Clipper Ship Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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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

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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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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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