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Flavors: Fruity, Sweet
I usually go to Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea blends, since I like strong Assam leaning. This is an original blend, with them adding Darjeeling in the mix. I feel it needs no cream or sugar, as it’s not as astringent as some, which when I rate, I add to the score. It’s around medium level of astringency. I don’t know yet if it stands out enough for me to purchase again. I might have to re-review it if I make it into an iced tea.
This flavor has been my go to for morning iced tea. It’s just brilliantly flavored. It’s brews into a lush deep orange. The tea base of a Ceylon tea is quite tasty. It’s brisk with no sharp astringency. It doesn’t need sugar to enjoy. It actually seems to be on the sweet side.
It is a seasonal tea, usually comes back in May. I usually buy 1/2 pound.
This tea could be for made for some wicked alcoholic drinks! Mojito?
It’s great to drink on a dull winter day.
Flavors: Lime, Sugar
I thought I liked the sample in their Chicago store, but after trying to drink it at home, this tea just didn’t grow on me. This style of tea is blended for a certain part of Germany , it’s traditionally served with heavy cream and maybe sugar I think. I started drinking tea to avoid using additional calories. This tea NEEDS something, it’s so astringent.
I stopped into this shop during my trip to Chicago, and it was a great experience! I only ended up buying one tisane, but they threw in a free measuring spoon and this sample.
I’m wondering if it’s a bit stale though, as it brewed up a golden color instead of the highlighter green I am used to with this type of tea.
This was a nice tea—light with no bitterness and only the slightest bit of astringency. A lot of the gyokuro I have tried gets bitter as it cools, but this one didn’t. There was a slight, bright grassy note with just the smallest bit of sweetness coming up the palate after swallowing.
I absolutely adore gyokuros, but this one was so very expensive that I couldn’t imagine actually getting it.
Flavors: Beany, Grass, Green Beans, Sweet
Sipdown no. 67 of 2016 (no. 278 total).
This grew on me over time. It made an awesome cold tea. The lack of sweet pastry-ness that I thought made it not really marzipan-like worked well cold. The almond flavor was very noticeable but not overpowering.
Having the last bit of this hot and I appreciate it a lot more now than I did when I first tasted it. Bumping the rating.
When I first smelled this out of the tin, I thought it was going to be another ringer for Brioche. The same sort of almond pastry smell to the dry leaf, which carried over to the tea’s aroma. It has a murky, caramel colored liquor that I thought meant it would have a sweet, pastry taste.
Wrong. It’s not at all sweet except an occasional fleeting note in the finish and aftertaste. There’s an almond note to the flavor and a Ceylon-like tea note, but it wasn’t at all as I expected a Marzipan-named tea to taste.
Which isn’t to say it’s awful or even unpalatable. I just expected something confectionery from the name. Which is why I’m rating this on the low site.
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Pastries
Awesome iced, this may be my new favorite for the warmer weather. The green tea part of this isn’t overly apparent, which would be disappointing for people who are fans of green tea, but the coconut flavor is lovely. It’s refreshing and clean-tasting, although there’s a lot of sediment when I brew this. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I’ve never had a tea from this company before, but if it’s any indication of quality, I’ll be trying more of their teas in the future.
I am certain I have had this before, but surprise! No tasting note.
In the search for interesting things to try cold brewed, no. 2 suggested this one. And he was very happy with the experiment.
Personally, I find it a bit weird. It’s not the spicy part, it’s the chocolate part. Having a cold chocolate flavored tea reminds me a bit of why I never really got into ice cream sodas. Chocolate flavored cold water without the creaminess of milk to give it depth tastes odd to me.
But I expect we’ll be doing this one cold a few more times since no. 2 likes it, and since the cold brew experience in general makes me happy because I get to scoop 8 spoons of tea into a container at a time, which is very sipdown inducing.
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
Cold brewed this the other day and am drinking it iced. It is really good. The flavors just pop out at you, mainly the apple of course. I will have to drink this iced from now on. It was good hot too but it is better iced.
Cold brewed this overnight in a 32oz Lupica Handy Cooler with 4 tsp leaf.
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
Cold brewed this tea last night. It is delicious iced. The tea came out perfectly cold brewed. It’s got a buttery or creamy note to it. Because I like sweet iced tea I added sugar syrup to it. It is even more delicious sweetened. This is a quality oolong tea.
I brewed 32oz of this in a Lupica Handy Cooler overnight with 4 tsp leaf.
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
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.
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 :)