Georgia Tea Company

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 16 oz boiling
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: rum, nuts, woody
Steeped Tea Smell: nutty, sweet
Flavor: amaretto, nut, sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: translucent reddish-orange

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

I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.

Post-Steep Additives: Rock sugar, more amaretto flavor

Resteep: weak, tossed

Nice dessert tea.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-rooibos.html

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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78

Orange, vanilla and… cactus? Really? So weird! And the smell is kind of weird, too. It’s simultaneously herbal, vegetal, citrusy and a little… crisp. I can’t tell if mixed in with all that is the sour rooibos smell that I detest so much or if it’s something more pleasant that I just don’t know how to properly register.

And now I’m going to say something I never thought I’d say. The sour rooibos taste is there but it works. It somehow blends into the orange, is softened by the vanilla and matches oddly well with the cactus (or at least what I recall cactus tastes like from the one time I’ve had it). It’s crisp, natural, smooth and fresh in a sharp, clean way.

This is definitely a different tea. I never would have thought that the flavors would work based on the description but it does. It’s pretty outside the norm but I could definitely see it growing on me. I’m kind of on the fence about whether I’d order it or not but the more I think about it, the more I think I would get it just to see exactly how much it would grow on me.

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for this share!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Orange, vanilla and cactus? How did they come up with those ingredients? It sounds like a random pick. Or when I make pizza. ‘oh, this is good, oh some of this too, oooooh and this, and this, and this, and ooooh we like these’ etc. :p

Auggy

Maybe they have a wheel that they spin. One spin was orange, the next vanilla but then they went ahead and spun it one more time…. Hehe – they made it work though, weird as it seems!

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74
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
267 tasting notes

Ahhhh my pouch is mislabeled as White tea, and I kept sniffing this bag and going ‘you know, this looks awfully dark for white tea’. Thanks for clearing this up, Steepster :) I have been enjoying my black teas in the morning and this one has made its way to the top. In the bag it smells of delicious angel food cake. The bag also says to give it a long steep time, so I am going to give that a shot.

Okay, this really is delicious brewed hot. This is the next candidate for my steeping in steamed soy milk with a touch of honey. It’s just desserty enough to be good for that. I’d love to see this flavor combined with decaf earl grey to make an amazing after dinner treat. Anyway, it retains its sweet -nilla wafer/angel food taste very well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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66

Steep Information:
Amount: 29 pearls, 4 g (~twice the recommended)
Water: 175°F 500ml filtered water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (green, custom)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: feint jasmine
Steeped Tea Smell: barely jasmine
Flavor: a little floral and sweet, barely there
Body: Light
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: translucent honey colored yellow-brown

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

I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar, a little sweeter not much more change

Perhaps I should have steeped longer?

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/07/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-green.html

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

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75

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

This is good. The cranberry flavor is there, tart but not verging on sour, because the lovely peach flavor comes through and cuts through the tartness just enough. I am not getting the cinnamon flavor that the description suggests, perhaps that is an error?

The black tea base is a little more astringent that I’d like it to be, but other than that, this is quite good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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79

Thank you Jessica for allowing me a taste of this tea

It is very light and the raspberry isn’t at all artificial I can tell ever so slightly that there was a use of champagne only because of the crisp flavor of the raspberry where in fact I don’t actually taste the champagne at all. I am happy to have tried this but not sure if I would purchase this. However, it may be amazing cold. I only say this because I am not the biggest of fan of white teas. However, with that being said this is better than most whites I have had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70

I’m taking a short tea break from my marathon house cleaning! This one sounded surprisingly good today and I’m actually enjoying it a bit more than usual. Not enough more to justify a ratings increase, however.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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70

I decided to give this one another try today even though I’m pretty sure that it will still taste like whiskey without any benefits. As before, this tea smells pretty good with a slight alcoholic scent to the edges. Wow, this smells just like hot whiskey after brewing. I’m getting a bit apprehensive now, maybe I should have picked something else. I added a fair amount of milk and sugar to be on the safe side. Okay, it tastes like a whiskey flavored chocolate. I can handle this, but I am pretty sure once I run out of my sample I will not be buying this.

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5 min, 0 sec

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70

After having the last infusion of my Sugar Caramel Oolong leaves this morning, I decided I needed to have a bit of caffeine. I chose this one because I love mate and the other chocolate mate I’ve had (Malted Chocomate) is one of my all time favorite teas. I’ve also heard a lot of great things about this company. So here goes…

Initially, the scent of the dry tea was a bit strange – mate, chocolate, and a kick of something else that truly reminds me of hard liquor. The dry tea is very pretty though and reminds me of espresso hued confetti. After brewing, the tea was very strange when taken plain – initially tasting of chocolate but dissolving into that strange liquor taste. I added a bit of sugar and milk which made a huge difference. The liquor (I’m thinking whiskey) taste is still present, but slightly muted and is blending with the other flavors pretty nicely.

I’m liking this more as I’m drinking it, but I’m still not sure about it. I feel like I shouldn’t be drinking something so whiskey-like this early in the morning. I’m halfway expecting to feel a buzz coming on…

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee Black by Georgia Tea Company
1791 tasting notes

The dry leaf was incredibly sweet smelling. This proceeded to mellow out when steeped, so that the aroma of the black tea mixed wonderfully with the smell of toffee.
The taste was merely mediocre, I’m afraid. Black tea with barely a hint of the toffee that was so tantilizing in the scent. Pity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Not too fond of the scent of this one…but…
I haven’t been eating much this week and have been hungry and ended up eating cheesy bread for lunch and figured I would try this afterwards.

I only infused for 2-3 mins.

It’s a sunshine yellow in color. It tastes herbally but not overly so. I’m not sure what makes this semi-pleasant (considering I’m not one that’s usually drawn to Chamomile) but whatever it is THANK YOU!

This is nice and light and soothing.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhh! It’s the Lemon Balm and Peppermint!!!

Stephanie

Yummm…cheesy bread! :)

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65

I cold brewed a couple cups of this tea and am now trying it (now that it has finished).
It is quite tasty, with a subtle sweetness to offset an also-present subtle bitterness. Overall, quite refreshing and tasty when steeped in this manner.

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83

I’m smelling the while CANDY Connection here and I must say I like it! Now…let’s see if I like the taste of the tea!

It’s candied=sugary/sweet and I can taste many of the tropical type fruit in there! YUM. I can also taste the citrus notes and the berry-like or currant flavors. This is pretty good!

A lovely flavored white tea! I would certainly drink again and so happy I WON in the trivia contest! WOOT!!!

ashmanra

Sounds like it would be good as an iced tea? I love even the thought of a cistrus-y iced tea in this 100 degree weather!

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66

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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85
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
4833 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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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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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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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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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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