Charleston Tea Plantation

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Plantation peach tea
Smelled like peach. Taste lingers. Not much of a big fan of peach. But if you don’t mind peaches the tea is quite peachy.

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The smell of tea leaves is quite pleasant. The color is caramel looking. Overall the tea in a way is sweet like raspberry but subtle. I really enjoyed it. I’d recommend 10/10.

Flavors: Raspberry, Tea

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85

I really enjoyed this tea. I love peach flavored things but a lot of places make the peach too sweet, too strong, or too fake. This tea does a really good job of giving a real peach flavor without overwhelming you with peach. I also enjoyed it hot which I wasn’t expecting because I usually like iced peach tea.

Flavors: Peach

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80

This tea is absolutely wonderful. The taste is exactly like a fresh raspberry and is extremely refreshing. It has a fruity refreshing taste without being too sweet or too bitter which is why I really enjoy it.

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85

This first time a had this tea was during an afternoon tea outing on a brisk Winter afternoon, and it was the perfect juxtaposition to the chilly weather. I had it more recently during our tea tasting in class and had the opportunity to prepare it for everyone. It’s so much more enjoyable to be able to take the time to boil the water to just the right temperature for you, to fill the bowl of the teapot so that the bottom is covered with the beautiful dry leaves, and then after brewing you get to see how they have transformed and swelled with water.
The fragrance of this tea is a great enhancement and adds a moreish quality, the flavor is deep and earthy with more of a raspberry aftertaste. In fact, the lingering aftertaste is my favorite part.

Flavors: Grass, Raspberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

I really enjoyed the raspberry taste. It wasn’t too bitter for me, which is a big thing for me when deciding if I like a tea or not.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

Another basic green tea. No intense or complex notes just vaguely green and vegetal. There wasn’t a lasting mouthfeel either which makes me wonder about quality. There were no “island” notes nor did I find any hay or lasting bitter greeness.

Flavors: Green, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This was a solid black tea I love english breakfast while studying and it has beautiful notes of caramel and dark full-bodied mouthfeel.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Honey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

I didn’t like this one either, the tea flavor didn’t last in your mouth but the artificial peach flavor did.

Flavors: Artificial, Peach

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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35

We tried this in class, it was okay I am just not a fan of fruity teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Raspberry, Red Fruits

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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90

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90

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75

A solid English style black tea. Brewed a large pot in the Western style, and enjoyed the taste without cream or sugar. Definitely worth checking out for casual drinking or for less sophisticated tastes.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 48 OZ / 1419 ML

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36

When things say island it elicits the thoughts of tropical fruits, beaches, the ocean etc. Nothing about this tea shouts island to me besides the fact that it was made on an island. I honestly find it a bit bland. Greenish should at least have some grassy flavors but this… maybe some hay?

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80

Mmm, this is delicious! The base tea has a rich, bready flavor that mixes perfectly with the pop of sweet, juicy peach. Not sure what the difference is, but the loose leaf version is SO MUCH better than the bagged one.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

I made myself a cup of this like an hour ago and completely forgot I was steeping it for a solid chunk of time and was expecting it to taste awful. I quick took it out of my Ingenuitea and it was fine… I’m convinced its impossible to oversteep this tea!

The black base definitely shines through a little more than usual and the raspberry becomes more of an undertone but it’s still a nice cuppa.

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93

Always a favorite. I think I didn’t steep it for long enough this round but it’s still wonderful as always.

Flavors: Raspberry

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93

This one will probably always be a favorite. I generally like it iced but this morning I needed something cozy to keep me awake. I’m getting towards the bottom of the tin and the raspberry flavor is not as strong as it once was.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93

I think this is my favorite flavored black. The raspberry notes are strong and it makes for a great hot tea and a great iced tea.

Preparation
1 tsp

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I had high hopes for this tea, but was disappointed. It’s drinkable but there is really nothing to distinguish it from any other commercial, mass produced tea sitting on the shelves of supermarkets across America. The fact that it was grown in the U.S. is interesting but doesn’t make it a better tea. I believe they are a subsidiary of Bigelows, now.

Preparation
1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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95

Love this Rockville Raspbery just sweeted a little and served over ice. You still taste the tea itself with a backnote of Raspberries. Yummy!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity

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65

Brewed this up this afternoon, seems like a fairly basic green, it was decent – not super or otherwise memorable – just a decent cup of green. Had bought a few Charleston tins visiting my sister in South Carolina – was surprised to see this is the only USA grown te company and plantation :)

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80

Brewed this up this morning, decent black tea with gentl hint of raspberry. I don’t like overpowering red fruits and this tea keeps the red fruit under control by using it as a nice under-the-radar accent.

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85

I bought a tin of 2014 harvest last year and am just getting around to drinking it now.

The leaf is dark, very chopped and thin compared to Chinese leaf tea, like tea leaf flakes. I’m drinking it gong fu in a gaiwan, but with every pour my inner logic keeps saying “get out the kyusu,” because I keep losing too many bits into the cup. However, I’m lazy and a kyusu just says spring and right now the winter is holding fast. This tea definitely needs a strainer. That is the bad part.

The good is the taste is very unique. The tea brews up golden brown rather than red, and has something of a maple syrup, burnt oak and ginger taste profile. Recently I’ve also been drinking a black tea beeng cake from Yunnan Sourcing which tastes more like Tetley or ordinary black tea, but this Charleston tea has nothing of that usual black tea taste I’m familiar with. It doesn’t have the thickness, but lasts a good six flash steeps or more.

It is, however, kind of like a bag of snacks I keep eating long past what I really need or want. After I get my six or seven steeps, I dump the leaves and start again fresh. I can go three sessions a night on this stuff compared to one or two of the Chinese counterpart. A good tea for lightweights or newbies, an interesting taste profile for the regular tea drunk who usually drinks a whiskey sheng and is now making do with Pabst. Crumple the can, throw it in the bucket and grab another and whoops, I guess that twelve pack is history.

The tin is cool and I plan to keep it. This tea is sold out from last year and you have a couple months window maybe to get one. Bought mine right from the company website. I have the green also left to taste.

Edit: this tea is really growing on me over the past couple of weeks. Drinking it frequently. The caffeine level and qi in the middle of my back is awesome, I’m loving the mental clarity. Raised the rating by 5 points.

Flavors: Ginger, Maple Syrup, Oak wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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