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95

Oh this was such a lovely way to end off a day of fishing. Even lake water didn’t take anything away from this beautiful tea.

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95

Oh my god. I got a sample of this today and I am in love. This is one of the nicest licorice flavoured teas I’ve ever had. The woodiness of the rooibos compliments and mellows the intensity of the licorice perfectly. It’s very mildly sweet, but much drier than most other licorice/anise teas.

I’m also very delighted by the new synesthetic experience from this tea. This tastes like a greyish shade of cornflower blue, which is a colour I’ve never tasted before. The synesthesia adds lots of extra dimension to the tea experience.

I will definitely be getting this for my cupboard.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Sipdown!! (147)

Lately my mason jar has been tied up with cold brews and my other clear containers are packed away in a box in the basement so I haven’t had anything to brew blooms in. However, the past couple of days, I have decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar to brew bloom teas.

This one, in its dry form, was probably the prettiest bloom yet. Mostly that is because it looks like more than just tea leaves tied in a ball seeing as it has a small pink flower peaking through. However, that flower led me astray because when I brewed this, the flower separated itself from the rest of the bloom which then sunk to the bottom and bloomed upside down. Why put the flower on the bottom? Consequently, this one wasn’t as lovely bloomed as some of the others I have had.

Tastewise, this is a weak tea. Despite steeping for quite a long while, this just tastes like water infused with a bit of hibby and a touch of vegetal green – two flavor notes I personally do not look for in any blend. I will say though that given the two flavors this actually does have tend to be ones that are hated by many, this isn’t as bad as one might expect.

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. I appreciate the chance to try something new but this just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, blooms are always fun to watch so at the very least, I got some enjoyment out of this.

Terri HarpLady

I initially had a fascination for blooming teas, they are fun to watch open, but in general it seems like they are lacking in flavor.

Cavocorax

I’m just not big on jasmine so that’s a huge no for me. :P

VariaTEA

The blooms by DAVIDs are relatively flavorful compared to the others I have had but ultimately, if they weren’t a bloom, they would not be tasty enough to inspire me to want more. Still, they are fun every once in a while.

Jennkay

Ooh, bloom in a mason jar sounds like a good idea.

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69

Sipdown (169/171)!

Home from work it feels odd to be home this early, and I decided to take advantage of the fact that the only cold brews I currently have going are vodka shots. So I took my empty mason jar and made a pretty flowering tea!

Last time I had this one, I don’t remember being impressed with the aesthetics of the bloom – but maybe I just had a crappy bloom because this one is really pretty! It had a fair bit of colour to it, and the tea liquor itself has steeped up into this very pretty “blush pink” from the hibiscus.

The tea flavour? Well, it’s still pretty much very light hibiscus and a more vegetal “leaf” kinda flavour – which isn’t the best combo for me personally. That makes it easier to let go of this one. I think I’ll have to go back to McQuarries sooner than later though to nab a few more blooms to experiment with though; they’ve got a pretty fair variety to choose from.

I hope both Cavocorax and VariaTEA have success with this one!

Also I’m going to plunk this adorable video of fancy rats doing cool tricks, for anyone interested. It’s super cute! Although, it’s really making me miss my fancy rat, Eloise. I didn’t write about it when it happened because I was really upset, but she passed away about a week ago. It wasn’t totally unexpected because she’d been sick for a long time, but it still wasn’t easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7g2rxtWu_FM

I especially like “Famous” – she’s just really precious, and her little beady red eyes are too freakin’ cute!

Courtney

Aw I’m sorry. :(

Courtney

That video is adorable!

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69

I made this in the mason jar tonight when I got home – I was dying to see what it looked like when it was bloomed! I must say, the show didn’t disappoint – this was so pretty to look at.

Sadly, the taste was a real let down; definitely not as good at the taste of last night’s bloom tea – that’s for sure. The hibiscus was present (though not immensely strong) and it really clashed/conflicted with the extreme vegetalness of the green tea and the floral aspects of this blend. Plus, there’s the fact that I typically just dislike vegetal tea in general.

And then, even worse, it got bitter pretty quickly – which is somewhat understandable because the tea just sits in the water continuously steeping, but this seemed especially bad.

All that said, I think I’m going to send one of the blooms to VariaTEA so, if nothing else, she can see how pretty it is and I can lessen the number I have, but I really do hope she enjoys it more than I did.

PS. My rating for this one incorporates the taste and the aesthetics.

Suziqzer

Bummer the flavor didn’t live up to expectations… at least it was pretty.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I don’t know if I should be excited or afraid.

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76

Add sweetened condensed milk to this tea and then it is a sweet tasting tea, with a white grape flavor that lingers on the tongue…I like it, it was a Christmas gift from my mom :)

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70

Daughter and mother tea party, Volcano Flower Burst and turkey sandwiches…FUN! The resultant tea was pleasant with a lemon taste to it. Nothing better than watching your tea grow before your eyes in a pretty clear glass teapot.

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65

Wonderful caramel aroma and it tastes so much better with brown sugar, brings out the caramel flavour…or adds it…one or the other.

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60

There is a Lichee taste for sure, but not the greatest tasting tea, not one I would buy.

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55

Not much flavour and I can just taste the blueberry, white teas are subtle, but this is too subtle…

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82

A review of Miesna Christmas Tea by The Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.

Company: The Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.
Tea Name: Miesna Christmas Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I fixed for myself today this fine Ceylon tea with a steep time of five minutes. Tea’s color is lovely malt amber and the aroma is of the apple spice with a rich smoothness in the cup when sipping of this tea.

Why I like having this tea is because of what the spices conjure for this time of year; heady cinnamon with crisp apple taste leaving a slight tartness with every gulp when swallowed. The aroma is most enticing as it makes you feel warm and tingly; appreciative of being inside where it is warm and comfortable.

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

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A review of Miesna Christmas Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.

Company: The Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.
Tea Name: Miesna Christmas Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish brown/ the color of apple cider
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Yes, another fixing of this Miesna Christmas Tea. I find this day calls for warm cider and since I don’t have warm cider, I am having a cup of this tea instead. I open the little crate box by sliding the wooden lid off and remove one tea bag from the foiled package. I must say it is heady in that it smells of cider…there is tartness in the air and it is lovely.

I put the bag in my cup and pour in the boiled water and leave it to steep for five minutes. After which I take the tea to view tea’s color and it is does resemble that of apple cider with that caramel color or cinnamon.

I sip and sip the tea slowly since it is very hot and spicy seeming to be laced with cinnamon, cloves and apple. The tea is both sweetly and tart with slight drying effect which is quenched with more sips of this tea.

I like the tea’s color and aroma and taste is most pleasing in that it’s both sweet and tart and the tea warm you all over. This is a lovely tea and not just for Christmas.

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

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A review of Miesna Christmas Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.

Company: Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.
Tea Name: Miesna Christmas Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Ceylon
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teabags
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea I obtained during a visit to Mullens Herbal Tea House in Barre, MA. This is not one of their house brand and was not too expensive for my budget.

I like the little wooden chest-like box that this tea comes in depicting Santa Claus on the cover. I must also note that I have had several teas made by the Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.; a recent one was The Boston Tea Party Blend, purchased while visiting a tearoom in Rockport, MA.

Once I figured out how to open the tea chest (made of wood which has a panel to slide when opening and closing), I take out the foil wrapping and open the bag to find individual tea bags inside.

I take one tea bag of the Miesna Tea and put this in my cup and adding freshly boiled water to my cup I leave it to steep for five minutes. The tea brews a darken reddish brown color and the aroma is really like apple cider similarly to the color of the tea…hints of honey as well.

I sip the tea slowly to take in the aroma with the apple taste and when swallowed there is that drying tartness that forms in the back of the throat.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I add more hot water to the tea bag and let it steep and I added sugar to the tea which seems to make it milder and syrup like cider. It would seem this tea is best sweetened. The apple spices stands out more in the cup making for a warmth-full cup of spiced apple tea.

This really is good tea for this time year.

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

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