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Azzrian passed along some of this to me – thanks so much!!!!

This is the first tea from Gurman’s I have ever tried! YAY!

I made sure I got a Chili Pepper in there as well as a Mango Chunk or Two!!!
And, of course, various red peppercorns!

WOW! This DOES have a KICK to it! Nothing I can’t handle tho! It’s a welcomed change-up to the other flavors I have drank today! Eventho it’s peppery and barks a little it burns yet soothes the throat a bit! The Green Tea base is on the sweeter side. The pepper, peppercorns, and chili notes take the cake, tho. The mango is in there somewhere, too! It’s also a tad floral!

This is a funky flavored green tea offering and I’m happy I got to try it!

ashmanra

I am a real wimp when it comes to spicy things, but somehow this tea doesn’t bother me. I like it!

Azzrian

I adore this tea when I want a departure from the norm. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Hesper June

Sounds like it would be good if you had a sore or scratchy throat too!

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86
drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1308 tasting notes

wow what a treat! thank you so much Ashmanra!
This has a great peach flavour, similar to the black peach tea from Tsaa. In fact, they are essentially the same with a different base! If you like green tea and peaches, this is the one for you :)
Personally, I prefer the black tea base but this is lovely for a change!

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67
drank Jungle by Gurman's
105 tasting notes

Ok! Thanks, Azzrian.

I have been contemplating drinking this for several, several days. And I have now gotten down to it!

This was alright. I could taste a lot of Papaya, I think was one of the fruits in the list. And that was it, really. Not bad, even tasted a bit peachy but it wasn’t my favorite. So nothing really big to report here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Jungle by Gurman's
807 tasting notes

Huge chunks of fruit and plenty of it! I actually scooped so much fruit out of the bag that I had to dump all the tea into a bowl to be sure I didn’t get all of the fruit in one steep – but sure enough the bag was chalk full of fruity pieces!
A nice fruit tea – a bit like Happy Kombucha I was lucky to get to try last night thanks to a swap partner! I think I like Happy Kombucha a bit more but this is a very good fruity tea!
I will use more leaf next time – or less water as I feel the flavors are not quite strong enough for me even with all the fruit. Steep two may bring out more flavor however as the fruit is dehydrated so perhaps needed more soak time. Will note more on second steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Second steep was good – as good as first – I still would add more leaf next time though.

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93
drank Fruit Garden by Gurman's
807 tasting notes

When I saw there were OLIVES in this tea I was sold.
So this is a lovely light green tea base with a delicate smattering of fruits.
You can in fact taste the olive coming out in almost this peppery note but only so slight and non obtrusive.
The sweetness is very natural and not overpowering whatsoever.
The tea has a sparkling sensation on the tongue and an overall effervescent nature to it.
This tea would be amazing cold but I would highly suggest adding a lot of extra tea because it is a very light tea. If you were to add ice I fear the flavors would be lost. This is NOT to say it is a weak tea however. Its just that it is not trying to pretend to be something it is not and if any flavor additives were used such as artificial I sure am not detecting them.
I admit I have fallen in love with Gurman’s and so far every tea from them I have had the luxury of trying.
I wish the shipping were not such a killer but now that I have tried several of their teas I know it is well worth it when I can make an order with them.
Granted the shipping is more than fair considering they are shipping to the USA from Ireland!
I do think I will go with more tea next time I steep this. I used two teaspoons and recommend for green tea is 2 to 3. I was being stingy trying to conserve but this tea deserves – I deserve (lol) this tea in its best form.
It really is all that!

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88
drank Champagne Truffel by Gurman's
807 tasting notes

My order from Gurman’s arrived today! I just want to say considering this came from Ireland the shipping was insanely fast! BOTH of my kids got jobs this week – BEST Mother’s Day EVER!!! In celebration and just in time for it, we shared a steep of this wonderful tea!
The tea is so beautiful with chocolate hearts and pink peppercorns! It smells insanely delicious! It tastes fruity, sparkly, a bit of chocolate flavor with a slight bite from the peppercorn. I love it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Very nice. Though I would think an Irish tea company would have lots of strong teas.

Azzrian

They have quite a bit of everything but since I was placing an order from so far away I focused on their speciality teas rather than things I can get from a lot of other places more local. Trust me I could have spent WAY too much on their site lol I tried to keep it under control. My order was right around 50 with 17 of that being shipping.

Scott B

I understand what you mean about it being very easy to spend way too much!

Azzrian

I have also come to realize I have more tea now than I can possibly drink before it goes stale. I must stop absolutely STOP ordering!!!

Scott B

I’m not ready to make such a pronouncement myself-but probably soon enough.

Azzrian

Who said I was ready hahahaa – I probably can’t stick to it either.

ashmanra

They source from Germany I think, just like Tin Roof Teas does. The two teas I had were quite good. I do not remember seeing those pretty little pink peppercorns before but they were in my Pepper Mango tea and then I saw them yesterday in Penzy’s Spice Shop, then again in Williams Sonoma. Isn’t that how it goes? :)

Azzrian

Oh I do love the Pepper Mango tea!!! I ordered some of that too :)
What is this? Tin Roof Teas? Hummm thats another new one to me.

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Thank you to Ashmanra for sending some of this tea my way!

I was so excited to try this when I opened the package and smelled it – it smells WONDERFUL… Spicy, sweet and delicious, it makes me think of Thai food! YUM!

This is really good. It’s not REAL spicy, it has some kick to it, but, it’s not a “too-hot” kind of kick, it’s got the right amount of heat to offset the sweeter flavors, to make this a savory tea rather than something that’s sweet, or something that’s spicy. It’s very well balanced.

Like this one a lot!!!

Azzrian

Isn’t it just the BEST! I LOVE it! :) Want to buy a ton of it and bury it in a safe place.
>..<

ashmanra

I am so glad you both liked it! I have emailed the company to ask if they will make it available to us, and have texted my daughter to ask where they got it. She said they actually bought it at a tea shop in Dublin. I am planning to ask if he can pick up some of this and some more Madame Butterfly.

Azzrian

Wooo hooooo – so funny I emailed the company on the mango pepper too LOL maybe they will see the popularity resurgence! :)

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Another Backlog from earlier!
I still very much enjoy this tea blend.
Gurman’s is a fun place to order from.
Something about ordering from another country just makes me feel giddy and somewhat cool haha.
For me, its not TOO peppery at all, it has just the right lift, hardly even a kick to it.
Its sweet (naturally) and savory! LOVE that kind of blend in a tea!

LiberTEAS

I really liked this one a lot too.

Azzrian

Great minds :)

Nik

This sounds interesting. And now I also find myself wondering how green mango tea (vs mango green tea) would taste.

Azzrian

LOL that just confused me Nik

Nik

Oh, sorry about that. :D So… Green mango is a different beast. In India, doing things (cooking, juicing, pickling) with young, green mangos is as common as doing things (cooking, juicing, pickling) with ripe mangos. Green mango juice is more tart, and the prepared result includes salt and black salt, making it a savory drink rather than a sweet one. http://amzn.com/B004UKG898

So what I was saying was just that I’m curious, now, what a green mango tea would be like. My guess is that it wouldn’t translate well to a flavoured tea, but hey, y’never know. I hope I didn’t just make it even more confusing… =)

Azzrian

Ohhh well haha I don’t know BUT Red Leaf Tea DOES have a GREEN mango matcha!!!

Nik

lol, of course they do, I should have guessed. :D

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91

Gurman’s Got back to my email!!! They have added Pepper Mango back into its selections online! WOOT WOOT
Funny – I just recreated it here at home but theirs is better of course.
I am not totally unhappy with my creation HOWEVER I am all over this to order asap!

ashmanra

I just got the same email! Hurrah! Hooray!

Azzrian

YIPPIE!!! Bummer is I could have placed my order last night – todays trip to the farmers market has wiped me out until the 2nd. I hope they don’t wonder why I pestered them so much and have not ordered LOL

Lynne-tea

Whoa.. the ingredients blow me away. I would never think to try something like this. Very interesting!

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Ashmanra WOW I am SO happy you sent me this!
I LOVE this and the Madame Butterfly also – going to place an order from this company as soon as I can! I was looking at the site and some of their flavor combinations are out of this world! I am in LOVE with these teas!!!! THANK YOU !!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I don’t think they carry this online. SIGH sad face.

ashmanra

Azzrian: I will see what I can do about having my daughters boyfriend buy it and send it if you wish!

Azzrian

That would be absolutely wonderful! Please let me know if you have a paypal or if he does I would be happy to send some cash in advance and thank you for the offer!

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A big thank you to Ashmanra for sharing this one. My first Irish tea! I feel like we need a big tea map in the office somwhere, probably next to the door. The wall behind the computers might work, but it would be a pain to get to. Anyway, a map! A big map where we can put pins for all the little areas where we order or drink tea from! I’d say pins for where the tea is grown, but we’d have like what… two pins? China, India, and maybe a purple colored pin in… Ecuador? Is that where maté is from?

Rambling. Tea!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. I’ll admit it, I do not like mango. I do not like it in a box, I do not like it with a fox. I’ve missed out on a lot of very tasty looking things because one of my favorite flavors in the world, pineapple, seems to be attached at the tropical-fruit-hip to mango in the most inopportune number of ways. I was totally willing to try it in a tea though, especially with spicy stuff!

Missy brewed this a little low, because the tea was a bit dusty, and we didn’t want to fly straight into Bitter-town, which has happened with some green teas. I can smell fruit in the brew, coming from the cup. It doesn’t give me that old-lady-perfume smell that I associate with mango, which is a definite plus!

Now the taste of this was intriguing. Much like the smell, I get none of what I stereo-typically associate with mango. I taste indistinct-grabbing-at-the-back-of-mind-fruit that I can’t identify, but it’s so there. SO there, I just need to identify it. After that, there’s just a tiny bit of pepper aftertaste that burns in your throat after the swallow. The flavor of the green tea seems non-existent. Whether this owes to the tea, the phantom-fruit, or the lowered steep temp, I have no idea.

But the flavor of the phantom-fruit is good, so I keep drinking. The pepper in the second, much larger drink was more apparent, but still nothing (for me) to be too worried about. The third drink, and it finally clicks in my mind… the phantom-fruit is a dead ringer for soaked in syrup fruit cup pear. This flavor is EXACTLY what I want out of a pear flavored tea, now that I’m thinking about it. I never would have suspected that from a mango tea, and I’m now going to suspiciously eye every mango tea I see, and wonder whether it’s really hiding a pear-flavored treasure trove, or a perfume-flavored bomb…

Thanks again Ashmanra! I feel very privileged to have had a chance to drink this!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I (being an old lady) do NOT smell like a MANGO! What an odd idea! But I do love that you used the word inopportune. It’s a silky word. You are a naughty boy! (But I’m glad you enjoyed your tea!)

ashmanra

Glad you enjoyed the experience! :)

ashmanra

Tin Roof Teas has an Asian Pear tea that smells really good. I will try to get some next time I am up that way. I only know they use German distributors, as does Gurman’s of Ireland, and that it used to be TeaGeschwender but now they use more than one company. If I can get some, I will send a sample to you and Missy if you want to try it.

Missy

Thank you! We’ve tried one pear tea that just didn’t work for us. We enjoy Asian Pears so that’s a great idea for the second tea in the pear tea adventure.

ashmanra

It will probably be about two weeks before I can get any….I have to send my son and then he is meeting us for vacation in mid-May! Hopefully he can pick it up and I can send some for you to try. It did smell yummy!

Missy

Sounds excellent! :D

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76
drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
212 tasting notes

Thank you Ashmanra for your generous sample! We just got this in the mail today so we had to try it out after dinner.

I taste fruit but Dylan and I decided it wasn’t mango but pear. The same pear you get in those tiny fruit cups from the store. I don’t think this pear is that sweet though. It could have some thing to do with not loading the tea pot with as much sugar as I would get in a fruit cup. I get the spice on the actually swallow, while it’s going down my throat I can taste the pepper there and then. Does that make sense at all? I don’t really taste the green tea much but that could be my lack of experience with green teas.

Not a bad tea, but more cowbell please.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Dylan Oxford

Don’t fear the Steeper!

narwhalclub

I gotta have more cowbell!

Azzrian

BOC reference!! WOOT!

ashmanra

I gotta fev-ah! And the only prescription is….more cowbell!.

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84
drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
807 tasting notes

Ashmanra – THANK YOU for sending me some of this tea! And thank you for the generous sample to boot! I have been drinking this all day! Started out with hot tea then made it iced! It reminds me a little of a couple of my other favorites! Its a bit “frenchy” floral and fruity.
Its funny because I have not even touched the sample I had first wanted from you and got this as a surprise sample and have been enjoying it all day long!
On my shopping list! :)

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84
drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
807 tasting notes

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88
drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1315 tasting notes

I grabbed this one for this afternoon to share with a coworker. I knew he would get it. Sadly, you cannot keep this in a plastic bag and expect it to still have a lot of heat after several months :(

It was still good, just not face melting. Lesson learned knucklehead. Put your stuff in better storage containers. Doh.

Tea Sipper

oh no. Don’t tell me everything I have in sandwich bags will be ruined! I have so many little samples in plastic bags I have no idea how I would store them better.

Tea Sipper

oh no! Don’t tell me everything I have in sandwich bags will be ruined! I have a ton of little samplings in plastic bags, so I have no idea how I could store them better.

K S

Sorry for your loss :) I mean :( I use to save some of the heavy pouches my tea came in but I was feeling like a hoarder so I tossed them. Fortunately I missed a few.

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88
drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1315 tasting notes

This combination just sounds so wrong especially for a tea. It is amazingly good. It starts out sweet and gentle on the tongue and ends with a mild but wonderful pepper attack on the throat (ok maybe medium attack at times). The cup is empty long before you are ready. I can drink this without sweetener but using a little really enhances my enjoyment factor. It intensifies the flavors from beginning to end.

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88
drank Pepper Mango Green Tea by Gurman's
1315 tasting notes

The dry leaf is very interesting. The tea looks like dried grass clippings. There are tan flakes that I am guessing are peels or zest. Then there are tiny red balls that are probably peppers. Finally, I notice some larger dried pieces almost an inch long that again I presume to be peppers. These could be the dragon tooth peppers that are commonly used in Chinese food. What have I gotten myself into?

The tea is rather large pieces so I used a healthy portion. I used my usual parameters for green tea. I brought the water up to a light steam but well below boiling and steeped for 2 minutes in my press. I thought this was brewing rather dark until I picked it up for a better look and realized the leaf was floating near the top and blocking the light. The liquor is light green/amber. The wet leaf smells lightly peppery. Here goes…

The sip – Wow! This is really interesting and different. There is a moderate citrus rush followed by peppery goodness. The pepper doesn’t seem as hot as I expected. Only a tiny bit of heat in the aftertaste. A very mild jalapeno maybe. You catch a hint of the green tea in the aftertaste. These three flavors combine in the most unexpected way and result in a sweet pickle taste. At least that is the best I can do to describe it.

Ok, as it cools it does get a lot more peppery tasting. I can see if you aren’t a spicy fan this could be too much. It grabs the throat a bit and charges up your nose but never in an overwhelming manner to my tastes. There is also another bit of flavor I can’t quite place.

I brewed a cup for a friend who mostly drinks Lipton but I thought he would appreciate this from a grill master perspective (His pulled pork is literally the best I have ever tasted). His words, “This is good, it has a butterscotch element to it.” Yeah, I can see that. It’s the flavor I couldn’t identify. I steeped three cups from the same leaf. The flavor of the third was still going strong. This is Cool! It is like an extremophile, bizarre and magical all at the same time.

Thank you, thank you ashmanra for sharing this!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I received a sampling of this from ashmanra as well, and look forward to trying it.

TeaBrat

it sounds pretty interesting!

Bonnie

The pickle part makes it sound interesting! Tea and a hot dog!

ashmanra

Cool review, K S! I am glad you liked it! I am a pretty big wimp when it comes to spice, but I like the salsa at Chili’s and On the Border even though it doesn’t like me back. I had just had a bite of my daughter’s salsa when I tried this tea, so I found it remarkably smooth and not very spicy. LOL! I need to try it again when my mouth isn’t already on fire! I did like it pretty well, it just isn’t something I would drink every day.

K S

I couldn’t figure out what to snack on while sipping this. Cheese maybe? I love On the Border by the way.

Bonnie

Chicken, avacado a little lime olive oil salt and pepper. THIS TEA!

K S

Bonnie I like the way you think.

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97
drank Raudonoji Rooibos by Gurman's
3 tasting notes

Ankščiau nesu ragavęs raudonosios arbatos, tai paragavus likau nustebintas. Tokia skani man ji…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Tai Mu Needle by Gurman's
3 tasting notes

Labai skani arbata. Tokia gaivi ir aromatas toks rūgštus, bet ji pati nėra rūgšti visai. Patiko :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Earl Grey by Gurman's
2 tasting notes

tuoj užsikaisim šitos arbatėlės :)

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75
drank Earl Grey by Gurman's
1 tasting notes

Quite a strong bergamot infusion, which is great with a slice of lemon – you get all the lovely citrusy tastes with a clean, but slightly oily (in a good way), aftertaste. Unlike many earl greys, the tea leaves used are of a fine quality so the tea has a fairly good flavour besides the citrus.

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