Georgia Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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I am currently sipping on this tea as a type and honestly this is really different tasting Jasmine Dragon Pearl. First off I noticed that the pearls are darker than most, but no biggie; I’ve seen darker pearls before and they’re still yummy! Second thing I noticed that it produced a nice amber/honey colored tea. Now fast forward to now and this tastes… well, I don’t know really. I can’t really taste the green tea, but I do pick up a faint bitterness. The jasmine tastes like a jasmine perfume versus jasmine flowers :-| Seems, a bit artificial and to be lacking something somewhere. I’m still a bit confused by this tea…

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87

I was wanting a white tea tonight before bed and I came across this one. The smell of course, like other Georgia Tea Company teas smacks you right in the nose when you open it up…which usually is always a plus! Once steeped it was delicate like most white teas, but flavorful at the same time… but not over powering. The flavors along with the white tea complimented each other perfectly and is naturally sweet. This is probably my favorite tea from the Georgia Tea Company thus far :-)

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75

I can’t say as I am a fan of the dry blend…uggg…but it gets better when you add water! :)
I couldn’t even tell you want it remind me of…dry…maybe…Rocks, Rooibos, and Vanilla or cream? Not sure.

Once infused is DOES smell a lot more like amaretto. Not sweet smelling…more nutty than amaretto sour type…if you know what I mean.

It’s a nice reddish-orange-brown in my cup.

The taste is first Rooibos then amaretto they finishes a little like almond or a like-nut. There is a hint of creaminess to it…but I wouldn’t really call it sweet.

It’s a nice change from the run-of-the-mill Rooibos.

Ewa

Rocks?

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92

I’ve enjoyed this tea all day long. It was my post-run pick and then I took some of the already steeped leaves in my JOEmo to work. Now I’m home and threw in some fresh leaves into the pot and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. However, I failed in finding some balls-o-Toucha (I know that they’re there — hiding from me now that I want one) :P TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
4323 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this tea!

The aroma of the liquor is delicious – coconut and vanilla! My mouth waters as I smell it.

The almond, coconut and vanilla flavors are very nicely balanced in this cup. The black tea base is smooth and strong with some astringency. There is a little bit of bitterness to it as well, but it does not disturb the sweet flavors that are going on with this tea, and might even give it just a little more interest.

Overall, a very pleasing cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 500ml + filtered water at 175&defF
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (green, medium)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fake cherry and vegetation, MilitiaJim was getting chocolate and cherry coke
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, hints of something else
Flavor: vegetal, slightly astringent
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly bitter
Liquor: translucent pale green-yellow

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes!

Post-Steep Additives: honey, gave it a honey after taste and didn’t really affect the taste

A notch below spring cherry from the republic of tea but better than soem of the other cherry greens I have tried.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-green.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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99

I rolled an “8” on the die that RABS provided in the wonderful Geek Pride Tea Game Giveaway today. It was so exciting because I had gone two days in a row rolling numbers that were no longer valid. I did, however, congratulate myself on my virtuous failure to cheat.

So I opened the lovely package: http://www.flickr.com/photos/destro/4675967968/

It was the one marked “8” in the upper portion of the photo. And I was enchanged. Georgia Tea Company? Russian Caravan? I briefly thought that this tea might have come from Georgia SSR, but immediately returned to reality. I remember reading the reviews that Rabs had posted of this tea and I have it on a “to purchase” list. So I was absolutely thrilled to have it in hands and water on this afternoon.

The dry aroma is enchanting and robust—very smoky with a bit of tar, just the way I like it. Very smoky which I love. I felt tranported to a Russian troika where the horses are neighing as they approach the Kremlin and a very young Omar Sharif (transplanted to the 19th century) is guiding the reins and we are both wearing traditional Russian hats because it’s a universe in which we are oblivious to animal cruelty and the evils of the Tsar. Maybe we even are the Tsar? Or would that be the Czar?

This is the best Russian Caravan I have had. My typical response to Russian Caravan is that it stops short of its full smoky and flavorful potential. Not in this case! This one is no shrinking violet. As Rabs says in her review, there is a natural sweetness underlying the smoke (a delightful combination). Both the sweetness and the smoke are bold interpreters of the Russian Caravan concept.

Georgia Tea Company and this tea are on the top of my “to be ordered” list.

What a magnificent cup! Thank you, RABS! You are a genius!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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40

The wife sprung this on me without telling me what it was. I am not sure what to think of it. Makes me think a bit of scotch – so I’m wondering if that is what she had before (yeah, it is)… A bit chocolaty. Very weird. I can almost get the nose of a scotch from it, and definite chocolaty flavors to it. I don’t think it is necessarily a good tea, but it is interesting for it’s odd similarities to a drink it should taste nothing like. Not bitter, not overly dry, just not very good.

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75
drank Vanilla Black by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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93

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: make your own paper teabag
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (using Steep.It)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chocolate and coffee, could be desperation?
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate
Flavor: sweet rooibos
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: coco
Liquor: bright translucent brownish-red

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!

I am playing a game with the samples, rolled #5

Post-Steep Additives: 1 packet white sugar, sweet chocolate NOMS alternate wit a yummy rooibos flavor. A very delicious treat.

I am putting this right under Coconut custard by teas etc

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-rooibos_25.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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77

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500 ml filtered 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (green, mild)
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fruity, tropical, citrus
Steeped Tea Smell: fruity and floral
Flavor: vegetal, sweet fruity hints
Body: Light
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: nearly clear translucent green-yellow

This smells divine, probably how it got the name, it is lighter and more subtle than I love but I am really enjoying this cup, I drank it all before I remembered I needed to review. Perhaps a longer steep and a tiny bit of sugar would be the boost it needs?

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-white.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

When I popped open my larger bag-o-this tea I actually shook it around lookin’ for some Toucha balls ::insert inappropriate joke here:: I know that they’re in there! But this time around I was unable to locate one (those sneaky bastards) :P

Oh yes, this is still yummy. I had a cup before work and then one when I arrived home, and I think there shall be a final one before I go to sleep. Nom! TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
911 tasting notes

I’m so excited to be trying this tea, another goodie from TeaEqualsBliss! It smells so awesome! Like a coconut macaroon covered in icing. So yeah, awesome. Brewed it’s like fresh macaroons. So yeah, still awesome.

The taste? Well, that’s pretty awesome, too. It tastes like the much loved Almond Cookie, but minus the cinnamon and plus a dash of coconut (so almond and bake-y plus coconut). I imagine this is pretty freakin’ tasty with some sugar and milk, too, but it totally doesn’t need it. It’s dessert in a cup already. Awesome dessert.

Yeah, totally gonna have to order some of this. In case you haven’t guessed, it’s pretty awesome. Thanks TeaEqualsBliss!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 750ml 212°F filtered water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Black, Medium)
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: floral mango
MilitiaJim: candied mango
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet (like sweetener not natural ripe) mango, a little floral, black tea
Flavor: sweet, black tea, hints of mango
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent and bitter
Liquor: opaque dark reddish-orange-brown

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar, only slightly bitter, still astringent; a little splash of lactose free milk, got rid of the bitter

It is a mild mango flavor, but it’s a dried sweetened mango flavor not fresh and juicy. thepuriTea Mango Black is still my favorite mango black tea.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/thepuritea-loose-leaf-black-tea-mango.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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77

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: ~12 ounces hot water spigot
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (using Steep.It)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: CINNAMON, strong, and mouth watering
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon bark
Flavor: smooth, cinnamon bark, black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: cinnamon bark
Liquor: dark reddish-brown

I am playing a game with the samples, i rolled a 5, see this post for details.

Post-Steep Additives: stick of honey, sweeter more candy cinnamon.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-black_24.html

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: over 5 minutes (using Steep.It)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fruity
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus, berry
Flavor: sweet berry, hibiscus, citrus
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tart
Liquor: opaque dark purple-red

This tea reminds me strongly of Alpine berry by two leaves and a bud. I enjoy this tea, but it is only for hibiscus lovers and those who like strong full flavors.

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!

I am playing a game with the samples, I rolled a 6

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-herbal_24.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Hooray!!!!!

A 6!!!!! :D

AmazonV

i know, finally!

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7

I was doing so great about finish off some of my tea samples and decupboarding but then TeaEqualsBliss just had to send a stuffed envelope full of goodies! Okay, so my cupboard doesn’t look near as slim now, but I’m totally not complaining!

With lots of nifty things to choose from, for some reason I decided this one spoke to me. It just seems so odd! Mate scares me on a good day but to blend it with so much other stuff? I’m scared but also intrigued.

The dry leaves smell horrible. Like chocolate and death. Okay, not quite that bad. Maybe like chocolate-flavored medicine? I can’t really peg what that weird note is but it is something that makes me think of the doctor’s office and other funny-smelling-but-sterile locations. Yeah, scared is winning right now!

Ah ha! I think I just realized what that smell is when I was sniffing the brewed tea! Alcohol! It smells like what a scotch with chocolate notes would smell like. And now that I’ve made that connection, scotch is all I smell when I sniff this. The husband is a big single malt fan and while I detest the taste of the stuff, I find the different flavors and smells interesting. Right now I feel like I’m about to down a hot cup of scotch.

OMG! This is horrible! Hahaha! I’m cracking up but this is really not good! OMG! It’s like drinking watered down whisky or a hot toddy! AHHHH! I keep sipping it to see if I will get anything else but I seriously feel like I’m drinking booze at work! Dude, even the aftertaste has a bit of the whooshy, dragon breath feeling to it that strong alcohol does! OMG, THIS IS SCOTCH TEA! And I detest scotch! HA! OMG!!!!!!!!

We interrupt this log for commentator crack up.

Whew, okay, better now. Seriously, this tea is not my friend. Like, at all. HORRIBLE! Hah! But honestly, the experience of it has been a total blast, which is where most of the points in the rating come from. So HUGE thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for this delightfully horrible experience! Whee!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

LOL! There’s Scotch tape, so why not Scotch tea!

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL _ Always glad to help!!! LOL

TeaEqualsBliss

Hopefully your palate enjoys the others better!

Auggy

I can only hope the rest are half as entertaining as this one was! I have no idea why it cracked me up, but I’m STILL laughing!

sophistre

Terrifying. I wonder how they managed to turn mate and chocolate into /scotch/? Do you think it’s because it could have fermented somehow…?

LiberTEAS

I have not tried this particular chocolate flavored mate, but, I have had chocolate flavored mate before that I enjoyed (and even had a mate blend that I flavored after my favorite candy – almond roca). I’m sorry that this one turned out to be so terrible for you!

Auggy

I would guess that the barley malt played a BIG part in the single malt flavor. And folks that like (or at least don’t hate) single malts might enjoy a scotch tea? Maybe?

LENA

“We interrupt this log for commentator crack up.” LOL! Too funny.

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79

Eventho I’m not thrilled about the smell of this it’s quite good. You can taste a hint of the ingredients – nothing too overpowering and I’m thinking it would make a great coffee alternative!

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85

I’ve had tea from my recently purchased Earl Grey Cream from GTC and held off doing another review until I could confirm that this tastes different from the sample that I had. I’m dropping points as a result (originally a strong 95). It’s tasting like a basic Earl Grey without the cream or coconut. There are the decorative coconut shreds in this, but again it tastes like an Earl Grey. There’s just no sweetness to it. :(

I have a feeling that Daniel will hop on and comment about a return, but I won’t return this since it’s still a really good Earl Grey. I’ll also try this in my pot (vs. my JOEmo) to see if it comes out sweeter that way since it could possibly have flipped — with my sample I loved this in my JOEmo, but a normal brew was just fine. NE

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

That’s weird, it’s from the same batch that I sent you the sample from. I didn’t change anything, maybe I didn’t mix it well enough? Hrm. I’ll send you some more.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

It’s a learning process, I’ll get it right!

Rabs

Thank you so much! And don’t feel like you have to send a lot (a small sample to confirm whether or not I’m insane is all I’d need).

I wish I knew what happened too! I tried shaking my bag thinking that maybe all the sweeter stuff had sank to the bottom. It just seems like a ghost of its former self :( Still good, but I miss the sweet almost doughnut-ish taste/smell. Maybe my previous sample had somehow been “tainted” (in a good way) by the Snowflake during its shipment in the baggies? Is that even possible?

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83

Another Tea I won during the Georgia Tea Company Steepster Trivia last month! Woot!
Smells like lightly buttered veggies. Is semi-murky yellowish-green color.
Taste is…pretty yummy. It’s light and green – not grassy but not juicy either. It’s on the verge of sweet but not quite at that finish line. No funky aftertaste – I guess you could say light and fluffy and enjoyable. I like this!

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