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I got a pot-sized bag of this tea in the mail with a tea cozy someone made for me so I made it even though I wasn’t very excited about it. It’s very bitter and needed a lot of milk to make it drinkable but was otherwise not very outstanding in any manner.
This was a bit of a disappointment.
I bought a 50 g bag, first the provider from the city where I bought it from, I guess he didn’t know how to pack tea as he used the smallest bag and crunched the tea the bag was about to explode.
I thought ok, I can still work with it as it was my first time buying silver needle and wanted to have an introduction to it. I opened the bag and started inspecting the tea. Some of the tea leaves looked like they’ve been roasted as some of them were black, I decided to make my first steep and used 3 g for 300 ml. Used an 80 C water and steeped for 3 min.
The tea tasted okayishhhhh…. but nothing out of the extraordinary. My second steep was disappointing as the tea became astringent and started tasting bitter.
Overall no I won’t buy this again or better said not from the provider from my city as I know there might be a variation from city to city. Probably will try ordering some of it online I might have better luck but for now, it’s a no for me.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Forest Floor, Moss, Roasted Barley
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.)
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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Flavors: Fruity, Sweet
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.
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