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So I drank a cup of this earlier and it was bitter and I hated it.
But I had one cup left so I super-steeped it and then added ice for instant ice tea, and it’s much better.

Also, I realized that Second Flush might mean darjeeling so maybe that’s why it’s a little bitter? I probably should have steeped at 95 instead of 100. Oh well! I’m happier with it then I was, which is good because I expect good things from TeaG teas!

F*ck yeah, sipdown! 193!

Stephanie

darjeelings can be finicky things

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB #15.

This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).

I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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farewell! my caramel deliciousness. :) i’ve really enjoyed having this one while it’s been around. Now to decide if i’m going to pick up another package of this in august or not heh.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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9/28 sipdowns

thanks again for sharing more of this with me omgsrsly i will likely pick up more in august when i’m back in chicago just to have something for thise days when i need a kick in the pants! love this one a lot.

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
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8/28 sipdowns

I had the last of this as a cold brew and as it turns out i was thirsty and pretty much drank it in 5 seconds flat. lol i guess that’s a win? :) i’d order this again though not until i get through more of my cupboard heh

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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6/28 sipdown

i took the last of this one with me over to friends where we played a few games, hung out with the little one, had dinner and then turned in to pumpkins ‘cause we’re all getting old. so we went home. loving this, but still undecided about whether i want to restock this to use as an additive for some of my other teas…

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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backlog

this is almost done, so i think my next cup of this should be on it’s own again so i can have a reminder of whether i want to pick this up again in a few weeks…august is almost here! (not that it means much if i can’t get my cupboard down) i mixed this with cremem brulee from bayswater and loved it! as usual heh

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
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I did a cold brew of this one and i think i like it a little better than the hot brew because some of the sweetness gets over taken by the sour…so it’s just a little more refreshing :)

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Sometimes it’s funny why you drink a certain tea. Last night I had Glitter & Gold, which came in a tiny, almost camera film sized tin (remember camera film?) Really, the dinkiest tin you can imagine. But since I emptied it, I felt compelled to use it again. At a glance I thought I had just enough of this tea to go in there, but there was about one cup’s worth left…so here we are.

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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I decided to brew up all four of my black caramel tea samples at once to do a comparison.

Caramel by TeaG
Caramel by Kusmi
Caramel Toffee by Dammann Freres
And Creme Caramel by Upton.

I did a terrible job comparing them, though.

I have a really hard time pinpointing specific notes in tea beyond a very basic level of distinction.

So, beyond noting that they all tasted like caramel in their own specific way, here’s all I got:

Kusmi’s brewed up the blackest and it seemed to have a slight cardboardy note to me.

Tea G’s was a medium amber color, had a thick mouthfeel and was either my favorite or second favorite.

Upton’s was very light when brewed. It was somewhat similar to the DF tea but not as flavorful.

DF’s was pretty light also, and had sort of a fruity note in the background.

I think I may have liked that one best, with that floral note!

But Tea G’s was a close second, if not a tie.
So, this achieved….something. I guess.

For the sake of simplicity and safety, I used 96 degrees and 4 min for all.

Cameron B.

Yum, caramel! I am really anxious to try more Dammann Freres after loving their Nosy Bey. :D

Courtney

I love comparisons. I am similar with the tastes, I can some, but not as many as other people. Whenever I know I don’t really need two of a similar tea I find it helpful to compare.

Memily

Yesssssssssssssss comparisons, so great.

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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nom nom nom. same story as “cream” i want to finish this before i hit teaG again in a few weeks. They i get to go hard if i can get my cupboard under control and buy a bunch of teas for me and folks to share.. YES CAVOYOU ARE GOING TO BUY MORE TEA! (AND VARIATEA!…) lol

VariaTEA

Oh dear. Not more tea :P

Sil

hahaha

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Still working on these teas, especially since i’ll be in Chcago again in a few weeks on business. Except this time i’m doing the smart thing and going earlier in the day on the Sunday AND i get Mon/Tues before everyone else joins me heh love this tea as an addition to other teas . not sure i’d restock it to drink on it’s own but i love it to enhance other flavoured teas!

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
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noms. sometimes i forget how much i like this one as a weirdly nutty, fruity tea and then i have some and it’s good. yay for getting to drink lots of tea today!

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thanks for sending this one my way omgsrsly i tried this a couple ways and just cant seem to make it work. While it’s a nice creamy sort of tea…that’s where it ends. the rhubarb must have gotten lost on the way to the cup :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s too bad, cuz I know you love your rhubarb! :)

Sil

i almost bought some at the framer’s market this weekend to dip in sugar and eat :)

OMGsrsly

We used to eat it raw and sour. I don’t think I’d be able to do that now, but making jam would be lovely.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
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Thank you marzipan for the sample. This was really tasty iced with my lunch!

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Meh. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into this tea. The tea base is (at best) unimpressive. It’s bright and kind of fruity, but it gets astringent much too easily. Even using water as low as 200, or 190F for a few minutes makes it slightly bitter. That’s more frustrating than I can even put into words. The flavoring isn’t too bad—it’s very tart and a little creamy. It makes me think of lemon bars. It’s maybe a little stronger than I’d like. I’d prefer it if the tea base and flavoring worked together a bit better; they seem oddly paired. Tastes better with cream and sugar…It smooths over the acidity of the tea, brings out more of the “buttermilk” flavor that lingers in the background otherwise. Even after swapping out some of this I still have nearly an ounce left. I’m trying my hardest to get through it. Time to pawn more of it off on friends…

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Lemon, Milk, Tart

Stephanie

Yeah I pretty much only like this one sweetened, and I try to stay away from teas like that in general.

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creamy? yes. rhubarb? negative. tasty? yeah apart from not actually tasting like rhubarb :) thanks for sending this one my way omgsrsly i’ll enjoy the rest of this but clearly not a reorder, though at least it doesn’t smell or taste like feet… ;)

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boychik

Is there any good strawberry rhubarb tea? Doesn’t need to be creamy

OMGsrsly

This one wasn’t too impressive to me either. Boychik, I haven’t found a tea that I really felt was rhubarby enough.

TeaBrat

Lupicia makes a strawberry rhubarb black tea, I liked it

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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My dessert like tea for today. I added this to my Nina’s paris je t’aime for a bit of extra caramelly goodness to go with my vanilla caramel :)

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This is really tasty. I think I’m going to be sad when my sample is gone, Marzipan!

Enjoying a lightly sweetened to-go cup while I work today :D

Sil

need to try this one the next time i’m in chicago!

Marzipan

I still have lots, I can get some more for you. I bought 100g.

Suziqzer

Seems like a lot of people like this one. How does this compare to Lemon French Macaroon? I imagine it to be a richer tea w/some added tartness.

Stephanie

I haven’t had the macaroon in a while! I should drink that later and compare :)

Marzipan

They are pretty different, LFM is more bright and crisp, this one is sort of a mellow custardy lemon to me with a little “wang” to it.

Suziqzer

Funny you use the word “wang” Marzipan.. Around here a wang is usually not a good thing. Usually means an “off” flavor.

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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yep…drink drink drink drink drink… what an exciting day. drinking tea and oh wait….drinking tea.

Marzipan

I’m drinking this right now!

Sil

woot woot!

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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i made this to take with me to games night… but well i didn’t go…soooooo i’m drinking it now. so there. soooo much tea…soooooo much peeeeeing. lol

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