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The Whistling Kettle

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80

I just keep thinking – this tastes just like Chinese Restaurant Tea! It’s very smooth, but not sweet like the description made me expect. It is not bitter at all, even though I always let my leaves stew (I just leave them in the cup). The leaves are smallish and the liquid is a really pretty golden brown. It is a very satisfying cup of tea, and I expect that I could drink this on a semi-daily basis.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60

I steeped this in a regular teapot and it was really yummy! I could definitely smell and taste the orange and the ginger. When resteeping (which I did 3 or 4 times) the orange and especially the ginger taste faded, but the oolong base is lovely and continued to taste good. I might re-buy.

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drank Maple Cream by The Whistling Kettle
41 tasting notes

Finally digging into the samples my sister gave me for my birthday.

I steeped for about 3 minutes, after reading comments here that 4 seemed too long. I tasted the tea plain, and the maple was very subtle, but present. Otherwise, a nice black tea. Added some half&half and a dash of maple syrup from the bottle I had just purchased this morning.

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67

The first steeping of this tea was very strong and astringent. But, the second and third were very nice. It had a deep elemental taste with a hint of flowers. Next time I try it, I’ll try to remember to do a wash steeping.

Update – I tried this again, gongfu style. It was much more pleasant that way and not at all astringent. The first steeping is still a little bitter, but it was a pleasant bitter. The subsequent steepings had a nice floral taste to them. I’ve updated the rating.

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97

Everyday I take a travel mug of oolong with me to work. I usually drink a light oolong, often Alishan. I received a large container of it from a taiwanese student. Each morning, I put 1-2 tsp of tea in my mug and then fill it with hot water. I drink it throughout the morning, putting in more hot water at lunch and then some more during the afternoon. So, I look for teas that I can resteep in such a fashion and do not get overly bitter as they stew in the water. This one is a perfect example of this! It stayed nice tasting through three steepings.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97

Just had a lovely tea time with my husband! We used a gaiwan to brew this very flavorful tea. I washed the tea to begin with, but regretted it. Last night I had a small pot of it and didn’t wash it and its first brew was sweeter. We ended up getting 6 brews out of it, not counting the wash. Some were better than others, the second and third being my favorite. The predominant flavor is orchid, but there are notes of milky sweetness, especially in the first two steepings. We did add a little tiny bit (less than 1/8 tsp) of sugar to the third, fourth, and fifth steepings to bring out the sweetness. A very satisfying tea and one I will buy again and again. This is the best tea I have ever tasted.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Tea #28 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I really like the combination of puerh and white teas they used here. They compliment each other really well. The puerh is earthy and rich and the white is sweet and delicate.

That said, I not so surprisingly enjoy this cup. The tangerine flavor and chrysanthemum come through primarly. And the tangerine is crisp and citrusy. There’s also a gentle tartness that I’m associating with the acai. I feel like maybe the floral aspect could be turned down a little bit, as that’s all I get at the tail of the sip and as an aftertaste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

Tea #16 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I almost didn’t try this one since I’m still trying to acquire a taste for puerh, but I actually really enjoyed this. I’m not really sure what acai is suppose to taste like, but the tangerine stood out, giving the blend a nice citrus flavor.

This isn’t something I would have thought to order for myself so I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I was scared of this one based on the scent of the dry leaf. I’m very maple picky and it smelled a little artificial! Also there are large pieces of popcorn?! Haha! Anyway, steeped up this makes a decent enough sweet breakfast tea :) Kind of reminds me of french toast. Neither the cinnamon or the maple is overpowering. Not something I’ll buy but it was certainly fun to try on this dreary Sunday morning at work all by myself! Thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending me so many fun teas to try. I love trying new teas!

True Foodie At Heart

There are pieces of popped popcorn in it? That’s different. :-)

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92

This sample came from momo!

What a fun looking tea! There’s huge chunks of cinnamon sticks, bits of popcorn, and maple brittle bits. Oh. And of course tea.

This cup tastes a lot more buttery-cinnamon-y-tea-y than maple-y. The butter and cinnamon flavor is really good, though. Calming and smooth and the buttery flavor and texture definitely helps in capturing the essence of taffy. Unfortunately the maple comes up really light.

Luckily maple syrup to the rescue!

Oh my oh my. This is really delightful with the maple syrup and it doesn’t need too much. It retains the smooth, almost butteriness and it tones down the cinnamon quite a lot. But most of all, it adds maple. Yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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94

This tea came in at my local tea shoppe, Gold Leaf Spice & Tea, the week before I moved. The owner posted it and I had to have it! So I stocked up on it! Anyways… I had this tea this morning and oh man are those cinnamon pieces large:D Half my thumb! I had 2 pieces of popcorn and one cinnamon slice in my steep and I loved it! I had it without sugar and cream and the second steep I added both! I have to say though I might add a little more maple next time because I could not make out the maple. It was a sweet black tea with a kettle corn and cinnamon addition. I really enjoyed this one and I see myself definitely having to make a call and have this shipped to me once I run out, or stock up when I visit:) Thank you Gold Leaf Spice & Teas for introducing me to this one!

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91

I had this one iced last night as a parting treat from The Whistling Kettle. What a treat it was. It sort of reminded me of Lucky Charms marshmallows! In a good way – like a walk down memory lane to Saturday morning cartoons. Which were always watching with a big bowl of Lucky Charms. Very smooth and silky too. I need to try this one hot soon.

Preparation
Iced

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i’m pretty sure this came from the Traveling Tea Box
and i remember looking forward to trying it. and it was fun for a cup.

is it just me or has the summer made steepster quieter than usual?

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88

While trying to get the Traveling Tea Box prepared for send-off Monday or Tuesday I found myself having to take more out because it wouldn’t all fit – and if you have received a package from me – you know I jam-pack ’em!

Anyways – here is one I had to take out – there really wasn’t much left regardless – but this smells awesome and tastes pretty dandy, too!

It’s a creamy-sweet blueberry – not tart! It also has a ‘pie’ sort of a ‘feel’ to it, I suppose! Yes…this is really LOVELY!

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54

Hello! Long time no write. I’ve been so busy and so lazy when I’m not that I’ve kinda neglected my Steepster account. I’m going to try my best to write tasting notes more often, as I’ve been trying a lot of tea cold brewed and finding that I prefer some that way.

Now onto this tea. So I had some of this (hot brewed) in-store yesterday. It smelled slightly hay-ish when it came out, with a nice sweet note, and some notes of grass. The brew itself was a very pale brown/tan.
Taste wise, I was expecting a little more from this one. Sure, I got some nuttiness in the cup as the overview had described (though I don’t know if I’d call it chestnut. I think it was closer to walnut). I also got a slight floral taste, as well as some hay/grass notes. But to me the flavor seemed to fall a bit flat. There was nothing really “wow” about it, and nothing screamed “finest white tea” to me. I was expecting a crisp, clean flavor, but all I got was muted and flat. Don’t know if it was the leaf they used, the water, or the brew time, but it didn’t exactly come out as expected.

Oh well. I guess you win some and lose some. I was happy I tried it instead of just buying in bulk. Not horrible, but I think there are better Monkey Picked White’s out there.

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1

Ceylon? Green Tea?, Flavouring? Oh dear. This can NOT be anything CLOSE to true Prince of Wales tea. This violates the entire premise behind the original POW blend. You may like this stuff, but flavoured teas are usually low quality tea that need flavouring to be drinkable. Otherwise, they would be plowed back into the soil or sold for other purposes (e.g. making the drug Theodore -i.e. Theopholine).

I do not need to taste this to know it cannot possibly be a valid version of Prince of Wales tea. To get something that is a little closer, buy the Twinings blend. Twinings is probably little like the original blend, but at least it is PURE tea and it taste good! I.e., it is Camellia Sinensis! As Twining’s products go, the two best teas they sell are their Prince of Wales blend and their Darjeeling. Usually, Twinings’ Darjeeling is the past year’s flushes TGFOP1-2 (broken tops,dust). It is drinkable and recognisable as Darjeeling, but quite old by the time it hits the shelves. Darjeeling must not be more than 6 months beyond production for it to taste like Darjeeling SHOULD taste.

Recently, I noticed a new shipment of Twining’s Darjeeling at the grocery. The “Best-By” date was 3 years in the future (2016) and the boxes were strikingly new looking. It was also on sale. I grabbed a box. I will be darned. It turned out to be a solid Blend of 1st and 2nd flush Darjeeling. I suspect 2012 final rain flush and 2013 1st flush from a southern Darjeeling Estate. It was an unusually cold winter. The only 1st flush of any merit came from the southern estates this year. I put the box in the fridge with all my teas (I do my own blending). I have had 3 cups and they have all bested a 2nd flush Mim from 2012 that cost about 10 times as much! It also tastes as good as the standard Boston Tea Campaign blend, -for about half the price. -So have a look at your grocery! The date was “28/03/2016”. If you find Twinings Darjeeling with a “Best Before Date” sometime in 2016, grab a couple of boxes. You will be glad that you did.

HOWEVER, until the new Indian Tea Board labelling goes into effect, ALL your Darjeeling should come from The Boston Tea Campaign. -Safest, best quality and price. You KNOW they support the new laws and their tea is the real thing. You will always get a great cup from the Campaign (German or USA). So it is not single estate. I have found that single estate Darjeelings are usually not that great. But when you DO find a winner, it is the finest ta you will ever drink. I once obtained a kilo of Happy Valley 1st Flush a month after processing, it was like drinking tea for the first time. NEVER, have I had tea that good. I have spent 20 years trying!

DID you know that over 80% of all tea labelled Darjeeling or Assam has NO Darjeeling or Assam in it at all?!! Hence, the new laws!

Most people NEVER discover the Chinese teas. Some Chinese teas are easily the equal of the best Darjeelings. Climate, soil, picking and processing are what make Camellia Sinensis taste so different depending upon where it was grown and processed.

It’s like real estate. Location, location and location. Good luck.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70

Another tea that I purchased from momo

Just quick notes as I’m still playing Magic – The Gathering and having to multi task at the moment.

The tea in raw form looks magickal but it’s hard to explain why. The green tea is in large balls that are very pretty but I did not see any blueberries. It smells fruity sweet but not necessarily blue berry.

Once steeped it’s dark golden brown in colour with a sweet, fruity and slightly smoky aroma.

It’s astringent but sweet and fruity. Again not especially blueberry, more apple if I’m honest but it’s still a pleasant enough drink. Not sure it’s pie like either but there you go. So I’ve established it doesn’t taste like blueberry or pie so what does it taste like? Well like a strong black based apple tea.

It’s something I can finish but also happy to trade some of.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ozli

\\magic!// :D

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90

It’s been a while. But I’ve been busy with a new job and yet another minor surgery…“good” times. I’ve also been making a few changes here and there (see if you can spot them).

Anyway, I’m back and it’s raining once again here in Upstate NY. Perfect reason to grab a cup of this. I probably could have gone with a regular chai…goodness knows the pain meds will knock me out as it is. But I still enjoy this tea as a nice relaxing afternoon cup of tea!

Terri HarpLady

You changed your name!

Ysaurella

welcome back to you and the hat !

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89

Backlog:

I was quite happy that there was no hibiscus in this blend. Sweet, floral, lovely lavender notes! The chamomile adds a light, apple-y flavor. Hints of rose, and the bilberry adds a nice hint of tart.

A very enjoyable tisane to relax with. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/09/bilberry-chamomile-bliss-from-the-whistling-kettle/

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90

The other night we were at a tea tasting and the 3 year old in the group ordered this (as she wasn’t going to enjoy the “grown-up” tea, so she said). Well, let me tell you all the “grown ups” wanted her tea when it arrived. They even added the steamed milk to it for her. It smelled so good I got 4oz. to go.

This decaf chai is great for evening sipping and awesome with milk (steamed or not). Today I’m drinking it straight and I must say there is no need to add extra sweetener to it. This is one of the more cinnamon flavored chai teas I’ve ever had, but it is mighty tasty! I’m glad the little miss ordered it Friday night!

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94

Yum! I’ve been looking for a caffeine free evening tea to replace my sweet snacking and this my friends is it (well, one of two)! Sweet and full of chocolate flavor with a hint of cake. This is one yummy cup of early evening tea (today). I’m really glad I saw it on the menu last night! Even happier that the Mister didn’t bat an eye at all the tea I purchased!

arichard

Thank you for this review. I bought a sample of it this weekend based on your recommendation, and you were right about how good it is!

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64

I got this tea in my very first tea swap from EmilyM. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but the champagne part sounded interesting. I enjoyed this tea enough, but it was a little too perfumey for me. The champagne aftertaste was pretty cool though! Now I need someone to make me a Northwest Pale Ale tea. That would be the ultimate!

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