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I got this from culinary teas not realizing it is a different brand of tea. It comes in bags and not the fancy kind. The tea smells very blueberry candy-y dry. Once it steeped, I took a few sips and realized that this would be much better iced. It’s chilling in my fridge now and I’ll update this when I’ve tried it. Hot, it was very much an artificially blueberry tea, which was disappointing. I think it has good cold brew potential. I hope…

FYI whatshesaid this one definitely wasn’t worth the wait :-(

whatshesaid

Awww :(
No maple?? It was worth it to try I suppose! Cross it off the list, at least.
I had no idea it was a different company!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I had the plain maple one and was seriously disappointed. :( I have a MAPLE!!!!! tea from Steam Tea House in Vancouver that is so good. I like it with maple sugar in it. :)

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There are several Belgian Chocolate options here; I clicked Metropolitan Tea because a friend sent this from a little tea house in Tennessee that I think private labels Metropolitan stuff.

This particular blend is nice—I am a calendula lover in blended tea and it adds a nice little kick to the cocoa-roo. Pairing it with some bittersweet dark chocolate highlighted the sweetness.

(Curious…anybody ever steep just plain calendula leaves? Just wondering how they do on their own.)

Kittenna

I’d refer your question about plain calendula leaves to Stacy at Butiki. She seems like the most likely person to have tried something like that!

gmathis

Noted. Thanks!

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I’ll have to play around with the steeping time because all I’m getting is a bit of chocolate and a lot of rooibos. Not my thing.

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I’m only making a short note on this one ’cause I have to say something…

Don’t store your teas in small plastic baggys! I know the folks on here probably use the bags that the stores sell them in and that’s good (I do the same). Usually those bags are thick and ziplocked and mostly air tight. That isn’t what I’m meaning. The place my coworker got this one from for me is from a soup/sandwich place. They have their teas for sale in small plastic, clear bags that honestly, I’ve seen the same at the dollar store.
So, when I went to try this one, it has taken on the taste and smell of the soup place that sells it. So, unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience the good flavours that I wanted to with a name like Cherry Almond.
I would say something to the place, but I’m not that comfortable doing so, as I have yet to buy something from them…

Anyway, I might look at getting this one in the future from somewhere that sells it in proper packing. Cherry and almond sound so good!

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this is smoky, malty & strong. goes great with milk & sugar. 6 minutes steeping gives this tea a good, strong flavour. it’s a perfect tea for an early spring morning, evocative of wood smoke & a warm fire.

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This is actually packaged by Savannah Tea Company in Nashville, but I think they use Metropolitan and slap a pretty label on it.

It’s more “strong black mint tea with an implication of possible chocolate” than " chocolate tea with mint in it." But passable all the same. Wonder what a little creamer would do to it …

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Just gave this a go this morning. It smelled super delish at Lady Elegant’s (a place that sells mostly Metro Tea stuff in Minneapolis) and I’ve been wanting a loose leaf tea to have at work that would be happy in a tin, so this seemed a good bet.

A very nice and thick-feeling brew. Deep amber color. Probably since I like bitter tea, I let it brew a bit too long but it was perfect after about 3 minutes. I might even go a little longer… A nice tea to wake yourself up with!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Brought water to a boil and steeped the loose leaf tea in a tea sack for 5 minutes…drank it just as it is…no additives needed with the Earl

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I’m not usually a big fan of fruity teas, especially herbals, so this strawberry green tea was something new worth trying…. What a nice surprise! The subtley sweet strawberry taste is really well complimented by the floral and slightly bitter green tea. Lovely!!!!

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This is definitely a black licorice flavoured tea. The smell is of very strong black licorice. The taste is exactly like black licorice. But not sweet licorice, more bitter. It is not a bad bitter taste though, just like traditionally made black licorice candy. It smells like those licorice candies that you can get that are coated in sprinkles – licorice allsorts.
I did not much like this tea but I also am not a really big black licorice fan. It does, however, blend well with gunpowder green tea to mellow the licorice taste a bit. That blend also makes a good iced tea. Every once in a while I will pull it out and give it a taste or blend it with something.
I wish someone would make a red licorice flavoured tea, or a Nibs flavoured, Mmmmm.

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

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A review of Maple Blueberry Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd

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: reddish
Leaf Characteristic:

  1. Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes
I like this tea for its wonderful aroma. I use one tea bag and placing this in my cup I add in the boiled water and leaving it to steep for several minutes. This tea brews a very bright liquor and the teas’ aroma is that of maple; providing for headiness in the maple and syrupy when tasted.


2nd Steeping:
Water Temp: 200
Time: 3 minutes
My second cup of tea is similarly the same with a lessening in the taste for the maple and tea is still very bright reddish color; like wine almost. I taste more of the maple than the blueberry since I am not one to consume blueberry I don’t anything to compare it to.


Overall tasting notes: This is a wonderful tea that is easily blended with the maple and blueberry making for a good cup of tea. Tea is naturally sweet with not a need for anything else.

Classification: Year, and region of production; Product of India

Cup’s characteristic: sweet, smooth with a good body and blends very well with the maple and blueberry

Liquor color: bright reddish brown

Taste: tea taste sweetly; naturally sweetened with the maple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 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 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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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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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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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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