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The Tea Grotto

Recent Tasting Notes

78
drank Strawberry Cream by The Tea Grotto
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to KallieBoo! and Sil for this one.

While I am enjoying this, and it certainly tastes like creamy strawberry Campino candies, it’s not quiiiiiiiite what I was hoping for. I’m not sure why… maybe I’m just not in the mood for it. However, there’s plenty of flavour, and no astringency, so it’s definitely worth trying for those who like strawberry cream teas!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Fruity Pu-erh by The Tea Grotto
4046 tasting notes

thank you kallieboo! for this sample in our swap :) This is an interesting puerh. There’s an earthiness to this but there’s also a bit of a sweetness here that makes this a really nice tea.

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87
drank Strawberry Cream by The Tea Grotto
4046 tasting notes

oh man! Thank you Kallieboo! Holy crap this is a tasty green tea. I’ve sort of gotten used to all strawberry greens tasting the same and this one is for sure not like all others. I ended up drinking this one down super fast and found myself surprised when i hit the end of the cup without realising it! I’ll have to do a cold brew with the other bit of my sample, but this just might have to go on my list of teas to pick up later. it’s a creamy strawberry yummy tea! And the rice is an interesting take :)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Hmm, I may need to mark this one down too. I have also given up on strawberry greens for the most part, but I always feel like it should be a delicious flavour combo…

Sil

I Put the rest of it in to your bag of tea goodies lol

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100

Blah. It’s only Monday and I can tell it’s going to be a long week. I’ve been sipping on a pot of this while playing my 3DS game. This is still in my top 3 favorite black teas. I’ve missed this one and I’m happy I stocked up on some more.

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76
drank Walnut Green Tea by The Tea Grotto
1855 tasting notes

Tonight I returned to the Tea Grotto to have pot of this tea since it smelled so amazing last time I was in there. It smells so sweet and nutty! I don’t often associate walnut with a type of nut I really go for (my faves are almond and pistachio), but this one smelled very good. I decided to get a pot and hang out because I wasn’t really a fan of the takeout situation.

They actually brewed the tea for me and brought the pot out once it was done so I have no idea about the steeping parameters here. It turned out quite nice! I don’t know that I could pick this out as walnut rather than general nuttiness, but it is nice and tasty. There is a bit of a nut oil slick on the top of this one and after drinking a whole pot my mouth is kind of dry, but the tea is not too grassy or vegetal. It could be more buttery or nutty which would make this tea even more awesome, but I really enjoyed my cup as it is. At the very end of the pot a large amount of tea powder came pouring out, so I’m not sure if the infusers they use are just kind of big or what. Thankfully it didn’t keep steeping and get bitter or anything.

Tamm

When you went there were they nice? Last time I visited this shop at its former location they were really rude. We ended up leaving without purchasing anything. It was a huge disappointment because there are really just not enough tea shops in Utah.

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70
drank Sweet Flower by The Tea Grotto
1855 tasting notes

Now that I am in Salt Lake City I took a trip to this tea shop. I have tried one of their teas before thanks to a swap (the pomegranate black tea) and I liked it, so I wanted to check them out. They have all their teas pre-pouched in 50g bags, but also loose in tins behind the counter to sniff and you can order a pot of tea to stay or a cup of tea to go. I sniffed a lot of teas but was very indecisive; a lot of them smelled good but I also am skittish about buying 50g of a tea I haven’t tried.

I ended up getting this tea to go. It is a green tea with coconut and florals, although I don’t remember what kind of florals at this point. The girl working there explained that they use less leaf so it doesn’t get bitter because they have these new filter lids; basically a coffee lid with a little filter over the hole. It’s basically drinking it enforced grandpa style (throw leaves in the cup, drink water while not drinking the leaves but never taking the leaves out, fill up with more water for future steeps). This is not my favorite way to drink tea because I tend to be a little fussy about steeping times. I sipped it while it was still pretty hot and it kind of burnt my mouth, and I got mainly coconut and light green tea.

So then I stopped to get some takeout phò, and I left the cup in the car. I didn’t know how it would be when I got back out after maybe 10 minutes, but it wasn’t bitter at all. But I never got more than coconut and a light green tea flavor; no florals to speak of. Of course, again I was not a fan of the brewing method because I don’t like drinking tea through a lid… smelling the tea as you sip it and inhaling the aroma with the sip is all part of the flavor, and you can’t get that through a lid.

Anyway, from my tasting of this I wouldn’t pick it up because it didn’t impress me as more than just a green coconut tea, although the coconut flavor was definitely nice. Wish I could taste more fo them as samples.

KallieBoo!

I live right up the street from this tea shop! They have a free tea tasting on Wednesday.

Dinosara

Aw man, yesterday was Wednesday! No one mentioned the free tasting, though.

KallieBoo!

They do it every week at 6. Did you move to Salt Lake?

Dinosara

Ah I see, I was too late. No, I’m just visiting for a few days!

KallieBoo!

Ah ok. Well I hope you enjoy your visit! :)

Tea Sipper

I’m so glad you were able to go to the shop, as I think I was the one that sent you the pom black. :D

Dinosara

Tea Sipper, you were! It’s always fun to go to a local shop.

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83

Sipdown, 197. Finally getting back into sipping-down-via-cold-steeps, now that I have a nice glass water bottle so I can carry iced tea into work.

This one was really good cold steeped. It performed very well and retained a lot of pomegranate flavor, so much so that the aroma occasionally reminded me of drinking pomegranate juice. I rarely want to stock up on single-fruit flavored black teas, but when you find a really authentic one it is tempting! I am very impressed with this tea and it would be good to have around during the summer.

Preparation
Iced

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84

Sipdown tea #5!
Well I thought I’d get through more teas today but I just didn’t. Over steeped a bit but still enjoyable. Catching hints of brown sugar. It’s quite lovely :]

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36

Slightly floraly mainly figgish tea. Uhm. I like lavender teas but the fig throws me off. Unique? But im Not a fan. Sample from kallieboo!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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83

Holy crap snow! I mean, they said it could snow today but this is a little more than I was expecting. I really didn’t expect it to stick to the ground.

Anyway, after that last tea I wanted one that was not so incredibly floral, so I decided to go fruity. This sample comes to me from Tea Sipper (and apparently through a few others as well!), thanks for sending it!

This has got to be the most authenticly pomegranate-smelling tea I’ve ever had. When I opened the package, it definitely smelled like I was sniffing pomegranate juice. Pomegranate can be a hard flavor to pull off in tea, and it often just comes off tasting like generic berries, so this is promising. It still smells pomegranatey in the brewed tea, too, although perhaps less so when you sniff up really close; I think it is missing the high tart notes that I was smelling in the dry leaf.

Wow, this is quite stellar! Definitely authentic pomegranate flavor, both sweet and tart. The black tea base is smooth and not super present in the flavor, but somehow I don’t find it boring either. It just works for me. I am really glad I decided to try this one now since I will be taking a trip to Salt Lake City soon (where Tea Grotto is located) so I will be sure to stop by and check out their other teas too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

Never thought Cherry Rose Sencha’s would be so popular.. This stuff was kind of meh until I added sugar (sugar added to green tea? ya, fail!) but it was then quite flavorful. Thanks KallieBoo!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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74

There sure are a lot of cherry senchas out there! I’m sipping this from KallieBoo! and I blanked on the company name, and I don’t feel like walking to the kitchen this late at night to look it up so I thought “how hard could it be to find?” 83 results, it took a bit of digging until one of the company names popped out at me!

I try not to compare cherry senchas to Den’s Sakura Sencha, the god of sakura flavored teas. But this one isn’t pretending to be sakura, it’s just cherry and rose… which I suppose when combined are close enough to sakura, a little fruity and floral. But not quite—like if you combine grapefruit and lemon it would almost be yuzu, but not as good as the real thing. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like a good cherry green tea, especially iced (which is how I am having this one).

This is good, perhaps not as flavorful as other similar blends I’ve tried but the rose is a nice touch. It’s a really subdued cherry flavor, like just a little whiff of it at the end of the sip. And that’s after a 12 hour cold brew! The rose is also pretty soft, I’d say this is a very mildly flavored blend… which is better than overly flavored, at any rate! It’s a nice tea, maybe not anything special but I do love floral blends so I really enjoyed it.

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87

Thank you KallieBoo for sending me a sample of this tea.
As a former coffee addict hazelnut coffee was my FAVORITE.

This tea has a delightful hazlenut aroma. As soon as I opened the bag I realized it was my familiar favorite!

The black tea base is somewhat hidden under the flavor — however, the flavor is SO GREAT that it is okay!

I must admit, I still do cheat on tea with a coffee every now and again…

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100

I have been craving bold black teas lately. This one is perfect! The dark chocolate notes are pretty tasty and I’ve gotten a few steeps out of the leaves.

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92

I forgot how delicious this tea was. Had a huge pot of this. I love the warm nutty notes with the black tea base.

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100

Still my favorite black tea!
:)

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77
drank Hazelnut Black Tea by The Tea Grotto
31 tasting notes

Wow! Yum, this is delicious, thanks Kallieboo! The flavor here is spot on, so nutty and delicious. Perfect for a cold morning when you don’t want to get out of bed.

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100

Just finished up the last of this! Mmm :]

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93

Thanks for this one KallieBoo!

I totally agree that this was a lovely surprise! This is really fantastic! I can taste the gentle yet buttery green tea flavor with a nice even amount of Walnut but there is more going on here, too! The there hints of coconut, something like pineapple and/or papaya, and even notes of sweet, floral, and cookie…YAY! A pure delight!

Veronica

That sounds so good! On to my shopping list it goes.

Rebecca Lynn

I love walnut green teas! It’s like one of the only sorts of green I like!

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71

Thanks TeaEqualsBliss for including this one in our swap! I tried this one yesterday. The description says it’s a “China black tea” which tastes perfect with the perfect amount of pomegranate flavor! Not too sweet or too sour. The tea was never astringent, even while drinking it at the bottom after it was cold. I think I’ve reviewed at least one new tea a day for months now! Sheesh. It can’t possibly keep going though, can it? I love it though. And I’m amazed that anyone reads my tasting notes, as they are really just for reminding myself about these teas, really. Like I just looked up my notes on the ESP Emporium almond to see how much I thought it was like Joy’s Teaspoon almond. That sort of thing!

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73

Kallieboo! sent me this one! Thanks! This was pleasant enough but not overly flavorful, really. It’s a nice green base semi-sweet and not bitter or grassy but it’s lacking that Cherry-Punch I have tasted in others before. The rose was a nice touch, however…just enough.

Pleasant – regardless! Thanks again!

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100

This one has been ignored for a while so I thought it should get some attention. As soon as I opened the tin I was greeted by a coco/dark chocolate smell. I love watching this tea steep. The little balls are fun to watch open up.
The taste of this tea is still amazing :] Bold black tea with hints of dark chocolate. I knew I picked the right tea to start my day off :D

Insence&Tea

This is a great tea to start off the day :)

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89

KallieBoo! sent me some of this and the aroma is intense but true!

It has a medium to medium-strong black tea base with a great deal of roasted hazelnut goodness meshed in. This is probably one of the best Hazelnut Flavored Black Teas I have tried. I can totally understand the Company’s Product Description saying it would be a good coffee substitute!

TeaEqualsBliss

This was my 5,900th tasting note! Woot!

Bonnie

WOOT INDEED!

KeenTeaThyme

You are definitely a goddess of Tea and Tea Reviews. :)

KeenTeaThyme

Oh and congrats. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Ooooooo! RED :) Flashy! Thanks girls!

Terri HarpLady We are not worthy, o goddess of teas!

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