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This is a nice, basic EG. The base is smooth, the bergamot’s not too aggressive (not that I’d mind if it were!). I don’t like it as much as Lupcia’s, my current go-to, but it’s very pleasant.

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drank Pink Grapefruit by TeaGschwendner
291 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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80

During the first couple of sips, my tastebuds were confused by, to me, the conflicting flavours of caramel, coffee, ginger, and orange. It seemed too much and too distracting. Too all over the place. Perhaps I feel this way because there is the slightest bit of a relationship to my beloved Coffee Caramel and then suddenly not. A few sips in though, I am quite enjoying this. Now on the second steep and I am quite enjoying this too.

Thanks for this, Sil. I appreciate having a chance to try this.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Happy to share since I often get to get to us places that aren’t as easy for us to order from

Evol Ving Ness

Yet another reason to adore you.

Nicole/Tea-Historic

If you Canadian Friends of Sil get a list together, I can always pick up from folks like TG at the Midwest Tea Fest in September, ship to Sil’s tea mule… If Sil is okay with it. :)

Sil

haha i’m always ok with that. I haven’t been finding much lately when i’m in chicago sadly :(

Indigobloom

Ok now this list of ingredients could be all kinds of wonderful. Or really weird.

Fjellrev

That does sound like flavour overload.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Nicole, for the very kind offer. And Sil, of course—-it goes without saying. Although I said it.

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drank Shogun by TeaGschwendner
331 tasting notes

I think I’m just about ready to give up on my quest for a great (or even good) rhubarb tea. I tried this one hot and cold-steeped, and in neither iteration could I taste anything really identifiable as rhubarb, raspberry, or vanilla—just some vague fruity/sweet notes piled on top of a rather vegetal base. There was an unpleasant chemical note to it, as well, which reminded me of my unfortunate run-in with DF’s The des Marquises recently.

Interestingly, when I forgot to take my brew basket out of the cold steep and accidentally let it go for 12+ hours, the chemical taste was much reduced (as opposed to the 6-hour mark, when it was still going strong). I still got an odd combination of vegetal base plus muddled fruits, but it wasn’t entirely unpleasant.

I think this was my first blend from TeaG—my parents went to Chicago a few weeks back and were kind enough to pick it up for me—and I can’t say it was everything I’d hoped for. Still, their Earl Grey, which my parents also brought back, is nice enough that I’m still looking forward to trying some more of their stuff in the future.

Cindy

Boulder Blues from The Tea Spot is amazing its a great Strawberry Rhubarb Green tea!

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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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drank Assam Mangalam by TeaGschwendner
291 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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80

This is my first Japanese tea so I don’t have a lot of experience with them yet, however it’s a really nice tea. At first I thought that rice and tea wouldn’t work out as a flavour but it really does. The smell of the dry leaves is nothing special so at first I was concerned it won’t taste of rice at all, but it does. This tea has a very strong rice aroma and taste when brewed which doesn’t fade away to quickly. In the first few steepings, the rice flavour is dominent, but after a while the green tea flavour comes through

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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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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drank Windy City Blend by TeaGschwendner
2217 tasting notes

Another tea I’m finishing up. From Sil. Ages and ages ago.

It’s decent. I’d like the strawberry-vanilla better on a black tea base rather than a mixed tea base. The oolong/green is upsetting my tummy today.

Thank you for sharing, Sil. :)

(I have no idea what temp the water was at, because my kettle has decided that today is the day it will boil forever. So.)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

I was surprised by the quality and taste of this tea, keeping in mind it costs less than 6€/100g. I find it very similar to more expensive Lapsang Souchongs (e.g. the Fortnum&Mason Lapsang Souchong which is about twice the price). It says to only steep for two minutes, but with Lapsang Souchongs, I like leaving the leaves in the water for a whole lot longer – often I don’t even take them out of the kettle at all. Even then it won’t turn bitter or tangy, a quality that I haven’t had with Lapsang Souchongs in a similar price range. I am quite impressed by this one

Flavors: Campfire, Smoke, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Nepal Everest Green by TeaGschwendner
291 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my order. It’s a high elevation tea, and reminds me of other Chinese green teas with a slight toasty flavor to it.

For this tea, you for sure need 2 teaspoon per 6 oz. I feel the tea has the mouth feel of white tea, must be a spring harvest? Also has the chestnut flavor note a Dragonwell would have.

I am glad I tried it, medium flavor level with levels of flavor. Just a wonderful late fall tea, reminds me of the smell of fallen leaves with the slight toasty flavor…YUM!

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

According my opinion the real tea!
It is not processed naturally dry in the sun and with unique flavor!

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75

I wanted to try this one, as it seems like many almond teas that other tea companies sell, but there was a mention of hibiscus in the description. So either it meant they were mistaking the beetroot for hibiscus or this was a different blend. There is hibiscus in this one, so it is different! Otherwise, it does taste very similar to that almond blend so many others sell, but there is a tanginess from the hibiscus. I can’t say I like this one more, as I’m not a fan of hibiscus. Variation on a theme, if you will. But otherwise, I love the apple and almond flavor that is just perfect for a no-caff option.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep

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drank Vanilla by TeaGschwendner
2313 tasting notes

I received a sample of this one with my order a while ago. I must always try the vanilla teas! I thought there might be actual vanilla pieces in this blend, but it looks like the leaves are only flavored with vanilla. The black tea base looks and tastes like Ceylon, which isn’t my favorite. The vanilla flavor is good enough, but you can’t go wrong with actual vanilla pieces. The description SAYS there are vanilla pieces in the blend, and if there isn’t (or they aren’t noticeable enough to me ), then it will only disappoint tea drinkers who are looking for vanilla pieces in this blend. The description just sets up the disappointment! It’s a decent cup since I love vanilla anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Shogun by TeaGschwendner
2313 tasting notes

TeaGschwender sent this over with my small order months ago. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it from the earliest days I was on Steepster and saw this blend. Steepster certainly hasn’t helped my tea addiction! This blend is great, as I imagined it would be. I love rhubarb teas! Also included, apple and raspberry all on a base of fresh sencha green. There should also be some vanilla but that doesn’t make an appearance as much as I would like. The flavor is fresh and fruity, plenty of rhubarb with hints of raspberry and sweetness from the apple. Tasty with a sencha base.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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72

This blend certainly sounded intriguing and I needed something to go with my Panna Cotta Rhubarb in my order. So many nice things in the blend! Not only three base teas: black, oolong, green but also osmanthus blossoms, sunflower, jasmine, rose blossoms, strawberry caramel, vanilla bits. Sadly, the flavor isn’t as magic as I wish. I tried this tea twice. Once with one teaspoon and once with two. It seems like the results are the same. I really tried to shake up the bag but I don’t see many flowers. I don’t taste them either. The flavor seems very light and I can’t really tell which types of oolong, green or black tea are thrown together here. The only flavor only seems like candy strawberry. I wish all of the ingredients made an appearance.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

KiwiDelight

Maybe there was a Battle Royale and the strawberry won.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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75

I usually go to Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea blends, since I like strong Assam leaning. This is an original blend, with them adding Darjeeling in the mix. I feel it needs no cream or sugar, as it’s not as astringent as some, which when I rate, I add to the score. It’s around medium level of astringency. I don’t know yet if it stands out enough for me to purchase again. I might have to re-review it if I make it into an iced tea.

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

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This flavor has been my go to for morning iced tea. It’s just brilliantly flavored. It’s brews into a lush deep orange. The tea base of a Ceylon tea is quite tasty. It’s brisk with no sharp astringency. It doesn’t need sugar to enjoy. It actually seems to be on the sweet side.
It is a seasonal tea, usually comes back in May. I usually buy 1/2 pound.

This tea could be for made for some wicked alcoholic drinks! Mojito?

It’s great to drink on a dull winter day.

Flavors: Lime, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I thought I liked the sample in their Chicago store, but after trying to drink it at home, this tea just didn’t grow on me. This style of tea is blended for a certain part of Germany , it’s traditionally served with heavy cream and maybe sugar I think. I started drinking tea to avoid using additional calories. This tea NEEDS something, it’s so astringent.

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Sample from Midwest Teafest. I followed brewing instructions on this though I wished I hadn’t. 5 min, 205F westren resulted in a very tannic, unpleasant cup of tea. Probably needed milk to make it somewhat palatable.

Flavors: Tannic

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