The East Indies Tea Company

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Assuming this is the record for Miss Figgy at Tea and Tins, see my full review on Sororitea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/01/miss-figgy-from-tea-tins/

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Fig, Oats, Raisins

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Some people have complained about the tea tasting like lavender, so I was prepared for a fairly floral tea. However, upon making a cup, I actually found it was quite nice. Now, this is not overly flavored with fig, but you definitely get notes of the fruit in the tea. So those who are looking for a prominent taste of fig with just a little tea flavor, you may be disappointed. I think the issue with the lavender comment is that fig has a very similar flavor profile, but they are distinct enough to tell the difference between the two. I will buy this again.

Flavors: Fig, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So I am at my sister’s loft which has a beach theme to the decor so this and the beach boys just seemed right. Unfortunately, being anywhere near my sister means wedding stuff all the time. Alas, no tea and music moment today. I did get the song playing and sipped for a little before it got shut off on me to look at food stations and noticed how both just bring you back to a fun summer moment in the sun and both just made me super happy. I’m sad I didn’t get to concentrate more but both are awesome and both went by too fast. Now I’m shopping for more of this bright creamy deliciousness…think a creamsicle…but better!

Thank you Roswell Strange!!

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Here’s Hoping TTB

I had never heard of the East Indies Tea Company before, but this tea smelled so good that I just had to try it! Most chocolate-flavored teas are a letdown in the flavor department, but this one is rich and sweet and malty and smooth…it really does taste like a chocolate malt in tea form! Quite possible the best chocolate tea I’ve ever had.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Totally agreed with Kittenna on this, no cherry but lots of cakiness! Noms. and yeah the sparkles dazzle. I did add a touch of sugar to see if any fruit notes would emerge but instead was rewarded with cake! I was really looking forward to cherry, as I loooooove cherries. But cake works too.
Thank you Keychange for sharing!

keychange

I wanted this to be like a cherry cake! so much disappointment. Oh well, glad you guys found something to like about it haha.

Indigobloom

I know me too!! was a little disappointed to see no cherry-ness. Well, onwards with the search for a cherry tea :)

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keychange was so nice to share some of her new teas with me! We opened this up at her place yesterday, and thought it smelled okay, lacking a bit on the banana, perhaps. That observation seems to have held true for the flavour as well. A nice enough flavoured black, but neither chocolatey nor banana-y enough to really achieve “Banana Split”. Just vaguely tasty.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
keychange

Uggh how disappointing! I’ve half a mind to take this entire box of tea and chuck it out the window.

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Met up with some lovely Steepsterites today and had a wonderful time! Came away with too much tea, though, and sorely regret not hauling things out of my stash to bring and offload, too.

Anyhow, this tea came from the huge order that keychange made from East Indies recently, and is one she was not fond of, in part because it didn’t taste like cherries. Well, it didn’t taste like cherries to me either! However, it had the cakey sweetness of other teas like Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and Blueberry Crumble, and therefore I found it delicious. Also, sparkles. I didn’t really write down anything more about it, so should probably re-review later, but it was tasty.

Thanks for sharing, keychange!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m very jealous of the meet up! We’ll have to figure something out for Christmas this year since I’m in Regina – but it’s a shame you all don’t live as close.

Sil

yea :( would have been great to get everyone in one place!

keychange

It would have been awesome! also, glad my east indies stuff is being enjoyed by someone!

Indigobloom

I’m so gonna try it soon as I kick this cold

Kittenna

It’s tasty.

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This was a giant cup of no this morning. Too sweet, too flat, and just not enough of whatever it is i was hoping to get. It’s so hard to describe why you don’t like something, because it wasn’t horrible; it just wasn’t that good. And like, do I waste a tasting note and your time by telling you: I just didn’t like this tea? I guess so, LOL.

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0 OZ / 0 ML
keychange

I know. And the day only went downhill, tea-wise.

OMGsrsly

Oh that sucks. :(

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You know when you wake up feeling hormonal and fragile, and then you brew up a tea you’ve never had before, and suddenly so much is resting on how it turns out? When I opened this bag, my nose was pleasantly assaulted with a blast of straight up cinnamon bun. I smelled the frosting that hints at cream cheese, I smelled the cinnamon bun itself, the thick, sweet bread, and for heaven’s sake, it even almost managed to smell warm. So despite myself, my expectations were kind of set.

I brewed this for five minutes, added in some cream and rock sugar, and got to sniffing. The brew retained much of the smell of the dry leaf, which is both promising and dangerous. But the first sip cemented it all: it was hot, it tasted thick (thanks to the cream which, dare I say, I might even be able to back off of), it tasted sticky and gooey and cinnamony, and I felt so cozy and happy as I drank it with my hashbrown breakfast and read “the dust that falls from dreams”. I think I’ll love this tea even more in the winter. I’m just imagining it in a timolino or carry mug (actually, it’s the new curve travel mug I am lusting after so hard). I’m imagining opening the lid after coming in from the cold, and burying my nose in cinnamon-bun-scented steam. Omg. Tea, I am back.

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1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TeaNTees

This tea sounds so lovely.

keychange

It really is!

Sil

woooohooo!!!

Indigobloom

Sounds scrumptious!!

CHAroma

This sounds great! Adding to the wishlist.

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I know I know, same tea different morning. But I’m still trying to iron out some kinks in my tea-drinking experience.

This tea, again, was quite good. but there was still something wrong with the t. It tasted flat, or perhaps even as if the base tea had changed, although I have a theory. For the longest time, I was using my keurig to dispense water into my tea mug, and I was filling the keurig’s water reservoir with tap water. Then, we got one of those culligan water coolers for our house, and I began using the Culligan water to fill up the keurig. This was when I was drinking coffee, for which it is just fine. but any time I used the hot water tap on the Culligan cooler to make myself tea, the teal would always, without any exceptions, come out tasting weird. It’s strange, because cold, the Culligan water is delicious, although it’s a “thicker” water if that makes sense. It is not like spring water, which has a much thinner mouth feel. And I know I sound ridiculous, but the kind of water I use to make my tea seems to absolutely make a difference. So next up, I’m going to experiment with tap water tea and see what happens, although I’ll have to wait for the Keurig to run through the water it already has first in order to get there.

So let’s keep our fingers crossed that I’m right!

Do you guys notice a difference in the taste of your tea depending on what water you use also? I keep trying to tell myself it’s all in my head, but it kind of isn’t.

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Indigobloom

I totally know what you mean about thick water! Making tea with it can be a bit ick for sure

Sil

water absolutely affects taste. It’s likely not in your head at all.

CrowKettle

When I lived away from home for school, there were teas I wouldn’t bother taking with me because I knew they didn’t pair as well with the water there.

keychange

Ok, whew. I’m so glad it isn’t all in my head. Because I was noticing it with tea after tea, and I was like “seriously? five teas?” here’s hoping changing the water will fix it!

Indigobloom

when I was in Florida, there was one tea in particular, I can’t recall what now, that tasted amazing but really odd here in Mississauga. I think it was the difference of hard vs soft water

Plunkybug

Yes, water made a difference when I was in NY last fall making tea.

CHAroma

It’s definitely not in your head. Water quality has been documented to make a difference. If you start with bad water, you’re going to have bad tea. I’ve especially run into this problem at work. I royally screwed up two cups of tea last week. The first time I tried heating water in a paper cup in the microwave. The cup started to burn so it made the water taste burnt. Then I tried using the hot water tap, but the water was really metallic-tasting. Total fail.

Kittenna

When our water pipes were frozen this past winter, we had bottled water for a while, and my teas tasted awful. Flat and flavourless. I use Brita-filtered water most of the time, and that’s when teas taste the best. Tap water is better than bottled, too.

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Ok guys, this is much, much better.

For those of you who don’t yet know, east indies is dellaterra’s supplier, and given that dt has sort of been a bit on again off again regarding how open for business they are, I figured I’d go straight to the source (thanks to marzipan, who alerted us). I kind of, um, bought 117 dollars worth of tea from them, so to say I went a bit overboard isn’t an exaggeration. But the customer service there was fantastic, although if you live in Canada, please insist that they don’t ship to you via UPS because I got slammed with a hefty border tax at my door. Not fun at all. It kind of made me have unreasonably high expectations for the tea because hello, if I’m paying a million dollars, this tea had better make me fly.

Anyway, I’m happy to report that this tea is as delicious as I remember it being. unfortunately, I was a little too heavy-handed with the cream, so the flavours were kind of muted, and I suspected my water could have been a smigeon hotter than it was, but this cup was verily bursting with potential. I have always preferred this tea to davids tea’s pumpkin chai, because I find this tea to have more flavor overall, and I can also taste the black base more. And so, even though this tea has not yet reached its maximum potential, I can taste it there, lingering underneath my brewing mistakes. Pretty exciting stuff, guys. Pretty exciting stuff.

Ok, so now it’s off to Costco with a good friend, and then tonight we’re making fajitas!

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1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

Excellent! So glad to hear this was delicious (or will be next time. Haha.)

Fjellrev

Wahoo! After all those DTT orders I made, for some ridiculous reason I never put this one in my cart so it’s nice to hear it’s as good as ever.

keychange

I’ll bring you guys some next week!!

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Ok so I’m not really going to beat around the bush here, because I had this tea yesterday and so I’ve had enough time to really think about it. Not that I even needed time.

I do not like this tea. It does not smell of lilacs, nor does it taste of them. At all. Like not even a little bit. It tastes just like black tea, and it was easily overwhelmed by my milk and sugar, although you would not have guessed that by the strong, virging on tanic smell of the leaves as it brewed. I’m a little hartbroken. Because I have like two oz left. I’m meeting a bunch of fellow steepsterites next Saturday, and I intend on bringing this tea to see if the problem is me, the tea, the description, or all three. Don’t get me wrong—it isn’t hideous or anything like that. it’s just not even close to being a lilac-flavoured tea. And I know, I know. Try brewing it this way. That way. More water. Less water. More leaf. Try brewing it further above sea level. But like, it isn’t even close, not even in the neighborhood of what I was hoping for, so I’m kind of tea-devastated.

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Dexter

Awwww – I know you’ve been hunting for flowery teas. So sad that this one totally missed for you. :((

keychange

Thanks, dex. it missed so, so hard. Like so badly. I can’t even.

CHAroma

Awww, I’m sure it’s not you. I’ve had similar experiences where a tea is just nothing like what it’s supposed to be. It’s a downright sucky thing to happen. Hopefully, your next tea purchase is a success!

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So, this is definitely one of those cases where my first impression of a tea was pretty far off. Honestly, I hated this the first time I had it. In fact, I rated it a measly “14” and I was so hesitant to revisit it that I swapped or gave away all of the remaining 50g I originally started with except for a single cup’s worth – which I just drank.

While I still don’t think this is a particularly good tea I did find it to be a lot better than I initially gave it credit for. A good deal of that was due to a lack of lavender flavour in the cup; in fact, this barely tasted like lavender at all. Sure, it was a little floral but in a rather muted and generic way. I also was actually able to taste some fruity sweetness though I wouldn’t pinpoint it as specifically “fig”. But it was soft, and pleasantly sweet.

Overall I’d describe the flavour as very muddled – but that’s a step forward from my first impression, and definitely worthy of a somewhat increased rating. And at least I was able to finsih this cup worth! That also counts for a lot.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_WtPJW3Sd4&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

No deeper meaning here; it’s just what I was listening to when I drank this and I found it worked well in regard to creating a good tea drinking atmosphere/mood.

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Despite being pretty much over my ‘sprinkles in tea’ phase, this tea drew me in with the combination of pig sprinkles in the blend and the fun, whimsical name and the promise of fig flavour. In my humble opinion, there aren’t nearly enough fig blends and any chance I have to try a new one is one I’m going to take!

However, when I cracked open my sealed 2 oz. package of this blend I was hit with something I hadn’t been prepared for; the strong, piercing aroma of lavender! The lack of comprehensive ingredients lists on East Indie’s website it definitely a valid criticism; while a super generic blurb has worked out in my favor in the past in this case I feel like I was failed – I cannot stand lavender, and had I known this blend had so much of it I’m sure I would’ve been persuaded against this tea despite wanting to try ‘all the fig’.

Regardless, I cold brewed myself up a mason jar worth of tea because you never really know how a tea is going to taste for sure until you try it, so despite major reservations there was still a chance this could be alright. Sadly, I just couldn’t get over that concentrated lavender flavour. It was floral in a soapy, artificial way that made me feel like I’d licked all of the counters and shelves in a Bath & Body Works store. Any fig that was in this blend, and I know there was because I could see the dried out pieces in the leaf along with the adorable pig sprinkles, was completely masked. I was not impressed.

My overall opinion is that personally I found this blend as irksome as the puppet it’s playfully named for – and if you’re looking for fig look elsewhere. However, if you’re a fan of lavender and want to try a strong lavender blend over a black base you’re in luck.

Liquid Proust

TChe name kind of sounds odd… I was imagining a bacon tea, though it doesn’t say Piggy :/

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Cold Brew Sipdown (126)!

Welp, my roommates have finally caught on to the fact that there’s constantly a pitcher of cold brewed tea in the fridge that they’re more than welcome to drink – so I’ve been making pitchers of cold brew more frequently now that I’m not the only one drinking it. Downside, however, is that it means enjoying less of the really good teas – and that particularly hurt with this one because it was a sipdown, and a sipdown of a tea that isn’t the most easy to get a hold of on top of that.

It was so good though! Personally, I find the persimmon in the blend comes across really strongly as a more citrusy/mandarin orange sort of flavour and that’s just so tasty. The mandarin is sweet and well rounded, and it kind of has that same sort of sweetness that tomatoes or foods with tomatoes in them have. So, like, the best medley of orange/tomato goodness. Add on top the slight cream element from the yogurt drops and you’ve got yourself one hell of a unique, summer/fall transitional type of tea. I will say, that cold brewing does bring out the rooibos base a bit too so this has a little of that woody quality – but not much in comparison to the other good flavours.

I’m glad I took the risk getting this one when I did – and I’d happily get it again.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oygNmMISdC0&index=1&list=WL

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Made a big pot of this one to drink on the porch while watching the rain.

It was a pleasant enough pot; strong citrus/mandarin notes but while the mandarin usually comes off as a little watered down this pot didn’t sacrifice any of its sharpness/flavour and so each sip kind of pleasantly “cut in” to you with its citrusy vibrancy.

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Evening cuppa! This tastes like creamy mandarin oranges, and it’s making me happy and at ease! Also, I think it’s probably safe to say that my palate is back up to snuff and that makes me really happy!

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Tea soda, but not the best one I’ve made as of late.

This tea has such a richness and sharpness from the Persimmon that I was sure it would translate well but it just seemed to lose it’s edge and juiciness somewhere along the process. Instead, this was more “mellow mandarin soda” with some vaguely umami flavours and a lot of woody rooibos base.

It would have been good if I was aiming for mandarin soda, but since I was going for vibrant persimmon it was a little less than satisfactory.

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Last tea from last night; I was painting my nails while this was steeping and I got distracted, so by the time I was done my nails/remembered I had tea brewing this was stone cold and had been steeping for like half an hour? But, but!

It tasted delicious! No ‘cream’/gelato notes to be found. However, the persimmon, mandarin orange, and tomato notes were incredibly strong and juicy. They were incredibly long lingering, and made my mouth salivate so much. Very sweet, tangy, and umami! I continue to really enjoy this tea!

I’m so happy with this purchase.

Sil

oooh sounds tasty

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…Persimmon Gelato?

…Persimmon Gelato!

That’s such a unique and fascinating flavour idea, and the minute I saw it on East Indie’s website I knew that I had to try it. For anyone who isn’t aware of East Indies Tea Company, they’ve got some really interesting and well executed flavoured blends. Their ‘specialty’ is probably dessert blends. Also, for people not aware they seem to be the supplier for most of, if not all of, Della Terra Tea’s blends – a company pretty well known for having wonderful flavoured dessert blends.

When I cracked open my sealed up package of this the smell was really overwhelming; I honestly have only had persimmons once or twice and I found that they tasted like a very sweet tomato, almost with an orange-y flavour. The aroma of the dry leaf certainly causes me to relive that experience; it’s intensely sweet and fruity with a strong citrusy scent that makes me think of really ripe mandarin oranges or perhaps very ripe mangoes. Visually, there’s lots of dried fruit (Persimmon? I wish there was an ingredients list for this blend) in the leaf as well as a multitude of little yogurt drop type things. All of this in conjunction had me very, very pumped to get this tea steeped up!

I gave this a nice, long steep to make sure I drew out as much flavor as I could and to also give the many yogurt drops time to fully melt. I was somewhat worried that when they did melt the liquor would either get a little oily or I’d get “yogurt scum” similar to what happens with melted chocolate chips but neither really happened and the liquor was very smooth and thick. The flavour was quite wonderful too; while I ultimately think the gelato aspect of the blend could have come across better, as it was basically just added creaminess from the yogurt drops, the persimmon was very well executed! Persimmons, simplified, are basically just very sweet tomatoes and that came through. I got that wonderful umami flavor that a tomato has that manages to linger all over your mouth, but also fruity notes that made me think of very, very ripe mango or either naval oranges or really ripe, in season mandarin oranges.

Anti-rooibos tea drinkers be warned though, while the flavor is strong and lively it doesn’t completely mask that rooibos base so expect to taste it alongside the lovely persimmon/citrus notes. But overall this is just a really wonderful, unique flavored rooibos and I’m extremely happy with it and definitely recommend trying it if you find yourself with the chance to.

boychik

I love persimmons fresh and dried. They and figs are my fav fruits.

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This is another tea that I picked up on vacation at Quintin’s Tea Emporium in Virginia Beach. It smelled so lovely in the jar that I had to take it home with me. And I am always looking for new and interesting herbals for my cupboard.

I don’t find this one to be artificially lemon as the other reviewer suggests. It isn’t a bright citrusy lemon, but it’s not cloying or sweet and it doesn’t remind me of household cleaners at all. I think the mint does a good job of balancing out the lemon and both hid the fact that this is a red rooibos which is great since I almost passed on this one because I typically don’t like red rooibos teas.

Definitely one I will be happy to enjoy, though not something I plan to keep stocked.

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Boiling 5 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.

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

Love the comparison. LOL :-)

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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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