The Metropolitan Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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: 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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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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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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Backlogging, again.

The hubby and I decided to experiment with making hash browns from scratch Sunday morning, and since I did a lot of the cooking, he picked the tea to go with breakfast. He selected this one, which I would never have thought of as a breakfast tea. Surprisingly, I liked it very, very much! We had sausages with the hash browns, and so it was the combination of all those savory/smoky flavors with the earthy sweetness of this tea that made breakfast a complete success!

I honestly don’t get the butterscotch flavor unless I’m really looking for it (which isn’t a whole lot of the time). However, the caramel is there in full force, and the pu’erh is a complex enough flavor that I don’t mind not having the butterscotch. I don’t miss it. It steeps to an interesting reddish color, with hints of purple/magenta, especially when milk is added, which I did (that’s just how we do it—if it’s a black tea getting drunk for breakfast, it’s going to have milk in it). Anyway, been a while since I had this tea, and I’m glad the hubby dug it out! :)

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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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I really thought this was the Harney & Sons Royal Wedding tea when I bought it, but I guess I didn’t realize at the time that that one is a white tea. Oops. XD

Nonetheless, this tea is quite worth it. I know that this particular shop does get some of their teas from Harney & Sons, but this one had a handwritten label (which really should have tipped me off, lol). This black tea smells a little familiar, but I suppose that’s probably the copious amounts of largely unadultered Assam in there. :) I bought it for the honeymoon, and it turned out to be a wonderful get-a-good-start-to-a-slow-day tea. _

The flowers are subtle, but sugar brings them out satisfactorily. Not a tea I would sing about from a rooftop, but a delicious cuppa nonetheless. Certainly worth $8.50 for four ounces! Eat your heart out, Teavana! XP

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t often have a craving for this tea, but today, I did. I’m glad I was able to pull it out and brew it up right (because this tea done wrong is a travesty beyond words). When it’s right, it’s SO right…

The brew is very dark, typical for a pu-erh. The leaves have an almost smoky scent to them, but even in the dry leaf you can smell the caramel, which is not normally a strong scent. The almonds come out in the brew, where the smoky, woodsy flavor is kept more at bay by adding sugar (I’m not fond of having TOO strong of a pu-erh flavor, but that’s just my personal taste).

This was my first English Tea Room tea… and it will live in fame and glory for me. It was my first pu-erh, also, and thanks to its delicate but firmly convincing flavors, it will not be my last. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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