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Great Wall Tea Company

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Didn’t turn out amazing, but still pretty good. Cold steeped overnight with 1 tsp sugar.

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Iced

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81
drank Dorian Grey by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Welp, this’ the last of this. Saddd. But I’ll just have to go and get more.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Caramel by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Finished this off too.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Dorian Grey by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Sorry for disappearing. I moved to accommodate a job, but I have no internet access (or options to get it, for that matter); I have access at work, but Steepster and other websites are blocked.

I’m finally attempting the public library, which has a very slow connection, but it’s better than nothing.

Anyways—the water here is quite hard, so it’s been making it slightly difficult for me to enjoy my tea, especially lighter oolongs and whites. I’ve had to stick with dark oolongs and blacks—no complaints. Dorian Grey seems to thrive in hard water, though, because it takes away the bitter background taste I had, and makes it bright and fruity. I’m regretting not bringing more of it.

I only had room in my bags for so much tea, so I packed my travel tins full, and then grabbed the large tins of a few of my staples. There’s not a single tea shop up here, and I’m hours away from any medium-sized city that might have some. I’m surviving, though. I’m sure I’ve got enough to last me another two months. My contract ends then, and I’ll be on my way home.

I think I should start signing everything “The Tea-Drinking Geologist”. I’m very boring; my colleagues keep inviting me out for beer, but I sadly don’t drink. Ahwell.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
GreatWallTea

How’s the job going? Email us your address and we’ll send up some tea. We’ve got a few newer ones you should try while you’re in the tea-shopless north.

AJ

I hate that the internet at work blocks both Steepster and anything that resembles a blog. I miss important messages.

I’m collecting quite a lot of items (mostly rocks); I’m already running low on room in my luggage. I might not have the space to bring back any tea that’s sent up (my family’s already sent some—and a water filter); never fear, however, as I will be back in under a month. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

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Was over at the Great Wall yesterday; Jen was all excited because she’d been waiting for this tea. It wasn’t even on their menu or in their system yet, but she sent me off with a sample.

It smells of peaches. Lots of peaches. Brewed dark, but tastes light. Black followed by green—the peach strongly throughout. I’m glad the rose petals I saw don’t seem to be adding any taste this time around. Leaves a mangoypeachy aftertaste. I get the green on my tongue when I sip and breathe out.

Kind of wish I’d get more of the green/black out of this. But still, I like it. Maybe it’s just my tongue today, because the flavours are a bit muddled and very light, despite looking dark.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Cream by Great Wall Tea Company
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Got a sample of this, and made it in my tea libre at school. Wiry little leaves, mixed with blue cornflowers and yellow sunflowers.

Taste was very mild, but distinctly buttecream icing. Light ceylon tea base. When they got it in for St. Patrick’s Day, we all sat around sniff-comparing it to the Cream Irish Breakfast, which is a mix of CTC and orthodox, plus assam and ceylon with the heavier and bolder cream. I liken that to a breakfast sweetness, and this a desert sweetness, although I like the Cream Irish Breakfast more.

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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Caramel by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

If you’ve got dietary problems with milk or sugars, this isn’t a good tea choice as it quite clearly DOES have chips of caramel added.

I have no such problems, so naturally I find this delicious either way. There are sunflower petals as well, probably to carry some of the flavouring oils and to decorate with even more yellow colour.

Dry, it smells strongly of caramel, brewed it smells strongly of deep, toasty caramel and tea. I’ve already done a little entry review before, but I thought I’d type this one up as if I hadn’t, just because I’ve got much more time to sit back and savour it.

There is definitely a dark caramel sweetness. It reminds me of Tealicious’ maple tea, in the weight of it.

Slightly astringent, leaves my mouth dry (although it’s been a little dry all day so this might just be me); the base is definitely Ceylon, I can taste it coming through, and it’s all right—I don’t dislike it, it’s fairly solid.

The caramel chips seem to be the cause of the cloudyness of the tea. The caramel lingers far into the aftertaste. This’ a nice tea to have in my cupboard. I think it’d be fun to mix it with others too.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

That’s the last of that. I plan to buy some next time I’m over there, and possibly some of the blueberry black as well. Both were delicious. This’ very good as a breakfast blend.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Caramel by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Rushing a review of this this morning. Have to leave in ten minutes…

It’s a very nice base, and a good caramel flavour. Not incredibly strong, but not weak. The flavouring includes caramel chips, and overall it rounds out to a very nice desert cup. The smell overtakes the actual taste a bit, but I am sipping it while it’s still rather hot.

Picked up Kakuzo’s The Book of Tea from my library. Surprised it had it, actually. It’s a wonderful little book about culture clashing and life. Yes, and tea. It’s a sort of rambling description comparison, which I have to admit I always enjoy reading. I think I’d like to buy this after I finish it. If I can find anyplace that sells it. It’s an old book. I need to stop checking out books and read the ones I’ve already got, though. Honestly.

Dan, watched Watchmen last night—should be able to bring the dvd back into the shop today. It was pretty good.

As it cools, the caramel becomes more prominent, but mixes with the tea very well. It’s got that caramel mouth-feel. Bet some sugar would bring this right out. I like it how it is, though.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Daniel McCash

the first time I ever saw Dr. Who was in London.
I was staying with a new friend at her apartment in the bed of a traveling roommate. We bought takeout from the local “little india” part of the city, went home, and watched a brand new episode on BBC 4

It was totally 100% tribute to other tv shows, like “The Weakest Link”! If you were the weakest link, you got destroyed.

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/entertainment/watch/v17106954KTZAmhCW

Uniquity

I watched that episode not terribly long ago. I just started the new series’ of Doctor Who a month ago. Yay the Doctor!

AJ

Yeah, I remember that one. Near the end of Nine’s life. As a backwards tribute, here’s an episode of the Weakest Link staring many of the new series’ actors, and K9. Barrowman sings the Who Theme Song on it.

Daniel McCash

yeah, so what tea would Doctor Who most want to drink?

Uniquity

When I think The Doctor and tea, I think of the line from Eccleston’s regeneration into Tennant – “All I needed was a good cup of tea”

AJ

@Dan His name’s “The Doctor”. Doctor Who is the pun because that’s what people usually ask him when he says their name to him. And it depends on the Doctor. The Seventh Doctor was known to enjoy a good cup of Lapsang Souchong, while the Eighth, at least in the book canon, often enjoyed Darjeeling with a slice of lemon.

@Uniquity Whenever I think of Doctor Who and tea, I think of Pertwee as the Third Doctor absently using anything on-hand in his lab as a stir-stick when enjoying a cup.

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Was gifted a sample. It’s nice. It’s not AnD’s, but it’s likeable; I might have to pick some up after I run out. There’s hints of Keemun in amongst the smoked teas—which aren’t very strong, but they mesh well.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Daniel McCash

yer freakin welcome ;)

Daniel McCash

Smokey is a unique level of flavor for teas, but too unique for mornings. I’d prefer Russian Caravan for an evening tea much more than as an early or afternoon drink. —this is just taste preference though…

AJ

Thank you.

I like smoky teas in the morning; I enjoy them any time of day, truly, but I think they provide a unique pickmeup (since caffeine doesn’t do that for me).

I should come down to the Wall today, before work. If I leave RIGHT now, I could hang out for two hours. I could return Watchmen to the library while I’m down there.

Daniel McCash

oh yeah, I’m lending you that movie right? Totes. I’m not working today, but I’ll swing by to drop off your package and perhaps bump into you :D

AJ

Didn’t end up going. Some time this week, though.

Daniel McCash

i left it there for you. If I’m not behind the bench, just shout out my name and the disc will appear.

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drank Banana by Great Wall Tea Company
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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.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This smells delicious. Like candy—sour jubjubes or something. It makes my mouth water.

It’s giving me a craving for jelly babies.

Brewed, the smell isn’t AS strong but still there enough to make me hungry. Sniffing it more closely, I’m getting notes of Assam in there. Most of the tea descriptions for this tea note Ceylon and Assam as the base.

First sip is tart and sweet, and mixed with strong Assam notes. No bitterness yet, but Assam can tend do cause it at five minutes steep time, so I’ll probably consider reducing the time somewhat in the future.

The strawberry-lemon isn’t as strong as the smell, but it works because with the Assam-Ceylon as the base, all together it’s a very nice, “classic” taste. Screams British almost. In a good way. I think I’d like to liken it to a Lady’s Earl Grey (without it being Lady Grey).

Starting to get a bitterness from the Assam. It’s enough that the strawberry and lemon take a back-seat. Still very enjoyable, though.

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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.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 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.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dorian Grey by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Mmm you can smell the sweet caramel. The bergamot is very mild, but there. And when I pulled my filter out, I think I might have gotten a whiff of apple.

The bergamot’s stronger in the taste, the caramel shadowing it in the background. I still get whiffs of something that could be apple in the smell, but none of it carries over to the taste. Maybe just a touch as it cools, but I could just be mistaking the taste. It’s very mellow and pleasant, though. There’s a touch of bitterness as well, but that’s it.

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Boiling 5 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.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Have you ever heard of a cream Irish breakfast? I haven’t. I even checked out our database to see if any other places had something. Nothing! How unique.

I got this as a sample at the Great Wall during my last visit. I’m pretty much a regular there now (to the point that I’ve gotten to meet The Other Regulars, and also help out with Advertisement—when Lauren, the owner, explains “tea to go” to prospecting customers, I hold up my cup and display it like a fancily-dressed Show Lady). It’s a wonderfully social area, and I’m allowed to do my homework there. If I’m not chatting.

But more on that in Place Reviews.

Tea!

Brought the steeping temperature down to threeish minutes due to the high Assam content of Irish breakfasts. The dry leaves carry a hint of sweetness in their smell, and if you put your nose right into the brewed tea, you get a good Vanilla whiff. Sipping it, it’s definitely no Irish Cream, but it’s such a wonderful hint, and it oddly works so well—it’s like a pleasant, sweet surprise for your breakfast blend. I figure milk might bring it out a bit more—I should try some with it later. Maybe a bit of sugar, because that always coaxes along vanilla cream flavours.

The Irish Breakfast itself is solid, malty but subdued by the non-Assam teas in the blend (Ceylon, I think, is in there, but I can’t guess the others).

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

The combo of “Irish” and “Great Wall” make me smile lol.

AJ

Hah! I didn’t even think of that.

TeaEqualsBliss

AJ ~ I tried googling the companies website and couldn’t find one! Do you know of it!? Can you PM me!?

AJ

Their website’s still in the works. I talk to them every day about it—the guy designing their website, is the same one creating their Tea Bar sign and advertisement, and s/he hasn’t completed any of the three yet (very busy).

They WILL be at http://www.greatwalltea.com, but for now they communicate through Twitter and Facebook.
http://twitter.com/GreatWallTea
http://www.facebook.com/GreatWallTea

And they’re on “Places” here: http://steepster.com/places/2543-great-wall-tea-company-new-westminster-bc

(Haha I’ve turned into a walking advertisement for them).

TeaEqualsBliss

Awesome! Thanks for the info!!!!!

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