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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1338 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (207)

This cup comes to me via Sil (thank you) however, I actually briefly owned this tea after ordering a sample prior to my realization that I don’t like pu’erh. I never ended up tasting that sample though because I discovered my dislike for the earthy base before it’s arrival and thus I promptly got rid of it in a swap.

Nonetheless, Sil was generous to share so the least I could do was give it a taste. So I brewed up a cup and my fear grew as the strong odor of pu’erh took over as I rinsed the leaves. Luckily, that didn’t transfer into the flavor as the pu’erh is very subtle. Alas, so is the chocolate which means all I am getting from this is a mediocre black base with a slight hint of chocolate at the end of each sip. Not for me but now I know for sure so thank you Sil for the chance to try something new :)

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drank Climber's High by The Tea Spot
381 tasting notes

I picked this out without having any idea of what it was supposed to taste like—the name caught me. There was only slightly more than one cup’s worth so this is a sipdown.

As this brews it smells grassy to the point of almost being moldy. Not exactly the most appealing. The taste is better, but it’s not my favorite. There’s some cinnamon but the mate takes over most of the cup, including any chai that’s supposed to be there. It’s not a bad cup, but not for me.

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Inexpensive green that I initially did not like. I found, after quite a bit of trial and error, to brew a cup to my liking I had to do a rinse of the leaves then a short 30-45 second steep. This method made a pretty good if basic cup of green. It is slightly smoky with a vegetal touch that I actually enjoy. Second steep for about 1.5 minutes, and even a third (about 2 minutes) but the last steep is kind of washed out. This type of tea you can drink anytime without much thought, kind of simple which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
4026 tasting notes

i forgot to log this one. I had this much earlier in the day and while it was plesant enough, I think that i’ve outgrown it. It might work better for me with some cacao added to it, but there’s something about the chocolate aspect of this tea that i no longer love as much as i first did. Similar to the chocolate O from the tea spot..my preference for it has waned over time. Dropping the rating since it hasn’t stood the test of time. It’s still a nice blend, but there are others i’d prefer before reaching for this one now.

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I’ve always been a fan of the combination of strawberry and rhubarb, it reminds me of my grandfather who always made strawberry rhubarb pie when the berries were fresh in the garden. I’ve never had the combination in a tea before and I’m not sure that I would order it again, it was pretty artificial tasting. The dry leaf smelled overwhelmingly sweet, which wasn’t all that surprising, if you’ve ever had rhubarb before then you know just how bitter it is, so I was expecting something really sweet to compensate, but this was a little much for me. I will that that I enjoyed this much more at room temperature than hot, perhaps it would have made a better cold steep.

I would like to thank The Tea Spot for sending me this free sample

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kaylee

Actually, I believe you’ve also had Butiki’s Ruby Pie :-)

Short Sorceress

You’re absolutely right, I only had enough for one cup so I completely forgot about it.

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I’m gonna attempt to backtrack through the teas I drank today, not necessarily in order, but at least I will log them. I’ve been away from my computer most of the day, with students back to back from 10am – 6pm.

I enjoyed a mug of this at some point. It’s smoky lapsang, more hickory than pine, so kind of bacon tasting lapsang, plus ginger. I’d like it to be much more gingery, but it was good for the moment.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1392 tasting notes

This makes for a pretty great breakfast tea. I’m sipping away on this, doing work stuff and listening to Welcome to Night Vale. Cecil is squeeing because Carlos called him and it’s just adorable.

I listened to the Street Cleaning episode before that (http://nightvale.libsyn.com/15-street-cleaning-day) and it was horrifying. Just horrifying. This quote is tangentially related:

“Sirens have been going off in Central Night Vale as a warning about sirens going off in Old Town Night Vale. These sirens indicate that sirens might occur in the general Night Vale area over the next few hours, which would be a declaration of a current siren watch. Please check that your siren preparedness kit is fully stocked and easily reachable. Lieutenant Regis of Unit 7 of the local National Guard Station and KFC combo store said that, ‘It always seemed that the only way to live without regrets was just to never regret anything you did. And that seems to be the only hope for the future, anyway. Regrets just bear us down. Regrets just bear us down.’”

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drank Creme Caramel by The Tea Spot
381 tasting notes

This is an okay caramel tea. The mouthfeel is a little thin and the taste is weaker than I’d hoped, but it’s a good flavor. I can’t help but compare it to other caramels I’ve had, and this one has more tea taste and a slightly artificial feeling to the flavoring. Not bad but I won’t be buying it.

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Right now, this is pretty darn good tea. I’m not sure I’d want more, but it’s so delicious after that piece of gluten free cheesecake – the one my BFF left in my fridge.

It’s sweet, malty, a little chocolatey. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s flavoured, though. There’s not enough chocolate there for that.

Thank you, Sil. I appreciate being able to try this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

i like bolder breakfast better from the tea spot now…

OMGsrsly

Haha. That isn’t one you sent. Oh, and BTW, turns out my brother LOVES roasted oolongs and puerh. All unflavoured. :) So you know, not much I have in my house. I need to do a Teavivre order for him at some point.

Sil

So some of the teas i sent were a hit? there are a couple puerhs from teavivre that are really nice if you get around to placing that order.

OMGsrsly

I got the puerh sample pack just before Christmas, and gave most of it to my parents. They just got into puerh, and seem to really like it. :) I had NO idea it’s what my brother would end up liking as well!

mrmopar

Puerh is good!

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Wow I have been bad about logging teas lately. I blame my recent knitting obsession. I drank this one yesterday afternoon.

Another old favorite, and thankfully one that is still full of flavor and body. I remember how much I love this tea. It seems like it’s a lovely unflavored black tea with natural chocolate notes, but it’s actually a lovely (high quality) black tea, possibly with some natural chocolate notes, but with added chocolate as well. Still my favorite flavored chocolate tea!

Flavors: Chocolate

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

Had this one before; it is very tasty!

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drank Meditative Mind by The Tea Spot
1848 tasting notes

Now here’s an older floral tea that hasn’t lost it’s punch. I do admit that I probably oversteeped this… apparently I didn’t hit “start” on my timer and only removed the basket when I started wondering why it had seemed longer than 3 minutes. But! It’s none the worse for the wear, fortunately!

At this point, it’s actually even slightly sweet, somewhat of a marshmallowyness from the white tea, I would guess. This worked out well. Rose and jasmine (though the jasmine is perhaps less dominant than the rose at this point), two of my faves! At least it seems like all of my older teas are ones that I love. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tabby

I hate it when I do that! I just pour the water over the leaves and wander off like “Done!” Then I come running back.

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I have been looking for a tea with rich caramel flavor built upon the solid base of a good black tea and this one is a definite contender. This is a tea to savor and enjoy.

Small dark dry leaves, tightly rolled with a sweetly earthy smell, produce a clear reddish-brown tea liquor. A nice base of Assam complimented by the rich sweetness of a butterscotch/caramel flavor. The aroma as the tea steeps is very enticing. I went for a resteep and, as expected, the sweet accent flavor diminished a bit but the base itself can stand up to a resteep. The aroma of the resteep was almost as strong as that from the original brew.

If you enjoy a caramel black tea, this one is worthy of your consideration. 1 solid teaspoon in 8oz of 210 degree water with a 4m steep and a 5m resteep worked well for me.
Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I popped open this pouch of tea and wow, it is beautiful! I love the different chunks of orange peel and apple mixed with the rooibos and flower petals. What a treat! It smells of citrus and creamy vanilla, as expected. The rooibos becomes more present after water has been added, but it seems to be a creamy extension of the vanilla.

Sipping… hm, this blend is very straight-forward in its flavors. I was expecting there to be a little more depth, but it’s orange + vanilla + rooibos and not a whole lot else. The orange and the vanilla seem to come all at once and the rooibos lends itself to both the sweet and tart characters of the other ingredients. I love the balance of all of the flavors – nothing stronger than the rest. I think I prefer lemon and vanilla/cream teas a bit more, but this is a strong blend that is enjoyable and yummy.

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Not a sipdown, but one of 2 smoky teas I served to a student today. We had an hour long lesson, which was time for 2 pots of tea, & he especially favors smoky ones. We started with this one, as I thought he might enjoy it. This is a blend of Lapsang & Ginger root, & I’ll have to agree with Sil, that it could go heavier with the Ginger. I also think that the TeaSpot’s Russian Caravan would be even better done this way. However, I like this blend, & my students seemed very happy with it.

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I just steeped this too strong. I got this as a sample with another order a while back and finally gave it a shot. I steeped enough for about three cups in the volume of two, so it was a bit stronger than my first time steeping this.

The leaves are a deep green, flat and mostly intact (any that weren’t can likely be attributed to my less than careful handling of the sample). The liquor was a greenish yellow, although it would have been a lighter yellow if I’d had the right amount of leaves for the water. I’d also say The Tea Spot’s own description of sweet and herbacious were right on. I have too many other unique, nuanced greens for this to make my favorites list, but it was a great green tea.

Flavors: Green Melons

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Boulder Blues by The Tea Spot
501 tasting notes

Boulder Blues – The Tea Spot – 2/5/14
2 minutes, 175 degrees.

Strawberry Rhubarb? Well it certainly smells like pie innards. I put some sugar in (as I usually do) but I took a sip before stirring and it’s actually still quite nice. Not entirely to my taste but nice. After stirring, the flavours come out more, especially the rhubarb. I wish it had been the strawberry instead because rhubarb is not my favourite thing but alas. The green base is both subdued and sharp at the same time in several different places in the sip. I can taste it in my cheeks after the sip, somewhat metallic, and during it is quite mellow, allowing the rhubarb to come forth.

TTBB #3 (The work editions)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
AlexaK.

Hmm, pie innards! Haha!

keychange

I know what you mean about tasting the aftertaste in your cheeks…great way to put it!

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drank Red Hot Chai by The Tea Spot
4219 tasting notes

Backlog:

Chai blends are some of my favorite teas to enjoy this time of year. As soon as autumn starts to peek in with it’s chill in the air, I am starting to check out chai teas, and now that we are in to winter … I’m enjoying chai pretty often. I like being warmed from the inside out the way the spicy chai blends do.

This was a really good rooibos chai. Very strongly of cinnamon, it reminds me of Red Hot candies. I can also taste notes of cardamom and ginger, and there is a hint of vanilla to this too. And the vanilla is my favorite part of this blend … I love how it melds with the spicy to give this a sweet yet spicy taste.

Not a lot of “rooibos” flavor here. Perhaps a slight nutty tone to it but it all works together in a very tasty way.

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I finally got the ratio right and the first steeping came out mildly sweet and buttery, with almost no vegetal flavor to it. My mug holds 12-14 oz, and a just barely rounded teaspoon made a great cup.

Flavors: Butter, Honey

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It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, which I used to drink a lot of! I still like it, although not as much as I used to, but there is a certain nostalgia that comes with having a cup of this today. Nothing in particular, just many cups of tea drank over the years.

This is a mix of black teas, shu puer, & chocolate. It’s the chocolate liquore kind of taste, & is especially nice with a pinch of sweetness added.

gmathis

That’s the one that’s a little like toasted marshmallows, isn’t it?

Yvonne

Definitely one for the shopping list.

Cavocorax

Mmmmm… I still have 2 oz of this from the order we split!

Terri HarpLady

Nope, GG, no marshmallows in this one!!

gmathis

Hmmm…wonder what I was thinking of.

Sil

i likely won’t re-order this but i’ll finish the tin that we got..still like it, just have others i love more now..

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I got this a very, very long time ago (okay not that long, but pretty fay back) annnd… I don’t remember who sent it to me. But thank whoever you are!

I am always apprehensive regarding chocolate teas, because they in my experience they have always been bitter, relying on the scent to provide a hint of chocolate. However, this was rather different. I thought that I did get the chocolate in the taste, and the base was well chosen; it definitely adds to the chocolate flavor. However, I didn’t get any cherry. Maybe this was just my sample, but there was nothing. Of course, for me that’s a plus, as I don’t really like cherries. In fact, I can’t remember the last time i ever had a cherry…

So, all in all, this was good for me. Not supercalifragalistic, but quite good. I’m glad that I have a pretty large sample of this; again, thanks whoever you are that swapped this with me!

Yvonne

Oh wow – I’d love to try something like this!

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drank Russian Caravan by The Tea Spot
1157 tasting notes

Terri warned me some of the teas she sent me, in our totally lopsided in my favor swap, were double bagged. I separated them from the box to protect the innocent. Every time I walk into the room at least one of those double bagged boogers whispers my name. I think it is this one. I love terri’s labels. She tells you how many cups worth are in the bag and how many steeps each will go.

Anyway, so this one – not that long ago it would have made me scream like a little girl and head for cover. Smoky LS and puerh in the same tea! Now I am inhaling this and thinking, Wow that’s awesome! In this first cup I am not able to separate the four different teas. The smoke is highly complex. The mixed base underneath is rich, thick, and almost creamy feeling. As it cools I am detecting the assam in the aftertaste.

If you are a LS fan this is really an excellent blend. Can’t wait to see how later cups develop.

I haven’t been rating teas lately but I am going to rate this since the only numbered review was negative

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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