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Strand Tea Company

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99

It is hard to describe just how much I adore this tea. It has a lemon flavor, but is never tart. So many lemon teas are tart or bitter. This a smooth, refreshing tea. I drink it without any sweetener, as it needs no embellishments. As with all green teas, do not oversteep. You can re-steep it once more for another cup/pot. They used to call it “Judy’s Lemonscent”, but have dropped her name from it. No matter. It is awesome.

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2 min, 0 sec

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88

Loving this! I received this tea as a free sample with my order placed some time ago, and I am just getting around to trying it. This is a fine Keemun, very light astringency to this one, with a dry finish that is quite like a dry wine. The wine-like notes linger in the aftertaste. It is sweet, slightly smoky and very delicious. And after checking it out on the Strand website, I can’t believe it’s only 3.95 for 2 ounces! Wow! Definitely worth it.

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73

Maybe it is just me, but this used to taste alot better than it did last night! Fishy is how I would describe ths tea…disappointment…sigh….
Perhaps it was not as fresh as it could have been when I purchased this tea or Perhaps it was my water temp:(

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1 min, 0 sec

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81

I don’t know why it took me so darn long to try this tea, which is named after my stomping grounds, but I finally got around to it. I got this in a care package ages back from LiberTeas. It’d been sitting in a tea case for months, unopened. This morning I was desperate for a pick-me-up, so I turned to it. It was black, it was there, and it was new. Done.

As far as black blends go, it was surprisingly even. The Chinese blacks certainly dominate the profile, in my opinion. There may have been a little bit of Darjeeling muscatel on the forefront, but it was nigh on subtle. The rest of the tea’s character was bold, smooth, woody, middling-to-malty, and astringent at the end. A decent enough blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74

finishing up my last lil bit…

SIPDOWN!

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73

Drank this when I came home from school and again after dinner.
I just love the richness of this tea. The roasty aroma is intoxicating to me.
I also want to give a shout out to the Strand Tea Company. This quote is on their web page “We specialize in offering quality tea and tea accessories at affordable prices for everyone.” They also ship teas out the same day ordered 99 % of the time. And you get a free sample with your order + some really great tea cookies:) hmmm….one perk after another…& Jack Strand is happy to return an email about tea questions. When I first started drinking tea, he sent me a lengthy explaination of the all teas. Bottom line, they are tea experts and they really care about their customers.
Shout out over. Enough said.

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2 min, 0 sec

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73

I took a better picture, but I cannot get it to load. Sorry:(
This tea is mild and really good. The price point is affordable and the customer service from Strand Tea is outstanding!
I have drank this tea everyday since it arrived.

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2 min, 0 sec

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85

Enjoying a cup of Portland Blend with my breakfast. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/01/24/portland-blend-from-strand-tea-company/

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85

I needed to finish my review of this tea (for SororiTea Sisters!) so I decided that I’d start my day with a cup. The flavor is so nice – complex! Subtle hints of smoke (which are thankfully, quite subtle), peach, and spice, along with a strong background of caramel! Delish!!!

My review will publish in a few days!

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85

I visited the website of Strand Tea Company this past weekend, because I was looking for a new Yixing mug, and I discovered this blend, so I had to try it. Portland is just minutes away. (Another nice thing about Portland being so close, my order arrived so quickly)

This is a delicious breakfast blend. A lovely malty flavor. Smooth, rich and delicious. Warm and cozy on this very rainy Northwestern morning, but also has some strength and heft to it.

I noticed one or two rose petals in the blend too, which is appropriate… I actually expected more rose petals since Portland is the city of roses, but, that’s alright. A very good breakfast blend!

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

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89

I really like Kenyan tea. This one is so easy to drink. This tea is brisk and malty with no bitterness or astringency that I can find. It steeps up to an amber color and is very robust and bright. It reminds me of an assam. It has hints of berry and finishes very clean.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Sundew by Strand Tea Company
335 tasting notes

Slowly sipping this slightly tart green tea. It’s a nice kind of tartness though, not too overwhelming. The tea is luke warm which works out pretty well this hot and sticky evening.
Created a new signature blend AMERICANA http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=13675&SID=43bf99bfa843428f1510b5151281c673
I remember the first time I came to the US as a tourist (which was quite a while ago) I noticed an ad that said: “Europen quality”. At the time that seemed so funny to me: are they assuming that American quality is not good enough? Anyway, this blend is a little/tiny tribute to fine American quality :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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91

This is an excellent assam tea. This tea is malty, chewy, and brisk.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

This is a great breakfast tea. Its brisk and malty with only slight bitterness and astringency. I’m still trying to figure out why Mountain Malt only took 3 minutes of steeping while this one takes 5 minutes and still doesn’t have the strength or chewiness. Maybe it has to do with the oxidation or something. Both teas are BPS1 and handmade. Hopefully someone reading this with more tea knowledge than myself can answer this for me. Still this is a nice tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Its not usual for a tea to come off as advertised but this one does. It smells like a yunnan but its not. The tea has a nutty sweet taste with no bitterness. This is a sample I received and its a very nice tea. It really reminds me a green but its not. I’m really happy I got to try this tea. Its not really a tea I would drink a lot of but I enjoyed it immensely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Yunnan Hongcha by Strand Tea Company
429 tasting notes

First of all, I love yunnan teas. But this one is very mild. I like a strong, brisk yunnan tea and this is not one. If your into very mild yunnans then try this one. If not, look elsewhere.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74

I would call this tea an afternoon tea. Its brisk and malty, organic (a plus), and steeps up to a pale golden color. It has a little bitterness and astringency which I have found in all Ceylon teas. Its an ok tea but nothing I would reorder.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Keemun Mao Feng by Strand Tea Company
429 tasting notes

This is a sample I received from Strand Tea co. This tea really surprised me. This tea has slender dark black twisted leaves that unfurl when steeped. The flavor of the tea is smooth and delicate while being sugar sweet. It has an amber color when infused and has no bitterness or astringency at all. The taste is very complex and mild and actually reminds me of sugarcane. This is one tea I will have to order.
2.5g/8oz

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

I really like this Earl Grey. Its velvety smooth and doesn’t overpower you with the bergamot and has a hint of vanilla. It has no bitterness or astringency and is very mild and tasty. I really don’t think this would be considered a breakfast tea but would be nice for afternoons or desert tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82
The leaves with the golden tips are very pretty looking and have an earthy smell. The tea is a golden amber in hue and has a malty smell. It tastes brisk and malty without being bitter or astringent. This tea while not as strong as I would like is still a very tasty assam tea.
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91

Now this is an assam tea. Im getting so many flavors on so many levels that I can’t identify all of them. This tea is rich, dark, and malty. I can’t find any bitterness or astringency at all. The tea is very smooth and chewy. This tea is brisk and has an orange-red color. I’m getting flavors of malt, caramel and honey. This is the first assam that has wowed me since Mountain Malt.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Since I can’t get Mountain Malt, I have been looking for another BPS1 tea. I found this at Strand Tea Co. in Sandy, Oregon. I ordered a few teas on the 15th and had them on the 18th. Thats not bad for shipping to Maine. They even included 2 samples and cookies. I love getting extras. This is an excellent malty assam. Its not as chewy as MM but it is just as tasty. It has no bitterness and just light astringency. This tea is more of a mild assam and could be drank anytime of day. Dufflagher is bright – alive – full bodied – dark – rich and malty.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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