286 Tasting Notes
TeaGschwender has two types of Midsummer teas. They were out of the other one (which seems to be more strictly floral).
I am glad they have this one! It’s a light brew (it’s black and green tea blend). To me, it’s the tea you always hope you get at a brunch or breakfast spot that has iced black currant tea on the menu. There isn’t black currants in the tea, but it’s still has that tart berry presence ( from the cranberries in the blend).
It’s very refreshing, lush, and doesn’t have anything artificial tasting about it, which is a huge perk. I hate having fruity teas were it tastes like oily chemicals are the dominant flavor. Also, this tea has a nice floral note. (I always loved teas with cornflower, not only for the color, but cornflower are suppose to have health benefits)
Flavors: Black Currant, Cranberry, Floral, Summer, Sweet
This tea is very grapefruit, no denying that. It pops, I think the pink peppercorn was an awesome addition to this tea, gives it a warm note. Has a nice light sweetness.
I absolutely loved drinking this tea iced. I got two hot brews, along with one cold brew. Flavor held up well throughout the multiple brews. I don’t know if I would like this hot. I bought this for the purpose to make iced.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Sweet, Tangy
When I went to the TeaGschwender shop in Chicago, I saw this as one of seasonal specials. It was newly released. It’s a fabulous brew!!!! They have the herbs in the mix in just the right amount. Nothing overpowers the other one.
I will be buying much of this one next.
I am assuming this will make for an excellent digestive system tea due to the herb mix. I feel good drinking it.
Flavors: Fennel, Flowers, Herbaceous, Lavender, Summer, Sweet
I got this as a sample. It was just an okay silver needle. I was ruined by a silver needle tea I had from Grace Tea Company, and from looking at my other reviews, I have yet to find one to match.
This one doesn’t, either. The jasmine isn’t overpowering, and at a good balance. It fills the void for the need I want something light and mellow.
I hate saying this, but the first time I had a similar tea was in Teavana. I am proud to say I have never actually bought one ounce of their tea. I am still so VERY ANGRY over them taking away and buying SpecialTeas. I will always hold a grudge against them…ok, rant over.
This tea fits the bill, and I tend to recommend and sway those away from buying it from Teavana. It’s just a lovely Tie Guan Yin oolong. Gives me a lot of extra brews, lovely spring flower flavor, sauteed greens flavor. It’s been my go to for study breaks.
After trying almost all this Assams, I see why this one is the most popular. It has a nice calming, rich taste to it. Low level of maltiness, gets better when it cools down.
When I brew this, I brew it strong to really get the flavors. If you only do 1 teaspoon, it will come off weak. Also, pay attention to how long you brew, it can bitter really quick. I brew it 2 minutes, sometimes 3, never more.
I think I have almost tried all of TeaGschwendner’s Assam teas. This one I got as a sample in my order.
I put this one on par with their number one selling Assam Mokalbari. It’s rich, layered, and multi-dimensional. I have had their other assams, where they are one note, and just blah.
This one is Second Flush FTGOP1. I like it better than the others since it does have the maltiness I look for in an Assam. Low level of astringency. Just a perfect cup of black tea one would want.
Every Mariage Freres tea I drink is always above 90 rating for me. I have no idea what makes their teas so magical, but I can’t stop drinking them.
I got this tea as a sample from my Cultured Cup order. I am very happy they sent it, since it’s a tea I do like. It’s berry and caramelized sugar flavored, and those seem to be the dominant flavors. I has a mixed berry flavor, with strawberry and raspberry being in the mix. It has its own natural sweetness, I found it to be great without any additional sugar. I have only drunk this iced, but I see it being excellent hot, too.
I would consider buying again, but only in 2 oz portion.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sweet
I got this as a sample with my order. This tea does not agree with me. I brewed it at 180 F (recommended on package is 194F!) for one minute. It is very astringent. I am not a fan of anything with chestnut flavor profile, this tea just made me more realize that. It reminds me of Dragonwell because of that. And I am not a fan of Dragonwell. It does have a greener Oolong flavor like the other reviewer stated. But that astringency is too much! I would brew it at 165F-170F if I had more to play with.
Flavors: Astringent, Chestnut