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Another tea to celebrate Black History Month! This one is from My Cup of Tea in Memphis. I thought this was a Black-owned business, but after doing some digging I don’t think it is. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on that. The shop operates in Orange Mound, Tennessee – the first and oldest African American community in the United States. They do a lot of work with the women in the community, and it seems that this is really more of a non-profit business teaching vocational and life skills to its residents. The tea I’m drinking from them today is part of a sachet sampler I bought that included several of their flavors. This one smells just like one of those pillow mints. I can taste the rooibos, but more so in the background, and it adds somewhat of a fruity flavor. It’s very interesting. I expected it to be a typical chocolate mint flavor, but there’s definitely something extra about this one.
Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Peppermint, Rooibos
Samurai TTB #6
I discovered My Cup of Tea this past year and have really enjoyed many of their teas, so I was eager to try this when I saw it in the box. It’s also rare to find a strawberry tea that doesn’t include hibiscus, so I’m happy about that! The strawberry flavoring is strong and sweet and slightly artificial. Others have described it as candy-like and I think that’s accurate. The base tea is very smooth and pretty much disappears into the fruity flavoring. This isn’t necessarily something I’d purchase, but it was a pleasant cup of tea!
Flavors: Artificial, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet
Shae’s Advent Calendar, December 15
Oh wow, how full pouch is! And there are some big pieces! (Turns around the pouch) Oh, interesting we will see how it is! (Opens the pouch for first time) That is indeed Mango, papaya, tropical fruits everywhere! (Closes the pouch)
But not for morning
Decided to brew in the afternoon, after long and draining statistics lecture. It was interesting, but I hate being only one who replies!
The tea; I described the aroma above. But brewed, western style with lots of blend (but picked out some orange zests and some strawberry pieces), it is much different. First of all, it’s filling the room with summery aroma of tropical fruits.
Next thing I noticed, when I sipped it down, it is mellow and very, very sweet. I can imagine it drinking iced, that would be a blast! I won’t do it as outside is -2°C and won’t be much better. Keeping for future reference here though.
Third, it’s great against thirst. You know you are drinking something and yes, it is highly refreshing. I can’t really undestand how actual fruits, which are moreover so sweet, are so refreshing when brewed.
Shae, this is amazing. Indeed it is.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tropical
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 14
I had to write Shae in the morning to find out what is this tea actually! Label says strawberry and there is no strawberry in. Had no idea how it could be called.
Two exams written, two course credits granted. We will see how today ones will develop. I get caught on trap question, so I know there is a mistake. And there (on other one) too. Oh well. So tired.
So, I know what is this tea supposed to be, so I brought a big mug and decided to brew it in. Steeped for 3-4 minutes, not sure; but less than recommended, as I thought it is “done”.
Roswell Strange said it is bit on “European” flavour profile and more-less agree with her. But I don’t get any strawberries, rather some generic fruity profile with hints of papaya in. It is interesting to see black/green blend with probably mellowed the bold black base, but it was somehow… poor. Maybe I have expecting more fruity note; or just somehow fresher taste, but it was just a fruity tea with base, but it was on the boring side and I finished the mug without much to remember.
I think I had better fruity blends, though usually with hibiscus, but maybe I kind of miss it here?
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 12
We are in half folks!
Two exams on Monday. Both hard; imagine economy of transport companies and linear programming. No idea what to expect as we got it in distant way.
A tea; another straweberry, and my gummy ones are eaten. So they aren’t on the photo. But there are some in. Prepared a mug for myself and then a pot for family. As intended from Shae, as she sent me a huge load. I used two teaspoons for my 300 ml, and 4 tsp for family pot. I really should measure the volume.
The tea; I have to agree with Roswell Strange it is candy-like strawberry and I notice bit of creamy. So kind of strawberry-cream candy. It’s quite sweet for me (but well, I don’t sweeten my teas) and it’s smooth. The base is bit lacking, but as a decaf, maybe I don’t mind. It isn’t artificial which I really like on this blend. I am impressed of the smoothness of this blend, as I have been afraid it will be rough on tongue due to decaf base, but… it isn’t.
A good tea for the evening; but maybe I shall prepare myself another caffiened tea, as I need to focus on that Economy of transport companies. I feel like it isn’t making any sense to me. There are laws, there are some terms I don’t understand, there are some calculations which aren’t hard per se, but all together it looks like a big mishmash to me. Moreover, I have no idea what to expect in the exam. A credit-exam (my dictionary says so); so one bigger is coming after Christmas. Hopefully I can at least pass this one; so I don’t have to resit.
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Strawberry
ADVENT DAY 10
Honestly, the name scared me at first – I hate peach – so I was hoping this was an apple orchard instead of a peach orchard – I went online and found out it wasn’t talking about peaches, thank goodness :)
I’m on my second day of drinking this tea – I kept it hot in my coffee urn overnight, and it was good this morning – I tried to get it as close to the 175 degree mark as I could, with my Keurig – the lowest setting was 182, so I did that. It turned out a little bit watered down and a little bit bitter at the same time – I used a tablespoon in 27 ounces and steeped it two times in a row – maybe I needed to add a 4th teaspoon to make it perfect, but it was a nice and relaxing blend.
This is really tasty cold. Lots of fresh fruit flavours, mostly stone fruit and mango. Some citrus (tangerine or Mandarin orange?) but I think I’m missing the strawberry and pineapple. Either way, it is so nice to have some fruity herbal blends to make iced tea with. I refuse to give up on summer.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango, Stonefruit
I’m not the biggest fan of florals (especially jasmine) so I probably wouldn’t have chosen this blend on my own. But my friend Rives who introduced me to My Cup of Tea LOVES this one and talked me into buying it. I’m glad she did! While the jasmine flavor is present, it’s counterbalanced by the citrus and pineapple so it does’t come off at all perfumey. There is a bit of dryness at the end of the sip, but it isn’t too much…just makes me want to keep coming back for more! I enjoyed it hot, but have found that it really shines as an iced tea. I am so excited about discovering this company and looking forward to trying more of their teas in the future!
Flavors: Citrus, Jasmine, Orange, Pineapple
This may have been my least favorite blend of the Memphis sampler. It smelled like strawberry candy, but the flavor was a muddled jumble of generic fruit that didn’t taste distinctly like strawberry or anything else in particular. I’ll drink the three bags I have, but this isn’t one I’d chose to re-purchase.
Like all the teas in this sampler, this is much nicer than your average bagged chai! The tea itself appears to be a CTC, but there are nice big cardamom seeds and bits of cinnamon bark visible in the sachet. The flavor is intense and spicy with lots of ginger and cardamom and a hint of pepper tickling the back of my throat. The base tea is pretty astringent, but it smooths out nicely with a bit of milk. Overall, this isn’t my personal favorite flavor profile for a chai (I like the ones that lean a bit sweeter with more cinnamon and nutmeg) but still one of the better bagged options I’ve tried!
Flavors: Astringent, Cardamom, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy
M is for… Mango Fruit Tea.
This has never been one of my favorites, so I tried Martin’s steeping parameters to see if that might make a difference. It really is a beautiful blend to look at, but it’s always been far too citrusy for my tastes. I also never taste any mango. This cup is lighter in flavor than others I’ve had before, and I do think I like it better this way, but it still isn’t as enjoyable as I’d like it to be. Maybe a cold steep? I think I’ve tried it cold before, but I can’t remember for sure. I’ll give it another go iced and see if that might boost the rating for me.
This is one of the few teas from this company that missed the mark a bit for me. Based on the name, I was expecting a peach tea. But so many other flavors have been added, I really can’t discern the specific fruits that are present in the blend…it’s just generically fruity, like a mixed fruit candy or something. Still not a bad tea, but it falls short of many of the other excellent blends that were included in the same sampler.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity
Lemon teas can go so very wrong (I’ve had some that made me feel like I was drinking Lysol!) but this blend does it right! Smooth, sweet lemon and vanilla with a bit of sweetness coming through from the honeybush. A lovely bedtime treat!
Flavors: Creamy, Lemon, Sweet, Vanilla
This is such a common blend that I never would have purchased it on its own, but it was included in the Memphis Medley sampler I bought, so I ended up trying it. Like pretty much everything else I’ve tried from My Cup of Tea, this blend was excellent! The peppermint tends to overwhelm the chocolate in other chocolate mint rooibos teas I’ve tried, but this one has a distinctive creamy chocolate flavor, which comes out even more with a bit of milk. This company just keeps impressing me!
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet
This was probably the blend I was most excited about in my most recent purchase from My Cup of Tea and it didn’t let me down! A robust, chocolatey black base tea provides the perfect backdrop for lots of rich coconut and almond flavoring…like a melted Almond Joy bar in a cup! Really lovely with a splash of milk and I’m guessing it would make an amazing latte. Will definitely be re-purchasing!
Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Dark Chocolate
I had the opportunity to visit the My Cup of Tea shop on my recent trip to Memphis and thoroughly enjoyed my experience! The shop (housed in an old Victorian home) is utterly adorable, the tea is fresh and delicious, and the employees I talked to testified that this company is doing good work in the Orange Mound community. I walked out with two different teas, plus their “Memphis Medley” sampler pack containing 7 Memphis-themed blends, including this one. I wasn’t expecting it to be a favorite, but it’s actually one of the best blueberry-flavored teas I’ve tried! It’s a black tea (which was a nice surprise) and NO HIBISCUS (even better!) The blueberry flavoring layered over the black tea base is giving me the vibes of blueberry jam on toast…quite delicious! I may consider a full box of this one next time.
Flavors: Blueberry, Jam, Toast
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #43
I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like Steepster is back to behaving normally! Hooray! I managed to keep mostly on top of tasting notes during The Great Steepster Freeze of 2020 but not completely – so I’ve got some catch up to do…
Thanks Shae for thinking of me and including this tea – I have no idea why, but based on name alone I was expecting a herbal tea with blueberries so I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was a blueberry black tea! I enjoyed it a lot, though the blueberry flavouring was definitely more artificial – like a blueberry candy, almost. Super jammy and sweet! If I did have my beloved Blueberry Jam from DT, this is 100% the kind of profile I would want a tin of on hand.
It was a good share!
A sweet friend in Memphis sent me a box of this tea for Christmas from her local tea shop and I was so impressed! These tea bags are actually nice big sachets with plenty of room for expansion and the tea inside is beautiful unbroken leaves. The salted caramel flavor is sweet and rich without completely overwhelming the malty base tea. I find it especially tasty with a splash of milk. While I wish I could get my hands on a loose leaf version, I’m still kinda in love with this!
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Salt, Sweet
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #30
Thought that I’d gotten to all the My Cup of Tea blends in the box, but then I found this one so I decided to try it too!
It’s good – maybe my favourite from them so far? It’s hard to get crazy innovated with a mint chocolate profile, especially on a rooibos base, but the flavour execution is REALLY nice. It’s quite rich/intense and while the chocolate is creamy milk chocolate to a tee what I’m actually loving the most is this thick and cooling peppermint flavour that feels a bit more like peppermint oil or extract. So refreshing!