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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
279 tasting notes

Again I don’t know who sent this but Thanks! I tend to like my chai pretty spicy and with a lot of cardamom. A nice chai but a bit lacking in cardamom. Liked the name but the tea isn’t particularly exciting.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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63

Not the best EG that I have had, but it did have a great aroma and was not too strong if steeped for 4-5 minutes. Not my favorite, but I wouldn’t turn it down!

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
386 tasting notes

Sssssipdown! This time, I tried adding rice milk right after I was done brewing the tea rather than halfway through drinking it. It’s much better this way – presumably something to do with the tea being hotter when I added the rice milk? Anyway, this is nice and creamy and spicy. Good while it lasted!

I’m glad to have the empty tin now so I can put some samples in it, but I can’t get the chai smell out…

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89
drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
386 tasting notes

I bought this sampler back in December 2010. I gave the Earl Grey to my partner and finished off the green tea and the blood orange a while ago. Somehow the Pirate Chai took longer to work through. These tins are great though. The chai held up quite nicely in one even after 2 ½ years. The tins are also super cute and great for storing opened Teavivre samples.

This tea’s ingredients are not listed anywhere but appear to be clove, orange peel, black tea, and maybe cardamom. It tastes like there’s cinnamon in the blend, but I can’t make it out visually.

I used 1 tsp for 8 oz, steeped in boiling water for an unmeasured amount of time (probably about 5 minutes). Spi-cy! The clove slams into you up front, the cinnamon takes center stage mid-sip, and there’s just a smidge of citrus throughout. I can’t make out much about the black tea base other than that there’s just enough astringency to make it clear that this is a black tea (the pain in my stomach also confirms that it’s a black tea – I’m a bit of a dummy for drinking this at all). I’m not tasting the cardamom, but that might be because I’m not quite sure what cardamom tastes like…

I added some rice milk halfway through, but I don’t think it improved the flavor any. If anything, it made the tea less enjoyable. Somehow how the creaminess just didn’t mesh well with the spiciness. Maybe brewed too strong? Not enough rice milk? Needs sugar? Whatever the issue is, I liked this tea better straight than creamy.

The aftertaste is all spice and tingly lips. Lovely! This would work better as a morning pick-me-up than an evening tea, though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
1816 tasting notes

This was a Christmas gift last year from my youngest daughter. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this one before, but I am not a big chai drinker. That being said, this is the sort of chai I prefer – no pepper, no turmeric, but just ginger, cinnamon, and clove as nearly as I can tell.

The tea base seems a bit weak to me. There isn’t much black tea flavor here. I am drinking it plain, but I think that people who add milk and sugar to their chai would enjoy this more than I do. It isn’t terrible, it just isn’t the best chai I have ever had.

The tins are so cool that as each one is emptied, I will probably refill it with a better version of what was inside. So Earl Grey Hot will get Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme, this tin will get Rabbit Hole Chai, Zombie Blood Orange will probably get Orange Grove Vanilla, and Timmy’s 1Up Jasmine will get a Teavivire loose jasmine.

Invader Zim

I’ve been wanting to get this set for a while now. Not for the tea though, just for the tins!

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For the past three weeks, hubby has had to work later than usual on Fridays, so we have treated ourselves to the Chinese buffet when he finally gets to come home. The sad news is that when I asked what kind of tea they had, they said black.

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IT’S A CHINESE RESTAURANT FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!!

Oh well, my remedy is to have water with the meal and tea when I get home. Tonight I called youngest and asked her to prepare a pot of this and a chocolate bar for me so it would be ready when we got home.

It was the Teavivre Monkey Picked that I drank this week that had me craving this kind of oolong. This one is very good, I mean, if I hadn’t had Teavivre’s I would probably say it was excellent. I am really enjoying it, but it just doesn’t have as much flavor as theirs. So still thumbs up, but this isn’t the very best one I have tried.

It is fun to know that this particular one really truly was picked by monkeys!

K S

Sounds like we have the same Chinese restaurant. No puerh? No green tea? How can this happen?

I find it interesting that you too compare whatever you are drinking to the Teavivre version. Says a lot for them.

ashmanra

Seriously! Every time I hear Asian music I want Asian food. You would think they could keep at least a basic green tea or bagged jasmine!

Once you drink a bit of Teavivre tea, you naturally start to use it as a benchmark!

Jim Marks

Almost all the Chinese restaurants in Houston serve jasmine tea unless you ask for oolong or green, and even then, some don’t have it. It drives me a bit crazy. Especially for dim sum. I mean the whole point of yum cha is the tea! Or at least it used to be.

TassieTeaGirl

Last time I went to a chinese restaurant (and this was a classy, expensive one with fantastic authentic food, mind you), I got green tea, a jasmine green, but they brought the teapot out and it sat over heat with the leaves still in the pot, so my last few cups were bitter. Very disappointing as the first cup was lovely.

ashmanra

TTG: That is so sad! They should have provided a fair cup or pitcher of some kind. If I went back I think I would request a second empty pot to pour the tea into so the leaves wouldn’t get bitter. They could even then bring you hot water to resteep your leaves.

Jim Marks

Odd that they put it over heat…

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Guess what I got for Mother’s Day? Yes, the kids found a way to combine two of my loves – tea and thinkgeek, or geekiness in general. My youngest daughter ordered this tea and the little tea cups that look like Control, Alt, Delete buttons. LOL!

I was very surprised by the instructions on the tin. They say to use one teaspoon of leaves for a small pot of tea, or 1/3 teaspoon for a single cup. What? Well, I decided to go with the amount I normally use as I was making two large mugs. I put one teaspoon of leaves in my 8 ounce tea press and steeped three times in a row, combining the three steeps. Using this method, I got a well-flavored cup. This is a dark, roasted oolong and tasted very good, though I want to review it again at home with my regular teapots and non-beach water. The water here is very good compared to the beach we used to go to. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t even consider making tea with it.

My oldest daughter who just started drinking tea not long ago had the other mug of tea. When I asked her later how she liked it, she said she didn’t remember! We supposed that if she had hated it she would definitely have remembered that!

This is a 2 ounce tin, bigger than the tiny tin set from Thinkgeek.

Thumbs up from me!

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I have already had a lot of black tea today, so when youngest said she was making tea and asked if I wanted some I initially said no, thank you. But awarding that kettle made the Pavlovian reaction as expected and I started hunting for something. Since I did lots of black tea, I chose this green.

This is a novelty tea, so I was afraid it would be pretty bad last time I had it. But it is really drinkable, even if not the finest example of green or of jasmine. It is a cute tin, a pretty standard green base, and a decent if sometimes mildly soapy jasmine.

Invader Zim

I want to get this tea set mostly for the tins!

Dylan Oxford

I actually did buy it just for the tins ;)

ashmanra

I am sure that is why my daughter bought it for me. They call me the “Geek Goddess”. LOL! I got the Control Alt Delete Cups for Mother’s Day and TG Monkey Picked Oolong! These were for Christmas!

Missy

haha those sound awesome!

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Youngest gave me the set of four teas from Thinkgeek for Christmas.

I steeped for about 2 1/2 minutes at 175 degrees. The liquor is pretty dark for a green, a nice, light orange. The jasmine is very subtle. The green base is pretty smooth with grassy/hay notes. It is only the slightest bit drying, though that may change as it cools. An enjoyable tea!

The DJBooth

I was intrigued when i saw the set of teas on their website

MegWesley

I was looking at these teas the other day when I was eyeing their yerba mate set. I kinda want to get the set just from the tins, but they actually sound like they are pretty good blends.

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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
558 tasting notes

Quite a tasty chai mix. Brewed it up with cream and sugar as I didn’t have the patience to steep on the stovetop. Leaves were beautiful to watch unfold.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Very interesting. Had no idea Think Geek had any kind of tea.

Meghann M

I think on the packaging it said made for tea geek by adagio. Maybe it was an uber special blend type thing?

ashmanra

Most of our Christmas shopping is done from the Think Geek catalog! Love it! They have four teas in all, I think.

gmathis

I knew I liked you guys for a reason! Think Geek is one of our favorites, too!

ashmanra

My youngest is drinking out of the laboratory beaker mug tonight and wearing the Enterprise “Ship in a Bottle” shirt. They both wear TG t-shirts all the time! Instead of stuffed animals, they have plush renditions of Y. pestis (the black plague) and other such microbes on their beds! :)

mpierce87

@ashmanra – I was just looking at those plush microbes last night. They are too cute!

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I’m going to hold off rating this until I actually brew up an entire pot. I tried my gaiwan with this and was shocked and how shredded the leaves were and there were also a lot of stems. At times it tasted a bit soapy. So I’m thinking that jasmines aren’t the best teas to drink with gaiwans if they’re green tea based.

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
251 tasting notes

While part of my summer marathon of Earl Grey, I wanted to try this one to appease my inner nerd! Can we have a show of hands for who has tried EG simply because one of our favorite starship captains happens to enjoy it? Both my husband and I would have to rather sheepishly raise our own hands!

I tried this first without milk, and it was a fairly straightforward EG – better than a bag, but not really unique in any way that I could discern. Adding milk did bring out some hitherto unknown floral notes. I think the search for the best EG will continue, but thank you, Emilie, for giving me the opportunity to try this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
252 tasting notes

I participated in a Star Trek swap and this was one of the items I received. I believe it is made by Adagio. I haven’t had the best luck with Adagio Earl Greys in the past, and this one was no different. The bergamot is way too strong and I don’t have much of a tea taste. I added in some cream to make it more drinkable. This isn’t the best tea, but I can enjoy it with milk and sugar. The tin is the part I really want anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

At least the trek reference part was awesome!

Emilie

Exactly! Feeling like Picard every time I drink this is definitely a bonus too!

Stephanie

<3 Picard :)

Fjellrev

Oh Patrick Stewart. I love that man.

JustJames

lol, love the name! i am also insanely picky about bergamot, and tend to dislike it. my defacto earl is ‘the earl’s garden’ from david’s teas. low in bergamot, higher in fruit but still a very nice black.

Emilie

I might have to try that! I like the flavor of bergamot, but I find it overwhelming in a lot of teas.

JustJames

well, i have a whole tin that i can draw from in a swap if you’d like (it’s one of my faves so i keep it in stock).

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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
237 tasting notes

This seems to need a bigger dose of dry tea than what I used—and I’d thought I was being pretty generous. It ended up a bit weak after adding milk.

This is a pretty basic chai. It had more cinnamon and clove than I would prefer, but not enough to put me off. (That’s just personal taste; both spices were at a level I generally expect from a chai.)

The tea was a more prominent flavor than I expected—I could taste it clearly through the spices.

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drank Zombie Blood Orange by ThinkGeek
237 tasting notes

I’m not sure how this managed to be so watery-tasting. Based on Adagio’s brewing advice for other blood orange versions, I used a generous 2t of dry tea, boiling water, and gave it a good 10 min steep time.

I couldn’t discern any flavors besides teeth-punching hibiscus.

It was slightly better when it had cooled to warm-but-not-hot, so I thought I’d try pouring the rest over ice. Turns out it suits me no better cold. (Diluting with melted ice probably didn’t help when it was already weak. Though the hibiscus was still too much—so there is probably no balance that I’ll like.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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

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