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Another tea to celebrate Black History Month! This one is from My Cup of Tea in Memphis. I thought this was a Black-owned business, but after doing some digging I don’t think it is. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on that. The shop operates in Orange Mound, Tennessee – the first and oldest African American community in the United States. They do a lot of work with the women in the community, and it seems that this is really more of a non-profit business teaching vocational and life skills to its residents. The tea I’m drinking from them today is part of a sachet sampler I bought that included several of their flavors. This one smells just like one of those pillow mints. I can taste the rooibos, but more so in the background, and it adds somewhat of a fruity flavor. It’s very interesting. I expected it to be a typical chocolate mint flavor, but there’s definitely something extra about this one.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Peppermint, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Samurai TTB #6

I discovered My Cup of Tea this past year and have really enjoyed many of their teas, so I was eager to try this when I saw it in the box. It’s also rare to find a strawberry tea that doesn’t include hibiscus, so I’m happy about that! The strawberry flavoring is strong and sweet and slightly artificial. Others have described it as candy-like and I think that’s accurate. The base tea is very smooth and pretty much disappears into the fruity flavoring. This isn’t necessarily something I’d purchase, but it was a pleasant cup of tea!

Flavors: Artificial, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Shae’s Advent Calendar, December 15

Oh wow, how full pouch is! And there are some big pieces! (Turns around the pouch) Oh, interesting we will see how it is! (Opens the pouch for first time) That is indeed Mango, papaya, tropical fruits everywhere! (Closes the pouch)

But not for morning

Decided to brew in the afternoon, after long and draining statistics lecture. It was interesting, but I hate being only one who replies!

The tea; I described the aroma above. But brewed, western style with lots of blend (but picked out some orange zests and some strawberry pieces), it is much different. First of all, it’s filling the room with summery aroma of tropical fruits.

Next thing I noticed, when I sipped it down, it is mellow and very, very sweet. I can imagine it drinking iced, that would be a blast! I won’t do it as outside is -2°C and won’t be much better. Keeping for future reference here though.

Third, it’s great against thirst. You know you are drinking something and yes, it is highly refreshing. I can’t really undestand how actual fruits, which are moreover so sweet, are so refreshing when brewed.

Shae, this is amazing. Indeed it is.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/2khfQxo

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Lexie Aleah

That photo of the tea looks just like DavidsTea Mango Fruit Punch tea which I love. (:

Michelle

I think I’d go for a roasty Oolong grandpa style for sipping in a statistics lecture. But this sounds good for a treat afterwards :)

Shae

I’m glad you liked this one! It’s one of my husband’s favorites.

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Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 14

I had to write Shae in the morning to find out what is this tea actually! Label says strawberry and there is no strawberry in. Had no idea how it could be called.

Two exams written, two course credits granted. We will see how today ones will develop. I get caught on trap question, so I know there is a mistake. And there (on other one) too. Oh well. So tired.

So, I know what is this tea supposed to be, so I brought a big mug and decided to brew it in. Steeped for 3-4 minutes, not sure; but less than recommended, as I thought it is “done”.

Roswell Strange said it is bit on “European” flavour profile and more-less agree with her. But I don’t get any strawberries, rather some generic fruity profile with hints of papaya in. It is interesting to see black/green blend with probably mellowed the bold black base, but it was somehow… poor. Maybe I have expecting more fruity note; or just somehow fresher taste, but it was just a fruity tea with base, but it was on the boring side and I finished the mug without much to remember.

I think I had better fruity blends, though usually with hibiscus, but maybe I kind of miss it here?

Photo:https://flic.kr/p/2kgWwkH

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
Courtney

Yay for finishing a couple of exams! You got this!

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Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 12
We are in half folks!

Two exams on Monday. Both hard; imagine economy of transport companies and linear programming. No idea what to expect as we got it in distant way.

A tea; another straweberry, and my gummy ones are eaten. So they aren’t on the photo. But there are some in. Prepared a mug for myself and then a pot for family. As intended from Shae, as she sent me a huge load. I used two teaspoons for my 300 ml, and 4 tsp for family pot. I really should measure the volume.

The tea; I have to agree with Roswell Strange it is candy-like strawberry and I notice bit of creamy. So kind of strawberry-cream candy. It’s quite sweet for me (but well, I don’t sweeten my teas) and it’s smooth. The base is bit lacking, but as a decaf, maybe I don’t mind. It isn’t artificial which I really like on this blend. I am impressed of the smoothness of this blend, as I have been afraid it will be rough on tongue due to decaf base, but… it isn’t.

A good tea for the evening; but maybe I shall prepare myself another caffiened tea, as I need to focus on that Economy of transport companies. I feel like it isn’t making any sense to me. There are laws, there are some terms I don’t understand, there are some calculations which aren’t hard per se, but all together it looks like a big mishmash to me. Moreover, I have no idea what to expect in the exam. A credit-exam (my dictionary says so); so one bigger is coming after Christmas. Hopefully I can at least pass this one; so I don’t have to resit.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/2kg5y8v

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Good thoughts for success in your exams, Martin. Don’t you get a winter break from school?

Courtney

Good luck on your exams!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: No break this year apparently. I will spend all the time with studies; as I have some exams right first week of January. I wish being it over already! We won’t have lectures, but we have exam period from January to half of February, when all exams take place.
Courtney: Thank you a lot!

Courtney

That’s rough Martin! I’m lucky to have a break coming soon. I finish my last paper on 24-December and then my next term classes don’t start until mid-January (I’ll be working, but still nice to rest my brain).

Lexie Aleah

I can’t imagine not having a break but at the same time my break started this week and I already miss school. I think classes start again in January for me.

ashmanra

No break for Christmas? Oh, dear! Praying exams go well!

Martin Bednář

I don’t have time for break, sorry it wasn’t really clear. There is a break from 19th Decemberr to 4th January, but I need to fill it with studies and can’t really lose the grip. I can choose when I will have the exams, but it means that latter ones are usually worse as teachers want to have it over. And I will have to calculate some problems from Statistics, but still I don’t have any assignment. I am going slightly mad, to be honest; and yep, there will be break druing 24th-26th. Or at least I will try to make it. Because I need to rest as well.

ashmanra

Yes! There must be balance! Work but take true rest breaks. Detach from internet and look at the sky and trees! Have a mindful cuppa. Take a nap! Then work some more, :)

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ADVENT DAY 10

Honestly, the name scared me at first – I hate peach – so I was hoping this was an apple orchard instead of a peach orchard – I went online and found out it wasn’t talking about peaches, thank goodness :)
I’m on my second day of drinking this tea – I kept it hot in my coffee urn overnight, and it was good this morning – I tried to get it as close to the 175 degree mark as I could, with my Keurig – the lowest setting was 182, so I did that. It turned out a little bit watered down and a little bit bitter at the same time – I used a tablespoon in 27 ounces and steeped it two times in a row – maybe I needed to add a 4th teaspoon to make it perfect, but it was a nice and relaxing blend.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML

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drank Mango Fruit Tea by My Cup of Tea (USA)
2900 tasting notes

STTB Tea

This is really tasty cold. Lots of fresh fruit flavours, mostly stone fruit and mango. Some citrus (tangerine or Mandarin orange?) but I think I’m missing the strawberry and pineapple. Either way, it is so nice to have some fruity herbal blends to make iced tea with. I refuse to give up on summer.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango, Stonefruit

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I’m not the biggest fan of florals (especially jasmine) so I probably wouldn’t have chosen this blend on my own. But my friend Rives who introduced me to My Cup of Tea LOVES this one and talked me into buying it. I’m glad she did! While the jasmine flavor is present, it’s counterbalanced by the citrus and pineapple so it does’t come off at all perfumey. There is a bit of dryness at the end of the sip, but it isn’t too much…just makes me want to keep coming back for more! I enjoyed it hot, but have found that it really shines as an iced tea. I am so excited about discovering this company and looking forward to trying more of their teas in the future!

Flavors: Citrus, Jasmine, Orange, Pineapple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This may have been my least favorite blend of the Memphis sampler. It smelled like strawberry candy, but the flavor was a muddled jumble of generic fruit that didn’t taste distinctly like strawberry or anything else in particular. I’ll drink the three bags I have, but this isn’t one I’d chose to re-purchase.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Like all the teas in this sampler, this is much nicer than your average bagged chai! The tea itself appears to be a CTC, but there are nice big cardamom seeds and bits of cinnamon bark visible in the sachet. The flavor is intense and spicy with lots of ginger and cardamom and a hint of pepper tickling the back of my throat. The base tea is pretty astringent, but it smooths out nicely with a bit of milk. Overall, this isn’t my personal favorite flavor profile for a chai (I like the ones that lean a bit sweeter with more cinnamon and nutmeg) but still one of the better bagged options I’ve tried!

Flavors: Astringent, Cardamom, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Fruit Tea by My Cup of Tea (USA)
1350 tasting notes

M is for… Mango Fruit Tea.

This has never been one of my favorites, so I tried Martin’s steeping parameters to see if that might make a difference. It really is a beautiful blend to look at, but it’s always been far too citrusy for my tastes. I also never taste any mango. This cup is lighter in flavor than others I’ve had before, and I do think I like it better this way, but it still isn’t as enjoyable as I’d like it to be. Maybe a cold steep? I think I’ve tried it cold before, but I can’t remember for sure. I’ll give it another go iced and see if that might boost the rating for me.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

Interesting that it didn’t worked well to you.

Shae

I think I’ve decided that I just don’t like the strong citrus flavor in this one. My husband loves it, so it’s definitely more to do with my preferences than anything else.

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drank Mango Fruit Tea by My Cup of Tea (USA)
1350 tasting notes

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This is one of the few teas from this company that missed the mark a bit for me. Based on the name, I was expecting a peach tea. But so many other flavors have been added, I really can’t discern the specific fruits that are present in the blend…it’s just generically fruity, like a mixed fruit candy or something. Still not a bad tea, but it falls short of many of the other excellent blends that were included in the same sampler.

Flavors: Artificial, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Lemon teas can go so very wrong (I’ve had some that made me feel like I was drinking Lysol!) but this blend does it right! Smooth, sweet lemon and vanilla with a bit of sweetness coming through from the honeybush. A lovely bedtime treat!

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

Agreed on the Lysol teas! I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

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This is such a common blend that I never would have purchased it on its own, but it was included in the Memphis Medley sampler I bought, so I ended up trying it. Like pretty much everything else I’ve tried from My Cup of Tea, this blend was excellent! The peppermint tends to overwhelm the chocolate in other chocolate mint rooibos teas I’ve tried, but this one has a distinctive creamy chocolate flavor, which comes out even more with a bit of milk. This company just keeps impressing me!

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This was probably the blend I was most excited about in my most recent purchase from My Cup of Tea and it didn’t let me down! A robust, chocolatey black base tea provides the perfect backdrop for lots of rich coconut and almond flavoring…like a melted Almond Joy bar in a cup! Really lovely with a splash of milk and I’m guessing it would make an amazing latte. Will definitely be re-purchasing!

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Oooh I liked this one too.

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I had the opportunity to visit the My Cup of Tea shop on my recent trip to Memphis and thoroughly enjoyed my experience! The shop (housed in an old Victorian home) is utterly adorable, the tea is fresh and delicious, and the employees I talked to testified that this company is doing good work in the Orange Mound community. I walked out with two different teas, plus their “Memphis Medley” sampler pack containing 7 Memphis-themed blends, including this one. I wasn’t expecting it to be a favorite, but it’s actually one of the best blueberry-flavored teas I’ve tried! It’s a black tea (which was a nice surprise) and NO HIBISCUS (even better!) The blueberry flavoring layered over the black tea base is giving me the vibes of blueberry jam on toast…quite delicious! I may consider a full box of this one next time.

Flavors: Blueberry, Jam, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

The shop sounds like so much fun!

Inkling

It was a delight! Highly recommended if you’re ever in the Memphis area.

Shae

I ordered this sampler recently too! I’m so glad to see other reviews for this company on Steepster. I’ve really enjoyed their teas so far and their customer service is amazing. A new favorite for me.

Inkling

So fun that we both discovered them this year! Hopefully we can get them some well-deserved attention on Steepster. :)

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #43

I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like Steepster is back to behaving normally! Hooray! I managed to keep mostly on top of tasting notes during The Great Steepster Freeze of 2020 but not completely – so I’ve got some catch up to do…

Thanks Shae for thinking of me and including this tea – I have no idea why, but based on name alone I was expecting a herbal tea with blueberries so I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was a blueberry black tea! I enjoyed it a lot, though the blueberry flavouring was definitely more artificial – like a blueberry candy, almost. Super jammy and sweet! If I did have my beloved Blueberry Jam from DT, this is 100% the kind of profile I would want a tin of on hand.

It was a good share!

Shanie O Maniac

I bet I’d like this one. When I was drinking mass quantities of coffee there for a bit, I kept going back to the odd Blueberry coffee that I’d found. I’ve been craving blueberries ever since.

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A sweet friend in Memphis sent me a box of this tea for Christmas from her local tea shop and I was so impressed! These tea bags are actually nice big sachets with plenty of room for expansion and the tea inside is beautiful unbroken leaves. The salted caramel flavor is sweet and rich without completely overwhelming the malty base tea. I find it especially tasty with a splash of milk. While I wish I could get my hands on a loose leaf version, I’m still kinda in love with this!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Salt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #30

Thought that I’d gotten to all the My Cup of Tea blends in the box, but then I found this one so I decided to try it too!

It’s good – maybe my favourite from them so far? It’s hard to get crazy innovated with a mint chocolate profile, especially on a rooibos base, but the flavour execution is REALLY nice. It’s quite rich/intense and while the chocolate is creamy milk chocolate to a tee what I’m actually loving the most is this thick and cooling peppermint flavour that feels a bit more like peppermint oil or extract. So refreshing!

Sil

you having any trouble with reviewing teas? ie button clicked nothing happens forever

VariaTEA

I have this a lot on my phone and then I go to my tealog and I have it logged but with no note

Shae

Did you find the blueberry one? I thought you might like it since you told me about Blueberry Jam.

Roswell Strange

@Sil – no issues today, but was having the problem a few days ago.

@Shae – I find it after I wrote this note, and added it to my pile of stuff to try. I think my initial rummage was very rushed; I will comb through all the samples again.

OMGsrsly

I have that issue too VariaTEA! Happens on my phone and iPad, which I’m doing most of my computing on these days…

Martin Bednář

Sometimes it happens to me. I click the button, but nothing happens. Then, after few minutes it appears. Or sometimes not. I never close down the tab with tasting note, so I just click edit the tasting note in tealog and then it works like a charm. Maybe it has got something with some background improvements?

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