Teas Etc

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80
drank Champagne & Berries by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 oz hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: amazing, delicious! sweet, berries, hints of champagne and vegetation
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, vegetal, berry
Flavor: vegetal, berry, sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent murky olive green

I think less time cooler water or less time? and a touch of sweetener, really enjoying this berry green though.

Yes, let the spigot water cool and keep it to just a minute and it’s a sweet vegetal with hints of berry. I wonder how this would fair as a tea cocktail?

This was a surprise gift from Newman who had read about my trip to the tea and champagne bar in NYC. Not only did it have a nice note but it was the most observant gift I’ve received in a long time!

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/teas-etc-loose-leaf-green-tea-champagne.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

What an incredibly thoughtful gift!

AmazonV

very :) talk about a day brightener!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, those are my favorite type of gifts.

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85
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
4 tasting notes

finally found a black tea I really like. delicious. wish I could of tried last years batch though. sounds like it was considerably better.

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

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72

Grabbed a cup of this while I was out at a local coffeehouse. Nice berry flavor. Soothing.

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79
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
31 tasting notes

An absolutely horrible name for a tea… but it tastes great!

I say horrible name because it gives the assumption that oolongs are used for weight loss. Simply put, there is no proof of this. End of discussion.

However, the tea itself tastes quite smooth. There is just enough orange flavor and it isn’t overpowering. My 2oz. sample is almost gone. The leaves are large and open up a lot, so make sure to give them a lot of room

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

Simply put, there is no proof of this. End of discussion.
Yes. This. Same thing with pu-erh. Miracle food, it does not exist.

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50
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
902 tasting notes

Another sample from Rachel!!

Glancing through the tasting notes, I can’t help but think I’m missing something. It tastes…like rooibos. Plain, un-flavored rooibos. If I really try, it’s kinda sweet…but still more like plain rooibos to me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I had the same problem and was shocked as well based on the tasting notes. I informed the company maybe something was wrong with this batch as a courtesy and was basically told my palate was off and perhaps I was wrong and I should take that into consideration. I replied that I did take into consideration but still felt I should say something. It wasn’t very happy with my interaction it was borderline aggressive. I normally never complain or say anything. Honestly, just wanted to help but I guess I should have kept my mouth shut. After all it could just be me.

Jaime

I don’t think it was just you…cause this had no flavor to me at all. And they actually told you your palate was off? Wow. I have no other words for that.

LiberTEAS

wow! I am just flabbergasted.

I guess their “customer service” could use some fine tuning.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

She suggested on multiple occasions that I must have just not liked it and that there were no other complaints so nothing could be wrong and no one at her company mentioned anything off with it either. She did not and would not acknowledge that it could be something else. She did give me a credit so I can purchase something else which was nice but I didn’t ask for it. She seemed very defensive about the product and was convinced I was in the wrong.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so happy to find out I am not crazy

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Well, at least not this time.

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91
drank Cold Comfort by Teas Etc
5 tasting notes

This Teas Etc. brew (Cold Comfort) is very tasty. I have a bit of a cold today, so I will be able to judge its medicinal properties and let you know. I carry this tea at the Curious Garden if/when you’re under the weather.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Assam by Teas Etc
31 tasting notes

I have been taking this to work with me for the last week and a half. It’s a great “wake the heck up and be productive” tea.

As far as taste, it is smokier and more astringent than a Ceylon tea, but it is not too bold. It’s fine with nothing added to it. I’m sure it could stand up to milk, but why bother?

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

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87
drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

A very smooth oolong. Fruity, but not citrus. More flavor as it cooled, but I could not detect the chocolate.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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66

Okay, but I still like Coconut Custard more! The dry leaf has almost a tangy yogurt smell. It reminded me a lot of some sweet yogurt drink I had when I was younger. When steeped, there is a bit of a floral scent. This tea is just alright. A tiny bit drying after you swallow. It’s sweet, but I don’t really taste individual honey or vanilla.

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
529 tasting notes

Another cup of this before bed.. surprise, surprise! I am really liking this tea at a lower water temperature. Tonight it’s smooth and sweet, just the way it should be!

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
529 tasting notes

Really yummy cup of tea, as always. This is a perfect cup to have while relaxing at the end of the day. Delicious!

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
529 tasting notes

I’m just about out of this bag! I have been having a pot at least once a day. I don’t know why, but it’s not tasting as sweet as my first few cups. I’m tasting more of the rooibos than the coconut/sweetness as before. Still good!

Cofftea

“I’m just about out of this bag!” may be a clue… maybe ingredients have shifted/settled.

QueenOfTarts

I was thinking about that.. but it was about early/mid-way through the bag when it started to not taste the same. I’ll try shaking/shifting it a bit to see how it goes! Thanks!

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
529 tasting notes

This is probably my new favorite rooibos! I love rooibos and I love sweet dessert teas… what a perfect combination this is! I don’t detect something that is pure coconut.. I’m just getting a creamy, almost honey-like sweetness instead. This is so smooth! The perfect balance between rooibos and sweetness. I don’t know how, but it’s quickly soared to the top of my list. Delicious! I won’t ever go without this blend in my cupboard.

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73

I liked it! It’s citrusy in all kinds of good ways, but if I didn’t see the package, I don’t know if I would have gotten to grapefruit. But, that’s not a bad thing. It was really nice plain, without sugar. Sugar, ice… both… I could see that working well with this.

I didn’t think it was remotely like freshly picked grapefruit. But it’s citrus in a way that’s unexpected and different. For that, it deserves a try.

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87
drank Green YinZhen by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I had but a single serving sample of this tea from Teas Etc. I have delayed consuming it until my desire for a nice green tea was just right. It was worth it. This is a delightful tea, very smooth and pleasant. Great for these chilly afternoon wet-yuck days. It has now gone, but will be remembered in a future order.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Assam by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I moved away from black teas during the summer. Their flavor just no longer been interesting. But lately, I have a very nice Earl Grey, and this very nice Assam. Maybe it was the teas. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was Me.
But this is a very smooth, subtly favored Assam. I am surprised, and delighted.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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74

This is so SWEET and to bring the honey and vanilla out more I added a bit of Agave and wow did they ever come out. However, next time I will probably have it straight or maybe just a tiny bit of tea honey. Nevertheless, it is absolutely as described and will not disappoint. Can’t believe I was the first to log this one either.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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57

Not bad but had a taste in there I couldn’t identify. It wasn’t a bad taste but just couldn’t figure it out. Otherwise the rose was wonderful and most definitely present. I love rose so to me it may never be considered overwhelming but to those on the cusp it may be a bit much. I am not sure if I would purchase it but I am also not sure if I wouldn’t purchase it. This one is very much an in the mood tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Honeydew by Teas Etc
558 tasting notes

This is byfar the truest honeydew flavored tea, honeydew flavored anything, I have tried. A gold star to Teas Etc for hitting this right on the mark. The white tea is the perfect pairing for the light honeydew flavor. I enjoy the lightness this tea has.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Lapsong Souchong by Teas Etc
2 tasting notes

This is my first of cup of tea each day. It is bold and full-flavored and a perfect start to cold weather mornings! The first time I had it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and just had to have more. I now purchase it a pound at a time! :-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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63

I finally got this after waiting months for it to be back in stock, I really wanted this to be as good as everyone else raved about. Unfortunately, drinking it straight it tastes like just a plain sweet rooibos and only when I add agave (I have to add stuff) do I even get a hint of coconut. It maybe personal preference, may be that the re-blend isn’t as good as the original. I just don’t know. All I can say is that I was disappointed and hope that it wasn’t my expectations that caused this. I gave it a higher score just in case it was me and because it was ok with agave. On the upside my 3 yr old enjoys it with honey.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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65

This is a sample that came with my order and it was very reminiscent of a mild sweet tart. It was very interesting, my husband liked it more than me but I am glad I tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Earl Grey by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

Compared to other Earl Greys, the leaves have a very strong, but pleasant, aroma. The brew however is relatively mild. Improving as it cools. This could probably stand a longer steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Qi Lan by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

A definite sweet fruity taste. Probably honeysuckle, but I don’t know what honeysuckle tastes like. But, no chocolate taste. Maybe it is too subtle for me, but I have yet to have taste chocolate in any the teas which are supposed to have the flavor. That said, still a very nice, sweet, dark oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

You’ve never had honeysuckle?

Kryptryx

No. I understand it is a plant that grows on the side of the roads and that people like to drink the nectar from the flowers.

Jaime

My parents have one in their backyard, and we had huge ones along the fence of my elementary school. When I was little, my whole class would line up during recess and pull the nectar out of the flowers to eat.

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