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This is a sipdown of a sample I’ve had for a while now. I can’t remember where I got it from, but thank you to whoever sent it to me.
I taste the woody, Earthy roasted mate and a brisk black tea. While the black tea is a touch bitter, it isn’t undrinkable. I get some lightly citrus orange/lemon notes, but no chocolate. Maybe this is due to the age of the sample, or maybe my sample had no chocolate chips or cocoa nibs in it. YMMV
Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Citrus, Dark Bittersweet, Orange, Roasted, Wood
I brewed this one iced, and enjoyed it that way. Flavourful black base, quite fruity (black cherry, berry, pomegranate), a little bit creamy/thick, malty, grenadine. If you want a black tea that brews in a way you really taste the black base, this is a tea for you!
Flavors: Berries, Cherry, Fruity, Grenadine, Malt, Overripe Cherries, Sweet, Tannin, Thick
1 tsp leaf, 500mL coldbrewed for 45 minutes
Definitely lives up to it’s name. It tastes like Irish cream, but with a prominent coconut note. The black base really comes through as a coldbrew, it is a little bit woody, a little bit of a roasted oolong and tobacco undertone, highly oxidized (definitely black), sweetness of burnt sugar/molasses.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Irish Cream, Molasses, Sweet, Tobacco, Wood
I may be going through a personal tough time, but my professional life is looking rosy. Its my first day as a full time in an office I’ve been temping in. I am delighted, as I love this office, and its a really good place to be. I love the town, I love the office, I love the coworkers, and I get a raise, too!
I’m very happy in this regard.
My new boss brought me a cup of this tea from the café next door, to celebrate day one. It is so nice of him, and I enjoyed every sip.
A very auspicious sign.
So I hopped next door again to grab another cup of this. I was desperate for tea and I thought I’d try this again, to refine my thoughts.
Well, I got a non-tea barista. You know the ones, the poor creatures who know that tea is technically on the menu, but are much more prepared to create latte art for you.
So, when I got my cup, I sat for a bit, letting it steep. Or so I thought. When I removed the lid, lo and behold there was not teabag in the cup (they used the paper filters with the leaf in it, before). Just a pale amber liquid. So I’d just been letting my cup cool, with no added steeping benefits.
So it was weaker than I liked today, but still pretty nicely flavored. Maybe I’ll try again at a later date.
I’ve popped next door to the little café to get some tea. I’m exhausted today, and can’t wait to be done with the whole day.
I’d never heard of this tea, so I was excited to try it. (And the café has loose leaf! Huzzah!)
This is a fruity blend, but its not a particularly sweet blend, I’d say. Its a more mellow fruitiness, and the black base is pretty mellow too.
I’d say its enjoyable, but I’m not overwhelmed by it. But I’d certainly go next door and have some more!
Wow, crazy aroma, very strong, delicious and almost sweet smell of licorice and mint. Taste is much like it smells, although a more faint mint on initial, stronger on the finish. Sweeter than I thought it’d be, not sure where that is coming from, not much ginger taste, surprisingly, but a nicely full herbal body. The interesting flavor changes as you swallow and coats the back of throat with the sweet pleasantly. A nice, energizing tea for being caffeine free.
Flavors: Herbs, Licorice, Mint, Sugarcane
Received this as a sample from Culinary Teas. I think it’s sourced from the Metropolitan Tea Company, since so many of their teas are, but it doesn’t explicitly say so on the bag. Overall, this tastes good but pretty ordinary. Rather than a gunpowder green, the base is a very finely chopped leaf, and it tastes like the mint in question is peppermint.
Sipdown. My laptop just bit the dust so now I’m discovering the woes of doing everything by phone not to mention sticker shock at computer prices. Why is it so fun to shop for tea and so completely unfun to shop for computers. If I look at one more spec sheet I think I’m going to lose it.
Anyway there’s nothing wrong with this tea but it is sadly underqualified to soothe me from all this computer stress. I think I may have to resort to whiskey.
Picked this up because I trying to find a few tisanes to balance out my black tea collection. I think this is sourced from Metropolitan Tea Company as well, but not positive. This is a pretty decent blueberry tea — I could do without the hibiscus, but it’s mild enough here that it doesn’t ruin it.
Before reading the history and details of this tea, I would’ve fought to the death and said it was an “aged white”. Or, “smoked white”. These are quickly becoming my favorite kind of white teas, and the only ones I drink.
Alas, this isn’t agred, or smoked, but it does have that quality to it. Thicker, richer, fuller bodied, sweet, yet light and airy at the same time. Plus, the leaves were stunning – long, loosely rolled, and slightly fuzzy.
Thank you shezza for another amazing find in my tea journey.
Flavors: Apricot, Smoked, Sweet, Thick
The morning sipdown!
I had a lousy night of sleep, though I’m not quite sure why, and I needed something powerful this morning.
And this was not it. Whoops. I let my sipdown fever get in the way of wakefulness, and I have ended up with this, which is a rather uninspired cup.
Ah well. Its gone now, and I’ll move on to something mor flavorful.
My morning yoga class was with the gentle yoga instructor, which was lovely, as I’m still recovering from whatever bugs I had.
So this afternoon I’m organizing things in my house, and drinking teas!
This is one of the teas that my Aunt and Uncle gave me for my birthday, and also some English Digestive buiscuts, which I love. I haven’t had them since I lived in the UK, so that was a delight.
This is an interesting blend. Very layered, with a very bold flavor to it. Its quite strong.
I feel like I’m going to have to fiddle with the steep time, but I’m enjoying it!
It sure blows hot and cold in these parts. Last Sunday I was trudging through 16 inches of snow. This Sunday we’re having lunch on the patio by the fish pond enjoying the sunshiny 65F degree weather! Welcome to Richmond!
I thought a nice first flush Darjeeling befitting to celebrate this gorgeous foretaste of spring. Darjeeling Tukduh TGFOP from Culinary Teas is quite stout for a first flush, to say the least. It’s wondrously nutty and floral with up front, in your face muscatel. A first flush on steroids. I’m loving the hell out of every sip!
Lifting my tea mug to my fellow Steepsterites – Here’s to an early spring!
Flavors: Floral, Muscatel, Nutty