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Another sample from Inkling. This was a fun one to try, since I don’t believe I’ve had any other pearls besides jasmine pearls. I got a good deal of malt from this one and enjoyed it while getting some work done in the morning, but it honestly isn’t one I see myself seeking out to buy.

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This is a tasty slightly floral green tea with a very nice strawberry flavor. It is one of the best strawberry greens I have had yet.

I brewed this once in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 mini.

Flavors: Floral, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

This is a sweet and earthy puerh with little or no bitterness. Even brewing it at 2 min this morning for more caffeine it is not bitter. I usually western brew puerh for 30 sec but I wanted caffeine.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 pearls, or about 12.7g and boiling water for 2 min.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 12 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Picked this one out this morning while looking for another tea that I never did find. Bought this about a year ago from my local tea shop but it was properly stored. It is very tasty. It is sweet with the flavor of peaches. It is not astringent, it is not vegetal.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 4 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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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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drank Castaway by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
596 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.
596 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

I am really tasting the strawberry and raspberry today in this tea. This is an excellent tea. Clipper Ship Tea Company is an excellent local tea store based in Northport, LI, NY. I have found their teas to be consistently high quality although I have not liked every one I have tried. This one is a nice fruity melange that mixes quite well. It has little in the way of astringency and almost zero bitterness. Supposedly, Clipper Ship Tea Co. will soon have a website. I would probably not buy from them online if they establish one, they are just too close to pay for shipping.

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

Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 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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