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drank Sunburst by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

Sipdown 57

This was just never as good as I wanted it to be. Cinnamon and a generic citrus/fruit flavor.

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drank Sunburst by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

I’ve really enjoyed trying Chroma’s blends. I’ve had this one for quite awhile, but just got around to trying it today.

It’s really beautiful and has giant pineapple chunks.

I think I need to try this again before giving it a rating- I mostly tasted cinnamon and some generic citrus flavor, despite the large pineapple chunks. The ration in my scoop must’ve been off.

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drank Sunburst by Chroma Tea
114 tasting notes

Chai Tournament: Sunburst (Chroma) v Warrior Princess (the tea girl)

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: So I may have oversteeped this one, this cup tastes pretty gingery hot. I forgot to put on a timer when I started the steep.

However, when the tea cooled down more of the fruit flavors, cinnamon and lemongrass came out more and was more well rounded. Overall, I think the tea is pretty good when it is cooled down.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
114 tasting notes

So I am going to say it probably wasn’t the best to brew this specific chai blend as a latte. I think that it was meant to be drank straight. For that, reason I am not going to rate this one this round. I do have to say that it smells super interesting brewed straight: licorice, smoke, incense. Drank as a latte, the black pepper and licorice were mainly present.

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drank Sienna by Chroma Tea
114 tasting notes

John requested some caffeinated tea today :D, he is normally a coffee drinker but needed something lighter today. Chai black tea it is!

I am feeling slightly better today and so I partook in the chai as well. Mostly resting today though.

Preparation: Western with oatmilk and honey
Tasting note: Not a fan of chai straight, unfortunately, so I had to alter the tea right away. After adding oatmilk and honey, the tea reminded me of a dessert spice mix for a pice, maybe pumpkin or my family’s custard pie or egg nog maybe. The tea definitely gave me holiday vibes though and was really soothing.

Side note: I noticed on the website that 2 blends were out of stock. Also, that the it was a local business. Yay! Unfortunately, it did not look like they listed any local retailers or have a brick and mortar shop I could buy from. The blends seem to have been out of stock on their site for a while as I have looked up this site last year too. Might have to ask if they will restock those blends in the future.

Flavors: Custard, Eggnog, Pumpkin Spice, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
1514 tasting notes

Thank you Derk! I was really into this one!

This tea is incense, but in tea form. I can see some people being a little bit off put, but the tea could have been more overwhelming easily. I’m impressed with how the sandalwood actually smoothens out the rougher edges of the anise. I also tasted the honeysuckle in hints in the body and texture. I think the cardamom might make it soapy for some; I think it enhances the Sandalwood. The oolong actually borders more on the cocoa side, but overall, it’s roasty/toasty and minerally.

I actually would have paired this one with Dune as a geek pairing because it has a mystical and contemplative vibe, and azure is the color of the Fremen’s eyes. Only problem is the lacking of cinnamon, since Melange is described as being like cinnamon.

I will likely finish this one as winter melts into spring. The spice must flow…

Flavors: Cardamom, Honeysuckle, Incense, Roasty, Sandalwood, Smoke, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Toast

derk

I need to read Dune.

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
1287 tasting notes

Is there any better time for tea, which was labeled from derk “if you dare” than now, when my senses are muted somehow?

I think not.

Visually, this tea looks very nice. I saw cardamom pods, some ginger pieces and lots of small seeds and other small particles that I have no idea to recognize what are they.

Anyway, I used only one teaspoon of the blend and used boiling water. The result wasn’t that perfect as I have thought. It was somehow muddy mess of all spices together. I noticed mostly the spices I have recognized — ginger and cardamom, but it was on same level as other spices. Nothing of cacao or _vanilla, nor the fruits. I know, that my taste buds are not working correctly, but anyway…

It lacks any base too. I mean, it is fairly nice blend of spices… but as there are that many different spices, none of them were really prominent and making the base. Maybe, the second teaspoon I have in the pouch, I will try with some basic black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
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This sample kindly came from Derk

I love the smell of both the dry and wet tea leaf.
Unfortunately taste wise there is a little too much going on. It’s quite heavy on the spices and the balance just isn’t there. I’ve had a chai tea that tasted almost exactly like this but also smelled really good. I can’t remember which one it was though. Perhaps it’s meant to be taken with milk? Glad to have gotten the chance to try it though. I’d much prefer drinking a chai like this with a bit too much spice/competing flavors than a black tea chai with a bitter base.

Preparation
Boiling 0 OZ / 0 ML
derk

This is the one that I said I was trying to get rid of :P I hope you don’t harbor bad feelings about that!

Lexie Aleah

No hard feelings at all! haha I was happy to try it

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
1253 tasting notes

Sipdown and glad to have this out of my stash.

Less mustardy than the other times but still too much going on. 16 ingredients with no flavorings added. The goji-elderberry-caceo-vanillla combination weirds me out.

Cameron B.

Goji with chocolate and vanilla does sound very odd ha ha. And mustardy?!

derk

I have no idea what combination of ingredients is giving me a mustard vibe. Looking at my note, I see some typo haha. Crazy day, time for shower and bed.

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
1253 tasting notes

First sips, I like the way this tastes well enough. I’m not sure I like the way it smells in my mug. The cypress oil is an intriguing addition to a chai-type blend but as I take more sips, I realize ultimately there’s too much going on. Not a fan of the mix of cacao and vanilla with goji and elderberry. I smell all that in the steam and it lingers in a sickly way in the aftertaste. When the mug gets to room temp, it all tastes like mustard. What the. Weird.

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
1253 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

This is the kind of evening for which I’ve been saving this tea.  Rainy February nights here in the Bay are like (I really don’t want to say it!) cold November rain in Ohio.  Contemplative, maybe depressing if one possesses that lean.

I want to write so, so very much something poetic about this tea but I’m exhausted.  To further derail my effort, this tea is inducing a mental and physical state that is utterly calm.  

This is a beautifully scented oolong with a dark, woody-grassy-earthy sweet incense aroma of aloeswood and vetiver with smooth integration of the licorice-like star anise and cardamom.  I also smell something dark and fruity; I can’t shake the idea of mulberry. On the sip it transitions to sandalwood then mid-mouth to a general woody-mineral oolong.  On the swallow it moves back to the aloeswood, vetiver, star anise and mulberry, though less pronounced than in the aroma.  Cardamom is noticed in the aftertaste as those flavors slip away.  A zesty tingle and some mouth watering arrive after that and then the cardamom and aloeswood return.

I couldn’t see myself drinking Azure often but this is something I definitely want to keep in my cupboard.  It’s almost medicinal in character (drying, warming, deeply calming) and smells and tastes wonderful.  Try this if you’re an incense fan or seeking an air of the exotic.

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drank Sienna by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

Trying to finish this off. Finding it to be a pretty average (perhaps slightly below average) chai. 1 cup left.

Edit: Ended up making the last cup for my partner, so it’s sipdown 52!

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drank Sienna by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

I really enjoyed Chroma’s Azure, so was quite interested in diving into the others that I purchased. I love the idea of a chai with some extra oomph, and was particularly intrigued by the saffron in this blend.
The dry leaf smells boldly of cinnamon and clove. Brewed, it smells a bit more mild, but still nicely spiced. I’m not tasting any saffron or orange peel, but it is a really nicely blended chai. The clove and cinnamon are at the forefront, with a bit of ginger in the finish.

Dustin

I’ve been eyeing their teas lately after Derk kindly sent me some Azure to try, which I loved. Two out of seven of their blends are sold out. They have no IG activity. Any idea how often the restock?

amandastory516

I’m not sure, but it seems like they restock fairly infrequently. Those same 2 blends have been out of stock for at least a couple months.

Dustin

That’s too bad. With so few teas to choose from I want to make sure I’m able to order all the ones I want to save on shipping. I’ll have to keep an eye on their site.

Lexie Aleah

Agreed I’ve been waiting for Aquamarine to be back in stock before ordering. Might as well get all the ones I want to try from them in one order.

Dustin

That’s the one I’m waiting on as well.

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

This is probably my least favorite of the Chroma blends I’ve tried. The goji/elderberry fruitiness is just not working with the heavy spices. The cinnamon, ginger, black peppercorn, and clove are most distinct, with the fruit lingering in the aftertaste. I was hoping to taste the cypress oil, but alas.

Flavors: Berry, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Goji

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
1554 tasting notes

Derk was kind enough to send me some of this tea to try! Thanks so much! It had been on my wishlist, so I was super excited to try it. I’ve tried one other tea with sandalwood in it and it wasn’t a prominent flavor. This is all sandalwood! It’s a pretty looking blend both when dry and steeping. There is something roasty in the sip behind the sandalwood. I’m not sure if I can taste the oolong. The sandalwood is very aromatic in the finish, lingering for a long time. It almost goes soapy if I wait too long to take another sip. Overall I really like it! It’s the first Chrome tea I’ve tried.

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
1565 tasting notes

I placed a small Chroma order, as I could no longer resist the lure of the interesting ingredients and blends (especially after the sandalwood discussion!)
This is the blend I was most excited to try- sandalwood, honeysuckle, vetiver, star anise, cardamom, and aloeswood? Generally things I enjoy in perfume….and that is exactly what this blend smells like. A really expensive fragrance you’d find in a perfume or candle. The scent translates directly into the flavor. Tastes like incense in the best possible way. The vetiver and star anise are strongest, with a bit of sandalwood and (what I’m assuming is) aloeswood. I’ve never tasted aloeswood (I generally know it by agarwood), but I’m decently familiar with the scent.
This is one heck of a tea. I wish there were more unique, interesting blends like this out there.

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
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drank Aquamarine by Chroma Tea
1253 tasting notes

This tea is a mood for sure. I find myself craving it but not as a daily drinker.

This has SO MUCH going on. Rich, brisk, warm, minty-fennel cool, cinnamon spicy, chocolatey, woody, herbaceous, floral, darkly bitter-sweet, mineral. On first sip, I questioned the color namesake. It soon made sense. Read the Chroma (Verdant) description.

It’s mellow enough to drink at night and fall asleep. Enough strength to stack two steeps in my thermos as work fuel.

All with only tea leaves—spices—flowers—herbs!

Roswell Strange said sophisticated. Maybe a sophisticated mystery.

Rating would be somewhere around 95 for being unique, evocative, multi-faceted and multi-functional.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Fennel Seed, Flowers, Herbaceous, Mineral, Spearmint, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
13264 tasting notes

I was watching RuPaul’s drag race last night and one of the pieces of feedback a contestant received from the judges was that her looks weren’t edited enough. They gave the example of taking two things off before hitting the runway, to improve the overall look. That’s how I feel about this tea. It’s a little like Chroma just tossed all the ingredients they had on hand into one blend and the result is a very muddy kind of cup of tea where really none of the ingredients get enough space to actually come through in the taste. It’s just a sort of earthy and spicy mess of a blend.

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
13264 tasting notes

Had this one last weekend while working on podcast outlines and, admittedly, I was two deeply enthralled in writing that I didn’t much pay attention to the tea. The loose leaf smells very potent and heavily spiced, and ticked my nose and throat on scent alone. I don’t recall the steeped tea having the same level of “oomph” to it and the dry leaf had but I will have to drink again to be sure…

derk

Went on a little internet excursion to Chroma (looks like a side-shoot of Verdant) because of your review of Azure. Picked this one up and Aquamarine, too. Auburn smells so intense! I’m hoping the aroma transfers.

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drank Laurel by Chroma Tea
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Geek Steep S2E7 – Studio Ghibli: Grave of The Fireflies

This is the tea that both Marika and I drank during the recording of this week’s episode, immediately after finishing watching the movie. I think, as the credits were rolling, we sat in stunned silence for a good minute before immediately scrambling to get set up and start recording.

Because of that, the decision making process for our tea was carnal and instinctive. Marika wanted something for digestion because she felt anxious and sick to her stomach and I needed something soothing and comforting.

A mint blend with fennel and tulsi satisfied both of our needs.

gmathis

My son tells me Grave of the Fireflies is one I definitely need to see.

Roswell Strange

Brace yourself because it’s definitely earned its reputation for being one of the saddest animated films ever, but I would 100% recommend it. It’s incredibly well done.

CrowKettle

Grave of The Fireflies made me ball my eyes out. D: It’s stuck with me in a visceral way despite only watching it once and 15 years ago.

Mastress Alita

What, no one was in the mood for Fruits Drop-flavored tea?! :-)

Roswell Strange

If I had known more about the movie going in, I might have picked something along those lines – or if we hadn’t recorded immediately after watching.

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drank Laurel by Chroma Tea
13264 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea near my kettle for probably over a month now because I’ve wanted to start sipping this tea down in the evenings – but I always start drinking caffeine free teas very late in the day, because I’m not worried about having lots of caffeine, and it just always gets put off in favour of another better sounding tisane. So last night I finally said “Fuck it!” and steeped it up…

In my head I had remembered this as a lot more mint forward and menthol/crisp than it actually is. That’s not to say it’s bad, but it has a lot more of a forward fennel and coating sweetness on the palate than I’d recalled and the finish is a bit muddier/lacking in clarity versus crisp and cooling. You taste the earthiness of the burdock and, with the fennel, it’s cuts through the mint notes enough that this becomes a softer and less defined cuppa.

It was still good, but I feel like I’d built it up in my head to be better than reality so I was a little bit let down by the mug overall…

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drank Laurel by Chroma Tea
13264 tasting notes

This tea name makes me think of How To Get Away With Murder…

Anyway, this will have to be a revisit because I had it the day that the site froze and I didn’t take good notes for myself on the taste because I had expected to get this tasting note posted a lot sooner. It was very herbal and mint forward though, with that undertone of anise/fennel that I like but is so polarizing. Definitely the most simple Chroma blend I’ve tried so far, and while simple is never bad I also think I’ve just set myself up to expect a little bit more from this company in terms of blend concepts…

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