Clipper Ship Tea Co.

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Bought this specifically to cold brew as iced tea. It is delicious and sweet from the fruits in this tea. The strawberry is definitely the strongest flavor but I think I taste the apple and pear too. This is one delicious caffeine free iced tea. I added some sugar because I like iced tea sweet but this really didn’t need it. If anyone goes to Clipper Ship Tea Company and is looking for a tisane to make into iced tea I definitely recommend this one. It is good.

I brewed this overnight in a 68oz Iced Tea Jug with 8 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML
Inkling

Mmm, this sounds delicious!

AllanK

It was one of the best herbals I have had to be honest. No artificial tastes to it.

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80

Brewed this one overnight in the fridge and am drinking it iced. It is a very nice iced tea. The black tea base tastes good and the flavoring is sweet in nature. I added some sugar syrup because I like iced tea sweet. Have yet to try this one hot.

Brewed this one overnight in the refrigerator in a 32oz Lupica Handy Cooler with 4 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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72

Picked this up the other day at Clipper Ship Tea Company. It is fairly tasty as decaf goes. Perhaps not as good as regular tea but this shouldn’t effect my insomnia. It’s got a sweet note from the pomegranate and raspberry. I added sugar so it’s hard to tell how sweet it is but it’s not bitter at all. It has a barely perceptible sour note to my taste buds but not enough to be a factor. I don’t drink caffeinated tea this late so it is a compromise choice for me. I think it is good quality as decaf goes.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

This is a particularly good green rooibos tea. The taste of the blueberry is stronger than the taste of the rooibos. It is also really good iced.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper for five minutes with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

This is a very tasty and interesting mix of ingredients. The berry taste comes through clearly. The ripe puerh too. Not sure I taste the guayasa. This is really good.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 miinutes.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I had a feeling when I smelled the dry leaves that I wouldn’t like this, they had a sour aroma. The tea itself tastes sour too with a sweet mango note that just isn’t strong enough. The black tea base is decent but is hard to taste. Luckily I only bought a sample of this one.

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

Flavors: Mango, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t sleep. Since I have ideas of going back to sleep I made decaf. Bought this from my local tea store and it’s pretty good. I am noticing what seems to be orange, asnise, and clove in there. It’s not quite a full blown chai.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Anise, Clove, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This is a nice black from Clipper Ship Tea Company. It has a very slight malt note. There is also peppery note to it. It’s also kind of sweet. It also tastes just a little, a very small amount flat to me. Not enough to ruin the tea but enough to lower the score.

I steeped this once and a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt, Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Bought a sample size during my visit to a local tea store. It is overall pretty good. The raspberry flavoring is mostly nice and reminds me of summer. There is however, a very slight sour tinge to the raspberry, barely noticeable but there. Couldn’t sleep at four thirty in the morning so mad tea. Last night I didn’t post my order because I was too tired to take a picture after my visit to the er for my asthma. I really wish there was a cur for asthma. It now takes me two days to recover from an attack.

I steeped this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper witih 2 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min after a 10 second rinse.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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When I was making a purchase at my local tea shop, Clipper Ship Tea Company the owner gave me a generous sample of this roasted Yancha. I generally don’t like roasted teas because they are often too roasty for my tastes. This one is nice however as it is a very light roast. The roast profile was noticeable in the first steep but not overpowering. It was slightly less by the second steep and is noticeably less in the fourth steep. I only gave this tea four steeps because I am always watching my caffeine and it is time to cut out caffeine for the day. I think it would have certainly gone two more steeps. I used a moderate amount of tea for the gaiwan because I did not want the roast to be too potent. I felt 6g for a 150ml gaiwan was enough although I know some people will fill the gaiwan to capacity.

I brewed this four times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, and 10 sec. This company is rumored to soon have a website for those not close enough to stop by and I have always gotten some good tea, generally at reasonable prices. I’m not certain I would buy this one as I rarely want to drink roasted oolongs but it was nice.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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From swap with AllanK
These pearls take a bit of time to open up for a nice brew. Smooth taste with no bitterness as I drank down 5 steeps. The taste is good but doesn’t reach the qualification to be called great. Still this is a fine tea to enjoy with another.

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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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86

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
drank Puer Pearls by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
1267 tasting notes

Got lazy this afternoon and western brewed this. This is a pretty nice tea. It is fairly earthy and fairly sweet. There is little bitterness to it. There is another note, a positive note that I detect but I’m not sure how to describe. I bought this again the other day so this may be a different batch, more recent.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with three puer pearls or about 15g and boiling water for 2 minutes after a 20 second rinse.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 15 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Puer Pearls by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
1267 tasting notes

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

Picked up some more of this the other day. Don’t actually know if it is the same batch or not. It is a nice tasting puerh with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I am in a bit of a hurry this afternoon so this got western steeped. It is still quite good. Nice with a mildly sweet taste.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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