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drank Rhubarb Cream by The Tea Haus
325 tasting notes

Had this one this morning, so doing this by memory.
I was surprised by it, but not in a good way. I feel like I really didn’t get as much of the flavours as I had hoped to have. It wasn’t great…

But also, I may have been distracted as I was officially starting my new job today. It’s fantastic! So that might have been a bit of why I don’t remember much about this tea.

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drank Samovar Blend by The Tea Haus
226 tasting notes

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drank Hazelnut Cream by The Tea Haus
325 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I didn’t have the last bit on its own like I figured I would. I decided to mix it again.
This time I mixed it with s’mores. Again, it’s not too bad. I don’t mind it.

Hazelnut cream is a really good mixing tea I found. I was nervous to try it on its own. I know it would have been good, but I really just thought I’d stick with the mixing.

Personally, I don’t think I’d get this one again, but I could see why others would love it.

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Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #36)

I received this one in a swap with the wonderful Tina S.. I was just reading her note, and I kind of have to agree with her that this is a tough read. It really wants to be a very good cinnamony and chocolately black tea, but for some reason, the cinnamon hearts kind of come out as this weird cinnamon taste…maybe kind of artificial? I probably am just spoiled by my favorite cinnamon-in-overdrive tea, though. I do get the notes of chocolate, and the tea base is warm and roasty tasting. I think the chocolate tea on its own would be pretty good. Maybe I will just pick out the cinnamon hearts if there is a next time….. Anyway, thank you for a fun taste of tea from across the boarder! I love to try things I can’t get here!

Usual mug method with a 3 minute steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

I want to like this one. I want to love this one. But I can totally understand where Aisling was coming from when she said she couldn’t really finish her thermos of it. There are blueberry notes, and the black tea is prevalent, but I just felt like the combination wasn’t . . . exactly what I was looking for. I shall have to play.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So…. yeah this one is not for me.
There are aspects of the cup that I enjoyed, but for the most part, I would really rather go without.
When hot, the cup is super dark, sweet and malty- almost like Keemum but richer. As it cools slightly, a sharp bitterness comes out, in the second half of a sip and in the aftertaste… reminding me of that harshness I find in brussel sprouts only loads more intense. I could not get past that aspect no matter how much I sipped and sipped.
The second steep was alot less bitter, but for some reason I couldn’t finish more than a third of the cup. I felt as if each sip was sitting like a lump of tea in my throat. It tasted okay (ish), but it simply would not go down the hatch!
Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Azzrian

Indeed win some lose some as not every tea is for everyone thank goodness there are so many for us to try. Still it is sad when we find one we do not like. I know we so want to love them all. I always wonder “what is wrong with me?” when I don’t like a tea lol rather than “what is wrong with this tea?” haha at least Im not that way with men :)

Indigobloom

ahh I know what you mean Azzrian! I really do, except I know what’s up with me… I am an odd duck with “food sensitivities” haha. Gah I am so glad this happened in adulthood. It would have been terrible as a kid.
oh and I am TOTALLY like that with my men :P

Indigobloom

(cuz the pickings have been slim lately, in my town that is)

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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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66

Nom. I love this tea, but I’m not going to rate it because I sweetened it with a touch of Irish Creme agave. It’s sweet and creamy and has that touch of toasty caramel I so love. I need to try this one without the agave, though. This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, though.

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drank Fujieda Sencha by The Tea Haus
487 tasting notes

This is the first straight sencha that I have almost actually enjoyed.

The scent of the brewed tea was very strong, with definite seaweed aromas and something else that I couldn’t quite place; almost like the roasted, popcorny taste of a genmaicha. The seaweed tapered down into a light vegetal flavour upon drinking, but that mystery flavour was still very present. Still didn’t turn me into a sencha believer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Tea Haus Matcha by The Tea Haus
487 tasting notes

The second matcha we tried was this one, and I could begin to see how people (like my wife) could enjoy just straight matcha. It was a much smoother, mellow scent. The flavour was still fishy, but it was more like a back hint this time.

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drank Traditional Matcha by The Tea Haus
487 tasting notes

The Tea Haus held a “Shades of Green” tea tasting today, so I got my green on! The first three teas we sampled were all Japanese greens, which I don’t usually like. I haven’t rated them, because I know already that I don’t like sencha and I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate one objectively since they all taste like butt to me.

So turns out that I don’t like matcha either! This offering had a very strong scent, very heavy and fishy. The taste was slightly less reeking of fish, but it was still very strong.

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

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drank Green Chai by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

Definitely passing on this one. I’ve now tried brewing it three times and none of them have brewed in a way that I got a cup I enjoyed. This one is up for trade if anyone is interested. It’s not a bad tea, just a bad tea for me.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

I conquered the tea! Finally a cup that wasn’t soapy or missing any of the notes. Sadly however, with my conquering I have discovered that it isn’t my Earl of choice. The cream notes are mild, and it just doesn’t sit right on my palate. Any of you guys coming to the GTA meetup interested in this one? I’m definitely willing to pass it along.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

I am determined with this tea! I have tried it twice now. The first time I brewed it I got all vanilla and no Earl to be seen. Then last night I tried to do a pot of it up and all I got was . . . soap.

I will conquer this tea. I swear. For now though, it has won. shakes fist at it

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drank Yerba Mate Mango by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

Tried this one yesterday morning but didn’t blog it because I used boiling water and . . . it definitely got burnt. It wasn’t horrid, but I decided to wait and retry it today.

I brewed it up today, hopeful since the cup last time had an amazing mango scent despite the burnt factor. The mango flavour is definitely present, and more so the hotter the water. The mate has a nice roasted flavour to it, which doesn’t overpower but instead makes me thing of mango over an open fire. I’ve never tried it, but it can’t be a bad thing, right? And it isn’t in the tea, either. I’m thinking next time I’ll try it on a hotter temperature that isn’t boiling and see if I can get more mango since it was no where near as strong when I brewed it like a green.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Heart by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

This is a limited edition tea from the Tea Haus for Valentine’s Day 2012. On a whim I decided to order it and give it a try. I like chocolate and I like cinnamon and I like black tea, so why not, right?

It’s a unique flavour. There are definitely chocolate notes to the tea but nothing dominating. The black tea flavour is still prominent and the cinnamon wasn’t strong when sipping it black. Curious, I added a half teaspoon of sugar and pow! There was the cinnamon. Amazingly though it played well with the other notes, making a really interesting and delicious cup. I can’t summarize the flavour easily since each note is definitely there waiting to be discovered. I am intrigued and curious what others will think of this one!

I’m not rating it yet because I honestly can’t decide where it is going to fall on the scale!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Organic Ponmudi by The Tea Haus
1315 tasting notes

Sip down!!
This lost quite a bit of maltiness over time. My cup was ok. Nothing special, but decent overall.
That’s one thing I’m looking forward to, getting down to a reasonable amount of tea so that it doesn’t loose flavour by the time my packet is done!

Sil

drink drink drink drink drink!

Indigobloom

hahahaha I’m doooooin it!!

CHAroma

I second that!

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drank Organic Ponmudi by The Tea Haus
1315 tasting notes

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!
I GOT MY MALTY BACK!!!!!!!!!! This is SO big for me. I’ve missed it so soooooo very much. Oh maltiness, I could kiss you! a thousand muahs!!!!
I don’t know if this is permanent. and I am back to needing it with a dash of agave.
Nevermind that. Today is a gift from the tasting gods. sighs
This reminds me of an Assam, only a little milder and less naturally sweet. I’m not at the top of the game here, obviously… since Assam is on the farthest North Eastern corner of India, and Ponmudi is on the opposite, South West coast! Uhhh yah. There was a time when I could recognize the difference…
Bah! I’ll get there. If this is any indication that is :P
Thank you so much to the lovely Tina for hooking me up with this blend!!! tea love!!

Tina S.

Hurray!! I can’t wait to try my own bag! And double hurray that you can enjoy it! :D

Indigobloom

Hehe thanks Tina!! :P

Indigobloom

It won’t let me edit for some reason so I’ll post this as a comment…
I’m on my second steep now, and it’s quite different. I’m getting alot more astringency, a little bit of malty, and a sort of clay-like drying sensation and taste. This is all overshadowed and strong in the finish with a fresh sort of taste, kindof balancing out the astringency. Maybe that’s because black’s aren’t meant for multiple steeps? Hmmm. Perhaps I should have let it sit in the pot an extra minute.

Kashyap

I’ve been talking to a lot of tea specialists/importers/farmers and they are all rather mystified at the diminishing ‘malt’ that is normally so common in Assamic teas, most have suggested a weather factor, but it would make sense that the Himilayas could be bending the conditions a bit and that the east would draw the normal breath from the west…I’m glad your able to enjoy it as it is sorely missed

ScottTeaMan

Could be the weather, or that maybe some of the maltier higher end teas are purchased in other countries, making them less available here. Higher end Assam teas are also getting harder to come by…ie limited production=less availability & higher prices.

Kashyap

Scott – I also would agree that higher ‘end’ Assam teas are becoming harder to come by, but I’m also dealing with direct farmers and Assam importers who have a broad range of teas/prices and even cupping them across the board, with craft and grade, the ‘malt’ notes are sadly absent. Prices are going up as more and more regions are demanding better wages and living conditions and while I know this might seem a lot to people who are not used to paying much for tea from certain regions, I’d say its about time that people are paid for what they are worth…so if tea prices rise, hopefully so will an appreciation and an awareness of how much work goes into the process…

Indigobloom

I agree, if paying a little more for my cuppas brings up the quality of life in foreign countries, it’s very worth it!!
though it is a shame that malty teas are harder to find now :(

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drank Lime Fizz by The Tea Haus
50 tasting notes

Very interesting lime flavour, but not bad. I would try this again for sure!

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drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
2387 tasting notes

Sipdown! 811.

Hot-brewed and chilled this one. Apparently I didn’t really taste peach or ginger last time; this time, I think I’m getting a hint of ginger but not much else. It does taste refreshing though, and the white base is lovely; I’d definitely like to try this (or a variant of it) again in the future.

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

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70
drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
2387 tasting notes

Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this one!

I’m not sure that I’m tasting ginger or peach all that prominently (ok, at all!), but I’m getting a lovely caramelly flavour, presumably from the white tea, that reminds me of dragonwell. So in spite of the lack of fruitiness and ginger, this tea isn’t so bad, because the base must be pretty decent :) I think I have to withhold a rating, though, because it’s likely age that is causing the lack of fruitiness (I’m actually more surprised that this wasn’t contaminated, given my shoddy storage!) Based on Indigobloom’s review, I would probably actually really like this one (just for the base, it’s getting above 75!)

So, I shall finish this one up, and perhaps try it again, as a fresher batch, at a later date :)

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

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drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
734 tasting notes

I’m up-ing my rating on this a bit. This is a really versatile tisane. I’ve cold steeped it with black tea and with green tea. I’ve added it Adagio’s Primeval for a bit more of a blueberry punch. This might not be perfect, but you can do a lot of things with it. I will miss having it in my cupboard.

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85
drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
734 tasting notes

I cold steeped this overnight. It had really nice blueberry flavor, but I think it’s too sweet (or not tart enough) for my tastes. I still have some left, I’m going to try and hot steep then cool the next batch and see how that differs.
For now I like it, it’s a nice blueberry tea, but I like the other blueberry one the scribbles sent me better. Thank you so much for sending me both of these so that I can compare them. :))

JustJames

i ave never cold steeped before… cold water from the start? or hot and then left to chill?

Nxtdoor

• Clean a jar or pitcher.
• Put some tea in it (about 1.5 times the amount you’d normally use).
• Add cold water and a lid.
• Let it sit in the fridge for four to ten hours, depending on the type (less time for white teas, green teas and wiry/flat oolongs, more for rolled oolongs and the most for pu-erhs, herbal infusions and black teas).
• Strain. Sip. Simple.

Nxtdoor

4 to 10 hrs is a guideline. Most people, myself included, go for overnight. I’ve even gone as far as 24 hrs by accident. There’s only so much flavour that can come out. Only one or two went bitter on me but for the most part you can just stick it in there and forget it

Dexter

I do both. When I say cold steep, I mean add leaves to pitcher, add cold water, put in the fridge overnight or several hours. I also will hot steep as normal, pour the tea off the leaves then allow to cool, then put in the fridge. When I do the hot steep thing, I usually do two or three steeps put it all together and then will have several cups worth in the fridge.
Some tea cold steeps really well, some I find I like better if you hot steep then cool. Depends on the tea and depends on your tastes.

Dexter

I agree with Nxtdoor, most I can leave up to 24 hours with no problem. I have a cheap China Town Market green tea (don’t even know what it is) that I like to cold steep with fruit tisane. That is ok for about 18 hours any longer than that the green gets bitter. I’ve had “good green tea” get bitter after 12 hours. I don’t usually over leaf – I use however much I would use for hot steeping, and therefore I think it needs more time. I’ve never done it for as short as 4 hours, but have had good results from some in about 8 hours. Depends on your tastes, play with see what you like.

JustJames

excellent! thank you, both of you!

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by The Tea Haus
226 tasting notes

I have tried this one a couple of times…and each time I try it I don’t know what to think. When I first saw this on the site I thought ‘Bourbon!! Vanilla!! YUM!! I can’t wait to try this!!’ After trying it my expectations didn’t meet what it actually tastes like. The first time I tried this tea I got a big old smack in the face from the vanilla saying “HELLO I AM VANILLA!!” and I thought to self “I know, I taste you, Vanilla.” But now, after a couple of tastings, I find that the vanilla has mellowed out and is not as strong, although is still quite prominent (maybe got used to strong vanilla flavour). My colleagues think it smells like cake. Vanilla is a favourite flavour of mine, but this was ‘HI!!! HELLOOOOO!!! VANILLAAAA’ Sadly, no bourbon :(
Second steeping was only rooibos, no vanilla – which was ok with me, I don’t mind the taste of rooibos.
Not bad, but not what I expected.

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