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drank Organic Ponmudi by The Tea Haus
1543 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
1543 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
3107 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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drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
3107 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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85
drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
978 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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drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
978 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
286 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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drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
3107 tasting notes

Sipdown! 788. You know, this is more pleasant on its own that mixed in with other ingredients (although that said, it does work well in some blends). It’s lemony and a bit grassy (not vegetal). I’m curious how it might work cold and sweetened, as a pseudo-lemonade. Perhaps something to try in the future. (I’m now craving cold Coco-Lemon Thai. Must locate and drink tomorrow.)

Thanks for letting me sample this one, Indigobloom!

ETA: I cold-brewed the used leaves for probably about 36 hours, and the result was fairly flavourful. I do prefer lemon juice to things like lemon peel, lemon verbena, lemon grass, etc., so it was only ok for me. I didn’t bother sweetening it, but perhaps would have liked it better had I done so. Quite refreshing, however.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Iced!! now there’s an idea :P

CHAroma

Are you saying that you have 788 teas to sipdown??

Kittenna

Yeeeeessssss :(

CHAroma

OMG, Kittenna!!!!!!! How did that happen???! LOL!

Kittenna

Hahahaha I know, right?! That’s why I’m trying to be on a very strict purchasing hiatus. It’s working so far, but I’m not making as much progress on sipdowns as I need to be… sigh!

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drank Nuts and More by The Tea Haus
286 tasting notes

Gaaah!!! Internet service!!!
So this teas is a lot like ‘Forever Nuts.’ Reminds me of oatmeal cookies. YUM!! I tend to eat more of this brew (head hanging in shame) than I brew – both ways are delicious. Eating David’s brew is softer – this one seems to have more beet root. I likey both.

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drank Nuts and More by The Tea Haus
286 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice by The Tea Haus
286 tasting notes

It is a cold miserable day, and a day like this calls for a comforting tea. Sadly, this tea doesn’t quite make it. Taste is a little on the weak side, and to bring out the pumpkin pie flavour I needed to added milk and sugar, which I prefer not to do. It’s ok. It won’t be hard to finish, but I probably won’t buy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

I had this one as a hot brew a while ago, and I didn’t like it very much-too sour (hibiscus, I guess). But then warm weather finally came, so I decided to try a cold brew. Much Better!! Especially with a little bit of honey added.

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80

I don’t love this tea, but I don’t hate it. It’s just ok. Nothing stands out about this tea. It’s mild and slightly vegetal. I won’t be hurting to finish my stash, but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Gunpowder by The Tea Haus
630 tasting notes

1 tablespoon used for 375 ml

Metallic. Mildly floral mixed with smoky note. This tea reminds me of sencha. Good level of astringency. Slight nuttiness.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this with me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Yeah I really didn’t know what to make of this one!

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drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
1543 tasting notes

I forgot I still had this in my cupboard. and that I do enjoy lemongrass! on it’s own that is. In blends? can’t stand it. Solo? deeeelish! creamy lemon gooodness. It’s even complex, which I adore about teas.

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drank Mango Fruit by The Tea Haus
14 tasting notes

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I tried this tea during my quest for that strong, bold, yet rounded black tea taste that I crave. A staff member at The Tea Haus recommended their Golden Pu-Erh for its musty edge.

I tried two cups of this tea on two separate occasions, each brewed differently. The Tea Haus’ brewing guidelines suggest a water temperature range of approx. 85C-93C, and a steeping time of 10 seconds to 2 minutes. For the second cup I increased water temperature and steeping time to brew a stronger tea – this tea is VERY sensitive to variations in the brewing process.

Weak or strong, however, I was not a fan. It’s been a week or so since the last cup, so I would be going on memory if I tried to describe the taste exactly, but I think this is the problem: it tastes like it’s been sitting in a cave, fermenting, for five years. I know that’s the point, but it doesn’t work for me: I tasted (and smelled) mould, mildew, damp, dirt, and chill when I drank this tea. It was kind of like rummaging around in a really old basement or antique store, minus the discovery of exciting or valuable treasures. I didn’t finish either cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

My go-to caffeine-free tea for just before bed. Brewed exactly according to The Tea Haus’ instructions, and served with milk and just a bit of honey, this tea is light and milky, with a sweet, almost chocolate edge. I drink an oversized cup of this almost every evening! I also like the nutrients I get from it, and feel it helps with digestion.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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85

The Tea Haus’ East Friesen is another tea that I tried in my quest for a good, everyday black tea – that comforting first cup you have each morning, for example. This tea came in a close second. It is not as complex or bold in flavour as the Keemun, and even when allowed to steep for up to 5 minutes tastes a bit too weak for my tea tastebuds. It’s a good alternative to the Keemun, though, and I like that it’s sometimes traditionally served with a bit of rum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Keemun by The Tea Haus
5 tasting notes

Since switching to loose leaf tea a few years ago, I have been searching for a better black tea (one that will satisfy my taste for bagged Tetley, which I grew up with, but still remind me why I switched). The Tea Haus’ Keemun is it! It has a warm, rounded flavour, is bold, yet is not overly acidic and still has a delicate, complex taste. I prepare it with milk and honey but I think it would drink well as a straight black tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank East Friesen by The Tea Haus
1 tasting notes

Growing up in Germany and having grandparents in East Friesland, I learned to savor this tea. Every trip back to good ol Germany, I stock up on buenting tea and Kluntjes. But you can now order it at Buenting online as well. I have not tried it and the website is in German only.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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Five months later, I finally tried this one again. I don’t like it. It’s just not for me. I don’t find the apple taste to be there really, and I think I just don’t care for red rooibos teas that much anymore. I like the green ones much much better.

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This one smelt like bubblegum dry. My husband was the first to notice that.
Steeped, it smells more like apples. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

I think I might have needed to add more leaves to this. It seems a bit weak. I did one tsp per cup for 5 mins. I think I might try more like 1.5tsp. The apple flavour that I expected wasn’t there. I’m kind of disappointed a bit with this one. I know it might just be that I didn’t steep it enough, but I dunno. I’m going to have to try this one again before I rate it.
To me, it tastes like a plain rooibos with a hint of cinnamon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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