286 Tasting Notes

92
drank Midsummer Tea by TeaGschwender
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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Pink Grapefruit by TeaGschwendner
286 tasting notes

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

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97

This tea is just as steller. I have yet to find another silver needle that comes close to this, the smell, the layers of flavor.

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65

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.

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85

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.

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85

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.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Assam Mangalam by TeaGschwendner
286 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Paris Ginza by Mariage Frères
286 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

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

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