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drank Lime Fizz by The Tea Haus
321 tasting notes

Another tea I’ve had forever, but never logged. This one I’ve had probably somewhere around 3 years now too… Oops…

I remember having it in the last and not really caring for it, so it sat in the cupboard… and sat in the cupboard… and… well… you get it.

Tonight I made an iced tea. I thought I had made it strong, but I should have made it stronger ‘cause of its age. So I have another steeper with it steeping in that looks like it’s going to be extra strong, so hopefully that’ll be good.
But the one I had tonight wasn’t super good. I found that it wasn’t strong enough and it had a weird… fizziness/bite to it. I think it’s the pepper in it. Which, if it has that, it’s living up to it’s name, but for me, I found it was just odd… I’ll review differently tomorrow or even tonight if I decide to try it now instead of waiting.

After this large steeper full I have a few spoonfuls left… we’ll see how the iced tea goes. If it’s not good, I might say goodbye. If it’s good, I’ll make some more tea… we’ll see.

Edit I tried the stronger version of this one that I made into an iced tea. I don’t care for it. It’s that weird bit aftertaste, which could be totally its age more than anything, but either way, I’m not impressed. Bye tea!

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drank Lapacho Orange by The Tea Haus
1373 tasting notes

So I, uhh, feel really bad about this one. It comes from Amariel ages and ages ago at the first meet-up! March, 2013. Yeah. I was sorting through my spreadsheet so I can drink up my oldest samples first. ~ hangs head in shame.

Thank you, Amariel! :)

I think I was scared of this because I looked it up online and there are some scary health things. But, everything in moderation, right? And it’s really, really good! The orange! The woodiness of the lapacho! Yum.

Not something I would have thought I would like, but now that I do I’ll keep my eyes open for it during future orders. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

I was also slightly scared of this one for that reason. I drank my sample from HI, but I don’t think I’ll order more, though it was tasty.

OMGsrsly

If I happen to order from a company that carries it I’ll probably get a small amount, but I don’t think I want to hunt it down and drink it every day.

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Needed a pick-me-up this morning. The mango flavouring of this works really well with the smoky/grassy flavour of the mate. However, the mango is more noticeable in the smell rather than the taste.

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drank Green Chai by The Tea Haus
405 tasting notes

Another sipdown. Second one of the day.

My comments about this tea from the last time I brewed it still stand: cloves and cardamom are the most prominent flavours, with ginger being a little more noticeable this time around. I also smell the vanilla. However, this really doesn’t work as a green tea – when I finished brewing it, the green smelled rather vegetal and marine-like, and I just don’t think that’s a good mix with chai spices and other non-fruit flavourings. I think this would be much better with a black base.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Green Chai by The Tea Haus
405 tasting notes

When I first brewed this, I had a hard time figuring out the flavour profile. I could smell cloves/cardamom, but there was a sweet undertone to it that I thought was honey. Upon reading the description, I realize I was smelling the vanilla.

This is an ok tea, but I really don’t think the green base is the best for the spices used here – it needs something with more body underneath. That said, it’s not a bad cup of tea, especially since it didn’t turn astringent even though I steeped it at a higher temperature and for a longer time than I normally use for greens. This would be a good candidate for a sipdown, and so I give it a solid “meh”.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Coldbrew sipdown (379/361)

This is one of those painfully old teas, and yet I remember quite clearly that this is the one that literally made my bestie ill for an entire night :( So based on that alone, this isn’t one I’d ever restock, but since I had no issues with it, it’s no trouble to finish the bag.

This is another example of why we don’t keep teas around forever. I will say that all of my Davids blends have held up to the test of time, at least the ones I’ve tried so far have.

It tastes like peach and burns like ginger, but it’s not at all as juicy as it should be.

Not adjusting the rating because, well, it’s my own fault for hoarding this tea for too long.

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Coldbrew sipdown (380/362)

And not a moment too soon. Sugar is better than agave in this, but it’s still not something I’d ever reach for.

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So I don’t usually go in for Moroccan Mint teas because I’m not a fan of peppermint or green tea, sooooooo yeah. But this was in the sipdown pile so I coldbrewed it for today (and stuck the rest of the package in the fridge for tomorrow, yay sipdown!)

I’m having some tummy trouble this afternoon, so it’s right on time. Spearmint is my mint of c hoice, but peppermint will do. It’s just got such a bite to it, you know?

I get the feeling this would be better with sugar instead of agave, but I’m out, so agave it is. For me, agave makes things taste like candy, whereas sugar just sweetens the flavors already there. I have some sugar cubes, maybe I’ll put those in the coldbrew for tomorrow, see if there’s a difference. Because when my stomach is upset, I want sweet mint, not mint candy, if that makes sense.

ANYWAY. Yes, this is peppermint green. I’m not a huge fan, honestly. The green is overwhelming the mint, if that’s even possible, leaving behind only the sharp bite of it. I would make my wife drink the other mason jar of it, but she doesn’t like cold teas that taste like teas, only herbals, so this is a big no for her. But I’m going to have to add a lot more sweetener to get through it.

I’m not going to rate this because it wouldn’t be fair. I came in to it not expecting to like it and lo and behold, I don’t XD. But if you’re a fan of mint greens, I can see how this would be tasty.

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Coldbrew sipdown. (381/363 good lord who let me do math?)

This is…meh. It’s okay, but I certainly don’t get sangria. I get mostly white tea with an aftertaste of something that might be berry.

Oh well. I had been in love with this tea and hoarding this last little bit, so it’s good that I’ve had it and seen that it’s not as good as I remember.

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drank Mao Feng by The Tea Haus
405 tasting notes

Thanks to De for yet another sample!

De mentioned to me when I met her last week that this was one of her favourite teas. I tried it myself and had really high hopes for it, but I think I underleafed it – 1 pinch for 8 oz at 2 minutes at 75°C. Maybe my pinch was too small?

Anyways, this was sweet and actually had a bit of a minty taste to it, but it’s possible that the flavour of other mint teas in my sample box crept in; otherwise, it was really really light. I’m going to try brewing this again later with a larger pinch to see what happens.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I woke up early this morning with a big to-do list, and needed something that would give me a big caffeine hit. This mango-flavoured mate (thanks again to aisling of tea and De!) sounded like it would deliver.

And boy, did it ever! I didn’t notice it at first, but I really did feel less tired, and managed to get through some important stuff to do before I head out for a job interview today (fingers crossed). The mango flavour really comes through in the dry leaf, and although it’s less apparent in the liquor, it’s still there. The smoky, grassy taste of the mate is still dominant, but adding some honey really helped. I don’t think of this as a comfortable staple tea – this is the kind of tea to drink when you really need to get stuff done.

So here I am, about to dash off to the interview. Hopefully the caffeine buzz will help me along.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
caile

Good luck with the interview!

Sami Kelsh

Fingers crossed!!!

keychange

Good luck with the interview!

__Morgana__

Good luck!

aisling of tea

Good Luck!!

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Tea Haus teas are like Adagio teas for me. I have to steep them below boiling so they don’t get painfully bitter. But with some of the Tea Haus teas, I steeping them at a lower temperature leaves them weak and kinda boring.

This is one such tea. I do get a sweet burnt caramel flavor, but it tastes watered down and weak. Maybe I’ll play with the ratio or something to try and perk it up…and to get rid of more leaf.

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drank Chocolate Mint by The Tea Haus
485 tasting notes

This was surprisingly dark for a black tea, but it was decidedly tasty. An earthy base that’s deliciously minty. Like a mint Aero bar. That kind of creamy minty. Shared a pot with my amazing wife for a sipdown, this was really good but I wouldn’t go out of my way to restock. The mint does remind me of David’s Peppermint Amour, which is my favourite mint.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Christina

I have some Peppermint Amour that I don’t think I’ll finish (it turns out I prefer DT’s Spearmint). Are you or aisling looking to add some to your cupboards?

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Another sipdown! (389/379)

Sharing a pot of this with my wife, mine has sugar and hers doesn’t. It smells earthy and fishy like a puerh, and definitely tastes like a puerh, but it’s supposed to be black. I dunno….it’s very dark, even after a short steep and it just smells heavy, you know what I mean? I don’t smell a lot of chocolate or mint.

It tastes bitter to me, and definitely like a puerh with an aftertaste of chocolate and mint. Like a bitter cup of tea with an Andes mint melted in it. You can kind of taste it but not really.

Meh. Buh-bye, Chocolate Mint.

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

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
1220 tasting notes

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
1220 tasting notes

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drank Lemon Grove by The Tea Haus
485 tasting notes

Backlogging a few days. Attempting a sipdown but we had more of this than we thought – oops! I love all the Tea Haus blacks because the base they use is phenomenal, and this does not disappoint. When I want lemon I usually go for my beloved Lemon Gunpowder or one of the citrus-y oolongs from Davids, but this is a very good alternative. Perfectly balanced flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pear Cream by The Tea Haus
1220 tasting notes

Yay sipdown! 393/403.

I usually prefer my herbals cold, but I’m eager to get this one out of my cupboard. Maybe I’ll have half hot and put the rest in the fridge.

Or maybe I’ll just chug this and not put myself through a second sitting of this. It’s not so great. First of all, I don’t like how the website only lists some of the ingredients. There is definitely fennel and hibiscus in this, but they aren’t listed. Anyway, it’s a bit creamy, but it’s just…okay. Not something I’m sad to see go.

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
1220 tasting notes

This is a nice blueberry tea, tasty enough, but it just doesn’t compare to Blueberry Jam from DavidsTea. So I used the last of this for a cold brew and I just won’t be replacing it. But it wasn’t hard to drink this down.

Hello.Kiki

I’ve been looking for a nice blueberry tea and Blueberry Jam keeps coming up a lot…

aisling of tea

Blueberry Jam is amazingly good.

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Someone sent me this in a swap! Thank you to whoever sent me this! I was very hesitant to try this tea becuase you know… Hibiscus.. But I took my chances and brewed it. I cut my time down 30 seconds because you know… Hibiscus.. First sip.. whoa… that kind of tastes like sugar… second sip… not tart…? Third sip.. it tastes like Smarties!!!!! It’s fruity and sweet. The flavor makes the mouth feel powdery. Like you just poured Pixie Stix in your mouth. I was super surprised by this tea. Omnomnom!

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Dang, this one is my fault. I set about making tea while I tidied my kitchen and got distracted by arranging my teaware. To the point that I forgot about the tea completely and let it steep for way, waaaay too long. It’s not bad, it’s just very…MATE, with a back hint of mango. Which sucks, because I know how juicy and yummy this one can be. But I also enjoy straight mate, so it will be no issue to finish this mason jar-full. I’m just excited that I finished my 1.5 L of water before 4 so I could have a high-caff blend like this!

Preparation
2 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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It makes me sad that I am apparently the only one on Steepster who has drunk this tea. Seriously guys. If you like greens with a hint of cream and citrus, a sweet tea that will wake you up but not overwhelm you, why aren’t you drinking this?

Flavors: Cream, Orange Zest

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sencha Fukujyu by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

I have been ignoring my green tea’s lately in favour of black tea’s. This one has been sitting in my cupboard (virtual and real) for quite some time. It was one of the first tea’s that I ordered online.

The first few times I’ve tried this I wasn’t very impressed. It seemed to lack flavour. I must have been doing something wrong either with the water temperature or steep time, because now I love it. When I steep it correctly I get a sweet, creamy butter flavour that is just so good. When I steep it too long it tastes like bitter vegetables.

Now that I’ve figured out how to make this delicious I suspect my sample will be done some time in the next week. I would even consider ordering it again.

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