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Georgia Tea Company

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Drank the last of my sample, still just tasted like slightly sweet green tea with a hint of almond, zero cookie.
Possibly due to age.

Didn’t notice this last time but the wet leaves look like some sort of weird salad, haha.

Goodbye, mediocriTea!

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Backlog:

Georgia Tea Company nails the black currant flavor on this tea … and I like that it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the rich black tea base. A moderate astringency. Tangy and slightly sweet with hints of raisin.

Not an artificial currant flavor, it has that tart flavor that I’d expect from a currant tea. I’m not usually a big fan of tart, but, this IS a black currant tea, so I expected it here, and it isn’t too much. Somewhat reminiscent of wine. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/09/black-currant-flavored-black-tea-georgia-tea-company/

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This sipdown (176) was brought to you in part by the lovely ifjuly who surprised me with a bunch of fine samples in February!

And this is a nice, smooth, sweet tea. Yum. A little bready, too?
Not sure how else to describe it. I’m cold and shivery and need to focus on drinking this tea to warm up instead of analyzing while it cools!

Thanks again for letting me try this.

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Wow, given the amazing reviews of this I was hoping to love it… Buuuut the sample I had is likely pretty old and I didn’t find it flavorful at all.
It tasted almost like an oolong to me, it was buttery and green and a pretty good tea, for a straight tea, which it wasn’t.

I didn’t get any almond or cookie taste whatsoever. I even tried to make a small cup of tea with this, using more leaves than normal to ensure I wasn’t underleafing.

Sooooo I’m disappointed. But I won’t rate this on account of it likely being old.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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TTBC2 #3

This is a nice, although pretty uneventful, green tea tweaked slightly by the pleasant sourness of a cherry. I guess it’s a cherry, because I couldn’t quite tell just from the taste. I think it smells more like it than tastes like it. The base (a sencha?) is not bitter, but then is not much of anything else.

As the tea cools down the “cherry” flavor starts to taste a little powdery, kind of like cough medicine that some people mentioned in their reviews. I didn’t really detect that when the tea was hotter.

Either way, a nice afternoon cup, nothing I would crave or need to have in my cupboard on hand, but I’m glad I could try it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog:

Now, we’re talking. A beautifully rich, flavorful black tea. Lovely notes of cacao and caramel. Nice heft to this tea – something I could start the day with.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/18/golden-monkey-black-tea-georgia-tea-company/

Sil

mmmmmm

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TTB Tea 11: I remember having this a long time ago and really liking this, but now it just seems kinda weak.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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This was my tea of choice at work today.
I normally like golden monkey, and I normally like Fujian teas and I liked this one, but I thought it was just ok. I just feel I’ve had better examples of this type. It was ok, nothing really wrong with it – I just didn’t feel it was special. I think I’ve drank some really good black tea lately and anything that’s just “good” it’s quite cutting it.
I think this is a good tea, and I encourage others to try it, but it won’t make my top 10 list.
Thank you so much ifjuly for sending some of this my way.

ifjuly

it’s nice to get to a point where you know you’ve had great tea and can be pickier. (: salut!

Dexter3657

:)) It gives me hope that my “I need to try EVERYTHING” phase is slowly fading. As much as I enjoy trying new things, I do feel that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing some truly AMAZING one. I should spend more time with those special ones.
Of course the problem is you never know when that next special one is going to reach out and grab you. :))

TheTeaFairy

(Don’t want to burst your bubble, but I really don’t think you’re out of that phase yet…just saying)

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Wow — a lovely Steepsterite contacted me (you know who you are) to mention that I should come back and check out how great the site/community’s doing. Seriously: wow! She wasn’t exaggerating.

I don’t know how active I’ll be on here — there’s a lot of wonderful things going on in my life. I’ve really settled down in my tea routine so I don’t have a lot of new notes to give. I tried to sip-down my tea cupboard, but finally gave a very lucky coworker almost all of my tea.

Georgia Tea Co. gets pretty much all of my tea business now (I rotate between this original Cancer Fighting Tea — called Teavite now, I believe, and the Lavender CFT one). I enjoy that every cup is slightly different and it just makes me feel a bit healthier when I drink it.

I felt it worth writing a new review for this since my last rating was 80 – I bumped it up to a very strong 90. Also, Georgia Tea surprised me in a wonderful way: their packaging is now top-notch. They started off using these food-grade bags…I don’t even know how to describe them — like a paper version of those coffee bags that you roll down the top of and push over a twist tie to seal it. Then they used those same bags but with a nicely sealed plastic bag within it so you’d get it, open the tea and put it in the bag if you’d like. I have several nice containers that I put my tea into, so I never used any of the packaging, and it never bothered me.

This last order their new packaging was revealed and it’s now on par with the best companies that don’t use canisters. It’s a quality ziplock-type bag — just perfect. I think that this packaging really retains the fragrance so much better. I still put my tea into its normal container, but the first cup I had was almost bitterly intense in terms of taste and fragrance which I’d never experienced with this tea before. In the future I’ll definitely cut back the amount I put in my strainer before I head to work.

I mainly wanted to add a new review to congratulate Daniel and company on the fantastic new packaging, and make others aware of it.

__Morgana__

Yay! So great to see you Rabs! You have been missed.

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Hubby gave this a go last night and I asked how he liked it.. thumbs up was the response I got. He steeped at a lower temperature than I did previously, I will have to do the same and see if I get the same reaction since my first try was mostly rooibos.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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A sample from ifjuly! (She sent a really good collection of teas!)

This one was fine. Nothing special about it, but tea enough. Better than some, worse than others. :) Little bit of hay as it cools. Not sure what makes something Irish Breakfast as opposed to English Breakfast or any other Breakfast.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
CharlotteZero

Irish Breakfast is usually more Assam-heavy and English Breakfast sometimes includes Keemun…I think!

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Is it weird to say “you know, this is not bad!”? That’s what I said in my head. It doesn’t have quite the depth and complexity of flavor some really fantastic blends somehow manage, but it’s a surprisingly smooth, well balanced cup with a nice bittersweetness and some heft, but not enough to make an empty stomach groan or milk a necessity. It’d make a perfectly decent every-day-ho-hum-done-nicely first thing tea. I wasn’t expecting too much after feeling disenchanted post-holiday haze about how some of Georgia Tea’s blends seem like resold stuff and a few of their things kinda felt like duds to me, but this reminds me they’re actually fine quality-wise for some stuff. I shouldn’t be so harshly dismissive.

That said, I think I’m going through one of those glorious “tea just tastes FRICKIN’ FANTASTIC” phases right now—everything I drank last night was like nectar of the gods satisfying in that strong immediate way I sense has more to do with me and where I’m at right now randomly than the teas maybe. Ha. I love those phases. Was tempted to write another late night private love letter ode to tea; I was that smitten.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Here’s hoping tea box

Very, very sweet! Like creamed asparagus with added hover. Light and smooth with no dryness.

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Sipdown no. 69 for the year 2014.

When I drank this yesterday I got interrupted because I was late to pick up No. 1 at an activity. By the time I got back this had cooled quite a bit.

I meant to mention that the dry leaf mixture has a really interesting aspect to the aroma which I would describe as “creamy” though it’s probably more accurate to say it has unexpected depth.

Sipping this at a warmer temperature and a more leisurely pace, I’m enjoying the way the oolong plays off the green tea and the fruit flavors. I can definitely taste the oolong more than the green tea but it has a very round quality to it, no rough edges at all, no pungent champagniness (I am assuming it is a darker Formosa oolong though I really don’t know what kind it is—but I don’t get the sort of creamy floral notes I get from greener oolongs). I also taste it quite a bit in the aftertaste, where it leaves a more typical nutty impression.

A tasty afternoon tea.

Kirkoneill1988

i wonder if you can really lose weight with it.

__Morgana__

Supposedly green tea boosts metabolism, but who knows. I think drinking a lot of beverages like tea that have no calories would definitely help, though.

Kirkoneill1988

id assume the same thing

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I think this is another tea like Forever Nuts that every company seems to have a variation of. Della Terra has Walnut Brittle, there’s any number of Walnut Greens, a local company has Dasher’s Delight and they all have similar or the same subset of ingredients.

I think that’s because it’s delicious. The pineapple adds a little sweetness, and the coconut a bit of creaminess, but overall it’s a roasty, nutty warming cup on a bed of buttery green and oh so good.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This was another sample I got a while ago along with the lovely kettle I won in the trivia contest giveaway. I remember thinking at the time that it was risky to give this out as a sample (the thought crossed my mind that there might be a message in there somewhere) but I was pretty thin at the time (now I have some pounds to lose).

In any case, this reminds me of the Divine Temple also from Georgia Tea Co. only darker, duskier, heftier (Weight Loss tea… seewhatIdidthere?) It, too, is a mix, this time of oolong and green, and it too has tropical fruits in it, this time mango and papaya, that come through in the flavor as a mixed tropical fruit flavor rather than identifiable separate flavors. It’s less busy than the Divine Temple, which I appreciate. I prefer it overall for its greater heft and simpler flavor profile, though I can see times when a white/green mix would hit the spot better than a green/oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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I tried this one last evening. Thanks MissB for sharing this one with me.

Smelled of really yummy chocolate in dry leaf form. Steeped it was rich and deep flavors, but I didn’t really get chocolate.

I drank most of the cup and will try this one again with different steeping perameters and see if that makes a difference for me… was so looking for the chocolate that I smelled.

I will hold off on rating this until I give it another go.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Casablanca by Georgia Tea Company
596 tasting notes

I found this surprisingly well balanced tonight. I don’t really know how I found it so tart the first time, because despite a bit of tartness the overall sip is rounded and full of berry-like flavor. It smells strongly of hibiscus, but the taste is very much sweet currant and a bit of tart raspberry like flavor. The aftertaste is a natural fruity sweetness that lingers.

Fiance found this sweet and satisfying as well.

And tasting notes might have actually gotten more horrible to write from mobile with the recent interface change. It wasn’t that great before, but this is pretty awful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown no. 62 for the year 2014. The BF thinks I need to start drinking up tins that take up space rather than little sample packets. But I’m on such a roll sipping down the samples! He’s right though. I am going to adopt a strategy of making my commuting to work tea something from a tin I have a fair amount of and like but don’t love.

I was considering whether this deserves a ratings bump. It’s quite tasty. I think I’m going to stick with where it is, though and here’s why: it has so much going on it’s a little too busy to enable me to really appreciate all of what went into it. It’s definitely an ensemble cast of a tea, and there’s nothing wrong with that in a blend—in fact, one might argue that that’s the way a blend should be with no one flavor taking front and center. But as a matter of personal preference I tend to prefer teas that have stars and supporting roles that I can identify. My impression tonight is: tasty fruit (undifferentiated) tea (undifferentiated).

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I am fairly sure I got this sample as part of a give away a few years ago here on Steepster in which I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful cast iron teapot from Georgia Tea Co. If memory serves there was a trivia contest involved and my lightning fast typing skilz served me much better than my actual tea knowledge, but in any case I knew enough to win. ;-) I believe this sample was one of a couple that accompanied my contest winnings.

I am wondering how it is that I haven’t tried it until now. The ingredients list alone is amazing. It’s like the Long Island Iced Tea of non-alcoholic beverages, the Heinz 57 of tea, insert your favorite metaphor here for a cornucopia of ingredients both tea and fruit. Whoa.

I’ve steeped mixed black and green teas before, but I don’t think I’ve steeped a mixed white and green. The suggested steeping time scared me a little—I worried that the green would go bitter. But fortunately, it didn’t!

The dry leaf has a light fruity smell, a little berry, a little grape, a little tropical. The steeped tea smells mostly like pineapple to me. It’s a light yellow color.

The taste is sweet, fruity, nectary. I expected the pineapple to predominate in the flavor because of the aroma, but it doesn’t. I can taste it, but I also get a softer flavor, likely the mango and papaya. I don’t really taste the other fruits as separate flavors, but they all combine into a nice, light fruit flavor that isn’t in the least cloying, bitter or anything else fruity whites and greens can sometimes be.

I noticed there’s jasmine in here from the ingredients list, and it’s a pretty strong flavor. I’d expect to smell or taste it taking over, but it doesn’t. In fact, I’m not really noticing it. If I didn’t know it was in here, I wouldn’t know it was in here if you know what I mean.

A really nicely balanced fruit flavor, with just a hint of tea peeking through in the aftertaste as a nutty roastiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 25 OZ / 750 ML
Kat_Maria

What a wonderful, informative note! I wish I could write mine like this… I think I am WAY too lazy :|

__Morgana__

I think it is far more likely that I’m just long-winded. ;-) But I’m glad you found it informative!

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for this sample!

I’ve been on a new medication that makes me nauseated so I’ve been really boring in my tea drinking, but since this is a rooibos, I thought I’d try it out. All the extra bits in it make it really pretty to look at and it reminds me of Davidstea Alpine Punch. There’s a lot of almond flavor and a nice creamy taste at the end of the sip. I added a bit of sweetener to mine even with the sprinkles.

If I decide to make an order from Georgia Tea Company when this tea is available, I’d likely add it to my cart.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thaank you ifjuly for sending me a sample of this one.
This is nutty, caramel, sweet dessert rooibos.
It’s fine, it’s nice and flavorful. This is very rooibos, with nice, fun additives. I think it’s good, but it’s very similar to several others in this style that I’ve had before.

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Thank you to JennyFur for sharing some of this with me in our swap!

I love Rocky Horror. I love it so much that most years I find an excuse (at least once) to dress up like Magenta and make a fool of myself in costume. This past Hallowe’en I did so, and I’d say 85% of the people I came in contact with looked at me quizzically when I said who I was. Sigh. Ten years ago, most people while out and about would literally jump me to guess who I was dressed as, or would start singing a song from the movie as I walked by.

Thus, I wanted to try this tea. Anything with the same moniker, I’d be sure to love, right?

My first sip was less than pleasant, and I seriously considered dumping it right then and there. Chemical cinnamon spice and something off and sweet assaulted my taste buds. Huh?

Okay, okay. I left it a few more minutes and tried again. There’s a an odd spice in here that I’m struggling to place. It’s also a bit drying and tart, likely from something hibiscus-y. There’s a lot going on in here, and none of it works, in my opinion… I’m just going to leave the rating off this review and say it’s someone else’s cuppa. :)

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

Leeeettssss do the Timeeeee Warp Agaaaaaaiiinnnnn! ;)

__Morgana__

Haha, I was a Magenta clone too. ;-)

Yvonne

Love the name – too bad it didn’t live up to par! :(

Isaila

It’s just a jump to the left…

MissB

Y’all made me laugh my butt off tonight. Thank you!

Roswell Strange

And then a step to the riayayayayaight! Put your hands on your hips, and bring your knees in tiayayayayayight! But it’s the pelvic thruuuust, that really drives ’em insayayayane! Leeeeets do the Timeeee Warp Agaaiiiiinnn!

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