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Great Wall Tea Company

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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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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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84

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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67

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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drank Roasted Pear by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

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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67

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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79
drank Mu by Great Wall Tea Company
1409 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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92

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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drank Mu by Great Wall Tea Company
293 tasting notes

Having for dessert with pumpkin pie tartlets and vanilla ice cream. Tea is not health choice in my world. :D :D :D

I don’t really like the smell of this tea because I hate cloves, but when you get up close it smells really really good. Something soft in there. It’s the best tea with licorice that I’ve tried. (And I love licorice? But not yet in any teas.)

Anyway, now that I’m timing my steeps for this site, I think I’m steeping way less (I probably am a chronic over-steeper because I wander off and forget constantly).. idk if this is good or bad yet.

Is it just me or is this site missing a “What tea are you drinking?” box for the tealog? It’s a pain searching the tea and going from there. There should be a LOG YOUR TEA! button or something.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmmmm. That sounds pretty good. I’ve got a licorice blend from DavidsTea that I like,but then I found out licorice is bad for nursing, but then fennel is good, so Idk what to do. I complicate everything.

And I totally found this site useful for making me pay attention to how long I steep tea, and savoring the flavours. I’m always using my tablet to take notes! But I go to my cupboard to find the tea I want to review – maybe that’s quicker?

Ozli

Oh yeah, that helps! Thanks! :D

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70

My cousin sent me these 4 tins of tea from the Great Wall Tea Co and it took me a long time to try this one because I’m not usually a fan of green teas. Anyway, this is leagues better than the Yogi Tea one that I tried. Rarely drink it, but it was nice today.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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99

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84
drank Keemun Panda by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

And that’s the last of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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99

Still tasty.

Preparation
8 min or more

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99

I went on a search for a replacement for my beloved Kalahari… and this is pretty damn close! Doesn’t quite have the lemony kick I was looking for (possibly because it lacks lemon peel) but there’s an inherent smoothness to this tea that I quite like. Likely when I run out of Kalahari, I’ll keep myself stocked up with this one instead.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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84
drank Keemun Panda by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

A good Keemun, I think. Might have made it a little strong. No astringency, smooth and nutty, slightly smoky. Salty smoke.

Some days I’ll blend it with lapsang. But it’s also good and smoky on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Splendiferous. A bit of milk and honey made it perfect.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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65

Finished this one off. Which is good, as I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would when I first got it. Odd bitter undertones I can’t get rid of.

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86

Can I just say that I LOVE the flavour of Assam?

I’m a bit of a “straight up” person when it comes to tea, but this one I’ll add about half a pack of cane sugar to (I know, living on the edge here). The flavours come together with the perfect amount of sweetness and the creaminess is definitely there. I love this tea in the morning because of the wake-me-up factor. And I really appreciate the simplicity of this tea in that it doesn’t have a lot of things added to it and yet it is so delicious.

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