Clipper Ship Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Thank you so much to AllanK for sending me some of this delicious tea! I’ve never had a black pearl tea before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect…as it turns out, this is one of the best straight black teas I’ve ever tried! Even after a 6-minute steep, it’s super smooth…I don’t notice any bitterness or astringency and I feel no need to add milk (which is unusual for me when drinking a straight black tea). There’s a nice natural sweetness here with notes of chocolate, honey, and malt. And on top of all that, you can keep re-steeping it practically all day. I may have found a new favorite…

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Smooth

AllanK

I am glad you liked it. It was my favorite straight black from Clipper Ship Tea Company, a company that is rumored to soon have a website. They have switched from selling tea by “30 cup” sizes and now sell in 50g and 150g sizes, etc. Once their website gets going it would be worth checking out. I have gotten a lot of good tea from them.

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78

This tea is tasty but strange. It is a blend with puerh tea, coffee beans and something else, I don’t know what until I call Clipper Ship Tea Company and find out. It tastes like someone brewed 2/3 of a cup of puerh and mixed it with 1/3 of a cup of coffee. I get the flavor of the coffee first and the flavor of the puerh in the background. I know the Chinesse sometimes blend coffee beans with puerh tea but this is a first for me. I am not sure whether or not I like it but I think I do like it. However, I wouldn’t want to drink it often so I’m glad I only bought 50g.

I brewed this once in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

I have to say, this tea really woke me up this morning. Must be the coffee.

Kittenna

Cow Harbour made me laugh :P

AllanK

Cow Harbor is an actual place in Northport, LI. I don’t know how it got that name. The tea shop is from Northport. Many of their teas have LI based local names.

AllanK

There is also a race held there every year called the Cow Harbor 10K.

Kittenna

Haha, that makes much more sense!

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87

This is a relatively tasty ripe puerh tea from my local tea shop, Clipper Ship Tea Company. It has only a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left, but then again I have never tasted a loose puerh tea without any fermentation flavor, I don’t know why that is. It is sweet with dates notes and an aftertaste I just don’t know how to describe. It is not a bad aftertaste, I just can’t figure out how to describe it. There is no bitterness to this tea and I don’t discern any sour notes. This is good as it was somewhat expensive. I paid $42 for 150g of tea at a Black Friday Sale price of 20% off for a total of around $33.50. I will put this away with my other Shou Puerh and see how it ages. I think the thing I like most about puerh is unlike other teas, it doesn’t go bad.

I brewed this tea once western style in an 18oz teapot with 6.1g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Dates, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

That is one thing I like about puerh also. Though it does lend itself to hoarding :)

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Bought a sample of this yesterday at Clipper Ship Tea Company. This is my second time reviewing this as Steepster is having the hiccups this morning. The first time did not go through at all. I find it is best to load the tea page on two separate pages so you can copy and paste to the second when the first one fails to load entirely, frustrating.

This tea is slightly floral, slightly vegetal, slightly sweet and quite creamy in nature. There is also a very slight sourness that could be from too high a temperature or too long brewing time. I only bought the sample size. Clipper Ship Tea Company has some excellent teas, this one is good but not great. The tea leaves have a honey like aroma to them and are dark green and appear to be either broken leaf or just small leaf, not sure which. They look very good. When I drink the Cloud and Mist from Mandala again I will have to compare them. I think that Mandala’s was better. This one didn’t come with brewing parameters so I was just guessing.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 2 min. Next time I will try 160 degree water and 1 min and see if the slight sour note goes away.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sour, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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81
drank Castaway by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
361 tasting notes

This is a relatively nice blend from the Clipper Ship Tea Co. It is fruity, not entirely sure what is in it but I think maybe Jackfruit or such island flavors. There is a little bit of bitterness but not much. There is also a little bit of astringency to it. Overall it is good. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but I will try to finish it before it goes bad. If anyone might get to Clipper Ship Tea Co and would like to try some I am open for swaps. I have about twenty or so of their teas.

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

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Bought a sample of this months ago, just got around to trying it now. It is fairly malty and somewhat sweet tasting. I taste a slight, very slight sourness too. This could be from being in a zip lock package for six months or my taste buds, not sure if its one of these factors. The tea is characteristic ceylon in its briskness. There is not much bitterness to this tea. If you ever get to Northport, LI, NY visit Clipper Ship Tea Co. They are an excellent store. Perhaps they are not as good as Butiki but they are excellent. They, unfortunately, are strictly brick and mortar. They have no website. You can find them on Facebook.

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

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Casablanca by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
361 tasting notes

This tea is a mix of a number of ingredients but what really stands out is the green tea and the peppermint. The jasmine is there in the background. I wouldn’t know it had cornflower petals if I hadn’t called Clipper Ship Tea Co for the ingredients when I entered it into the system. At first sip I didn’t like this tea. However as I drank it my opinion changed. I think this is an excellent tea. I really liked it in the end.

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

Flavors: Jasmine, Peppermint, Sweet

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

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64

This tea is overly malty (not meaning chocolate malt) and not that great. It definitely goes into the category of teas I will not buy again. It has a bit of a sour note to it too. It has not been in my cupboard long enough to have gone bad.

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

Boychik, if you get to Clipper Ship Tea Co avoid this one. It has a nice aroma but is not so great.

boychik

Thank you Allan, just dont know when i get there. Life is so hectic now…

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87

This is a very tasty oolong blend from Clipper Ship Tea Company. It contains nuts and I suspect vanilla. It is quite good. There are notes of nuts, butter and vanilla in any case. I will call Clipper Ship Tea Company later and get the ingredients so I can update the website. There is almost no bitterness in this tea even though I brewed it western style, not Gongfu style. It has a slightly sweet flavor to it.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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77

This tea is very strong and very malty and somewhat bitter. It should hopefully wake me up. It is a little too bitter and a little too malty, not meaning chocolate malt. It is good as breakfast blends go, just too bitter.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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82

Brewed this today at 190 degrees to see if I would like it better than before. It is a little improved. It is still good but not the very best is how I would put it. It is something worth finishing, hopefully, but not something worth buying again. It is still very malty and just a little bitter. I may eventually try brewing it at 160 degrees and see what I get or just cut back on the steep time by half.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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82

This tea is excellent, somewhat bitter and very malty(not meaning chocolate). The brewing instructions called for boiling water but I think it could benefit from 190 degree water.It will hopefully wake me up as it is too early.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 2.5 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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84

This is an excellent blend from Clipper Ship Tea Company. It a fruity melange of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate, papaya, and rose hips not to mention black and green tea. The flavors are not too powerful which is good and they mix well. No one flavor dominates the mix.

I brewed thi once in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min. If I had remembered there was green tea in the mix I would have lowered the water temperature. It came out good and not bitter anyway.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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82

This tea is an excellent caffeine free indulgence. It has those three things you need, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It is purchased from the Clipper Ship Tea Company of Northport, Long Island, New York. They do take phone orders and have an impressive selection of teawares. They don’t yet have a website but I am guessing that some of the one million people within driving distance will be on Steepster. The main flavor of this tea is chocolate, with a spicy aftertaste and the background more mild vegetal flavor of the honeybush.

I brewed this once for 5 min in an 18 oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
mj

Haha, “those three things you need”….you speak the truth, Allan!

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85

This tea was quite good. It rates highly in comparison to other oolongs I have had in this class. There were some subtle chocolate notes and a strong oolong taste that I am not sure I can describe. There was a little bit of bitterness. While I didn’t get tea drunk it was very relaxing. I purchased it locally from the biggest tea store on Long Island (at least in the number of teas biggest), Clipper Ship Tea Company. I am not sure I would buy it again simply because I thought it somewhat overpriced at $12 for 46g of tea. They sell the tea by the number of “cups”, not by weight. It is this one quirk of an otherwise great store with lots of great tea and teaware. They have not website but you can buy their teas over the phone if you want.

I brewed this tea five times in a large gaiwan, about 180ml. I used 7g of leaf. I used 190 degree water. I gave the tea a 10 sec rinse. I then brewed it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec and 30 sec. There were distinct chocolate notes and that was the main note I identified when I switched from suger to fresh raspberries and honey for steepings three and four. I went back to sugar for the last steeping.

I like this tea a lot but am annoyed that I only realized after I got it home and weighed it that it was only 46g. Had I known the price when I bought it I would probably not have batted an eye.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
boychik

Allan, thats not expensive for good DHP

AllanK

It was more that they charge by the cup not telling you how much you get. With some blends a 30 cup package fills a tin, with others not so much. I thought I was getting more than I got because they have a slightly deceptive packaging by selling “30 cups” instead of “4 ounces” or “2 ounces”. If I had been told I was getting less than their usual “30 cups” of tea I would not have been so annoyed. I think the counter girl just accidentally forgot to take off for the packaging and didn’t want to admit it when I called about it.

AllanK

In other words, they probably added the weight of the packaging, that would bring it up in weight to their usual “30 cup” size.

boychik

http://www.jingteashop.com/
http://www.taotealeaf.com/
best DHP, Rou Gui, Bei Dou i tried(not that i tried many, but its just soo good)

AllanK

Where do you get this Rou Gui Da Hong Pao?

AllanK

Nevermind, not paying attention

AllanK

When I was at Clipper Ship Tea they said they are supposed to be getting a 5 yr old loose sheng in and finally Puerh cakes. I bought their last puerh cake about two years ago and it started my on an odyssey. If you get a chance to get their Boychik they may again have Puerh cakes.

boychik

Oh, sounds exciting! I will let you know abt my experience with them. I’m so spoiled with online shopping. Cannot recall any negative experience ( knock on wood ;)
i do recommend you Jing Tea shop. i dont think they have sales, ship is flat $5 which is not bad at all.
http://www.jingteashop.com/pd-jing-tea-shop-oolong-dancong-milan.cfm
This dancong is so juicy, lots of resteeps
Tao Tea Leaf , i will wait till end of December, they supposed to have Boxing Day sale like 50% off. Great quality, anything i tried worth every penny.

AllanK

I get all their emails. They send out periodic sale emails. You might luck into a good sale. I don’t know if you can sign up on Facebook or if you would have to call them. Otherwise, if I see anything interesting I could forward it to you. They have a sale on today and tomorrow. Buy one pack of tea get the next half off. I don’t think you need a coupon for this one.

boychik

which shop Allan has a sale? JTS or TTL?
pls send me a link, cant find this promo

AllanK

Sorry, I was talking about Clipper Ship Tea Company.

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82

This is a tea I always end up brewing western style. The puerh in it is probably just a little above average, good but not fantastic. The chocolate in it is great. It could be described as chocolaty goodness with puerh. It is a tea I brew for nights when I don’t have the time to gongfu a tea and just want to steep one pot.

I brewed 12g of leaf in an 18 oz teapot with boiling water for thirty seconds. It came out chocolaty, chocolaty, chocolaty.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 12 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

This is a very tasty tea from my local tea shop, Clipper Ship Tea Company. I have decided to review it here in case anyone is local on Long Island or even an NYC resident who might choose to take a trip. They do not have a website, they do take phone orders.

Back to this tea. This is a pearl tea, large pearl shaped nuggets of Yunnan black tea. It is very malty and slightly astringent. A hint of natural sweetness pokes through too. There is some bitterness as well. This tea defines complex. It has malt flavors, it has astringent flavors, it has sweet flavors, it has bitter flavors. It is excellent with sugar, how I am drinking it now, and takes honey well from what I remember. You could add milk to this one but I never add milk to tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

If anyone who reads this is local to Long Island, or potentially even Queens, they should take a ride and check out this store. It is about the only real tea store on Long Island save Teavana and I think one other. They have a great selection of teas and teaware. They even had a couple of gaiwans the last time I was there. They are located in Northport village so they are well located for anyone in eastern Nassau County or Western Suffolk County.

AllanK

You can also find them on Facebook and Yelp. The owner has a reputation for being a little odd but it is a nice shop with excellent tea. They are cheaper than Teavana.

boychik

Thank you for the info
I might check it out when we visit my sis. She is in Merrick. I hope it’s not too far;)

AllanK

It is between a 30 and 45 minute drive from Merrick, depending on the traffic. They have a facebook page where you can look up the address. I am going there tomorrow in all possibility and may buy a gaiwan depending on what they have. If I get anything I will post pics on instagram.

apt

Allan: Have you ever been to Fang Gourmet?

AllanK

I have been to Fang Gourmet Tea. They are a great little store. They do sampling as a gongfu tea service.

AllanK

I have been to Fang Gourmet Tea and plan to go again sometime this winter. That was the first time I had ever had a true Gongfu Tea service. They are an incredible store although their tea is pricy and their teaware mostly out of my price range.

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Originally published at The Nice Drinks In Life: http://thenicedrinksinlife.blogspot.com/2013/02/scottish-breakfast-tea.html

Name: Scottish Breakfast Tea
Type: Black Tea
Ingredients: Assam; Ceylon; Kenya
Purveyor: Clipper Ship Tea Company
Preparation: One teaspoon steeped in about eight ounces of boiling water for 3:00 (as recommended), sipped plain

Those who have never visited the village of Northport, NY, really ought to go explore there. The quaint diversions, placid atmosphere, and coastal scenery are just what the doctor ordered on those weekends when a getaway is vital to one’s mental health. And, for those who live on Long Island or in the boroughs, traveling there and back is quick and easy – Long Islanders should have no trouble making a fulfilling one-day sojourn.

While browsing the shops and boutiques around Main Street, be sure to stop by the Clipper Ship Tea Co. It boasts both an extensive selection and a friendly staff that likes nothing better than to talk tea and educate its customers.

Clipper Ship’s black tea blends include, generally, some combination of Darjeeling, Keemun, Kenya, Ceylon, and Assam teas. In the case of the Scottish Breakfast blend the latter three are used, all with similar-looking leaves, like little twigs, or tightly wrung bits of cloth. Most are dark brown, like dark chocolate, but there are some tan ones here and there. The dry leaves have a strong nose of vanilla – very strong, almost astringent even. There are also notes of toffee and a vague hint of citrus.

When the tea brews, it looks like someone took toffee and caramel and mixed them together into a rich, textured liquid. The aroma is of sweet tannins, with a little briskness and a modicum of citrus. It is a rich aroma, but not overwhelming, or even pungent – just a different kind of rich. Maybe “solid” is a good word. The flavor is a perky kind of brisk, and lush with a lemon zest, inhabiting a medium-full body. The tea is not acidic, but the tannins are quite present, and make it taste like tea really ought to taste – the same notes that, in coffee, wine, and other beverages make us think of tea, are front and center here. Meanwhile, the citrus tones keep it light and spright, and the sweetness pulls it all together.

The Scottish Breakfast tea is excellent as a morning pick-me-up, quite as the name implies. Also though, for those who do not mind caffeine in the late afternoon, this would work great as a tea-time tea. The notes are ideal as a carry-over between lunch and dinner, just what the palate requires.

Enjoy.

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