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drank Windy City Blend by TeaGschwendner
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This was another tea from yesterday – you’ll have to wait for a proper review, but this has jasmine in it…and i still bought it. and it taste like NOT JASMINE, so that makes me happy…instead it’s more strawberry caramel vanilla, hello! :) so nyah!

Final Count: 87

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drank Kaluna Lime Iced Tea by TeaGschwendner
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i’m lazy tonight. I need to book our vacation and i can’t decide where to go. At this rate, we’ll be booking last minute and just going “somewhere.” this is not typical of the planner that i am.

this tea? it’s supposed to be an iced tea…but, well, i’m lazy tonight…so i made it hot..and guessed on steeping paramters….added a little sugar and bam. it’s tasty! so there. more to come another night.

Nicole

When are you going??? :) Come to Las Vegas in November and keep me company while my husband is at his conference. :)

Sil

haha we’re trying to find somewhere for nov 22 ish… so far thinking cuba or costa rica

Nicole

Ooo. That sounds great. :) We are doing a southwestern road trip the last part of November. New car ritual.

Ost

You should totally go to Costa Rica!! They have sloths there! I love sloths-they are the best!

OMGsrsly

YES. Costa Rica! I have a friend there right now, and my parents went for 3 weeks and had a blast.

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drank Spring Fruit by TeaGschwendner
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I had this one again today as my afternoon tea while gaming. Apart from the fact that while brewing it, my entire house smells like caramel, i am a fan of the blending of sweet caramel with the “sour” fruit notes. I’m really glad i gave this one a shot even though it seemed like an odd thing to mix when i first read the description in the store :)

Final Count: Still 100 …

Lala

I remember when you were at 300 :)

Cameron B.

Whoa, 300… That makes me feel better at least. :D

Sil

Hahaha I remember when I was at 350….. Been gradually trying to get to a “reasonable” amount since then. 90 seems to be as long as I ever manage to go….but what the heck… Still trying :)

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drank Spring Fruit by TeaGschwendner
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yum. I might prefer this to the actual caramel tea from tea g…only because i am really liking the contrast of the sourish fruit versus the sweetness of the caramel. Really glad i pulled this out of the cupboard to try tonight.

Final Count: 113

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drank Cream Caramel Decaf by TeaGschwendner
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i bought this a little while ago when i was in chicago and picking up teas for a steepsterite. I wouldn’t normally have picked this up, because i don’t care about “decaf” but since it smelled exactly like the caffeine version, i picked up a little on a whim. Mostly for those days when i haven’t eaten and caffeine is really affecting me. Made a cup tonight to have while watching a movie with my other half… quite tasty :)

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74

This was a bit of a disappointment. Golden honey in color with tints of red moving into yellow hues near cups edge. Heavy sauna-like aroma of dry wood (aspen/cedar) and milk chocolate on the steeped leaves which do not transfer much to the cup. Much fruitier that other 2nd flush Darjeeling teas I have had, and also not as complex and a little muddy, where the individual notes are not defined and make it just taste like “tea”. Seems to be missing something… the classic muscatel notes are very quiet and the light astringency on the finish tends to make me think I am drinking a “dumbed down” or “Lite” version of what I was looking for. That being said, its not at all offensive… just not really that exciting for a single estate Darjeeling.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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100

Bright golden blanc de noirs champagne colors fills the cup as the scent of cooked herbs and violets rises slowly from what can only be described as a very special tea experience. Brisk notes of muscatel are surrounded by a menagerie of mildly sweet floral notes and nutty spice complexity that is actually hard to put a finger on. This would be a great time to insert profanity, as this review would really benefit the use of some colorful metaphors – haha. It tastes of life (to be as esoteric and nondescript as possible – sorry). The tea has a youthful astringency with a limestone finish that lasts for a ridiculous amount of time and draws upon very reclusive citrus notes.
This is EXACTLY what a world class Darjeeling 1st flush should taste like… absolutely brilliant. Lovely on its own, but I could really see this pairing well with some semi-sweet fruit preserves, goat cheese and just some good warm bread. Not at all inexpensive, but that’s Darjeeling for you. A 2nd and mild 3rd steep were possible, but the well defined beauty drifted a bit at each additional infusion. Get your hands on a sample or see if you can get your tea merchant to do a 15g or 25g bag. This tea is not to be missed.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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88

I had some of this in the store and loved it. Creamy sweet grass, nori and umami fill your palate. Mellow, focused and intense… this is always the perfect drink to wake you up in a calm way. Next time I will purchase some to bring home, but really a delightful experience… made my entire afternoon. Thanks again TeaGschwendner!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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I thought I reviewed this tea but I guess not!

Sipdown sadly. I really enjoyed this tea. It’s a creamy lemony tea I could enjoy all year long. Just the right amount of light citrus flavor. I might have to order more of this one.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Buttermilk Lemon? What an odd sounding tea! I wonder if they mean a different kind of buttermilk than the sour stuff? I am quite curious to try it now.

Frolic

It’s really good. Reminded me of buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd.

Cheri

It’s that tangy to buttermilk, not really sour, if I recall correctly.

Megan

Agreed. It’s more like buttermilk pancakes.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Ooh Buttermilk pancakes are delicious, definitely must give it a try :)

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93

This is an exceptional Oolong experience. TeaGwchwedner notes its color as being “jade-green”, which I disagree with as in my steeping the cup was a light golden yellow (like a distant mid-day view of a face of Khufu through light blown dust). Brilliant floral notes jump out of the cup and invite you into the mild sweet butter and soft grassy palate with hints of mint and vanilla. The tea closes with a lingering finish and very mild astringency that seems to transform the floral notes into a subtle berry-fruitiness and slight acidity that balances the experience nicely.

Light, fragrant and complex… this is what world-class Oolong is. Perhaps not an everyday tea at the price, but well worth trying and the possibility for multiple steeping stretches the value considerably.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

On first scent and taste it is evident that this tea sees a slight more time in the sun and in turn is slightly more oxidized than your typical white tea. A peculiar production with no rolling of the leaves, this tea literally looks like nothing more than dry leaves. I would imagine it had to go through some sort of lightly extended fixation process after wilting but other than that it seems to be about as untouched a white tea as one could hope for. This tea is from the far south Indian State of Tamil Nadu, about as close to Sri Lanka as you can get.
Fruity aromatics pierce through the sweet nutty bouquet and hidden notes of squash and soil.
Sweet honeysuckle and a glorious mild earthiness fill the palate with a curious touch of malt tricking you into thinking you are having a very mild Oolong and also causing the cup to disappear quickly while hunting for answers. A delightful lingering finish with very soft but noticeable astringency. Wonderfully balanced and clean, a unique everyday white that seems to almost have its own classification.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

As a huge lover of Assam second flush teas, this was a real mind bender. Who would think that in a small province in far northern Vietnam (almost in Yunnan) there would be black tea production of such quality?! Wow… I am still a bit shocked by this tea. Beautiful rich reddish brown to burnt orange in color… the nose offers up tobacco and cooked acorn squash notes which clearly translate into the rich flavor echoed by notes of sweet malt and pure 100% cacao. The finish is lingering with a brilliant astringency that can easily be compared to teas of Mokalbari.
On my next tasting I plan to make a cup of Assam Mokalbari along side so I can really compare them head to head. What an exceptional find and a fantastic value!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

A pleasant surprise for the price, this everyday green is still a special occasion brew making it all the more worth trying. The lovely long and thin deep green rolled leaves are reminiscent of the fine Japanes Gyokuro or Kabusechas… but this is like their heftier boisterous younger brother. What it lacks in subtle refinement it makes up for with intensity, uniqueness and boldness. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a clumsy tea… quite the opposite – The nose opens with what I can only compare to the scents one finds in a tropical greenhouse or conservatory… very much like warm green growth and subtle sweet earth (think old ferns, palms and banana trees). Balanced, full and buttery with classic green flavors of cut grass and vegetation with some interesting notes of greenhouse and a very delightful raspberry fruitiness and mint give way to a very slight bit of tannic bite which helps the finish linger for an unexpectedly long time. Not at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised!

NOTE: I did some experimenting with this tea since it was new to me and different. The package recommended brewing at 194F degrees, which is very high for green tea, but the steeping time is only 2 minutes. The first time I made this tea I ignored this and brewed for about 4 minutes at 160F… it was alright, a little weak. I tried the 194F for about 2 minutes the next time and it was fantastic! Also, DO NOT OVER-Brew this tea or the very mild astringency will become unpleasant and bitter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Another one from kimquat.
Eh, thought this one was gonna taste a whole lot better than it actually did.
Literally all I taste is cream. Definitely sticks with the name. But I was expecting something more for some reason. xD
Glad I got to try, but not something I’d ever drink again. Once is totally fine. :P
Thanks, kimquat for the sample!

Flavors: Cream

Cheri

A name like this, and I would have expected an Irish cream.

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93

The always awesome Sil picked this up for me when she was at the teaG store in Chicago…. I hadn’t even tried it before but it sounded good and I wanted another caffeine free option for the nights.

I’ve had this two or three times since, once at the movies and once or twice at home and oh man. I don’t get the crappy rating this has. For a decaf tea, it’s frickin’ AMAZING. Like the “Vanilla comoro” of caramel teas.

It’s the caramel tea of my dreams…the kind with a creamy note rather than that burnt sugar note I’m not fond of.

It makes me wonder how TeaG’s Cream black tea tastes, because at some point I will definitely be ordering more of this one, so perhaps I should try the Cream tea also!

Yummm

Thank you Sil!

Sil

“cream” is REALLY subtle…i enjoy it, but more as an addition to other teas to soften them or add a little something. I actually bought cream and caramel my first round so that i could make a CAFFINATED version of this lol

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65

Unfortunately, this is not exactly what I expected when I got the tea. Usually, I’m always very pleased with teas by my favourite tea company but not this time. This Earl Grey blend is subpar – I actually prefer the bagged Earl Grey blends from other companies such as Twinings or Messmer. The smell itself is very unappealing. Once brewed the taste is bland and the bergamot aroma doesn’t really shine through. I won’t buy this again as it was very disappointing.

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93

Thank you Kimquat for the sale! I scored a bunch of nice teas I’ve wanted to try. This one sounded interesting – I haven’t seen too many fruity chais. This has a CTC base but there are actual pieces of mango in the mix. It certainly smells like mango and the first steep certainly had a mango flavor throughout. If you don’t overdue the steep time with the CTC the flavor is smoother at just a minute and a half. The spices weren’t too tough but I was enjoying the ripe fresh mango flavor. The second steep seemed to have less of a mango flavor but it’s still a nice chai. This one is interesting!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 min

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90

I found this tea to be just as described—sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the anise, licorice, and fennel is warmed up by the cinnamon and ginger. The lemon balm and peppermint add brightness to the flavor. I can’t pick out the cornflower, but this has become one of my favorite teas for the afternoon or evening, especially when I need an invigorating pick-me-up at the office.

Flavors: Anise, Herbs, Lemon, Peppermint, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
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mmmm i enjoy this tea a bunch but it’s not my favourite strawberry blend. I actually thing that the bamboo side of this blend takes away from what is a really tasty strawberry tea. I know a few folks who haven’t had a chance to try many, if any, tea gschwewerowuo9kwelekw]erewr teas…so the last little bit of this is off to a swap box for them. Man…so many teas to send out to tea friends heh

Terri HarpLady

For the most part, Ive never really cared for the taste of bamboo in my tea

Kittenna

I like the two bamboo teas I have, for whatever reason.

Amariel

I’ve had a few bamboo teas and liked them.

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drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
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drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
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tried this one hot and it prefer it this way. Steepster has been annoying me as of late, so here come the lame tasting notes to just catch up.

OMGsrsly

But where are your numbers, Sil? ;)

Sil

uh i think i’m at 98 or something… i don’t even know. steepster makes me angry and so i stop updating my cupboard and stuff

OMGsrsly

I was going to re-do all my organization and count. I think I’m down at about 230 now, which is nice. Still way too many. :)

Sil

that’s still awesome! go you!

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drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
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catching up from yesterday – i had this one as a cold brew and while it is for sure strawberry – i think i’ll actually enjoy this one even more as a hot brew. :)

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drank Cherry-Banana Flip by TeaGschwendner
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soooo my problem with this tea is still that IF you don’t get enough banana chunks in it, it’s more cherry tisane than anything. However, when you get enough banana in here, it’s a great meld of the two. If i had banana chips on hand, i’d probably add a few to this to make it truly banana cherry. I have enough for another cup of this but since sharing is caring, this is off to a friend that i think will at least enjoy trying the cup. even if it ends up being more cherry than banana!

Final Count: 134

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