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drank Mango Fruit Tea by My Cup of Tea (USA)
2868 tasting notes

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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, Stonefruits

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, Cardamon, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy

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

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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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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #22

Currently sipping on this – it’s pretty hot still so I’m only taking baby sips, but I’m enjoying it a lot so far. This was just a single tea bag in the box, so I am finishing it off – but I think I’ve now tried all of the My Cup of Tea blends in the box? Which was a nice intro/crash course into their blend style…

I think this is pretty simple – smooth rooibos and a good orange flavour, with a hint of cream. It hits the “Creamsicle” mark, though it’s not overly rich/sweet. I wish the orange was just a bit denser and sweeter, but the impression I’m getting is that I’ve reached the “flavour cap” of this tea and if I continue steeping it I’m only going to extract more rooibos which will overwhelm what is here…

Nice for a teabag, though!

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #16

Probably should have picked something with caffeine, but this smelled nice. Like those wrapped strawberry hard candied that are always in little old lady’s purses. You probably know the ones! It tastes like that too – which is nice, though very candy sweet. At least it’s not lacking flavour, which is a chronic problem of decaf blends. My guess is that strawberry flavouring is so strong though to hide the fact the base probably has been little flavour.

Anyway, I’m happy I tried it.

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I was feeling inspired yesterday after reading Roswell Strange’s post about cold brewing this fruit blend so I decided to make my own. I used about three tablespoons in my Samovar tall vivid brewpot which holds 34 ounces of water. I let it steep in the fridge overnight and it is now a beautiful shade of watermelon pink. I like my tea sweetened so I cooked up a sugar syrup and added a bit to my cup before taking a sip.

IT’S SO GOOD, OMG.

This might be my favorite cold brew I’ve done yet. Granted, I don’t do them often because if I’m having iced tea it’s usually super sweet southern iced Lipton, but for a flavored tea this is now a new fav. My husband loved it too and he’s not usually excited about iced tea in general.

First thoughts – it smells like red jello (but in a good way) so berries, berries, berries. But I do also taste the banana as Roswell mentioned. It’s unique but also predictable, if that makes sense? Predictable in a comforting, reassuring way. I really like this one if you couldn’t tell.

Flavors: Banana, Berries, Red Fruits, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #8

Cold Brew!

Initially was somewhat skeptical of this blend because it looks a bit generic, but it smells pretty nice (like fruit punch and coconut) so I took a chance! I hadn’t looked up the ingredients before trying it, and I’m pretty pleased with myself because while the overarching profile was definitely berry/fruit punch the key flavours I picked out and really enjoyed were cherry, coconut, and banana.

Finished this off very quickly today, and now debating if I want to keep the rest of the bag…

Shae

My husband loves this one (because hibiscus), but I haven’t tried it yet. I followed your lead and put some in the fridge to cold brew overnight. Looking forward to trying it tomorrow. It’s already the prettiest shade of pink!

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #1

The travelling tea box safely arrived today; thanks so much SkySamurai for kicking it off, tea-sipper for organizing, and Shae for passing it along! I’ve already divided up the box into things I’m interested in sampling and things I’m not, so I’m excited to get cracking on it!

I recognized this tea company’s name from the list that Shae compiled of Black owned tea companies, so I made sure to set some of those blends aside to sample. This one was a single serve sachet and one of several identical ones in the box, so it was a convenient first choice – plus, even though it’s obviously not referencing the prairies that I’m from I still couldn’t resist the prairie call out!

Steeped up, I thought that this was pretty nice! It’s labelled a black tea, but there is clearly a mix of both black and green tea in the blend. I steeped it like a black tea, though. It’s sweet and fruity but not overwhelming or intense – definitely tasted like strawberry but a little on the more candied strawberry side. The blend overall felt rather “European” in approach/style to me – and seeing that there are MANY tea companies listed on Steepster with this tea name and similar descriptions/ingredient sets it’s not a far cry to assume that it’s a catalog blend from a European supplier.

Just an assumption though.

Not a half bad way to kick off the box though!

EDIT: …and the dashboard seems to be glitching again because it looks like this note isn’t showing up on the feed; at least it shows up on the tea’s page though.

Shae

How strange that this one note isn’t showing up on the feed. I noticed there was a tea #2 so specifically went looking for this one. :)

tea-sipper

Yep, I noticed “tea #1” was missing from my dashboard, so only found it the tealog for only Roswell’s teas! What the heck. I hope you find some enjoyable teas from the box, Roswell!

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This was part of a sachet sampler I ordered from My Cup of Tea, one of the Black-owned tea companies I came across a few weeks back while putting together the Supporting Black-Owned Businesses list with Roswell Strange and VariaTEA. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on the Steepster discussion board! I’m adding more teas as I find them, so let me know if I’ve missed one.

Side note – There are apparently a few companies on Steepster named My Cup of Tea. This one in particular is located in Memphis, Tennessee. According to their website, “My Cup of Tea now exists to provide skills, good-paying jobs, relationships that would otherwise never come to fruition, and a step toward racial reconciliation in our community.” So, pretty cool mission.

My first thought when opening the bag for this particular blend was how much tea was included in my sachet and how nice and full the tea leaf looked inside. It wasn’t just tiny bits of tea and dust. My immediate second thought was — OMG, this smells just like vanilla frosting. It was incredible. The flavor is really nice – I can definitely taste the coconut and almond, almost an amaretto flavor there, and the base tea is sturdy enough to hold up the other flavors. This has been one of my favorites over this past week!

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Frosting, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Snowflake by My Cup of Tea (USA)
234 tasting notes

Today was my first trip to deliver meals on wheels to elderly people. After my work buddies kindly told me told me what to watch out for (naked old men who like to expose their privates and then grope female food bringers, elderly women who yell if you are late, vicious biting dogs, dirty houses, murderous neighbors, and so forth), I was terrified.

Fortunately, it was all untrue. Everyone was nice and it was fun to be out in the air bringing hot food to people who smiled at me. It was also fun to see the beautiful historic houses and the well-manicured lawns and shaped bushes. We even saw a camellia in full bloom. It was all good. Fun for me. A good deed. And I bonded with a work buddy. So, a total win-win-win. After delivering our meals and taking back the coolers to the agency, we went out to eat Thai food (our own private meals on wheels) and visited an antique store. They had this tea prominently displayed and I couldn’t resist.

The tea brews up into a murky reddish brown liquor that smells primarily of marzipan with a light coconut note. The marzipan fragrance carries through to the taste, but a strong black tea is married to it. It tastes like some sort of Ceylon black and the dry leaves are small, broken, and slightly wiry. There is a slight bitterness that tells me that four minutes was plenty of steeping time for this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

That sounds like a fabulous day, in so many ways.

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