TehKu Tea Company

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97

I was just going to sip this down, but it was so good that I think I am going to keep it around. First of all, it lasted well for two steeps, which is pretty impressive in my book. I don’t typically have the desire to actually drink the second steeping of a flavored blend like this, as it’s usually a more disappointing version of the first steep. Talk about a depressing cup of tea!

This is the kind of tea that is very obviously meant to show off their coconut (flavoring), which I have had in two blends now and is amazing. The tea is all about the coconut and vanilla flavor, which reminds me of Jello instant pudding. I am always picking up the almond extracty taste (alcohol and all) a little, but it gets a bit stronger as the brew cools.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the black base is almost nowhere to be found except the slightest bit of malt and astringency. But it makes up for it in custardy creamy flavor. I am almost afraid to know what a latte version of this would taste like.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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30

No matter how I brewed this tea, I couldn’t get it to not taste like the chemical smell of a clean diaper.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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78

This tea company keeps surprising me. So much so that I wonder where they source from. After drinking Strawberry Black from Margarets, and realizing that it has become harsh and bitter to my palate, I was not looking forward to drinking another flavored tea.

But this…the base is smooth and sweet, unlike the astringent bitterness I just experienced. The flavoring is a little much for me, so I’m thinking it would make a better iced tea in the summer. The berry flavor is strong and false, like strawberry gum or Crystal Lite without the fake sugar.

It’s still not bad though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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89

I’m really big on comparing. It’s fun. So today I am comparing my Asian grocery store jasmine pearls against these, which are almost 3 times as expensive. How does price factor in to the taste of tea?

First of all, I chose not to believe the steeping instructions for this one. 212º for 4 minutes seemed like way too much. So I stuck with the same as I did for the other jasmine.

As much as I wanted to cheer for the cheaper underdog, this tea is better. There are some underlying peach notes in the base, and it’s leaving a pleasant tingling on my tongue. There are some rice and grape notes in there as well. The jasmine isn’t beating me about the head anymore; it’s making itself known, but in a more subtle way. I’m not getting even the slightest bit of bitterness—this is one smooth tea.

I may have to rethink my stance on jasmine.

Flavors: Jasmine, Peach, Rice, White Grapes

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Liquid Proust

If you haven’t been to CAM before… we should meetup in that area and have tea and then I can show you some interesting stuff there

Hoálatha

I have been to CAM once. It’s where I got my “most likely no longer infested with termites” tea table, all the Otea teas in my cabinet (including the other Jasmine Pearl I reviewed today), and my favorite mugs.

We should definitely do that though. I never get to go to that end of town, and I could use a guide.

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100

I was out in Dublin today and wanted to try some tea brewed by a “professional,” so I stopped into Tehku Tea Company to try my first gyokuro, which I had heard was good for people who like milk oolong because of its buttery flavor.

I have to say I wasn’t impressed with the smell of the leaves. I have to remember now that smell doesn’t necessarily reflect the flavor. Because…wow. Just wow. It tastes exactly like this havarti cheese I have at home. It’s strong, buttery, earthy, beany, mushroomy, and at times a little tiny bit of bitterness. Why is this so amazing?

Flavors: Beany, Butter, Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Liquid Proust

I really like their matchas :)

Hoálatha

Actually, we promised to come back and try their matcha, especially after we told them that our only matcha experience was the powder on top of the whipped cream on a Starbucks drink. I might have killed him when I said that!

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75

Final sipdown of this tea. I bought this a few weeks ago when my wife, friend, and I all traveled down to Columbus, on a mini road trip. I make a note of tea houses or cafes around the areas that I travel to because I can’t go a full day without having a cup of tea.

Anyway, I wasn’t overly impressed with this tea blend. I brewed this in both an Adagio Ingenuitea (16 oz) pot and in a gaiwan. I must say that Western style brewing is more effective with the tea. I was able to extract more flavor by steeping it at a full 3 minutes at 195F water, versus the rinsing/15-25 second steep times.

There were subtle notes of oranges and cream; while the oolong came out in the aftertaste. I think this tea would’ve been better as an iced sweet tea instead. I did like the oolong aftertaste, though.

Flavors: Cream, Orange

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t really drink flavored oolongs

S.G. Sanders

This one started out nice, but turned a bit sour after a while.

S.G. Sanders

It was the sourness of citrus.

Kirkoneill1988

plus i don’t really drink flavored teas

S.G. Sanders

It had orange peels in it. The first steep reminded me of a orange creme Popsicle, but got sour without sugar until I added some.

Kirkoneill1988

those popsickles are ok :)

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