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After trying almost all this Assams, I see why this one is the most popular. It has a nice calming, rich taste to it. Low level of maltiness, gets better when it cools down.
When I brew this, I brew it strong to really get the flavors. If you only do 1 teaspoon, it will come off weak. Also, pay attention to how long you brew, it can bitter really quick. I brew it 2 minutes, sometimes 3, never more.
I think I have almost tried all of TeaGschwendner’s Assam teas. This one I got as a sample in my order.
I put this one on par with their number one selling Assam Mokalbari. It’s rich, layered, and multi-dimensional. I have had their other assams, where they are one note, and just blah.
This one is Second Flush FTGOP1. I like it better than the others since it does have the maltiness I look for in an Assam. Low level of astringency. Just a perfect cup of black tea one would want.
This is my first Japanese tea so I don’t have a lot of experience with them yet, however it’s a really nice tea. At first I thought that rice and tea wouldn’t work out as a flavour but it really does. The smell of the dry leaves is nothing special so at first I was concerned it won’t taste of rice at all, but it does. This tea has a very strong rice aroma and taste when brewed which doesn’t fade away to quickly. In the first few steepings, the rice flavour is dominent, but after a while the green tea flavour comes through
I got this as a sample with my order. This tea does not agree with me. I brewed it at 180 F (recommended on package is 194F!) for one minute. It is very astringent. I am not a fan of anything with chestnut flavor profile, this tea just made me more realize that. It reminds me of Dragonwell because of that. And I am not a fan of Dragonwell. It does have a greener Oolong flavor like the other reviewer stated. But that astringency is too much! I would brew it at 165F-170F if I had more to play with.
Flavors: Astringent, Chestnut
Another tea I’m finishing up. From Sil. Ages and ages ago.
It’s decent. I’d like the strawberry-vanilla better on a black tea base rather than a mixed tea base. The oolong/green is upsetting my tummy today.
Thank you for sharing, Sil. :)
(I have no idea what temp the water was at, because my kettle has decided that today is the day it will boil forever. So.)
I was surprised by the quality and taste of this tea, keeping in mind it costs less than 6€/100g. I find it very similar to more expensive Lapsang Souchongs (e.g. the Fortnum&Mason Lapsang Souchong which is about twice the price). It says to only steep for two minutes, but with Lapsang Souchongs, I like leaving the leaves in the water for a whole lot longer – often I don’t even take them out of the kettle at all. Even then it won’t turn bitter or tangy, a quality that I haven’t had with Lapsang Souchongs in a similar price range. I am quite impressed by this one
Flavors: Campfire, Smoke, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
I got this as a sample with my order. It’s a high elevation tea, and reminds me of other Chinese green teas with a slight toasty flavor to it.
For this tea, you for sure need 2 teaspoon per 6 oz. I feel the tea has the mouth feel of white tea, must be a spring harvest? Also has the chestnut flavor note a Dragonwell would have.
I am glad I tried it, medium flavor level with levels of flavor. Just a wonderful late fall tea, reminds me of the smell of fallen leaves with the slight toasty flavor…YUM!
I wanted to try this one, as it seems like many almond teas that other tea companies sell, but there was a mention of hibiscus in the description. So either it meant they were mistaking the beetroot for hibiscus or this was a different blend. There is hibiscus in this one, so it is different! Otherwise, it does taste very similar to that almond blend so many others sell, but there is a tanginess from the hibiscus. I can’t say I like this one more, as I’m not a fan of hibiscus. Variation on a theme, if you will. But otherwise, I love the apple and almond flavor that is just perfect for a no-caff option.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep
I received a sample of this one with my order a while ago. I must always try the vanilla teas! I thought there might be actual vanilla pieces in this blend, but it looks like the leaves are only flavored with vanilla. The black tea base looks and tastes like Ceylon, which isn’t my favorite. The vanilla flavor is good enough, but you can’t go wrong with actual vanilla pieces. The description SAYS there are vanilla pieces in the blend, and if there isn’t (or they aren’t noticeable enough to me ), then it will only disappoint tea drinkers who are looking for vanilla pieces in this blend. The description just sets up the disappointment! It’s a decent cup since I love vanilla anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
TeaGschwender sent this over with my small order months ago. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it from the earliest days I was on Steepster and saw this blend. Steepster certainly hasn’t helped my tea addiction! This blend is great, as I imagined it would be. I love rhubarb teas! Also included, apple and raspberry all on a base of fresh sencha green. There should also be some vanilla but that doesn’t make an appearance as much as I would like. The flavor is fresh and fruity, plenty of rhubarb with hints of raspberry and sweetness from the apple. Tasty with a sencha base.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
This blend certainly sounded intriguing and I needed something to go with my Panna Cotta Rhubarb in my order. So many nice things in the blend! Not only three base teas: black, oolong, green but also osmanthus blossoms, sunflower, jasmine, rose blossoms, strawberry caramel, vanilla bits. Sadly, the flavor isn’t as magic as I wish. I tried this tea twice. Once with one teaspoon and once with two. It seems like the results are the same. I really tried to shake up the bag but I don’t see many flowers. I don’t taste them either. The flavor seems very light and I can’t really tell which types of oolong, green or black tea are thrown together here. The only flavor only seems like candy strawberry. I wish all of the ingredients made an appearance.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
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Flavors: Fruity, Sweet
I usually go to Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea blends, since I like strong Assam leaning. This is an original blend, with them adding Darjeeling in the mix. I feel it needs no cream or sugar, as it’s not as astringent as some, which when I rate, I add to the score. It’s around medium level of astringency. I don’t know yet if it stands out enough for me to purchase again. I might have to re-review it if I make it into an iced tea.
This flavor has been my go to for morning iced tea. It’s just brilliantly flavored. It’s brews into a lush deep orange. The tea base of a Ceylon tea is quite tasty. It’s brisk with no sharp astringency. It doesn’t need sugar to enjoy. It actually seems to be on the sweet side.
It is a seasonal tea, usually comes back in May. I usually buy 1/2 pound.
This tea could be for made for some wicked alcoholic drinks! Mojito?
It’s great to drink on a dull winter day.
Flavors: Lime, Sugar
I thought I liked the sample in their Chicago store, but after trying to drink it at home, this tea just didn’t grow on me. This style of tea is blended for a certain part of Germany , it’s traditionally served with heavy cream and maybe sugar I think. I started drinking tea to avoid using additional calories. This tea NEEDS something, it’s so astringent.
I stopped into this shop during my trip to Chicago, and it was a great experience! I only ended up buying one tisane, but they threw in a free measuring spoon and this sample.
I’m wondering if it’s a bit stale though, as it brewed up a golden color instead of the highlighter green I am used to with this type of tea.
This was a nice tea—light with no bitterness and only the slightest bit of astringency. A lot of the gyokuro I have tried gets bitter as it cools, but this one didn’t. There was a slight, bright grassy note with just the smallest bit of sweetness coming up the palate after swallowing.
I absolutely adore gyokuros, but this one was so very expensive that I couldn’t imagine actually getting it.
Flavors: Beany, Grass, Green Beans, Sweet