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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
62 tasting notes

I really enjoy thia tea. It’s a bit of a one trick pony, hardly any complexity. The taste is coccoa, pure and simple. This tea tastes like hot chocolate and it’s awesome. Really fun to share with non tea drinkers. Steeps out at 3 or 4 steeps. It’s really only good for a steep or two imo but it is lots of fun. I do enjoy it.

Flavors: Chocolate

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Sampled Spring 2017. The tea was pretty green, it was not especially fragrant. My issue with this tea was a very thin body that steeped out exceptionally quickly. There was very little depth in flavor. It did posses that souring tounge feel I’ve had with
Other tgy but really, it was a one trick pony. And that trick lasted about a steep or two. The tea was flavorless in four or five steeps.

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
62 tasting notes

I was drinking the 2016 or 2017. Tasted of hay. Warm and full. Low caffiene.

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Chai to Stay Dry! So this was a chai that had me very curious, so I had to include it on my last Tea Chai Te order. I told my best friend about it, as he is a huge houjicha fan, and he even decided to order some to try as well! He sampled his before I got to mine and said it was very good, so on this drizzly evening, I figured it was time to finally give it a try!

This is a houjicha blended with chai spices and dusted in matcha powder (the chai spices aren’t specified on the website, so I’ve done my best to identify what I could from my infuser after the matcha powder was washed away, but I may have missed some, either from my ignorance or not having all the ingredients in that particular serving).

This is definitely a unique chai! The houjicha base is a deep, woody, roasted flavor, but the matcha powder adds a grassiness that normally isn’t present in that sort of tea. The initial taste of spices I pick out are anise and licorice; it isn’t a strong, biting, sticky sweetness, but it adds enough sweetness that the matcha feels naturally sweet rather than having its typical vegetal bitterness. Toward the end of the sip, as the sweet licorice and matcha flavors fade, the robustness of the hojicha fills out and a burst of strong ginger and cardamom linger on the tongue, leaving behind just a slight bit of heat.

It’s an interesting juxtaposition between sweet and savory, and honestly, I’ve never had a chai like this before. I think anyone that likes houjicha and matcha should try it, for the unique experience if nothing else. This tea is fine plain, but I like it with just a dash of vanilla almond milk, just because I find a fuller, creamy mouthfeel suits it nicely. Even though the matcha powder on the tea leaves is only good for the first steep, it’s totally worth it to resteep the houjicha and spices and enjoy the tea sans matcha on a second steep to enjoy that flavor as well… it’s almost like getting two teas in one!

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Ginger, Grass, Licorice, Roasted, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Todd

Love this tea! I’ll have to review it next time I brew some.

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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
115 tasting notes

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drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
753 tasting notes

Odd how this one isn’t in my cupboard.. so I added it! Because it’s got a very nice marshmallow hot chocolate thing going on and I love it! I need to get S’mores of this!

Flavors: Chocolate, Marshmallow

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Here is a tea I picked up at the Portland Saturday Market in March of 2017 when I was on vacation in Portland with a friend. I had a blast that day; it’s like a farmer’s market on steroids! Nil Organic Tea was a tea vendor booth I found there, that makes their own tea blends using organic ingredients. This was one of the sampler teas they had at their booth, prepared iced, and I enjoyed the flavor and had made it my goal to learn to make iced tea that summer so I picked it up. Note I grabbed their herbal blend of this tea; something notable about this company is they offer herbal and tea versions of most of their blends!

My most hated tea I’ve tried to date has been Traditional Medicinals bagged raspberry leaf tea, but I actually really enjoy this tea, and it is very raspberry leaf-heavy! It does have some noticeable grassy flavor notes in the base from that ingredient, but since this tea uses a lot of (trigger warning, I’m about to use the dreaded h-word here on Steepster!) hibiscus petals, it has a very tart and tangy flavor that helps me out a lot when it comes to tolerating the raspberry leaf (and I’m really in need of it right now for some hormonal health issues). The tea also has some nice citrusy lime notes, but they aren’t overwhelming like the Lime Pistachio tea from Fusion Teas that I tried not long ago… here the lime is blended in with the fruit punch hibiscus flavor and the grassiness of the raspberry leaf so it feels more like a cohesive lime fruit punch.

Over the last year I’ve tried this tea warm, warm brewed and then chilled, made into tea pops, and cold brewed, with varying levels of success. To me, the flavor profile just doesn’t really work for me as a hot tea, and I find it has a nice, full flavor when prepared iced both prepared warm and then chilled or simply cold brewed from the start, so now I opt to just cold brew it for an easy batch of lime-flavored fruity tea that helps me get that raspberry leaf down. The tea pops weren’t a bad way to go either, but I haven’t figured out the proper way to sweeten them yet, and when I make it as iced tea, I find I don’t even need to add sweetener, since my tongue takes those tart n’ tangy flavors like a champ. As a popsicle, it just seemed strange without some sweetness. With a bit of practice I’m sure I’ll figure out the proper sweetener-to-tea ratios before freezing, though.

This is a refreshing iced tea and I’m sure I’ll be finishing it off this summer. It’s quite the testament that it manages to make raspberry leaf palatable for me!

Full review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/tea34/

Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Punch, Grass, Hibiscus, Lime, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Lexie Aleah

As someone who really likes the taste of medicinal teas if you don’t like Raspberry leaf tea then you probably won’t like milk thistle tea either.

Mastress Alita

Well, it at least seems as long as the raspberry leaf is well enough blended with other flavors that I don’t taste it, or at least don’t taste it very strongly so it’s muted a bit or just in the background, I can handle it. I definitely can’t take it plain though. I have never tried milk thistle, but if I ever see it lurking in anything I’ll try to make sure it’s blended with some pretty dominant flavors too, then!

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Made this for a family member since I had an sample packet leftover from an old order. I remembered that they liked this one when they tried a sample of it iced in stores. I didn’t care for it at the time. This time I made it hot and there were no additives in it.
I tried a few sips because I’ve been craving fruity teas lately and Lemon even though I used to be pretty picky I’m getting less and less regarding fruity teas. It seems that I really need to order some more since my cupboard doesn’t have much fruit flavored teas. I feel like I still have too many teas though to order yet even though a fair amount are samples.

This time trying it hot for the first time It really fits the name, The yogurt notes and rhubarb come through strong. This reminds me of the Rhubarb Cheesecake I made last year for my mother’s Birthday except less sweet of course. There are some soapy notes as well though which is unfortunate. Perhaps I steeped it a bit too long. I’m slightly wishing that this cup was mine to drink now but still ended up giving it to the family member. I remember the other sample packet I had of this ended up down the sink after a few sips. Now I have no more samples of this. It’s funny how your taste buds change and adapt/expand. I finally see why a lot of people like this one. This tea will sit at the current rating because I would have to try a few more cups of this to really get a good test of how much I like this tea. It came up from a 5 to a 54 though which is a lot.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Rhubarb, Tangy, Tart, Yogurt

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I’ve noticed my palate change a lot just over the last year, too.

It’s the noble thing to do to give the tea to your guest, though!

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drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
2540 tasting notes

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Flavors: Mineral, Wet Earth, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Rhubarb Cream Soda by DAVIDsTEA
9755 tasting notes

Finished my sample of this one off today as well. Again, it’s fine but i prefer other rhubarb teas that DT has created in the past.

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drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
9755 tasting notes

meh. it’s fine..nothing amazing, though to be fair i always feel like Davids teas are overpriced for what they are, ESP when they started adding “sugar” to all their blends.

Evol Ving Ness

True. Few, if any, are worth the expense.

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Unlike a lot of the teas I go for, this tea is by no means assertive or flashy. It is, however, thick, durable, and a pretty consistent qi bomb. The flavor is tough to pin down; maybe a hair alkaline, but mostly juicy, sweet, and without a hint of bitterness. It can be finicky, though; if you steep it aggressively, it’ll get really astringent really fast. So long as you can keep that in check, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent, long session that’s all but guaranteed to leave you in a state of blissed-out relaxation. I’ve seriously brewed this tea to calm my wife down from a panic attack before.

I’ve owned two cakes of this for a while, but it’s taken me some time to get around to reviewing it. This is up there with Last Thoughts and Treachery of Storytelling for me, and I’m very fortunate to have it in my collection.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
939 tasting notes

This tea cold steeped and served over ice with some cream….. SO dreamy! Warm weather and a cup of this tea iced screams summer to me. I think I either underleafed it or the tea has aged and lost some of it’s bang because it is slightly less intense than I recall. Either way I think I can solve the issue the same way I solve a lot of issues: ADD MORE TEA!

Preparation
Iced
Evol Ving Ness

I like the way you think.

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Sipdown (377)

Every time I revisit this one I am impressed and yet I don’t reach for it often so rather than letting it grow old(er) in my cupboard, this is going somewhere it will be truly appreciated…Sil’s cupboard.

This cup is malty and rich with sweet pastry notes. Blueberry is also present, of course, and very reminiscent of homemade blueberry pie filling (well I guess danish filling). Cream cheese doesn’t come through as clearly for me but tbh I don’t miss it. This really is good and if my cupboard was smaller I would happily keep it and sip away but this has sat for so long already and I know it will be forever before I grab it again. Better it go somewhere to be enjoyed while it is still fresh…ish.

Sil

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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drank Sakura Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
305 tasting notes

Sipdown!
So This tea is a bit of a sad sip down but shouldn’t be. The cherry comes across as cough syrup like in this blend and is very strong. I’ve been sipping on my bag of this so much that I’ve come to reach for it. That’s probably because green teas are my favorite and I haven’t had a good green tea in ages it seems like because I currently have tons of black teas. Since I wanted to branch out. The very slim to none green teas I have are unopened and so I’ve been saving them till my cupboard shrinks down a ton. I never did get to try this iced which was disappointing because I forgot to cold brew some. I definitely would like to try some more cherry blossom green teas in the future.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person on steepster who favors green teas more than any other variety.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Floral, Toasty

Preparation
14 OZ / 414 ML
Mastress Alita

I didn’t forget, I have just been waiting to finally have a business day off in my work schedule to get to go to the PO. I finally have one this coming Monday.

Lexie Aleah

I know you’ve been busy with your presentations and stuff at the library. Thanks Again! Also I’m not too familiar mailing things myself but am close to Tea Chai Te and have never been. If it would be cheaper for me to pick you up some stuff and mail it.

Mastress Alita

My Tea Chai Te stash is pretty good at the moment thanks to a pretty generous gift card my Dad gave me for my b-day last month that I cashed in online with a pretty big order, but next time you are in Portland, I highly recommend giving them a visit! Portland has so much good tea between them, and Jasmine Pearl, and Steven Smith, and Strand… waaaa, if it didn’t rain all the time out there and barometric pressure changes trigger my migraines, I’d be tempted to move into that area for the tea alone! My friend and I took a trip to Portland for my birthday in 2017 and somehow ended up at Tea Chai Te every evening of that weekend because it was so good, and the baristas noticed and I think were a bit worried, hahaha.

Lexie Aleah

Being only 15 minutes away I really have no excuse for not checking out the tea selections over there. That’s unfortunate that your migraines get worse. I get nosebleeds from climate changes very easily.

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
2699 tasting notes

It has happened! I have sipped this down. This morning. Its all gone.
I feel both jubilant (it was a pound of the stuff), and sad (its one of my favorites!)
It won’t be gone forever, thats for sure, but for now its a sipdown.
I really am going to need to buy some new teas soon. My cupboard is getting amazingly small.

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Milk, caramel and sweetness are dominant, you can barely taste the black tea. Not actually bad and it really brings the proper chai to mind, but could use more of the tea component.

But if dissolved not in water, but in previously brewed black tea, it becomes much more interesting, more rich and complex. I suggest this way of preparing.

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Spices, Sweat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 26 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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First to write a note on this? Unbelievable.

I tried to fix the picture but I couldn’t. (Why? I tried several different ways and all I can get is more images farther down the page.)

I wasn’t sure I’d like this one from the smell of the dry leaf. It has no sweetness in the dry leaf aroma and a rather ashy fragrance that usually spells dislike for me with lapsangs.

But you can’t judge a book and all that. The aroma of the steeped tea is quite different — sweet, molasses-like, leafy and tree-like, with a lot of depth and surprisingly little smoke. The smoke is really verging on not there at all, except in the aftertaste and fortunately it doesn’t add bitterness to the lingering flavor. The liquor is dark amber with a reddish tinge and clear.

The flavor has a quality that reminds me of black coffee, but not as bitter. The smoke, molasses, and tree are all there in the flavor as well in pretty much the same way they were in the aroma. Thankfully there’s no ash, no meat, and no resin (though if you like those things in a lapsang, I guess that’s not a plus).

I’m torn because I think this is great compared to others I’ve had recently, but that’s because it departs from qualities I associate with lapsang that make me view it as a once in a while thing. If this is the sort of flavor Churchill prized, I can see why he drank lapsang daily.

I haven’t had the Samovar in a long time. I rated that one 90 as well, so I think I should taste it again sometime soon and see if adjustments are warranted.

But it makes it a bit easier to decide which is the next sipdown candidate in project lapsang sipdown. It won’t be this one.

Flavors: Coffee, Molasses, Plants, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
teepland

This sounds amazing—adding it to my wish list!

__Morgana__

Hope you enjoy!

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I went to my local DT yesterday and they had 100g tins of this tea on clearance. It’s not great in my opinion. It has a very mild flavour. The taste kind of reminds me of cereals that have those bits of freeze dried strawberries in them! It’s not bad, just kind of lacking flavour. I had it hot the first time, and I see a lot of people try it iced. So I made it iced today and it’s still just ok. Will not be rebuying this if it comes back this year.

Flavors: Rooibos, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I liked this one more than I expected to from the smell of the dry leaf.

It has a strange, papery smell in the tin, but that doesn’t carry over (much) into the steeped tea, which is a reddish brown and translucent.

The flavor is rather more subtle than I would like, but it’s tasty. I get a nutty, caramel/toffee flavor from this that approaches, but doesn’t quite become brittle. There’s not enough nut, and not enough overall oomph to get it there.

I generally count lots of points off for teas that don’t live up to their names, so I feel constrained to do that here. But like the Leland Pear Caramel, the tea is better in an absolute sense than my rating suggests. It’s totally pleasant to drink, it just doesn’t taste like Cream and Nut Brittle to me.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Paper, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank ME to WE India by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I had this as an iced tea yesterday! I bought just enough of a sample to try it and it was delicious. I steeped it for a long time! This tea had a very strong coconut and mango flavour with a slight spicy flavour at the end of each sip. I’ve never had tumeric before so I don’t know if I can taste it or not. It was very sweet without adding anything to it. I really enjoyed it and will be stocking up for the summer! I can see this one being a go to tea for sure!!!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Coconut, Mango, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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