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30 September 2010 @ 08:43 am
Steepster Review Round-up, September.  
I thought that it might be a good idea to gather up all my tealogs from Steepster.com and cross-post them here once a month or so, just for fun.  I mean, they're definitely not profound, but if that sites ever goes belly-up at least I'll have the records of what I wrote here, too.

So here we go:

Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas

If you want a minty, refreshing tea, don’t go any farther. This is it.

I was expecting a much greener, vegetal tea. When I opened my tin, however, I was pretty surprised because the leaves didn’t look anything like my other green teas. I took a sniff and realized that the leaf was at least 50% mint leaves. This was not at all a bad thing, as far as I was concerned, because it is a hot summer day and what is more refreshing than mint tea?

I brewed it up and threw some ice in, and voila! A lovely summer drink.

((I might have to try blending this with a strawberry tea. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Strawberry mint, iced. Yum.))

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Sisters Secret by SBS Teas

This is excellent iced.

Sister’s Secret is oolong tea and raspberry. The raspberry is tart, not sugary sweet, and balances wonderfully with the oolong.

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Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas

I like the subtlety of the chocolate in this tea. It’s not WHAM BAM SUGARLY FAKE CHOCOLATE FLAVOR, but a lighter, authentic flavor that works with the tea instead of trying to smother it.

I did slightly oversteep it, so there’s a faint acidity to the brew, but even with that the tea is quite pleasing.

As with all my teas lately, I am drinking this iced.

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Green Tea Frappuccino Blended Creme by Starbucks

This is such a guilty pleasure.
I mean, 440 calories in one drink? That’s pretty killer.

But I love these things!

It’s very, very sweet. The matcha flavor is strong, but there’s so much milk and whipped cream that any bitterness from the green tea vanishes completely. It’s like drinking green tea ice cream, but sweeter. Much, much sweeter.

Also, as I was sitting at my desk enjoying the drink, one of our residents came in and kept looking at my drink out of the corner of his eye.
“Is that green?” he finally asked.
“Yes sir!” I answer in my perky I’m-working-hard voice.
“…thank God, I thought my eyes were going wacko on me.”


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White Cucumber by Adagio Teas

I’m really not getting cucumber out of this.
I mean, I taste cinnamon, and something vaguely vegetal. But I tend to associate a sort of watery crisp freshness to cucumbers, and I don’t get that same feeling from the tea.

The flavor is weak; maybe I didn’t use enough leaves. I’ll have to mess around with it some more.

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Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas

I had to put a lot of freakin’ leaves into the teapot to get any almond out of this tea, and even then it was rather disappointing. It was faintly like almond milk.

The two flavors – almond milk and Formosa oolong – didn’t really match each other. I mean, they didn’t taste bad exactly, but this was not a truly blended tea, just a half-hearted attempt at it.

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Raspberry Green Tea by Frontier Natural Products Co-op

Oh, wow.
“Numerous bits” seems like quite an understatement for all the raspberry in this drink. It’s like a berry punch in the mouth! There’s more raspberries here than there were at the farmers’ market last weekend. The raspberries are stronger than the raspberry-flavor syrup used in soda machine “iced tea”. I feel like the teapot is going “thhhhhhhhb,” blowing raspberries at me. Raspberry raspberry raspberry.

It’s tart and fresh-tasting. The liquor is pink. That’s weird. i wasn’t expecting a pink tea. I mean, this is supposed to be a green tea. Since that often turns out yellow-ish, should the liquid be more of an orange color? Maybe? At any rate, even though I saw plenty of green leaves in the dry leaves, I don’t taste it.

I like it, I’m just a little blown away by how dominant the raspberries are.

 

 

 
 
 
Colleen  "the Latest and the Greatest": tea partyfoolonthehill on October 7th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think I might go and make myself some tea right now after reading this!
Nechtan Albaflameelf on October 7th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
On the Starbucks Green Tea Frappuchino: They put a sugar syrup in those. You might like it better by asking they leave that out; that's why it's so very, very sweet.

Grey :)
Suzik00kaburra on October 7th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
I actually like the sweetness, it's just that it's so surprising :-p
brokenliich on October 8th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
ooh, yay. i love teas!
best mint green tea i ever had was an indian-style tea...from yves rochér. odd place to get it, but SO good!
i do not like matcha. not at all. it tastes very powdery and bitter and gross to me. i also don't like green tea ice cream. i prefer sencha or...whatever the roasted green tea is called. once i didn't enjoy the roasted, but i learned that one is best rather weak...and with salmon sashimi!! YUM!
weird tea...mojito by tetley. i was looking for a new flavour (and my city doesn't have any neato tea shops like toronto and niagara-on-the-lake) and found this one in the grocery store. i find the lime in it really strong. i also don't enjoy straight mint teas...so the mix of the two flavours is kinda odd to me and i don't enjoy it. BUT, i bet it'd make a wicked iced tea, just add some honey!
also, i love maple green tea. that one is so yummy! but i love maple anything (so long as it's REAL maple syrup...i hate the fake stuff. EW!!). coming from living along the st. lawrence seaway in canada, there's lots of maple stuff around.
mmmm....tea....^___^

best illegal tea...coca tea. a friend of mine brought some back from peru not realizing that it's actually illegal in canada (and possibly the states) b/c it's made with the same plant cocaine is from. thing is, in the amount he brought, it's very little. the people in peru chew the leaves b/c it helps dilate their lungs so they can take in more oxygen while climbing to high altitudes. the coca plant was initially medicinal until people took it too far.
but, dang, does the tea taste really good. i loved it. sadly i'll probably never have it again. :(

"sisters secret" sounds wicked. i don't think i've had any flavoured oolong. i need to get me some!!
Suzik00kaburra on October 8th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
I would love to try some coca tea someday. But you're right, it's probably very illegal here! :-p

The roasted one...are you thinking of genmaicha? It usually has some rice or barley or something mixed in with the tea leaves.

Maple green tea sounds awesome! I have a maple-blueberry black tea which is...interesting, but I'm not crazy about it. Probably because the maple flavoring is pretty light.

I drank this Adagio tea called "White Tropics" today and it was nasty. It tasted like...bread, or something. Really foul. I have no idea what I did wrong to get that flavor, LOL! It's supposed to be pineapple and coconut.

The best flavored oolongs I've ever had come from Mountain View Tea Village:
http://www.mvteavillage.com/
Their flavored teas are divine!

Edited at 2010-10-08 12:27 am (UTC)
brokenliich on October 8th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
HAHAHA "bread"....that's hilarious!!
hmmm...sometimes fruit teas end up tasting really weird b/c the fruit's meant to eat fresh, not dried out. :D ahh..."bread". that's disgusting for a tea!

i've had maple black tea before and it's not that great. well, the tea i have isn't great. not enough maple and the tea part is SO strong and bitter. it's not the steeping, it's the flavour. the maple tends to be a lighter flavour in it, so it's better with green.

and, yes, genmaicha, i guess it'd be. with the roasted rice. i used to find it so gross....but that may have been the place i got it from. maybe they burnt the rice. yuck. burnt rice is disgust. but the roasted with the tea is yum.

...i wonder if you can get coca tea in mexico? or if you'd have to hit south america? if you get a chance, try it. basically, if anything, you feel more awake from drinking it (that's what it said) but i just thought it tasted good.
brokenliich on October 8th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_tea

ohhh...you might be able to get the "de-cocained" version (think decaf for coffee) in the US!!!