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95
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
190 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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79

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
1504 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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85
drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

comforting.

I have a splitting headache. We were going to go watch one of my favorite local bands in the beer garden, but I hurt so bad I was feeling nauseated. Sweet spouse drove me home, and headed back to the bar. Hah.

So I took a shower to try to relax my neck, which is where this wonderful stress headache is coming from, and it helped a little but not much. So this tea is keeping me company. I’m going to go curl up with my Kindle and maybe read, if my head will let me. The computer screen is not playing nice with my head, though, so I’m giving that up.

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85
drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
443 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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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
410 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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71

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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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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70

Someone gave me a tin of this as a gift. I’ve gone through it as my office tea for a bit. It’s a fairly good wake-me-up. It is the first tea with pu-erh that I have liked, but I honestly can’t tell how much of the flavor profile has been contributed by the pu-erh. It just tastes like a chocolatey black tea to me.

One small rant – the tin it came in, while cute, is very annoying when attempting to get the very last of the tea out of it. It has an indentation in the bottom so that you could stack it on top of another of the same tea tins. It’s pretty deep and the tea slides down in between the walls of the tin and the indentation. Couple that with the squarish flat top with a round opening.

So I managed to get the very last of it out of the tin after thwacking and shaking and bumping and dumping. But there wasn’t quite enough left for a full cup. I tossed in a bit of Twinings loose Earl Grey. The Bolder Breakfast is so strong that I didn’t get a hint of Earl Grey taste.

I don’t know that I will reorder this on my own, but I wouldn’t turn up my nose at another gifted tin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve gone through a couple of tins of this one over the years. My method is to shake it over a plate, in a combination of poorly choreographed moves: circles, triangles, north to south, east to west, etc, until every particle is on the plate. ;)

Hesper June

The tea-time mambo? The tea two step? Between you and Terri, this tea sounds like it requires a certain dance step that needs its own name:)

Hesper June

P.S. I have two left feet, so maybe I should just stay away from this tea…

Skulleigh

LOL. It’s the tea tango!

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Finally got around to trying this sample. And thanks to Tea Spot! :)

This blend smells really good, the chocolate scent is pretty strong. The flavour kinda reminds me of coffee. I can see why this would be a gateway tea for the coffee people. It’s probably too late in the day for this, and it’s most flavourful.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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85

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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85

Thank you, QueenOfTarts, for sending me a sample of this tea!
It smells so good! I don’t know about the blood orange bit, but it did smell very fruity/rooibos-y from the package. Oh wait. I like to…. inhale my tea… and yep! I smell the citrus now!
Poured water on top and the woodsy rooibos flavour is coming out, as well as the bright citrus! You know, this reminds me a bit of TeaForté’s Mojito Marmalade, but that one is like suuuper bright and flavourful. This one has more of a muted citrus flavour because of the rooibos, but it smells great!
Mmmm I just had a small sip (after about 4min of brewing) and it tastes so nice! Definitely a tad watered down so I’m letting it sit for another 10 or so minutes to pull all the flavour out. It has the bright citrus taste, while still holding it a bit back with the rooibos.
Definitely a great tea! Now I’m just waiting for it to brew to how I like all my rooibos (overleaved and oversteeped aww yiss) and I know it’ll taste great!

About half an hour later and I’ve been steeping my tea for forever and THIS IS GREAT. I would actually do with a bit more leaves though. I do taste the orange! Not just citrus, but orange :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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81

Brewed this yesterday, had a few sips and then forgot about it. Now it’s here in front of me, cold, and I’m still enjoying it. It’s cocoa-y, sweet, and thick, almost like a coffee mocha minus the milk/creaminess. A really hearty, satisfying cup!

I think this came from Cavocorax, although I could be mistaken… someone please correct me if I’m wrong. I went to look at who ‘owns’ this tea in the hopes that maybe that would help, and the only name that popped up was TeaTiff — however I don’t think we’ve done a swap? Mind you, I could be wrong and totally out to lunch.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dinosara

Probably because there is a more popular listing for thist tea:
http://steepster.com/teas/the-tea-spot/1262-bolder-breakfast
Argh duplicates! :)

MissB

Bah! That’s why. Interesting it didn’t show up in search for me, just this one.

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75

It’s Spring! Maybe summer is around the corner. This tea has a very lovely floral/lemon aroma from the dry leaves and after brewing. The taste a smooth gentle floral lemon with some mint. I happen to really like Lemon myrtle after my trip to Australia. I know the lemon is strong but I like it. The tea itself is not particularly strong and doesn’t fulfill my need for a full bodied evening non-caffeinated tea, but I really didn’t think it would be. I think this would be good cold but Idon’t have enough to do a cold brew. It is a nice Spring-y tea for the start of spring weather.
I had another cup left in the tea pot. So this has been sitting for a bit. It hasn’t been steeping or anything. The lemon myrtle is much stronger and I can easily identify it as lemon myrtle not regular lemon. Still like it. Reinforces my thought that it would make a good ice tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I like lemon myrtle too, so tasty…

Josh Buteau

is the lemon myrtle made by the same company? I may need to look into giving them both a try:)

TeaBrat

You can get lemon myrtle at a store that sells herbs. I also know that Simpson and Vail carries it.

carol who

I love that all the descriptions of lemon myrtle includes the phrase… " more lemon-y that lemon". I developed a love for it when we were in Australia. Lemon myrtle soap, shampoo, lotion,everything. It is harder to find the essential oil here but as TeaBrat says you can find the herb at many herb stores. It really brightens up an iced drink well.

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84
drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
1453 tasting notes

This was a one teaspoon sample I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox a while back (I hope that thing isn’t lost right now.) Is it bad that I have the second cup (PM not AM) of my tea days for the next week or so planned out? Of course I want to drink all the teas all the time. Choices choices . haha. Anyway, I like this one! There are plenty of big jasmine flowers in the dry blend but somehow the flavor doesn’t happen in the tea itself. It’s a decent white tea (fuzzy but somehow they aren’t bothering my throat)… it doesn’t taste like cake so much as frosting! Sweet and also a bit nutty. Where is my dessert with this one? The second cup somehow had almost just about as much flavor as the first cup.
Steep #1 // 30 mins after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Three sipdown tasting notes today! NICE.

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in a while. I’ve been all but out and I was saving the last cup for whatever reason and also for songs unknown reason, I haven’t yet ordered more of this. Tonight the tin is now empty, but I did get a little more in my Tea Sparrow box this month.

I forgot how dang creamy this tea is. Vanilla almond creamy, with that woodsy rooibos flavor too. It’s good. Really good.

I’m exhausted and wide awake so hopefully this tea helps me get to sleep. We’ll see.

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

I can’t believe that I haven’t given this tea a rating yet. I think it’s because when I was drinking it before was when my laptop was busted and you can’t do the sliders on the tablet. So there is now a rating for this tea.

This is one of my comfort teas. I really like this one. I just wanted something comforting tonight. My throat is getting scratchy. It better just be allergies because I cannot be getting sick again. Uh uh, no way.

But yeah, almondy vanilla and caffeine free. Delicious. Relaxing. Comforting.

Now if only I could stop hearing, “A tight end?! Why did they take a tight end?! Why didn’t they take Lewan!? Why do the Lions hate their fans so?!”

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Hello.Kiki

Though in all seriousness, they should have taken a corner. Sure the offensive line could use some bolstering, but they already have some great receiving hands (Calvin? Reggie? come on guys!) sigh.

Why do the Lions hate their fans so?

Cheri

I don’t understand. I’ve never understood. It’s hard to be a Lions fan. (The thought with Lewan is he was the best player on the board at that point, and either you strengthen the line or you can trade him. Dennard would have been a good pick as well.)

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

I really wanted something creamy tonight, but still no dairy while I battle this bronchitis. So this was my creamy.

Hello.Kiki

feel better soon!

Cheri

Thanks! I am doing a lot better already. This just takes a while to clear up.

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

What can I say? I have a cupboard full of teas and I’m drinking this one again tonight. But oh oh oh so good. I wish my computer was working so I could actually rate this tea. But like everything else lately, my computer is dead. The hard drive has about a billion bad sectors and it’s just not running anymore.

But this tea….It’s soothing my throat that is raw from coughing. It’s soothing my tired body. It tastes so good.

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

Oh wow, this is good I mean really good.

Vanilla, almond, creamy.

Wow

It reminds me of a shortbread almond cookie.

It’s also really creamy. Surprisingly creamy. Deliciously creamy, especially since I’m sans dairy right now.

I haven’t tried a resteep yet, but the tin tells me I can.


The resteep is just as delicious. Maybe not quite as creamy, but still creamy and delicious.

DeliriumsFrogs

This sounds super yummy. :)

Cheri

It is. I have yet to have a bad tea from The Tea Spot.

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s really good to know! I’m going to have to add them to my ‘check out this vendor asap’ list. thanks! :)

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
443 tasting notes

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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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I got this tea a few weeks back and while it was nice and jasmine-y, I had a bad blend with no jasmine flowers in it. The Tea Spot fixed it for me and sent a whole tin full of Jasmine flowers right away.

And then I couldn’t taste Jasmine for a while. That was sad.

Today, I can taste Jasmine. Perhaps not as well as normal but I finally taste it again.

And yes, I like this tea.

The base green is quite nice, but the Jasmine flavor in this is strong. In a good way. I would spend more time describing this tea, but honestly the codeine is kicking in and I don’t think words are coming.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1358 tasting notes

Morning cup. First off I just noticed this is Bolder Breakfast not Boulder Breakfast like I spelled it on my blog a while back. Had to fix it. Second, I didn’t feel like searching to post, so I typed bolder breakfast into the search. There seems to be at least 3 different listings for the same tea. Such is Steepster in the morning. My blurry head tastes chocolate, something mildly spicy, and pu’er. That’s all I got until I wake up. I recall it being awesome from last time.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, I like awesome.

Cheri

I put some of this in a small tin and I wrote up the label as Boulder Breakfast. The Tea Spot does have a tea called Boulder Blues, but this one is just Bolder.

K S

I remember checking out their website and since they operate out of Boulder it was a short jump to mistaken identity and yeah, seeing Boulder Blues helped steer me off course.

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