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70
drank Organic Orange by teakruthi
2868 tasting notes

I have come to find out that this tea is called orange, yet it is not flavoured. What they mean is orange as in “orange pekoe”. Still an ok cup, but misleading IMO. There is no citrus to be found. Lots of tannin but still smooth and overall a nice solid basic black tea.

Flavors: Tannin

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drank So Berry Ceylon by teakruthi
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77
drank Southern Malt by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

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77
drank Southern Malt by teakruthi
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57
drank Summer Isle by teakruthi
3127 tasting notes

WARNING TO THOSE WHO HAVE TEAKRUTHI’S HIBISCUS TYPE BLENDS:  They might have living bugs in them.
So a couple days ago I was going to steep up some of So Berry and was trying to pick out some of the hibiscus in my hand before putting the rest in the infuser.  I saw a tiny brown three segmented bug on my hand, looks kind of like an ant or tiny termite.  Thought it was a fluke.  Then there was a second one on my hand, so it was definitely coming from the pouch.  My pouch of So Berry was ordered in March.  Since then, I’ve been emailing the wonderful people at Teakruthi.  Then got curious just a minute ago and wanted to test the other teas.  My method:  I poured the tea pouches onto a paper plate, agitated the tea, and then kept it still for a minute to see them start crawling around.  The hibiscus focused blends from March had at least a few bugs before I stopped counting.  This one was particularly bad.  It was crawling. 
From a March 2020 order, these pouches have bugs in them:  Summer Isle,  So Berry, Serendipity and Ceylon Peach.  I feel terrible giving Teakruthi this news, because they are otherwise fantastic.   But I drank these teas… with living bugs actually living in them.  This is disgusting.  Serendipity I luckily didn’t even open before today, so I KNOW it isn’t a problem from my end of things.  I’ve never even seen these bugs before.  I sent some of you guys these teas!  Luckily not these four.

I tested ALL Teakruthi’s blends that I still have, by pouring on a paper plate and observing.  From what I can tell, these teas are FINE
Original samples from 8/2019: Ceylon Emerald, Lemon Kandy (though there was a big piece of what looked like pocket lint), Vanilla Earl, Colonial Mornings, Afternoon Ritual, Zen Mint, Ceylon Ivory, Majestic Chai
From 3/2020 order that were FINE: big pouch of Lemon Kandy, big pouch of Ceylon Emerald, Wild Monsoon, Southern Malt, Cinnamon Chai
I hate bringing anything to light that is negative about the great Teakruthi BUT I also don’t want my Steepster buds to be drinking living bugs.   They clearly have a production problem, at least with these four blends. BUT they do say they make really fresh batches, so the problem might already be solved by now?  I HOPE SO.   I’m also glad Teakruthi uses very thick quality, fully sealable pouches because if I had a bug infestation in all of my teas, I would be pissed. I know I’ve been lucky with the thousands of teas I’ve sampled, I think I only have found a tiny bird feather in one of them before. So yes, very lucky. At least I didn’t say this tea was the most delicious tea ever?  I guess I could taste the bugs. :/

Martin Bednář

That’s sad news indeed. Hopefully it is resolved today and they will terun you money spent or send you new pouches of teas!

tea-sipper

I just want them to make sure the problem is fixed so no one else has to experience this. I don’t think I’m that picky, like if I’m outside and a bug lands in my mug, I just remove the bug and keep drinking. Others might just dump the mug. But I’m not a fan of the bugs actually using tea as their home for months. I always wondered if bugs could live in sealed tea pouches. (shivers)

Leafhopper

I hope they get this resolved. I like Teakruthi as well, but bugs are a step too far.

Shae

Commenting here for those who may have ordered from Teakruthi more recently. You might not be in the clear. I went through the teas from my recent order and also found small bugs in my bag of Serendipity (Crafted on August 10, 2020). I had a bag of So Berry as well, but by the time I checked it I only had a cup’s worth left and I didn’t see any bugs. I don’t know for sure if there were bugs initially, but it was also dated August 10, 2020, so I have my suspicions with the hibiscus.

The following teas were bug-free (as far as I could tell) –
Divine Highlands – August 10, 2020
Majestic Chai – No date on the bag, but I placed my order on July 25, 2020.
Two Seasons – August 10, 2020
Lemon Kandy – July 13, 2020
Cinnamon Chai – July 6, 2020

I used a similar method as tea-sipper – pouring the full bag of tea onto a large piece of parchment paper, spreading the tea and shaking it a bit, then waiting a few minutes to make sure I didn’t see any movement.

Shae

Quick update – I forgot that I also bought a green tea from teakruthi, Shakti Veda, crafted on August 10, 2020. I was certain it would have the bugs too, but after staring at it for a good five minutes I saw no movement. This gives me hope that maybe I didn’t drink bugs in my bag of So Berry after all.

tea-sipper

egads, with a difference in five months between the order dates between Shae’s and my order of Serendipity, this is definitely an ongoing problem for them.

tea-sipper

(And I’m very sorry about the bugs, Shae)

Shae

If it weren’t for you telling us here, I probably wouldn’t even have seen them. So thank you!!

tea-sipper

This is part of the response I received from teakruthi after a few days: “We just went through all our stock of those teas and reached out to a few other customers, and so far no other hits have come back. Truly apologize you had the experience.”

I REALLY hope they overhaul production or storage or whatever part of the process these tea loving bugs are finding their way to teakruthi.

tea-sipper

This was my e-mail from teakruthi today: “Thanks for all your help and input. I am hoping we have this resolved now.”
I hope so too!

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57
drank Summer Isle by teakruthi
3127 tasting notes

This might be the first from Teakruthi that I did not enjoy.  I guess I blindly went for samples of their fruity black teas, hoping the fruit would be similar to their lovely Emerald Green.  So I was ignoring the fact that these fruity black teas had hibiscus.  And there is a lot of hibiscus here.  The first time I steeped it normally, and I was mainly tasting an earthy tart hibiscus.  I didn’t love it, but re-steeped the leaves anyway.  Much of the same flavor.  I don’t like it.  Then I thought to steep up fresh leaves but take out most of the hibiscus.  I tried, though there was still a lot of hibiscus.  I guess the flavor was mostly the same, just muted.  Very tart.  Somehow the hibiscus in the blend also looks close to the black tea.  I was expecting much more from this blend, as there are so many great fruits here: mango, pineapple, papaya, banana.  But it’s like all of those were missing and I was drowning in hibiscus.  Please remove the hibiscus from this, Teakruthi!  The other fruits can stand on their own. 
(Also I was thinking Mastress Alita would be the perfect person to send this to, but then remembered there is banana in it… or supposedly banana here anyway.  So I won’t try to send it.)

Flavors: Hibiscus

tea-sipper

If anyone has any teakruthi teas in their cupboard, please read my new tasting note I just posted about this one.

Mastress Alita

Banana is a firm no for me, ’tis true. But I think the bugs would be an even firmer no. :-) But I appreciate the thought, I do love rescuing unloved hibi teas!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m very glad I didn’t just hurry up and mail this to you. lordy. So now I’m very glad I realized there was banana in it.

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drank Zen Mint by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

Another great sample from teakruthi, though i have been “off” of mint lately. This is a mint black i can get behind though if i ever need one in my cupboard. Thanks VariaTEA

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90
drank Southern Malt by teakruthi
3127 tasting notes

Another sample I bought from Teakruthi!  I’m very glad they have sample sizes.  This also had the fragrance of basil in the leaf — same as Wild Monsoon that I had the other day.  So I wanted to visually compare the leaves of the two.  They both look similar, but the Wild Monsoon has a bigger/longer leaf.  Of course, they are both Ceylon, as all of Teakruthi’s teas are Ceylon.  Do not let that fact sway you from trying their teas.  I would say in the past, I was least interested in Ceylon tea as a type, but most of Teakruthi’s teas that I’ve tried have been unique and very delicious. The first cup here was so so much basil!  It’s amazing there isn’t any actual basil here.  It was like smooth tomato soup with basil.  The brew was a bright orange.  I’d say there was a lot more basil here and none of the caramelized strawberry flavor that Wild Monsoon has.  This time I tried to overcorrect with the astringent second steep of Wild Monsoon and went for a much cooler brewed second steep and the flavor wasn’t anything tasty at all, even losing most of the basil, so I definitely should have went for a hotter steep with this one.  I’m in love with the savory basil flavor of the first cup though. Excellent first steep, bland second. But I will try again soon to retry.
Steep #1  // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 27 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 16 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

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92
drank Wild Monsoon by teakruthi
3127 tasting notes

I was drinking this one a couple days ago in the hopes we get a monsoon in this drought.  Only a bit of rain for a while!  The scent of the dry leaves is VERY unique — first, a hint of mint, then something like very dry drought hay, then spices like you might find in a pizza… basil!  The dry leaves are huge and dusty looking.  The aroma of the steeped basket of leaves is very much like tomato soup.  Taking the first sips, it is almost like the flavor of Premium Taiwanese Assam, like sweet caramelized strawberries (now that I think of it, the leaves have a similar appearance as well).  BUT then mysteriously, the tea completely changes and it tastes very much like basil.  I would have guessed there was actual basil, but there is nothing in this medium bodied plain black tea.  This is like the everlasting gobstopper of teas, but with the dessert first.  Sadly, I probably overdid it on the second steep and it tasted more like a traditional astringent black tea.  Boiling is not the way to go with this one.  I wouldn’t steep the second steep like that again, but I REALLY enjoyed that first steep.
Steep #1  // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 50 English Tea Store – Lime Gelato ( Love hitting 50 sipdowns almost in the middle of the year, when my goal is 100 for the year!)

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82
drank Southern Malt by teakruthi
658 tasting notes

I have been in a tea-drinking rut for months now (the same things over and over, didn’t really seem worth posting about) but I finally made a little effort and ordered in some new loose leaf. I thought this tea shipped out of Canada, but it actually arrived straight from the source, Sri Lanka.

I’ve been enjoying this one a lot. It’s slightly on the light side, but still has a rich malty flavor. I couldn’t really pick up the raisin notes that others have commented on, but I just started the bag and it often takes me a few attempts to taste all the aspects of a tea.

Also, shameless plug: I got a tea tray printed up with one of my digital paintings and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I’m always dubious about ordering things from the printers but they did a great job. https://www.instagram.com/p/CB6RTMeharK/

Shae

Your tea tray is so beautiful! I love the colors.

Tamarindel

Thank you, @Shae & @mrmopar! I’m pretty psyched about it :)

gmathis

That is a beautifully calming photo!

Nattie

Welcome back!

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60
drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

another sample from variaTEA. I’ve been over peach for a bit now but will try anything. Funny thing is that this smells incredibly strong but brewed up very subdued. I didn’t get a lot of ginger – more like a slightly peach ceylon tea.

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drank Zen Mint by teakruthi
739 tasting notes

Finally trying the last of my Teakruthi samples. I would have expected a stronger mint smell. I can only taste the tiniest hint of mint. The black tea is high quality and tasty, though. So it’s a fine tea, but not at all what you would think.

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81
drank Ceylon's Peach by teakruthi
3127 tasting notes

A sample I bought a couple months ago – what a perfect day to try it now that the weather is warming up.  I wanted a peach/apricot tea!  The aroma of the blend is AUTHENTIC peach and apricot which is always a great thing. I went with two teaspoons for a mug because there is so much fruit in this blend!  Dried pieces of apple and apricot.  And flower petals!  The black tea is long leafed. The color of the brew never gets as dark as the photo, which is odd if I’m using two teaspoons.  Though the water was quite cooled on the first steep, more than would be usual for me. (But maybe the photo is more from the hibiscus? And possibly my serving/blend didn’t have that much?)  My cup was only slightly changed from the hibiscus, maybe only adding a slight tartness.   The second cup is more earthy, reminding me almost of a peach pit.  Then there is also a flavor here that reminds me of stevia though I KNOW teakruthi doesn’t add stevia to their tea… that is probably the licorice root that is imparting these flavors.  I wouldn’t mind the blend without it – just fruit and black tea would be fine with me!   I think the aroma is much more enticing than the actual flavor, but I’m sure the parameters can use some adjusting to make the flavor better.
Steep #1  // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 25 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3-4 min
And I’ll tack on a song, Cat Power- Human Being: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlsc3sqMZQ

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74
drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
739 tasting notes

Thanks for the samples, Teakruthi! Sorry it took so long to get around to this one! I don’t find the peach here to be as delicious as in some peach black teas. I want more juicy peach, but this one is a little drying. The ginger is also fairly mild, really just a light burn in the back of the mouth. The black tea is light as well, with a tiny bit of maltiness. It definitely wasn’t bad, but I wish it had stronger flavors.

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96
drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
1070 tasting notes

From the Samurai TTB.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews for teakruthi teas here on Steepster. This is the first one I’ve tried from this company, and I have to say that it’s the best tea I’ve had from the box so far. I love it! And if I hadn’t finished the bag to make this cup, I would have pulled it to keep in my own stash. It’s full-bodied, takes milk really well, and stays true to its flavors. I can taste both the sweet peach and the ginger, but the ginger doesn’t overwhelm. It’s not too spicy, it complements the peach. I can see this making a really good iced tea as well, but I’m loving it hot. I could go on and on about how delicious this is. tea-sipper, I think you might have forced my hand – it looks like I’ll be making a teakruthi order before too long. :)

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

Teakruthi’s teas are great – I doubt you will be disappointed. This one was too much ginger for me, so I’m glad I sent it along for it to be enjoyed better by someone else. :D

Shae

I saw some others say that about the ginger too. Maybe my cup didn’t have any ginger pieces or something? I don’t know, but it was GOOD.

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drank Ceylon Oolong by teakruthi
739 tasting notes

Small sample saved from the tea box. I sat down to answer some emails as it was steeping and totally oversteeped it. Man, I really abuse my teas. It tastes pretty green with a bit of bitterness that is likely my fault, but not too much bitterness, thankfully. I definitely don’t like it as much as I’ve enjoyed some of Teakruthi’s other teas. It’s just not as fresh and clear as it could be.

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70
drank Afternoon Ritual by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

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70
drank Afternoon Ritual by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

admittedly i don’t remember much about this one because it’s been a loooong day already. I know that i enjoyed it so i’m glad i have a bit more to try out from variaTEA to get in a proper review haha

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77
drank Rainforest Indulgence by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

sipdown :) thanks for this one variaTEA. nice to try a new company!

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77
drank Rainforest Indulgence by teakruthi
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77
drank Rainforest Indulgence by teakruthi
11134 tasting notes

a new straigh tea! woot! Pulled this one out to try this morning but glad i went with my gut on the brewing parameters. I find i rarely want a CTC to be brewed for longer than 2-2.5 mins. Especially since i don’t add anything to my teas. If i was adding honey/milk/sugar or something like that, i’d brew it stronger. This was a pleasant cup for sure. because its a CTC i don’t feel the need to pick up more of it, but if i needed to flesh out an order with this company i could add this one. It does have me curious about their other offerings, so glad there’s a few other teas in the sample bag from variaTEA

tea-sipper

From what I’ve tried, teakruthi has great teas.

Sil

cool! that makes me happy

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74
drank Rainforest Indulgence by teakruthi
5203 tasting notes

Thank you teakruthi for the sample. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a CTC type tea since I haven’t had a lot of experience with it and the experiences I have had weren’t great. However, this is quite nice. It’s strong and a touch astringent. As I drink, petrichor comes to mind, as well as the idea of wet and dark woods. It’s also a bit malty which provides a nice counterbalance to the other flavours.

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70
drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
5203 tasting notes

Sipdown (256)

Thank you teakruthi for the sample!

Malt and lemon and a metallic twang at the end. This was alright but not a favourite. The lemon never quite worked for me and was always a little more pledge than citrus fruit.

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70
drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
5203 tasting notes

This was a nice black tea but I didn’t get much lemon. I will try it again to see if I can coax out that flavor. Nevertheless, thank you teakruthi for the sample.

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