361 Tasting Notes

85
drank Evening Escape by Tea Guys
361 tasting notes

This tea called to me this morning after reading Doulton’s fabulous write-up on it the other day. I think it was pre-Shakespeare box when I had this last, so I was quite curious to see what I now thought of it. While it steeped I looked at the back of the tea packet where a somewhat lengthier description was written. It was a somewhat vindicating moment in that is mentions Keemun and Lapsang Souchong. The Tea Guys’ website mentions only Keemun and Darjeeling! I thought that I was going crazy as I tried to taste Darjeeling in my earlier cups and kept thinking, “but it tastes more like a Lapsang — maybe it’s how Keemun and Darjeeling interact that makes it smokey?”

With my mind no longer distracted by trying to find things that weren’t in the blend I found this more enjoyable. I think that it’s my favorite Keemun blend by far, and a decent Lapsang Souchong blend. I want to try this tea at boiling next time since I’m getting a dryness at the back of my throat. Bumped up the rating from a 78. NE

ETA: Oh, just remembered the Rose Keemun blend that I loved from the Shakespeare box — so this would be my second-most favorite Keemun blend :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

It was the first day of our Summer Reading Program at the library, so I needed something both yummy and sanity-saving. Earl Grey Cream to the rescue! I now know the secret ingredient (mwahahaaaa!) and I have to say that it truly is the right amount for optimum numminess. I’m dying for another Steepsterite to try this and put in their 2 cents. I’m also dying for Daniel to make this available for sale (hint-hint), because I’m not going to place my order until this is available ;) Bumping the rating up by a point! TG

I also have found the right equation for my JOEmo thermos:
1 tsp and 165 degrees.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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92

What an amazingly nice surprise! I knew that I wanted something with caffeine this evening, and preferably something from Georgiea Tea Company (I want to place an order soon, so I need to try all my samples STAT!). This one was labeled “oolong” so I went with it. Mmmmm…oolong… I thought I recalled that TeaEqualsBliss had reviewed this positively, but part of me still went “erm, anything named ‘weight loss’ isn’t going to taste too nummy.” For once I love being wrong.

The leaves (both dry and wet) smelled…planty? I couldn’t even say. I noticed some things non-plantlike in the mix, but couldn’t identify what the little nuggets were. I forgot about the nuggets until I finally looked this tea up on my second steep.

The taste? I don’t know if I can do this justice. What I kept thinking as I drank my first cup was “this is like drinking the happiest plant on the planet!” It’s like a subtly sweet plant — perfectly delightful. Happy plant = happy tea = happy me

The second steep is just as great (added a minute). I finally broke down and looked this tea up and saw there was green tea along with oolong, mango, and papaya. I can hardly believe it! I also read TEB’s note and have to completely agree with her. This tea is greater than its parts — it’s beautifully blended. This is going on my “must buy” list. TG

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Woot! Woot!!! :P

Ewa

oh man, oh man. you guys are making me really excited about this company :D

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s a GREAT Company!!!

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99

NOM! There’s just something wonderful about starting a grey drizzly day with a fantastic smoky tea. This is the last pot of Georgia Tea Company’s smoky teas (I have enought LS for a travel mug) until I place an order ::sniffles:: TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Doulton

I think that you and I both have the Lapsang Souchong bug. I think you read my note on my outrage that I got one without any taste at all (from The Tea Farm) but most of them are very good. Adagio has a good one and so does Leland—I don’t know if I reviewed them.

Rabs

Oh, I definitely and most delightedly have the bug. My first Lapsang Souchong was from Adagio. At the time I thought that I’d only want LSes on rare occassions since it was sooo intense. Now most mornings I reach for them first! I need to check out Leland’s.

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Usually when I receive samples it’s the Lapsang Souchongs and other smokey teas that I usually separate from the rest of the teas. With the Georgia Tea Company samples it was this tea that I immediately separated from the rest. This puppy is fra-grant! This is also the most confetti-like tisane that I’ve ever seen. I had a moment of panic when I scooped the tea thinking that a metal shaving had somehow gotten into the mix! But no — it’s some sort of uber-shiney petal. And I agree with Kristin that it looks like there are carrots in there.

The smell? It really reminds me of Twizzlers. Strange, but true! The taste is like a healthy, more tart version of Twizzlers. I think that the tartness would probably fade with some sort of additive (like Kristin did with the agave nectar). I also think that this could be amazing iced. I’ve never been a big fan of fruit tisanes, but this was a pleasant surprise. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

That’s one of our new teas. It’s meant to be iced, I sold it years ago and it did pretty well in the summer. :) Carrots are in it, by the way.

Rabs

It’s good to know that it’s supposed to be iced! I think that the fact that it could be drank hot and still enjoyed is an excellent sign of a good iced tea :)

Kristin

Ooo, I might just have enough left for one glass of iced tea.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Yes, sorry, I will definitely mention that when I put it up for sale, plus all the ingredients.

Kristin

It’s in the fridge and ready to drink, so I’ll get a taste of it iced later today. We are gonna hit 79 today (that’ HOT for us); a good day for iced tea.

Rabs

OooOOooo! I can’t wait to see what you think! :D

Kristin

well, I made the iced tea, but then had to throw it out today. My town just went on a boil water order. We’ve been having flooding from snow melt runoff. Didn’t want to risk the contamination. http://www.parkrecord.com/newsupdates/ci_15260526

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

I updated this teas info to include the ingredients.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Btw, teh shiny petal you found is a cornflower blossom. Usually they are blue, some the tips can be shiny silver.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

I just realized I bought a Pomegranate Pai Mu Tan and never even put it on my web site. No wonder I haven’t sold it yet…

Kristin

Daniel if you need anyone to taste that one, I’ll take that hit :). I’d also love to taste that Rooibos Rainbow. I still have 2 more to taste for you from my last batch… the water contamination has taken its toll on my tea drinking since we are using all bottled water (and lots of diet soda). Hopefully our water will be back to normal by tomorrow.

Rabs

Cornflower blossom! That’s beyond cool — I didn’t know that they could be that shiney. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Daniel – I would be interested as well!

AmazonV

haha don’t bring up new tea here Dan, it’s like catnip everyone comes out and goes WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Kristin

we can’t help it. :)

AmazonV

@kristin must try all teas! yup yup it’s a delicious impulse :)

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Haha, I love you guys.

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84
drank 1001 Nights by TeaFrog
361 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this one since I received the sample, and today’s Steepster Select was a great reminder. The smell and taste of this tea really reminded me of the Tea Guys’ Mango Rose without the Mango (the tea I was all “Nerds!” about and therefore think that the mango aspect pushed it further into the candy category than this tea).

It’s a really pleasant floral tea. My second steep has cooled off completely and it’s still nice. I will definitely order this one when I finally place another TeaFrog order, but I’m more of a “Nerds!” girl and if I had to chose between the two, then this one wouldn’t make the cut. NE

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
361 tasting notes

ANGEL FOOD CAKE!!!!!

I’m not even 1/3 of the way through my huge mug-o-tea, but I couldn’t help myself because from the moment I smelled this tea I was transported to childhood when my mother would make angel food cake from an old family recipe (including homemade cherry frosting). The only difference would be if you substituted coconut frosting for the cherry and toned down the sweetness.

The cup is more coconutty, but the flavors still blend beautifully. I think that perhaps I may be transforming into a coconut fan. I think that the other flavors may come out more prominently as the cup cools, but I’m having trouble putting my cup down so it might not get a chance to cool off much before it’s all in mah tummy. I will edit if anything else needs noting, but oh my lordy: yum! TG

ETA: I think that I finished off my first cup in record time! The fragrance was pretty intense throughout all of it. I’m having my second steep now and I think that I like it even more than the first. The flavors are all meshed beautifully and I’m getting more of the tea base. I love the second steep of this tea. Another big thank you to Daniel Mann for this sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

This is my favorite flavored black tea. Reminds me of christmas!

Rabs

I can totally imagine this as “Christmassey.” But for me it’s more “birthday-ey” :D

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

That makes sense, too!

Kristin

I loved this one too!

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99

What a great way to start my day! I actually slept in past 10am (gone are the days where I could sleep ‘til 1 or 2 in the afternoon ::sigh::). I’m getting a lot more of the sweetness in the first steep this time around. I also drank most of my first cup while having pizza and it paired really well with it. I only have enough left for one more pot so I need to get crackin’ and really try the rest of my Georgia Tea Company samples that the generous Daniel Mann sent to me because there will be an order as soon as I get my mid-month paycheck. TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Peach Oolong by Georgia Tea Company
361 tasting notes

I had three rather pleasant steeps of this tea this afternoon/evening using my huge mug. I don’t think that I’ve had a plain “Formosa” oolong. I tried doing some research (i.e. I looked at two sites and then gave up), but I came up no more wise. My brain just sort of glazes over when I start trying to figure out locales/types of oolongs. I was really feeling impressed with myself when I could go “oh, that’s gotta be a Wuyi.” And then I visited Life in Teacup’s site and my head ’sploded a little.

All this is to say I can’t really grade this as an oolong. It has a great peachy smell both with the dry leaf and steeped cup. I got hints of “planty” oolongishness (as opposed to “veggie” or “earthy”). It’s a really pleasant tea but I prefer a bit more “oomph.” I’m quite curious to try it iced. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

My first 52teas order arrived yesterday — woohoo!!!!! I was too pooped from work and had so many other things to catch up on that I decided to wait until today to start steepin’ (but you can bet your sweet bippy that I opened them all last night and sniffed the leaves). Yummy!

So, I bet you’re looking at the tea that I’m rating and giving me the hairy eyeball. I know what y’all must be thinking: “but she goes on and on about how she doesn’t like chocolate, and yet she buys a big honkin’ 4 oz tin of this?!?! She cray-zay!” Yes, I am, as I think you’re thinking “cray-zay.” I actually really like Girl Scout Thin Mints — they’re sort of in their own realm of chocolate. But then again they’re not available year round, so that makes them more of a treat. I generally prefer my chocolate mixed with other things such as peanut butter, mint, cookies, caramel, etc (never chunky nuts — blech). But even then I can only do a little at a time and then I’m good for at least a month or more in regard to consuming chocolate. So, I think that my tin of this should last well over a year. Well, unless my Mom steals it from me.

This tea truly is like a liquid Thin Mint. It’s sort of like having a smooth black tea while eating a box of those cookies. Like you’ve just swallowed your cookie and then quickly taken a sip of tea. NOM!

This tea also helped me stop crying after a second mystery Samovar package showed up today. It turned out to be my original order that had been mis-handled. I thought that the original package would be sent to me — apparently not. This original box that I received today (2 days after sending out the Geek Prizes almost a week late) has the super-special prize for the Geek Pride grand prize winner placed in a nice gift box whereas the replacement shipment had everything thrown in and individually wrapped up in TONS of bubble wrap (you’ll eventually see Cait — again I apologize). The boxed item takes up about a third of the space of what I sent out to Cait. I was moved to angry tears because I was so very excited to place my first Samovar order and it has turned into such a nightmare. I don’t plan on ever repeating this nightmare ever again — I didn’t spend this much money to get so much grief. I’m awaiting a response from Samovar to see what on earth I’m supposed to do with this box that I don’t want and I’m angry that I have to deal with it. At least I wasn’t double-charged because I couldn’t afford that (my car payment would have bounced). If that had happened, then you would’ve seen Rabs really really mad.

Sorry for the venting, but it does come back around to my conclusion:

All of this frustration seemed to melt away once I sent off my email to Samovar and I was able to concentrate on this wonderful tea. I’m definitely tickled pink with Frank’s customer service and free shipping. The thought of spending my money (and knowing how much further it’ll go) at places like 52teas gives me hope in my tea future. TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

We made this iced last night, and it’s pretty good.

Kristin

Sorry to hear about that. :( And I was just contemplating buying something from them too.

Rabs

I think that you should go ahead and buy from them — in no way do I mean to discourage others from buying Samovar’s wares. It’s more of a warning of potential issues to put out there, and if enough issues happen to enough people then that’s when I’d say not to order. I’ve worked retail long enough to know that freak things happen, but that background also gives me insight into how situations like this should be handled, and I’m not impressed with how it’s been handled thus far.

AmazonV

I am still sad over your samovar experience :(

LiberTEAS

As far as I’m concerned, 52Teas ROCKS! Frank responds promptly to emails, the teas are terrific, and the shipping is usually quite prompt. There have been a few times when it’s been a bit slower – but you know what? I’d rather have FREE shipping and wait a little longer for the tea. The free shipping enables me to buy more tea!

Angrboda

Adding some more praise to Frank’s customer service. He didn’t ship to Denmark but to some other European countries when I first learned about the site, but I asked him nicely and he figured it out and included Denmark. Okay, I begged pitifully, but it amounts to the same thing.
AND on my birthday he made a special coupon code for me that gave me free shipping for a couple of weeks.
If that’s not awesome customer service, I don’t know what is.

52teas

blush Thanks, LiberTEAS. Glad you are enjoying the Chocolate Mint, Rabs. (I just saw what the TG stands for; that’s awesome!)

52teas

and thanks to you too, Angrboda.

It’s so good to be appreciated. Please keep spreading the word about our teas/service! We’re still a small operation with BIG plans.

LiberTEAS

52Teas – I don’t know if you have heard, but TeaEqualsBliss and I have started a new tea review blog called SororiTEA Sisters. I have one of your teas reviewed and published thus far. :)

ps: did you happen to see my reblend requests?

Rabs

The pleasure’s all mine! (TG and all) ;)

I’d sort of moved 52teas off to the side when I found out that most of the blends were “temporary.” Once I got over my fear of loss and then read the comments on Angrboda’s birthday I knew that I had to try 52teas. That’s what I call customer service. And to top it all off — I consider Wichita my hometown, so it’s wonderful to support a local business :D

AmazonV

@Rabs yea it does make me sad when the teas go away, but on the other hand there is ALWAYS something new!

__Morgana__

Aww, so sorry to hear about your woes. Glad you liked this one, though!

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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