Charleston Tea Plantation

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75

A solid English style black tea. Brewed a large pot in the Western style, and enjoyed the taste without cream or sugar. Definitely worth checking out for casual drinking or for less sophisticated tastes.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 48 OZ / 1419 ML

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36

When things say island it elicits the thoughts of tropical fruits, beaches, the ocean etc. Nothing about this tea shouts island to me besides the fact that it was made on an island. I honestly find it a bit bland. Greenish should at least have some grassy flavors but this… maybe some hay?

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80

Mmm, this is delicious! The base tea has a rich, bready flavor that mixes perfectly with the pop of sweet, juicy peach. Not sure what the difference is, but the loose leaf version is SO MUCH better than the bagged one.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

I made myself a cup of this like an hour ago and completely forgot I was steeping it for a solid chunk of time and was expecting it to taste awful. I quick took it out of my Ingenuitea and it was fine… I’m convinced its impossible to oversteep this tea!

The black base definitely shines through a little more than usual and the raspberry becomes more of an undertone but it’s still a nice cuppa.

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93

Always a favorite. I think I didn’t steep it for long enough this round but it’s still wonderful as always.

Flavors: Raspberry

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93

This one will probably always be a favorite. I generally like it iced but this morning I needed something cozy to keep me awake. I’m getting towards the bottom of the tin and the raspberry flavor is not as strong as it once was.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93

I think this is my favorite flavored black. The raspberry notes are strong and it makes for a great hot tea and a great iced tea.

Preparation
1 tsp

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I had high hopes for this tea, but was disappointed. It’s drinkable but there is really nothing to distinguish it from any other commercial, mass produced tea sitting on the shelves of supermarkets across America. The fact that it was grown in the U.S. is interesting but doesn’t make it a better tea. I believe they are a subsidiary of Bigelows, now.

Preparation
1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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95

Love this Rockville Raspbery just sweeted a little and served over ice. You still taste the tea itself with a backnote of Raspberries. Yummy!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity

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65

Brewed this up this afternoon, seems like a fairly basic green, it was decent – not super or otherwise memorable – just a decent cup of green. Had bought a few Charleston tins visiting my sister in South Carolina – was surprised to see this is the only USA grown te company and plantation :)

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80

Brewed this up this morning, decent black tea with gentl hint of raspberry. I don’t like overpowering red fruits and this tea keeps the red fruit under control by using it as a nice under-the-radar accent.

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85

I bought a tin of 2014 harvest last year and am just getting around to drinking it now.

The leaf is dark, very chopped and thin compared to Chinese leaf tea, like tea leaf flakes. I’m drinking it gong fu in a gaiwan, but with every pour my inner logic keeps saying “get out the kyusu,” because I keep losing too many bits into the cup. However, I’m lazy and a kyusu just says spring and right now the winter is holding fast. This tea definitely needs a strainer. That is the bad part.

The good is the taste is very unique. The tea brews up golden brown rather than red, and has something of a maple syrup, burnt oak and ginger taste profile. Recently I’ve also been drinking a black tea beeng cake from Yunnan Sourcing which tastes more like Tetley or ordinary black tea, but this Charleston tea has nothing of that usual black tea taste I’m familiar with. It doesn’t have the thickness, but lasts a good six flash steeps or more.

It is, however, kind of like a bag of snacks I keep eating long past what I really need or want. After I get my six or seven steeps, I dump the leaves and start again fresh. I can go three sessions a night on this stuff compared to one or two of the Chinese counterpart. A good tea for lightweights or newbies, an interesting taste profile for the regular tea drunk who usually drinks a whiskey sheng and is now making do with Pabst. Crumple the can, throw it in the bucket and grab another and whoops, I guess that twelve pack is history.

The tin is cool and I plan to keep it. This tea is sold out from last year and you have a couple months window maybe to get one. Bought mine right from the company website. I have the green also left to taste.

Edit: this tea is really growing on me over the past couple of weeks. Drinking it frequently. The caffeine level and qi in the middle of my back is awesome, I’m loving the mental clarity. Raised the rating by 5 points.

Flavors: Ginger, Maple Syrup, Oak wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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80

iced and milk made it perfect for a visit to the Americans only tea plantation :)

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40

This was a pretty basic bagged black peach tea. The base was nondescript. The peach flavor was slightly artificial, but not unpleasantly so. It’s not something I would purchase, but I would drink it again if it was offered to me.

Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teabag version. 2min at 175 degrees. Bright, grassy, clean flavor. Slightly but pleasantly astringent. “Fresh” is the best word I have to describe it. Would buy if I drank more green tea. Then again, would probably drink more green tea if I bought it…

gmathis

:) Didn’t know Charleston did a green tea. I really like their plain American Breakfast for a cheapie steep.

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55

Dryness in my mouth
Not just drinking hot water
Flavored question mark

Pyramid bag, leaves bigger and smaller. I get an odd sensation when drinking this, like it blocks my tastebuds. I’m drinking something smoother than water, but I don’t really taste anything until after I’ve swallowed.

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77

I brewed this tea a little differently and it is much better than last time. I used less leaf in the hopes of tastier tea and got better but not incredible tea. This is another one I bought for the novelty factor of USA grown tea.

It is slightly sweet with some but not a lot of raspberry flavor. It is not too bitter but a little. Not bad but I would not buy it again.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3min.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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67

Bought this a while ago and am just now getting to trying it. I was better than I expected, but then again I expected something absolutely horrific. This tea is overly floral with an slightly unpleasant grassy aftertaste. I admit I bought it purely for the novelty factor of an American green tea. They need to improve this at the Charleston Tea Plantation. They have about 1600 years of catching up to do before they are equal to the Chinese.

I brewed this western style for 3 min with 3 tsp leaf in an 18 oz teapot with 175 degree water.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Found this tea and had to try it as an iced tea. When it arrived I opened it to spell the dried tea leaves and felt like I was in a Peach orchard. Brewed my first batch and tried it hot because I could not wait to taste the peaches, was disappointed. Then I wanted for it to cool down. After loading a tall glass with ice and trying it cold I was well pleased with the flavor profile. The mix of malty black tea and peaches made one of my favorite new iced tea for summer. I would highly recommend it for a backyard B-B-Q.

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