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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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85
drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
75 tasting notes

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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89

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 classic green flavors of cut grass and vegetation with some interesting notes of greenhouse and a very delightful raspberry fruitiness 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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44
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
183 tasting notes

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
drank Mango Chai by TeaGschwendner
1378 tasting notes

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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80
drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
4927 tasting notes

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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80
drank Strawberry Bamboo by TeaGschwendner
4927 tasting notes

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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76
drank Cherry-Banana Flip by TeaGschwendner
4927 tasting notes

i had this one again, hot and this time with a bit of banana….this time it was sufficient banana and cherry for me, so it really IS about the ratio. Sadly most of my bag is cherry and not banana :(

Terri HarpLady

Thus is life…

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76
drank Cherry-Banana Flip by TeaGschwendner
4927 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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84

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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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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85
drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
4927 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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58

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
4927 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
540 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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76

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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92
drank Assam Marangi by TeaGschwendner
25 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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83
drank Vanille by TeaGschwendner
247 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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