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White Coffee Infusion – Chai by Teabean

When I saw the opportunity to try this new product on Steepster.com; I knew I had to try it. I had never heard of white coffee before, nor had I ever encounter coffee in teabags, or chai flavored coffee. It sounded super interesting and exciting to me.

First off the teabags are really heavy. Way heavier than normal pyramid teabags are. I took that as a good sign! When I opened the packaging I caught a whiff of a pretty standard chai tea scent. I smell all the typical spices that chai is associated with: cinnamon, ginger, etc. It smells quite yummy seeing as I adore spices and chai. Once the water hit the tea the scent immediately transformed to cinnamon oatmeal. Strange, but delicious none-the-less. Then when I removed the teabag I swear it smelled like peanut butter for a second. Yeah I know that makes no sense, but it really did. Not to worry though the tea still smells like a good old-fashioned cup of chai tea.

Now on to the flavor…

First sip impression: There is this earthy/woodsy taste, followed up by a distinctive chai flavor.

Once I took another sip the earthy/woodsy tone took on a little bit more of a coffee feel, but very very lightly. It kind of tastes like a cinnamon spice late, but with out the bitterness of coffee (or the calories). I am not a huge coffee person. I will drink a cup every now and again but mostly it has to be heavily sweetened and flavored to mask the unpleasant aftertaste. This tea is like all the fun of coffee with out the bitter after-taste.

I think anyone that likes chai tea and/or coffee will probably like this tea. It is truly unique. I love how it doesn’t taste like anything I have ever had before. I think I am going to try my second sample steeped at 10 minutes (this one was steeped for 5) and with a healthy splash of milk. I am betting it will be decadent.

And finally…

I took a couple of pictures while I was preparing this cup of tea. It is kind of hard to take a good picture of a wet tea bag (they happen to not be the prettiest thing in the world), but I tried.

Also I thought this dishtowel would be the perfect background for tea photo-shoots. What do you think? Too busy? Or appropriately thematic?

~Caitlin

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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (6)

Sadly this is the last of my 52 teas series, as this was the last week of my six-week subscription. If I had the money I would definitely buy a year subscription because it is completely awesome to get a new tea in the mail every single week. Seriously it is like getting a little present once a week. I got some super awesome teas in the past 6 weeks. This week’s tea is probably my second favorite (first being the Pina Colda tea). I think I may of had to order it if it hadn’t been included in my contest win because well how could I not order a caramel apple tea??

Caramel Apple Flavored Honeybush by 52 teas

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This tea smells intense! The caramel smell is almost overwhelming in the dry leaves, but if there is any smell to be overwhelmed by I think caramel is it. As it steeps the caramel smell is toned down a bit (but it is still really strong) and little bit of apple makes its way into the scent. The smell reminds me of these caramel apple lollipops that were really popular when I was 8 or so.

Now on to the tea’s flavor. I was a little worried that it would be overly sweet because of the caramel scent, but I had no need to worry. This was yet another blend from 52 teas where the flavors were perfectly balanced. The tea was a nice pleasant caramel flavored honeybush with undertones of apple. I definitely taste all of the intended flavors, and they are delicious. I steeped this cup for 5 minutes and I feel like if I steep it for longer I can get an even more flavorful cup. I am certainly going to enjoy playing with this tea.

If you missed the other posts in this series:

~Caitlin

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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (5)

Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas

(image curtsey of 52teas.com)

I want to start off by saying this tea smells awesome!! It truly smells like pancakes. I don’t mean it smells like maple syrup (well it smells like that too), but I mean it literally smells like freshly cooked pancakes! It is completely amazing. I want a candle that smells like this tea. Also the scent is so strong I could smell it the second I opened the package!

It tastes just as good as it smells. I was actually a little worried that the flavors would be overwhelming from the smell. I thought maybe the maple would overtake the tea and make it too sweet. This however was not the case at all!

This tea is a wonderful strong black breakfast tea. The first flavor you taste is definitely back tea, but don’t worry the pancake flavor is not lost. In fact it is there in the perfect amount: not too strong, not too light. You can definitely tell this is a pancake flavored tea (A+ on accuracy)!

In conclusion if you like black tea and you like pancakes try this tea! Now if only I had the ingredients to make some real pancakes to go with a cup of this!

~Caitlin

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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (4)

I actually got this tea on Monday, but I didn’t get around to trying it until yesterday. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it, as I am super excited about this weeks blend! I love chai tea. It is probably my favorite type of tea. I love the smell, the spiciness, the warmth, and the mix of flavors!

Extra Bold Masala Chai by 52 Teas

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This tea smells so awesome! It smells like freshly baked pumpkin bread or gingersnaps or something else delicious. You can smell all the different spices blending together in a delicious little bunch.  The tea pretty much holds the warm spicy smell as it steeps. It made my whole kitchen smell awesome as it stepped! You know you have a good tea coming when that happens.

The first cup of this tea that I made was way too strong. They weren’t kidding when they said this is extra-bold, but it was nothing a splash of milk couldn’t fix. The first cup with milk was decent, but when I made it a second time (with 1 teaspoon instead or 2) it was perfection. This is one of the best Chai teas I have ever had. It is probably only second to Republic Red Chai, but this one has the added bonus of having a nice caffeine boost!

All the spices blend together perfectly with the strong black tea. None of the spices overtake the cup. You can really taste each individual spice and the tea too. It is a truly delicious cup all the way to the last sip. I think this will be my morning staple for a little while!

~Caitlin

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5 Teas That Changed My Life

Okay maybe they didn’t change my life, but they certainly changed the way I think about tea!

1. Irish Breakfast – Twinings

  • This tea was the first real tea I ever drank. My mom had to switch off of coffee when I was in high school and used this tea as a replacement. Soon I was drinking Twinings Irish Breakfast every morning before school. This is the tea that started it all.

2. Heath Bar Black – 52 Teas

  • This was the first loose leaf tea I ever owned. I bought it before I even owned a tea strainer or teapot, but it just sounded so interesting and delicious. I had to wait a full month before I could even try it!

3. Passion Fruit Black – thepuriTea

  • This tea is by far the most wonderfully flavored black tea I have ever tasted. The passion fruit flavor is so intense you can hardly believe it.  This tea set the bar for what a fruit flavored tea should taste like.

4. Republic Red Chai – Republic of Tea

  • This is by far the best chai tea I have ever tasted! It is spicy, warm and it makes you feel all cozy inside. On top of that this is the first rooibos tea I ever tried and it certainly made me want to try more.

5. Earl Grey Creme – Art of Tea

  • I had to put this tea on the list because it is probably my absolute favorite tea. It literally tastes like a cream cheese danish. It is amazing!

I would love tea hear about other people’s life changing teas! Feel free to share your story in a comment.

~Caitlin

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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (3)

I got my third tea from 52 Teas yesterday. I would have tried it then, but I got it later in the afternoon and its a black tea. Also to be honest, I was semi (okay really) afraid to try this blend! I managed to work up the courage to give it a whirl today when I got home from work.

LiberTea’s Tomato, Basil, Black Pepper Black Tea by 52 Teas

(image courtesy of 52teas.com)

This tea looks bizarre because it looks like a normal black tea and then there are these huge pieces of sun-dried tomato! Before steeping the tea smells mostly like sun-dried tomatoes with a hint of lapsang souchoung. Post infusion the tea smells like tomato soup!

Upon first sip these words popped into my head: Salt, Tomato, Strong Black tea. I think that the tomato is the first thing that I taste in the tea but the black tea has a very strong presence (which I like). I am not getting much black pepper flavor, and I wasn’t getting the basil flavor. Then all of a sudden in between sips my mouth tasted of basil. It was strange but refreshing. A pleasant aftertaste!

I don’t think I could drink this every day, but I think it would make an awesome soup base.  I might try to use it as a substitute for vegetable broth some time.  I think it would be super yummy and add this nice smokey black tea flavor.

All in all I am glad I got to try this extremely strange cup of tea!

Goodnight all!

~Caitlin

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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (2)

I got my second tea from 52 teas yesterday! It was perfect timing too because I had a big exam this morning and needed something fun to try afterwards. Pina Colada Tea sounds like a great way to celebrate a post exam Friday morning – doesn’t it?

Week 2: Special Pina Colada Green

(Image courtesy of 52teas.com)

To start out let me just say that this tea is fantastic! It so so awesome that I am doing a second steep as I type this, and I almost never steep tea multiple times!

The tea itself has huge chunks of dried pineapple, and giant coconut flakes. They aren’t those little dinky coconut flakes that you buy at the grocery store or find in an almond joy bar, but rather they are almost the size of the pineapple pieces. On top of that the tea smells awesome! I have never had a Pina Colada before, but I have had Pina Colada milkshakes and it smells just like one of those. Creamy and tropical!

Once the tea has steeped it smells sweet and buttery. When I was little my mom used to put butter and white sugar on rice to get me to eat it (really bizarre – I know). It smells just like that! Brings back memories, maybe that is why I like it so much. Although it is more likely due to the fact that it tastes positively heavenly.

When you take a sip a there is a tropical green tea flavor and then this hint of creaminess at the end. I really am getting the feeling that I am drinking something made with coconut milk. It is superb! It is truly everything you could want in a tea. It is interesting, unique, and completely yummy, but without losing the tea flavor.

If you haven’t tried 52 teas yet, this would be a great tea to try out!

~Caitlin

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