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The East Indies Tea Company

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79

I received this tea through a sampler package I’d bought a bit back. The sample came in a gold packet with only the logo for “The East Indies Tea Company”, the name of the tea, the type of tea, and the address of the company. Therefore, I can only guess as to what is in it and tell you what I’m picking up. I could find no info online for the tea, and I didn’t find a single tea retailer who offers it, at least not by the name on my sample package. I have e-mailed the company in hopes they can give me a little more information. Anyway, onto the good stuff:

Upon looking at this tea, I saw what appeared to be bits of marshmallow, some kind of snowflake sprinkles, and the same gold sugar balls one can find in David Tea’s “Glitter & Gold”. There also seemed to be some pieces of caramel in there, though this I am not 100% on. It smells almost like coco when dry, and I also detect a hint of marshmallow.

Upon brewing the tea I noticed it sparkles, just like “Glitter & Gold” does. Very pretty. It smells like hot coco w/ marshmallows to me. The tasting is also very similar to hot coco, only with less of the chocolate. The marshmallow comes through pretty nicely (this from someone who dislikes marshmallow), but doesn’t make it too sweet. It also makes for a slightly creamy cup, which I found rather enjoyable. The sugar candy also adds a little sweetness, but it isn’t like drinking a latte or anything. Just present and pleasant. I do seem to pick up a very faint caramel taste, though I can’t be certain. It’s nice, though, whatever it is. It’s a smooth cup, with the black tea base just breaking through to give the cup a nice, subdued, black tea taste. As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m not a fan of strong black teas, so this brew was well received. The tea base is present, but contains no astringency, nor is it overpowering. The tea tastes best once it has cooled a little bit. Overall, I really enjoyed this Holiday brew. Now, if only someone sold it….

I’ll update if I find anything out about this tea.

EDIT: So, I looked online for a marshmallow black tea with gold balls and blue sprinkles and found a tea that seemed either the same or very similar to what I’d had. It’s called “Eight Candles” and it’s sold by Della Terra Teas. This may be the same tea, but I can’t be certain. Maybe they changed the name?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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52

I picked this up in a local tea shop over the weekend… the smell was wonderful… tea was ok. I tasted the strawberry but it was more like tasting Nesquik strawberry syrup we use to make our daughter strawberry milk. This has a slight chocolate flavor. Overall I would drink this again but will not replenish the tin once it is finished.

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76

This tea reminded me of Celestial Seasonings Candy cane lane only this one has a black tea base. This was not that remarkable, I think the mint/candycane flavor could have been stronger. But the cuteness factor of this tea rocked! Little mini- candy canes in the tea!!! SO cute! I will drink this again but do not feel the need to go out and buy some to hoard until next Christmas.

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90

Spiced caramel apple tea and warm apple crisp…. don’t need to say anything more! Started the morning out GREAT!

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90

Well no surprise that I love this tea because I love peppermint and the green to base just makes it even better! You can definitely taste the peppermint in this tea but it is not overly powerful. Very enjoyable!

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90

Wonderful tea! Tastes exactly like the name of the tea…. nice balance of flavors and tea. Naturally sweet (but is not too sweet) no need to add sugar.

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82

I picked this tea up at a local tea shop today, it is a good blend! Picked up the hints of nuts and cranberry as well as spice. Wonderful holiday tea!

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16

The dry leaves smell like those cinnamon lollies, as does the resulting brew. This blend packs a pretty weak cinnamon lolly taste though, plus I could do without the sugared syrupyness coating the back of my tongue and making me want to throw up – both from the sensation and the heavily sweetened flavour. Way too sweet, where’s the spice?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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16

Well yes. The aroma of the dry leaves is indeed chocolate strawberry, with the liquid smelling of mostly chocolate. But not good chocolate. Nor is it the step down from good chocolate which is the cheap but edible and wildly available stuff. Its more like the weird stuff that you find in $2 discount stores that isn’t really chocolate but some weird stale chocolate colored imitation. Imagine that with a faint hint of strawberry and you have experienced this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow what a run of bad luck

Miss Sweet

Yes it was :(. I always get clumps of bad tea all in one go, instead of just the odd gross one!

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34

You gotta admire tea blends with stupid names, because if I had a tea company all the blends would be named after inside jokes and dead celebrities I’m in love with.
Anyway, the aroma has that imitation lemon essence smell I’ve come to expect with lemon teas with hint of mint. This blend tastes exactly how it smells really, but I really don’t find the lozenge-esque lemon and mint an agreeable combination in my mouth…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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This blend of coconut, lavender and rooibos both intrigued and disgusted me. There is no flavouring added either, so it really just tastes exactly how you’d think: lavender and rooibos with a sweet coconut aftertaste. Interesting sounding but ultimately pretty bland, much like the men my friends try to set me up with.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Love the comparison. LOL :-)

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16

The only notes I had jotted down for this was “Bleh. Slightly berryish taste. Good intro to tea for savages.”

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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16

I knew this would be awful just from its name (and also due to not finding a decent earl grey during the entire World Tea Expo).
I really can’t think of anything worse than sullying the greatness of bergamot with weird dried berries and flavouring but I was willing to give this a go. The aroma of the tea is strangely fake strawberry, like lollies, with a hint of citrus. And unsurprisingly the flavour is much the same, a poor strawberry black tea with a finish of light (cheap?) bergamot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Wow, no decent Earl Grey in the entire Expo? How sad. You should try Mariage Freres Earl Grey Imperial if you haven’t already. Strong on the bergamot, that.

Miss Sweet

None at all, it was quite disheartening! Mariage Freres has been on my wishlist for ages, so good to hear they do a great earl grey :D

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60

This tea tastes like fruit punch with a sour twinge in the finish. I don’t think there’s much else to say. It’s sweet enough to pass for punch and not a standard herbal attempt which ends up tasting watered out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74

I enjoyed this a great deal. It reminds me of a Chocolate Coconut Tea that Trader Joe’s use to carry. The almond balances the coconut flavor while still maintaining the black tea taste.

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100

I’m sporting a cold so I wanted a strong flavored tea today. This is one of those special teas that you find over the holidays but will enjoy year round. The cranberry and almond move this beyond a standard holiday spice blend. Don’t compare this with the boxes of grocery store holiday teas. The East Indies Tea Company has raised holiday blends to a new level – one to treasure.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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46

This tea was very simple. Black tea with pomegranate. I had a cup prepared for me in the tea store (Cattail Coffee & Tea, www.cattailcoffee.com ), so I am not sure of how it was prepared and that impacts my review. The tea was actually a little bit bitter. I’m not sure if this was a fault in preparation or if it is a naturally bitter black tea. When smelling the tea beforehand, I was afraid that the pomegranate flavor would be too strong and unnatural, but it was just right. Decent cuppa to pick up at the store as a once-off, but didn’t want to buy any to take home.

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80

This is a very strong tea. When pouring into the steeper, the water instantly changed to a dark brown, leading me to change my anticipated steeping time down from 5:00 to 4:30 because of the expected strong flavor. The first impression I got was that it was the most coffee-like tea I have come across. The smoky flavor as well as a good amount of body is what lead me to this conclusion. The description from the company notes orange peel and citrus flavoring, but I did not notice it. It may have been overpowered by the smoky flavor. This tea is a great change of pace, but stronger than I usually like my teas. It will definitely work its way into the rotation as “my strong tea”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I usually drink Art of Tea’s Earl Grey Creme, but this is good too. I’ll have to do a side by side cupping. Art of Tea will probably come out on top.

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