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I poured one cup of this which had been steeped for 4 minutes. I agree with another reviewer – that it lacked body. The second cup had been steeped longer (about 6 minutes) and had more body. However I think it was the orange peel in the blend which I didn’t like – it had a tangy aftertaste.

Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest, Vanilla

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drank Glogg by The Tea Centre
47 tasting notes

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Welcome to Day 10 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Last night before I went to bed I took a little time to look through my teas & target those that could be polished off. I’ve decided my goal for this ‘extravaganza’ is to get to 100 sipdowns, hopefully by the end of this week. With this being sipdown #63, I’m over half-way there, so I think that is a very manageable goal! Then I can start enjoying all the cool trades I’ve received recently, & all of my other awesome teas!

This was my first cup of the day, sent to me by Sil, & shared with Sil by Alice. Thanks girls! In my morning stupor, I accidentally OVER steeped this, but guess what? It was actually still very drinkable! A little on the tart grapy side of things, but otherwise acceptable & even good! :)

Sil

i like that i managed to keep some of the names on the bag so you know who is sharing them with you via me haha

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Sipdown #53 is this Keemun, sent to me from Sil, & sent to her from Alice. Thanks girls!
This is a more refined & mild keemun, not particularly earthy, but pleasantly sweet.

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drank Ritz Carlton by The Tea Centre
47 tasting notes

I tried this tea for the first time and found it really nice, as long as it isn’t too strong. But that all comes down to personal taste.

I’m not a huge fan of vanilla in tea, it doesn’t suit me, but it seemed to work well in this tea. The caramel and apricot base was really rich, and smooth, and it was quite a warm, winter sort of tea. (I thought.) I think some people could find the apricot a little overpowering, but I found it to be a really velvety tea.

When I have this tea again, I think I’ll have it with milk, it seems to suit it really well. My only point would be I prefer tea with a little more spice, but it’s an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This was just ok for me. It was cherry ish, but not much chocolate or coconut. If you are going to put extra stuff in a tea then commit to it and let me taste it. This seemed like they couldn’t commit, didn’t quite know what they wanted it to be, so they just tossed a bunch of stuff in and hoped for the best. I of course added more cherry (this is why I can’t live without cherry tisane in my house), but I could have added chocolate chips and turned this into a chocolate tea.
Thanks Sil for this sample.

TheTeaFairy

I have yet to find a cherry tea that is true to flavour and that I really like…too bad cause I adore dark chocolate and cherries, mmmmmm! Maybe I should ask Stacy about that..

Dexter3657

I think it depends on what you like. I’m not a hibiscus hater, so I’m ok with some hibiscus to add some tart to cherry teas. I really like Pondi Cherri from New Mexico Tea Co. I add it to everything. Cheap Chinese green tea – add some cherry – both hot or cold. Chocolate tea – add some cherry. LOL it solves a lot of “not for me” problems in my world.

TheTeaFairy

Actually, I do like sakura green teas, just forgot about those, they are usually true to flavour. But I’d love to find a dark chocolate cherry tea that is not overly sweet (I hate everything too sweet). I don’t mind hibiscus in small doses, the problem is that most of the time, it overwhelms everything else!
I really like your idea of making your own blends, I tend to forget about that, yet I’m a «think outside the box» type of person, thanks for reminding me :-)

Dexter3657

:)) I think it’s my tea I can do what I like. Chocolate, coconut, spices, or other teas are quite often tossed into my infuser.
It’s fun to play.

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Thanks Sil for this sample.

Drinking this at work today. It’s really light, both in color and flavor. Doesn’t look like a black tea to me, it’s the color of apple juice. Not sure if the color is influencing the taste, but I think it tastes light and fruity too.
It’s not so much that I dislike this, it’s more that it’s not what I expect out of a black tea.

ifjuly

yeah, first flush darjeelings are kind of like a cross between green and black tea to me.

Dexter3657

Always happy to try new teas, but this one is not for me. I’ve pretty much given up on Darjeelings. Don’t think they are my favorite blacks….

ifjuly

you’re certainly not alone, seems a very common take on Steepster. and you definitely know you’ve given them a fair shake! helps to cross stuff off the endless list, i think.

Sil

i’ve had a couple darjeelings that were like OMG WOW but 90% of them are disappointing because i want them to be black teas…which they really aren’t.

Dexter3657

And that’s fine – them not really being black teas (that hurts my head but will accept the theory), but I want them to be black, because I LIKE black teas. If they are sort of a green/black cross, and green isn’t my favorite – I’m ok with crossing them off the list and sticking to things that are more in my favorite profile. :))

ifjuly

yeah, i tend to think of first flushes much like the greener end of the spectrum of oolongs (even though each’s unusual lightness is for different reasons). i’ve noticed both are divisive, heh.

Terri HarpLady

Once in awhile I find one that is enjoyable enough as an afternoon kind of thing, but not enjoyable enough to purchase.

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drank Apple Pie by The Tea Centre
578 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for sending me this sample.

It’s just ok for me. It’s caramel, it’s apple – not sure it’s apple pie. It’s a bit finicky. Little bit bitter. Happy to have tried it, bot rushing out to add it as a staple.

Sil

Thats good cause it’s from down under haha

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I got this as my intro to the Tea Centre and I have to say, I’m very impressed! It’s very smooth and one flavour never really overpowers another. It was also sweet without being sickly and the sweetness complements the black tea. It could have been a bit stronger, but that’s just my personal preference (and I could try adding another minute to the steep). Plus both the leaves and the brew itself smell really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I had this cold brewed today with milk and maple syrup because I was too lazy to make up a simple syrup. It needed sweetening but perhaps that was because my 6 hour brew turned into 8/9 hours when I went to pick my parents up from the airport and their plane was delayed…

I liked it a lot better than hot. I still feel like it is lacking something. Maybe it just isn’t for me.

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drank Cherry Ripe Tea by The Tea Centre
4026 tasting notes

Today’s cup of this is much less coconut-y and more fruity tasting?? Thats happened with a few teas today so maybe my tastebuds are having a weird day. This is an interesting tea, though the difference today is pretty huge from the first time i had it. I like it, but it wouldn’t be a repurchase, which makes me a little happy since getting this from Australia would be a pain in the ass :) Thanks so much for the share though alice as it’s been an enjoyable cup :)

Sil

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mmm! this is the second flush from Alice that i drank to compare against the first flush darjeeling that she sent my way. This one has a darker taste to it. The muscatel taste isn’t overly strong in this one, but there is a nice balance of astringency mixed in with the taste here. There’s no floral notes in this, which makes this slightly more enjoyable to me than the other, but not by much :)
Thanks Alice! these are both delightful.

alice

I’m glad you liked them. I thought you might prefer the 2nd flush since I find the first is more comparable to something like a green oolong than a black tea. I love the second flush but the first flush has been growing on me, especially iced.

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I’ve been waiting to try this one and the other darjeeling that Alice sent me because one is first flush and the other is second. I haven’t had an opportunity to try darjeelings like that side by side. they’re not the same darjeeling but i figured it was better than nothing :)

This has a lightly floral aroma as well as taste. It’s not overly floral but it’s there. I quite like this one – i think it helps that i’ve figured out how to brew darjeelings from the darjeeling day i had a while back :)

This is also a really fresh sort of tea. no astringency…a delight!

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I started a new job this week and my workplace doesn’t have a kettle (what?!) so I’ve not been drinking too much tea, mostly coffee. I did an overnight cold brew of this though and it is delicious, like sunshine in a cup.

I’d never cold brewed a darjeeling before but it worked really well. I left it a bit longer than I usually would because I slept in and it is really interesting to get the flavour of a darjeeling that strong without the astringency.

SFTGFOP

Do you know what year the Darjeeling is from? Good luck and congratulations on your new job.

alice

I think it is last years but I can’t remember. The tea centre cycles their Darjeeling offerings seasonally so what is available is generally reasonably fresh.

SFTGFOP

That’s good. I always drank their tea in the shop (In the CBD) in Sydney. I really wished I had just bought their tea and drunk it at home!

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drank Assam Joonktollee by The Tea Centre
4026 tasting notes

sipdown! (174) I had another cup of this today and it was pretty tasty. Less malty than a number of assam i’ve had with a mild bit of astringency. Over all a decent cup. Thanks for sharing Alice!

gmathis

Another fun name!

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sipdown! I don’t know how to explain this one. It reminds me of wild mountain black without that juiciness that it has. I have enjoyed this one quite a bit. It is not a smokey keemun, which are generally my favourite but this was a really nice black. The last little bit of this is headed to one of my tea friends to try :) Thanks again for this great one alice!

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i had 2 cups of tea today. I won’t get in to my day, but it suffices to say that I’m currently hiding from my blackberry having 5 mins away to drink some rye and coke before the next headache starts. As a result…i didn’t get to fully appreciate this while i was drinknig it today but it DID get my through the day. I did NOT add maple syrup to this one as i usually do with keemuns and it was a really wonderful cup of tea. thank goodness i’ve got more to enjoy later!

TheTeaFairy

Sorry about your day :-(
Hoping your are heading to a great tea week end and lots of delicious sipdowns!

Sil

that is the plan! if nothing else, i can look forward to sleeping on tomorrow!

Cavocorax

:( Rye&Coke sound like a win. Hope you wind down.
We picked up Gingerbread Kahlua so… I’m looking forward to some of that!

Sil

soooo i know you haven’t spent copious amounts of time with me…yet but stick me on a 12 hour call for “issues” and i guarantee there will be fun to had. I often have folks sending me notes because i keep everyone laughing and smiling even when it’s the shittiest situation ever. (’cause i know when to get back to business). so sucky day…mostly exausting more than anything after i got over ppl yelling heh

Terri HarpLady

I believe that :)

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drank Cherry Ripe Tea by The Tea Centre
4026 tasting notes

This is another tea from Alice and i can’t say that I’ve ever had a “cherry ripe” bar but i was curious. I’ll have to try this with milk next time as i mostly had a sense of the coconut while drinking this. There wasn’t a lot of cherry or cranberry. However, this is chocolatey and coconuty. Coconut isn’t my favourite taste but i was still looking forward to drinking this. I’m glad i have a few more cups! thanks Alice!

alice

Haha yes I agree that there is almost no cherry or cranberry in it. Definitely one for the coconut lovers.

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drank Apple Pie by The Tea Centre
4026 tasting notes

this is a sipdown, even though Alice was generous enough to send me enough for a bunch of cups. I just drink big cups AND want to share/return the tea favour with tea friends. So the rest of this is going off to a mystery tea friend since i think she/he might enjoy it. ha! this isn’t bad. i found myself drinking it and wishing it was just a little bit more apple pie like, but still enjoying the flavours and the fact that the tea base is still present, unlike a vast majority of flavoured teas. So thank you Alice this was enjoyable!

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drank Assam Joonktollee by The Tea Centre
4026 tasting notes

I received this one from Alice in our swap and honestly, i just wanted to drink it because the name is fun to say. :) It also helps that it’s an assam, which i love. I don’t recall much of this one as it’s a backlog from yesterday but i do remember enjoying it thoroughly. I have just enough for a small cup to really pay attention to it, while still being able to send a taste to Terri for her to try :)

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I don’t know. I feel like I still must be doing something wrong because this tea just does nothing for me. Assam isn’t my preferred black tea and now that I think about it, I can’t name any that stand out to me. Maybe there is nothing there in this tea or maybe there is and I’m just not capable of appreciating it.

My partner loves a good Assam and seems to really enjoy this which makes me think it might just be me. Perhaps I need a crash course in Assam appreciation.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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