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drank Coffee by TeaMaze
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Gmathis noticed me raving about one of my favorites — the many variations on coffee puerh, so she sent over a sample of this one!  Thanks very much (and also for the super cute card! Books!  Tea!)   This might be the first tea I am trying from TeaMaze?   I could tell even before tipping the kettle over, the scent of the dry leaf could not be better.  This blend should have been called “The Best Coffee”.  At least to this coffee novice!  Then again, this is being marketed to tea people and not coffee people!  The flavor couldn’t be better here, the best parts of coffee — it’s coffee, but sweet, mocha, and a hint of cocoa.  Three steeps with great flavor. The twenty minute third steep was almost the same as the second steep.   However, the base is a little too weak for me, no matter which steep it is.  As a combination of puerh and black tea, I love the concept, but the result of the brew is so light in the mug. (The description says “robust” tea and I disagree.) But where I rate this tea so highly, is the perfect flavor that lingers through all three steeps:  IT’S COFFEE.  Delicious coffee to someone who avoids actual coffee. So I will allow the base here to take a backseat as the carrier of this perfect flavor I’m craving all the time (while not actually craving coffee).  Yum.
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  15 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 20 min

gmathis

I’m not sure I ever let mine go as long as 20 minutes. Largely because the scent is so alluring I don’t have the patience to wait that long. It’s nice with a little dairy, too.

tea-sipper

It IS very alluring! The trick is…. leaving the room while it is steeping! :D Thanks again, gmathis.

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drank White Christmas by TeaMaze
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I have sorely missed Celestial Seasonings Sweet Apple Chamomile since it got pulled, but we may have landed on a lovely substitute here! The chief difference is less sweetening, which is actually a plus for me. Just chamomile and apple bits with a little spice. The downside, if you call it that, is the recommended 20 minute steep time—my attention span is far too short for that. However, with a paper filter, you can just sip bag-in with nice, gentle, fruity results.

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drank Maple Walnut by TeaMaze
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This is getting pretty old and really needs to be sent on its way (boy, I hope nobody says that about me in a few years). But it still has a little life left: mild sencha with sugar sweetening that isn’t obnoxiously cloying. Not sure I’m getting maple—the walnut takes the lead, for sure.

derk

haha – if anybody ever says that to you, let me know immediately. I’m known to travel across country at the drop of a hat to stand up for loved ones.

Tiffany :)

Thanks for the reminder! Hmm, I think I have a few teas along this same flavor profile, David’s Tea Toasted Walnut and Churchill Teas (Cincy Ohio company) forget the name but probably like a 8 or 16 oz bag, something huge come to mind that I should dig out and get sipping :)

tea-sipper

oh, nobody couldshouldwould say that about you, gmathis! :D

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drank Dong Ding by TeaMaze
452 tasting notes

From Gmathis, thanks!
This is savory and salty and charcoal all rounded into one. The lingering aftertaste is nutty hay like hojicha. What is not to like here. Why don’t I drink more oolongs?

Flavors: Charcoal, Hay, Nutty, Salty, Savory

gmathis

I forgot I sent you some of that! Glad you like it!

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drank Dong Ding by TeaMaze
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I’m almost hesitant to add yet another semi-anonymous Dong Ding to the lineup here, but it is definitely noteworthy—hands down, my husband’s favorite oolong. And, unfortunately, no longer in the TeaMaze lineup, so we are using it judiciously.

But the afternoon atmosphere was perfect for it: it’s the damp, just-above-freezing cold that soaks into your bones and makes you want to light candles and change into your jammies and watch the cats snooze while you sip earthenware cups of quality oolong. (Which we did, as well as watching the first installment of the old Shogun miniseries from the 70’s.)

What’s notable, as far as my sweetie is concerned, about this Dong Ding is its roastiness. It hits the savory/umami zones, with almost no floral hints whatsoever. You can almost feel the warmth from the charcoal.

ashmanra

I have heard good reports of Shogun but never saw it. We did watch the first episode of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency today! Have you seen it?

gmathis

My mom and I watched Shogun together when miniseries were a big deal. She had a thing for Richard Chamberlain. And I for John Rhys-Davies.

Haven’t seen any of the No. 1’s … I had a feeling they might be terrible. Your review?

ashmanra Precious was very good, Grace Makutsi played her role to perfection. Ashman was told he didn’t have to watch it when I figured out that the pilot was two hours but he said the characters were likable and engaging and he wanted to watch it. We saw it on YouTube.

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drank Black Cherry by TeaMaze
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Green tea doesn’t usually cold steep well for me, but since this is a green and white blend, I figured there was a 50-50 chance that it wouldn’t get bitter in the fridge. Lucky day: the base just feels fresh and clean, with a nice, sweet cherry (syrup) vibe. A good summery cooler on a hot afternoon and I’m sure it will make my tired feet feel better, too. (Picked the wrong sandals to play with my fifth graders.)

ashmanra

My mother always said, “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.”

gmathis

One 10-pound bag of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt is on the shopping list before VBS in a couple of weeks!

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drank Black Cherry by TeaMaze
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When I originally reviewed it, Black Cherry wasn’t on TeaMaze’s online lineup, but it’s back in time for spring and summer. Just a sweet, fluffy green/white blend with a pleasant syrupy vibe—not artificial cough syrup or candy cherry; more like the goopy non-cherry part of your cherry pie filling. A little more special than my usual evening rocking chair fare, but it’s been a crazy workweek, the end of which is worth celebrating a little.

ashmanra

Some super grape-y Lupicia Jingle Bells is on its way to you! Maybe it can be a treat next weekend!

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drank Black Cherry by TeaMaze
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I guess “dopamine dressing” is a relatively new and trendy term. I’ve been doing it for years, particularly during the winter months, which is why I have a collection of obnoxiously brightly colored sweaters and scarves that I trot out to fight the glums.

This is a perfect, perky, cheerful little blend for dopamine sipping. It’s already disappeared from, or never made, the TeaMaze website—we picked this up in the storefront before Christmas. (I’ll update the description when I’m not too lazy to go capture what’s on the label.)

The packet is full of loose, fluffy green and white leaves, with (I think) a little calendula and fruit bits. One of you mentioned a tea the other day that reminded you more of maraschino cherries than cherry cough syrup. That’s a good analogy, and the quality of the base cuts a little of the sweetness as well.

Drinking it from a favorite hobnail mug (I love to run my hand over the warm bumps) with Minnie (imagine a furry, heated concrete block) warming my feet. Not a bad way to end a very long day.

Mastress Alita

I’ve never heard the term “dopamine dressing” but I like it! I do refer to my cat as my “oxytocin dealer.”

gmathis

It’s a toss-up whether the three furries at my house alleviate stress or exacerbate it :)

Courtney

Agreed gmathis!

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drank Orange Grapefruit by TeaMaze
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A real sipdown. I dumped all of the remaining packet into the cup, which means about 20% more than recommended, and got the best steep of the whole sample. A nice juicy citrus vibe without being too tart; beautiful ruby red color in the cup.

I see that it’s no longer on the Teamaze website. Seems to me that teas that take tons of leaf to get noticed just don’t sell well, especially when they’re pricey to begin with.

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drank Orange Grapefruit by TeaMaze
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I’m about three cups into my sample pack of this herbal concoction, and although I have concluded more leaf, more time, and more cowbell helps boost the flavor, it still seems a little thin to me. The carrot is a nice touch and makes me feel exceedingly healthy. Tonight’s cup was accompanied by a slice of candied ginger, and it paired so nicely, next time, the ginger may just go into the cup from the get-go.

LuckyMe

Ohh, candied ginger is great add-in. I’ll have to try that with some of my fruity herbals.

gmathis

I’ve had the ginger jar for an embarrassingly long time, and aside from being a little sticky, it was still perfectly acceptable.

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drank Orange Grapefruit by TeaMaze
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Been a bit of a drudgey week, and as citrus is supposed to be a mood-boosting superstar, I broke open my packet of this fruity little treat to evoke a little celebration for making it until quittin’ time Friday.

Dry, the fresh orange scent is nothing but natural. I steeped the first cuppa at four minutes, maybe a bit warmer than the recommended 175 degrees. While it was still hot, I was a little bit underwhelmed—-flavor didn’t catch up to the scent. However, as it cooled, I picked up the “freshly squeezed juice vibe” as advertised.

I think this will be a nice nightcap after a little twiddling with the parameters.

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drank Orange Cinnamon Chai by TeaMaze
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I don’t choose chai unless it’s freezing. It is. A balmy 32 F outside today thanks to a two-day freezer express from the Great North. (Thanks, Canada friends—it feels great! Now, at least. I will ask you to take it back in January.)

This chai variety smells like a pack of Big Red or Beeman’s Clove chewing gum in the pouch. Straight up at a five minute steep (my little drawstring filter bags are kind of thick, so they take more time than the seller’s recommendation), it leads with cinnamon and clove, but you don’t have to strain too hard to catch some orange essence.

Reminds me of an upscale version of Constant Comment, with the added benefit of not getting bitter when it cools—sometimes CC wants you to comment very quickly. A nicely done departure from the chai-dentical stuff that comes out this time of year.

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drank French Macaron by TeaMaze
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drank Apple Walnut Cream by TeaMaze
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Lifting some text from the label: A long steep is worth the wait for this classy and unique dessert tea! Tart apples, rich walnuts, and sweet marshmallows combine to create a flavor reminiscent of apple cake. Guess how long the recommended steep is: 25 minutes! I thought it might be a misprint, but after checking out the packet contents, which look exactly like the photo, I decided to give it a long bath while I was taking one myself.

It performed exactly as advertised: tart, juicy apple tempered by marshmallow and nuts. We’re still doing the summer-autumn temperature teeter-totter and today tilted toward summer, so a slightly cooler evening cuppa didn’t hurt.

This is going to be a lovely autumn evening beverage, but only for those rare ones when you’re not in a hurry.

Michelle

Do you think it would still be good if the marshmallows were picked out? It sounds delicious but I’m not big on marshmallows.

gmathis

Yes, I think it’d still be tasty—apple nut compote with less sweetening.

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drank Golden Orange by TeaMaze
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I’ve been enjoying this one sporadically as a welcome departure from conventional herbal nightcaps. Not much new to say about it, other than it’s a lovely, fragrant, creamy rooibos/orange blend that doesn’t taste medicinal at all—I forget more often than not to let it steep, but it does well with an insanely long steep (8-10 minutes if you can stand the wait.)

The last time we were in the TeaMaze shop, the lady in line ahead of me was buying a large tin of Golden Orange and said it her favorite of the TeaMaze lineup. It’s a good one from this little purveyor of nicely flavored tea.

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drank Golden Orange by TeaMaze
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Forgot I had stashed away a few little TeaMaze treats to tide me over until the next run. I should have been drinking this all summer. It’s a very sweet orange-roo combination that the packet (not the website) says is reminiscent of candy. It is. Remember Creme Savers?

There’s also a discrepancy between the prescribed steep times on the website (3-5 minutes) and my physical packet (8-10). I went 8:30 and it is indeed a cup of creamy goodness that leaves sweetness in your mouth after you swallow.

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drank Chocolate Orange by TeaMaze
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drank Coffee by TeaMaze
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Thanks to gmathis again for the sweet little package! Wow, this flavor gave me such a blast of nostalgia. When we were kids, on long car trips, we’d sometimes stop at gas stations and mix together all the various cappuccino and hot chocolate flavors they had to create delicious concoctions. This tea is that flavor! I haven’t really had any coffee in the intervening decades, but I remember that flavor well. I taste coffee and cream and maybe some chocolate? This is great. I’d totally drink this again.

gmathis

Yay! I’m glad you liked that one! Yes, I think there are some cocoa nibs in the blend. I could bury my nose in the cup and leave it there all day.

AJRimmer

My sister loves coffee teas, so I may have to pick up a package of this for her birthday!

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drank Dublin Cream by TeaMaze
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Thanks to gmathis for the sweetest little surprise tea package! I’ve never tried TeaMaze before, so this was really fun! The main flavors I taste are black tea and coconut. I shared this sample with my dad, and he enjoyed the coconut flavor and said he tasted a bit of berry as well. I mostly just taste coconut, and it’s not the #1 freshest coconut, but coconut just isn’t my favorite. Thank you, gmathis!

gmathis

I like it because of the berry, but try as I might, I’ve never gotten any rum out of it, despite the official purveyor’s description.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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Happy fall! It arrived bang on time here with a cold front and welcome gray skies with some much-needed moisture, even if it was barely a drizzle.

I think excitement over the relief from a relentlessly hot summer made the last of this bag taste better—rooibos laced with orange, ginger, and a little vanilla, steeped far longer than recommended—close to 10 minutes instead of four. When it was new last winter, I couldn’t coax any pastry aspect out of it at all, and I couldn’t this time, either, but it was still gently sweet and spicy on a cool evening.

LuckyMe

I’m always a little sad when summer ends but being able to drink hot tea again is what cheers me up

gmathis

For a two-month stretch in September and October, I crave rain and fog. That will end promptly after Christmas.

ashmanra

Yes, the day after Christmas I want to leap straight to spring and the azaleas blooming.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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I still haven’t tried this with milk to see if it starts tasting like pastry (or if I did, it didn’t register), but yesterday’s snowy-day cup with a couple dried orange slices was a juicy and gently spicy treat.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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Normally, by the first week in January I am absolutely done with chai, mint, and spiced concoctions and crave just plain strong black tea—but after four days of clogged nasal plumbing, I can’t seem to get enough. I killed off multiple bags of Twinings Gingerbread Joy at work, and have settled down for a nighty-night with this loose leaf blend from TeaMaze.

As I mentioned in a previous review, I’m still not getting a lot of ginger bread vibes, but I’ve discovered that with the leaves in a DIY paper teabag, the longer you leave it, it starts tasting like a cookie with a little ginger in it. The citrus hasn’t gone bitter, and there’s enough spice to open the sinuses and burn out the throat gunk. Without the Christmas-y label on the packet and more accurately renamed Ginger Citrus Rooibos, I think this would still sell well.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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Well, friends, it’s winter. Clammy gray sky, temperature 30 degrees with 20 to go before we bottom out tonight, we are de-treed, de-decorated, and de-flated at the prospect of returning to work Monday.

A little spice sounded just like what the afternoon needs. TeaMaze’s take on gingerbread fits the spice category, but I’m not sure it conveys “baked goods” very strongly. The ingredient list on the website says that there’s lemon peel, but what’s in my packet looks like orange. So instead of gingerbread with a little lemon zest, we’ve got a pleasantly juicy citrus-and-spice melange to take the chill off.

I’m thinking the results might be a little different with milk and sweetener, but now that I just got warm, I’m reluctant to throw off the blanket to make another cup. Can you take care of that for me?

Cameron B.

The only gingerbread tea I’ve been happy with is Gingerbread Festival from Harney. Only available in a tin of sachets unfortunately… eyeroll

ashmanra

We are also de-treed and de-decorated. 75F and balmy at 7:30 pm with a chance of snow Monday. Really? Really…And schools just announced a return to virtual starting Monday.

Martin Bednář

I am bringing home gingerbread from Poland gingerbread museum in Torun. With black Ceylon base and honestly I am very curious.
Hopefully good as yours, even with orange :)

Martin Bednář

*gingerbread tea, of course :)

derk

I’d help you with that, gmathis, as long as you don’t mind me making a cup for myself as well :)

gmathis

Come on over! Of course, you’ll have to put up with my binge-watching subtitled episodes of “Emma: A Victorian Romance” … first season ended with a cliffhanger, confound it, and I’ve got to get some resolution before I get back to work tomorrow!

Mastress Alita

Emma is excellent. :-)

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drank Chocolate Orange by TeaMaze
452 tasting notes

Gmathis sent a tea mail with this tea, thanks! It’s definitely chocolate orange, but a bit weak. The base is very smooth black tea with no astringency, so it’s quite an enjoyable cup. The aftertaste is not chalky or artificial, just a light lingering chocolate orange candy taste. A nice cup for holiday season.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

gmathis

I wish somebody would invent a candle that smells like this one!

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