I have had a bunch of different teas from the Charleston Tea Plantation sitting in a drawer, and with the exception of Plantation Peach – which was YUMMY! especially iced – I have failed to taste them! Gmathis inspired me this morning. When I saw her review of this tea, I thought, “Hey, I have that!”

I used two sachets in an 18 ounce Stump pot and steeped for three minutes. The liquor was orange/ amber. There is a light sweet potato scent that intensifies when your kid adds a bucket of sugar to her cup! As is my habit, I took it plain first because it was my first time drinking it, and it was a smooth enough cup of tea to be taken without milk. There is a slight hint of breakfast tea bite that would probably be stronger if you want it just by adding more tea or increasing your steep time. Not bad, and it comes from an island just a few hours drive from me that I still haven’t managed to visit!

I tried it next with a bit of sugar, and I thought it odd that sugar increased the sense of bite. If you like an Assam to kick your butt into gear, you would like that! Next I added a splash of milk to smooth that bite. It was a decent cup of tea that way as well.

Overall, I think I liked it best absolutely plain. My daughters were not wild about it, but they add LOTS of sugar and milk to most of their teas so they tend to like things with more Assam in them.

gmathis

You’re a lot more poetic than I was this morning, but it’s definitely a good stand-alone sippin’ tea! Charleston Tea Plantation is on my bucket list, too.

Janefan

It’s definitely worth a visit! It’s the only tea plantation in the continental US, and the drive out onto the island is beautiful thanks to the marshland and hanging moss.

Bonnie

But tea is grown in Washington State too! Who would have thought! (There is Hawaii but not in the continental U.S.)

Janefan

@Bonnie I didn’t know that about Washington – thanks!

Bonnie

I’m not that smart…my Aunt and Uncle live in Skagit Valley where the farm is! Sakuma Bros.Farms has White, Oolong and Green that they grow there. The area grows lots and lots of bulbs (tulips) and ships them to Holland. When in bloom people come from all over to see the flowers (May usually I think). I was going to move there but too much rain!

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gmathis

You’re a lot more poetic than I was this morning, but it’s definitely a good stand-alone sippin’ tea! Charleston Tea Plantation is on my bucket list, too.

Janefan

It’s definitely worth a visit! It’s the only tea plantation in the continental US, and the drive out onto the island is beautiful thanks to the marshland and hanging moss.

Bonnie

But tea is grown in Washington State too! Who would have thought! (There is Hawaii but not in the continental U.S.)

Janefan

@Bonnie I didn’t know that about Washington – thanks!

Bonnie

I’m not that smart…my Aunt and Uncle live in Skagit Valley where the farm is! Sakuma Bros.Farms has White, Oolong and Green that they grow there. The area grows lots and lots of bulbs (tulips) and ships them to Holland. When in bloom people come from all over to see the flowers (May usually I think). I was going to move there but too much rain!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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