Georgia Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

51

Oh this smells intensely orange.

The taste is orange, but not in that tangy citrus kind of way. Very mellow and woody, which admittedly is not my preference for rooibos teas. I bit of sugar helps it, but meh. I’m not really feeling this cup hot.

Cooled some of the citrus tang develops and it’s better, but still not really grabbing me too much.

Flavors: Orange, Tangy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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68
drank Almond Cookies by Georgia Tea Company
201 tasting notes

Heard that this one tastes a lot like their other tea Snowflake which I’m MADLY in love with. xD But this one is a lot softer. Not nearly as good as Snowflake though.
This one is creamy and light.
Lots of almond and vanilla flavor. Which is pretty good, but not as good as the other tea I’ve had from them.
I almost actually bought this one, but I’m so glad I didn’t and just got Snowflake instead. But it’s pretty good still. Just not something I’d purchase.
Thank you, Albertocanfly for this sample!! ^^

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

albertocanfly

This one tasted much better to me with 2 tsp of tea :D So glad you got to try a tea you were curious about!^.^

Ost

Oo I’ll try that with the rest of the tea, thanks for the tip! And thanks again! Excited to try the others too!

albertocanfly

Good plan! I hope it turns out better for you! :]
Eeep!^.^ I’m so glad!!

Ost

I will let you know!! :D :D

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97

Brewed with filtered water at the perfect temperature, this is absolute heaven. With plain tap water, it’s damn good. Either way, it smells so amazing, I just have to sniff it constantly while sipping.

Loose in a pot or in a basket are both great. With small bits of coconut flake and almond, the water should be almost-boiling to get the flavor from both and the time should be increased. The downside to this is the balance between brewing the black tea for it’s best flavor and coddling it while trying to get all the coconut and almond flavor out. The 97/100 rating is for having to balance the temperature and steeping time together. Luckily, I had the seller make a pot in the tea room and got the perfect advice for brewing this; Heat filtered/bottled water to boiling, take the kettle off, let the boil subside, pour water over loose tea in pot with plenty of circulation (either in a large basket or free,) and let steep for at least 3 minutes. If the tea’s going to sit and cool, more time is fine. If the tea’s going to be kept warming, less heat to brew is best.

Flavors: Almond, Coconut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
201 tasting notes

This tea doesn’t seem to be very popular among the flavored teas here, but….man…it defininitely should! I have wanted to try this one so badly, but waited till a sale to order. Now that they have a 30% off sale on their site, I took my opportunity.
This seemed like a desert tea, since it has coconut and almond in it. I had hoped it would be sweet enough to not make me consider adding sugar. Basically I just had really high hopes for this one…
And you know what? My hopes were proven right!!
Coconut. Vanilla. Almond.
It’s all there! It’s all I hoped and more! Delicious tea!
If you like dessert teas, this one is definitely worth trying at least!
It’s delicious! And tempting not to go and buy more while the sale is still end…but I ordered from Verdant today…so I probably shouldn’t make any more purchases for a while. xD

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Sweet, Vanilla

Tamarindel

Sounds delicious!

Ost

It is! They have a pretty good sale right now if you’re that interested :P

pyarkaaloo

love dessert teas…thanks for the recommendation!

Tamarindel

Thanks, Ost, I will definitely check out that sale!

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77
drank Genmaicha by Georgia Tea Company
745 tasting notes

This is a light genmaicha, but a nice one. There is a creaminess to the tea and clear grassy flavor with a hint of something vegetal. The rice flavor is present throughout the sip, but, as I mentioned before, it’s a light flavor. I don’t mind this since it gives the green tea, which is very nice, a chance to shine.

Another sipdown. I’m glad I gave this one a try!

September Sipdowns: 3

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Before bed tea. This has a definite caramel flavor, and the rooibos isn’t all that detectable (a plus in my book). With some sugar and milk I think this would be a real treat but I don’t like to doctor my bedtime teas too much. This is the second rooibos blend form Georgia Tea Company that gets a thumbs up from me. I don’t see myself ordering this one, but the next time I’m shopping for herbals I’ll stop by GTC to see what other caffeine free goodies they’re offering.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
988 tasting notes

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drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
988 tasting notes

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drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
988 tasting notes

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92

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is a blueberry flavored herbal that I can get behind. Lots of sweet/tart blueberry flavor and very little of the woody rooibos flavor. I didn’t add milk to my cup, but I think it could be a nice addition. I might try that at another time. The rooibos flavor does come out more as the tea cools, but the berry flavor is still predominate. This is easily one of my favorite rooibos blends, and it’s definitely a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

I tried this as it was in the TTB I currently have. I was in the mood for a black based tea as is frequent. I like the Upside Down versions of black tea, so thought this might be a nice one to try.

I sweetened it with a bit of natural sugar to help bring out the pineapple. It was present, but I think if I didn’t know it was supposed to be pineapple I might just call it a fruit tea, w/no berries. It was a nice tea, but not what I was hoping for … I must be a sucker for the “cake” versions ;)

Flavors: Pineapple

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50

TTTTB

I really wish I liked this tea…but the flavour just hits a wrong note with my palate. It comes across rather generically fruity and – although not unpleasant – just doesn’t bring me enough joy to even finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

This is nice. I had just enough for one mug of it, and tonight was the night. I hate drinking boiling hot teas, so I let this one sit some to cool, and wow, it is perfect. It’s nice and chocolaty. it’s not something I would want all the time, but on occasion, this would be a nice treat.

I decided to add some milk to see if that would make it more like a hot chocolate, since it’s really chocolate, but I’ve decided that it was better without. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I admit it, I wanted to try this because of the name! This is a really thick and rich tea! It reminds me of the Hobbee’s tea, minus the stomach ulcer levels of cinnamon and orange (my tastebuds love it, but my stomach protests). It has that same almost coffee like base. The spices are nice, the tea becomes bitter as it cools, it is a little better sweetened. I like it enough to drink, but wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

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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75

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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Sipdown!

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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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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68

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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90

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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73

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!

Dexter

:)) 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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60

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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