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I happened to pick up a sample rooibos cube when in was in over the weekend. Today’s weather called for a large mug of tea after work and I chose this. I didn’t know what to expect from it as I’d never had it before or noticed it on the menu. To my surprise the orange flavor is nice and light and I do note hints of creme. It’s really a lovely cup on a dreary rainy day.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Orange and rooibos are a good fit, aren’t they?

IllBeMother221B

I wouldn’t have thought they would be, but they so are!!

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100

I love this tea. It feels so smooth in your mouth and not at all astringent like most black tea. I didn’t use much so the flavor wasn’t over powering but just enough- delicious. Creamy is the best way to describe it, although I know that’s not a flavor. Yum, going to re steep now

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Surprisingly, tastes just like Apple Jacks breakfast cereal. Cider with a hint of oats and quite sweet. Maybe a little over sweet for me.

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Wow, fennel and licorice root are really dominant here, with sweetness that must be the Tulsi. Husband over leafed it (more like double leafed it!) so all the more intense. I am guessing that fans of black licorice love this tisane— alas I really dislike it. But I am drinking for the health benefits (adaptogens!) so will pinch my nose and drink.

Flavors: Licorice

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drank Relax by The Whistling Kettle
75 tasting notes

My apologies to the Whistling Kettle people… but this tea smells like feet, surely this can’t be news to them. In my efforts to de-stress, I am willing to try almost anything with valerian, but the locker room experience is too much. Guess I’m sticking to Mother’s Little Helper for now.

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I just pulled a bunch of neglected offerings out of my tea chest for my first sip down challenge. And actually drank a few of them today… but I am a little hungry and craved Banana Dulce, which is definitely not a sip down!

I really like this herbal Rooibos blend. I am always on the lookout for good caffeine- free choices, and with a little cream this is as comforting and flavorful as warm banana bread. Chamomile doesn’t dominate unless oversteeped.

Flavors: banana, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

I have so little of this left. :( The tea they added to replace it…chocolate salted caramel is no bueno. Not at all! I’ve had this tea close to three years now and I probably should toss it, but I refuse. Plus it still tastes amazing. The salt is there in little hints, but the caramel shines through and is simply delicious! I will be very sad when this is gone as I cannot find a substitute for it!

Flavors: Caramel, Salt, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First off…this is the LAST name change I promise. I’m trying to sort out all my online “stuff” so to speak. Sure I could add it all to the galinthegreyhat blog, BUT it always worked better when I kept tea blogging/tweeting to one place and the personal blogging/tweeting in another. Now on to the tea!

For some reason this morning I was feeling like a two cup pot of tea was in order. Well, I was actually feeling a WHOLE pot was in order….but I didn’t check the kettle water level (oopsie). I mixed this tea with another tea from the same company called Nut Crunch Honeybush. I’ve had the Salted Caramel for a very LONG time. The reason being once it’s gone it’s GONE! TWK can’t get it anymore and I can’t find a good place to buy it. (HELP)

Anyway. It still smells amazing (yay). Like those yummy salted caramel truffles at Lindt! While the honeybush smells more like a pastry and on the sweet side. Thankfully after my water mishap this tea turned out perfect. A nice balance of caramel and pastry-ish goodness. Trick will be not to make more for quite a while…I have less than a half a bag left!

1tsp of each tea with boiling water steeped for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Caramel, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
IllBeMother221B

Also just let my second cup of this get cold….

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So I kept seeing this pop up as a “tea of the day” on their facebook page. Today, thanks to lunch with my Mother-In-Law I finally got to try it. It smells just like hot cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven! Once I added a little cream and rock sugar to the mix it tasted a little like there was the added bliss of frosting too! Sadly it’s one of their season teas that the owner is playing with at the moment. BUT you can buy it in the shop, not online.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

This tea is a great example of how important it is to get your water temperature correct!!
I had this tea a couple of times and didn’t really enjoy it. It has almost a soapy taste and was overly floral. I really struggled to drink it, even with added sugar. Then I got a variable temperature kettle. I had been brewing this tea at a cooler than boiling temperature, but probably closer to 190. It really needs a temp closer to 170-180. What a change!
I made an infusion this morning at 170 and mixed in a small spoonful of honey. I then made a second infusion at 180 and mixed the two. It was smooth and lovely.
The taste is very fruity and floral. Due to the calendula and sunflower petals, it is also smooth. I think the base is tea kwan yin, as it has a little roasty character. There is a light and pleasant mineral aftertaste.
This has become a tea I can enjoy! Thank goodness for variable temperature kettles!

Flavors: Berries, Floral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

As with most oolong, this tea is good for several steeps, and the flavour changes subtly with each one. It has a pleasant, creamy odour with earthy undertones, and the initial flavour is much the same. This tea tastes almost like it has already had a small amount of milk added to it (hence the name), with hints of the round, almost nutty flavour I’ve come to associate with oolongs. As you steep it more, the milk flavour becomes less prevalent, with the “oolong” flavour becoming more dominant, though it maintains a creamy smoothness throughout the steeps. This tea is delicious, I could happily drunk it all day!

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Cold brew of the day, yay!! This is good, but mostly unremarkable. It’s a fruity green, but I don’t know if I would be able to pick out the specific fruits. Still, it will be no hardship to finish what I have, but I doubt I’ll try to get any more.

Sil

dragonfruit! yay!

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After catching up on Steepster, I was craving tea. Something strong and malty and…tea like. Nothing masked in flavors, just good, simple tea.

So I dragged this one out and if it doesn’t wake you up in the morning, nothing will. Hoo boy is it strong. Li8ke my father would say, “it puts hair on your chest”. I likely overleafed, because this is a touch bitter for me, but it is hitting that tea craving like no other. It’s good, but considering what my brother has been telling me about Whistling Kettle stores going to crap, I likely won’t be restocking.

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This is the last of the samples I bought from the local The Whistling Kettle location. I think I chose this one because I like white teas and the leaf smells very nice. I don’t really know anything about this tea other than that it’s Chinese. The leaves are somewhat twisty, and a combination of silver and darker grey/green colors. The dry scent is reminding me of something extremely specific, and I’m annoyed that I can’t place it. It’s somewhat close to dried apricot, but it also has a sweet hay quality to it.

Steeped, it smells creamy with strong hay and a touch of savory smoke. I think I oversteeped this a tad, but that’s okay. It’s not straight-up bitter, but it’s developing a slight bitter edge. It has a nice deep hay flavor, and there’s actually a bit of muscatel here. There’s definitely dried fruit, perhaps a combination of prune and apricot. There’s a slight floral characteristic as well. This almost reminds me of Darjeeling a bit, which is odd for a white tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Dried Fruit, Floral, Hay, Muscatel

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (103)!

Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! This is definitely a different fruit/flavour pairing, and I’m always up for a cherry or a fig tea so I was certainly interested when I saw it in your cupboard. It’s what I just finished as my morning tea today at the Kiosk…

Dry the leaf smells very sweet and fruity; very distinctly cherry candy with very little indication of fig; delicious and mouthwatering though. When it was still piping hot and I was walking to work, I thought it was coming off as rather sharp and tart, but once it cooled a bit it was so much more enjoyable.

The cherry does a really impressive job of staying far away from being medicinal and it’s not piercingly tart either (thank you Whistling Kettle for not adding any hibby!). It’s just the right balance between sour cherries and sweeter, candy cherries! Very impressive. The black base is definitely a smoother one too, and does a good job of staying enough in the background the not mask the cherry without being absent. Unfortunately any figgyness in this blend was pretty lost to me; for me this was all about the cherry. I’m still really impressed though and I would absolutely consider getting more of this if I could do so in a smaller quantity.

I’m not too familiar with the company, Whistling Kettle, so I may have to look in to that and see if (in the future) an order is doable/justifiable…

Cameron B.

I agree, I wanted more fig! But I do love cherry too. :D

OMGsrsly

Tealux’s Cherry Fantasy is a cherry-fig tea that’s exactly the same as a couple I’ve had locally. It sounds and looks very similar to this one.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I think Whistling Kettle just resells teas from bulk suppliers, so you’re probably right.

OMGsrsly

I don’t think it really matters if the tea is delicious. :) And I did like this one!

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I was playing with our tortoise, who is named after this type of tea, and talking on the phone to my mom about my brother, who lives near The Whistling Kettle, so it seemed like fate. Pao also discovered that the face of my phone is shiny and kept burrowing under my chin to play with her reflection and tap her beak against the speaker…mom loved that XD.

Anyway, I deeply love this blend. When we named Pao, neither of us had actually tried the tea, but we’ve since become big fans. It’s roasty, toasty goodness. We have three different brands, maybe we should try them all next to each other. The dry leaf on this is gorgeous, twisty and long and unbroken. I couldn’t bring myself to use a tea spoon out of fear of breaking the leaves, so I just picked a few out of the bag.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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How have we never reviewed this tea? It’s so, so good. Easily one of our favorites. It really, really does taste like a blueberry crumb cake. This is part of a tea of the month club my brother signed us up for one Christmas. I really enjoyed it! It came with two big bags of tea, which is great in the case of this blend, but for the ones we didn’t like, well, it’s not so great. And I wish it said somewhere on the bag just what is in these blends, because they are no longer available online.

Regardless, this tea is an absolute gem of blueberry cakey goodness and it’s my hot toddy of the night with Jack Daniels Honey.

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Just chugging along through these Whistling Kettle samples. Mango happens to be one of my favorite fruit flavors, but I haven’t found a really good mango tea, so I figured I’d pick up a sample of this one to try. It’s a very leafy white tea, probably shou mei, and there are feathery yellow flower petals mixed in. Dry, it smells like a mixture of mango and canned or cooked pears.

Steeped up, this is lightly flavored but tasty. I agree with Sil that it seems to be an even mix of mango and pear, though they don’t necessarily blend. The base is very mild with just a bit of hay flavor. Overall, this isn’t my perfect mango tea but it’s pretty tasty.

Flavors: Hay, Mango, Peach, Pear

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

My brother lives near The Whistling Kettle and you are making me miss both him and the tea XD

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