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drank Cherry-Banana Flip by TeaGschwendner
4840 tasting notes

I had this one last night, and while i was a tasty cup of tea, it was very much a cherry cup of tea. There doesn’t seem to be much banana in the bag, though i’m not sure if that’s intentional, OR if i just got a bag full of no banana. Either way i’m ok with it only because the cherry tea is nice. :) I’ll drop a few points off the rating though, for being a cup of cherry goodness versus banana and cherry.

Final Count for the past two days: 119

VariaTEA

Teach me your Sipdown ways…or…just come Sipdown some of my tea for me :)

Sil

haha buy smaller quantities of tea!

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Buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd

I’d love to get more of this but not enough to place a whole order from Tea Gschwendner. can get two decent steeps out of it which is good for a flavored black. Not feeling terribly poetic tonight or anything but this is a unique tea.

Marzipan

I love this one.

Frolic

Oh I forgot to thank you Marzipan! You were awesome for sending me this sample :)

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1424 tasting notes

This morning I had coffee, but I also managed to make up a mug of this to bring with me.

So tasty. I need to grab some whiskey so I can have this as a toddy when I’m out camping. :D

Oh tea, how I miss drinking mugs and mugs and mugs of you every day. Soon I will get things together again so I can make 2-3 mugs to bring with me for the day. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank you so so much MissB this was on my wishlist and one of the last teas sent in your mystery pack that I really enjoyed. It only came to my attention and made it to my wishlist because of your reviews.

January of this year all I could think about was DAVIDsTEA and I messaged my cousin who lives in Chicago how lucky he was. He responded back “I don’t know a David in Chicago and i don’t know that I’ve had his tea!” Later in the conversation he let me know about this company my response (I looked it up) “I never heard of that place, it seems a little fancier than Davids, I bet it is good since they have stores all over the world.” He is coming to visit in October and I hope I can get him to bring me some more of this tea because it would make it extra special.

The tea: Creamy Lemon not the pucker your mouth tart that I don’t personally like. This is just a light comforting creamy tang I wound maybe find in a lemon cookie or lemon poppy seed muffins.

Cheri

This tea has a really nice buttermilk tang to it that I love.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
4840 tasting notes

mmmmmmm…. so i picked this one up, because on my wishlist i had anna’s from tin roof teas but got confused and thought that it was anna’s from tea gschewoiruoewiru….

I’m super glad that i did. while the dry aroma isn’t all that fantastic, brewed – this is a really nice raspberry tea. Hot, it was delicious and as it cooled, it was still a pleasant cup of tea. I only picked up a sample of this one, but i’d consider picking up more the next time i’m in chicago again…AS LONG, as i get through some of my teas… lol

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this was a sample from tea gscoiewrowieru…. and i’m largely unimpressed. there is very little that is tangerine like or yogurt like to me. I made sure to get bits of all of that in my teaspoons and i’m really just getting a vaguely citrus like green oolong. It smelled really nice, but i’m glad i just picked up the sample.

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
4840 tasting notes

This was another tea from last night/early this morning. It wasn’t what i expected, but i was also drinking it from a travel mug, which i don’t necessarily like to do for my first time drinking a tea. So the verdict is out on this one until i get a proper cup of it :)

Marzipan

I like it better sweetened a little too.

Sil

thanks marzipan!

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
504 tasting notes

So, I was salivating over the notes for this tea, and Stephanie, awesome as she is, sent it as a bonus sample in our swap! Thanks, Stephanie!

I love caramel, and I love black tea, and I haven’t really found a caramel black tea that I love. I thought this one would be it, but unfortunately I don’t think I’m fond of the black base. I only steeped it for 3 minutes, and it’s a bit bitter. There is a touch of caramel coming through, but it’s overpowered by the base. Maybe I should have steeped it for a shorter time, but really, if it’s gonna be that finicky, I don’t want it. Alas, this one’s not for me, but I’m very grateful that I was able to try it first before buying a bunch (which I almost did!) That could have been a major bummer, from which my tea friend saved me! Yay for tea friends!

Marzipan

The TG original package calls for a 2 minute steep.

Tealizzy

Poo! Guess I messed it up then. Oh well.

Marzipan

I can send you more if you want to try it. All of the blacks I bought from them say 2 minutes. It surprised me but works well.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the offer, Marzipan…how about hold that thought for a future swap, if you’re game. ;)

Stephanie

What I sent you was the rest of my sample from Marzipan :) She has the Caramel hookups!

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Nice mild oolong with a pleasant, floral accent. Wish the tea would live up to the aroma of the loose leaf which was full of honeyed apricot notes, but the flavor accents are much more subtle than the aroma leads you to believe. Still a very good tea, just not what I was expecting from the aroma.

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drank Assam Marangi by TeaGschwendner
16 tasting notes

This Assam is lighter than other notable teas from the region such as the Hattialli (broken) and the Mokalbari (SFTGFOP1). A lighter color than the aforementioned Assams, the beauty is in its lush reddish hues, similar to hibiscus that seem to penetrate the lovely transparent light caramel color which to me was like peering through stained glass at the slight sediment at the bottom of the cup. While the flavors are not as direct as other black teas of note, the clear fruity, nutty, caramel notes are highlighted with a heavy malt and roasted barley flavor reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel beer yet holds a very mild astringency making for a perfectly balanced cup. This balance makes it a wonderful every day, or “sessionable” Assam which would also be at home at a gathering of tea enthusiasts.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 11 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

I still love this. There is no other tea that tastes similar to this.

You guys will be so proud of me, I chained myself to my desk and did all of July’s invoicing. I think tomorrow we should get a chat room and hang out. What do you think?

mj

I would love to do that but I have a huge experiment tomorrow :( No time for chats…

Sil

Picked up 100g of this for fun, on he the basis of you and a few others liking it lol hope it’s decent ;)

Marzipan

If you hate it I’ll buy it. :)

Stephanie

It’s good Sil :)

Lariel

The tea name makes me think of cookies.

Sil

Haha I figured if I hated it, someone would want it…it smelled lovely. I went a little overboard on things though…and have to go back to pick something up for someone…I’m worried I’ll walk away with more lol

Cheri

Let me know if you’re opening a chat room somewhere. I’m working, but I should be able to stop by for a bit.

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drank Vanille by TeaGschwendner
229 tasting notes

Thank you Marzipan for sending a sample to me. I drank this tonight while I was making dinner: “grilled” chicken and rice pilaf with peas and carrots
http://instagram.com/p/ri8qCUw05r/
This is nice. Sweet, creamy and vanilla. I already have a couple new favorite vanilla teas (Capital Tea Ltd and WP GO), but this was still good. Thanks again Marzipan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
889 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

This is a very true to caramel favor. It is very good! I think it would be my fave caramel black tea if not for Butiki’s caramel vanilla Assam being superior.

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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
136 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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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
1424 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
4840 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
4840 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
4840 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
4840 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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