Eastern Shore Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

95

This stuff is great! It’s relatively smooth compared to other high caffeine blends but still gives that much needed kick. I drink it every morning on my way to work.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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63

Hm.. Kind of bought this on an impulse on a shopping trip with my grandmother yesterday. They were selling various bags of this tea company in a little tea/coffee shop. At $6.95 for 85g I thought it was a good deal, and the flavour was nothing like I already have. When I first smelled the dry leaf I thought it was really weird. At first I couldn’t identify it, but then I realized.. Play Dough. Yes, Play Dough, this is what this tea smells like to me. Honestly the smell of a tea can pretty much make it or break it for me, really. Though the taste was completely different than I was expecting. It was quite good, mostly a coconut flavour, but smooth and creamy, with a hint of the lime. Though in my very last sip, the Play Dough came to mind again and kind of ruined it for me. I’m not sure how I’ll get through 85g of this.. we’ll see!

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There’s more going on with this tea than I originally thought I put a bag in my travel mug this morning and was surprised at how sweet this was even with a very long steep. There was a greeat dark green bean taste to it similiar to some of the mountain blackhiss I’ve tried. I’m glad I gave this a second tasting without milk and sugar. This will be nice for my lazy mornings when I have to rush out of the house.

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I’ve had enough straight green teas for the weekend! This is a strong, slightly bitter breafast type blend. Although it just says blend of black tea, ceylon seems to be the primary flavor. I got more Assam out of the second steep. I did not steep for the recommended 5 minutes. 2.5 was plenty strong! It was a little bitter, but adding sugar and half and half smoothed that out. Although it’s not the best belend I’ve had, it’s exactly the dark kind of blend I needed right now.

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A simple fun bag tea. Tastes like Jolly Rancher to me but I can see the cotton candy aspect gmathis mentions. Sweet candy without going all cough syrup. The base I catch lightly and mostly in the aftertaste. Not a lot of depth but sometimes you just want simple. Thanks gmathis for sharing.

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54

A box of this magically appeared in my office tea cupboard. (Maybe we have office elves, like house elves but for offices. Maybe a coworker’s belief in such beings is why he never does his assigned week of kitchen duty which simply involves running the dishwasher and unloading it every so often.)

It really tastes similar to pink lemonade, if pink lemonade was made from herbs. It’s not perfect but it’s tart and lemony, and it is pink. I probably should have added sugar but that would have involved another walk to the kitchen. (We’ll refrain from mentioning that my office is about 20 feet away from the kitchen.)

Not quite to my taste but others may enjoy this better.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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I think this one is better cold than hot. Like an unsweet Sonic cherry slush.

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This is not the Holy Grail of cherry teas—that would taste like pie made from the cherries in the tree I used to sit in to read when I was nine. There was a v-shaped branch just the size for my skinny little backside and some limbs that could hold my transistor radio and an extra copy of Trixie Belden.

However, this is a good cherry tea. Bagged, no less. Not chemically-syrupy; not so tart it makes your eyeballs sweat; just pleasantly (and not too artificially) tasting cherry.

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Second experience with this as easygoing as the first. Cold steeped in the fridge and enjoying it iced. The extended soak gives the keemun time to come out, so it’s a little richer, but still has a candy flavor to it. But not chemically.

Wishing this had come my way a little earlier in the season—it’s very springy-summery in personality. Wonder what a cinnamon stick would do to it…

Anna

What if you cinnamon stick it, and apple piece it, and orange slice it (and all the rest of it) and turn it into a winter sangría tea?

Sil

Ooh sounds tasty! Haha

gmathis

Glad I have several bags left for further experimentation!

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A work friend brought this to me, acquired on a trip to Washington D.C. The bag actually says “Cherry Blossom Tea” with a different label, but comparable description leads me to believe it’s the same thing. I will gladly stand corrected.

At any rate, this is kinda tasty for a bagged gift tea. A keemun and cherry blend; the cherry has a very sweet cotton-candy vibe. Not getting a lot of keemun, but it was made sloppily, bag-in in a microwave. Thrown over ice, it flies as a decent dessert tea.

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I’ve had this twice now, and am surprised at how much I like it since I generally don’t care for cinnamon in teas. I bought this bag as a gift for my mother (at the MD Renaissance Festival of all places) because she loves cinnamon spice blends (Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice and Bigelow’s Cinnamon Stick are probably her faves). Anyway, she gave me a couple serving back in t-sacs so I could try it too. It smells like a bowl of potpourri when dry, but when brewed it mellows out a bit and the apricot and cinnamon are well-balanced and compliment each other nicely to make a soothing fall tea. The apricot floor is not very strong, or particularly “fresh” tasting, but neither is it overwhelmingly fake.

Eastern Shore has quite a range of blends. Maybe I’ll pick another one up from Herbalist’s Delight next time I’m at the fest (I go maybe every 2-3 years now).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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29

Brewed 2 bags of this at once today thinking it would improve it as the flavor was weak. Instead, it made it twice as bad.

I might be angry at this tea.

JacquelineM

I took one packet of this tea from the Traveling Tea Box — I am now terrified of it! :) Maybe I should use it to dye linens!

Anyanka

It doesn’t actually taste bad, just tastes nothing like it says it is supposed to, and it’s weak.

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29

I keep giving bad reviews lately and I’m not sure if it is because my job is utter shite and my home life stinks or if I’m just picking the wrong teas.

I blame the tea this time. I wanted so much to like this one. It’s local, it’s adorably packaged, it’s three of my favorite flavorings all rolled into one. And it doesn’t really taste like any of them. The tea comes in individual foil bags, which keeps it fresh. Tearing one open releases the unmistakable smell of…bazooka joe bubble gum. What.

It brews a weak reddish tea. The bag is tiny so no surprise the tea is weak- it would take a few for a hefty mug. The tea is kind of innocuously artificial tasting. If this tea were a person, it would be someone who tries to please everyone by being sweet and inoffensive and agreeable, but ends up alone and wondering why. Without milk or sugar, it is a weak scented black. With it, it gets better, more desserty and reminiscent of watery hot cocoa, but still nothing like the flavors it purports to have.

I tried this more than once to see if it was my admittedly wretched mood. I wanted to love this tea and love this company and have more bagged options at work. But, no.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I took a look at your ratings and it seems that you’re not all that thrilled with Upton or bagged tea’s. Maybe you just need a change.Try a swap with someone or a company that people like a lot. There are lists of favorites in the discussion boards. If you want natural flavor, Butiki Tea is very good and the service is great with added free samples. Hope I’m not butting in.

Anyanka

Not butting in at all, I love recommendations and if I didn’t welcome comments I wouldn’t post tasting notes! I think I’m just too particular. I got 8 teas from Adagio and liked 3, I’ve tried 10 from Upton and liked 3. I have a ridiculous sense of smell and I can often taste every nuance of a dish- so it follows that I’d be picky about tea.

I like Upton’s sample availability and variety and I bring bags to work for convenience. But you are correct, I am planning to try another retailer for my next order once I’ve gotten through some of the teas I already have and finished the rest of my samples.

Thanks!

Bonnie

I’m sensitive also which is one reason that I’ve cut out artificially flavored tea and only drink naturally flavored. (One reason that I suggested Butiki Tea or Verdant or vendors like them.)

Kelly Peeples

I have tried some divine blends from Adagio, but some of their flavored teas do taste kind of comical. My newest discovery is Harney & Sons, whose flavors are nuanced and intriguing (and excellent).

Anyanka

Thanks, I’ll try them the next time I’m in NYC. I can’t order anything until I drink some of this vat of leaves I’ve accumulated!

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67

I think my problem with this tea, is that I was hoping to add milk, to find that it would, for some reason, curdle. I suspect there’s something too acidic in this tea, maybe rose hips, that caused the milk to curdle. Other than that it’s a decent tea. Good with sugar or honey, but again, don’t add milk. It’s fairly sour, and not overly floral, which I wasn’t expecting.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

This is a good tea, especially used in iced tea. The current flavor is quite strong, but not overbearing. Decent with sugar or honey, and not terrible with milk. Good as a breakfast or afternoon tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Well — here I am on the East Coast. My family are not big tea drinkers so I got a couple to try at Wegman’s. For a bagged tea this is pretty good but mine does not say it is decaf. Nice plum and black tea flavor with lots of cinnamon. There is hibiscus in it, which I don’t really care for. Thankfully it isn’t too strong and was tempered a bit with a touch of sugar. I wanted to rate this a bit higher, but I am on the kindle fire and it’s hard to control the little slider.

TeaEqualsBliss

Wegmans! LOVE it! PM me – where are ya?

TeaBrat

@tf – Thanks, I grew up here but it’s nice to be back. :)

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65

This tea has an incredibly spicy aroma. I identified the cinnamon and pumpkin notes, but was unable to identify the other spices. (It turns out cloves were the only other spice in this blend.) As with many flavored teas, I could smell the spices/flavorings but not the tea base itself.

When I purchased this tea, I was hoping to notice the pumpkin flavor. This full-bodied blend does not disappoint! It has a distinct pumpkin flavor that is enhanced by the cinnamon and cloves. With each sip I took, I noticed the black tea come through in slightly bitter and subtle malty notes.

This type of tea is not something I normally go for – my favorites are light-bodied, floral teas where I can taste the tea itself. That said, I’m glad I tried it since I LOVE pumpkin. It’s definitely a blend that I’ll only drink during the fall. The lingering spicy aftertaste wasn’t a surprise, but it sure made me thirsty! I had to chase down this tea with a glass of water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Emilie sent me a bag of this – thanks so much!

As far as bagged flavored teas go – I do like Eastern Shore Tea Company – for the most part.

I also like their price :)

In this one I can taste the Mango first, then a combo of the starfruit and little passion fruit. It’s a nice tropical flavor minus your stereotypical coconut, banana, and/our pina colada type flavors! The flavors mesh well with the black tea base! It good hot AND cold! (perfect for SUN TEA!)

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84

I am not a picky tea drinker. I know some people only drink pure, unsweetened, unflavored loose-leaf which I admire but could never do—sure, I enjoy a cup of pure oolongy goodness, but I also like putting crazy things in my tea like cookie butter or milk candy. I also like teabags when they’re high-quality: I mean, you really can’t beat the convenience! I haven’t tried a whole lot of the nicer ones though, mostly grocery store offerings. The good ones I’ve tried have come almost exclusively from my local asian grocery store. So when I saw a few teabags in my fire sale/stash clearout box from Emilie (which got to me 2 days after I ordered it—talk about fast shipping!), I was pretty enthusiastic about trying them out.

The name of this is so wonderfully evocative—Black Raven! Makes me think of creepy poetry (obviously, since it’s named for Poe), dark nights, fog, strange noises… and it also makes me want to try my hand at a Lovecraft blend. But what would I flavor it with, madness and ooze? Black Raven is flavored with the much more appealing blackcurrant, which has become a favorite flavor of mine since I found out it’s the berry goodness in Paris. Plus this is decaf, which means I can safely drink it before bed. I am not really that affected by black teas normally, or at least I usually seem to think that… my sleep schedule is so weird that I’m trying to switch to only decaf and herbals and see if that helps. So this tea has an evocative name, one of my favorite flavors, AND no caffeine—a winner right from the start!

The bag doesn’t really smell like anything, but then again bagged teas usually don’t. Brewed, though, it’s nicely fragrant. This is a smooth, brisk, clean black—not overly complex, but warm and comforting. The blackcurrant is bright and lively, with jammy berry notes and that rich fruit flavor it brings to tea. This is so very English I feel like I should be sitting in a cafe in London drinking it! One of the best bagged blends I’ve had for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Scott B

This has got me thinking of a Ghost Pirate Stew tea. Sadly, I know the ingredients: seawater, chains, ashes, cobwebs and soap.

gmathis

This sounds great…so hard to find a black decaf that has some strength to it.

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Black Raven tea… conjures up a moody, mysterious sort of image, doesn’t it? This tea delivers on its promise, but truth be told, lighter, more delicate teas are more my speed. This tea is dark, dark, dark!

It’s full-bodied and deep yet brisk. A two minute steep is plenty. It doesn’t get too bitter or astringent unless I forget about it and let it steep over five minutes. The deep tones of robust black tea are dyed even darker with the indigo purple blackcurrant flavor, which is added at pitch perfect levels – prominent, but restrained enough to leave the character of the tea leaves in the spotlight.

Now, my boyfriend thinks this smells a bit like cat pee, especially the leaves before they are steeped – but he says the same thing about almost every other blackcurrant flavored or fragranced thing. I can overlook that, having been exposed to blackcurrant flavor in teas and and jams since childhood.

Eastern Shore Tea company suggests that you steep this with a whole cinnamon stick and sweeten with brown sugar, and in fact, I can’t think of a better way to drink this tea. The warm and woody spice of good, fresh cinnamon adds extra depth and the richness of brown sugar takes it over the top. Perfect for a dark, stormy night… if you work nights and don’t plan on sleeping, that is. Maybe it’s the placebo effect of the intense flavor, but this seems to pack enough of a caffeine wallop that I prefer drinking it when I need a serious energy boost!

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