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The smell of this tea is extremely bold. The smell of the raw leaves almost sticks to your nose – you can smell it even 20 minutes after the tea is put away. The ingredients are white tea, jasmine flowers and roasted chestnut flavoring. It tastes very nutty, creamy, and caramel y.

It would be interesting to try this tea iced.

1tbsp in 8oz of “not-quite boiling” water for 3.5 minutes.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut

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I bought this solely based on other reviews. I was looking for teas from companies who charge a lot to ship to Canada (or don’t ship to us at all) to purchase and have sent to my relatives in the States to bring to me when they visited this summer.

They delivered the massive order about a week ago, including this tea.

I wasn’t sure what to expect…I guess I thought the chocolate would taste like a more natural note rather than an obvious added flavouring. (I’ve been spoiled by Laoshan Black, evidently). It kind of reminds me of the chocolate flavouring used by Harney and Sons, which I don’t love. Maybe I’m more of a creamy milk chocolate kind of girl. Well, no “maybe” about it, I definitely am.

Anyway, I’ve had this a few times now and the chocolate makes it not a breakfast tea for me. I don’t want to drink something flavoured first thing in the morning. Unless it’s coffee, oddly enough. But not tea.

The pu’erh definitely adds an earthy note. And this is a very bold tea. Mid morning or afternoon, for me.

I will try to enjoy what I have left but not a re-buy for me. I don’t love fake chocolate tasting teas.

Cameron B.

I definitely agree about no flavored teas first thing. I really enjoy having my Yunnan first. :)

Cavocorax

Sorry it didn’t work out for yoU!

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GCTTB Rd 3:

Thank you Jeweled Thumb for the chance to try this tea but it just isn’t for me. It is a fine enough black but I am missing the malt and dessert notes I tend to reach for when picking a straight black. Oh well. You never know unless you try.

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From the reddit traveling tea box.

Oh wow, this is good! This is an assam black with butterscotch candy (that has coconut in it). The assam base is really good, with the sweet, smooth candy flavor finish. The assam has briskness end of sip. This is a great blend for assam lovers. Too bad there was only 1 serving for this tea.

Oh hey, this is a teaspot tea – they were super nice (and busy) at the World Tea Expo. I got a spiffy tote bag from them!

Suziqzer

Sounds yummy!

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HH TTB #10/18

Nothing crazy here. Sweet, light white tea. Hayish flavor. It is a nice relaxing cup that has me digging out my singular tin of plain white tea to sip on this week:)

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Mmm one of my favourites!
Thank you QueenOfTarts for sending me this sample! And now it’s time to say goodbye :)

This is a lovely tea. I love tasting the orange and it has a nice creamy taste to it as well. One of the better rooibos teas I’ve had!

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GCTTB3

I’m trying new teas left and right today! I brewed two teas at a time this morning in separate cups, of which this is one.

The smell and taste of this are really interesting. When it’s brewed up, I’m smelling that sort of dark raisiny note I notice from a lot of black teas, but there’s a different note that also creeps in. It’s very earthy, and reminds me of wet soil, like rain. It’s just a deep, wet, humid smell.

This carries over into the taste – the tea is there, but there’s also that sensation of gardens and wet soil (not in an ugly grainy sort of way, but more…fertile, I think). I’ve never had a Nilgiri black tea before, so I’m wondering if this is typical of teas grown in this region. Thoughts?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Nigrili is sometimes used as the base tea for flavoured teas so you may have had it before in a form.
I have only had one straight Nigrili.http://steepster.com/teas/capital-tea-ltd/46703-glendale-estate-twirl-nilgiri.

It did have some woody and mineral notes as well as some eucalyptus notes, so I could see where earthiness could come in, if I had had a tea that was made and preserved in a different way. The one I had was bright and sweet and floral as well as being nutty, with other deeper base notes.

Marzipan

I remember having a Nilgiri and thinking it was the first tea where I got “leather” and “tobacco” notes that I had read about.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
183 tasting notes

Oh, my, chocolate! My husband and I acquired this from Whole Foods recently, and the following morning we steeped it up with our (nearly) full breakfast.

The smell of the loose leaf is very earthy, with a hefty dose of dark chocolate and a hint of cream. I steeped it for two-ish minutes (I didn’t get my timer started right away), and it surprised me how light-colored the brew was, considering it has pu-erh in it! But the leaves had mostly sunk, so I knew it was done with the first steep.

The flavor is DEFINITELY chocolate-y. The pu-erh adds a nice malty, almost fermented note without being completely overpoweringly musty. In fact, if I didn’t know it, I might not have ever guessed that this was blended with pu-erh. It’s actually pretty naturally sweet, but we added a little light cream and sugar anyway, because, well, it’s a breakfast tea. We did end up resteeping it later, for four minutes, and it was almost identical to the first steep. Quite lovely! Glad we sprung for it (although next time I may try to get it cheaper… looking at you, Whole Foods, Land of the Fancy Grocery Store Upcharge).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I don’t know why I don’t drink this one more often, it is one of my favorite smokey blends.
A mix of smokey sweet lapsang souchong, dark roasty oolong, potent assam, & deep earthy shu puerh, it combines all of my favorite qualities of each in one cup.

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This is sooo jasmine. Really strong.

I originally made this to be a hot tea in my carry mug, but I realized after heading out the door to my mother-in-law’s house to take her grocery shopping that it was just too hot of a day for this tea. So when I got there, I iced it down.

I really like it that way.

I think I might do some cold brew in the fridge tonight for tomorrow.

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HHTTB #3/18

it has been a pretty busy week. When the weather is nice during the summer the thought of staying inside kills me. We have been doing lots of biking and playing, and for me that means minimal tea drinking. Plus I think it was 90+ degrees this weekend with a humidity that felt like you were swimming.

I had this cup for my afternoon tea on Friday. It was very similar to how I remember ceylon, with a bit more flavor. It was light and had a nice fruity finish. I really enjoyed this one and was someone sad that I only took 1 cups worth.

TheTeaFairy

Kudos for biking at 90 degrees!

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1375 tasting notes

Seriously, Steepster? THREE copies of this tea? Isn’t that a little excessive?

This sample is from Sil, and I kinda hate her for it. This is sooooo good! Rich, a little earthy, chocolatey. YUM. I could probably stand to steep it a bit longer, but since it’s a puerh blend I can try that in a second steep.

How do I get more?

;)

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

Talk to Terri heh

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Hmmm, I think the flavor on this one is finally fading. I’ve had it for forever, so I suppose it’s not surprising. Trying to drink down older teas is the name of my game these days, and all of my Tea Spot teas are high on that list.

I wish there was an option between 0.6oz and 3oz on the Tea Spot’s site for this tea. I would get more, but probably not 3oz of it at a time because I (obviously) just don’t drink it that fast. Ah well, I have a lot of straight black teas that have nearly as strong chocolate notes to them, so I will just drink those instead when I am done with this one, even though I do love this one a lot.

Flavors: Chocolate, Grain, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Jillian

I’ve been doing something similar with my cupboard – everything older than a year or two gets put on the counter to drink right away or it gets swapped.

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drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
302 tasting notes

I bought this sample from The Tea Spot a while back and I’ve somehow never gotten around to trying it. I thought tonight would be a perfect time to try it.

I went back to read the description on their site after sipping it.

Gosh, is this incredibly sweet and creamy. I love the roasted chestnuttiness. I don’t really get the jasmine, but it’s just a few flowers, so I’m not too surprised. It’s a light flavor when it’s just the flowers and it’s overwhelmed by the chestnut. I can taste the base white, and it’s adding a really nice base to this tea, fuzzy and soft.

I really like this one. I’m not sure that I would stock it all the time, but it is a decadent dessert treat. (Or an I’ve had a cruddy week but at least now I have something I can drive week, I guess.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Cameron B.

I’ve been looking at The Tea Spot and thinking some of their teas sound tasty (not to mention the cute tins). I’m glad to hear you liked this one. :)

Cheri

They have some nice teas. I quite enjoyed this one.

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This is my favorite ‘Caravan’ type tea. There is just enough smoke from the lapsang, just enough sweetness from the dark oolong, just enough punch from the Assam, & just enough earthiness from the shu puerh, to make a nicely blend that was the perfect savory side to my ridiculously decadent breakfast. If you want to see what I had:
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

lapsang souchong, dark oolong, assam, & puerh
Stephanie

I have breakfast jealousy!

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
340 tasting notes

I received a sample size of this from QueenOfTarts stash sale. Thank you!

I saw so many positive reviews of this tea so I really wanted to like it, but there was something about it that just hit me the wrong way. This one is not my cup of tea unfortunately.

Cheri

I think this tea is just okay, but my husband absolutely adores this and will ask me to make it for him.

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Received this today from Cheri ^^ Thank you again!

This Morrocan mint is more minty than smoky and I don’t taste the hints of the Gunpowder that I caught in the one that carol who sent me which arrived before this one. It’s a good taste but I’m missing some of the depth the other one had which I wonder if that has to do with the tea or the prep. I prepped the first one by means of how I read online to do it… simmered in a pot for like 8 minutes then added sugar in it and strained into cups. The second, this one, I prepped according to the bag’s instructions: 175 degree water, 3 minutes, added a little sugar and served. I think the more intense flavor was more my style. All I can really taste in this one is the mint aspect. It’s good but I liked the other more. :) Must try other cup of this with that prep method.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Glad to see you got it. I don’t sweeten mine usually, and it ends with a really nice gunpowder…

Arshness

Do you usually steep it 3 minutes? The first one I got the water a bit hotter than intended and brewed it longer but I found the gunpowder taste was louder that way. GOSH the mint is tasty tho!!!

Cheri

I think I usually do one at about 2 minutes, and then another at closer to 3. I love the spearmint in this tea. It’s so good. It also cold steeps really, really well.

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drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
302 tasting notes

I wasn’t planning on this tea this morning, but I realized I didn’t have enough of the one I wanted for the carry mug, and I figured this would be a good tea of the morning. It’s kind of energizing but also relaxing and calming.

And then I heard this song on my way into the office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYmhf6RwACw

I love Echo and the Bunnymen. And this tea does go really well with the song. It’s got just enough of an upbeat to get you up but it’s mellow and easy to drink.

TheTeaFairy

Love them too! That’s such an awesome song :-)

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I’ve been drinking this one cold over the last few days. It’s really good as a cold steep. I think I’ll rinse my pitcher and get more going for tomorrow. It’s just tasty.

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drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
302 tasting notes

Did my cold steep for much longer. In fact, it’s been in the fridge for a couple of days now. DE-LISH! Definitely handled the extra time very well. The extra time also helped bring out both the spearmint and the gunpowder.

I added a little bit of sugar to this and it made it even better. Yum! Nice for relaxing on a warm day.

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drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
302 tasting notes

I did this one today as a cold steep. It could probably use a little longer as it’s only been in my fridge for maybe 6 hours. I could really taste the green, and it smelled spearmint, but the flavor of the spearmint wasn’t very strong yet. Still yummy.

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Today’s lunchtime tetsubin of green tea was courtesy of The Tea Spot, who kindly sent me a sample of their Organic Sencha. The liquor was as expected: pale greenish yellow, and the first glass seemed a bit astringent, despite my low temperature short steeping. However, the second glass was much smoother with even a silky quality to it.

My hypothesis (developed on the basis of other teas as well…) is that green tea is always more bitter when imbibed at a higher than a lower temperature. Added to that, I drank the first glass right after a big bowl of freshly sliced strawberries sprinkled with sugar and doused with cream. That sweet flavor may have made the tea seem more bitter by contrast.

I’ll try a second infusion later today…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Mikumofu

I definitely agree that there’s a correlation between temperature and bitterness with green teas!

TheTeaFairy

I never brew sencha over 160F, over that I find it tends to develop bitterness, all greens are sensitive but Sencha is even more finicky than most. At least, that seems to be my own sweet spot, to each its own :-)

Kirkoneill1988

how grassy did it taste? its unique to japan green tea

sherapop

Fellow Steepsters: I always brew green tea at a lower temperature than black—much lower, in fact. But what I’ve been noticing is that the temperature at which the liquid enters my mouth matters, too! Often I find that the first cup is slightly more bitter, but by the time I get to the second cup it is considerably smoother. Both were were poured into Bodum double-walled glasses from the very same pot at nearly the same time, so the explanation is not the brew but the temperature at which I imbibed. Well, it could also be what I was eating, as in this case: strawberries sweetened with sugar! ;-)

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