Hugo Tea Company

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Purchased at MidWest Tea Fest Sep 2017. Sipdown.
Western 212F, 2min, 12 oz
Flavors: peony, tulip, creamy, thick, soft

Flavors: Floral, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Lovely simple tea. Discovered it while traveling in Missouri. I had a cup at a little place in Springfield, MO and liked it enough to bring some home.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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And a sipdown!
This smelled lovely, but sadly it brewed up much weaker than it smelled. The rich blend of vanilla and chai faded into almost nothing, sadly.
Oh well. Making room for something new!

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Backlogged from yesterday.
This didn’t have nearly as much flavor as I was expecting. I actually found it a little bland.
It could just have been me, the next cup may be good, but yesterday it hardly processed.

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69

So my final pot of this tea didn’t have the problems I’d noticed with previous cups- namely that it is a bit soapy and leaves the mouth feeling dry.
No, as is typical, I got the steep time right at this last moment. Grumble.
This was a decent Earl. Not an exceptional one, so I doubt I’ll get any more of this, but it was nice enough to have.
Sipdown!

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69

The last night of the play!
Thats always a bittersweet sort of thing, sad to be leaving, but fun to have free time again.
It was a really good experience, and I’m really glad to be back into theater. Its been too long.

__Morgana__

Break a leg!

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69

And the second weekend of the play begins tonight!
I’m feeling pretty good about it (if not about the 100 degree heat and the air quality).
This tea is not my favorite earl grey, I must say. I find that bergamot can get somewhat soapy, and this veers in that direction to me.
Ah well.

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69

First two shows down!
They went fine. Both had sections that could have run smoother, but I’m fairly pleased with how my part came out. Next weekend is the final set of shows, and thats always a bittersweet time.
A pot of this for breakfast. Its a decent earl, but it gets a little soapy with its bergamot. Next time I’ll watch the steep time, and see if it makes a difference.

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69

So there are some thrilling tea cupboard developments. For starters, 18 teas. 18 teas! I cannot remember when I last had only 18 teas!
18 teas fits on a single page. 18 teas has made it obvious which teas I’ve never actually tried.
This makes me very happy, as I’ve been working towards getting all the teas in my cupboard tried, and working on finding the perfect balance of old favorites and new things.
I don’t normally drink Earls for my breakfast cup, but I gave it a shot here.
This is a very strong Earl. Not unpleasant, but very, very strong. Not great as the first cup of the day, I’ll be honest. Next time it will be the second or third cup of the day, and I feel that I’ll really be able to appreciate it then.

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76

And a sipdown!
This is nice. A tea with a nice body and flavor.
Not a forever favorite, but one that I would certainly have again, if the occasion arrived. But for today, a sipdown.

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76

I’ve brought my tin of this to my desk at work, and it’s been a really lovely part of my work day.
This is a lovely black tea blend, with a hint of something coco-y, and a light and refreshing brew.
I’m getting much more interested in unflavored blend, and its really nice to discover the complexity that can be found in tea.
Noms.

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76

Last minute early morning work shift calls for a cup of something nice.
Its gonna be a long day.

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Time of waking- 4:00 a.m., to take someone to the airport.
I managed to come home and sleep for about an hour before I had to get up to go to work.
It is going to be a very very long day, with me floating through the world.
This tea is nice, but rather more mild than I expected it to be. Theres a somewhat woody note to it.
I am going to need a near permanent stream of tea today to stay functional.

gmathis

I have a tin of “100 Year” at my house…like it very much.

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(Skip this part; the review will be buried a couple paragraphs down.)

First day post-funeral. It was sweet and simple (Dad would’ve said it was 10 minutes too long), and the funeral director took a wrong turn on the way to the cemetery. Nobody upset about that—it’s twelve miles beyond the back of nowhere and six miles beyond anybody’s cell signal. My brother said it was appropriate to give Dad one more long ride through the country.

I recognize the need to merge back into real life, but I’m stalled at the top of the on-ramp.

(OK, now the tea review.)

Somewhere in the chaos of the past week, we stopped inside our new Natural Grocers with a $10 grand opening promo coupon in hand. Tins of Hugo Tea caught my eye; had never seen it on retail shelves before. Was impressed by the pull-tab top on the tin—they want this stuff to come to you fresh!

And it was. Malty, toasty and bready; some reviews have mentioned a burnt caramel essence which was there—everything that signifies a really fine tea. And the fact that it made an impression on me when I was vague and numb and bewildered says a lot. Second steep was a nice echo of the first.

Pricey, it is; around 10 bucks for a dozen sachets, so it’s not for your morning commute. But a lovely extravagant treat for a morning when you need to pause and ponder.

Nicole

I’m so sorry to hear this. May peace and tea find their way to you.

mrmopar

Sorry to hears this. I lost my Father a few years ago. Just remember his laugh and smile and the wisdom he taught. My Father was a lot wiser than I realized. Putting prayers for you my friend.

ashmanra

I am so sorry. Rest at the top of that ramp. Then ease forward when you are ready.

__Morgana__

It’s ok to be at the top of the on ramp for as long as you need. Some people seem to think that adults should get over the death of a parent quickly, but that’s unfair and not realistic. My mom died in 1995 and I still have days where all I can think about is how much I miss her.

looseTman

I’m truly sorry for your loss. The passing of a father is the end of an era and unfortunately, one that I know is in my future. Sadly, my 89 yr old Dad has a very weak heart and it’s just a matter of time since he’s probably not a transplant candidate. I’m not looking forward to what you must be experiencing. May God grant you his everlasting comfort and peace.

yyz

So sorry about the loss of your father. I found I really was in a strange head space for a while after I lost a close family member part shock, mixed with bitter sweet, sometimes funny reminisce with friends and family, and things reminding me of them and their loss everywhere. It’s not easy. May you find comfort and peace through your faith and your family.

Evol Ving Ness

My condolences to you, gmathis. This is such a hard thing and there is certainly no rushing the various states you are and will be going through as you digest the immensity of all this. Be very very kind to yourself and take the time to spend to contemplate and honour him and yourself with your very best teas.

gmathis

Thank you for the prayers, kind thoughts, and sweet words. That’s what has kept me going the past several days.

Evol Ving Ness

And there’s lots more where these came from. <3

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This was really tasty. This is one of the first vanilla chais I’ve tried that actually does taste like vanilla. The ginger is there but not hot, the cinnamon is definitely there. It’s a sweetish cup without sugar but with some sugar the vanilla and spices really pop. I made this with 50% water and 50% half and half and about 2 teaspoons of sugar. I steeped it for about 8 minutes. Thanks for the chance to try this, Daylon R Thomas! I may have to see about picking some up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And dido on the vanilla.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m glad you liked it :)

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100

Thank heavens I have a pound of this. It is not the fancieist tea I have, and though it may be the simplist, it is the most worth while for the quality. I never get tired of it personally.

Evol Ving Ness

A pound! Go you!

Daylon R Thomas

Now, I wait for the copious amounts of green oolong I’m going to sample through day by day…

Daylon R Thomas

Otherwise, this is my personal top black for price and taste.

Nicole

Dang. This morning I just had the rest of what you shared with me. I def need to get some. So good.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m glad you like it. I actually got the pound two weeks ago just before I ran out of mine.

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100

Delicious tea, why did you have to come from another company?

Evol Ving Ness

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Daylon R Thomas

Deny thy vendor and refuse thy pay.
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a What-Cha.

..like that will ever happen lol.

Evol Ving Ness

I think we may be onto something here.

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100

Crap you are becoming a favorite never mind you are from a different company. Nevermind I really, really like you. Yay! More money to shipping!

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100

Based on the reviews for the 100 Year Black, a Chinese black tea that I probably would like, I figured this one was worth a shot. I’m in my winter chai season and was searching for something flexible enough for a tumbler, a tea ball, or regular tea cup. I was also looking for a more desserty chai, and after I read the company’s description, this blend looked like a really great balance between a cocoa-esque Chinese black, creamy vanilla, smooth and wispy ginger, awakening pepper, and warming cinnamon. Read the website’s description, and you’ll see what I mean.

Unlike other recommendations I’ve seen, the company suggested 2 grams for every 8 oz and longer steeps starting at five minutes. Less is more, more from less is cost efficient. Tasting this, it is like a liquid version of cinnamon rice pudding. Yes, it is that desserty on its own because the vanilla is so strong. Vanilla and ginger with an aftertaste of cinnamon are the mainstays of this, and like I said before, the ginger is more wispy than spicy. Don’t get me wrong, ginger is one of the strongest tastes of this tea, but the company picks out this particular variety of ginger because it is slightly “sweeter”. The pepper and cinnamon provides the majority of the kick, and the black tea body is smooth and malty without being astringent. The black tea is a little bittersweet, but in a good way and on the medium lighter side. Personally, tumbler is the way to go for this tea, and it does not overbrew for me personally if you leave it in large amounts of water like 16 oz. I get 3-4 good cups, with some evolution between the cups. The pepper is more pronounced in steeps 2 on and the vanilla and ginger are more pronounced in steeps 1-3, but definitely present in four. Otherwise, the balance is great.

You can probably gather that I thoroughly enjoyed this tea. It was good enough for my roommate to drink straight and for a non tea drinker to enjoy straight. I do wonder what this would taste like if it had the cardamom like regular chai’s do, but oddly enough, I do not think it needs it….never mind I like strong cardamom in my chais. This tea might become a staple.

Evol Ving Ness

yeah, this one sounds like a winner. I want some.

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90

Backlog. Sipdown.
I think this is the fastest I’ve drank through a tea in a while. Fruity, chocolaty. Will be missed.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity

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90

Backlog. Bought a tin of this tea at Midwest Tea Fest. Tried it there and was impressed by the flavor and smoothness. Dry leaf smells of chocolate malt.
208F, 5min, 8oz. Tastes of chocolate, honey, malt. So smooth. Really liking this for mornings and it resteeps well. Great morning tea. Great dessert tea too. 90

Already checked their website to see if I could get more. I have plenty and don’t need more. It’s sold out on their website, well unless you want wholesale. Though they do sell in grocery stores in KC.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Nicole

I know they’ve been trying to expand regionally – nothing in your neck of the woods yet?

hawkband1

Nope. Nothing that I can find. Drive to KC isn’t far so it’s easy enough to restock.

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92

This tea is so surprisingly good. I believe this is the tea I got from the Beginners Puerh TTB. I brewed it gong fu this morning with my friend Rose and we were both taken aback by the smell and flavor of this tea. Burnt caramel (in the best way possible) was what this reminded me of. Malty, sugary sweet, and rich in depth. I even over steeped this on the third steep by a good minute or two because I was distracted with conversation and, while strong, it still gave a great flavor with no real hint of bitterness.

I want to order this tea. Better yet, if you are someone who has it and does not care for it, please let me know. I will gladly take it off your hands :)

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I haven’t had this one in a long time and by the looks of it, I have never logged it. This is a STRONG cup of EG. I have also had this one for quite awhile so I know the strong cup I am tasting is actually a lot less strong than it use to be too. This packs a berg punch. This morning it is quite a delicious tea. A pretty solid base, could use a little more upmph, but solid. Looks like Hugo teas might be changing it up a bit…. Full Steam looks to be no longer and the current black tea is out of stock. Hmm will have to check the coffee shop down the street and see what they have in store.

Nicole

They have been showing up at more stores around the area lately. I grabbed some last week from either HyVee or Price Chopper – can’t recall which.

TeaTiff

Nicole have you tried the 100 year black?

Nicole

I have some. That’s the one I picked up. I have no idea if it is intended to replace Full Steam or if it is an additional black offering. If you don’t want to try a whole tin, I’d be happy to send you a goodish bit. For me, it’s good, but nothing I have to keep around.

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Thanks for this one a whiillle back, TeaTiff! I’ve sipped it before but it is a tough one for me to figure out, so I haven’t written a note for it. The leaves are gigantic, black and dusty. They look like an ancient, wild leaf tea leaf. The flavor is mid-level strength, a light amber cup. Somehow I’m just getting hints of tomato and cherry and not really anything else. A weird combo but they seem to come and go at different times, so it isn’t too odd. I wish I had more to say about this one, but it doesn’t seem to be a good fit for my tastebuds.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon // 5 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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