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A review of Maple Blueberry Tea by The Metropolitan Tea Company

Company: The Metropolitan Tea Company
Tea Name: Maple Blueberry Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / Tea bag
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I reached for a cup of this tea just because I wanted to something comparable to maple syrup; well maple flavoring without the pancakes.

With one tea bag and adding in the boiled water and left to steep for a few minutes I am able to enjoy this tea. It is nicely hot with the maple flavoring delivering all of the right notes in aroma which is nicely sweet and woodsy like.

There is something to be said when sipping of this tea; that one cannot help but think of the great outdoors and being surrounded by maple trees and sugar fields.

This is a lovely tea!

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

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A review of Maple Blueberry Tea by The Metropolitan Tea Company

Company: The Metropolitan Tea Company
Tea Name: Maple Blueberry Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: dark reddish brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I fixed this tea quite hot and steeped it for several minutes. I pour the hot water in my cup with the tea bag in it and put this in the microwave for a couple of minutes more. As I said the tea is very hot and as I take sip of the tea, it burns my tongue and tea is just fine since the maple fragrant and mixture is nice for me to taste.

What is good for tea fixing is when I am able to fix just the cup I want and nothing else. I wanted maple tea and I am drinking and enjoying this tea. Thank you.

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

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A review of Maple Blueberry Tea by The Metropolitan Tea Company

Company: Metropolitan Tea Company
Tea Name: Maple Blueberry Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: golden brown / color of maple syrup
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I ordered this tea around Christmas time last year because I wanted to enjoy some of the maple flavors that is to be found in tea’s mixture and this tea seems to do just that. This is Ceylon tea from the Nuwara Eliya mountain regions of India; offering a combination of attraction, such as healing climate, scenic beauty and wooded wilderness, flowery meadows and its high plateau.

The teas’ produce in Nuwara Eliya are of a unique flavor as the air is always scented with the fragrance of cypress trees that grows in abundance and mentholated with the wild mint and eucalyptus.

It is a combination of all these factors that makes this tea so special. The tea bags are in a foil packaged and as I open the foil to remove one of the tea bags, I get a slight hint of the maple, as it is sweetly permeating the air. I place one of the bags in my cup adding the boiled water to it. I leave it to steep for several minutes.

The tea’s color is that of maple syrup with a sweet aromatic brew. Tea is very light when tasting/sipping of the tea. It is smoothly hot and lively cup of tea. The flavor flows through and through; lasting until the very last drop.

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

The longer the steep the maple flavor seems a bit less each time, yet still enjoyable. The tea retains its reddish brown coloring with slight hints of the maple for aroma; it is smooth with a good blend in body for the taste makes you want to have more and more of this tea. This second steep would make a very good iced tea. Since I like my tea hot, this is how I continue to enjoy it.

Overall, this Ceylon blend with the maple is exquisite and it is nice as one sip the tea to remember of the lush mountain where the tea originates.

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

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A review of Maple Blueberry Tea by The Metropolitan Tea Company

Company: Metropolitan Tea Company
Tea Name: Maple Blueberry Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: golden brown / color of maple syrup
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I ordered this tea around Christmas time last year because I wanted to enjoy some of the maple flavors that is to be found in tea’s mixture and this tea seems to do just that. This is Ceylon tea from the Nuwara Eliya mountain regions of India; offering a combination of attraction, such as healing climate, scenic beauty and wooded wilderness, flowery meadows and its high plateau.

The teas’ produce in Nuwara Eliya are of a unique flavor as the air is always scented with the fragrance of cypress trees that grows in abundance and mentholated with the wild mint and eucalyptus.

It is a combination of all these factors that makes this tea so special. The tea bags are in a foil packaged and as I open the foil to remove one of the tea bags, I get a slight hint of the maple, as it is sweetly permeating the air. I place one of the bags in my cup adding the boiled water to it. I leave it to steep for several minutes.

The tea’s color is that of maple syrup with a sweet aromatic brew. Tea is very light when tasting/sipping of the tea. It is smoothly hot and lively cup of tea. The flavor flows through and through; lasting until the very last drop.

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

The longer the steep the maple flavor seems a bit less each time, yet still enjoyable. The tea retains its reddish brown coloring with slight hints of the maple for aroma; it is smooth with a good blend in body for the taste makes you want to have more and more of this tea. This second steep would make a very good iced tea. Since I like my tea hot, this is how I continue to enjoy it.

Overall, this Ceylon blend with the maple is exquisite and it is nice as one sip the tea to remember of the lush mountain where the tea originates.

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

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80

I have really nothing new to say about this tea. I still wish the pineapple was stronger… I still wish that it was more of a punch. Today I’m getting the tiniest amount of a salty taste with this tea and I have NO idea why. It’s probably nothing to do with the tea at all. Having it with milk today. It’s good. Actually it’s cream. The milk went sour here at work. ANyways, I’m wondering if it’s the creamer causing the saltiness.

Either way, good tea, but not one that I would keep stocked. I’m going to try and drink it up fast.

Non-tea related: I’m working for a temporary work service here in my city, and I’ve been placed in a propane company. I work four days here and one day at the newspaper that I work for. Well, the propane place has been great, but they are going to let me go this week. The temp place called me yesterday and said they had a new job for me starting Wednesday and they’d let me know more as they found out more. So, today was to be my last day at the propane place… Well, it’s not anymore: the other job fell through. I feel like I’m on a roller coaster today!! I was looking forward to something new, while sad to say bye and now the propane place is keeping me to Friday.. which is good, but it’s kinda stressing me out!

Today I’ve decided I’m going to try and sipdown some more teas. I’m giving myself the freedom to throw out my tiny leftovers after having some of these glasses. I’ve got a bunch that I only have a few tsps. left and if I have a glass and don’t like it or don’t think I’d drink the rest, then I’m going to let them go. It’s okay. The ones I’m trying are either free samples or one’s I know I won’t finish as I’ve already had them so long.

Anyways, that’s my little.. “rant” if you can call it that. Here’s to tea!

Indigobloom

Oh no! I feel your pain, being unemployed myself. Hope they don’t string you along too far

TheKesser

Thanks! Same here. I’m trying not to stress about it, but it’s not easy. My husband thankfully has been really relaxed about it and very encouraging! :) Maybe being off work for a bit will be good. It’ll give me more of a chance to finish writing my novel finally.

Indigobloom

Oooh a novel! How much do you have let to write?

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80

Another tea from my dad for Christmas!

I’m drinking a black tea without milk?! It’s actually really good. I knew I could taste something other than just pineapple and I think it’s the blackberry teas. The pineapple is very subtle. I do wish it was a bit stronger, but that’s okay. I’m enjoying it. I could see it mixing fairly well with other fruity teas.
Next time I steep it, I might even try it with some milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

This looks like exactly the same ingredient roster as the pineapple tea from Tropical Tea Co. I recently reviewed. And I loved it!

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I don’t mind this tea, although it is not my favorite. There is a fine line between getting the right steep or steeping too long. If it steeps for too long it gets quite bitter. It leaves a harsh sour aftertaste in your mouth. I find it makes a good mint green tea when mixed 1:1 with spearmint (I used David’s Tea spearmint).

I will most likely finish the tea I have but will try other brands/companies for something a bit more smooth.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Anthony Bazic

I have had experiences with Gunpowder tea being a little too strong or too lite when it comes to the use of mint. I never experienced much bitterness but mostly tannins from the bulk tea I buy from World Market stores. I recommend to get Gunpowder in Adagio, it has
a smoky profile, with a touch of nuts and straw. Its not minted however, but goes well with fresh mint and has a balance between tea and the mint.

Lala

Thanks! That sounds good, I will have to try it.

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Loose
Appearance: deep green gunpowder pearls
Aroma when Dry: smoky, grassy
After water is first poured: grassy, slight nutty note
At end of steep: grassy, slightly sour
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: moss green
Staple? Type no, will accept when out
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first?: bitter, harsh, grassy
As it cools?: notes get harsher, rougher
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, sour grassy notes

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

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Loose
Appearance: med dark leaf
Aroma when Dry: smoky, aromatic oak/mesquite blend, slightly reminiscent of jerked meat
After water is first poured: early campfire sparks
At end of steep: campfire dimming
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: light smoky quartz brown
Staple? No, might try type again, brand acceptable
Preferred time of day: afternoon, evening
Taste:
At first?: bodied BBQ char
As it cools?: notes open up a bit, tea gets a bit more bodied
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, light wispy smoke on the palate

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

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97

It’s like getting punched in the mouth by a Russian, but in a good way. It reminds me a bit of Lady Grey, only a lot stronger. I think I can taste grapefruit in this tea but not quite sure… I like this tea, when I want a really powerful Earl Grey this is a good one to choose. When I want it a little more mellow I mix it with EG cream or Dorian Grey. Sometimes I add milk but usually just sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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99

Amazing flavour! Like drinking fresh strawberries, you don’t really taste the green tea..

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93

Very refreshing smell and taste. I have the package open on my desk and the smell of strawberry making me crazy. Excellent blend of green tea, strawberry and papaya makes this tea one of my top favorites. I do double infusion with a pinch of dry from package and enjoy it. Steeping time that I put 4-5 min with drop of honey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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78

Sipdown! (or at least pretty close to it)

I had my last little bit on its own yesterday. Funny story, I made this one, then when I went to add my milk and sugar, I found out I was out of milk! Booo! So, I went to Tim’s to get a cinnamon roll and I got a couple of the little milk thingys. They didn’t even charge me for it! So sweet!
Anyway, three mins is far too long for this tea. I needed to do more of a 2.5mins or so. It was too strong yesterday.

I’m not sure I’ll miss this one now that it’s out.

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78

I gotta say, tea is such a wonderful thing. Every day it’s something different, even when you think it’s not going to be. And it’s amazing that sometimes all it takes for it to be different is for the water temp to be too high or too low, or if you let it steep a few mins longer or shorter… This world of tea is really something you can experiment with and never get bored.

And even when you think you might be getting bored, mix it up!

Hate that one kind of tea? Try different flavours or mix them together.
Try different amounts of sweetner or no sweetners.
Try that rooibos with milk! Try it straight up!
Try that black tea with honey! Try it with lemon! Try it in sipping cups instead of a mug!
Try a tea variety that you’ve never had before like white tea or pu’erh, or Oolong!
Try a plain tea instead of a crazy flavour, or vis versa.

Tea is really an expression of yourself, I’m finding. And depending on what tea you grab, can really share your mood and feelings about things.

I am constantly asked what teas I have that are good. What is the definition of good? I think all my teas are good in one way or another. And I know that my teas don’t appeal to everyone either. But, I know what I like, and I try to figure out what others like to help them along the way… which is another reason that I love giving friends samples of my teas.

Anyway, I should really get onto the tea!

Steeped this one for 2.5mins today. I’m finding it a lot more subtle and delicious. I almost wonder if I should stick with the shorter steep time for this one so it doesn’t turn bitter and it stays yummy!
I definitely recommend this one. It’s a very nice black tea with a flavour that isn’t too subtle. It’s lets you know that it’s there. It doesn’t get lost when you add things to it either. Very good!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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78

Happy belated birthday to me! My actual birthday was two days ago (Thursday), and I decided to buy myself a small bit of tea. :)
My mom and I went to this wonderful little place that sells tea, and I talked to the lady that owns it and she knows so much about tea it’s amazing. She said something about her degree/qualifications, but I don’t remember the details at this time. Anyway, I told her about my sinus headaches and how I was looking for just a plain basic black tea, and she suggested this one!
The smell is so warm and almost cosy. Who knew that a plain black tea could smell so nice in that way?! I really feel that I need to try more plain black teas. I drink so many flavoured ones and almost completely ignore the plain ones.
Anyway, so I made this one yesterday and I steeped it for like 4 mintues or so, but I found it to be quite strong. I was kind of surprised by it, but today I went ahead and steeped it for 3 mins with one tsp per cup. I’ve added my milk and sugar as always with my black teas, and it is so lovely. It’s definitely close to the orange pekoes I’ve had before, but it has a bit more of a promident flavour to it. I’m really loving it. It’s definitely curbing the plain black tea craving that I’ve had lately, and it’s a great choice for me with all this sinus congestion that is still plaguing me. (I’m thinking if it doesn’t clear up soon, I might go see my doctor. I’m going crazy with this. I might try one of those pots… I don’t remember the exact name that’s suppose to clean out the sinuses. Has anyone tried these before?)
Anyways… that’s all from me for now. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sometimes I forget - simply because so many bad bagged teas are purportedly orange pekoe/Ceylons - that some of them are downright good!

TheKesser

lol it’s so true!

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92

This is an absolutely delightful tea. The hibiscus is a wonderful, sweet floral that manages to be bold but not overpowering. It’s wonderful with the Ceylon, and tastes great at any temperature. I drink it hot in the winter or add a bit of extra sugar and drink it iced in the summer.

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69

I really like this as a change to my usual earl. the orange does not overpower the bergamont in my opinion. a good change of pace.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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69

When the hubby and I went to The English Tea Room, this one was the one I ordered as my first pot. I wasn’t disappointed, necessarily, but it was a lot darker than I’d expected. I couldn’t really find the safflower petals, but the jam flavor was there as soon as I got some cream into it. It was very rich, and went excellently with the Scotch egg I’d ordered. :) I probably won’t order that one again, but it was a good one-timer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

I accidentally forgot I had started this steeping this morning, and when I finally remembered it was tepid, with the completely saturated leaves floating listlessly around the teamaker… so I threw it out and started afresh. The marigold petals really help this tea get that “cream” flavor going. I had it sweetened, but I didn’t add any milk, like my husband and I normally do. I just wasn’t feeling it today. It was delicious and smooth, and the flavors weren’t too strong. Just what I was after. n_n

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Went to The English Tea Room today and got to try this gem. My husband ordered it, and of course we swap. :) I wish I could say I made a wiser choice than he did, but that would be a lie, because this tea was bloody delicious. It was a much lighter color than I was expecting, from a tea that claims to have Irish Breakfast as its base, but the aroma and the flavor made me forget all that. This tea is everything I want in a flavored black tea—rich, robust tea liquor, a sweet but not overpowering flavoring, and a smooth finish. _ It reminded me some of a wonderful tea I had at a tea house in Birmingham that is, to my everlasting dismay, now closed. That other tea was perfection… but this one comes close.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88

Black teas are my favorite. This one is delicious. A nice smooth, slightly sweet flavor. The leaves are sweet scented too. This decaf will come in handy when I want a great black tea, but not the caffiene! It could also work as a nice base for another tea. But it works great by itself too!

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88

I went to this tea again this morning, ‘cause I wanted something that would give the illusion of a flavored black tea but not actually have any distinguishable non-tea flavor. (After rereading that sentence, I realize that it doesn’t really make much sense, but that’s the best way I can think of to explain my mood… xP) I just wanted something not quite so heavy as a straight black, but I wasn’t ready to commit to any one (or even two) flavoring(s). Even Earl Grey Creme, my dearest morning friend, smelled too strongly of cornflower to me. (I guess this is what pregnancy does to you… makes you lose your blinking mind.) So anyway, this tea fit the bill, unnecessarily long story short.

It’s very nice with milk and a little sugar (the usual amount, two of Teavana’s “tea spoons,” which are not real teaspoons but rather about 2/3 tablespoon).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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