Sullivan Street Tea and Spice

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I was having a “tea shopping day” for my birthday in downtown Manhattan. I had been wanting to stop by this shop for a while not just because of the interesting variety of tea blends, but because I enjoying cooking and can always use more spices.

This was the first one I picked for two reasons, I have recently become a fan of mate tea, I love chocolate and mint, and there is no added sugars or artificial flavors.
The smell alone is amazing. I let it steep for just over 5 minutes, because I prefer a stronger tea.
I was hooked after the first sip! The chocolate taste so real, not like an artificial chocolate or a milk chocolate, but a real chocolate. The mint flavor is definitely stronger than the chocolate (which is good because I can drink it without feeling too guilty about starting my day with a dessert flavored tea) but the chocolate is there in every sip.

Compared to other mate teas I have had, I can taste the mate natural flavor, but more as a complementing flavor, not an overwhelming flavor, and I do prefer this if I am having a flavored blend, if I wanted chocolate and mint without the tea flavor in there, I would have a cookie or piece of mint chocolate.

There is no bitterness, or overwhelming sweetness, making it easy to drink and enjoy.

The only reason I didn’t give this tea any higher is that there is caffeine, so I cannot enjoy as a late night treat or brewed into an ice cream (unless I eat the ice cream for lunch which I am not above doing).

I bought two more teas from them and cannot wait to try them, I will probably be doing that tonight because this tea was just so great.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp
Mastress Alita

Happy birthday!

Peach

Thanks!

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83

This is a super old sample that has been lingering untried in my tea basket for several years now. It’s quite weak, but I imagine that’s largely attributable to age. The flavor I am getting is nutty and not very vegetal, attributes which are always welcome in a green from my perspective. I suspect, in a fresher state, this is the kind of green I’d enjoy. It’s also reminding me that I really should buy from Sullivan Street Tea and Spices sometime soon—it’s an adorable local shop, and though I walk by it a bunch I haven’t bought anything in ages.

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45

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I don’t know why someone put this tea in here, it is neither herbal nor decaf, but I decided to give it a try. My first thought was that it doesn’t smell or taste of cherries to me, which seems a little odd considering the name. It does smell and taste quite strongly of rose, which is nice, but I don’t really care for the green tea here. I did probably oversteep it, but it’s quite bitter and that combined with the rose makes me think of soap. If I were a bigger fan of green tea, I might play with the steep times here, but I think I’ll just pass this on to someone who might enjoy it more.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Green, Rose

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

I’m trying to drink down my stash because it’s gotten very much so out of hand. Eventually I’ll have to re-evaluate what I’ve actually got still…

I made this iced (running low on herbals to ice and it’s too hot for traditional tea) and it’s lovely. I’ve started making iced tea by the pitcher since it’s just so much easier that way, but it also ends up using more tea leaves, for better or for worse. I’m just glad to be finally making a decent dent in the stash!

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83

The pomegranate flavor is very subtle but still enjoyable.

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94

Amazing green colour!
Has that particular Japanese green tea taste, very rich, feels a bit sweet and has a little spinach taste, it seams.
Excellent after taste!

Flavors: Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

This tastes a lot like Lupicia’s Jardin Sauvage, except that the fruit flavors here are more pronounced. The citrus notes are the strongest, followed by something sweeter and vaguer that, on re-reading the description, I think must be peach. The green rooibos doesn’t come through very strongly – I’m not getting the honey whole-heat pretzel flavor I often taste with green rooibos – although it works well as a base with the fruit flavors. The blend is quite sweet and very refreshing. I think I like it a bit better than Jardin Sauvage, just because I prefer the balance of fruit to rooibos here. I should mention that I drank this iced (brewed hot, then chilled). I’ve only had Jardin Sauvage hot so far; I’ll have to ice it and see how it compares.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82

An excellent green with a nice range of flavors. Nutty, smokey, and always a fresh light flavor. This tea can be infused several times with good results. A great everyday tea.

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