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WOW – is this ever RED – it looks like red food coloring in cup.
I like it – it makes me happy. This sample is all cherry, maybe just a hint of banana in the back but that might be wishful thinking. Doesn’t matter cherry is one of my favorite things and while this is a little candyish – it’s not cough syrup, so that is just fine by me.
Really tart, really juicy, really cherry – what’s not to love.

Thank you so much Sil for sending a sample of this my way.


woot! glad it mostly worked for you lol

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
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Now this is what I think a fruity black tea should. This is really good. Nice crisp clean raspberry flavor. Just a hint of black base in the back with a tiny bit of creamy goodness pulling the whole thing together.
This just makes me happy,
Thanks so much Sil for letting me try this one.


Tea G has some really nice blends. I’m a fan. Not of ALL of them..but of a lot of them. I really hope i get back to chicago soon-ish since i much prefer getting 50g versus the 100g you need to buy online

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
2831 tasting notes

Thanks for letting me sample this one, Sil! I actually really quite like it. There’s a creaminess to it, and an almost custardy lemon flavour. Not strongly lemony at all, though, which is kind of nice. Really pleasant base tea and lingering creamy/custardy aftertaste. I’d like to get my hands on more of this at some point, I think. Delicious.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

Interesting! I love lemon-pastry flavor, as opposed to lemon-citrusy. Sounds like this would fit the profile.

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Received this one from Sil – thank you so much.

I cold steeped most of this sample overnight and it is a pretty nice fruity tea. I think the bamboo is a little distracting – would prefer it without. I’m not sure that strawberry is the correct word for this, it’s fruity and maybe a bit berry ish, but it doesn’t scream strawberry.

I hot steeped the last of the sample tonight and it again doesn’t scream strawberry to me, it’s a little citrus and some weirdness that I’m calling bamboo. I actually like it better hot than cold, but it’s not something that I just have to have more of.
Thanks Sil for the opportunity to try it.

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
845 tasting notes

I wanted so badly to try this when I first saw reviews of it, and Sil was kind enough to send me some.

I think I may have built this up a bit in my head, because I ended up not being all that impressed with it. It’s an alright creamy lemon tea, but the black base is kind of meh, and it lacks that tanginess that I expect if something is supposed to be both buttermilk and lemon flavoured.

I’m really glad I had a chance to try this, and also really glad that I didn’t end up placing an order specifically to get my hands on this (shipping + exchange rate would have been painful.) Having tea friends who share is so great :)

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I didn’t love it either even though lots of other folks do heh

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Have been drinking black teas all day from the incredible samples that Sil sent me. What I’ve learned:
– there is still a TON that I don’t know about black teas.
- I like black tea out of a ceramic mug rather than a glass cup.

I don’t usually do very well with Assam, but am willing to try almost anything. I’m not getting any smoky out of this one. It’s pretty light and has some of that grape y white wine high note thing that I’m not really fond of. I don’t think this is astringent but it has just a touch of the – suck the dryness out of your mouth thing. (Yes I’m making it up as I go along – but these are just my impressions.)

Thanks Sil for a fun day of black teas – and I still have some more picked out for tomorrow – tonight – I need to move onto something else.


haha yay!

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Queued Tasting Note. Sample comes courtesy of Sil!

Cold brewed this one (12 hours give or take an hour or two) because, since it’s intended for ‘iced’ tea that seemed like a good idea. I don’t really drink ‘iced’ tea anyway; I don’t have an kitchen equipment for making ice and never seem to be able to remember to pick up like an ice cube tray or something. So it’s just not really a convenient or realistic way for me to make tea.

This has a semi-sweet, authentic lime flavour with a touch of peel/rind and bitterness. I recently learned the term “pith” (from my word a day Calendar, funnily enough) and I’m surprised how many teas I’ve been able to apply it to that I’ve recently had – but I think it could apply a little bit to this one as well. There’s also some faint lemon notes and, at the end of the sip, a really subtle cream flavour. The black base is brisk with a little bit of pleasant astringency.

This is pretty good as a cold brew; definitely a bit better than ‘average’ although I’ve certainly had better lime teas, even recently, and it’s not something that I’d want to order for myself. It’s just missing something that makes the lime flavour ‘jump’, if you will. Sure, maybe sweetner could make this a little more vibrant but I think it boils down to not having enough ingredients to create a in depth, ‘round’ flavour. It’s just a touch flat/monotone.

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Lemon, Lime

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Nutty with a bit of an odd aftertaste. Strong syrup-like sweetness with an aftertaste reminiscent of an artificial sweetner. Almost bitter note, but dilute.

Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Brewed tea has aroma of creamy lemon.

Excellent mix of flavours and good balance of lemon with the black tea. Sharp sweetness. Great black tea flavour.

Thanks Sil for sharing!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 375 OZ / 11090 ML

welcome! glad you enjoyed

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Hmm.. I am still searching for a lovely creamy strawberry rooibos/honeybush, but I haven’t found one that I truly love. This one isn’t bad, but it is stronger on the rooibos and you really have to search for the strawberry. I don’t see why this is called “Strawberry Cream” as the cream isn’t present at all. I will finish up what I have, but I wish that it had more of a strawberry cream flavor. For me, it’s a simple rooibos with a faint strawberry note.


my cup
keemun mao feng perfect malty and has the taste and smell of fresh bread


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Had this last night as a latte and though I hoped that would bring out the panna cotta notes, I mostly just got rooibos. Thank you for sharing OMGsrsly but this one just can’t seem to work for me. I have about one more cup of leaf left so hopefully I can figure out how to make it pop.


I don’t actuallly remember what I thought of this. I like the strawberry honey bush one better than all the rest I think.

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This is a sipdown and a first try (from Sil) all at once.

I’m not super upset about the fact that I have no more about this, but given that my stomach has been acting less than optimally lately I thought this would be the perfect time to try it. It was only as I was like 4 minutes in the steeping process that I saw the “DON’T STEEP FOR MORE THAN TWO MINUTES” warning. Whoops. I yanked it out and hoped for the best.

Okay. So, because this was in a drawer with all other samples I didn’t really get to SMELL the spiciness of it. But I sure as heck tasted it. What happens is you think “Ah, this isn’t bad, what’s everyone else talking abou — huh. My mouth is now exploding inward.”

So that happened. It was too strong for me, too savory, couldn’t finish the cup but don’t feel right rating this as I didn’t truly try it when the spice-level was something more on par with my tastes.

It was definitely a wake up call, though. This is a tea that could probably wake the dead. If you like spicy then this is DEFINITELY your bag.

Flavors: Spicy

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

hahahahahahahaha omg sorry… lol jones never believes me when i say that i can’ do this one for more than 2 mins..and even then i add honey…and then it’s delicious

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Thanks Sil for letting me try this. I may have messed it up though – I didn’t realize it was a big jumble of different teas instead of a black blend, and so I went for 4 minutes at boiling. WHOOPS.

I did taste strawberry and some nice black notes, but it was also a little bitter too. Very interesting though! I won’t rate it, but I think I’d be interested in trying it again at a later date.


heh. yeah those blends are sneaky

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Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing but I think I messed this up terribly. All I am getting is a creamy honeybush in both smell and taste. I know this tea is so much more than that so I am sure it is personal error. Such sadness because I had high hopes for this one. Still, thank you for sharing your beloved tea!!


Aww man. If I had more I’d package it in the smell proof bags and send a bit over. At this point, MissB is my only hope. :D


That’s okay. I’m not quite sure what I did wrong so I’d likely just make the same mistake again :P

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Sipdown (and a sample from the lovely Sil!) late last night while reading. My book list seems to be expanding faster than I can keep up, but it’s cold outside, and there’s plenty of tea inside so I’m thinking I’ll manage somehow. :)

Luckily I read the tasting notes before making this or I would have been CONVINCED that this was the wrong tea. I wasn’t expecting caramel at all, in the scent or in the flavor, especially with hibiscus as an ingredient! Usually everything kind of fades to the background with all the tart flavor. I didn’t do much to help the situation, either, by steeping this sucker for EIGHT MINUTES.

In retrospect, whoops.

But the caramel really did a good job holding its own here – not in the middle of the sip, because HIBISCUS, but a nice sweetness took over at the end to make up for some of the metallic, sour tartness. It had a lovely juicy texture – reminded me of cranberry juice a bit, actually- and overall was pretty well balanced. I think the only thing I want to say negative about it is that my tastebuds seemed to get fatigued with it – they seemed less sensitive to the nuances over time and towards the last 4 oz. all I got was tangy hisbiscus and no more caramel.

It was a nifty tea and something to experience for sure! Thanks again Sil for sending some my way!

Flavors: Caramel, Metallic, Tangy, Tart

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

hahaha i can just imaging that :)

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
845 tasting notes

Thank you to Sil for this sample!

This is really delightful. The smell of the dry leaf is all grapefruit, and very intense.

I didn’t realize this was an herbal when I was steeping it – I guessed green tea and treated it as such – 80C, 2min. And it’s delicious. The dominant note is grapefruit (I suppose pomelo, though it tastes more like grapefruit than pomelo to me.) Then I get lemongrass and a sweetness that’s reminiscent of coconut. I can’t quite pick out the bamboo, though I’m guessing it’s contributing to the sweet flavour.


Flavors: Coconut, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

i like tea G’s flavoured teas… they’re pretty solid 90% of the time (at least in my opinion so far)

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
541 tasting notes

Brewed for 10 minutes.

Amazing balance of flavour. The lemongrass is not at all over-powering (just a bit of a flatness in the aftertaste)- the bamboo flavour is able to come through well. Sweetness in the background. There’s some kind of fruity body to this- like I can imagine biting into a fresh pomello. No off-flavouring.

Thanks to Sil for sharing!

Flavors: Bamboo, Citrus, Sweet

Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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A Chinese green tea with the addition of Jasmine. Nice, light tea with distinct Jasmine aroma and flavor but not very bold. Kind of fights with the tea for dominance. Slightly astringent at the end. Beautiful deep golden color suggests a tea heavier than it is. Re-steeping lead to a lighter colored tea with the Jasmine essence much diminished bit but with lots of green tea flavor still showing up. Second steeping only 1 1/2 minutes to try and preserve a bit of floral flavor and reduce astringency.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Herbaceous, Jasmine

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
11 tasting notes

Wonderfully strong aroma of marzipan. Wish the flavor was as strong. Not a bad tea though, just had hoped for a bit more almond/marzipan flavor. Can still pull a bit of marzipan out of a second steeping but by number 3 not much left other than black tea. A little sweetening helps bump up the marzipan flavor, but still disappointing compared to the aroma.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Christmas Tea by TeaGschwendner
619 tasting notes

Heavily cinnamon and also clove. The leaves were very fine after going through the mail in a card, so it didn’t take long to steep. :) It smells sweet though I don’t think there is any sugar in this. It’s not bad, even without milk and sugar, which is how I would normally do spiced teas. I added some sugar to the last half a cup but it didn’t seem to bring out any other spices, just made it sweet.

Thanks, carol who for sending this in the Christmas card swap!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks to Carol Who who sent this in the Christmas Card swap.

Dry leaf unfortunately didn’t look anything like the photo. The tea was pretty much mostly dust by the time it got to me, so my tea to water ratio was kind of iffy. The smell is rather strong in cinnamon and clove. It reminds me a bit of pumpkin pie spice.

Brewed the tea was kind of flat. I got a little bit of spice and vanilla, but the base wasn’t really robust enough to make a really good brew. It was mildly astringent and a little bit dry. I think I’ll try the rest of my sample again on another day and use up the rest of the leaf/powder. I have a feeling this would go better with some sweetener, maybe cream.

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drank Winter Magic by TeaGschwendner
1027 tasting notes

I received this from Carol Who in the Christmas Card swap. Thank you!

This is a different rooibos blend. There is a sweet fruity note followed by a good amount of cinnamon and then a tartness that makes my jaw tingle. It’s not bad, but it’s not my favorite either.

carol who

I felt the same way :( It is upsetting when you go to a very well regarded tea shop and end up with a few teas that just don’t live up to my expectation. Luckily I didn’t buy a lot and I did get my favorite Earl Grey #69 (lots of it).

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
488 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, JustJames!

This is a really lovely tea. The leaf is very pretty. Full of fruity bits and bamboo leaves. The wet leaf smells fantastic – basically like grapefruit juice.

The brew is tart and sweet. The woody bamboo flavor complements the citrusy aspect nicely. It’s equally good cold – light and sweet – and resteeps well as long as you let it sit for a while. Overall, I think this is an excellent option for a spring or summer evening cuppa.

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