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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
18 tasting notes

This is unlike any chai that I have ever tasted. In fact, it spurred me to look up the definition of chai. Then I found out that “chai” is the Hindi word for “tea” and that “masala chai” refers to what we Westerners redundantly often refer to as “chai tea” (“tea tea”)—black tea with a mix of spices, usually starring cardamom and cinnamon.

There’s not a trace of cardamom in this one and the turmeric is the key player. I find it pretty darn delicious. It’s really making me want Indian food, though. Like I want to be drinking this with a big old plate of palak paneer.

I think this is only the second pu-erh tea I’ve ever tried and it’s both been in blends, so I’m not totally sure what the pu-erh tastes like in this mix, but overall I find it really nice. It’s a bold black tea that makes a good substitute for a black cup of coffee in the morning.

Flavors: Earth, Fennel, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a really nice breakfast blend, which is very good news. I have an absolute ton of it!

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Wait….. what do you mean I’ve reached my sipdown goal? Whhhhhhat?
Er, well, go me? To celebrate I shall have one of the teas that I have not yet tried.
So far so good! Its a nicely balanced breakfast bread, a good companion to toast, and generally pleasant.
I’m glad I feel that way, as I have an absolute ton of this.

Evol Ving Ness

Yay you! Well done.

My sip down approach is currently working on my focus pile—which is gargantuan—but also occasionally treating myself with a relatively new tea: shopping in my stash as it were to keep things interesting.

Evol Ving Ness

I notice that you have far more discipline. Admirable.

Rosehips

Thats a really good plan! I’m going to start planning a small, celebratory order of teas I’m interested in trying, as a reward.

Sil

Amazing! Congratulations!

Evol Ving Ness

I need a bit of room for spontaneity. Otherwise, I get bored and the fun of it all dissipates.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

And a sipdown!
This is, I think, a perfectly nice blend, but its not the blend for me.
Still, it was really nice to try!

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

So, I think this is a good blend. The base and the chocolate notes are actually really well blended, and I can tell that the general flavors are well balanced.
But I must say that I am not a big fan of either Pu-ehr or of chocolate teas, so this blend is never going to be a favorite.
But its doing very well as a work tea, where its getting sipped down quickly.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

New tin on the work desk is this fella!
I picked it up in my Black Friday Frenzy, and I perhaps should have read the description a little more carefully. A puher, and a chocolate tea? Neither are really my thing, but hey, I’ll give it a shot.
It needs a light steep, or else the whole thing gets too earthy for my taste, and it smells more strongly of chocolate than it tastes…
Hmmm.

Evol Ving Ness

Another candidate for the cacao nibs.

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drank 3 P.M. Flat Belly by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

I immediately distrust anything that promises a “flat belly”, or tries to act as an appetite suppressor. Not good things, generally speaking.
But I got a sample of this with a Tea Spot order a while ago, and its leaf smelled alright, so I figured what the heck.
What the heck is right .This blend was a very weird, tart, unpleasant thing, but now its gone from my cupboard, so thats all good.
Eeesh.

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85

A pretty tea to look at and to taste. I can taste the jasmine and rose. I steeped it too hot forgetting that it was a white tea, but after reading the reviews I was glad I did use hotter water than suggested. The taste is not overwhelming but is prevalent. I thoroughly enjoyed this tea, so glad to have a second steep of this coming.

Flavors: Jasmine, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60

This was okay, but I’m not the right audience for rose teas or white teas. I found I liked this better as it cooled down, there were sweeter notes in the tea leaves that came forward and make the florals feel more like dessert toppings rather than perfume or soap. A small thing, but I liked that the samples I received were loose leaf tea in little single-serve packets. Cute and travel friendly.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Rose

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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In general, I prefer my tea unadorned, but like all chai’s, I don’t care much for it unless I add a little maple syrup and some form of creamer/milk (in my case, coconut milk. It’s not pretty, but it tastes good). With these additions, this tea is mighty tasty, and definitely has an authentic pumpkin taste & enough spice to make it a chai. Some Chai’s have one overpowering spice or another, but this is a nicely balanced cup, maybe just a little heavy on the cinnamon, but I like that.

I don’t drink chai often, because I have a reaction to some of the spices: my cheeks turn red & blotchy, and my face gets a burning sensation, and if I drink too much it irritates my guts… Sadly, I have the same problem with curry, which is a real bummer, because I love a good curry! I feel that reaction coming on, So this is going into the box for Sil, and there is plenty to share with the Canadian Crew! Enjoy!

Sil

Woot!

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This was undrinkable for me. I usually don’t like pumpkin spice anyway so maybe that was it but had to throw it down the sink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Bolder Breakfast was one of the first teas I tried in an effort to wean myself from coffee. This is a nice robust cup that stands up to a little sweetener and milk but is not bitter or astringent at all. The black and pu-erh teas compliment the chocolate and vanillaesque mallow petals but still retain their “teaishness”. The tea is quite nice black but a little sweetener and milk make it taste like a woodsy Yohoo drink. This is a yummy cup that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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This is a tea I’ve had laying around a long time. Don’t know when I got it. Might as well try it. The leaves in the bag don’t smell like anything special, just normal black tea. Brewing this in my gaiwan as usual.

1st Steep: I notice some flowers and mountain air in the flavor.

2nd Steep: A lot of astringency appears. Mountain air gets more intense. Lots of dry mouth left behind

Nothing changed beyond this. Not awful but can’t recommend. Lots of better options out there.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Floral, Grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by The Tea Spot
1119 tasting notes

Tasty! A nice heaping amount of ginger and cinnamon in this bad boy, and surprisingly sweet on its own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

My final cup of this, and I have managed to over steep it.
Ugh.
Its a perfectly respectable spice blend, with a touch of orange to it, but I’ve found it a little too heavy to bring it back into cupboard rotation. And its decidedly a one season tea, and that tea is winter. It would feel wrong to drink it in the warm weather.
So, a sipdown! Wahoo!

Sil

awe…

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

Rain! Yaaay!
I have no idea how many more rainy mornings we have on the horizon, so its time for some spicy tea.
In my sipdown mania I am looking forward to having this particular blend done. Its nice, but it doesn’t move me, and I’d like to spend more time with the teas that move me.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

Gack, I over steeped this today and it turned out bitter. Gack!

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

I am not sure how it is only Tuesday. I mean, the week has been packed, work-wise, and I feel like I could use another long weekend.
Sigh.
In the mean time, tea!
This blend is an inoffensive thing- I don’t dislike it, but it never properly pulls me out of my stupor to make me pay attention to it.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

I’m coming to the conclusion that this tea is not entirely balanced. Its just a bit too heavy, all together.
The orange should lighten the spice, but somehow it makes it more dense, adds another layer of heaviness to this blend.
Its not unenjoyable, but it lacks balance.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like it needs cacao nibs.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

This morning was not the soothing thrum of rain, but rather the howl of wind. Ugh. Much less poetic.
I had this as my breakfast tea, and I am still a bit torn. I think its generally pretty good, but not inspired. It wont move to a permanent spot in the cupboard, but its a nice spice and orange tea.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

This is a very rich cup of tea. The spices, the orange, they fill up every sip.
The trouble is I’m still not sure about the balance of the flavors. Maybe? The orange and spice play well together some sips, but sometimes the spice bullies the orange into the background, where it fares less well.
Hmmmm. Many more cups of this to come, and to wonder over.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
2563 tasting notes

I tried my first cup of this today. Its an interesting blend, with lapsang, spices, and a touch of orange.
I like all of these things individually, but I’m not entirely convinced that they are blending as well as I hoped they would.
Fortunatly I’ve got tons of this, and can play around with it.

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I probably overleafed this cup, but it was that or have two slightly underleafed cups, and I live boldly. What can I say.
This is a sipdown! I don’t really like chocolate teas, but the addition of the cherry keeps it from being too cloying.
Still, this tea falls squarely into the camp of “I liked trying it, but I’m not going to buy it again.”
Sipdown!

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