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drank Berry Fig No. 934 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

I was really lookng forward to this new tea and wanted to try it tonight before tea party time tomorrow. Although it was quiite good, it has the misfortune that I expected it to be different. Somehow I got the notion that this was going to have the KA-POW flavor of the Super Fruit Sencha that K S sent to me. This is fruity, but far milder. This is the same one carried by ESP Emporium.

The green base is smooth. The fruit is pure and sweet. I think now that I know what to expect of it, I will like it more. Fortunately, Tin Roof Teas does sell the same tea as the Super Fruit one. It is nice to know that I can get it somewhat locally.

Edited to add: yes, it grew on me, yes, I have to buy more. This is really good tea. I have to buy more because EVERYBODY wants it.

Sil

I really want to try some of the teas from this company. Your reviews have me intrigued :)

ashmanra

It is east to end up with a long wish list for this company! I love the samplers. You have to call to order as far as I know, though I think someone is working on their site so web orders can be placed. They have great tea, and n the shop, beautiful teaware and such.

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A sunny Sunday afternoon sipdown. A much needed dose of “yes, spring will come” both outside and inside.

You know how when you get to the dregs of a sample—enough for one cup, not enough for two—you just say, “aw, shucks” and dump the whole thing in. Wasn’t the wisest move in the world; turned the green tea base a little bitter on the back of the tongue. But the strawberry/vanilla was still sweet and pleasant at the front of each sip.

I fixed it, though…treat yourself to a big slab of cherry dump cake and you won’t notice the bitter at all :)

Terri HarpLady

I know exactly what you’re talking about! I tend to go for “more tea, less time”, in an effort to avoid bitterness.

gmathis

I like strawberry as a tea ingredient so much it’d have to be pretty lousy for me not to like it.

Veronica

Now I want dump cake!

Nicole

Dump cake! Aw, man. Shades of Girl Scout camp and cooking in box ovens.

gmathis

Sprinkle slivered almonds on top and it looks like you really fussed :)

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Confirming the second steepability of this one. The green tea base is more pronounced the second time around, but there’s still enough strawberry to make it seem fresh, not tired and leftover.

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For those of you who have heard me wax exceedingly and wordily poetic about Tradition Strawberry Black Tea—my cheapie steepie favorite this summer—this is its green tea twin.

The strawberries-and-cream flavor comes through mightily, but you can tell that behind the berries is a lovely and light green tea base. Haven’t second steeped it yet, but I think the sweetenin’ is strong enough it will take another cup nicely.

Many thanks to ashmanra for keeping my rear planted in my writing chair where it belonged this afternoon!

ashmanra

I LOVE this one! I hoped you would like it since you love your strawberry black!

gmathis

The flavors are really, really close.

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I love this tea, and I know it was the favorite of one of our group members who came to my house tonight. He specifically requested that I make a second pot of Anna’s Blend, the raspberry yogurt black tea, but when I went to make it I saw this pouch and thought they might really enjoy this tea as well, and seeing as how we had already burned through two pots, why not make extra? Good thing I did, because this turned out to be his favorite.

This is a green tea base that is not grassy or sour but very smooth, rather like Harney’s Tropical Green base, which I believe is an Indian green tea. The strawberry is a nice hint of fruit, but the vanilla is really what pushes this over the top. Nice, nice touch!

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Today I realized that I haven’t served this at tea party yet! As a special treat I had purchased some Häagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream to serve with Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies. I thought about serving it last to continue the strawberry theme, but my guest really wanted it first, so we served it with the ice cream.

As always, it was delicious, but I do think a better pairing would have been the Wild Wuyi Black with the ice cream so you have a nice contrast, and then serve the SV last to keep the strawberry theme going, as I felt the creaminess, rich ice cream masked some of the good flavor of the tea. The aroma of this tea is so fantastic, and the flavor doesn’t let you down.

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This was one of the three free sample teas at Tin Roof Tea last Friday. I had a tiny bit of it in the store, but needed a good excuse to buy more tea when I already have more than I should. As it happens, that excuse came in the form of my friend saying that she needs some green teas to add to her cupboard and could I come up with some things she would like?

This one smelled so heavenly and tasted so good, I knew she would love it. Today we tried Anna’s Blend, a black tea with raspberry and yogurt flavors that reminded me of Marco Polo without all the drama of pulling the leaves at EXACTLY the right moment, and we had this one.

This one was hands down the favorite for both of us. The strawberry flavor is so natural that I felt like I had a cup of really good green tea and someone just crushed some fresh strawberry juice into it. The vanilla is very creamy and warm but not bold or in your face. This is so smooth. Anna’s Blend was excellent, don’t get me wrong, but this one was dazzling.

I am really sure this is the same tea offered by Teageschwender. The description is identical. I will gladly keep this one on shelf! Many thanks to Tin Roof Teas for making so many awesome teas available relatively close by! I believe they have about 300 in the store!

Sil

This sounds tasty

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I am up to my eyeballs in chicken eggs. My young Marans started laying and one of the hens that was molting has started back and I am getting five or six eggs a day. In self defense, I made a pound cake with caramel frosting for Writers’ Group tonight and used six eggs.

What would go well with something so sweet? I usually choose a black tea or a oolong that is a bit roasty so that it doesn’t compete with the sweetness but instead complements it and enhances it through contrast.

We drank four large steeps of this tea and it was fantastic. Everybody really liked it, and the one serious tea drinker of the group who has actually spent a bit of time in China was pretty impressed with it. Five of us drank eighty ounces. (Some of the folks chose to drink Voltage, instead. The younger ones, of course!)

This is excellent tea, and I am really excited because I am going to my first tea flight Monday night at their shop. It will be a puerh tasting and I love me some puerh!

JustJames

yay chickens! go girls go!

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Last night was Writers’ Group at my house and nowadays that means TEA! And lots of it! We had homemade bread with jam and some flavored tea first, and I saved the big tetsubin of this for after we were through snacking.

This is so good. It makes me crave more every time I drink it. I used to wonder what all the fuss was about TKY teas. Now I know.

Driving home today I was suddenly haunted by the memory of how this tasted last night and the ghost of its flavor filled my mouth. I had to have some when I got home. It was such a spiritual experience that I was struck by the many hands that worked so hard to bring me this tea, and the great distance it had come. I feel very thankful, and humbled.

I really want to try the Top Ti Kuan Yin from Harney and Sons now. It is much, much more expensive, and I really want to experience it.

NofarS

Wonderful!

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I was going to edit and add this info, but this steep deserves its own tasting note.

Still roasty and dark in flavor though not a deep dark cup in color, this tea is disappearing quickly as I take long draughts of it. The dark roasty part is exquisite – I love this in an oolong, though I love green oolongs as well. But I am really getting this amazing lingering sweet taste, almost the feeling left behind by a tisane with licorice root in it. And there is a slight nutty component as well.

Excellent tea and a big thumbs up. This one actually seems to be improving over time rather than losing flavor or freshness.

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I needed a tea to pair with supper. I made loaded baked potato soup topped with shredded cheddar and crumbles of bacon, and some sprinkles of California Spice on hubby’s and Penzey’s 4S on mine. On the side we had grilled cheddar and mozzarella sandwiches with raspberry sauce. What could hold up to that?

THIS TEA! My gosh, it was fantastic, too. The first pot is gone and I am definitely resteeping tonight and I don’t care if it keeps me up all night long! It is so dark and roasty, so mellow and smooth, so sweet and good. For some reason it makes me think of brown sugar.

Dessert – tea and Bissingers chocolates, coming up.

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I got up this morning and tended to the little foster dog we are keeping for a few weeks. Then I discovered that we are out of English muffins and we don’t have any bagels. I decided to make a little breakfast for my husband and myself since the kids will probably sleep until noon or after since it is the first day of Christmas break.

I made grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast and with the meal we actually drank milk, but I could hardly wait for some tea to follow the meal! It was hard choosing this morning, especially since I wanted hubby to drink with me and he is tea picky. He has generally liked oolongs though, so I gave this one a try with him.

First of all, I love dark or traditional oolongs. I love green ones, too, but the dark ones are heady and addicting to me. And this is a great TKY. I never thought about it this way before, but today as I sniffed the cup deeply I thought it smelled a bit like brown sugar or caramel. There is a lovely lingering aftertaste – that is what makes me crave dark oolongs for days after drinking it once.

This is a great tea, and I am torn as to whether I will purchase more when this is gone or whether I will purchase their Dong Ding, which I finished in record time last time I bought it!

Bonnie

Yum breakfast with TKY!

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I got the nicest surprise today! Another amazing card handmade by GMathis! So cute, and she knows I am nerdy enough to LOVE the Soft Kitty song and that is on the front of the card. I actually sing it to Sam, except we say “Soft puppy, warm puppy, little ball of fur, happy puppy, sleepy puppy, grr, grr, grr!” Thank you! It was a good mail day! (Have you looked at that book yet?)

Well, tonight was writers’ group night at my house and of course I had to serve some tea. I made my big tetsubin full of this tea and put it on a warmer. There were only three of us drinking tea, but it was very enjoyable. Every time I drink a good Ti Kuan Yin, I crave it for days afterward. This is a great, smooth tea, and I think it is excellent for introducing people to the world of unsweetened fine loose leaf. The flavor differs so much from our Southern iced tea that is super sweet, that it doesn’t make them crave all that sugar!

Rebecca Lynn

Hahaha, I love the soft kitty song! Sometimes I uh…sing it to my bearded dragon.

gmathis

:) I only made a couple of those because of the limited number of friends I knew would get it. And you wonder why I hang out here?!?

ashmanra

Rebecca Lynn: First of all, I would really love to see a video of you singing the Soft Kitty song to your bearded dragon. Secondly, I have been trying to figure out what the lyrics could possibly be since last night and I am still coming up blank! “Soft lizard, cold lizard, little bearded friend. Happy lizard, sleepy lizard…” What comes next?

gmathis

Soft lizard, cold lizard, love your pretty scales…happy lizard, sleepy lizard, watch him wave his tail?

Rebecca Lynn

Um, I love you guys, haha. I just started laughing in my room. When I go back home I’ll make a video, haha. I just kind of make up different lyrics every time that aren’t nearly as good as the ones you guys came up with! I’ll try and figure out a way to end your version, ashmanra! In the meantime, gmathis…that is my new facebook status.

Invader Zim

lol you guys are awesome! It helps that I love soft kitty!

gmathis

Pleased to make a contribution!

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If this isn’t the same Ti Kuan Yin that Teas, Etc. sells, I will lose that nickel I just bet!

This is a good everyday drinker, a bit darker than some of the more modern TKY’s. A mere three teaspoons made 36 ounces of tea of very good strength, as I made 18 ounces at a time and resteeped once so far. And it must be decent, because I already drank all 36 ounces by myself. I had a really horrible day yesterday and didn’t eat or drink from 9 am until 9 pm. Terrible, I know, but I am making it up to my body today by feasting on good tea! And M&M’S may get involved later but we won’t talk about that…

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Peachy fresh light green tea, smooth with no bitterness. Great stuff! If you cant buy frkm Tin Roof Teas, this is the same as Madame Butterfly, which is sold by many vendors though I like buying it from Gurman’s of Ireland since we have had great customer service from them!

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I have been stalking Tin Roof Teas waiting for this to come in! My daughter purchased a tea called Madame Butterfly from Gurman’s in Dublin, Ireland. So many guests really love it, and I am especially pleased that it is a tea that children love with no added sugar! My bag is getting low, and I was hoping to find a US source so I could save a bit on shipping. The description of Fuzzy Navel sounded like it was going to be the same tea, or close enough to it.

The dry leaves look the same as well as the flavoring bits like the flower petals. The two cups of steeped tea side by side are exactly the same color. The aroma matches. The most important part is the flavor, and if it isn’t identical it is at least close enough to be virtually indistinguishable.

My whole kitchen smells like a peach cobbler. Warm, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream would be so good right now, but I am exhausted and need to go to bed!

Hooray! I have a US source for a tea I want to keep on hand, and I don’t even have to pay shipping because I am up there often enough to buy what I need. Plus a little extra. :)

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

I just restocked this last time I went to Raleigh. This is the same tea as the TeaGeschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. My youngest gets cravings for this and we had run out, and it is really popular at tea times, so I like to keep it around.

When I first had Marco Polo I really liked it and so did my husband back in his lots of milk and sugar days. We both noticed that it MP could be really finicky – bitter one time and excellent the next.

Well, this little lady isn’t finicky at all. They bill it as strawberry and yogurt flavors, and I do detect that tangy flavor like a sweetened sour cream or yogurt. Bottom line is I like it much more than Marco Polo and it doesn’t matter if I leave it a little too long.

My daughter and I drink it plain and find it perfectly sweet and smooth. It will take milk and sugar well if you prefer it that way. You can add a little more leaf and a little more time and have a hearty but well behaved breakfast tea. Love this blend.

Sil

totally agree on this one!

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

Rats. I just finished this and as looking forward to clicking Remove From Cupboard, only to find it wasn’t listed as in my cupboard. How can that be?

It is not a happy sip down though, only a needful one as I am trying to eliminate older teas. I enjoy three marvelous steeps this morning off of a slightly over leafed Kamjove. I like this better than Marco Polo. It isn’t finicky but tastes good even if you aren’t paying close attention to temp and time.

This is the very same tea as Teagschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. Tin Roof Teas used to source exclusively from them, but now have a variety and some of their own blends.

For summertime, I highly recommend their Moroccan Mint. It is more faithful to real Moroccan Mint tea with its spearmint and Egyptian mint. Delicious. It is their own in-house blend.

As for Anna’s – I will be buying it again. It is my favorite strawberry tea. But first I need to drink down my cupboard a bit. I don’t have my samples listed nor my Amsterdam teas with the unreadable labels. I have too. much. tea.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

I can’t believe we finished this pouch of tea tonight. And I can’t believe that I immediately thought, “Oh no! I have to get to Raleigh to get some more!” I NEED to sip down a bunch of tea without buying replacements! But I will be getting this one, because it is one of the few flavored black teas hubby likes. This is his replacement for Marco Polo, as he finds this one smoother, less fussy, and tastier.

Tonight was Writers’ Group night at my house and as usual tea was requested. I was shocked to realize that only three of us were drinking tea, yet we finished four pots this evening!

This is a nice black tea base with a fruity raspberry scent and a distinct sharp tang that is referred to as yogurt but that reminds me of that wonderful fruit topping made of sour cream and a bit of sugar, like Jason’s Deli serves. (The actual recipe is sour cream, a touch of orange juice concentrate or a bit of orange juice, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly, then use for dipping or topping strawberries, cantaloupe, etc.)

My friends and I take it plain, hubby likes it with a wee bit of sugar and some milk.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

As I mentioned in last night’s note on Marco Polo, I usually only steep that one for 2 1/2 minutes. It is fussy, but it is worth the trouble because you get a really amazing cup of tea. But hubby was a little disappointed in last night’s pot of tea because it went for about four minutes before I got the leaves out. I told him I would try to make it up to him soon by making this one, Anna’s from Tin Roof Teas. It has a similar taste but the base is more forgiving and a bit smoother, without being a generic Ceylon base. I am pretty sure there is some Keemun in this base and possibly a little Darjeeling.

He tried it tonight and said he liked it better than Marco Polo! At first he said he thought it was more floral, which I thought strange because there is no floral flavor at all in Anna’s, yet there is in Marco Polo. He adds milk and sugar to both, I take them plain. The bottom line was that he likes this one better, and that is great because it is less expensive.

The bag I sent to my oldest daughter’s BF in Ireland reached him today and he has already tried it. He liked it as well, and commented on the fresh berry taste. So it is a hit in general, and is somewhat comparable to Marco Polo, Paris by H&S, and Tower of London.

Josie Jade

I live in NC too, and discovered Tin Roof Teas recently, I love that place! It’s about the only tea store that is really good in NC. Have you found any others that have a nice selection?

ashmanra

A Southern Season has a lot of tea but some of it doesn’t have the quality I would like. I have also gotten some misinformation from people working there, but it was my starting point for loose leaf. Teavana in Crabtree Mall and Streets at South Pointe, but I don’t really like their tea much and it is soooo expensive. I love Tin Roof Teas. There is also Old Wilmington Tea down at the coast but I haven’t been there yet. Just over the border, the Calabash Tea Room has some teas for sale in the front building, mostly repackaged Harney and Sons, American Tea Room, etc. Nice to meet you! Are you near Raleigh?

Josie Jade

Oh, I’ve seen Southern Season listed before and will have to definitely try it now. I’m not a huge fan of Teavana either, they always seem very pushy to me. I actually live in the Greensboro/Burlington area but try to stop by Tin Roof Teas each time I go. I’ve had nothing but great experiences there – the staff are always so patient and helpful! It’s nice to meet another tea person in NC finally! :)

ashmanra

I went to college at UNC-G! I live in Fayetteville so it is about an hour and a half for me to go to Cameron Village and a little farther to A Southern Season. I love ordering from Harney and Sons and Teavivre. A Southern Season has a PDF of what is available in their daily teas and on their fine tea wall. They also carry a lot of prepackaged teas like Mariage Freres, Steven Smith, Harney, RoT, Twinings, and on and on. They have all kinds of gourmet food, a restaurant, a take out deli counter, hand made chocolates, and if you go, be sure to visit Night Gallery/Branching Out in the same mall. Wonderful mix of antiques, clothing, and garden decor. So eclectic, and they are recently featured in Victoria Magazine.

Josie Jade

Ohhh, I went to UNCG too! I got a degree there, but am now going back to school for nursing at GTCC. We live in Whitsett (right outside of Burlington), so it takes me about 50 minutes to get to Tin Roof Teas, which isn’t too bad. I usually plan to go when we are passing through Raleigh or have someone to pick up at the airport. I am definitely going to check out Southern Season. Harney & Sons is my favorite brand, and I recently discovered Steven Smith. I do most of my tea ordering online since we don’t have that many local stores here (besides TRT), but I love those little stores that carry other brands so you can get a little bit of everything to see what you like. I tend to go overboard if I am ordering online, I feel like I have to get everything I’m interested in! Thanks for all of the tips about Southern Season, I can’t wait to visit!

ashmanra

Have you contacted Teavivre yet for free samples to taste? They are amazing! Great service, and usually fast shipping though my last order got held up in Hangzhou for some reason. They have high quality tea, excellent prices, and always send a sample with your order. Free shipping over $30 and a rewards points program like H&S. they have sent me four boxes of free samples so far, and there is usually enough for about six cups of tea without counting resteeps.

Josie Jade

You know, I’ve heard so many good things about Teavivre, but just haven’t gotten the chance to try them yet. I am definitely going to check them out today though, that will be my treat for myself during my breaks from studying! Do you know if Harney & Sons starts the reward points automatically? I actually didn’t know they did that and didn’t notice anything about that when I placed my last order. Is there a place to check your points on the website?

ashmanra

When you go to Harney.com, it says My Account over to the right near the top. When I started buying there, they set me up automatically when I made an account with them. The Millerton always does reward points, but theirs are separate. The nice thing about Millerton is that you can buy different amounts and just get tin refills, etc. and sometimes they have tea the website is sold out of. If you didn’t set up an account to order, but ordered as guest ( if that is possible) I bet if you set up an account and didn’t see points, they would probably pull our order history and give them to you. Their customer service has been really great for me. And do check out Teavivre! They have sent me so much free tea…which I love so much that I end up buying it, and so do my friends!

Josie Jade

Thanks so much for the info! :)

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

This was the first tea of tea party today and it was my guest’s favorite tea of the bunch! We served it with home made pound cake made from freshly ground soft white wheat and topped with sugared strawberries.

The aroma of this tea is lovely, and the neatest thing about it is how the yogurt aspect of it comes across. When you sniff the tea, there is a nice black tea base well-balanced with the raspberry flavor, and then the yogurt adds this creamy tang, even in the scent. It is smooth and good! Definitely a keeper.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

I finally got to Raleigh today to go to my favorite local (well, a little over an hour but close enough!) tea shop. I was supposed to go in and just buy some Fuzzy Navel to compare to Madame Butterfly, but my bestie mentioned that she wanted some greens for her cupboard so I had to look for a green I thought she would like, and the owner is evil evil evil – no, wait, he was just trying to make me happy – and made me smell the Ti Kuan Yin and I had to buy that, and I finally caved and bought this one! I really HAD to because one of my daughters is named Anna.

They were gracious enough to sell me the tea split into two bags so I can send half of it to her boyfriend in N. Ireland. AND they offered to do a special blend for me to replicate a tea I can’t get anymore, so I am pretty excited about that!

Isn’t it great when you buy something for a silly reason and discover that you love it? I steeped this for 3 minutes, right in the middle of their recommended steep time, and it is delicious. It is not bitter at all, there is no astringency, you can taste the black tea base just fine, and the raspberries are so sweet and fruity, with the yogurt lending a creaminess so the raspberries are never tart. This is quite a winner!

Want to save a fortune on buying Marco Polo? Try this. It is smoother. It is less fussy to make. You won’t be missing a thing, and the price is great – about half the price of Marco. And it is absolutely perfect without sugar or milk. If you were inclined to add those, I think this could probably handle it just fine.

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I am drinking this cold today. The heat index is supposed to hit 115F so staying hydrated and cool is the theme of the day!

This is quite nice as an iced tea. I steeped this yesterday, hot, and made a resteep right away. I put about 40 ounces in a glass pitcher and stirred in a little less than 2 Tablespoons of sugar while it was still piping hot and let it cool briefly on the counter. It has been refrigerated since then, and if my tea is already cold I do not add ice.

The tea is beautiful, not cloudy at all, and even though there is some black tea in this blend, the color is a medium orange – really lovely! The fruity part of this is subtle and just adds a really nice touch to the tea. It is great by itself, and would be good with a meal as well.

Nice blend, TIn Roof Teas!

Michelle

Eep. Stay cool!

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