Georgia Tea Company

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75
drank Divine Temple by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

I have both Daniel Mann and Jessica to thank for samples of this. Due to Jessica’s generosity I will be able to try this as a cold-brewed iced tea and that prospect quite excites me.

I hadn’t looked up this tea prior to drinking it, but I could tell that it was quite a mixture of both teas and fruit both visually and fragrance-wise. Little did I know how extensive the ingredient list was — it’s very very extensive. I’m quite impressed with how well Georgia Tea Company pulls this off. With that many ingredients I would think that this tea would be a trainwreck. But it’s not. The different teas blend up into a very unique taste. I can’t really pick out the individual fruits — it’s more like a liquid fruit salad. It reminds me of something, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what it is. Overall it’s quite refreshing.

I’m thinking that if no other tea company has coined this term, then GTC should market some of these teas (like this and Pomegranate Fruit) as “confettea.” I’m still leaning toward the Cancer Fighting Lavendar tea as my “confettea” of choice, but I’m quite curious to see how this tea’s taste will morph as a cold brew. NE

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Iced – This tea makes an excellent iced tea. I’ve tried many different teas as iced tea over the last month and I had started to think that I just hated any iced tea but plain black. This tea is better than plain black. It’s yummy. I don’t get blackberry from it when it’s iced though… strangely it tastes like blueberry tea when iced. I don’t mind that at all. I think I am definitely going to order some of this one for summer.

Also, I cold brewed this forever because I just kept not getting around to straining it. We’ve had a high of 45 here this weekend, so iced tea was not on my mind. I think this cold brewed for at least a day and a half. It still tasted great.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85

I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to taste this one because it’s pretty good. The smell of the leaves is grape jelly. Once brewed, the smell is of black tea with a little berry fruitiness. The taste is yummy… a nice mellow black tea followed by the grape jelly flavor and then… wait for it… ah, there… the blackberry. You’ll definitely want a little sweetener in here, but of course you’d sweeten your blackberries too, right?

I think this will make a great iced tea and I’ve got a glass of it cold brewing in the fridge (with bottled water this time – in case you didn’t see it the other day, our water is contaminated due to local flooding and lots of cows).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

The tea…NOT the flooding…

Kristin

Our house is luckily at least 3 blocks from the river that’s flooding (too much snow melt, too fast) so we are dry. Just the city water is bad. They think a pipe got damaged somewhere. Should be better any day now… water smells like bleach at the moment.

Auggy

Grape jelly tea sounds inordinately intriguing!

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67
drank Orange Oolong by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

Eh, there’s nothing the matter with this tea. It’s orangey and oolongey, it gets a smiley face, but… It’s nice and orangey — smells fresh and good. The oolong seems more earthy. It’s a good balance. I had three nice steeps (adding a minute per steep). I guess that for the most part I’m not a huge fan of flavors added to oolongs. I just want amazing oolongs that show off all by themselves. I’ll happily finish off the generous sample that Daniel Mann sent me when I feel like having a fruity tea, but it won’t be on my reorder list. NE

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Did I send you some Ti Kwan Yin? You might like that better. I have to remember to send you some.

Angrboda

Orange oolong. A darker type oolong, I assume. That’s interesting. It sort of gives me mental images of orange chocolate. I can totally see that working well together. I’ve got half a sample left of a lemon oolong (green type) from Nothing But Tea that I thought was so awesome that I can’t make myself use the other half. Because then it would be gone.

Rabs

@Daniel: you did not, but I’ll order a sample when I place my first order with you — you’re just too generous ;)
@Angrboda: I’d almost say it was Wuyi from the taste. Reminds me a lot of Tea Etc’s Orange U Slim, but I think that I like GTC’s better. Both are yummy in their own ways — I just haven’t found a flavored oolong that makes me go “OM NOM NOM!” yet. :)

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92

Drinkin’ it JOEmo-style. Me likey :)

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92

This has been my go-to tea for the day. From morning, through work, and now home it’s hitting me just right (so temps and times would be all over the place). Plus it’s named “Weight Loss” and that’s been on my mind a lot lately :P It’s still nice and fruity and tea-ey. TG

Preparation
8 min or more

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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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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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92

Weight Loss Tea
A Tea Dialogue in 3 PMs (paraphrased):

Rabs: Um, Daniel, I don’t know how to say this, but there was this big honkin’ chunk-o-fused tea thing in my Weight Loss tea sample. I thought you should know. Should I be worried? Do you know what it is?

Daniel: No need to be worried! What you found is called a Toucha ball.

Super-cool explanation follows regarding Toucha balls.

Rabs: Hooray! I’ve learned something new. Thank you :D

::runs back to teapot and adds the Toucha ball for her second steep:: TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Heh. I think you got a couple more balls in your tea that I’ve sent.

Rabs

Hooray! I’m off to finally do my second steep with the Toucha ball (yup, that photo confirms that it was a Toucha ball that made my teapot go ting!)

Rabs

Janefan’s great — she does some great alcohol/tea combos :) I also just realized that AmazonV also did the Camel’s Breath review and that’s toucha as well. I’m now super-excited to try this!

__Morgana__

Oooh. Wonder whether I got a chunk o fused thing in my sample? (I just got my beautiful prize teapot in the mail today and it had a sample of this with it. Dan the Mann!!)

Rabs

You must let us know if you got one!

I’m on my third steep: it’s so yummy! After the second infuson I looked in my teapot and the little ball was all floofy and just ready to break apart. I forgot to look after the third, but I’m probably going back for a fourth.

Oh, I like the nickname “Dan the Mann!”

TeaEqualsBliss

I didn’t have any Toucha Balls in mine…
I know there’s a joke there somewhere…lol…

Kristin

For some reason I haven’t tried this one yet. It taunts me from the tea drawer. I’ll have to peek inside mine and see if I have any Toucha balls (whoa- I think there’s a dirty joke in there somewhere). Maybe I’ll be brave and try it soon.

Rabs

The Touchas in this mix look more like a miniature version of a giant telescope building/observatory with a flat bottom. Or an igloo without a doorway (except with a little ledge near the top dome).

Angrboda

A few years ago I found one of those in a green tea sold by a local shop, and I tossed it because I didn’t know what it was while swearing at the fact that it had added to the weight of the tea so I’d got less for my money. Of course I’ve kicked myself about that ever since I had my first pu-erh toucha. I’d actually got MORE for my money and threw it away. Ignorance is dangerous.

Rabs

Ouch — so sorry to hear that :( I’m super grateful for Steepster since I think without this community I would’ve tossed it and never purchased this tea again (not thinking about the weight/rip-off issue, but of contamination instead). Since I have Steepster I set it aside and asked. :)

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92

Oh yes — this is even nummy in my JOEmo mug. It’s brightening a quasi-dreary day :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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92

What an amazingly nice surprise! I knew that I wanted something with caffeine this evening, and preferably something from Georgiea Tea Company (I want to place an order soon, so I need to try all my samples STAT!). This one was labeled “oolong” so I went with it. Mmmmm…oolong… I thought I recalled that TeaEqualsBliss had reviewed this positively, but part of me still went “erm, anything named ‘weight loss’ isn’t going to taste too nummy.” For once I love being wrong.

The leaves (both dry and wet) smelled…planty? I couldn’t even say. I noticed some things non-plantlike in the mix, but couldn’t identify what the little nuggets were. I forgot about the nuggets until I finally looked this tea up on my second steep.

The taste? I don’t know if I can do this justice. What I kept thinking as I drank my first cup was “this is like drinking the happiest plant on the planet!” It’s like a subtly sweet plant — perfectly delightful. Happy plant = happy tea = happy me

The second steep is just as great (added a minute). I finally broke down and looked this tea up and saw there was green tea along with oolong, mango, and papaya. I can hardly believe it! I also read TEB’s note and have to completely agree with her. This tea is greater than its parts — it’s beautifully blended. This is going on my “must buy” list. TG

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Woot! Woot!!! :P

Ewa

oh man, oh man. you guys are making me really excited about this company :D

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s a GREAT Company!!!

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75

I received more of this as a free sample from Daniel Mann. This made it possible for me to try it the way it was intended — iced! I cold brewed this very colorful tisane. Oh yes, it’s definitely better iced. Still Twizzlers-like to me, but there’s still a little bit of tartness sneaking around in mah mouth. For me this is still a solid 75. NE

Preparation
Iced

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75

Usually when I receive samples it’s the Lapsang Souchongs and other smokey teas that I usually separate from the rest of the teas. With the Georgia Tea Company samples it was this tea that I immediately separated from the rest. This puppy is fra-grant! This is also the most confetti-like tisane that I’ve ever seen. I had a moment of panic when I scooped the tea thinking that a metal shaving had somehow gotten into the mix! But no — it’s some sort of uber-shiney petal. And I agree with Kristin that it looks like there are carrots in there.

The smell? It really reminds me of Twizzlers. Strange, but true! The taste is like a healthy, more tart version of Twizzlers. I think that the tartness would probably fade with some sort of additive (like Kristin did with the agave nectar). I also think that this could be amazing iced. I’ve never been a big fan of fruit tisanes, but this was a pleasant surprise. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

That’s one of our new teas. It’s meant to be iced, I sold it years ago and it did pretty well in the summer. :) Carrots are in it, by the way.

Rabs

It’s good to know that it’s supposed to be iced! I think that the fact that it could be drank hot and still enjoyed is an excellent sign of a good iced tea :)

Kristin

Ooo, I might just have enough left for one glass of iced tea.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Yes, sorry, I will definitely mention that when I put it up for sale, plus all the ingredients.

Kristin

It’s in the fridge and ready to drink, so I’ll get a taste of it iced later today. We are gonna hit 79 today (that’ HOT for us); a good day for iced tea.

Rabs

OooOOooo! I can’t wait to see what you think! :D

Kristin

well, I made the iced tea, but then had to throw it out today. My town just went on a boil water order. We’ve been having flooding from snow melt runoff. Didn’t want to risk the contamination. http://www.parkrecord.com/newsupdates/ci_15260526

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

I updated this teas info to include the ingredients.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Btw, teh shiny petal you found is a cornflower blossom. Usually they are blue, some the tips can be shiny silver.

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

I just realized I bought a Pomegranate Pai Mu Tan and never even put it on my web site. No wonder I haven’t sold it yet…

Kristin

Daniel if you need anyone to taste that one, I’ll take that hit :). I’d also love to taste that Rooibos Rainbow. I still have 2 more to taste for you from my last batch… the water contamination has taken its toll on my tea drinking since we are using all bottled water (and lots of diet soda). Hopefully our water will be back to normal by tomorrow.

Rabs

Cornflower blossom! That’s beyond cool — I didn’t know that they could be that shiney. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Daniel – I would be interested as well!

AmazonV

haha don’t bring up new tea here Dan, it’s like catnip everyone comes out and goes WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Kristin

we can’t help it. :)

AmazonV

@kristin must try all teas! yup yup it’s a delicious impulse :)

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Haha, I love you guys.

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89

Had a very long and busy weekend so I am backlogging from my teas that I have had over the weekend here and there. This tea is very smooth and naturally sweet with a slight nutty taste to it. I had this right before bed to relax and it got the job done, very enjoyable.

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

I ordered more of this last night after the wonderful Daniel Mann from the Georgia Tea Company gave me a discount because of my car troubles. I waffled on this one a tiny bit because I’m still not sure how much my car repairs will cost, but then I went back and sniffed the sample bag and it’s still like my mom’s homemade angel food cake. SOLD!

Since I’m currently out of my Earl Grey Cream I decided to see how this one handled the JOEmo thermos treatment. So far this morning it’s awesome. Angel food cake inna cup! TG

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

SERIOUSLY!!!!!! I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!!!

mpierce87

I seriously think I’m going to need to check out this company. All the reviews I’ve seen have been awesome.

Rabs

Seriously — I can’t believe that I even hesitated to order more. This might be a day where the thermos never leaves my hand :) I just shared some with a tea-loving coworker and she confirmed the yumminess.

Rabs

Do it mrawlins2! I ordered more samples to try because I’ve had so many pleasant surprises, plus the customer service is awesome! If you can wait, then you can wait until Daniel runs another one of his amazing contest and try to win some free samples :D

TeaEqualsBliss

mrawlins2 – Daniel is AWESOME at Georgia Tea Company and they have LOTS of great stuff!!!!

mpierce87

Wow, he has GREAT prices too! I don’t know when I’ll be placing an order, but I will definitely be making one sooner rather than later.

Rabs

I had been hoping that something would pop up on Select for GTC (I know that he contacted Jason — hopefully it’ll be soon and then you can freely cave) :D I just couldn’t wait (I needed my daily nummy tea!)

Janefan

oh, yummy! I had angel food cake for breakfast (toasted, with fresh berries on top and a splash of cream. Mmmmmm

JacquelineM

Janefan – can I come visit and go to your tea book parties and eat angel food cake for breakfast, then hootch it up with your chai vodka in the evening!?!? Pleeeeease!!?!?!?!

Rabs

Oh yes — tea book party at Janefan’s house! ;)

mpierce87

Janefan – I think you’re about to have a house-full. I’m coming too…just for the chai vodka!

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95
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

ANGEL FOOD CAKE!!!!!

I’m not even 1/3 of the way through my huge mug-o-tea, but I couldn’t help myself because from the moment I smelled this tea I was transported to childhood when my mother would make angel food cake from an old family recipe (including homemade cherry frosting). The only difference would be if you substituted coconut frosting for the cherry and toned down the sweetness.

The cup is more coconutty, but the flavors still blend beautifully. I think that perhaps I may be transforming into a coconut fan. I think that the other flavors may come out more prominently as the cup cools, but I’m having trouble putting my cup down so it might not get a chance to cool off much before it’s all in mah tummy. I will edit if anything else needs noting, but oh my lordy: yum! TG

ETA: I think that I finished off my first cup in record time! The fragrance was pretty intense throughout all of it. I’m having my second steep now and I think that I like it even more than the first. The flavors are all meshed beautifully and I’m getting more of the tea base. I love the second steep of this tea. Another big thank you to Daniel Mann for this sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

This is my favorite flavored black tea. Reminds me of christmas!

Rabs

I can totally imagine this as “Christmassey.” But for me it’s more “birthday-ey” :D

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

That makes sense, too!

Kristin

I loved this one too!

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75
drank Peach Oolong by Georgia Tea Company
356 tasting notes

I had three rather pleasant steeps of this tea this afternoon/evening using my huge mug. I don’t think that I’ve had a plain “Formosa” oolong. I tried doing some research (i.e. I looked at two sites and then gave up), but I came up no more wise. My brain just sort of glazes over when I start trying to figure out locales/types of oolongs. I was really feeling impressed with myself when I could go “oh, that’s gotta be a Wuyi.” And then I visited Life in Teacup’s site and my head ’sploded a little.

All this is to say I can’t really grade this as an oolong. It has a great peachy smell both with the dry leaf and steeped cup. I got hints of “planty” oolongishness (as opposed to “veggie” or “earthy”). It’s a really pleasant tea but I prefer a bit more “oomph.” I’m quite curious to try it iced. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70

Well, I have to say that this one is not my favorite. I don’t drink almost any green tea ever because it gives me migraines (wanted to at least give this a tasting though since Daniel at Georgia Tea Co sent me a sample of it) and I don’t really like mango and papaya all that much… so it might actually be impossible for me to like it.

The smell before brewing was overwhelming in the fruitiness. Once brewed, the fruitiness is still pretty strong but not overwhelming. The Mango takes center stage here. I can taste the green tea in this, but it’s almost lost. Not my cup of tea, but someone who really likes mango & tropical fruit will surely love it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Rabs

That’s truly amazing that you tried this even with the threat of a migrane. I think that I would’ve wimped out.

Kristin

I only had a few sips. I definitely wouldn’t drink the whole cup. I wanted to see what it tasted like. :)

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71

It’s a nice day here and I’m sitting on the front porch working and drinking tea. The cottonwoods are blowing, so its a challenge to keep the fluff out of the tea. If you have never seen cottonwoods (a cottonwood is a tree) in the spring, imagine that someone took cottonballs and shredded them and then threw them in the air. It looks like it’s lightly snowing, but it’s not. It’s 70 degrees.

On to the tea…
The leaves unbrewed in the bag have a peachy smell. I don’t know if that is just that some other sample leached some scent or not. The leaves had some large pieces of vanilla bean mixed in. Brewed, the tea smells earthy with a hint of vanilla. The taste is a nice black tea without bitterness with a touch of vanilla. I’d personally love more vanilla in this tea but I like my vanilla teas to have a big punch (just my personal preference).

2.5 tsp to a giant mug.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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