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Had to pick up this blend during my first visit to their Chicago store on Division. Great store. Really wish I could have geeked out more but it was hot out and I was with my family.

Anyway. Very unique blend! The black tea comes out the more you steep it. Really an interesting blend. So much going on. Don’t even know where to begin.

Nichole

I’m hoping I can get up there and visit that store before winter makes it too cold. Love it!

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This is the most refreshing ice tea i’ve ever had
I love this stuff

Flavors: Lime

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This tea really surprised me because I wouldn’t call myself much a citrus fan,
but this one is MY FAVORITE, it’s so creamy and bright, the flavors go together so well, it’s like a lemon chiffon

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This tea is missing the tartness I expect when I taste lime. It leaves everything feeling rather flat. The black tea is a smooth base with only a twinge of bitterness near the end of the sip. The lime flavour is dull- more of a present aroma than a full flavour. However, it does bring the attention to the nice. black base

Thanks to Sil for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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I’m ashamed to admit that I am just now digging out and trying this sample sent to me ages ago by Sil. It’s exactly the name – lemon and buttermilk. Scent is very strongly buttermilk. I liked the first few sips then I think it became too buttermilk for me. I am not a fan of drinking buttermilk and unlike many flavored teas, this one is very much buttermilk. :) I’d still recommend it to anyone that would appeal to – I don’t think you’d be disappointed. Thanks, Sil!

Fjellrev

I’m impressed that it actually tastes that realistic. I haven’t tried this yet, nor have I ever tried buttermilk on its own, but wow!

Sil

Hahahaha you’re welcome :) not my fav either but lots of folks love it

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Flavors: Grass, Toasted Rice

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 30 OZ / 900 ML

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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noms! farewell gregory’s. I would totally pick you up again in the summer as a tasty fruit tea that i enjoy both hot and cold brewed. It’s got the tartness from the hibby but it’s not overpowering and it makes me a happy camper.

I’m going to be working from home next week for 4 days but “home” will be ottawa so i need to pack up some teas that i can spend some time with over the week. here’s hoping i can get a few sipdowns in!

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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lots of fruit teas these days. I highly recommend folks check out tea G. Their blends seem to be well balanced. While i’m not a hibby hater, i do think a lot of their fruit teas have a really great balance and there are a number that can be picked up that are totally not hibby brews :)

Final Count: 97

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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cold brew of this one because dear god it’s hot and humid today! i remember almost nothing about this one besides gulping it down and loving the sweet/sour of it.

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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another one tha ti’ve been drinking often – brew it hot and then drink it near the end of the day haha. it’s a nice caramel fruit tea.

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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noms. i don’t know what else to say because i’m tired. so very tired.

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drank Gregory's by TeaGschwendner
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Another one from last night – another delicious fruit tea from tea G. this one was sour and sweet but had almost a caramel note to it, though there isn’t caramel in it. another blend with hibby, but also blackberries and red currants, making it a little different from the usual. Will need to try this one cold brewed as well :)

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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i finished this one today and it was a sad day. Yay for sipdowns but booo on a really great iced tea leaving my cupboard. Here’s hoping i can pick up more before it disappears at the end of september.

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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the more i drink this, the more i love it. I seriously want more of this one before it goes away. There’s just something about the blend of coconut and fruit that has me enjoying this one during the summer, both hot and cold brewed.

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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Another cold brew from today! must. get.more. seriously. i brewed this one a little long so the hibby was a little more present, but with a splash of sugar..the coconut popped right out again :)

Final Count:104

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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last of my teas from last night. this one is growing even more on me, the more that i drink it and i REALLY want more. I’ll have to see if anyone from work can pick some up and just send it to me interoffice.

OMGsrsly

That is sneaky. Interoffice tea deliveries?

Sil

i might have to. heh

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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so i also had this as a cold brew last night. SO GOOD. i’m kicking myself for only getting 50g because this is how companies need to do teas that taste like actual cocktails.

Skysamurai

That sounda amazing. Putting that on my wish list so i don’t forget

Sil

i am sad i didn’t get more.

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drank Piña Colada by TeaGschwendner
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oh man. this is good. I’ve been trying to keep my purchases as close to zero as possible, though now that the temperatures are heating up, i need to stock up a little on fruit teas. I picked this one up this week in Chicago because i could avoid shipping AND get 50g. This one is delicious, and i can’t wait to try this as a cold brew, or iced. The coconut is lovely in this brew and i’m not generally a fan coconut.

This one has a sour not to it, but the coconut offsets it with the sweetnesss. i think i may be sad when i get through this one, wishing i’d picked up more!

Kristal

I know we’ve talked about this before, but I totally feel you on the purchasing thing: the fruit teas are totally getting me cause between my husband, our guest and I, we go through a 2 L pitcher of iced tea every couple days. One way I justify it is I mix in some herbal teas I haven’t been drinking in with the fruit teas, so in the end, I will have used up a few older herbals, right?

Sil

totally allowable :)

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Aromatic and quite citrus-y. A very fine Earl Grey and one of my favorites. It’s also quite cheap in price.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (113)!

Thank you Marzipan! I know this isn’t the pineapple tea you intended to send, but I still really enjoyed it.

So this was a blind tasting; meaning I didn’t look up anything about this tea prior to trying it. However, I definitely had major expectations for pineapple – even though I didn’t see anything but somewhat non-descript candied fruit pieces in the dry leaf whenever you hear “Hawaii” in a teas name pineapple is pretty well always the ‘go to’ assumption, am I right? Also, this was a cold brew because it definitely smelled very fruity and tropical and those are definitely the kind of flavours that lend themselves well to drinking cold.

Pineapple actually is the first flavour I taste; a very tropical, sweet pineapple without a lot of natural tang to it. I’m a pineapple fiend, so of course I’m craving much more pineapple flavor though the level it’s at is pretty good given it’s the more dominant flavor. It’s accompanied by a secondary fruit flavour but I’m struggling to identify it. It’s definitely not as distinct as the pineapple is. Mango maybe? The flavor of the base is about even to the flavour of the fruit. Overall this is a relatively juicy and very summery, but other wise not overly complex or nuanced. I think I’d appreciate a few more ingredients to add some more layers to the flavour. Dare I say it, coconut would probably go well or something floral like rose.

Also, since finishing I’ve looked up the ingredients and the secondary fruit flavor was apricot – looking back in hindsight I really don’t think that it tasted anything like apricot and I’m definitely sticking with my impression that the fruit notes were much more similar to a, perhaps over ripe, mango.

Apart from not being terribly spot on with the apricot flavouring, this is a pretty solid blend!

darby

You have all the cool teas today!

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Sipdown (124)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I feel like this one probably made its way to you from someone else like Sil though. Am I right? She’s usually our TeaG supplier.

Rooibush Panna Cotta Rhubarb Cream is probably the longest tea blend name ever…

Well, not really. It is pretty lengthy, though. And tacking on the “TeaGshwendner” certainly doesn’t help.

Ok; starting off with a confession: Not only have I never had Panna Cotta, but prior to trying this tea I didn’t know what it was either. I most certainly had to do an internet search, but now that I do know what it is I’m actually kind of embarrassed I didn’t. What originally caught my attention with this one was absolutely the rhubarb; I’ve been on a bit of a personal rhubarb kick lately: beer, pie, jam, yogurt and of course tea.

Dry, there isn’t a whole lot to this tea. It has a very, very mildly fruity scent but nothing super characteristic of rooibos and apart from one small little piece of cube shaped rhubarb my measured out leaf is all fine pieces of rooibos. As the tea was steeping, it started to smell a little bit stronger but still mostly maintained a predominantly rooibos only sort of scent.

The taste thankfully delivers some flavour although not nearly as much as I’m wanting. The whole front end of the sip is straight rooibos – albeit a pretty good one without any medicinal or woodchip kind of notes present. That said, people who dislike the taste of rooibos, good or bad, will want to steer clear of this one: trust me, you’re going to taste a lot of it. The other flavour kicks in the end of the sip and the aftertaste. And it’s pretty subtle; a bit of sweetness and a little bit of tang similar to the natural tartness of rhubarb. It’s also a little bit apple-y. I’m struggling a little bit to pick up the cream/custard of the ‘Panna Cotta’ but there is something about the tartness of the rhubarb that reminds me a little bit of Greek Yogurt, so perhaps that’s more derived from the panna cotta.

I don’t sweeten my teas, but I could possibly be inclined to add the tiniest pinch of sugar to this one because I just have that gut feeling that it’d make a world of difference. However, without the sugar the flavour of this one is definitely lacking. However, this could be a winner for someone who doesn’t mind rooibos and who is looking for something subtly flavoured.

VariaTEA

This originated from OMGsrsly.

Roswell Strange

I stand corrected then :P

VariaTEA

Sil was a good guess though as this did come from a big bag of teas passed on to me by Sil

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