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Another from my Silver Tips Tea order… I think pineapple teas are few and far between so I had to give this one a chance. I’m glad I did! It is full of PINEAPPLE flavor, 100% cannot be confused for any other flavor. It’s simply full on ripe pineapple. There is only occasional pineapple pieces in the package, so it’s mostly flavoring but I really like it. A lingering hint of floral at the back of the sip. The base tea looks like two different black teas: A CTC black tea with another slightly bigger leaf tea (bigger than the CTC leaf size anyway). I like the combination of the two black teas… it can’t help but add some depth with two different teas. Steeping 1 1/2 teaspoons might be a little more astringent than I’d like but I don’t want less pineapple flavor in my mug. I probably could have waited a couple minutes before brewing the second steep. I like this one!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Flavors: Floral, Pineapple
Somehow I was on the internets looking at teas during my buy-ban (a no no!) and noticed they had a mango chai that was being discontinued. So I just had to buy some and a couple other teas. I had a mango chai years ago that I loved and was hoping this was the same. The flavor is what I remember the other mango chai being, but I think the other tea had a couple other spice ingredients included. I’m not sure. This is CTC black tea (looks like with some other black tea mixed in as well) with plenty of spices and actual mango pieces and flavoring. I love there is mango pieces AND flavoring, the flavoring is sure to be immersed in the tea with both mango elements. I love the briskness, the boldness of the black tea matching the strong spices. The mango doesn’t get overpowered either. It’s delicious. I’m very happy I bought some before it’s gone. (still some available as I type this!)
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep
Edited to add: I feel bad buying a couple teas in my buy-ban BUT it has been almost six months without actually buying any teas, and six months is probably the record for not buying teas…. since I started drinking teas. So the record was beaten anyway.
Flavors: Mango, Spices
While not a black tea fan, I heard good things about 1st flush Darjeeling and decided to take advantage of a sale at SilvertipsTea. I think this tea is best brewed with a gaiwan. I was surprised by how delicate, flowery, and smooth the first steep was. This tea’s fragrance reminds me of Bai Mu Dan. Successive steeps had more typical black tea qualities—a sweet, tangy, and wine-like orange hued liquid with a pleasantly mild astringency. It left a good first impression.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Flowers, Orange Zest, Tannin
This is my first tasting note! I want so much to like this tea as it was recommended highly to me by another customer at this tea shop. It is a strong tea, and I do detect a cocoa-ish aroma. I am afraid that I will be writing very boring tasting notes, as I am not able to detect any other flavors. That said, this is a nice strong tea.
The first tea I tried from the August Steepster box.
Tea of the morning…. I am not that experienced with Darjeelings, but this one is good and smooth, even plain, for this not-usually-plain-tea-drinker. The leaves are green and brown, the liquor is amber colored. I do get the light astringency mentioned in the description. I will be interested to see what everyone else thinks of this one….
24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 actual tsp tea, 3 minutes with boiling water. No additions.
This was one of the free samples from the tasting I attended on Saturday… bagged, but not too bad. I added milk and some agave, but I think the milk at this workplace (I have two) is always on the edge of turning because this tastes really heavy and earthy. I’m not enjoying this cuppa much because of it :(
Not gonna rate it this time, I have another bag so hopefully it will be brewed under better circumstances then.
Atleast I’m getting some caffeine out of this deal. Hmph.
I don’t know if I used too hot of water or steeped for too long (4 min too long?) but this was very astringent while hot and warm but once it cooled down it was decent. It would make a better iced tea in my opinion. I’m normally a fan of Assams and Assam blends but this is a straight Ceylon with no flavoring (like French Breakfast – which I like). Worth a try at least once! I’m glad I was able to get this as a sample (Silver Tips Tea does one free sample with every order:)
This is a very lovely cuppa! At first I was put off by it but once it cooled down I LOVE the strong vanilla that comes through:) It’s smooth and strong. Not as strong as an assam but quite good. I thought being a Ceylon it may be very astringent but not much if at all. I love everything I’ve tried so far from Silver Tips Tea…thanks for this free sample guys! I love your company so far:) Generous sample sizes are great:)
Rich, bold, smooth flavor. I can’t stop drinking this stuff. It would pry taste amazing with a little sweetener but it stands great on it’s own!
Again, it was water straight from the coffee pot…I don’t have a thermometer yet…waiting for my DavidsTea order to get here:)
I received this sample with my recent storage tin purchase from Silver Tips Tea. I didn’t even know they sent samples with purchases, yay!
This is a really good tea (although I haven’t tried very many to compare). It has a rich, creamy taste to it…no bitterness at all when I think of black teas. Very little “dust” left in the cup (compared to my Teavana teas I have). It would pry taste even more amazing with honey or a little sugar. I don’t have a thermometer or fancy kettle to tell me the temperature at the moment so the water I use just comes straight from my “coffee” maker, lol.
So I decided to stop being lazy and add this tea to the steepster database.
This is from my local local tea house that I have been to a few times in Tarrytown NY.
This is my first Organic Assam that I have.
The flavor is rich and bold, nice for breakfast.
It reminds me of a full flavored tea, such as an Irish Breakfast.
Nice hot or iced.
This tea is very similar to East Frisian by Harney & Sons
The second tea I tried from the August Steepster box. It’s a delicious darjeeling. Slightly green and floral. A little bit astringent. I try to under-steep this one to avoid bitter notes. Very nice overall. I could see drinking this on a regular basis. Not much flavor on the second steep.
Another tea from the Steepster Select August box that dear Ricky sponsored for me.
I was in the mood for this. I’m not sure why, I just was. It’s weird because I’m not actually a Darjeeling fan at all. I tend to find the grassy, spicy notes rather too prickly and sharp. I used to really appreciate it, but things change.
But today this was really nice. Of course I do have that sour aftertaste now which is making me contemplate what tea to have next to make it go away with, but otherwise it just really hit the spot. Possibly because it wasn’t really all that offensively strong on those aforementioned prickly sharp notes of grass and spice.