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drank Pu Erh Caramel by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I’m back! I have been drinking a lot of tea but haven’t posted about it in the bustle of travel and sightseeing. I am back home and jet lagged and caught a cold, so more tea it is.
My right ear is all clogged up feeling and never properly popped after the plane, I guess because I was already congested. Hopefully it will clear soon.

I am so glad I got to actually go to Gurman’s myself! It is in the heart of Dublin in the bustling shopping area. I had looked at the website and chose this one as well as vanilla puerh, but they were out of vanilla. I wanted to mix them to try to get the Dammann Freres Puerh Gourmand vibe.

This is very good on its own, though. The base is a musky and earthy ripened puerh. The caramel flavor is sweet and not too heavy. It resteeped nicely. I had three steeps of it and though my daughter drank a fourth, I thought it looked a little weak based on color. I know youngest and I are going to drink scads of it, so I bought 200 grams. The guy was quite shocked initially when I asked for it by ounces!

I really like this company. I have found some good flavored teas at good prices, and they have been willing to ship their tea to the US, including teas that they have in store but don’t list in their website.

caile

welcome back! :)

Sil

Yay! Welcome back :) hope your sick clears up quickly

Fjellrev

Hope you’ve had a fun time!

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drank Flowers tea by Gurman's
1 tasting notes

I have been looking for a flowering tea to use in a tea ceremony which I hope to do at the end of a meditation class – thought it might be a nice idea. Bought 5 Gurman’s black tea blossoms for €9.50 In Dublin. Really excited to see what emerged in my glass tea pot, bought especially. Poured boiling water into pot, dropped ball in, waited with baited breath, along with several family members whom I had built up to see something quite spectacular. The result at least gave everyone a good laugh! A nicely coloured but underwhelming pink flower which remained tucked into the opened black leaves of the flower ball – the whole lot floating upside down the first time I tried. I could only see the flower if I put my face up to the glass. The tea leaves themselves looked very unappealing – a black clump which did not sink down to the bottom but floated around on the surface.

I tried a second time and this time I put the boiling water onto the flower ball. Virtually same result – a raggedy clump of black leaves with a pink flower visible inside, but not emerging. Again, the ball did not sink to the bottom of the pot but at least this time it was floating right way up – ie with the flower on top.

The taste was actually quite good. Not worth the €9.50 (for 5 balls) price tag though as it tasted as good as my standard Barry’s breakfast tea that I drink all day long. Mind you, Barry’s tea is an excellent black tea.

All in all disappointing but I will keep looking and will send off for some blooming tea which has been reviewed online and hopefully fare better.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
4550 tasting notes

Backlog:

When I received a sampling of this tea from a friend, I had kind of expected it to be a jasmine tea because I’ve had at least one or two Madame Butterfly Jasmine teas. But this is a yummy peach flavored Sencha! (Not that jasmine isn’t yummy too!)

The flavor doesn’t taste off or chemical-y. It tastes like fresh, juicy peaches! The sencha gives it a sweet, slightly buttery taste. I put in my notes that it reminds me of lightly buttered vegetables. It’s a very light tasting Sencha, and it melds nicely with the peach notes.

Really tasty.

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drank Seven Samurai by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

My best friend has a son who is autistic. Their autism society worker is like family, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago. She completed her surgery and now has to have radiation, but she is fearful. We invited her over today so I could give her a pep talk and some helpful hints to get through it. (I had it in 2010.) She also asked if drinking tea would help improve her health and prevent a recurrence, so we talked about the benefits of antioxidants, flavonoids, and such in different teas and how they may possibly help. At the very least, replacing sugary drinks with unsweetened tea will help tons! Cancer loves sugar.

She drinks grocery store green tea, but I told her there are things she can actually ENJOY and not just choke down for the health benefits. This was the tea I chose to serve to her today since it has a lot of natural sweetness from the fruits and coconut, and it is so creamy and refreshing whether hot or cold.

The best part was when she said, “I could drink this every day!”

It really is a great tea and I love it especially in the summertime with all of the fruity flavors.
I may have to pick up more in a couple of months when I go to Ireland, but thankfully Gurman’s has fabulous customer service and offered quite a while back to ship orders to the US for us, even the teas that don’t appear on their website but that you know they have in store.

3 tsp. in 22 ounces water, 174F for three minutes

Christina

I hope she does well. And it sounds like you may have started a conversion!

looseTman

The autism society worker is very fortunate to have a friend like you!

Nxtdoor

This is a great story. Thanks for sharing.

ashmanra

Christina: I am hoping to start another conversion today!

looseTman: We feel so fortunate that our friends have such a committed and reliable person to stay with their son, she goes above and beyond the call of duty all the time. And when I had breast cancer, I wondered if someday my experience might help someone else. Well, I hope it has now. We are going to make it through her diagnosis together! The army hospital is sending her to the same cancer center I went to for my radiation treatments, so I was able to give her lots of info. It is a really great facility and they offer lots of support, but sometimes you want someone you know and someone who has been through it, and I can be both for her.

looseTman

That’s truly awesome & quite a blessing!

Cwyn

A similar story for me that is opposite, I was the worker for a lady with autism and she had cancer. Spent 14 years with her and she was like my family. Many weeks I spent more hours of my life with her than with my “real” family. I can say there were no books, no literature, nothing on how to help a person with autism live with cancer, or how to die with cancer. I loved her so much, still do a double-take on the street at times when I glimpse someone who slightly resembles her.

ashmanra

Cwyn: I am so sorry for your loss! My son used to work with autistic children and he started a game night at the local coffee shop for autistic adults. Now he works in another town with mostly adults though I think they have one or two teens. He loves “his” folks and they all get attached to one another. What a blessing you to her! It is so rare to have the same autism assistant for a year or two, but for fourteen years!!! That is amazing! My son works for the creative living center so they have an art director on staff who helps the participants learn to draw and paint, and my son’s group takes them out to learn social skills and to volunteer for various charities like Meals On Wheels and 10,000 Villages. He loves his job!

mrmopar

I think she has a great friend in you for support and encouragement.

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drank Seven Samurai by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I was so sure I had reviewed this one already. Maybe Steepster ate it.

This is fantastic. I mean, really, so good. I served it yesterday at tea time and I am having it again today with my salad for lunch. The green tea base is so smooth and slightly creamy, the coconut comes through nicely though it is subtle, and the pineapple is softened, not tart or strong. Everything just really melds together and makes for an awesome cup (pot) of tea.

Gurman’s is really batting .1000 for me!

Tea Sipper

Seven Samurai! One of my favorite movies!

ashmanra

I haven’t seen the movie, Tea Sipper! Maybe I should check it out!

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drank Palace of Roses by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

This was one of my Christmas gifts that eldest daughter picked up in Dublin. Oh. My. Gosh. I have to say it was amazing. I get rich, rich apricot and raisin mostly, with a little mango. This is full bodied and so flavorful. Fantastic! Taken plain, and served at tea time with homemade lemon pepper crackers and cranberry White Stilton cheese.

Ysaurella

no roses ? :) awwwww

MsWhatsit

Sounds awesome.

gmathis

Even your snicky-snacks sound elegant. You’ve got more refinement in your little pinky than I do in … well, most of my other body parts :)

ashmanra

Actually, Ysaurella! there ARE roses! I just mentioned the flavors that stood out to me but the pretty Rose petals are there.

Ysaurella

sounds better so for a palace of roses :)I should try this one so as a huge rose tea lover

ashmanra

Gmathis: if you only see me stumping out to the coop in my big fuzzy red robe wearing baby blue socks and brown clog sneakers at 7 am, you may rethink the term “elegant” for me! LOL!
Ysaurella: I will try this again and pay careful attention to the rose. It was not the predominant flavor for me yesterday, but it may have been distraction or the food pairing that affected my perception of the taste.

gmathis

I will see that red robe and raise you a purple fleece one with tweed wool hunting socks and lumpy black slippers.

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drank Christmas Tea by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

My girls bought this for me when they were in Dublin because they knew how much I liked the teas from Gurman’s on the last trip. In addition, when some of us in the US wanted tea that wasn’t available on their website, they made it available to us. I thought that was great customer service.

The ingredient list was pretty exciting to me because it had all of the things I love in a Christmas spice sort of tea. Other Christmas teas have disappointed me sometimes by having an astringent or finicky base or artificial tasting orange flavor with a bite. This is very nice, however, and tastes well balanced to me. The orange is clean and fruity, the almond is soft and smooth, the ginger is not bitey, the cinnamon is light, the clove is peeking at me just the right amount, And the cardamom is sweet and exotic.

I am drinking this with no milk or sugar, but for those who take sugar in their tea I suspect this one would be super sweet and Christmas-y. Well done!

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Another tea from my Momo box! It has a very nice sencha base that is a little heavier in the mouthfeel than most sencha’s I’ve had. The flavoring is very subtle in a good way. The peach is definitely there along with a hint of citrus. It doesn’t taste artificial at all. There is also a light floral note that I can’t distinguish. I don’t think I have enough experience with florals to identify it.

ashmanra

I LOVE this tea. Even my youngest students like to drink it, without milk or sugar!

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1212 tasting notes

Of course as I come to do log this note, my internet stopped working and I had to reset everything, which is always a good time. Also like half an hour before the bulb went out in my desk lamp so that was great too, hopefully nothing else goes awry.

So I really want to love peach green teas but alas, the peach just never tastes right. This one at least works for iced tea beyond a flavoring issue for me. It just really doesn’t taste like peaches. It’s just kind of a vague fruity flavor that seems to happen a lot.

Thanks, Azzrian!

also I apparently totally missed getting to 900 notes earlier. confetti~

Kittenna

Almost 1000!!

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drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1212 tasting notes

Thank you Azzrian!

The dry leaf of these tea is really exciting. When I have the time, I like to rehydrate dried peppers and then grind them into a paste in my food processor for chili. So seeing the big chunks of dried chili pepper in here is excellent!

Usually I am really sad and pathetic when it comes to spicy drinks. Soups, I’m okay, but I tried this cayenne/ginger kombucha the other week and couldn’t handle it. And I seriously love spicy food.

This is so good, and I don’t know if it’s the mango or what but I can handle it. If you leave it in your mouth too long it starts to hurt, but in the good way…you know what I mean if you like spicy food. Then the mango makes it all better, and the aftertaste has just one final kick.

I’m taking this with me to Thanksgiving. I got my brother to drink iced tea last time I was up there, and he also likes spicy stuff. But I think I’ll try to get him to drink it without telling him it’s gonna be spicy, and tell him he has to hold it in his mouth for about 20 seconds before swallowing for the best flavor of tea. Hahahahaha. I’m horrible. (He deserves it.)

Helena

hehe you big meanine :D

momo

It probably won’t even affect him but I want to try >:)

Nik

I’m the opposite! I have zero tolerance for spicy food, but when it comes to tea, I’m finding that I quite like the spicy stuff. Strange how that works. =)

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drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

Spicy, but not too spicy, even for a wimp like me. The green base is nice and smooth. This is an excellent and enjoyable green, and Gurman’s has been a pleasure to deal with.

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drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I was a little scared to try this. My daughter said her boyfriend bought this in Ireland and he said it “almost killed him.” So they decided to pass it on to me, a total wimp when it comes to spicy things.
My daughter thinks it was the fact that it was green tea that bothered him, as he likes spicy food and therefore shouldn’t mind spicy tea.

I used an average amount of leaf and steeped it for only 2 1/2 minutes. It really isn’t bad. Because I don’t get into chili peppers I am not likely to drink this much more, but I am pleased to have found it for the most part palatable. Anyone want a sample? Send me your snail mail! I am thinking of you, K S, but I already have your address so I shall get some out to you.

K S

Woo Hoo!

TeaBrat

sounds a little scary!

Dinosara

Sounds like something Dylan Oxford would like.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday: We had an extra tea time this week, as I found out that the mother of one of my students is friends with a Moroccan lady who moved back to Moroccan. This mom has been missing having Moroccan Mint with her friend so I invited them to have tea with us. We made Moroccan mint and I tried to choose other teas that I thought they would like.

This tea was the favorite of the daughter, and I think her mother liked all three very well, but she must have liked this one a lot because her husband mentioned it when I saw him later.

I am liking this more every time I drink it, and I have decided it has to be on shelf at all times! I may order it from Gurman’s, but if Tin Roof Teas gets their delivery of Fuzzy Navel and it is the same, I will purchase it there. I am pretty sure it will be the very same tea, as the description is identical and both are sourced from a German distributor.

Fresh, smooth, sweet, delicious, and pretty darned near perfect. I can find no fault with it.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

This was the first tea served today for our tea time. My guest is really a fan of black teas, not so much green, but open minded and willing to try them all. She likes new things most of all and I couldn’t remember ever serving this one to her, but last week she did talk about buying South Carolina peaches downtown from the truck that comes every day in summer, so I took a chance that she would really like this one. She did, very much indeed.

I dislike many peach flavored things, just they end up being a bit “off” somehow, especially which peach yogurt which positively makes me gag. I have had good luck with peach tea, though, and this is a favorite. I was a little worried about how low the bag is getting since daughter picked up in Dublin, but her BF will be here in October and can perhaps bring more! Also, I am thinking that Tin Roof Teas may have this since they source from German distributors and there are several for this tea. I will definitely be keeping this one on hand. Now I need to try it iced!

Azzrian

You can also order it online from Gurman’s – after you sent me a sample of it I got some from them! Let me know if you need me to send you any until you get more!

ashmanra

It looks like Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh is selling it under the name Fuzzy Navel! I will be there on Friday, so hopefully I can get some and try it to be sure.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I had some friends over for lunch, tea, and fun today. Both are ladies who said they didn’t drink green tea just a few weeks ago, both have asked me to order some green tea for them! I was going to make a plain green tea to go with our veggie tower with Brie, but one of them smelled this tea and shoved it at me! Heehee!

Everyone loved the fresh peach taste and the smooth green base. They polished off the whole pot in no time!

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I revisited this tea today because Azzrian liked it so much! I made it in my JoeMo to take to work with me. The aroma really makes this tea for me. I love the taste, it is very good, but I really love smelling this. It is lightly fruity, just right, and the peach smells so natural. So excellent, I am going to have to make sure my daughter’s BF brings some more from Ireland when he comes.

Azzrian

(Clears Throat) actually that one I can get on their site – it just makes me mad that I can’t get the pepper mango too! Ugggggg Why should I have to get teas from two sources? Makes no sense. Anyway lol rant over :)

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1858 tasting notes

I found several teas with this name from other companies, and the ingredients look similar so I am guessing they are all from the same source. This was purchased at Gurman’s in Ireland but the bag lists the country of origin as Germany.

I am not the world’s biggest fan of peach flavor, especially when it isn’t in the actual peach! But this tea was pretty good. The peach flavor dominates but there is also a high minty/citrus note that may be from the marigold. I haven’t had much marigold so I am not sure if that was the source of the high note or not. I think this would be very good iced as it is a refreshing tea. If you really like peaches, instead of tolerating them like me, you might really love this.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
798 tasting notes

Thank you Alphakitty :] Mmm this is a very nice green. The aroma of this tea is extremely juicy. The peach flavor is juicy and very sweet. I can catch a bit of a floral note along with the fruitiness. The flavor is definitely not overdone and fits with the sweet green tea. Overall I liked this one :] Thanks again!

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drank Fruit Garden by Gurman's
2515 tasting notes

Woah! This is one fruity green tea! With a hint of something savoury as well, which I’m thinking is perhaps the olives?? Who puts olives in tea, anyhow?! Thanks for letting me sample this interesting blend, Azzrian!

Anyways, I suppose it’s not really as fruity as I made it seem, but it certainly doesn’t taste like any other green I’ve had, with this almost smoky, savoury note in addition to sweet fruits. The more I sip, the more prominent the savoury quality is, as the fruitiness kind of takes a backseat. The green tea isn’t overly noticeable in here; a basic sencha, it looks like, and not particularly noteworthy, just present.

I used probably nearly 2 tsp of tea for about 8 oz. of water, and I’m not finding the tea to be weak, so that’s what I’d stick with next time, likely.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not overly fond of most flavoured greens, and although this is certainly interesting, it isn’t a tea I’d pick up myself (but I’d totally want anyone who likes olives to try this one, just for kicks!)

Thanks again Azzrian!

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

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
470 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking so many peach teas recently, without even intending to. Part of it is because I got 4 different ones in my happy bag from Lupicia, part of it is weird chance. Like this sample from Azzrian: I was making my cold brews for the day right before bed, and I was so sleepy I kind of just dumped half of this in a cup without paying attention to what flavor it was. Lo and behold, another peach!

I really really need to update my profile here, since it specifically says that I hate peach teas and I don’t anymore! It’s such a good, juicy flavor when done right like it is here. There’s also a nice, soft floral note presumably from the marigold, and also something maybe cirtusy going on in the background? Almost like.. mandarin orange, very faint but it’s there. A tasty fruit blend!

Azzrian

so glad you liked this! :)

Alphakitty

Thank YOU for sharing it with me! I love being able to try teas from different countries that I usually wouldn’t have access to ^^

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drank Christmas Tea by Gurman's
53 tasting notes

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drank Christmas Tea by Gurman's
53 tasting notes

This tea is VERY cinnamony, which I generally like. However, I don’t know if I’m a fan of everything else that is in it. It seems that whatever fruit is “Christmasy” was added. It is by no means unpleasant, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink several cups of it.

The clove is quite strong at first, and the orange peel really comes through on the aftertaste. I’ve only had one cup, so I will add more notes once I’ve done more tastings.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Champagne Truffel by Gurman's
166 tasting notes

Azzrian sent this to me a while ago, and I’m just now getting to it. My other Steepsters know how it goes when you just get so inundated with different tea to try ;)

Anyway, I kinda ignore this one for a while, but I’ve been on a green tea kick lately, and I wanted to try something different. And, oh my – this tea is much better than I anticipated. I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot out of this tea, but it’s very very good. I’m getting this really smooth creamy undertone on top of the green tea which makes it perfect. I let the BF try it and he couldn’t believe there wasn’t any sweetener in this.

It’s a really good tea. Just one problem, Azzrian got it from a tea store in Ireland. So it’ll be insane to ship. Maybe I can find a local vendor or a similar tea?

Really really good.

momo

I went and looked, it’s only 5 euros, so roughly around $6.50-$7 depending on the exchange rate you get and fees. Not bad really!

Azzrian

Its not bad at all to get this tea! As Momo Said! :) Go for it they are a great company :)

Azzrian

Also I am SO happy you liked it! Their Pepper Mango is good. I have several teas from them.

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drank Flowers tea by Gurman's
37 tasting notes

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

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