Eastern Shore Tea Company

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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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80

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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66

I bought this tea without realizing that it was full of chamomile. I actively dislike chamomile! However, despite the chamomile blossoms scattered fairly liberally throughout this tea, they blend in to the mix rather subtly. It compliments the fruity added flavoring, but I think I’d like this better without the chamomile add-in. Sometimes I even pick out the chamomile before I brew this tea.

This green tea, like many others, is prone to getting really cooked-greens like if you make the mistake of using water that’s too hot! Even with quite cool water I still get a bit of that spinach-like tone, but the vegetal flavor makes perfect sense mixed with the peach flavoring… a cup of summer-time. The peachy flavoring is sweet and pleasant if bit artificial tasting – like peach candy rather than real ripe peaches. The fruit flavor is on the lighter side – which I prefer. It’s basically gone after the first steep.

I don’t care for it all that hot and without additives. However, with a bit of honey, a squeeze of lemon or lime, and some fresh ginger, it makes an easy-drinking iced tea. I’ll use up my stash of this over the summer, but I’m not interested in restocking.

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94

I love this tea in the evening when I’m reading and need to focus. I don’t feel like I’ve had a caffeine overdose when drinking this tea, but I’m alert and ready to take on any evening projects.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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88

This is a very enjoyable flavored black tea. Customers to Columbia Kate’s had been asking about this flavor often enough that I finally added it to the inventory. Apparently it was a local favorite in years past. I’m glad I did as it has become one of the more popular teas even among guests having it for the first time.

The primary tones are the hazelnut, tho not too strong. The nuttyness is mellowed by the natural sweetness of the fruits and slight spicyness of the orange. I’m not a big hazelnut fan, as it is reminiscent of flavored coffee but I would put this tea above any hazelnut flavor I have had in the past.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Love the mixture of green tea and peach. It’s very light, but sweet and satisfying.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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62

Received a couple of samples? I get the black tea, though it’s a bit weak. Not getting much sweetness, so I added a bit of coconut milk and agave nectar. Not bad, but not amazing. Ah well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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97

Smells nicely minty, with just a hint of the lemongrass. Hard to go wrong with mint – we’s be mates!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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73

I like this tea for when I can’t decide between a fruit flavored black tea, or a spiced black tea, because it’s both! Honestly, I don’t think this one is particularly remarkable, but I happen to have a fondness for both apricot and cloves, so I’m a fan. (And no, I’ve never eaten a fresh apricot, so I can’t judge if it tastes like the real thing or not.)

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81

This is my first tea with rose petals so I was very exciting my this purchase. I love roses so this may be a tad biased. This tea is delicate and would be great for an afternoon tea with scones. It smells really good as well. For my net cup I may steep it for a couple of more minutes. If you love roses, this tea is for you!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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80

I’m so excited to drink a local tea! I was pleasantly surprised this morning with drinking this. Subtle hints of vanilla and cherry makes this black tea enjoyable to drink. I steeped it for 5 minutes and it wasn’t bitter so I’m thinking if you left the bad in it won’t turn bitter. I’m glad I picked this up.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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49

This was the most flavorful of the four Eastern Shore teas I’ve tried, but that isn’t saying much. I’m surprised this was a black tea, looking at the description here. It certainly didn’t seem like a black tea. There was a spice flavor but it wasn’t too strong.

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39

This one didn’t have too much flavor, but I could have swore it was lemongrass. It isn’t listed in the ingredients. Maybe it was a weak orange. I didn’t taste cinnamon either. I like my tea with a ton of flavor. This isn’t it.

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55

This tea is a bit strange. The smell is definitely chocolate. The initial taste is undeniably hazelnut. Unfortunately, the black tea gets lost somewhere in the mix. As the tea cools there is more of a chocolate flavor, but I wish the tea was more robust.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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99

I really like this one. I’m on a diet and it satisfies my chocolate craving without the calories.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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