Tuesday Tea - Coconut Calypso and Egyptian Chamomile - Steeped Tea

About Steeped Tea

Christa Jones, a consultant for Steeped Tea, contacted me several months ago with an offer I couldn't refuse. She sent me a package of teas of some of their best selling teas so I could share them with you. Before she emailed me I wasn't familiar with this Canada-based company so Christa urged me to take a peak at their seasonal brochure so I could get a feel for their offerings. In addition to the wide range of teas they stock they also carry teaware and tea inspired edibles like Chocolate Chai Muffin Mix and Matcha Mousse.

Steeped tea isn't your typical tea business. While they do offer ordering online, they're actually structured more like Mary Kay (makeup) or PartyLite (candles) and use direct sales to spread the word about their teas. The idea of a house party may not be for everyone, but it is a great way to share your love of tea with others. According to their website "this company began as a passionate search for the perfect cup of tea. Along the way we discovered that the secret was who you shared it with." Well Steeped Tea, I couldn't agree more.

Today I'll be sharing two teas with you, Coconut Calypso and Egyptian Chamomile. You can also read my reviews of the two teas I shared last month, Piña Colada and Crème Carmello.

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Coconut Calypso

Tea Description:

Coconut has never tasted so good with this fun and unexpected flavor.

Ingredients: Pai Mu Tan white Tea, coconut pieces, rosebuds, blue mallow flowers, natural flavors.

Other Information:

Leaf Type: White (flavored)

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 175°F

Steep Time: 4-5 minutes

Review:

Out of the six teas I've sampled from Steeped Tea, Coconut Calypso is the most colorful. The large leaves of white tea are sprinkled with blue mallow flowers and delicate pink rosebuds, giving it a somewhat romantic feel. As much as I love the way this tea looks, it is unfortunately the one I enjoyed the least. To start off, it has such an unappealing smell that I struggled to drink it. Scent is such a huge part of what I enjoy about tea, if the tea doesn't smell good it ruins the entire experience. The unpleasant scent does tend to dissipate as the tea cools and isn't nearly as noticeable when I cold steep this blend overnight. It seems to come out at its strongest when the tea is prepared hot. So as a solution, I've stopped preparing this tea hot.

Problem solved, well, sort of...

Unfortunately I didn't care for the taste of this blend either. There is a very one-note flavor that is supposed to be coconut, but doesn't quite taste like it. Instead it comes across as overly sweet and blatantly not coconut. Some flavors are more difficult than others to recreate believably in tea and coconut is squarely in the pretty well impossible to recreate category. This is why I tend to stay away from coconut heavy teas. As a side note, this blend also left an oily film on my ingenuiTEA, which I use for steeping, and on the drinking jar I put my tea in. It took a lot of scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar to remove it, which only added to my frustration with this tea.

My Rating: 62/100

Would I order this again? No. I didn't enjoy the scent or flavor of this blend.

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Egyptian Chamomile

Tea Description:

Ancient Egyptians enjoyed chamomile for its calming taste.

Ingredients: Egyptian chamomile blossoms

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Herbal

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1.5 teaspoons per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 208°F

Steep Time: 4-5 minutes

Review:

Our second tea today, Egyptian Chamomile, is one of the first teas my mother gave me when I was younger. It was a staple in our household, normally reserved for those nights we couldn't sleep or weren't feeling good. It is known to be a mild sedative and also for its ability to calm an upset stomach, which is why my mother always pulled it out when we were sick. It is also naturally caffeine free so you'll commonly see it listed as an ingredient in various herbal and bedtime blends. The flavor is mild and somewhat sweet with a slight taste of apples. You can drink it on its own, blend it with other herbals, or serve it with a large drizzle of honey to ease a sore throat. While I don't generally purchase chamomile on its own, it is still something great to have on hand. You'll find it listed as an ingredient in many of the teas in my cupboard.

My Rating: 79/100

Would I order this again? Possibly. I prefer to grow my own, but in a pinch I'd pick up another package of this to keep in my cupboard for those nights I can't sleep.

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Christa Jones a Steeped Tea consultant has provided me with tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.