Eastern Shore Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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91

Delicious, not to sweet, nutty and fruity. One of my favorite Eastern Shore teas, and I like their brand very much in general.

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100

I really like this tea. I would definitely agree that it should be consumed alone, and without food.

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49

Again, not much flavor for a chocolate tea. Strawberries too. Really no flavor here for me… I don’t know… it seems like there should be a specific steep temperature and time for each tea, and each tea is different. I try not to pour just boiled water on any tea, because I think it might “burn” the flavor out of a tea.

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48

This one sounded really good, but I may have steeped it too hot. There isn’t much flavor here.. but I’m confused at what the base of this tea is. Is it a black tea? It just mentions the flavors… the website does say it has caffiene though.

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73

I received a sample of this tea from Jessica! Thanks! The smell of the dry teabag is very much of raspberry. I steeped this for a bit longer than most would steep a white tea because I like them a little stronger. The taste of the tea is initially the smooth white tea followed by a hefty fruity aspect. This is much better than I thought it would be!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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50

This was just okay. I think it was a bit too spicy for my tastes – perhaps I will try again on a late, cold, winter night.

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94

I LOVE this tea. I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it so good. It might be that the scent and taste is perfectly represented by the romanticism and mystery of Edgar Allan Poe.

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80

This tea is perfect for autumn/winter. I have to say, I adore this tea. All the different flavors come together beautifully. I prefer to drink this solo and not with food because the ginger can be really overpowering.

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84

I’ve hesitated to brew this, because my previous means of heating water was a standing water dispenser with only one heat setting. I got a new electric kettle for Christmas, and this was the first thing I brewed. I love white teas, but I haven’t had one in a while, because it’s so easy to scorch the leaves. I love the smell and taste of this tea. Slightly sweet and fruity with the light taste of white tea.

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77

Nice. Pleasantly sweet. Really good for a bagged tea. Nice berry flavor but doesn’t overwhelm the white tea base.

A nice tea to drink while I unwind!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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