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From the reddit 2014 travelling tea box!
I got the box at like 630pm, just enough time to squeeze one cup of caffeinated tea. I went to take pics for the tea blog and my battery died plus my spare battery wasn’t recharged. Pretty sure my memory card is bursting full too. Crap. So much for getting stuff done sooner.
This tea, I think, is from Tea Guys technically. Anyways I got sucked in with the maple leaf on the package – miss you Canada! This one has a nice maple flavor, woodsy, smokey, malty and sweet. The maple isn’t as intense as say, DavidsTea’s Oh Canada, but it does come through. Only weirdness to this tea is the oily film floating at the top of my cup.
This is a rather long analytic post, skip down for the actual tea review. I’ve been a bit confused trying to identify this company as they seem to have some multiple personality issues, possibly due to private labeling?
This and the Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys (www.teaguys.com) was my very first foray into gourmet loose leaf teas after my first broad order from Twinings of 8 different varieties of bagged teas which I was very happy with.
I had been looking at all the major brands of loose leaf (before I found this wonderful community) and became somewhat perplexed with the pricing structure in moving from the 20 bags per box at $2.99 a box to the huge variation in pricing loose leaf. Understanding the yield per ounce vs bag was my next challenge.
So being the Excel geek that I am, I started a spreadsheet plugging in the selling price at however many ounces then dividing down to get a per ounce price from them all and found the going rate to be around $3-$4 per ounce. Then reading around I gathered there are about 8-10 teaspoons per ounce (with usually 2-3 steepings per teaspoon).
Using this formula (9 teaspoons per ounce and 2 steeps per teaspoon)
I arrived at about $0.075 a cup for my Twinings bags of 20 at $2.99 a box.
For most of the other teas at $3/oz a cup worked out to $0.167
Which brings me (finally, sorry!) to The Tea Guys and their Tease brand which at $9.95 for a 6oz bag ($1.67/oz) works out to $0.093 per cup. So this is what prompted me to order my first loose leaf from them and I have been so happy with it!
The 6oz tea comes in an easy to open ziplock foil pouch for resealing and as soon as I opened it I was OVERWHELMED with the aroma. The fruitiness was stronger than a really strong potpourri and I was a little afraid it might be too much until I brewed my first 24oz pot. It was rich and aromatic with the peach being pretty strong but not nearly as overwhelming as the first whiff seemed. There is a spicy undertone from the ginger and the Darjeeling interweaves with the other flavors.
I love it with cream, sweetener, and a touch of honey. The only drawback is there is a lot of debris so use a fine mesh filter. I get a nearly as strong 2nd steeping in my 24oz pot from one heaping teaspoon.
A review of ginger Darjeeling peach by Tease
A fruity aromatic blend of brisk Ceylon and Darjeeling black tea paired with freshly hand-ground ginger, sweet dried peaches and a touch of cinnamon and clove to provide additional sweetness and body. Wonderful hot, makes a delicious iced tea.
1 1/2 tsp per 8oz boiling (212 degree) water steep for 3 minutes.
Iced Tea (2 servings)
3 tsp tea, 2 cups cold water, steep for 1-3 hours in fridge, sweeten to taste. Keep refrigerated and consume within 3 days.
A natural source of antioxidants & vitamins and high-grade whole leaf tea with organic ingredients.
This is another sample obtained from Heath’s Tea Room during my brief visit there. It is one of the two teas given to me by the proprietor, Kimberlie. I wanted Oolong tea but somehow ended up with black teas.
I took about half of what is in the tea bag/pouch and put in my teacup and poured boiling water over it and left to steep for a few minutes.
I examined the remainder of tea in the bag and could smell the cloves and as I poured out the bags content into my palm I could see the clove and I was pleasantly reminded how they look like little nails and very piquant. I am seeing the cut up ginger and very tiny bits of the peach.
With these spices present I am thinking this is a lovely tea to have on a cold day; an early morning brew or anytime of day needing a cup of spice tea (with not apple or pumpkin) but peach instead.
In removing the cover from tea I can discern tea’s color to be dark amber. It is not red, but very dark. I then pour the tea into another cup with a strainer to further examine tea. The tea’s liquor is a lovely mixture of the spices to be found in the cup; clove, ginger, peach and the fleeting cinnamon.
The taste of tea is smooth and very sweet and not at all astringent. Tea has a nice kick to it with the cloves layering evenly with the ginger.
Overall, this is a good cup of tea. It is a full bodied tea with a lovely spice fragrance and this tea would do well with a touch of milk and served very hot for sheerest of enjoyment to delight in the decadence that is to be found within this cup of Darjeeling tea.
Thank you for letting me experience this tea; the folks at Heath’s Tea Room of Rockport, ME.
A review afternoon apricot (Loose Leaf Black Tea) by Tease
We blended fine Ceylon tea with Darjeeling and organic osmanthus flowers to create an aromatic, sweet and delicate cup with a wonderful fruity aroma. Excellent hot or cold and good enough to stand-alone or enjoy with milk.
1 1/2 tsp per 8 oz boiling 212 degree water steep for 3 minutes.
Iced tea (2 servings)
3 tsp tea, 2 cups cold water, steep for 1-3 hours in fridge, sweeten to taste keep refrigerated and consume within 3 days.
I decided to try this tea hot. I let the water boil for nearly five minutes and placed one teaspoon of leaves into a cup and poured the boiling water into the cup and left to steep for several minutes.
I should note that the tea in the bag is very sweet smelling. The leaves are black and are finely crunch with bits of the apricot. It is a lovely smell on its own.
I removed the cover from the cup of tea and take in the warm smell of the tea. The tea’s color is dark amber with a floral nose. This tea has fullness to it. A good heft in that the color, strength, substance and roundness. It is quality made tea of the finest Ceylon. I like the overall taste of this tea. It would do well with milk and sugar and served very hot.
With the 2nd steep I did add sugar to the tea, and this makes it so nice and creamy in the texture of the tea. Although with black tea there should only be 1 steep, discarding the tea leaves to avoid “stewing” or bitterness.
Overall, I like this tea from first whence I opened the aluminum sealed packaged, to inhaling the fragrant that is to be the bouquet of this tea. I smelled the apricot; it is sweet and sour in scent. Having a nice effect throughout the cup of tea.