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The Tea House - Covent Garden

Recent Tasting Notes

77

A fairly good shu – dark reddish, smoky, earthy and strong with some sweet notes. Endless rebrews, not complex or subtle, but a good honest tea for a very good price and conviently packed

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Aroma from the bag: citrusy, floral, very sweet

First steep
Scent while steeping: mostly charcoal-y
Color: medium yellow-brown
Flavor: charcoal-y with some sweetness & floral notes

I used 1 1/2 tsp loose tea and probably too much water (I was shooting for 8 oz in the tea maker but it wound up almost overfilling my mug), so no rating just yet.

ETA: 2nd and 3rd steeps were much more smooth and mellow with nice fruity-floral overtones and a mild complementary smokiness. I’ll wait until next time to rate, but it’s a good’un!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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58

Sipdown, 223. This one was just not good today. Even with milk and sugar it had an off, funky taste that I couldn’t stomach. Oh well, it’s gone now!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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58

Unfortunately not a sipdown, I have one more serving of this. Made it with sugar and milk, because otherwise the black base is bitter and astringent. This is a flavor combination that I thought I would like early on in my tea explorations, but apparently I’m just not that much of a fan of it. It’s ok, but I certainly don’t want to add any more to my stash. Today this one tastes mostly like crappy black tea with a hint of spices. Should have brewed it in hot chocolate like I did last time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

Another cup backlogged from yesterday. I really need to take the time to properly review this tea…

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87

First tea of the morning. Brisk and smooth

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87

Back logging a cup from yesterday. Great morning brew

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83

Smooth creamy tea with no astringency or bitter tones

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87

First cup of the day. A much needed after lunch pick me up

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87

First tea of the day. Needed the caffeine kick

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71

I just tried this with my new heart-shaped tea strainer and I’m not sure I like it as much as I do with the leaves loose in the cup – the strawberry note hides behind the sencha, which comes across more bitter than rich. Strange! Still a favourite tea, though.

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87

Light bodied strong tea with pepper and citrus notes and no astringency.
Works better without milk, although it can be brewed darker and taken with milk. A good pick me up on the coldest and stormiest day of the year.

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83

Peppery tones, no astringency, very unique tea.

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54

I bought this a few weeks ago, the same time as their strawberry green tea. I usually shy away from flavoured teas, but as soon as I smelt this I wanted it. It’s a buttery marzipan kind of almond – kransekage and frangipane, more than almond butter or Battenberg. Compared to the marzipan black tea, the almond seems more prominent – but I tend to prefer lighter teas anyway.

The loose leaf is beautiful – green tea strands, mate pieces like glitter, red rose petals, cornflowers (my favourite). Emeralds with garnets and sapphires – the kind of tea that demands a pot, not a tea filter or a simple mug. Two for me, one for the pot. Water straight off the boil, and brewed for three minutes.

The brewed tea is a golden-green and smells beautiful, though it tastes a little disappointing. Imagine a nice, soft, rounded green tea with a drop of almond essence – it’s nice, it’s tasty, but it’s an anticlimax after that amazing aroma. I will say this is a really nicely blended tea, though – it’s very smooth, with that earthy mate lingering in the background and a toasted coconut note that weaves its way through the green tea and almond. Very pretty and drinkable.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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71

Oh my. I bought a full bag of strawberry sencha a couple of Sundays ago and I am quite enamoured. It’s a little confusing – it tastes like it smells, but not like it looks or sounds – but it’s fun, that’s for sure.

The tea is good quality, all clean-cut, rich green sencha, and there are nice chunks of dried strawberry mixed into it. The scent is STRONG. I could smell it wafting out even before I opened the bag, but it’s lovely, gently toeing – no, pirouetting – the line between real strawberries and strawberry ice cream nostalgia.

The brew is largely normal green tea with an overlay of juicy fruit – like most flavoured teas I’ve drunk, it lacks depth and is more scent than flavour, more pink and fizzy than grounded and natural. That’s not to say it’s bad; it’s not at all.

It’s not ‘must keep stocked in my cupboard’ good – that accolade has only been earned by Sleepytime and Twinings’ pomegranate white tea – but it’s good enough that it’s one of the more exciting, enticing teas in my cupboard right now. It’s green tea for the Miss Dior Chérie girl.

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89

Thank you Dinosara for this yummy tea!
Its sort of chai like but berry too – very yummy and soothing after what has been a MEH day.

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So this tea reminds me of fall and what a wonderful treat for this cool autumn night :) enjoying it while watching a scary movie :)

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82

These came from a friend of mine who lives in the UK (and unfortunately is not on Steepster). The blossom held together well despite its trip through the mail and unfurled nicely without shedding too many bits in the process. The tea was an interesting one – a mix of vegetal and nutty notes with a hint of smokiness. The floral jasmine was in there too, but it was light and restrained which I appreciate as there’s nothing I hate worse than feeling like I’m drinking a cup of jasmine perfume.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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94

This is a sipdown, sadly. I mixed the remaining of this tea with some Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh from Arbor Teas this morning and it’s a nice mix. I will miss this Russian tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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94

This is a very nice tea my boyfriend brought back from England and unfortunately we do not know a lot about it…

It’s a really nice blend of black teas, not smoky at all like some Russian Caravans and not flavored like some of Kusmi’s. There is definitely some assam in here as well as some keemum perhaps. It isn’t really smoky but there might be a slight aftertaste of tobacco and pepper. A very thick and full-bodied tea, perfect for breakfast time. I will see if I can find something similar elsewhere since I really liked this!

Maisonlula

I go here all the time!! I can buy you this if you ever need it :)

TeaBrat

oooh, next time you go see if you can find out what kinds of tea re in this. :)

Maisonlula

Thdee are tons in the shop!!! I have a few I have to swap… there are others though..

http://steepster.com/discuss/641-swaps-lets-swap-some-tea?page=14

TeaBrat

sorry I don’t swap with people overseas as international shipping is $4 and up & especially as the last person I swapped with in England seems to have disappeared from Steepster and I never got their package.

Maisonlula

oh goodness!!! well.. I can send it to you nevertheless.. :)

Barb

Could it be this place? http://www.covent-garden.co.uk/SITES/theteahouse/
They do mail order… and special blends. Wish I was there, but I’m about 5K air miles away.

TeaBrat

yes, I am fairly certain that was the place.

Barb

Go for it — or send the boyfriend back and make sure he buys more next time!

TeaBrat

I’m not really that anxious to have more…

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100

re-writing this review seeing as the last one was at about 4 in the morning and I was so tired… plus it was rude to run away from entertaining my guests (at such an hour, I know :p) to writing this review, I needed to remind myself of writing this.. so here goes!

First of all the smell.. from the bag.. I get the sweet smell from it, the bakewell tart is clearly the smell of it.. after steeping for about 4 minutes I notice that the sweet smell changed to a more pastry type smell… the sweet smell was subtle.. and now the tea was more creamy, I could really smell the tart in this, coming from this cup, I could detect a little bit of almond and cherry in this, plus the little almond pieces in this tea are such a perfect thing for it..

taking my first sip… the tea is more of a reddy brown than golden, and I was so blown away about the texture, which was the first thing I noticed.. I have never before tried a tea that was as smooth as this!! This even comes up to ‘Paris’ – Harney & Sons consistency!! I was very shocked because at such an affordable price I wasn’t expecting such a tea to be like this!!! The taste – In my personal opinion, I don’t like hugely sweet teas, and I was so relieved to know that this tea doesnt taste like what it smells like from the bag, the taste is a rich creamy, almond, cherry flavour… which I can easily tell that this IS marzipan tea! I gave the tea to my friends and they knew exactly this had to be a marzipan tea, so I’m glad that when you drink it, you know that it is marzipan tea. The empty cup smells like bakewell tarts, the sweetness has come back again so maybe while its hot the creamy pastry smell comes out more… My advice is to try it on its own.. I genuinely think that no milk or sugar is needed,,, I will be trying this tea out again with milk to see if this helps with the creamy smoothness of this.. If anyone loves sweet tea, then go for the sugar but for me.. it’s my perfect sweet creamy tea, I will be buying atleast 5 bags of this… only because it’s a limited edition from christmas,, and they are selling that last few bags, so I need to get down there quick before they go!!!

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

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62

These are not exactly a favorite of mine in the world of tuo chas… After brewing this was impossible to unfurl and once it did it was full of tiny particles which makes me suspicious that this was something sweeped up off the shop floor and glued together. These are pretty unremarkable aside from the level of camphor and the odor of a murky pond, I even am getting a trace of bitterness this afternoon. I still have about 12 of these so I’m trying to finish them off, albeit slowly. They may accidentally find their way into the compost bin someday…. just sayin’… I didn’t love them when I first got them and it seems as though I am liking them less and less over time. I want my Menghai – bluh.

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74

Generally speaking I try to reuse my tea tins so if I have a tea that’s sitting in an envelope and an empty tin, I will move it over. I emptied my Rishi Ginger Pu-erh this morning and decided to put this tea in it, but also realized I’ve never logged it or rated it. Heavens!!! My boyfriend brought this back from London last fall.

The dry leaf is dark and twisted in the style of a formosa oolong and I can see bits of flower petals and orange peel in this blend. I have done a few short steeps in the gaiwan this morning.

The tea steeps up to be a very light amber color and the orange element is very strong in this blend. I am also getting the flowers but I am not sure what they are, orange blossom flowers, perhaps? It’s difficult to tell what role the oolong is playing here but I believe it is lending a few roasty peach notes which are nice and pleasant. This has a very sweet aftertaste, which is a little bit too much for me unfortunately. It almost seems like there’s sugar already in it… I think I could have done with a little more oolong and a little less flavoring in this one.

I think I will have to try this cold brewed, and perhaps it would be nice with a touch of lemon to offset the sweetness a bit.

Angrboda

I’ve bought a number of different tins, but I also always keep the tins if a tea is sold in one, so sometimes I really have more tins than I know what to do with. Small tins are super-practical for swapping, though. It confuses the boyfriend sometimes, because he sometimes don’t feel he can trust what it contains is what it says on the tin. Apparently the paper labels I stick in between the tin and the lid can be really hard to see, even if they are always turned so that they point forwards… :p I tend not to tin stuff that comes in ziplock pouches though, but I’ve been wondering if I ought to. It seems unnecessary, but I just kinda prefer a tin to a pouch.

TeaBrat

I usually just tape the label from the envelope onto the old tin, but I don’t have any that are super small either…

Angrboda

I tend to just squeeze a piece of paper in, because I don’t want to deal with the glue, at least not on my larger tins. When swapping with the small ones (the little sickly green ones from Adagio samples) I usually use glue-y labels so that it can’t fall off in shipping.

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