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85
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1917 tasting notes

Finishing up this sample this morning. This tea is popular for a reason; it has nice dark chocolatey flavor with a smooth robust tea base. Still can’t really taste that there is puerh in here. Not much else to say about this one this morning. Thanks again for the sample, Sil!

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

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84
drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
308 tasting notes

I saved my leaves from yesterday morning and had this is my travel mug when we went out to get an orchid for my mom for Mother’s day. She has a bunch, but one died, so I’m replacing it. I picked a dark color one that is similar to a color she told me she liked once. (She drops lots of hints about things.)

Anyway, this really resteeped nicely. In fact, the spearmint was really nice in the resteep.

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84
drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
308 tasting notes

I needed something comforting and yet energizing this morning. Last night was not a good night. I went to go to bed and I heard a lot of scratching in the bedroom ceiling from the attic. And as I got closer, I could also hear baby animal sounds. And then scratching got a lot louder and the mama animal sounded big. Probably a raccoon. In my attic. Right over my bedroom. With babies. YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCKY!!! So I was a little (read: a lot) creeped out. I slept on the couch. Uncomfortably. We called the wild animal removal service that was recommended (based on my 1am Facebook post) and they can’t come until Monday.

Cheri is not a happy camper.

Cheri also didn’t sleep well last night, and in that last hour before my alarm went off when I was sleeping really restlessly, I was having horrible dreams about baby raccoons and my cats…and baby raccoons in my childhood bedroom closet (never happened, but my childhood bedroom was in my current house in my dream) which was really upsetting.

So I was trying to figure out what tea would be good to have on my way to work this morning, and this is what I chose. I love spearmint. I really like this tea. It’s got the right balance between the two with a nice spearmint and green flavor, followed by that almost metallic tang from the gunpowder.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
keychange

Oh my god that sounds positively terrifying!

TheTeaFairy

But baby raccoons are so cute! But I guess I wouldn’t want them in my attic either… I just hope wild animal service puts them back safely in nature…with their mommy.

Cheri

That is what is supposed to happen. They will trap the mom at the point she is coming and going, and if the babies are big enough, they’ll follow her. If they’re too small (I think they might have been just born yesterday) they’ll go in and get them. Either way, they go with the mom. I just want them gone. Scratching, thumping, and baby animal sounds over my bed while I’m trying to sleep is not comfortable. At all.

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
308 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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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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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1254 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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Second tea of the morning…..

I will admit it. I have been ‘re-interviewing’ my flavored teas. I am at a point where I don’t have much left in the way of flavored teas because I rarely drink them, so maybe my review doesn’t apply to most as I am not much of a fan anymore of flavored tea. I know I had fond memories of this one and bought some last April. To tell how interested I have been until now….I just opened the package today.

Call me a bit disappointed. The initial smell of the leaf was a little medicinal and artificial. I am hoping it just needs to breathe a little. It has never been opened, so it should not have degraded much. I do smell artificial chocolate in the brewed tea, too, and I can taste it. I did not go with the stevia sweetener, because I wanted this to be as close as I remembered to having it last. It looks to have a similar base as the TeaSpot’s Qu Hao Silk. I remember quality black tea with cocoa notes on steriods. I got quality black tea with chocolate and a hint of medicine. :(

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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

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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The 2nd of the bathtub teas. I really didn’t accomplish much today, but sometimes you just need to relax, right? So, I’m clean & serene, but sadly, I feel the Zyrtec wearing off, & I have to leave the house in a few minutes, for my Taichi class.

Marzipan

You are so neat!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, thanks! :)

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a good tea.
i drank this in the shower on Saturday morning.
literally in the shower.
and then i spent time trying to find a bit by the comedian Kyle Kinane online so i could share it with you. it’s about drinking beer and listening to your ipod on shuffle in the shower. but i guess it’s only in his current live show at the moment cuz i couldn’t find it online.
thank you cavo again and again.

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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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86

I’m fed up with trying to drink black teas, at least for a little while. Every single one of them tastes bitter to me. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, & I’m sure it’s due to allergies, but it is SO frustrating.

To give my tastebuds a break, I’m having a pot of this one. This is an old favorite, from my mostly green tea days, a lovely fragrant tea that is also beautiful to look at. I don’t always love floral teas, but I don’t really hate them either. The main taste I’m noticing today is a light sourdough bread quality, coming from the white tea in this blend. I’m still getting a slightly bitter sensation, but it’s mild, so it isn’t ruining things for me. The jasmine & rose are nicely balanced. For some reason when I drink this, I always feel like there is a bit of mint in there, & in fact I used to think it had mint in it, but it doesn’t.
Anyway, the Cardinals vs Nationals game is getting ready to start, & I plan to spend my entire day in my PJs, watching baseball, surfing the internet, & drinking tea.
A perfect day in the making!

Terri HarpLady

Sadly, as I’m getting further into the pot of this, it’s taking on an acidic quality that I’m not really enjoying…

Tea Sipper

oh no! I hope your black teas aren’t bitter soon!

Terri HarpLady

This whole allergy thing is getting old…sigh…

TheTeaFairy

May you reunite with your beloved black teas ASAP!

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86

I highly recommend this one as a cold steep. After just a few hours in cold water in the fridge, I’m in heaven. Lemony, spearminty (my favorite kind of mint), just enough floral to be floral, but not over the top in any way. Oh, this is good. Easy. Tasty! I’m raising my rating on this one because I like it cold steeped soooo much.

Preparation
Iced

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82
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
308 tasting notes

This is my go-to morning caffeine right now. So yummy. I like the earthy notes from the pu-erh, and the richness from the chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
308 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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88
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
372 tasting notes

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85
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
308 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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82
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
308 tasting notes

I had this for my morning tea, and so did my husband. We both enjoyed it. I love the subtle chocolate notes this tea has. Very comforting.

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84
drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
1297 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
308 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
308 tasting notes

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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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