks.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-bai-hao.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Jasmine Silver Needle by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 185°F 500ml
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, fruity, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, light, jasmine
Flavor: sweet, jasmine
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

delicious, light, refreshing, lovely

Resteep:185°F 500ml 4 min
med body, still delicious!

Resteep:185°F 500ml 4 min
3rd steep is too bitter and astringent

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-jasmine.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Oriental Beauty by Teas Etc
1196 tasting notes

I love this. The first steeping was really earthy, and really light. Second time around, it became very fruity and a bit floral, with a lot more depth. I hope to have a chance for a third steeping before I have to go out for the rest of the day!

It has not been bitter for me either time around…so far. First steeping was 4 minutes, second I kind of lost track but think it was around 5 1/2 minutes. More more more!

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98
drank Fig Formosa by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

I love figs, I love Formosa Oolong, so I knew I had to try this flavor when I noticed it the last time I shopped with Teas Etc, and fortunately they were nice enough to send this as a sample along with my order. I held off on trying it for a bit, not because I didn’t think I would like it, but because I knew I would so I wanted to save it for a day when maybe I had a less than memorable tea (See my tasting note of the Jane Austen Mafia tea), so that I could have a really good tea and make up for it.

And this tea definitely makes up for it. I got only the sample package, but this is definitely one I will be reordering. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a truer fig flavor than with this tea. It is amazing.

This brews to a most unusual color. It is extraordinarily dark, almost black, with a plum-ish/purple/reddish hue to it, and it reminds me of the color of the exterior of the figs that I often find in the grocery store.

This tastes SO MUCH like the figs from my childhood (I lived for a short time on a farm that had a fig orchard). I love this tea. It is so good.

Ninavampi

Fig Orchard? Wow… That must have been incredibly beautiful! In Ecuador one of the typical desserts here in Ecuador is candied figs with mozzarella cheese. : )
When I get around to ordering from Teas Etc this will be included!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh my!!!! This sounds awesome!!! I’d love to try it!

The Purrfect Cup

This sounds really good. I might have to order some the next time I order which will be soon.

TeaBrat

I have been eyeing this one too!

ashmanra

I love fig in tea! This sounds delicious!

seule771

I have placed this on my wish list. Lengthy list but no money. Sorry!

The Purrfect Cup

I ordered it and it arrived today. Will be trying this one later! :)

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72
drank white monkey by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 6.6g
Water: 750ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very floral, light
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal
Flavor: light, sweet, crisp, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow brown

I enjoyed this tea, but it was a bit light for me. When I went to eat a snack with it, the tea was overpowered. This is a tea to drink alone. Alone it is a light, refreshing, drink. Somehow it comes off crisp, not exactly sure how to describe it other than that.

Resteep: 4 minutes – just as good as the first round

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-white.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Apple Cinnamon Oolong by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

Yum! This is so yummy. I think that the best way I can think of to describe this tea is my gramma’s apple pie filling … liquified … and blended with Formosa Oolong. Yep. That’s what I’m tasting.

It is smooth and rich, sweet and juicy, and very, very wonderful.

The Purrfect Cup

I loved this one too! Which reminds me I have notes on it somewhere…

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80
drank Bai Mu Dan by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2.9g / ~3 tsp
Water: 500ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral
Flavor: vegetal, floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I think perhaps it needed 4 minutes.

Resteep: 500ml 185°F 4 minutes

Nope 4 was a bit bitter, maybe 3:30

A nice light cup of tea, but more perfume-y than I like.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-bai-mu.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Pear Spice White by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 500ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, fruity, hints of spice and flowers
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, fruity, hints of spice and flowers
Flavor: smooth, almost buttery, sweet, hints of fruit and flowers
Body: Light
Aftertaste: light spiced
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Delicious! I enjoyed it with some nice pizzelle cookies. I would not dare add anything to this tea as it is light, but very aromatic and a very smooth drink.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-pear.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Green Dragon by Teas Etc
374 tasting notes

This is pretty yummy. The smell of the steeped leaves reminds me more of a milk oolong. I’m also getting a pretty veggie vibe as I inhale the aroma from my cup. It tastes almost buttery if that’s even possible. It goes down very smooth too and I must say I like that. I’ll be sad when this sample is gone. Which at this rate will be in less than an hour. :)

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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So I had this again tonight with one of my close friends after dinner while the men folk (her fiance and my husband) were still enjoying the wine. She loved the aroma of the tea and said it reminded her a little of the mate’s she’s purchased at Teavana, but she likes this because it’s caffeine free (no jitters).

We finished a large pot between us. This time I also noticed the coffee tones this tea leaves on the tongue. The caramel flavoring was a little more prominent in the cup too. Perfect compliment to our dinner and conversation!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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93

This is one of a few teas I recently ordered from Teas, Etc. I really wanted something in the house that served as a great dessert tea. In fact I’m bringing it to a friends to enjoy after dinner this evening so I thought I should try it before I brought it by. :)

The dry leaf smells of caramel and something else that I can’t put my finger on. After pouring the water over the leaves to begin the steeping process it smells like I’m in a coffee house waiting for a real deal highly caffeinated caramel macchiato. I love it! I’m also getting a lot and I do mean A LOT more caramel as the tea steeps too. The taste is mighty awesome too. A nice blend of the rooibos/honeybush and caramel. This would probably be amazing with some vanilla ice cream.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Meyer Lemon Black Tea by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

I am absolutely crazy for Meyer Lemons. Ordinary lemons, I’m just kind of meh about (exception: freshly harvested lemons, preferably from my gramma’s backyard). But Meyer Lemons, I go crazy and buy boxes of them when they’re in season, and then I make Meyer lemon bars. So, when I see Meyer Lemon teas, I BUY! It happened when I was browsing on Stash’s website (even though they were teabags which was the only way their herbal Meyer Lemon blend was available), and now it happened when I was on the Teas Etc. website a couple of weeks ago.

This blend certainly did not disappoint. Teas Etc has managed to capture the delicious flavor of the Meyer Lemon. Sweet, lightly tart, and very yummy.

Jenn

I’m so in!!!! I love the Meyer Lemons sooo much, and the only Meyer Lemon tea I’ve had is from The Republic of Tea and it tasted like poison and sadness.

Butiki Teas

Meyer Lemons are delicious, though I’m pretty much a fan of all things lemon.

gmathis

Showing my ignorance here … difference between a Meyer Lemon and the sad little artificially-forced-to-ripen ones we get in the Midwest?

ashmanra

I’m with you, gmathis! I had never heard of them until about six months ago, and now I am seeing it everywhere. Still haven’t tried anything that says Meyer Lemon on it, though.

LiberTEAS

Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange (or maybe a tangerine). It is still “lemony” but it is sweeter and not so pucker-y tart. They are only in season a short time (like November through February or March, I think), and I usually can only find them in markets like Whole Foods… although I am sure that will change as they are becoming more and more popular.

Jenn

My husband’s grandfather has a huge Meyer lemon tree in his orchard, and I go Meyer Lemon crazy every winter :) Meyer lemon marmalade, salt cured Meyer lemons, Moroccan spiced Meyer lemons, Meyer lemon coffee cake… I can’t wait!!!!

ashmanra

I will definitely be on the lookout for these at Whole Foods and elsewhere! Thanks!

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95
drank Earl Grey by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

LOVE this! This is an outstanding Earl Grey. A very nice balance between tea and bergamot. And the bergamot itself is nicely balanced too. It has a pleasing fruit/citrus-y taste and not so much of the floral, sometimes perfume-y note. It is incredibly smooth, sweet and very, VERY good.

Another top-notch Earl Grey.

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82
drank Key Lime Coconut by Teas Etc
4366 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

Yummmm! I didn’t see this tea on the Teas Etc. website, I don’t know if they’re still offering it? Anyways… it is delicious. The lime flavor is well-defined, the coconut is softer but the flavor develops as I continue to sip. The overall flavor is smooth and delicious. YUMMY!

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77
drank Bai Mu Dan by Teas Etc
525 tasting notes

I think I’m finally getting back into my tea tasting routine. I’ve missed having a cup multiple times a day. I think I’ll be able to drink more hot tea if I have a fan blowing in my direction! This was the tea I picked for this evening. In the sip, I’m getting vegetables (almost grass), with a bit of that characteristic white tea taste. Overall, it’s quite a light cup. I must admit that I am so disappointed that my cup lacks any of the rich sweet cream or butter it claims to have. The only thing resembling butter is a bit of a salty finish to the sip. It’s smooth, simple and a bit refreshing. I just don’t understand how the description could be so very off — or maybe I did something wrong? Either way, I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting something different.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
1269 tasting notes

Goodmorning Steepsterites.

Still going on with the warm-ups for sample week, and this poor thing is the choice for today.

Poor? Oh yes, I seem to be thoroughly mistreating it. A little more leaf than I would normally use for a pot, but not enough to split in two. Fine, a stronger cup then. Then the discovery that the saucepan didn’t hold enough water to actually fill the pot, so I’m having to boil more. I hate this way of making tea! Tomorrow the boyfriend is coming home, thankfully, and I have received word that kettle is safely in his possession and that it will fit easily in the suitcase.

In other words, cross your fingers that this doesn’t come out horribly wrong and I haven’t just wasted a sample. And not just any sample, a smoky sample! It almost doesn’t bear thinking about.

However, we are dealing with a Chinese black here, and as we know Chinese blacks will often take an awful lot of abuse before becoming completely undrinkable. Strange that, but it’s part of why I prefer Chinese. They’ll spring back from almost anything.

This one is no exception, and I can’t even taste any traces of the mistreatment it has suffered at my hands. It’s smoky and smooth with no hints of astringency or even beginning bitterness. Nothing. It’s just patiently coping with everything that has been thrown at it and is still coming out on top. The only thing that makes it any sort of rough or prickly is the smoke, and that’s supposed to be there.

There is a sort of tangy flavour to it, though, and not really the fruity sweetness that I’m used to in the regular Lapsang Souchongs. It’s like that note has been replaced by this slightly spicy and tangy note. I think I prefer the fruity sweetness.

I quite like it, although not as much as my regular LSs, but it’s a very nice tea.

Kashyap

I had the misfortune of going to a friends and brought some wonderful oolongs from Naivetea and my Taiwanese Gawian only to discover that they made hot water in an old oxidized pan on the stove…fortunately the tea was fantastic and could overcome the abuse and poor water….makes me appreciate my krups kettle all the more

Angrboda

It’s amazing sometimes what you can really get away with with minimal negative impact on the result. Kinda puts snobbery in perspective, doesn’t it?
But on the other hand I think I’ll continue being a little more snobby than that. There are limits. (And it takes twice as long to make tea without a proper kettle)

Kashyap

I think its less of being snobby and more about caring about what you eat and drink…loving yourself starts by treating yourself to the best of what goes into you…water quality, good tea, quality food should be the standard…strange when to care about yourself that way and people insist your being a snob…or elitist…ah well…

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