Grace Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

Many many thanks to ashmanra for this tea!!

We were feeling peckish this afternoon, so I put together some toast with butter and strawberry jam, and made a pot of this tea for my husband and I. Oh! We’re in love! It kind of reminds me of Dawn lite – subtle cocoa notes and good tea. Very rich. Earthy. A splash of of milk and scant teaspoon of sugar make it a real treat. I don’t taste anything wine-like, but then again maybe you need to take it plain to get that from it. I would purchase this in a heartbeat, especially now that Dawn is no longer available.

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LadyLondonderry

Ah, Winey Keemun … I haven’t had this one in years, but I remember it fondly. I always loved the name and the old-fashioned label on the tin. I’ll have to pick it up again next time I’m in McNulty’s!

ashmanra

I am happy to know that this is similar to Dawn since I was so disappointed that I never got to order it before they closed! I bought this one because I have a daughter named Grace who adores tea and is also a rare gem, so I thought she would like the tin. What a bonus that we loved the tea! I buff my Grace Rare Tea labels with Ellen Hutson’s Microglaze to protect them so we can keep refilling the tin and it will look nice as ever.

Ricky

Did you know Jacqueline has a 455 tasting notes and a bunch without ratings! Stop drinking so much tea!

Bam! 100! Dawn-lite.

JacquelineM

yes! You got it! I’m still thinking about this tea days later!

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drank Earl Grey by Grace Tea Company
181 tasting notes

4 1/2 minutes. The only thing I don’t like about this is the astringent smell of the dry leaves. I think it’s common when you have a lot of bergamot in one place though. Once the leaves are in the cup with water, it’s totally fine.

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drank Earl Grey by Grace Tea Company
181 tasting notes

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84

I’ve noticed some slightly smokey notes.

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A little lighter on the bergamont than others, so if you like a good Earl Gray but not a whole lot of bergamont, this is for you! But still Grace quality!

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85

Tea of the morning – and I prepared it without making a mess everywhere! Go me! Smooth, malty, and delicious.

I play at church this morning and then our team has a gig this afternoon in town. Should be a lot of fun. I haven’t worshiped with them in a while – actually years! They don’t watch the clock, so I could be there a while – and trust me with this bunch that is a good thing.

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85

Let me tell you about my morning so far. I started on Facebook complaining about the ads in the middle of the post area of the screen that can’t be closed. A friend agreed then told me to have a Snickers. lol. So then I get a bagel and think I’ll prepare tea. The press is full of spent leaf. Back to the kitchen. The water jug is empty. Back to the kitchen. I remembered the bagel, forgot the press. Back to the kitchen. Had to search for my mug. Filled the scoop with leaf. Flipped on the kettle. I was talking to my wife and watching Destination Truth – nobody doesn’t find monsters better (how could they cancel this show?) – then I grab the scoop and toss it back to storage… except… I forgot to pour the leaf in the press first. Good grief. Yeah, back to the kitchen.

The tea is wonderful and much needed, but I need more Snickers.

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85

Thanks to ashmanra my assam journey takes another step. According to wikepedia – so you know it has to be true ;) Irish Breakfast teas are traditionally 100% Assam blends. This is slightly malty in smell and taste. There was something else going on in the background that reminded me more of a hazel nut tea my wife drinks than it does the fruitiness of yesterday’s A Southern Season IB. Not bitter at 3 minute steep but a a little drying. I think this one would hurt me if I drank too much on an empty stomach. At least that is the excuse I used to grab the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies I had with it. Good tea and good cookies!

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Thanks again to Hesper June for this sample — see previous notes for more info.

It’s already been a busy weekend of socializing and art events for me, I needed something to wake my assam up so I can get motivated to be productive. :)

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This is a nice morning tea, courtesy of Hesper June! Assams definitely belong in the “eye-opening” category for me. I am getting lots of malty notes but also a twinge of bitterness. It isn’t the mellowest assam blend I’ve ever had but I seem to remember this is fairly typical for Irish Breakfast teas. I would not say it is “delicate” per the company’s description, but perhaps I will try steeping it for a little less time also.

Overall, not bad but not something I will feel compelled to buy. Thanks again for the sample, HG! Now I must get my assam to work – hee hee!

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ashmanra

I give this one only three minutes.

TeaBrat

I will try that next time!

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95

This herbal blows my mind! This is gorgeously delicious!

It’s a cross between REAL raw lemon juice and lemon balm but with a creamy sort of texture!

I’m enjoying this beyond words – but I’m really trying to elaborate for tasting notes sake. This is excellent hot or cold. Soothing, satisfying, delightful, a real K.I.S.S. sort of tisane.

This exceeded my expectations!

I’m sending the rest to my Sororitea Sista’s Liberteas and Azzrian

One of my favorite stand-alone herbals to date :)

TeaBrat

sounds yummy. I like lemon flavored things…

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Thanks again to Hesper June for this one. I’d never heard of Grace Tea Company before and went to their website which looks a lot like Mark T. Wendell’s.

Anyway I am living dangerously by having this for breakfast, as it looks quite strong. I’m not a HUGE fan of keemun but I think the lapsang in this blend is quite nice, I like the combination of the two together. For me this is quite a strong cup of tea, I used about 2 tsps. in a big mug of tea so I likely could have gone with less. I’ve had a few Russian caravans and some seem very smoky, while others not at all. I admit I added soymilk to this just for an experiment, although not bad it’s probably better plain.

Recommended if you like a strong cup of semi-smoky tea. I might have to buy myself one of the Grace Tea Sampler packs now! I have so many teas but the straight black ones I drink in the morning disappear the quickest.

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Hesper June

Good eye:) the same folks that own Mark T. Wendell do own Grace Tea Co.
Glad you enjoyed it!

TeaBrat

Really? Interesting… I wonder why they have two different labels?

Hesper June

They bought Grace Tea Company but its still running independently carrying the rare teas they are known for.
Grace Tea Co. has been around since 1959, I believe.

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84

I only had a small sample of this and with my previous steep I had it without milk or sweetener. This morning I want something I can chug down to pick me up after sleeping in late whoops. My last cup is being devoured with a splash of milk and sprinkle of demerara.

Not much wine flavour with the added extra’s but it’s definitely more breakfast tea friendly.

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84

Another morning, another breakfast tea. In an odd way I have been craving Keemun, I think it’s because of my love for black tea at the moment (last month it was jasmine tea).

The colour once brewed is earthy browny red and it smells slightly sweet and woody.

This tastes malty, slightly woody and earthy with a hint of sweetness. It’s rather rich and well bodied, great for a morning/breakfast tea. There is also a hint of fermented fruit (which brings forward the sweetness) and dryness which is possibly the winey element.

Overall it’s a nice cup but not extraordinary. My mouth was left bone dry after each sip which I am not a fan of and I was hoping that it was a little stronger and more full bodied. It was nice however to have a change and this tea is still rather nice.

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darky

ah someone with a taste for blacks atm :) i’m into it aswel tough need to write a bit more about it!

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I am warming up nicely to Lapsang Souchong.
I especially like this one by Grace Tea.
Their teas always smell so fresh and are some of the better quality tea I have ever had.
The smoke odor in both the leaf and in the tea is not light or puny, it is still very much a LS.
It is not harsh or rough though.
It very much tastes and smells like a tea that a fine gentleman (or lady) would like.
The hubster likes it but it still is not rough enough for him.
I think at some point I will take some burned pine needles from a campfire and some black tea and just brew it up, ash and dirt and all for him.
That just might be rough enough for him.
But, for me, this LS is lovely.
Since I am recent to LS’s, I enjoy the fact that I can still recognize a nice quality black tea as well as the smokiness in this tea.
Well done, Grace Tea Company.
Now, I am going to enjoy a few moments on this rainy morning, sipping this lovely tea while eating a piece of Spiced Pear Coffeecake.

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ashmanra

Dadgummit! I KNEW there was another tea by Grace Rare Tea that I wanted to try when I was at Southern Season. This was it. Next time…

Claire

Hesper June, are you drinking the lapsang souchong straight or with milk and sugar?

Hesper June

Ashmanra, it is pretty tasty.
Would you like me to send you a sample before you purchase some?
Claire, I drink most all teas plain and the same goes for LS’s.
Although, I did try it sweetened and with milk (because Bonnie was talking about how she takes her LS this way, and when I grow up I want to be like Bonnie:) I personally did not care for it.
But, each to their own!

ashmanra

Aw, you are sweet to offer! Take a look at my cupboard and see if there is something you would like to try!

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90

This is my breakfast tea of the morning.
Good tea. A little smoke and leather in the background, up front is a smooth black tea.
I like this tea and I am liking Grace Tea’s quality teas more and more.
(see previous note for more on this tea)
Now, that I had my tea and pumpkin spice bread, I can batten down the hatches for the winter storm that they have been warning about all morning.
Maybe I should make a large teapot of this and put it in a thermos in case the power goes out.
I would hate to be without tea…

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gmathis

Bundle up and be safe!

Azzrian

Good planning ahead!

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90

I like this tea.
Dry leaf smells like a good quality black tea.
The tea itself has a very pleasant smell, almost like leathery smoke.
But, its in the background, not in your face.
This is my first Russian Caravan tea, so I am not sure if I am a expert on saying what it should taste like, but I like this tea.
This is my kind of breakfast tea.
Taste is a bright black tea, then a hint of smoke, then a little honey-like sweetness lingers on the tongue.
This tea is worth getting up for in the morning.

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ashmanra

I may have to buy this one. I have liked their other teas and this sounds like it is pretty much right up our alley!

Hesper June

I thought I would be disappointed when I first smelled the dry leaf, but I am quite pleased with it:)

Lynne-tea

mmmm Russian Caravans are so good =)

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87

Zzzzzzzz
Whoops, gotta wake up now.
What tea will help me do that?
This one.
As I said in my previous review of this “when the awoken world is alluding me”
Well, that is today.
And everyday as of late.
I stayed up later last night to make these so we would have something to grab to eat in the mornings:
http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/glazed-doughnut-muffins/
They seriously taste like Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
So, hopefully between this tea and a small sugar boost, I will be ready for my shift in the harvest truck.

ashmanra

Oh my gosh, they even LOOK like KK glazed doughnuts! Drool

MegWesley

That’s funny! Krispy Kremes must be on the brain.

Bonnie

Sin in a muffin wrapper!

DaisyChubb

uh oh… I have everything in my cupboard to make these… gulp. Although I’ve never had a Krispy Kreme! I know I’m missing out haha

ashmanra

@DaisyChubb: O.O Never had Krispy Kreme? I was indoctrinated quite young as my father took me to ours and we would stand outside and watch the doughnuts on the conveyer go through the rising station, then ride the flat strip to the hot oil, then flip over and pass under the Niagra Falls of liquid glaze….

Nicole

Oh, that looks like a dangerous recipe …

Hesper June

Oh, you see, the secret is to tell yourself they are healthy because they are not fried…

DaisyChubb

I know ashmanra! It’s blasphemous! There are only 4 locations in all of Canada so that makes it quite hard for me, ohh but I’ve heard so much about them and they ARE on my bucket list! haha

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A great eye opening tea.
Bright and robust morning tea.
Careful about over brewing, it can get a bit too robust if forgotten.
I have not had too much experience with Assam’s but this one seems to be of very nice quality.
I agree with the description, that if you were a milk/cream and sweetener person, that this tea would hold up to it well.
I rated this tea in the upper 80’s simply for the fact that I do not always require a tea like this for my mornings.
But, I am very glad I have this on hand for those mornings where the awoken world is alluding me.

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This is a new offering from Grace. The leaves are fairly long and are sturdy and dark in color. It infuses to a light brown color but still “see-thru”.

It smells a bit woodsy and a bit smoky…with a touch of ‘rock’ or ‘mineral’ type aroma. (Like if you were to smell a rock in a stream, almost…c’mon…I know it’s weird…but I know you know what I am talking about!!!! You’ve smelled a rock before, haven’t you?)

The taste is mellower than other Wuiyi Rock oolongs I have tried strength-wise but the taste is better than others I have tried. It’s sweeter than others and less “rock-tasting/mineral-tasting”. It’s on the verge of a Formosa, too, which I really like! It’s pretty sweet and from start to finish has nice mouth-swirling potential!

I really like this! It’s dandy!

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