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drank Fresh Mojito by Curtis
1329 tasting notes

2022 sipdown no. 60

Thank you Martin for another great tea!

I am officially allowed to begin data collection for my thesis project and was prepping email drafts while I drank this tea. Naturally, I was so absorbed in what I was doing, I neglected to make a single note. However, I do recall this tea being delightful. The flavour popped with freshness and was mojito-like. I would really consider having these Curtis teabags on hand if they were available nearby.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

Ah, I am so glad you liked them!

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drank White Bountea by Curtis
1329 tasting notes

2022 sipdown no. 57

I just can’t get a lot of flavour from this one, sadly. But that happens to me with a fair amount of white base flavoured teas. Nonetheless, nice to have a warm cuppa while adding some important bits to my thesis proposal!

Thanks for sharing Martin!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

It happened to me as well. I thought it was preparation error, but it seems it is not so good in flavour at all. Well, not all teas can be winners!

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drank Truffle Black Tea by Curtis
1329 tasting notes

This smells delightfully cocoa-like (almost like a cocoa marshmallow), which is lovely on this chilly day. The taste is more subtle, but the cocoa is definitely there — and again with the marshmallow flavour as well adding a sweetness. These bagged teas from Curtis are surprisingly enjoyable.

Thank you Martin for sharing!

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

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drank Isabella Grape by Curtis
1329 tasting notes

2022 sipdown no. 48

Thank you Martin for this sample!

The steeped tea has a scent of jasmine, though not overly strong, but an underlying mustiness typical of jasmine. There is a grape flavour here (and no jasmine flavour in the taste), and it’s really not bad for a bagged tea. As it cools more, it’s quite reminiscent of the grape popsicles of my childhood.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

You are welcome. I wonder where it get the jasmine scent, as it is supposed to be with rose :)

Courtney

It could be me, but I didn’t mind the jasmine over rose haha!

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1984 tasting notes

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1984 tasting notes

I really like this one. It does taste and smell more like banana candy, but it somehow manages to avoid being artificial-tasting. This company has some other flavors that look tasty too, might have to try a few.

Flavors: Candy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1984 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
April 2022 → A tea from a British company

Also, this was a gift from Dustin!

This has been on my wishlist for quite some time. The idea of a banana black tea sounds absolutely exquisite. As others have mentioned, there isn’t much to this bagged tea until the water hits it and then the banana aroma flows forth. It’s not fresh banana to me – it has more of a banana candy flavor, but it doesn’t really taste artificial either. The base holds up to the banana flavoring really well. This made for a really lovely cup to take on the go. So grateful Dustin sent a few bags of this for me to sip on!

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Isabella Grape by Curtis
1452 tasting notes

I got Curtis tea bags as well from CGFoods, actually Curtis Magic Tea Party collection. It looks very fancy and nice and I have hoped for individually wrapped pyramid sachets. Sadly, I got “normal” tea bag wrappers, but still they are new for my collection! You know, differences on the backside and voilá! it’s new addition. Same like stamp-collecting.

I took this one today mostly because it has been long since I had grape flavoured tea. Only one I can recall that I wrote here about was Greenfield — Festive grape, note: http://steepster.com/Martin-CZE/posts/400728 (maybe there are more!)

This one smells wonderful and very similar. But taste is very different. It was rather like sultanas in the cup, certainly no red wine notes at all. I think it is becasue this tea does not contain any hibiscus and rosehip. It was sweet as juicy grapes are. But in the same time it was a bit flat in flavour. I have hoped that I will notice some floral notes from rose, but nada sadly. But this is not first and last session of the tea. Maybe shorter steeping time (yes, I have oversteeped this cup) would help.

I wonder if I would say the same if I got the tea in pyramid sachet. It was pleasant, but hoping for something more.

I am not sure if you have checked website of this distributor, but if you did and found something that isn’t available across the pond and you thought you would like it, hit me up with message and I can arrange the order for you.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Earl Grey Passion by Curtis
1602 tasting notes

Uuuuuggggghhhhhhh! Damnit! I ordered this tea based off the name and the graphics on the box. It says passion and on the back has a tea pot covered in leafy vines, like passion plants. I thought it was a passion fruit EG. It is not. I drank the whole cup, but I wasn’t happy about it. No fault of the tea’s, it was my misinterpretation of what I was getting. I’ll have to give it some time and revisit this tea with adjusted expectations.

AJRimmer

Aw man, that sounds like it would have been a delicious combination! And I’ve totally done stuff like that before – I understand the frustration!

Dustin

There was a Lupicia Hawaii blend, Loki Lani, that was a passion fruit EG and it was good! Still bummed they discontinued it. I was really hoping this would be a good alternative.
There should be a term for getting so excited about tea that you overlook something critical about it!

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drank Strawberry Mojito by Curtis
1602 tasting notes

Cold steeped this overnight and added some bubbles to it with the soda stream machine! I can smell the strawberry and mint. It’s minty and fruity when sipping on it too. The carbonation adds a fun lightness to it that really works with this tea. Tea soda!

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drank Strawberry Mojito by Curtis
1602 tasting notes

After seeing someone post about liking their banana tea on IG, trying that and liking it, I decided to give a couple other Curtis blends a try. I had an Amazon gift card to use, so I didn’t feel too guilty about buying MORE tea. From what I can tell this is a Russian brand, based off their writing on their IG account. Their teas seem a little hard to find and the bagged versions seem more widely available than their loose leaf. I was able to get this one in loose leaf.

Having my second steeping of this. Mint is the main flavor, but it’s not a sharp mint. The lime is subtle too, blending in with the mild mint. The strawberry is a little harder to ID. I can smell it and I get a hint of it in the finish, but not much in the sip. It leaves my mouth feeling a little dry. The dry leaves were rolled up into loose balls. It’s an easy cup to drink, but isn’t as exciting as I had hoped. Looking forward to what cold steeping this will taste like.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1288 tasting notes

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1288 tasting notes

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1288 tasting notes

National Haiku Day
Luscious break of day
A wild, smooth banana sip
out of caramel

Reviewed this one before and still really enjoy it. At some point maybe once this box is gone I’m planning on ordering their grape flavor to try. (:
(full disclosure I used a haiku creator)

AJRimmer

I like how day rhymes with flambe. Makes it even more satisfying to read.

Lexie Aleah

I didn’t even notice that until you pointed it out!

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1288 tasting notes

Ordered this because of Steepster
I was excited to try this since I only recall having tried one other banana tea in the past from A Quarter To Tea. (Still hoping She’ll reopen again at some point)
This one smells so good once steeped and tastes like a Banana Dessert. This is delicious it reminds me of these chocolate covered banana candies that I always get at the greek deli in town. It’s literally that candy but in tea form.

https://www.amazon.com/Casali-Chocolate-Bananas-10-58-Ounce/dp/B0077G07B2

Flavors: Banana, Caramel, Cocoa, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML
Tiffany :)

The flavor still is tasty when sipping even though the tea is in tea bag form? Onto the wish list this goes.. :)

Dustin

I’m right there with you on the hopes of someday placing another AQ2T order. The Grilled Spiced Banana was a favorite of mine.

Lexie Aleah

Tiffany: It’s really good!
Dustin: I never got to try that one, unfortunately. I loved her Turtle Dove tea though!

amandastory516

I miss AQ2T’s banana! Their Banoffee is one of my all time favorite teas.

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1288 tasting notes

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1639 tasting notes

Ended up loving this one from Dustin so much, I bought a box. Enjoyed it with no sweetener or cream and it was just wonderful. Really prominent banana flavor with no other flavors competing. A keeper for sure.

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1639 tasting notes

Advent from Dustin Day 11
Another new to me brand and blend. I’d actually never heard of Curtis, so I’m even more excited to brew this up. Also…Banana Flambe?? Sounds incredible.
The dry leaf doesn’t have much of a scent, but once the water hits it, I’m blasted with a burst of banana deliciousness.
Absolutely incredible! A mild, malty flavor in the black base. Tastes like a fresh banana drizzled in caramel. Would be delicious with a bit of cream/milk.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Courtney

Yum! I love banana in tea. Is there any smokiness at all?

Dustin

It’s so weird how it does that! It does not smell interesting at all until you steep it! It’s the first/only Curtis tea I’ve tried as well.

Martin Bednář

If I recall correctly, Curtis is Ukranian company. They have often interesting flavours.

amandastory516

Courtney- No smokiness at all in my opinion.
Dustin- It was such a pleasant surprise!
Martin- Ooh good to know! I’m definitely interested in trying more of their blends.

Dustin

I found this one on Amazon.

Lexie Aleah

This sounds SO good. I’m gonna have to order some to try. (: I wonder how their other teas are the grape one has good reviews as well.

Martin Bednář

amandastory516: they even have some loose-leaf teas, I think I would like to try some blends as well.

Dustin: well, there is almost everything on Amazon :D

Lexie: That sounds indeed interesting; I don’t recall having a grape flavoured tea.

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drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1602 tasting notes

I’m a sucker for a banana tea so when I saw someone on IG posting about this tea I wanted to try it immediately. When I opened the box I was surprised to not really smell anything. Not a good sign. Once that tea bag hit the hot water the scent of banana exploded. The banana flavor it more apparent when the tea is hot. As it cools I first taste the tea base in the sip, then the banana comes out in the finish with an almost caramel note. It is pretty impressive for bagged tea from some brand that seems off the beaten path. I bet it would be great as a latte!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Original Ceylon by Curtis
1452 tasting notes

Whoa, this is rich black tea with lots of flavour.

Brews dark, rich copper colour, clear brew as well. There is no dust, no opaque notes, though tea itself in tea bag is quite fine chopped.

But the taste is what matters the most. And results are following: it is very nice and malty tea, full of taste, with woody notes a just little bit. Very tasty, not bitter at all, rather mellow and enjoyable.

Flavors: Malt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Green Tea Mango by Curtis
1452 tasting notes

Okay, new day, new tea. And as I have said yesterday, a starter is this Curtis Green Tea Mango!

I made some research to find what is in. As I have only one tea bag, I wanted to make it somehow perfect. Interesting ingredients, so I torn the tea bag, put it inside gaiwan and let´s see. Hmm; green tea apparently in, one bit of mango (probably) and few white crystals (probablysugar). The tea leaves are really fine, but what to expect from tea bag, right?

Okay, I have filled the gaiwan with about 80 °C water, and after 10 seconds steep I have strained it. Of course, lots of leaves went through. Tea itself is cloudy, quite green-yellow. In taste it is strong green tea with some sweet mango aftertaste. It works well somehow. The leaves in gaiwan smell like cut grass which wasn´t raked; and rain came. So bit like manure. But I am not supposed to sniff used leaves, right?

Second steep is 15 seconds long. Mango is less noticable, it remains actually just somehow bitter of mango. Tea part is weak.

30 seconds.
Mango is gone; tea is cheap – no taste, just plain green tea. What I have been expecting? A great tea? A great green tea? When they have to crush it? How naive I have been?

Conclusion? This is not tea for me; at least in gaiwan. First steep was best, as there was lots of mango sweetness. Now it tastes like some bitter water, without any scents of aromas. Nah I guess.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
derk

“But I am not supposed to sniff used leaves, right?”

Unless you’re a teadog.

Martin Bednář

Well derk – I do it, sometimes it is pleasant. But not this time

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