Metropolitan Tea Company

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A friend who had taken a short holiday in Miami returned home with this present (I love presents, and I love tea, so it really made my day the day I received it some time last week). Metropolitan Tea Company seems to be a Canadian company known – at least by me – for its “souvenir wooden tea boxes”, and I read online these are only available in North America. The print is really nice, but unfortunately the box itself sort of “colapsed” after I first opened it. Inside was a pack with 12 tea bags, individually tagged. A nice citrusy aroma could be observed, nothing too overwhelming, nor too artificial, which really left a good impression. I brewed the tea according to the indications on the box, and the brew was very fragrant as well, although it had lost a bit in comparison to the tea bags. But when drinking the tea, there´s – surprisingly – little left from the lime fragrances, and the taste is even a bit wood-like. Now, I´m not the biggest citrusy tea fan, so it´s certainly no disaster for me that the lime aroma has only a subtle presence in the final tea. Before writing this review, I made myself another cup this morning, with the same observations. Enjoyable, but probably a huge disappointment for the fans of lemon and lime.

Flavors: Lime, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

So, earlier in the week I went to the Vintage Tea Room with my mom for afternoon tea as like an early Easter thing since I wouldn’t be spending Easter with my family this year. I actually ordered a pot of Decaf Margaret’s Hope and my mom ordered this tea but we ended up liking each other’s more so we swapped.

I definitely didn’t expect to like this one, but I think it worked better for me because the jasmine was stronger than the Earl Grey so it was like a really full bodied, robust jasmine black tea that took cream really well, because of the EG component. Plus, it complimented the lemon curd angel food cake we ordered quite nicely too which was a win. Also it was just nice to break out of my normal routine at the tea room, which is to order flowering tea.

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80

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Flavors: Grenadine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Mild black tea with a hint of honey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

I really liked this one, but seem to be in the minority. My friend sent me the small box of tea bags, not the loose tea. I loved the maple smell and think it was a pleasant black base with a nice maple undertaste. Already went through the box and finished all the tea.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

ok so I’m learning to not hate this one. Now that I’m expecting smokiness and a cuppa nothing like dark chocolate. Still haven’t found anything to blend it with other than chai sugar. I’m having one of those “astringency is ok” days.

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70

I was making a cuppa this, when Mum stepped into the room and looked alarmed. “do you smell smoke? something is burning!”
She was standing next to my tea. I told her to take a sniff. She looked a little sheepish :P

Anyhow. I find this tea far too plain and astringent. Adding milk and chai sugar helps perk things up! One of those teas I’ll go through quickly as I can experiment with it. This should be fun

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70

Ugh. I can’t believe I caved and purchased tea! After not having brought any into the house since the festival, I was doing so well(except the odd David’s sample, which does count, but not by much) .
I was up north visiting some relatives and we were browsing the shops in town… I guess I was in the mood for a souvenir, but the part of the store that my cousin says has the good stuff wasn’t open for the warm season yet, so we were a little down about it. And then I saw they had teas… things got a little happier!
I’m not the biggest fan of the brand but at that point I’m not sure I cared.

Anyhow. I made a cuppa at the cottage. It was just ok.
I need to try again at home. Maybe different water will make a difference.
All I know is that the chocolate note was super weak, and as I had expected from the scent, there was a definite smoky note. Still not sure how it all fits together. Definitely needs to be revisited

Fjellrev

I always wonder how many of their teas I have actually tried because although I never bought any that are directly labelled as Metropolitan, I swear some I’ve purchased from smaller tea shops are selling their stuff under different names. This sounds like a chocolate tea at a local shop here which I’ve been suspecting sells Metropolitan teas. Had that smoky note that I didn’t expect. Ramble ramble, it’s still a pretty good idea for a souvenir!

Indigobloom

UGH! I replied to this. Frustrating that it never loaded. Hmph.

That wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve noticed that with a few blends as well. The first one I remember like that is Forever Nuts from DT. SO many places have the same one under a different name

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97

A beautiful tea. Brews a pale green/yellow. Creamy with a strong floral scent and taste. In addition to the creamy milky taste, I also sense vanilla and the floral scent and taste is like orchids. I made this in the gaiwan with a short rinse first but I don’t think it needed it. Subsequent drinkable steeps were from 40s gradually increasing.

Flavors: Floral, Milk, Orchids, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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76

I bought this tea from Moonbean Coffee Co. which stocks teas from Metropolitain. I made it in a Gaiwan with a 15 sec rinse, so far followed by two drinkable steeps at 40 sec each. The taste was quite floral, but I didn’t notice that so much in the scent. I also think there is a bit of smokiness, or at least that’s what I’m calling it. I’m not sure I like the type of floral, reminds me a little of perfume. Curious to see how the flavour develops in subsequent steeps.

Flavors: Floral, Smoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82

Purchased from Zombie Runner in Palo Alto, CA. I love the robust smokiness. Tea steeps to a strong caramel color and smells like a tumbler of Laphroaig. Lapsang is the peat-heavy Scotch of teas. Tastes smoky with a slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Spicy aftertaste. Mild astringency.

Flavors: Burnt, Scotch, Smoke, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

I decided to try this iced, and accordingly used more leaf than usual, but I think that was a mistake, as the tea tastes pretty bitter even with sugar added.

S.G. Sanders

I get that a lot with Lady Londonderry. So much so, that I feel guilty for adding so much sugar to wipe out the astringency!

Tamarindel

Me too, and I don’t really understand it, as astringency seems to usually come from the tea itself, not whatever flavoring was added. Oh well, some things just need a lot of sugar.

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73

I think I actually prefer New Mexico Tea Co.’s version to this one, mainly because it has a nicer base. The strawberry lemon flavor seems pretty much the same in both. This is definitely one that works better as a cold tea.

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

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72

I’ve been curious for awhile about the big wholesaler, Metropolitan Tea Company, so when Culinary Teas — which sources most (all?) of their tea from Met — had free shipping, I sprung for a few samples.

This is my first time trying a Monk’s Blend. I knew it would have grenadine in it, so I guess I was expecting something like liquid maraschino cherries. When I sniffed the bag, it smelled like raspberry candy, and the flavor has a tanginess that strikes me more as raspberry than cherry flavor. There is a light vanilla cream note that, for me, is the highlight of this tea. The base is inoffensive, but definitely unremarkable. I know this tea gets sold both in bagged and loose leaf form. I ordered loose leaf, but no surprise really, the tea still has that standard bagged-quality kind of taste. Something about the blend of flavors reminds me of H&S Paris, but H&S does a far better job on it.

I won’t have any trouble getting this down, but I definitely won’t be going out of my way to get more either, as it’s just pretty run-of-the-mill fare.

Flavors: Raspberry, Vanilla

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

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68

Cold Brew sipdown (216)!

I wish I could say I enjoyed this one more overall, because it was a gift. I just didn’t though; it was too brisk and really astringent and I found that on the whole despite the fact I got a couple nice tastings it lacked any sweetness/brightness. Which it definitely needed.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnQKb2lHGes&index=1&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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68

Mediocre cold brew…

It would have been alright overall but the lemon notes were very dry/rind like. I’d really love to see this one deliver more of a sweet/juicy flavour more akin to lemonade. If I wanted that pithy peel note I’d just eat a straight up lemon rind. It’d taste the same anyway.

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68

This is a queued tasting note.

So I decided to try this one out again cold brewed to see if it would brew up consistently. I found that the base was very brisk with malty notes to it, and that strawberry and lemon flavouring was pretty equal in intensity when compared to each other. However, there was a bit of discord between the base and the flavourings that resulted in a brew that wasn’t as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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68

Last tea of the day today,

I cold brewed it today because I remember someone mentioning that it’s great iced/cold last time I wrote a note for this one (around my birthday). So since the Steepster hivemind usually it correct, I figured I’d give it a go and drink it cold!

I think I tasted more lemon last time when I was drinking this as a soda. This time around, I DEFINITELY get more strawberry notes a top a brisk black base. Kind of malty? Just a whisp astringent, as well. I wish I tasted more citrus/lemon: I feel like that would create more of a “lemonade” profile. However, this is pretty tasty as a more strawberry focused tea.

Next I suppose I’ll need to drink this one hot, just to have tried it that way.

ashmanra

This one is a real chameleon for me. Comes out different every time.

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