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TeaGschwendner

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90

I love how large these leaves get when they steep. I don’t have a ton of experience with oolong teas but this is one of my favorites. It has a very mellow oolong flavor with a nutty after taste. I could easily drink this tea everyday.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

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90
drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

Since the decaf caramel cream was what inspired me to buy both “cream” and carame" from tea G, i decided it was time that i put the two together. so. good. creamy and caramel and delicious and MINE!

Marzipan

Oh nice, I needed some new decaf ideas!

Sil

this particular one isn’t decaf but TeaG does a cremecaramel that IS decaf…and if it’s half as tasty as the two regular ones..it’s worth it!

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83

Beautiful smoked black tea from Fujian Provence. A very different tea experience, but one well worth having and often. The pine smoke aroma brings you to a campfire which seems naturally paired with the mildly astringent cooked squash notes of the black tea. Traditionally served with milk, but I rarely do that as its just great on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

As Jasmine teas go, this is about as simpl and elegant as it gets. Delicate floral perfume of jasmine wraps around a lovely Jinagxi green tea. Great chartreuse color and a balanced flavor and aroma greatly represent how jasmine tea can be elevated into something special.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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72

Solid every day black tea blend, which brings together Chinese and Indian black teas in a mellow, exotic and lightly smokey cup. This is a tea that can be over-extracted purposely to intensify the flavor and can be an ideal tea to drink with the traditional addition of milk. This is perfect for when you are having someone over for tea and don’t feel like wasting your single garden 1st and 2nd flush SFTGFOP1 teas!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1165 tasting notes

An exceptionally pleased cat is purring on my lap, there is ridiculousness going on on Facebook, and I have alcoholic tea.

A+.

A touch of sugar, almond milk, and the last of the whiskey. Just what I needed. So good. I really like this tea. :)

I also got my matcha order today – the special Caramel, and the Cheesecake sample. I HAVE to try a cheesecake matcha soda tomorrow!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, cheers, quite a nice evening you’re having there :-)

OMGsrsly

I still need dinner. :) Tea with whiskey is not a substitute. Gonna try to convince a friend to go for sushi, mmm, sushi.

oddree

Oh, warm sake is my downfall! Kudos on all of that

OMGsrsly

I ended up making sausages (on theme there) and mashed sweet potatoes.

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78

Color: very light chartreuse, leaning more towards golden-yellow, whitening slightly towards edges.
Aroma: Slightly roasted, hidden notes of squash on the brewed leaves is very subtle in the cup and instead holds a classic subtle sweet nose with hints of the roasted leaf scent.
Taste: Vegetal/green and light, mimicking the aromatics. Sweetness and coating softness linger on the finish which lasts for minutes and eventually creates a very mild astringency on the pallet that goes almost unnoticed if not looking for its effects.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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96

Color: A brilliant, seemingly impossible chartreuse. One of the prettiest green teas I have seen. Seems to almost have a luminescence to it… I considered turning off the light to see if I could see it… but thats crazy, right? The brewed leaves hold a brilliant green color, closer to fresh leaves than most.
Aroma: Fresh and vegetal with classic hints of cut sweet grass, seaweed and honeydew mellon.
Taste: Mimicking many, if not all of the flavors on the nose, the pallet is light and yet has a mysterious richness that lingers unlike a common green tea or even a noteworthy one. In addition to the classic sweet grass clippings, honeydew melon and seaweed a touch of fresh hay and a very illusive but clear note of sweet potato sends this green tea over the top. Wonderful sweetness that gives way to a ridiculously long finish with a very mild and extremely pleasing astringency that haunts you for an uncommon amount of time. This is truly an imperial drink.
Mental/Physical effects: Slightly heady, clear and focused and relaxed after 8oz… after 16oz this increased and by 32oz (16 on 2nd infusion) Cha zui had crept in.
Notes: Produced by hand in the Aichi Prefecture… one of the finest green teas I have ever had. 2nd infusion was quite good, slightly softer but still amazingly present.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

Aroma: mild astringency (similar to fall leaves) buttery nut or chestnut and light flowers (not perfumey at all). Taste:  Clear and light, taking on similar characteristics as the aroma but with the loss of almost any astringency and the light added sweetness of honey notes.  Finish is very soft with a light touch of dry astringent tannin rounding out a round medium+ body palette.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Ti Kuan Yin by TeaGschwendner
12 tasting notes

Aroma: very mild astringency, chestnut and light fruit and floral notes. Taste: very smooth, Min-Nan region, south of Min River in Fujian Province.
Aroma: very mild astringency, chestnut, winter squash and light fruit (apricot) and floral notes
Taste: very smooth, floral, light fruit (apricot), hints of the chestnut from the aroma and light almond notes.
Notes: “Kuan Yin” means Goddess of Mercy. Wild grown Anxi or “monkey picked” is reference to the difficult to reach places that these traditional style Tieguanyin tea bushes flourish. The semiball rolled style leaf gradually opens revealing the full leaf and a little connecting stem show the great skill in bruising, rattling phase of production. The leaves have distinct deep crimson edges and a deep grey-green color after multiple steeps.floral, light fruit and hints of the chestnut from the aroma

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87

Color: Yellowish bright green (Chartreuse, leaning more towards yellow). Aroma: Very light, grassy with light vegetal qualities. Taste: Flavors which cary over from the aroma, sweet grass and vegetation with a background of honeydew melon . A rich creamy mouthfeel, finishing with a very long lasting (over 15 minutes) sweetness and wonderful medium+ / high- astringency that is almost mildly numbing. A brief 2nd steep offered a very light taste and a loss of some of the astringency that was enjoyable, but not nearly as focused as the first steep. Mental/Physical Effects: Very clearing and focused, with a very warming pulsing and relaxing alertness with clear Cha Zui after 12oz+. In a word, this tea makes you ‘high’ in an almost drug-like way. This effect is muted highly in 2nd steep. Notes: Following the 3g / 8oz / 2:00 method created a very mild cup… almost watery. This is because of the “shaded” style and it is supposed to be this light, or if possible the tea is a little older and has lost some of its punch. The color was also leaning more towards yellow than green and this may also be due to age. To correct this, I allowed the tea to steep a little longer and this seemed to bring out more aroma and taste… however, it pushed the astringency levels higher, so I only used my first and second 4oz cup as a measure for my tasting notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93

A great black tea from Assam. Taste:  Squash, tobacco, burnt caramel with medium+ to high tannin  content.  Very dry astringent finish which lingers with an aftertaste (15+ minutes) that clearly exaggerates the raisiny aspect of the tobacco notes. Physical/Mental Effects:  alertness, but not an overwhelming caffeine flush.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

Color: light+ maple with hints of reddish amber and touches of green in denser areas.   With longer steeping the color can reach chocolate to coffee.
Aroma: Wet earth with hints of zoo animal/horse-barn, subtle sweetness and a background of malt and old paper.
Taste: Classic, yet mild, sweet moist top soil and very mild notes of barnyard, malt and leather.  Soft+ mouthfeel, light tannins and I nice lingering finish with lasting mild astringency and throat sweetness reminiscent of older tea trees.
Physical/Mental Effects: Mild but clearing head and internal energy with relaxed muscles.  This intensified during the 3rd 4oz cup and continued in strength with each following cup.  Into 2nd 16oz steep a clear Cha Zui is present with focus yet wandering mental effects.
Notes:  1 nest per 16oz water and a 3:30 steep…  color notes are based on the very first cup.  The color, astringency and overall strength increased (as expected) as the tea sat in the water.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80

A nice black tea for the morning. Light lemon taste peeks out like a bit of spring sunshine. I wonder what this would taste like if cold brewed? I think the lemon would become more prominent. Thanks Zwi for this sample.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87

Color: Light maple brown and pale yellows with hints of orange holding its color most of the way to the edges even upon tilting the cup.
Aroma: Classic light 1st flush black tea aromas, with hints of orange and lemon peel and a touch of light tobacco smoke and hidden malt.
Taste: Wonderful light spring harvest black tea flavors, yet still medium-full in flavor with a pleasant astringent finish which lasts for minutes. Lightly floral with good acidity and delicate sweetness, beautiful balance, a very satisfying and complete tea experience from aroma to finish.
Mental/Physical: Slight feeling of alertness and calming warmth after only 4oz, which continues through 16oz without becoming over intense.
Notes: The dry leaves have an incredible multi-shade/color to them. Greens and browns clearly demonstrating the craftsmanship in the processing of the leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1165 tasting notes

Drank this in my morning meeting. wink wink, nudge nudge.

I didn’t doctor it up with whiskey though. I felt that science and alcohol might not be the bestest combo ever.

It was delicious. Yay tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dinosara

Science and alcohol is the GREATEST combo ever! Ask a paleontologist/geologist. :D

OMGsrsly

It’s really big in archaeology too, but I find doing math and pipetting while tipsy to be a touch more difficult than really necessary. :)

Sami Kelsh

I do my best science while quite tipsy.

CHAroma

I can’t tell if y’all are joking or not, LOL!

OMGsrsly

Studying drunk = fine. Practical science? Not quite as easy as I had hoped. :)

Dinosara

It’s true, I never pick axe drunk.

OMGsrsly

Does a pick axe count as heavy machinery then? :D

Dinosara

Well it is heavy. :D

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90
drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

my flavoured tea for the day…my headaches seem to have finally stopped today so i really do think the past three days have been the result of the weather. which really sucks because i should NOT be susceptible that much. i am finally getting to try this one out on it’s own and man it is deeeeelicious! I need to have a cup of this alongside the caramel/toffee tea from Damman Freres as i think this one might actually win out for me. i know, i know! that’s how yummy this one is! :)

Cavocorax

I hope they’re gone for good!

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
940 tasting notes

Ah Kapha, I love you. Your spicy awesomeness always kicks my butt into gear, or at least my sinuses.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86
drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

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86

Just what I needed this morning…a nice mellow lemon tea. I’m always surprised when such a short steep time produces such flavor, but I have now learned NOT to oversteep tea!

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
132 tasting notes

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90
drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure i need to try this tommorrow on it’s own. I think this one could rival or one up the caramel toffee from MF that i love. Mixed with “cream” from Tea G it’s an increadibly decadent delight. This was my reward for making my March goal :) New tea! there will be a few more new teas in the near future i’m sure just to trade off the sipdown work i did and treat myself to some of the unopened teas i have. Honestly this one? It’s just a buttery creamy mess of delicious. I am a fan of the black base that Tea G uses….so i’m also looking forward to trying the straight black that i picked up. I’ll write more when i get a chance to try this on it’s own..but really..mixed with “cream?” SOOOO good… (said in a teen girl squad voice….for those that know..)

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86
drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

Another tea from the morning rotation. I’ve had this one before, but today i opted to mix it with the caramel tea i picked up from Tea G as well. They were selling a decaf version of caramel cream when i dropped by the store, but really? who wants that :) So instead i picked up both teas so that i could blend them together as well as drink them on their own. I still love “cream” it’s light enough to make me feel like it’s a flavoured tea while not a tea that overpowers the base. I’m not sure i’d get this again…though on second though this would mix really nicely with some of the teas from out west that have been sent my way from bayswater or uh…the other company that i can’t think of at this particular moment in time… delicious creamy additions…

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