4550 Tasting Notes

I was rummaging through my tea stash and I came across this tea that I hadn’t yet sampled. It’s a bit old, not sure how old, but I do keep my stash in airtight canisters that keep them out of the elements that harm tea. So, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Well, either it’s lost some of it’s bergamot over time or it just didn’t have a lot of bergamot to begin with. I’m noticing that the bergamot here reminds me a lot of the bergamot that I’ve had from 52Teas – that is, it’s on the bubblegum-y side. I love 52Teas but they haven’t nailed their bergamot/Earl Grey yet. They need to find a better bergamot oil.

Anyway … this note isn’t about 52Teas but this tea from a company that no longer exists. It’s alright. Not the best Earl Grey I’ve had. Then again, I don’t know how much that is to be attributed to the age of the sampling versus the actual tea. So, out of fairness, I won’t numerically rate it. I don’t hate it though so I’ll be able to finish the cup.

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I love this Keemun. I think that this may be the best Keemun I’ve ever tasted. So good. Rich, smooth, delicious. Very little astringency, just a slight dryness toward the tail. Honeyed caramel drizzled over tree-ripened plums. Mmm!

I love this.

donkeytiara

i bought 2 tins of it….I think it’s a great compare/contrast to Butiki’s Congou and to TeaVivre’s Superfine…… Keemuns are magical.

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Lovely! Like a spring morning! The aroma is slightly “green” – not so much veggie or grassy but more like that fresh, new, green smell from the new green growth of spring.

Sweet, delightfully creamy, honey notes, floral notes. Buttery. The jasmine notes begin to emerge in the later infusions. I notice citrus in later infusions as well.

Really, really lovely.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/17/four-seasons-spring-oolong-from-green-terrace-teas/

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drank SBT: Mango Sherbet by 52teas
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I really liked this iced tea flavor. I believe I may have passed some of it along to my daughter who also loved it.

The mango flavor is strong. Notes of cream to create the “sherbet” flavor and I like the way this flavor melds with the natural malty tones of the black tea. It’s quite a delicious combination.

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drank Kokang Green Tea by Shan Valley
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An interesting tea that tastes different when served hot versus served cold.

When hot, it’s a fresh, exhilarating, rich, brothy type of tea. Smoky. Not overly vegetal, in fact I found the vegetal note to be a bit subtle which I found surprising given it’s a green. Buttery and creamy. Like browned butter. Distant notes of fruit and flower.

As it cools, the creaminess tastes less like browned butter and more like fresh cream. The smokiness seems to leave the cup as it cools. The fruit becomes more prominent in the cooled cup – a bit like fruit and cream. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/16/kokang-green-tea-from-shan-valley/

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I bought this sample based on the name of it – the idea of apricot brandy sounded good at the time when I was shopping. The dry leaf aroma represents the name quite appropriately: it smells like apricot and brandy and black tea. The brewed tea smells similar but I notice more black tea notes with the brewed tea than with the dry leaf.

It tastes as good as it smells (bonus points!)

A nice, authentic apricot flavor along with a pleasantly smooth black tea flavor. It’s a mild black tea with some astringency but not much. The brandy flavor is not an overwhelming flavor and as I’m not big on alcohol, I think this earns bonus points too. I like the subtle brandy note.

A really enjoyable blend.

Nicole

This sounds good.

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this was an enjoyable cup of tea. I tasted more rose than I did pomegranate. The green tea was buttery with a soft vegetal note. The rose has a beautiful floral taste and the pomegranate flavor is delicate through the sip but comes through strong in the aftertaste.

Good hot (let it cool for a few minutes though) and even better iced.

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Delightful! I really love the aroma of this tea. I could smell the notes of jasmine and plum and they really create a lovely fragrance together. As I say in the full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/14/plum-blossom-white-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/ – these are two essences that I wouldn’t have imagined together but they work!

Sweet, lightly earthy from the Shou Mei, lightly vegetal from the green tea, delicate floral notes of jasmine, and sweet, fruity plum notes. This is a really enjoyable tea, and it has a light enough quality to it that it is something that you can drink later in the afternoon and into the evening without being overstimulated.

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I enjoyed this Dragon well quite a bit. Sweet, vegetal, buttery and a light, toasty chestnut flavor in the background. A calm and peaceful drink.

Then again, it’s Teavivre! I haven’t had anything from them that disappointed me.

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drank Verveine by Les 2 Marmottes
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I love the dry leaf aroma – light and lemony. Very much like summer.

Very light and refreshing to drink – and I like that the lemon notes are sweet more like lemon curd than a tart or sour lemon. A delicately sweet, relaxing drink.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/13/verveine-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/

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I am obsessed with tea!

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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