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95

So its mid day I have been up since 6 am done a 40 min cardio, taken the kids to school and currently at work and have already put in 13,000 steps and needed a pick me up. I quickly remember that I took my Shagadelic English Breakfast sample to work today and after all it does say to boost your mojo which is exactly what I needed.

I let this brew for 3 mins as I was anxious for my first sip and boy I was not disappointed. This is a gorgeous blend incredibly smooth taste with a hint of honey and malt with a subtle aftertaste. Oh yeah this is a great cup!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

Oh my I am enjoying this tea this morning. I woke up 6:00 a.m and got my cardio in and am at work enjoying my second big mug full of this tea. The smell has a wonderful vanilla and citrus smell but not over powering or anything the two flavors actually work together. I brewed this up with just one teaspoon of splenda and it was utter perfection. I have been quite pleased with the black and green teas from the tea spot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

I don’t think I like pumpkin chai at all, I have tried Davids Tea pumpkin chai and wasn’t impressed and I tried this one last night and it actually makes me feel sick. Don’t get me wrong I love chai and I love pumpkin but put this together and something wrong happens, I get sickly rotten pumpkin smell. Sorry really didn’t enjoy this one at all!

Flavors: Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Boulder Blues by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

This has to be one of my most favorite flavored green teas, I can totally see why this is their top selling green tea. I have tried other Strawberry Rhubarb teas in the past and found that the combination never really quite worked however this combo is perfect. The strawberry and rhubarb flavors are sweet and intensify the flavor of the sencha and dragonwell.

I will definitely be keeping this in-stock, so good.

Flavors: Rhubarb, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Keemun by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

Birthday Cup number 2 and I do believe that I have properly brewed this tea as I got a wonderfully clear gorgeous red color in my cup, and was so happy to have a light floral, slightly smoky sweet smell. The flavor of this brewed Keemun is so delicious and mellow, I can not wait to re-steep this again.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Fruity

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

Today is my birthday and because its my birthday I plan to brew a bunch of teas to celebrate. I am a big fan of Gunpowder Green Tea and that goes for this one as well. You can always count on a gunpowder to brew to perfection, the golden yellow is beautiful to look at and the flavor is clean green tea with a hint of a smokiness.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Dragonwell by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

Everything is so new and exciting when you are new to tea and as such today was the first time I sipped a cuppa of Dragonwell. First the aroma brought back such wonderful memories of roasting chestnuts in the fire place that smoky, nutty flavor is also in the taste of the tea as well. This is a wonderful dragonwell and can not wait to compare it to others.

Flavors: Chestnut, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

If everyone would just stop what they were doing and brew some Mango Tango, breathe in the aroma and take a sip, the world would be a better place.

Seriously the flavor of the mango and passion fruit is on point, pairing it ceylon was the right choice this tea is a new favorite of mine.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits

MrQuackers

Omg I have been looking for a tea like this.. What is the tea spot?

Seriously, I have cravings for mango or passionfruit or peach ceylon tea.

Cindy

It is seriously amazing. The Tea Spot is where I ordered my tea from http://theteaspot.com/

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76

This is one of the more unusual tea’s Ive tasted. Its a white tea, but the flavor profile is all green. I started by brewing this at about 185, I find most white tea’s can take a little bit more heat than greens can, so I like to brew them at 185 instead of 175. In this case that was a wise choice.

First infusion I got a clear bright yellow liquor that was absolutely delightful. Spinach, Asparagus and sweet vegetal aroma’s are the first thing I got from it. Then sipping a bit, the flavors matched the aroma quite well, there was almost no hint of bitterness or astringency at all.

The second infusion got slightly stronger as I took it from 15 seconds up to about 25, and the liquor slightly darker. This produced a very nice flavor as well. I got a bit more asparagus at this point.

After doing some pretty extensive googling , I found that this tea is also called Drum Mountain white or Gu Shan Bai Yun and is known for having a flavor profile somewhat similiar to dragonwell.

I recommend this tea to someone who wants their green a little milder or a white tea with a bit stronger vegetal notes.

Flavors: Asparagus, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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75
drank Assam by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

The aroma is sweet honey and malty tones. The liquor brews quite dark chestnut colour. I drank this in my 16oz tumbler and it provided me with the pick me up that I needed. As many of you know I am new to the world of teas and many times it will be the first time that I have ever tried said tea which was the case with this assam tea.

I must say that I quite enjoyed this malty brew and look forward to having many more cuppas of this tea.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
MrQuackers

Assam is a great tea that has more tannin thsn other teas. The tea bushes are drenched by storms near the sea at lower altitudes. This is what makes the tea so strong. It goes really well with milk products. So you can either put milk in it, or drink it while eating yoghurt or anything creamy. :)

Cindy

Thank you for this note I love learning all this new information about the different variety of tea. I drank it without milk and just one sugar and that was great, I’ll try it with some milk next time too.

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86
drank genmaicha by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

So excited to be the first to rate this tea on Steepster. So my husband has been drinking Genmaicha tea for years and I would every now and then smell and taste it and I couldn’t quite understand what he loved about this tea! I really couldn’t however, this was before I fell in love with Tea and boy do I really like this tea. Just like how I had to acquire the taste for wine the same goes for tea and this one is no exception.

Once you “find” this tea you will love it! The Tea Spot has done this Genmaicha tea to perfection. The roasted brown rice really gives this green tea its flavor source with an incredible hearty nuttiness.

Flavors: Earth, Nutty, Toasted Rice

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank genmaicha by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

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reviewed Urban Tea Tumbler by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

My husband bought this for me for my birthday and I couldn’t be happier with this tumbler. I love that it holds 16oz because I love my tea but I also love how slender it is and easy for me to hold as I am a petite woman. The design of the bottle is just beautiful with the glass and cork chic yet eco friendly all which are very important to me.

I have done both cold brew with this and hot brewing successfully. I love the way I am able to drink from it as well the glass is nice and rounded there so you have this smooth contact with your lips and you get no spillage.

My only con is that I do not like to over steep my leaves and when you need to remove the infuser which is at the bottom A. You need to be careful it’s hot! and B. Its a little messy. All stuff that I can live with though.

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drank Coconut Crush Chai by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

So I tried this one last night, it is a very mellow chai with sweet flavor and the coconut is very present in the tasting.

However, I do find that the rooibos is a little over powering in this tea. I think that I am learning that I am not a huge fan of rooibos. I got this one as part of a sample kit so I am happy to finish the rest but do not think I will be repurchasing this one.

Flavors: Coconut, Wet Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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95

First off I would like to say how impressed with The Tea Spot from the day that I placed my order to the day I received it was only 4 days, that is amazing!

Now on to the tea, its wonderful very soft and subtle buttery taste. I managed to finish my first cup far too fast and need another re-steep right away. This tea is heavenly!

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
MrQuackers

Sencha requires a special brewing method. :)

Cindy

I have learned about the process I did use good water I did NOT stir, shake or mix the tea while it was brewing. I thing this is why the tea cam out so well, it really was beautiful.

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75

I tried this hot, and was unmoved — but it’s pretty good cold.

It’s got the creamy vanilla flavor that tends to accompany rooibos, plus a little bit of citrus.

Does it taste like a smoothie? Nah. (That might be because I’m the bomb at making smoothies.)

Does it taste like a creamsicle? A little!

This is a very nice after-diner sweet-treat. It’s not life-altering, but it’s tasty.

Sipdown.

Fjellrev

Yeah, how can this thing compare to your bomb smoothies? No chance.

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72
drank Russian Caravan by The Tea Spot
107 tasting notes

First tasting of the day, Russian caravan by the tea spot. This one has been a bit of an adventure. First of all the tea is incredibly strong tasting even with very quick steeps, and is very smokey.

I started this by giving it an incredibly quick rinse, since it has pu and oolong and I want to open the leaves up a little. I usually dont wash blacks. The first infusion was about a 5 second flash steep, then using the pour time of the yixing to steep the leaves. I got a dark brown liquor that smelled of smoke, caramel, burnt sugar and wood. A very earthy strong tea.

This is where it gets interesting, the first infusion is heavily influenced by the lapsang souchong, because the pu and oolong havent fully opened up yet, but the black tea is in full party mode already.

The second infusion was probably the best as I got a good mix of all the flavors here, sweetness, earthiness, smoke, wood and a bit of cacao. Slightly darker brown as the oolong and puerh are starting to open up.

On the third infusion the blacks are starting to lose a little ground here and the oolong and puerh are just coming into their own here. The tea gets very dark at this point, as the ripe puerh basically explodes with color, anyone who has ever brewed a ripe knows what I mean. Earth, wood, cacao are really predominant at this point.

The fourth and later infusions started to slightly tone down, the black teas kinda half calling it quits, but the puerh and oolong still chugging along as is the way with both of those tea’s.

Im not 100% sure of this tea, its a powerful morning caffeine kick thats for sure, and the strong flavor will wake you up in a hurry. And the flavor changes more than most over steepings as the different tea’s infuse differently. But sometimes it feels like its slightly working against itself.

I do recommend it, but realize you are in for an unusual ride.

Flavors: Cacao, Caramel, Earth, Oak wood, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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78

First tasting for the day is Sencha green organic by the tea spot. I steeped this one for about 30 seconds with 5 grams of leaf in a 110 ml gaiwan. I dont have proper tools for true japanese tea brewing, so in the gaiwan it goes.

The first notes that hit me are butter, grass, asparagus, and a bit of astringency, but almost no bitterness at all. Which is really nice for a green tea. Its incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

The liquid is mostly clear with just a slight bit of cloudiness that you often see in Japanese style teas. I think this is from the way the tea is rolled in the process. This gives it a wonderful mouth feel and a nice bit of umami.

It seems to get the best brew at the second or third steeping, as the leaves need to open up a bit to really release the flavor. Though It seems to hold up even at 4 or 5.

Highly recomended, also check out jade green as it has a similiar taste profile.

Flavors: Asparagus, Astringent, Butter, Grass, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Gunpowder Green Tea by The Tea Spot
107 tasting notes

Ive had a rough time with this tea. This is a tricky one to brew, as you have to keep the steep times short to not let it get bitter. The first time I tried this tea, I got a very bitter brew, where the bitter and astringent flavors overpowered everything else. Then on advice from the seller I reduced both the brew time and leaf.

Much better results on the second brewing, instead of the primary flavor being bitter and astringent, I got smoke.. which is I believe the proper primary flavor for gunpowder green. There is of course a strong vegetal and grassy notes which is pretty common in green teas. There was a strong astringent quality to it as well, but more like what Ive seen in many other greens, and alot more pleasant.

The color was a deep golden and I was very impressed who rich and thick it looked for such a short brew with less leaf than the first one.

Being rather new to tea, im rather surprised how 15 seconds and a gram and half of tea can change the results so dramatically. Well I have enough left in the sample for 1 more tasting. I will update with the results in a few days, I want to give my pallet a bit of time to clear before another tasting.

One more thing, this thing has got a caffeine kick that will make coffee run home in shame.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Smoke, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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drank Japanese Orchid Green by The Tea Spot
107 tasting notes

Now this is a tasting from an inexperienced tea drinker which why the flavors are so… vague. I’m starting to get the general sensations but not the very specific.

So I got this last week and brewed it and was very impressed, its mild, soft and sweet, with only a very slight astringent taste and no bitterness. There is also a strong floral scent to it, as well as a vegetal taste, but I cant point to a specific flower or vegetable yet to be more specific.

Now I watched a few videoes from Mei leaf and Tea DB and both of them recommended a quick brew in a gaiwan, under a minute for Sencha, which this is actually rather similiar to. . This is what I did, about 4g of leaf for a small gaiwan. This gave one of the best tasting Japanese teas I’ve had yet.

Ill be tasting this again a few more times and trying to update the flavors and scents to be more specific, but I highly recommend trying it.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
1 tasting notes

Reminds me more of a Lady Grey tea than a traditional Earl Grey – definite citrus notes in the tea and the bergamot is not overly strong. One of my favorite “everyday teas,” and I’ve bought refills from their website a few times now. (And it comes with free samples and speedy shipping!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Candied Chestnut by The Tea Spot
2337 tasting notes

This is all finished now, and I must say that it was not memorable.
I do not particularly like either white tea or chestnuts, but this came free with some other teas I got, so I decided to give it a go.
And it was just entirely weak. I never even got a hint of chestnut in it, which is too bad, and the white tea base was very weak and bland.
Ah well, a sipdown now!

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drank Candied Chestnut by The Tea Spot
2337 tasting notes

Aaaaaand…….. its white tea. Just white tea. I don’t even smell chestnuts. What the heck, tea?
Ok, I’ve got more of this, so experimentation is required.

Nattie

Oh I hope this one works out! I love chestnut.

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
61 tasting notes

Not personally a fan of the aroma. Has a autumnal, whiskey ripeness a bit like shou. Very pleasant to look at, not very bitter or astringent. Did not want to finish however.

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