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Sample from Midwest Teafest. I followed brewing instructions on this though I wished I hadn’t. 5 min, 205F westren resulted in a very tannic, unpleasant cup of tea. Probably needed milk to make it somewhat palatable.

Flavors: Tannic

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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

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
MrQuackers

How much of a sample did they give you / did you use?

Hoálatha

Probably about 4 grams, which I steeped in a larger 20ish oz cup for on my way to work.

MrQuackers

Yah, the way to brew expensive tea like Gyukuro is in small amounts, but with large amounts of leaf. 7 or 8 grams, 200 mL with a low temp of 140 roughly. You’ll get a lot more particles which should change the colour. I sometimes think that’s where the idea for matcha came from. All those little green particles in Gyojuro. As for expense, this one is not too expensive. They’re selling it at like 20 usd per 50g roughly.

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
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83

Very nice flavor. Good morning tea.

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87

Great balance of sweet and savoury flavours. Nice lemon taste. A bit of a spicy note. Lemongrass flavour is very well balanced.

Flavors: Lemon, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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77
drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
1184 tasting notes

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.

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77
drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
1184 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85

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.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like it might need a spoon or two of condensed milk.

__Morgana__

Hmm. I wouldn’t have thought of that with a cold tea, but it’s an interesting idea.

Evol Ving Ness

I would suggest steeping it strong first. It might be all kinds of deliciousness.

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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

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.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 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
1331 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85
drank Bossa Nova by TeaGschwendner
1331 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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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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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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