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80

My Greek friend gave me a sample of this and I’m just trying it now. It smells herby (but not vegetative) and a little bit spicy. I would place the flavour somewhere between orageno and catnip. The plant has a unique taste to it. Sort of faintly lemony or peppery with an after taste similar to soap. It might not be something I would drink every day, but I find the flavour unique and pleasant.

I want to start drinking this a few times per month for health reasons. It is said this herb help to prevent colds/flus, lowers blood pressure, relieves sinus congestion, and is an anti-inflammatory. I used two small dried stalks to brew one 350 ml cup, but I will be re-steeping it again shortly. It doesn’t seem to get overly strong if you leave the leaves in. I brewed mine for about 10 minutes because I forgot to check it and it was colourless so I thought it wasn’t done. It is quite forgiving that way.

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Lemon, Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more 12 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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85

Bought this at the tea festival in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago because it smelled amazing. The taste is pretty good too. It’s like I’m drinking a baked apple tart. I can taste the apple. I can taste the cinnamon. The only thing I would say is the flavoring is so strong I can’t taste the green and black teas in the background. This is excellent. So far Tea Gschwender is two for two. I bought two teas from them and they were excellent. Makes me want to put in an order. I don’t know where they ship from.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

They are in Chicago

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85
drank Bossa Nova by TeaGschwendner
1118 tasting notes

While I understand there may be a reason that you cannot add unlisted ingredients to a tea it is damned annoying. This tea had several ingredients that I couldn’t add so the description is mostly inaccurate. This tea is creamy with strong notes of hazelnut and vanilla. It is quite good. Picked it up at the tea festival yesterday. It is one of two teas I bought from this company.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
rosebudmelissa

I usually list the ingredients in the company description if they’re not all available.

Kristal

@rosebudmelissa, same. I try and put as many of the ingredients in the proper field, but then in the description list the full listing.

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70

I had this sitting around for a few months, and while looking through my stash for any samples I might have overlooked, I found this.

It was fine. Better than any teabag/grocery store tea, but not really memorable. I think I had too little in the sample to get a good taste…I greatly reduced water in my pot and sugar and while this tea wasn’t bad tasting, it didn’t really catch my attention. Maybe I should learn to brew by the cup for when I get small sample-sizes like I had of this. Maybe that would have helped? But as it is, neither pot I made really caught my attention.

Still rating it a 70, because there was no bitterness, no off-flavors…nothing worse than the crime of being a good tea that was unmemorable when compared to other good teas in its weight class. Still very drinkable.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown (131)

This came to me courtesy of the wonderful Sil and I finally got around to trying the sample. I dumped the whole serving into my gravity steeper and decided to make it iced given it is called an “iced tea”. This is certainly lime flavored but there is a fair amount of bitterness as well. It is like the flavor came from the rind/pith rather than the fruit itself. I wonder if that is merely age though as opposed to a reflection of the tea? Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the share :)

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77

Still good! My office-supply is running low, but I have more at home – and a good thing, that, as it’s only available in winter…

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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77

Nothing much new, but I want to keep up a record of what I’m drinking how much, so… new tasting note!

Still a very nice tea, esp. with the weather turning a bit cooler now.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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77

A wonderful winter-y tea. I can’t always drink it, but when I’m in the mood and/or the weather is right, this is great.
I like it best with a bit of sugar, but it also works without.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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85
drank Indian Chai by TeaGschwendner
12 tasting notes

Great tea full of tastes; drink with milk and sugar. I love this one especially, as it does not have too strong notes of cardamom or cloves.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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80

This one is great for in the evening. Being a herbal tea, it has no caffeine and with the lemon-y and sweet aromas, it helps me keep cravings at bay.
The box suggests 8 tsp per liter, but I never use more than six. Also, this can be brewed twice, the second being only a little weaker.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Well, this one’s not caffeinated so I’m giving it a go. Guess I won’t be adding honey to my “pizza” tea…

Dry, it’s just… dried veggies and herbs. Yep. Smells like tomatoes.

Steeped, well… they recommend 9 g/16 oz mug. That is a lot. I had ~3-4 g, so I am using a 7 oz mug.

My apartment smells like smoked paprika and peppers now.

Yes. What I’m mostly getting is green pepper.

The tea is sweet and savoury. The rosemary and pepper aren’t super prominent – it’s mostly green pepper and sweetness from the tomato.

Weird. Thanks for sharing, Sil.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 207 ML
Sil

yep. weird is right. I’d rather have a hearty soup lol

Fjellrev

Reading this does make me want tomato soup, I’ll admit.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, tomato soup sounds good. Thanks tea frens. :P

M

This sounds like the strangest tea ever! I’m intrigued.

OMGsrsly

Worth a try, but don’t order 100g online!

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drank Rooitea by TeaGschwendner
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Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Vanilla

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78

Busy day today. Rental dog went home to his family. They are going to try and come together as a team to actually get him trained. So with any luck what we started will hold. Sad to see him go but also SUPER happy to have our house back so we can clean and get organised.

I also spent the better part of today getting tea packages ready for friends – something i have put off for too long. Also got everything prepped to be able to weigh my cupboard and land on a sipdown goal for 2016.

omgsrsly asked me to pick this one up for her when i was in chicago last since the store will let you get 50g instead of the forced 100g online. I haven’t tried this one yet so i pulled enough for a cup out (yes i asked!) to try it. What did i learn? I like tea G’s honeybush WAY more than their rooibos – which i dislike as it overpowers their flavours. Also, this is quite similar to walter bishop (old) but not quite there. the strawberry is a little artificial like, though in fairness i think i brewed this accidentally for about 15mins. A shorter steep would like have resulted in a creamier, less artificial strawberry taste. All that aside, i like this one more than others seem to have. :) I’d be inclined to pick some up again for myself in future, provided i get my cupboard under control heh

Final Count: 143

Fjellrev

Those jerks should already allow for 50g portions online then. Grr.

Terri HarpLady

Seems like the dog was with you guys for a long time?

Sil

2.5 weeks of rental dog.

OMGsrsly

I really like this one! Glad to share. :P

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75
drank Tomato-Bell Pepper by TeaGschwendner
7440 tasting notes

I picked up this sample when i was in chicago because savoury teas have always interested me, but not enough to buy a full 25 or 50g. This one smells like pizza…tastes like…soup? it’s not a bad taste, but i think i’m struggling a little with it because it’s like watered down soup. tastey soup, but watery. hmmm

__Morgana__

LOL This is the sort of thing I find interesting once, and then never want to drink again. ;-)

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Is it like the Numi veg teas?

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48

Leaves are too small; almost like coffee grounds. Would not buy again.

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76
drank Snowman Tea by TeaGschwendner
7440 tasting notes

I tried this one while I was picking up some teas for friends while in Chicago. I didn’t purchase it because while it was a nice tea, there was nothing innately special about it. Part of the reason i had a taste while i was in the store, was because there’s licorice in this blend and I wanted to know whether it was the sort that made the tea have a sickeningly sweet taste to it, or it was nicely blended lol. Turns out this is really nicely blended, but since it’s a green tea, it’d have to knock my socks off for me to pick up 50g.

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87

Caramel and strawberry notes. Wet autumn leaves. Medium mouthfeel. A hint of mineral taste. Roasted notes.

Thank you to Sil for sharing

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Mineral, Roasted, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Sil

Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
2193 tasting notes

This one smelled so good, but then I tasted it.

Oh. Licorice root.

Oh.

Sorry tea. The licorice root and the fact that you taste a little swampish means that you’re going to join the last tea in the sink, and I’m going to go hunt down yet something else to try. Thanks for sharing, MissB, but this one was a total miss. So sad, because it smells amazing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Memily

You and me both when it comes to that bloody root!

OMGsrsly

I drank all the Twinings Raspberry and Echinacea, but there was so little licorice root in it that the honey I added drowned it out. This tea? Sadly, not so much. :( Smelled so promising too.

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85

A sample from Miss B! This was my first cup of the day at work, and I’m enjoying it immensely. Flavoured teas can be a bit hit and miss, but this one delivers what it promises – buttermilk and lemon. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk, just because. The scent of the brewed tea is very much buttermilk – it has that salty sour tang that’s so distinctive. This also translates into the taste, but it’s freshened up wonderfully by the bright, zesty lemon. It’s deliciously creamy but not too sweet or cloying – it walks the right line for a mid-morning cup, at least in my estimation. The overall effect, particularly with the added milk, is one of lemon pudding. Totally delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
615 tasting notes

Very spicy (too spicy for my liking) and hits you at the back of the throat. Overall, very savoury profile. Aroma is very herb-like. Slight chamomile-like sweetness. Hint of peppermint tone.

Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!

Flavors: Peppermint, Spicy, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Sil

hahaha if you brewed this at 6 mins… wow. I brew it at about 2 mins and add honey. still spicy that way but in good way :)

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
2193 tasting notes

Oh thank goodness finally a sipdown. And a legitimate one, of a tea that I’m really enjoying drinking.

I put some cream in this, for a lemony creamy pudding effect. So tasty.

If I needed more tea (And I don’t. Really.), I would definitely consider getting some of this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

good thing your box is still little :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. I’m definitely glad about that. I still have two boxes of samples to go through, plus 2 enormous bags of puerh. Sigh.

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90

I find this tea incredibly nuanced. It’s still one of my favorite fruit teas, for its tendency to taste so fruity while not overpowering my palate with tartness. Out of this cup, I’m getting sweet and minty notes just underneath the fruit – delightful! Definitely a tea worthy of any Harry Potter character :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is one of my favorite fruit teas. There are a lot of ingredients in this blend, but somehow it all just works. I haven’t sipped this one in a long time, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why! It’ll be time to pop in to TeaGschwendner soon and nab some more :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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