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78

Got this as a free sample with my purchase from Clipper Ship Tea Company the other day. It’s a very nice tasting flavored oolong. Their is more of a melange of fruit flavors rather than one dominant. This is one I would consider buying. I think it would make a good iced tea.

I used the entire sample in about 12oz of 190 degree water and steeped it for 3 minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Got this as a free sample with my order yesterday. Made it now because it’s caffeine free. This is an interesting herbal but I’m not sure what I’m tasting. Definitely taste the apple and the lemongrass. I don’t know why this is called Sailor’s Brew as I am relatively sure no one in the US Navy would be drinking this. It’s nice enough for a herbal tisane but I don’t think I would buy it.

Brewed the entire sample in about 12oz of boiling water for 7 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Candy Apple by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
1453 tasting notes

Bought this because it looked like an interesting caffeine free tea to cold brew as an iced tea. There is a sweet taste from all the various fruits added to this. Can’t really say that I taste the apple specifically, it is sort of a melange of flavors all melding together. It is fairly good. It does have a little bit of a sour note to it. But it is still good.

I brewed this overnight in the fridge in a 64oz iced tea maker with 8 tsp of leaf.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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80

This tastes strongly of orange and has a natural sweetness. It’s good but the underlying notes of the oolong are weak compared to the orange. This produces a very light colored cup of tea.

Brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Orange

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

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78

This is a nice green rooibos with a strong note of peach. It’s also a bit of a melange of flavors of the other dried fruit that is in this blend. It’s a fairly nice herbal that I will have to try iced. Being a green rooibos it doesn’t have that herbaceous taste of red rooibos.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Peach

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

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82

Bought 50g of this the other day. You can definitely taste both the chocolate and the strawberry in it. It is up to the standards of the Clipper Ship Tea Company from whom I have bought some excellent tea. You can also taste the black tea base in this. Overall this is quite nice for a flavored black tea. While flavored teas often have a lower quality base tea I don’t think this to be that much of a lower quality base tea. I do plan to cold brew this and try it iced.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is not as good as it smelled in store. It’s sweet but has a sour note. Not a completely unpleasant sour note though. It is just not as good as I had hoped. Will cold brew this as an iced tea and see how it is.

Brewed this once in a 28oz ceramic teapot with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Too bad. The name sounds promising.

AllanK

I will cold brew it in a couple of days, the sour note may not be there cold brewed. Cold brewing often solves problems.

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t like rooibos or honeybush

AllanK

@Kirkoneill1988 You may simply not have tasted the right rooibos yet. I find I’m not overly fond of straight rooibos and prefer the green unfermented rooibos to the red rooibos.

Kirkoneill1988

hmm. interesting

AllanK

You can probably buy green rooibos blends on Amazon Canada.

Kirkoneill1988

i will try it someday

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95

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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82

Drank this this morning hot. It was good. Now I’m drinking it as a cold brewed iced tea and it is fantastic. The raspberry flavor doesn’t taste artificial and just pops out at you. There is basically no bitterness to this brew. I added sugar but it is fairly sweet on it’s own. This is among the best teas I have gotten from Clipper Ship Tea Company. Anyone living on Long Island should take a trip to their store. It is located in Northport, NY, Long Island. If memory serves me it is on Main St.

I brewed this overnight in the fridge in a 32oz Lupica Handy Cooler with 4 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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82

This is an excellent tea. It has a nice flavor from the raspberry. I don’t get any vegetal notes in this one. I sweetened this with some local honey I bought at the Clipper Ship Tea Company when I bought the tea. I have a cold brew going so there will probably be a second review of this today.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes after a 10 second rinse.

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

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82

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 one of the best flavored green teas I have had. The strawberry flavor is strong and not artificial tasting. There is an underlying vegetal note that is barely perceptible. There is a natural sweetness to the tea. This is good stuff. I bought more of this the other day when I went to the store.

I brewed 3 tsp leaf in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 175 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Strawberry

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

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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.
1453 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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