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drank Evening Escape by Tea Guys
255 tasting notes

I was very lucky and won in the supremely entertaining, intelligent, and creative Geek Day Tea Giveaway that Rabs planned.

The tea package came with intriguing instructions and each tea beautifully wrapped. I had to wait to procure my camera from my son and then took some pictures: the pictures do not do justice to the elegant packaging.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/destro/4675973000/

I hope that the above link will show you the beautiful and drop-dead gorgeous packaging. I am certain that this is the way gifts are packaged in the Tokyo branch of Tiffanys.

Today I rolled the die that RABS included and came up with an 8. The tea is Evening Escape by Tea Guys. Even though it was close to 3 in the afternoon, I decided to drink it instantly because the packages says “black tea, flower petels”. I opened the package and smelt——my sorely missed morning Lapsang Souchong!!!! Really! I wouldn’t consider Lapsang Souchongs an “evening escape” unless enjoyed with an opium pipe. The smell really stoked me to expect a great tea and this one did not disappoint me at all. I see that the Tea Guys are from Massachusetts and I can visualize them having Arlo Guthrie over for tea, music, and a pipe on the evening. They are on Adirondack rocking chairs on the wrap-around veranda of a retropurposed farmhouse which is now a tea blending company. As I wait for the tea to steep my mental image of the tea guys is complete. There were those lovely purple-blue flowers in the tea as well—-I believe that they are mallow flowers—and I like them. Anyhow, I see the Tea Guys as looking a bit like Crosby, Stills, and Nash of 45 years ago. “Carry On” they sing as they pick their mallow flowers.

My first impression is that this tea is a light Lapsang with the sweet floral highlights. I really like it a lot because I start to slurp it eagerly. It does taste a bit like a combination of Leland Lapsang and Mariage Freres Eros and in the combination it becomes unique. I know I will have to order this tea!
I felt as if I had been prudent enough. I waited almost 24 hours before the lovely package from RABS arrived to roll the dice so I decided to have a second cup and to try the sweetener/milk combination. NB: I do end up preferring most teas with a bit of whole milk and a few little brown/amber sugar crystals. This tea stands up to the milk without compromising any of its integrity and the sugar if anything enhances the sweetness of the floral element.

All in all, I pronounce this tea a quasi-divinity and pronounce Rabs a tea-Goddess for coming up with this lovely and alluring competition.

Evening Escape by the Tea Guys is very versatile: it will taste like bacon in the morning; like a robust lapsang with flowers in the afternoon. And the evening? It might just be an escape, but it is no soothingly lazy herbal blend. This is a daytime tea for me and a delicious delight.

May thanks to RABS for her exquisite inventive imagination and her superb good taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Awesome package!

__Morgana__

Gorgeous packaging indeed! And I love your vision of the TeaGuys!

AmazonV

AWESOME, this is the first tea game post i can remember seeing and I can’t wait to follow along with your adventure :)

That packaging puts mine to shame!

Rabs

::blushes and does a happy dance:: Doulton: you’re so very welcome! I loved your review!

I mailed all the packages at the same time, but the 1st and 2nd place winners are still waiting for theirs :( So hopefully we start seeing more “game posts” next week.

Thanks for the great pics! I was in such a hurry to get the packages out the door that I didn’t even think to take photos before sending them off. And I love the photo where you see a bit of a fluffy cat :)

I’m so glad that you rolled an 8 this time around since you had such a bad morning experience (I was truly hoping that you would roll high). I ended up purchasing a full bag of this one because I was so sad when I used up the last of the sample — I need to go back and reread my original review.

Ewa

Oh wow, that packaging is beautiful!

Rabs

Thank you so much! :)

ashmanra

Love the packaging – and the imagery! Could it be considered an evening tea because the lapsang leaves are usually lower in caffeine? I read that somewhere but don’t remember where. I read far too many tea sites when I should be doing other things…

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LiberTEAS

Awesome package!

__Morgana__

Gorgeous packaging indeed! And I love your vision of the TeaGuys!

AmazonV

AWESOME, this is the first tea game post i can remember seeing and I can’t wait to follow along with your adventure :)

That packaging puts mine to shame!

Rabs

::blushes and does a happy dance:: Doulton: you’re so very welcome! I loved your review!

I mailed all the packages at the same time, but the 1st and 2nd place winners are still waiting for theirs :( So hopefully we start seeing more “game posts” next week.

Thanks for the great pics! I was in such a hurry to get the packages out the door that I didn’t even think to take photos before sending them off. And I love the photo where you see a bit of a fluffy cat :)

I’m so glad that you rolled an 8 this time around since you had such a bad morning experience (I was truly hoping that you would roll high). I ended up purchasing a full bag of this one because I was so sad when I used up the last of the sample — I need to go back and reread my original review.

Ewa

Oh wow, that packaging is beautiful!

Rabs

Thank you so much! :)

ashmanra

Love the packaging – and the imagery! Could it be considered an evening tea because the lapsang leaves are usually lower in caffeine? I read that somewhere but don’t remember where. I read far too many tea sites when I should be doing other things…

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

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Never again in a hundred million years

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Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
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Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

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Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

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