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Thanks Kimquat for the sample! Honestly, was a littttle scared of the name.

Smells like a strong citrus followed by black tea. It reminds me of an english breakfast, pekoe, or earl grey tea. The sip is strong with a bit of astringency at the end, but a buttery smoothness in the front and clean citrus taste in the middle. This almost reminds me of eating a nice slice of citrus pound cake in the morning.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cookie

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
117 tasting notes

Got a sample of this tea in a swap from kimquat.
Not really what I expected. Most lemon teas I’ve tried are pretty strong but not sour. This one is more sour. I guess the cream and butter flavor kinda outweighs the sour lemon taste. But just not enough for me. Not my favorite lemon tea for sure!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Lemon

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I got this tea in a swap, thanks Marzipan! And I absolutely love it! I find it a bit tangy but not tart. I am not really picking up any almond flavor though. I can definitely see my self ordering this in the future. Well here is my first tasting note after being on here for over a year!

Marzipan

I’m glad you like it, I love this one.

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85

had this one tonight with a little lemon, mostly because i was trying to decide if it was one that i might want to pick up while i’m in Chicago. I’ve had it a couple times now, but after every previous cup, i’ve wondered how this would do with a little honey…and tonight i remembered! :) With a little honey, this is even tastier than previous cups. As an evening herbal, i can get behind this one for sure, especially in winter for that calming hint of warmer times :)

Final Count: 99 – double digits!

Cavocorax

You totally rocked it!!! And… I’ve got 77 teas to go before I catch up to you. Bwahahaha. Still…. how much was that in one month? 100 sipdowns?

NofarS

Double digits! Congrats!

Sil

Cavo…something like 80 I think….I could go back to my June 30 last tasting log to find out lol. I think the plan now is 5 more every month until I can’t handle the lack of options in my cupboard lol so I can see how small my cupboard can be….this will also give me incentive to focus on my poor neglected puerhs.

Cavocorax

Which is why you need three pots now? :P It’s a good plan though. I think we’ve all established that 150-200 is too much variety. I’m curious what the right amount is.

Sil

i was actually totally ok with 175 as my cupboard… it was a good size. i didn’t want it to be smaller..now that it’s smaller i’m like…oh ok i can do this.

Cavocorax

I still have too many teas that I haven’t opened because of all those small samples floating around. :P I’m getting through them though – maybe 20 to go?

Sil

yeah that was my problem, and why i focused on all those samples.. now i’m excited to start digging in to my unopened teas! :)

Cavocorax

Yay! New-to-you teas! :D That’s a pretty sweet reward.

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Sample sip down! Thank you Marzipan

Had the last of my sample iced this afternoon and it was great! I’ll buy some of this next time I’m in Chicago probably :)

Marzipan

Except you are getting more tomorrow.

Sil

gah! must remember to pick this one up!

Stephanie

Woot!!!!!

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So I drank a cup of this earlier and it was bitter and I hated it.
But I had one cup left so I super-steeped it and then added ice for instant ice tea, and it’s much better.

Also, I realized that Second Flush might mean darjeeling so maybe that’s why it’s a little bitter? I probably should have steeped at 95 instead of 100. Oh well! I’m happier with it then I was, which is good because I expect good things from TeaG teas!

F*ck yeah, sipdown! 193!

Stephanie

darjeelings can be finicky things

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
1379 tasting notes

SSTTB #15.

This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).

I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

farewell! my caramel deliciousness. :) i’ve really enjoyed having this one while it’s been around. Now to decide if i’m going to pick up another package of this in august or not heh.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

9/28 sipdowns

thanks again for sharing more of this with me omgsrsly i will likely pick up more in august when i’m back in chicago just to have something for thise days when i need a kick in the pants! love this one a lot.

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

8/28 sipdowns

I had the last of this as a cold brew and as it turns out i was thirsty and pretty much drank it in 5 seconds flat. lol i guess that’s a win? :) i’d order this again though not until i get through more of my cupboard heh

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

6/28 sipdown

i took the last of this one with me over to friends where we played a few games, hung out with the little one, had dinner and then turned in to pumpkins ‘cause we’re all getting old. so we went home. loving this, but still undecided about whether i want to restock this to use as an additive for some of my other teas…

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

backlog

this is almost done, so i think my next cup of this should be on it’s own again so i can have a reminder of whether i want to pick this up again in a few weeks…august is almost here! (not that it means much if i can’t get my cupboard down) i mixed this with cremem brulee from bayswater and loved it! as usual heh

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

I did a cold brew of this one and i think i like it a little better than the hot brew because some of the sweetness gets over taken by the sour…so it’s just a little more refreshing :)

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

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Sometimes it’s funny why you drink a certain tea. Last night I had Glitter & Gold, which came in a tiny, almost camera film sized tin (remember camera film?) Really, the dinkiest tin you can imagine. But since I emptied it, I felt compelled to use it again. At a glance I thought I had just enough of this tea to go in there, but there was about one cup’s worth left…so here we are.

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
494 tasting notes

I decided to brew up all four of my black caramel tea samples at once to do a comparison.

Caramel by TeaG
Caramel by Kusmi
Caramel Toffee by Dammann Freres
And Creme Caramel by Upton.

I did a terrible job comparing them, though.

I have a really hard time pinpointing specific notes in tea beyond a very basic level of distinction.

So, beyond noting that they all tasted like caramel in their own specific way, here’s all I got:

Kusmi’s brewed up the blackest and it seemed to have a slight cardboardy note to me.

Tea G’s was a medium amber color, had a thick mouthfeel and was either my favorite or second favorite.

Upton’s was very light when brewed. It was somewhat similar to the DF tea but not as flavorful.

DF’s was pretty light also, and had sort of a fruity note in the background.

I think I may have liked that one best, with that floral note!

But Tea G’s was a close second, if not a tie.
So, this achieved….something. I guess.

For the sake of simplicity and safety, I used 96 degrees and 4 min for all.

Cameron B.

Yum, caramel! I am really anxious to try more Dammann Freres after loving their Nosy Bey. :D

Courtney

I love comparisons. I am similar with the tastes, I can some, but not as many as other people. Whenever I know I don’t really need two of a similar tea I find it helpful to compare.

Memily

Yesssssssssssssss comparisons, so great.

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

nom nom nom. same story as “cream” i want to finish this before i hit teaG again in a few weeks. They i get to go hard if i can get my cupboard under control and buy a bunch of teas for me and folks to share.. YES CAVOYOU ARE GOING TO BUY MORE TEA! (AND VARIATEA!…) lol

VariaTEA

Oh dear. Not more tea :P

Sil

hahaha

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89
drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
494 tasting notes

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

Still working on these teas, especially since i’ll be in Chcago again in a few weeks on business. Except this time i’m doing the smart thing and going earlier in the day on the Sunday AND i get Mon/Tues before everyone else joins me heh love this tea as an addition to other teas . not sure i’d restock it to drink on it’s own but i love it to enhance other flavoured teas!

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
4738 tasting notes

noms. sometimes i forget how much i like this one as a weirdly nutty, fruity tea and then i have some and it’s good. yay for getting to drink lots of tea today!

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thanks for sending this one my way omgsrsly i tried this a couple ways and just cant seem to make it work. While it’s a nice creamy sort of tea…that’s where it ends. the rhubarb must have gotten lost on the way to the cup :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s too bad, cuz I know you love your rhubarb! :)

Sil

i almost bought some at the framer’s market this weekend to dip in sugar and eat :)

OMGsrsly

We used to eat it raw and sour. I don’t think I’d be able to do that now, but making jam would be lovely.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
847 tasting notes

Thank you marzipan for the sample. This was really tasty iced with my lunch!

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Meh. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into this tea. The tea base is (at best) unimpressive. It’s bright and kind of fruity, but it gets astringent much too easily. Even using water as low as 200, or 190F for a few minutes makes it slightly bitter. That’s more frustrating than I can even put into words. The flavoring isn’t too bad—it’s very tart and a little creamy. It makes me think of lemon bars. It’s maybe a little stronger than I’d like. I’d prefer it if the tea base and flavoring worked together a bit better; they seem oddly paired. Tastes better with cream and sugar…It smooths over the acidity of the tea, brings out more of the “buttermilk” flavor that lingers in the background otherwise. Even after swapping out some of this I still have nearly an ounce left. I’m trying my hardest to get through it. Time to pawn more of it off on friends…

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Lemon, Milk, Tart

Stephanie

Yeah I pretty much only like this one sweetened, and I try to stay away from teas like that in general.

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