Great Wall Tea Company

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drank Rhubarb Pie by Great Wall Tea Company
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40
drank Rhubarb Pie by Great Wall Tea Company
4875 tasting notes

eep…yeah this one was a no go for me as well omgsrsly I tried a lower temp and a shorter steep and it was just not doing anything for me :( thanks for letting me try it though ‘cause it’s something i would have been drawn towards!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I had high hopes. :( Thought maybe you’d be able to make a go of it!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Great Wall Tea Company
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omgsrsly passed this one on to me. Having not had any teas from the great wall of tea company yet, i was intrigued. While i didn’t hate this cup of tea, the tea is a little on the bitter side which kept me from really enjoying the pumpkin spice aspect of things. The flavouring wasn’t terrible but given my love for the pumpkin ginger tea that terri found us, this one falls short heh thanks though omgsrsly!

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The steeping time on this depends on how you make it. You either make it gong fu style with more tea, tell water, less time and more steepings or you make it western way.

I would suggest considering washing the tea first by throwing out the first steeping which is said to only have some colour and dust in it.

That would be 15-30 secounds at full boil or just under then throw away this and potentially doing a secound wash for a couple secounds. After the first brew increase the time based on what it tasted like (or decrease it).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100

Awesome

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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(264) I actually really like this tea. A good sour cherry flavour, with some sweetness and juiciness from the fig.

I will definitely get it again, but probably not from this company. I just haven’t been wow’d, and it’s easy enough to add a bag to a Tealux order (it’s Cherry Fantasy). If I find I’m craving this tea then I can go pick up a sample pack, but I’ll probably just wait.

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz water)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Not bad. This one will stay in my cupboard, I think.

A 2 minute steep worked way better. It’s definitely cherry. A little tart, though. Is there hibiscus or rosehip in here? IDK. Waiting for the ingredients.

There are slices of freeze dried green figs, though. Can’t really taste them, I think they mostly just contribute to a sweet tea flavour.

I got a whole cherry in my scoop. I think I’m going to eat it. (Edit: OMG THAT WAS SOUR!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

It’s cold now (had another vet appt), but it’s really quite nice! It would be a good iced tea lemonade.

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This tea didn’t work for me either. I steeped 3 mins at 195C. Next time I’ll try 2 minutes. It smells pretty good – at least the flavouring isn’t strong alcohol like the Pumpkin Spice – but it didn’t translate into the cup. I mostly got overbearing base.

I didn’t add anything to the tea when I tried it, and my kitten is super sick right now so I’ve only been taking sips here and there of the teas I’ve been making. I’m fully prepared to admit to Operator Error.

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

He had some anti-nausea stuff this morning, and sub-q fluids. I found more money (now I feel guilty about all the tea :( ) and am taking him in for blood tests in an hour or so. It’s likely acute pancreatitis. :(

Lala

Hope he gets better soon.

OMGsrsly

Thank you.

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This smells so extremely boozy. I think a lot of their teas are flavoured with alcohol-based flavourings rather than flavour oils, as “alcohol” was a prominent note when I was sniffing all their teas the other day.

This tea is warm brown sugar, rum, and cinnamon. There are apple pieces in it, but I can’t taste them. I also can’t taste pumpkin. I taste alcohol.

Not a favourite. It might be improved by some airing out, so I’m going to put it on a bookshelf, open, to see if the alcohol taste/smell diminishes a bit.

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

Oh, boo. There’s hibiscus and rose hip in this. I wouldn’t have purchased if I had known. :/

MissB

Yea, their ingredient lists leave much to be desired. Having said that, they did email me their complete list of teas, with ingredients.. I can send it along if you’d like.

OMGsrsly

I have it too. That’s how I know about the sad ingredients. :/

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drank Roasted Pear by Great Wall Tea Company
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Not sure what makes it “roasted”, but there’s a nice pear scent, and I do get a bit of pear in the cup as well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Banana by Great Wall Tea Company
372 tasting notes

Hot banana just smells bizarre. This was gifted as a sample during my latest visit (I was there when they carried in a new shipment, and this was one of the new teas included). I don’t know if I’m liking it. Dry, the smell was just “dried banana” (my dad used to dry fruits). Again, brewed, hot banana smell. It’s just odd.

The taste of the banana is very mild—barely there. It does come back in the aftertaste a bit, and there’s a natural sweetness that lingers. I probably won’t buy it, but I’ve got a good sized sample to play around with.

Edit: There was another, odd, drying taste that I thought might be the tea base, but no—or well, maybe it is—but it reminds me of banana peal. Definitely.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by Great Wall Tea Company
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As someone who rarely drinks green tea when it’s not mixed with black, I was a little obsessive today that all the parameters were perfect. So as a not-really-green-tea-drinker, I’d get the best out of it.

I got this as a sample from the Great Wall (they shower me in samples). Smells like slightly overcooked rice. Sadly, their giant tin didn’t have any rice that had managed to actually pop (I like calling it popcorn tea).

First sip… Is actually very pleasant. I can definitely get the toasted rice, and the green tea managed to turn out enjoyable and mellow. I remember trying some from Murchie’s very-cold-sample-pot. Tasted cold and slimy.

This is nice, though. Toasty. I could see me carrying this around in my tea libre.

Green’s coming out a bit more as it cools, but I’m still liking it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I went to remove this from my cupboard as I finished it off, only to realize it was never in my cupboard to begin with.

Huh.

It seems I am sipping a phantom tea.

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

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I have no idea what’s in this, but she gave me the very last of the tin as a sample. There was just enough left for a cup.

I just know it’s black and green tea… And I can taste that. But there were also some huge purple-yellow flowers mixed in this (I had to pick them out to get a proper scoop, they were bigger than my teaspoon; I put them in the infuser with the tea, though—I just needed them out of the way to scoop better).

There’ll probably be information once they get their site up. There’s a sweetness, though. Maybe from the flowers. Reminds me of grenadine or whatever from Monk’s Blend.

There’s a touch of bitterness, but I didn’t very strongly take into consideration how much green tea might be in this, so it’s probably from that and the hotter temperature/longer steep time. Still, the bitterness and the stronger black tea does impart a “breakfast blend” feel. The sweet flavouring is just a nice touch.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm blueberries. The smell’s strong in the leaves and in the cup. There were a few freeze-dried ones in the tin as well, although I don’t know if any of them actually made it to my sample packet.

I also think I’m smelling a bit of… liquorish? How odd. Although, blueberry and liquorish doesn’t seem like too bad a combination.

First sip… Still quite hot… Oooh, blueberry. Yup, I don’t think this is going to be one of those sissy barely-there flavoured teas. Still, probably shouldn’t be eating spicy pizza at the same time. Totally going to/may already be ruining my tastebuds for the experience.

Aah, but I’m getting a sweetness and the blueberries are in your nose. There’s a bit of a tang in it, from the berries I suppose.

The tea itself is very mild, which does good with the blueberries. I will have to type out a more detailed ramble when I’m not eating pizza with this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Made this in a mug. As always, very strongly floral, not strongly vegetal. It’s gone cold now, but it’s even great cold (I should ice it). There’s an almost cream essence when cold—mouthcoating, maybe. One of the few greener oolongs that I’m finding I quite like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Made this in a gaiwan. It’s powerfully floral this way. Very distinct sensation of sticking your face in a bouquet.

Continues all through the sip, with hints of savoryness and faint minerals.

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Tasty, caramel comes through a bit, but definitely not as good as Tealicious’. Though, that one had giant chunks of actual caramel in it, so.

Still. Might buy more. I want to start a collection of rooibos’ to drink at night. For now, this one’s finished.

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Got this as a free sample. It’s got red peppercorns in it.

The smell is delicious dry, but unfortunately, it’s never as strong in the cup as I wish it were. Once steeped it smells mostly of rooibos, though I pick up a bit of banana as I sip.

I picked it up in my hunt for caffeine free teas to sip at night. I want to like it, and I think if I got a bit more, maybe I could play around with the amount used, but.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mu by Great Wall Tea Company
1679 tasting notes

I pulled this one out of my decaf/rooibos tin without checking what it is. Ohai, Licorice!

This is a nice soft licorice blend. Maybe the orange is smoothing it over? It gives me that nice cooling mouthfeel that is present in most licorice teas (and which is why I swear by them when I have a sore throat), but without the added kick that DavidsTea Licorice Twist has. It also has 1/3 the ingredients,and I’m okay with that. I think I prefer this one! I used to love Stash’s Licorice Tea, and this is a pleasant upgrade.

Thanks ozli!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Oh cool, glad you liked it!

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This is my FAAAVOURITE of the Great Wall teas that I have. It sounds like it should be disgusting (every other chocolate-in-a-tea I’ve tried has been) but it is amazing. This was my LAST CUP OF IT.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Uhoh. Guess you’re probably not ordering more for a while eh? Chocolate tea is so hit and miss though! If it tastes like watered days down hot chocolate I drink it, but only grudgingly.

Cavocorax

Why did my autocorrect add ‘days’? Stupid tech thinks it’s smarter than I am!

Ozli

Augh I can’t stand that watered down hot chocolate thing! This is not that though, this is aaaamaaaaazing. It’s totally on my shopping list (but uh, I can’t buy it now since I bought all those other teas…)

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