drank Blood Orange by TeaGschwendner
33 tasting notes

Stopped in at TeaGschwendner last weekend while in downtown Chicago and picked up a bag of this because it smelled awesome — it really has a strong sweet orange smell, not just “citrus” you get in a lot of other citrus teas. I thought it would translate into the brew just as prominently but was let down a bit the first time I used their brewing instructions and quantities.

I doubled the tea, brought the temp down a bit and let it steep 3 minutes, which resulted in something closer to what I expected based on the aroma, but still not out of this world. On these parameters it is a nice orange tea without the bitters of citrus zest, and the orange isn’t that tart store-OJ kind but more the nice fresh squeezed kind. It’s nowhere near as strong as you would think, however.

Nothing to write home about but it’s nice to have a mellow, non-bitter orange tea without tartness for those evenings I just crave something up that alley. This would probably go well with a lemon scone or piece of toast with marmalade on it.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Musician, pilot, philanthropist, tea lover. Nothing beats a spiced oolong at 10,000 feet. Except maybe a cuppa dian hong with my feet next to the fireplace. Or some fresh bai hao yin zhen before bedtime. My rating system is pretty much like this:

1-20 : ‘Blech’ cuppa. Didn’t even finish the one I brewed, rest went in trash. That bad, at least for me.

21-40: ‘Meh’ cuppa. Finished it but threw away the rest of the tea or used it for other purposes like baking, gifts for in-laws, or serve to unwanted houseguests. Kinda like Twinnings or Lipton bag tea.

41-60: ‘Standard’ cuppa. Won’t buy any more, but will certainly brew all that I have left. Probably will use it to blend with other teas or as a base, or large quantities of iced tea for parties and such.

61-80: Good cuppa. Now we’re talking. Worth buying more if at the right price, love blending some of these too. Sometimes a few oddballs will find their way into this score just because I liked the fruity flavor or having it as an iced tea. Also my starting score range for new kinds of tea until I develop a good feel for my preferences or learn to better distinguish quality characteristics.

81-99: Awesome cuppa. You’ll probably find this in my pantry pretty regularly, unless it has been discontinued or I’m waiting for my next trip to Asia or Europe to pick up some more. Holds up well to multiple infusions (unless black/herbal), and will typically drink it unadulterated/straight. I’ll gladly pay premium prices and chances are I’ll be ordering and tasting a bunch of other teas this producer/company offers.

100: Cuppa bliss, oh where have you been all my life???! I will burn frequent flier miles and journey to the ends of the earth while paying nearly any price to make sure I have this stocked at all times. Over time as I discover some magical new teas, a few may fall off this list. Try to keep it max 1 per type of tea.

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