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96
drank Persian Lime by Teas Etc
862 tasting notes

Just so you know, this really does go very well with mexican food when iced. In case you were curious or anything. :)

Preparation
Iced
Novi

lime iced tea sounds like it’d go well with Mexican food anyway! Like a much healthier margarita.

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96
drank Persian Lime by Teas Etc
862 tasting notes

30 g. of this in a gallon for iced tea at below steeping parameters before letting it cool and go in the fridge. 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten. I make my iced tea by the gallon and really should do this more often as I suck down about 2x more tea when its iced. I’d clear out my inventory so fast this way.

Once its cold the tea loses the authentic lime flavor and becomes more limeade-esque. Not bad, and still making me want this with a plate of tacos (who am I kidding I always want tacos). I wonder if there’s any more lime flavored blacks out there? I shall have to see…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Lime flavoured teas seem to be rather scarce! And I love lime. (Consequently I’m dying to try this one now, hahahahaha!)

Sil

Lol I was thinking the saaaaame thing kittenna. :)

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96
drank Persian Lime by Teas Etc
862 tasting notes

This was a sample from momo!

I am making most of this iced but I wanted to have the first cup hot just to see how it changes in flavor from hot to cold. It certainly smells like it would be the perfect iced tea ever, with a strong citrus/lime note immediately upon sticking your nose near the bag. My favorite mexican restaurant actually uses limes instead of lemons in their iced tea so that’s another reason I’m kind of excited to try it – I know from experience I prefer the lime over lemon addition.

Lots of leaf fragments in the last 1.5 tsp. I’m using for the hot cup – probably just from transit more than anything but there are tons of leaf crumbs floating in my tea, which, boo. :( It doesn’t bother me to drink it, I just don’t like seeing the tea all muddled. It’s a gorgeous mahogany color otherwise with the same limey smell. I bet this would taste like a mojito with some spearmint…. and it’s a black tea base to boot, which most mojito blend teas aren’t. Grr for thinking of this too late!

But OH MAN I’m not even complaining. This is pretty darn good hot – like I said, it definitely reminds me of that lime iced tea I’ve had before. The lime tastes perfectly natural and the black tea is smooth and strong, not bitter in the least. I’ll put just a tad bit of sugar in it when iced (like, 1/4 cup to a gallon, so less than a tsp. overall) but this has made me very happy indeed. I haven’t ordered from Teas Etc before but depending on how fast I go through this gallon that may be changing soon!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
momo

I need to try this soon, maybe tonight, I am doing mango vodka tea cocktail experiments and mango lime is always a winner…I still can’t get over being sent a POUND OF TEA

JoonSusanna

I never did get the story on this – so you were sent a pound of this tea?? Did you win a contest? The iced tea itself is pretty tasty – I’m kicking myself that I made the whole darn gallon and didn’t think about adding the Upton spearmint blend that was STARING at me the whole time.

Mango lime sounds awesome – are you using a mango tea for that?

LadyGray

I’m confused about the name though… Why on earth is it called persian?!

JoonSusanna

LadyGray – I really don’t know, unless maybe it’s specific to a species of lime? There didn’t seem to be any more info on their website about it, unfortunately. :/

momo

The vodka’s mango flavored but it honestly didn’t add anything when I tried it in lemonade, so I think when I do it I’ll add the mango tea I was using: http://steepster.com/teas/steep-city-teas/34759-miami-mango

Got it from a tea exchange…it took ages to finally get it so to get a pound of something was rather…overwhelming haha. I’m also going to borrow your spearmint idea.

Persian lime is just a more specific way of referring to limes (they’re also called Tahiti limes or I guess some places even just call them Mexican limes). They’re usually the ones in the grocery store. I’m guessing they went with it because it’s boring to just call it lime.

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60

Well I’m awake and wrapped in my robe in a zombie like state (and looking very much like one this morning too). I need tea and I need food. … tea…must drink tea….zombie moan. No brains for me though this morning I think I will stick with fruit salad. Sticking on the fruity side of things this morning I will try this fruity based green Sencha tea. Another sample to use. :)

The blend looks pretty enough with green leaves and red petals finely chopped and mixed together with a few pieces of dried fruit. It has a sweet and fruity yet buttery scent.

Once steeped the tea is yellow in colour with a toasted, fruity, buttery aroma.

The Sencha is buttery, toasty, thick and bitter while the fruit is waxy, sweet and sour. I can’t get past this thick waxy taste that reminds me of the smell of manure (it’s strange how a flavour can remind you of a smell). The fruit is not really that fruity and I cannot tell what fruit it is or even guess. There is only a little bitterness and it can be over looked if I set my mind to it.

It’s drinkable but just not my ‘cup of tea’ and I’m glad I only ha a sample and now it’s gone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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97

Finished off my supply this weekend. Will be buying more soon.

I really should probably post more tasting notes so that I remember these teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Chocolate puerh by Teas Etc
22 tasting notes

This is great tea!! I hope the company adds it to the list of teas. My mom gave me some and I am in love. It has the right amount of chocolate for both smell and taste. My dad was not sure about a chocolate tea called it a girls tea but he likes. I was so impressed with the fact that this tea was able to stop my cravings for chocolate and its healthy. How lucky can that be.

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84
drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
4 tasting notes

Rather dark amber liquor, woodsy and deep, yet smooth and fruity. I’m rather fond of this one, since I tend to go for deeper, slightly more oxidized oolongs. A nice alternative for those who find fresh oolongs too buttery/milky.

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

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
230 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I finished the Golden Monkey I had in my stash this morning and drank it on the way to work. I do love this tea. It has such a nice sweetness.

What other golden monkey teas have you tried and liked?

ashmanra

Harney – LOVE, Teavana – meh, Teavivre – LOVE.

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
230 tasting notes

This was my morning cup on my way to work. I really enjoyed lingering with this tea during my (hour ugh,) commute. Many of the previous tasters have already gone over this in great detail. The leaves of this tea are fluffy and beautiful! The mouth feel is soft. The flavors are all muted but slightly sweet. A REAL WINNER! I gave this tea 100!!!

On to the tea. I received this generous sample from SoccerMom. The leaves are quite stunning and fuzzy. The liquor is silky and finishes on a sweet note. I distinctly taste the spicy/peppery note but the malty flavor is absent. There is a slight earthy quality to the tea that I am enjoying immensely. My first cup was finished rather quickly, but the second steep cooled to room temperature. Both steeps were unique and pleasurable. I’m sure I could squeeze out a third steep, but it’s almost time to head home from the office. Yay! I might have to pick up where I left off today. This is a great tea to have on constant standby.

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65
drank Mango Nut by Teas Etc
117 tasting notes

I’m not sure about this one. I might have to give it a little time, maybe a few tastes. My initial impression is a whole lot of meh.

Fragrance, dry leaves: Coffee. Okay, I’m beginning to think that all nutty rooibos blends smell like coffee to me. There’s coffee and there’s a sort of generally tropical thing going on, but I don’t know that I can actually smell coconut and mango. I’m just a teensy bit on the irked side that the list of ingredients doesn’t actually contain the word mango anywhere, just “flavoring.”

Fragrance, brewed tea: Coffee. Generally tropical something or other. Also, something nutty. But not specifically coconut-ty.

Flavour: There’s the coconut! And even the mango, sort of. It’s not really evident, but because I know it’s there, I can search for it and find the flavour.

In the end, it may just be that I’m not a fan of these tropical flavours. It may be that I should try this iced. It may be that I wasn’t paying enough attention and didn’t steep it properly. For the time being, what I’m feeling is that something is missing here. I’ll try it again at a later time and hopefully improve my rating.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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89

I’ve had this in my tea cupboard a while now waiting for the cool weather to turn up. Boy did it today. I dug out some of my long sleeved tops and jeans on this chilly second day of Fall (I think). The apple and cinnamon play so nice together and with the oolong. I’m loving the smell and taste of this one so much. It really does smell as though an apple pie is baking somewhere in the house.

Sweet, fragrant, and fall are the words that come to mind as I sip this one. While I enjoy the light breeze coming in through a few open windows while a cat snoozes nearby. Perfect Fall day!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I love get-out-the-sweaters day.

GalInTheGreyHat

Indeed! So cozy!

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73
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
17 tasting notes

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

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78
drank Fig Formosa by Teas Etc
168 tasting notes

We are in the full swing of Harvest here.
Running constantly the last week or more,and never sure what day it is.
I have been drinking staple teas such as my Earl Grey, but because I am out in the field all day, I have been down to one cup of tea daily.
I feel like those last five words should be in capitol or italics or in bright red.
It has been utterly grueling.
But, today I am home, doing laundry, cleaning and bound and determined to drink tea.
I have this tea from Angrboda and its a odd duck.
The nose of it dry reminds me of some candy I had in my youth.
The most odd thing about this tea, is its color.
My husband walked by and stopped and then sniffed and then asked me with slight fear in his voice “Is…that tea?”
It is sort of a brown-ish purple color.
Now, I only have had figs a few times in my life, but this tea is not coming off overly “figgy” to me.
More fruity.
But, I am rather enjoying it.
Maybe its just because I am actually sitting down in the middle of the day, drinking a cup of tea that I am being rather forgiving.
But, it is a nice fruity afternoon tea.
Thank you for letting me try this tea, Angrboda.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

You are welcome to it! I didn’t care for it myself, so I’m glad that it went to a better home. :)

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68
drank Caribbean Dream by Teas Etc
117 tasting notes

I made this tea for a little experiment inspired by the “offbeat uses for tea” thread1. Before I used it for that purpose, though, I tried it, both unsweetened and sweetened.

I’ve read that our olfactory sense is the one most strongly tied to memory. There’s a hookah joint in NYC called Sultana2, a wonderful place where I’ve spent many an hour sipping iced hibiscus tea and chatting with friends. This herbal “tea” smells just like that place. It’s quite nice.

If you generally like “tropical” concoctions, things with pineapple and coconut and things of that nature, you will probably like this. While I love (non-alcoholic) piña coladas, I’m not a big fan of that mish-mash of flavours that falls under the (mini) umbrella of “tropical.” As such, this isn’t really my thing. The tin says there’s rose in here, and hibiscus, but I didn’t get any floral fragrance or flavour. There’s also orange peel in here, but nothing citrusy stands out. Finally, there’s no actual tea in here, which I rather like in my…tea. =] All that said, it does have that very typical tropical vibe to it, and a nice enough flavour.

1 http://steepster.com/discuss/3374-lets-find-some-offbeat-new-uses-for-tea#forum_post_51847

2 http://yelp.com/biz/sultana-new-york

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Tung Ting by Teas Etc
5 tasting notes

This is a review for Tung Ting Oolong bought at the Tea Gallerie in San Diego.

I almost misjudged this tea. I love oolongs, but have only really had rock oolongs or other long-leafed varieties. I decided to try this one out because I was looking for something a little different.

It’s much less sweet than I am used to with other oolongs. This doesn’t necessarily bother me, but it also has a kind of “milky” taste to me that doesn’t agree with my stomach. On the first infusion, I actually had to force myself to finish the pot, which almost never happens to me. Needless to say, I was very surprised that I was finding it so bad, and annoyed since I had just bought a bulk amount.

So I decided to give it another go. On the second infusion, everything changed. The astringency and milkiness were gone, there was a definite sweetness, and the whole thing just tasted better. I’ve heard of “rinsing” oolongs before but never practiced it, however I think that will have to be my policy with this one.

Over all, a good quality oolong. I enjoy that it unfolds into a recognizable leaf shape, and little bit really goes a long way. Happy for the experience, and glad I purchased it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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72
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
60 tasting notes
Just got off work and must have put a tad too much water in the press.It’s not got markings for various cups,it’s either full or empty.3rd shift is brutal if you’re not used to it.I’m gonna sleep and try this one again later.
Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
21 tasting notes

Thank you Rumpus Parable for this delcious sample!!!
This tea was amazing, simply amazing. I think it is the best black tea that I’ve ever had. I love how strong the flavors are, especially the hints of carmel. Yumm!!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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1
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
2 tasting notes

I usually make a cup of earl grey, and add some rose syrup. Rose is my favorite flavor. Thought this would be a bit easier. It was awful. After brewing, it smelled like rose soap and tasted like rose soap. Definitely a strong soapy flavor. Yuck.

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88
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
123 tasting notes

I just want to start this off by saying I never win anything. If there is a raffle or a contest or even eeny meeny miney moe, I will lose. So the fact that I won this tea in the steepster select monthly prize makes me think there was divine intervention in me receiving this tea. I even began my steepster account that same month! Anyway, I’ve had a lot of golden monkey tea but I’ve never had one that has had such a lovely blend of spiciness and maltiness. Its got this great creaminess that kinda fills your whole mouth, it borders on being a dessert tea without the sweetness. Very nice.

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92
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
139 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTEAS for this wonderful sample!

There is not much to add to the many others that have commented on this great tea. Plain and simple, it is a very delicious and delightful tea!

This tea is very smooth, even if you decide to steep it a couple extra minutes (of which I tried and found no strong bitterness; only a continued satisfying richness).

One finding however: It seems that a shorter steeping (2mins or less) produces an Assam-like flavored liquid – so I personally recommend steeping 4mins+.

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

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89

I love pu-erh tea! So I was thrilled to see I had tossed this sample in my lunch bag this morning. The dry leaf smells very minty and chocolaty the perfect after lunch treat. When the leaves are steeping the smell of the pu-erh comes out to play with a very earthy but not overpowering smell and taste. All three flavors pu-erh, peppermint and spearmint play very nice together. I know I didn’t say chocolate in the ingredient list. I’m thinking (and what I’m tasting) is the peppermint and spearmint brings out the chocolate notes of this pu-erh, love it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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83

No description on the website yet…but this was a sample with an order from Teas Etc. not too long ago. It is a strong cup of tea! I can’t quite put my finger on the flavor…whatever tanzanian black is supposed to taste like is my guess. (Helpful I know) I like it. It has a nice kick in the pants I need to get moving this morning at work. Always hard getting and staying going the day before a day off.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Yerba Mate by Teas Etc
559 tasting notes

On to the next tea from LiberTEAS! I probably used more leaf than was necessary, but I didn’t want to have a weak cup of tea. I’ve only tried one flavored yerba mate before, so this will be my first unflavored version.

After being told Guayusa was similar to puer and then discovering it was nothing like it, I wonder if anyone mixed Guayusa and Yerba Mate up. Now this reminds me of puer! It has a very puer-esque aroma: earthy and slightly medicinal with a touch of salt. Uh oh. I’m definitely more intimidated now than I was with the Guayusa.

The liquor is fairly light though. So, I can’t imagine it’s going to be too much like puer. Only one way to find out! Whoa!! I was not expecting that punch of flavor!

This is yet another very unique taste. I definitely like it more than puer and maybe more than guayusa too. It’s interesting because it’s so intense, but only when it’s still in your mouth. As soon as I swallow, it has barely any after taste at all. In fact, it’s kind of palate cleansing.

I wish I could describe the taste better. It has a black pepper quality to it. Hmm, that’s all I can come up with. The description says light body and clean finish. I think that’s accurate. There’s no bitterness or astringency.

I probably wouldn’t drink this unflavored on a regular basis as it is somewhat bland. But I’m definitely going to revisit the 52teas’ flavored yerba mate I have now that I’ve a better understanding of what the base tastes like. But there’re still two more yerba mates to try in my package of samplers first! Thanks LiberTEAS!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You made me chuckle!

LiberTEAS

52Teas Citrus Piledriver is a combination of Guayusa and Yerba Mate.

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90
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
61 tasting notes

One of the first things I noticed when I opened this tea was an aroma similar to pipe tobacco. Some of that aroma is still present in the steeped tea, but not as clear as from the leaves. I am a fan of this tea, and I am usually not big on straight black teas. However, this has a lot of complexity in flavor with the slight tobacco and almost an apricot / stone fruit flavor. Carrying all those other flavors is a solid black tea. Well balanced and worth trying.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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