The Secret Tea Room

Recent Tasting Notes

There haven’t been very many reviews of this one. In fact I wrote both of the other ones. I rescued this tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB, & it is a very peppery chai, but I’ve enjoyed it!

And it’s a sipdown! 183, I think.

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I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo project for the last hour or so, & drinking a pot of this tea. It is a peppery chai, which I kept from the Here’s Hoping TTB.

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From the HHTTB

I almost didn’t make a cup of this. Someone wrote on the label, “This tea does not steep well due to content of black pepper.”
Then I figured, what the heck? I’m making 4 oz cups of all these teas I’m sampling today so that I can get through a lot of teas without getting water logged, so I made a cup. I added stevia & coconut milk kefir (which is pretty nice for a creamer, it turns out!).
This is delicious, & part of me is thinking of keeping it.
But the black pepper sensation definitely does linger!
For quite some time!

Sil

i’m back over 200… lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL! Of course you are!
I’m perplexed: I keep trying to post a comment to my ice wine post, thanking people, etc. I’ve tried 4 times now, & it won’t post! But I can comment anywhere else with no problems. Wierd!

Sil

Yeah that sounds like the weird time I had….it was acting like I was signed out when I tried to post on lala’s note the other day and only hers…

Cavocorax

I had that problem too! It was a thread where you and a few others commented and I REALLY wanted to get in the conversation. :(

Sil

Boooo

Terri HarpLady

Well, at least now I know it’s not just me!!
Everything is loading slowly, & the tab up in the corner that normally say you, switches back to saying sign in or something like that. ALOT!

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Floral but not aggressively so, with a hint of berries. It is slightly malty, and not very astringent. Overall, a smooth, well-balanced blend that is easy to drink and takes milk and sugar well. The perfect pot to share with a new tea friend!

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100

I’ve enjoyed this tea many times at The Secret Tea Room, and this is the first time that I am making some at home. I don’t know why, but I just really love this tea. Maybe it’s because I’m enthralled with the show of the same name, or maybe it’s because it reminds me of cold, snowy days and having lunch at TSTR with a pot of this to warm us up; I don’t know. The dry leaves smell pretty plain, just very lightly of an ordinary black tea. The tea itself, however, smells warmly of wonderful, fruity jam. This is a very robust black tea that is almost a little bitter, but it’s not quite there. The best part is the sweet and malty fruity aftertaste. I like this tea best with milk and sweetener. At TSTR, I’ve always had this tea with white sugar and milk. At home I always use Stevia and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t love this tea as much without the white sugar. No worries there – it is just as good with stevia! This tea is everything that I like in a black tea – strong, malty and a little bit of a sweet fruit flavor that can stand up to milk. Perfect!

-Dry blend has small black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of black tea. Tea liquor aroma is of fruity jam.
-Tea liquor is a clear deep reddish brown color.
-Robust and almost bitter black tea flavor and finish. Lightly sweet malty and fruity aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Perfect black tea with a hint of fruity jam.

Preparation
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GiggleGoddess

I’m guessing this is only available from the tea room directly and not online?

whatshesaid

Downton Abbey, aw! I bet that tea would be as delicious as the show is great!

Josie Jade

I think it is only available in store, since their website doesn’t have anywhere to add them to a cart or checkout.

darby

Bummer! I love ANYTHING Downton!!!

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

maybe like RLT you can contact the company about it

Josie Jade

I thought maybe TSTR’s teas came from the same source as Culinary Teas, but I can’t find that on their website. :(

ashmanra

Where is The Secret Tea Room? Or is it a secret? :D

ashmanra

Found it! And I see this tea listed….or is that just the menu?

Josie Jade

It’s on State Street in Greensboro. The menu and the teas that they have are listed on their website, but I don’t think you can actually order from the website. I’m not sure if you could place an order over the phone, maybe, for anyone interested?

Milan

I was hoping this was a discussion about how you love to drink tea while watching my favorite TV show. I love how the ladies downstairs are always holding some form of teapot or urn with a towel wrapping around it. The staff drink tea as a group and discuss the gossip of the day upstairs. I love how they unwind with a cuppa. Now I am alays in search of heavy earthenware tea pots to lug around and offer people a cup to have a gab. Downton Abbey rocks!

Josie Jade

I do like to drink this tea, especially, while watching Downton Abbey, I love the show too!!

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100

Ever have a tea for the first time and know without a doubt that you love it?! Yeah, that just happened.

I got this tea at one of our outings for lunch at The Secret Tea Room. I love marzipan and almond flavored teas, so this sounded like a winner to me right away! It steeps to a pretty dark reddish brown color. The flavor is almondy with a sweet finish. The rooibos aftertaste is different than in other rooibos teas, kind of nutty in a good way. The flavor reminds me of the way almond extract tastes in desserts, but not overwhelming. This is a pretty much perfect cup of tea before bed and hands down my new fave rooibos. I could drink this all day, every day!

I wonder where marzipan originated? The description of this tea says Catherine the Great loved almond flavorings so I wonder if it’s from Russia? Is it odd that I don’t know that?

-Dry blend has fine red rooibos and pieces of almonds.
-Dry leaves smell like rooibos and marzipan. Tea liquor aroma is of warm and nutty marzipan.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Smooth almond extract flavor with a sweet finish. Light nutty rooibos aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Perfect almond flavor with very little rooibos aftertaste. Reminiscent of almond extract.

Preparation
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Alphakitty

I love marzipan! I wish I lived in Tudor England, almost all of their desserts were made of marchpane (aka marzipan). Just mountains of it shaped into flowers and trees and other pretty things…

Josie Jade

Me too! Those little fruit-shaped marzipan fruits are my most favorite dessert ever. I am obsessed with that time period in history. Right now I’m reading “Elizabeth I” by Margaret George and loving every minute of it!

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My fiancee noticed this tea one time when we met for lunch at The Secret Tea Room. We decided to go with a black tea instead, since it was such a snowy winter day, but I purchased some of this to surprise him with at home. Not being much of a rooibos lover myself, I never actually made a cup of it. My mom came over for lunch one day and made a cup, and I took a sip. It has a wonderful flavor, so I decided to make a cup before bed tonight. The dry blend is very pretty, with large yellow and orange petals and large sliced almond pieces. I can detect a little of the tobacco leaf smell in the dry leaves, and the tea liquor smells like warm vanilla. The flavor of this tea is a very soft vanilla, which is very nice with a little milk and sweetener. There is almost no rooibos flavor noticeable, which I appreciate, and it may be because all of the flavors balance so well. All in all, a very nice caffeine-free tea. I’m glad the fiancee picked out this one!

-Dry blend has red rooibos leaves, yellow and orange petals and sliced almonds.
-Dry leaves smell of rooibos with creamy vanilla and a hint of tobacco leaf. Tea liquor aroma is of warm vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Soft vanilla flavor and finish. Little rooibos aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Creamy vanilla cup.

Preparation
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Janefan

I was just at The Secret Tea Room a couple weeks ago, and had the same tea! I also ordered the salad with chicken that was poached in this tea, which was an interesting flavor on a salad since it was more sweet than savory. It was also very tender, almost creamy!

Tealizzy

That sounds delicious. I’ve been looking for a vanilla rooibos that’s not heavy on the rooibos.

Josie Jade

Janefan, I love the Secret Tea Room. I’ve had the salad with the green tea infused shrimp, very good. My current favorite is the cup of soup with a side salad and croissant with brie cheese, soooo good! The Downtown Abbey tea is my favorite. Are you in Greensboro too?!

Tealizzy, this is a really good tea if you don’t like rooibos. I think that this is probably the same blend from Culinary Teas. . .

http://www.culinaryteas.com/Rooibos_Teas/Bourbon_Street_Vanilla_Rooibos.html

Tealizzy

Thanks for the tip!

Janefan

I’m going to get that salad next time I go to Secret Tea Room!

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