4822 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropical Eyebrows by 52teas
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Another tropical tea. That’s usually my reaction when I encounter a “tropical” flavored tea. It’s not all that exciting, it seems like something every purveyor of flavored tea offers.

But this Tropical flavored tea is quite enjoyable … I love the addition of the persimmon! Now, I’m … not one who … eats a whole heck of a lot of persimmon. I usually walk right past them in the produce section of my local store in favor of more common fruits like apples and oranges. (Speaking of apples … I’m overjoyed that honeycrisp apples are back!)

So I can’t actually say unequivocally that it is the persimmon that makes this tea different. It could be the Chun Mee tea. But this tropical tea is deliciously different and I like it! Yum!

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A really pleasant Oolong. I love the complexity of this Tieguanyin. Sweet and exotic florals, slightly vegetative (on the grassy side of vegetative), a lot of warmth to this Oolong as well. Later infusions start to deliver creamy notes (but not really what I’d call buttery.)

A really interesting and unique Tieguanyin. I liked it.

Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/22/five-year-aged-tieguanyin-oolong-tea-from-verdant-tea/

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I just found out that this company recently closed it’s doors. Sad. :(

This was a tasty cup of tea, although I don’t know that I tasted “cake.” I did taste a strong cinnamon-y note … not so much a cinnamon candy kind of taste, but more like a snickerdoodle cinnamon note.

I also taste vanilla. The vanilla and the cinnamon play well together and seem to enhance that overall “snickerdoodle” kind of flavor.

Tasty, not quite “cake” but tasty!

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A truly exceptional tea. I really love this Assam. Sweet, malty, rich, caramel-y, and a delicious bake-y kind of taste. As the tea cools, I notice a distinct apricot note as mentioned in the description.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/20/hattialli-golden-lion-assam-tea-from-butiki-teas/

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drank Houjicha - Amber by Obubu Tea
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This is my last backlog for this evening … I’m gonna try to do a little bit every night and hopefully I’ll get caught up eventually!

This was a very interesting Houjicha … I could still taste the vegetative tones of the Sencha in this tea, as well as some of the floral tones of the Sencha … usually, it’s been my experience that with the roasting process, the houjicha becomes an entirely new flavor but here, I taste notes of the Sencha still … I like that though!

The vegetative notes taste a bit like roasted vegetables … and I like this unique taste. There is a slight creamy tone to this cup too … it’s a little bit nutty, a little bit toasty and warm, a little bit vegetative and savory, and a little bit sweet and creamy! A really nice cuppa.

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drank Sunset Pineapple by Compass Teas
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Definitely one of the better pineapple teas/tisanes that I’ve had, and I don’t know if this is even available any longer. Back when I wrote my full-length review of this tea (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/19/sunset-pineapple-tisane-from-compass-teas/ ) … back in June … yes, I’m still so very behind! This tisane wasn’t available back then and it doesn’t appear to be available now, some months later.

Unfortunate because this was really tasty.

Sweet, pineapple-y and the green rooibos base is light and refreshing. An amazing iced tea!

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drank Vanilla Mint Chai by Rishi Tea
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Tasty, although I don’t agree with calling it a chai. Yeah, I know that chai means “tea” but I think that most of us have come to accept chai to mean the warmly spiced (and sometimes spicy!) tea blends. This blend only has cinnamon, licorice root and vanilla that I’d categorize as a “spice” and a herb (mint). Not enough spices to call it a chai!

It’s still tasty though!

The pu-erh is earthy and mellow, and it sits off in the background. The mint and vanilla are in the foreground, giving this a taste that is reminiscent of the creamy center of a peppermint patty. YUM! The licorice root is subtle but it adds a pleasant snap to the cup.

Not too minty, not too earthy, I like the balance of this tea and it’s really quite a treat.

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I loved this stuff.

The Lu An Gua Pian melded perfectly with the sweet notes of watermelon. Frank did the watermelon flavor nicely … it’s a bit on the subtle side, and I’m glad that it doesn’t taste overly sweet or candy-like. It is sweet (watermelon is sweet) but it’s not TOO sweet.

The green tea is sweet and mild. A delicate taste and texture with subtle savory notes. There is a hint of nutty sweetness to the cup too. No bitterness and very little astringency.

I like this one a lot.

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Did you know that Pau D’Arco is actually Lapacho? I didn’t until I tried this and looked up Pau D’Arco. I don’t know that this is something I’ll ever need to know, but, I know it, and it is now taking up space in my brain that maybe … could be used for something more interesting. Oh well.

This is not my favorite functional tea that I’ve ever tasted. It is very herbaceous. I taste mostly hibiscus, and I’m not particularly fond of hibiscus. I don’t mind Lapacho so much, but it’s not something I like enough that I buy it and keep it as a staple in my tea cupboard.

The taste is medicinal, and I don’t really enjoy drinking medicine, so perhaps it goes without saying that this wasn’t the most enjoyable drink I’ve had in a long time. But, if it helps me with my immune system, OK. It wasn’t horrible … and it’s better iced than it is hot.

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drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
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I was a little worried about this blend … I knew I’d like the jasmine Pouchong, but, why did they add pu-erh to the blend? My thoughts when I read the description of this tea is that SerendipiTea ruined a perfectly good jasmine Pouchong by adding pu-erh to it. Yeah, that’s my former dislike for pu-erh coming back to haunt me yet again.

I like pu-erh now, I like pu-erh now, I like pu-erh now!

This is really quite good. I was surprised by how well I liked it. A nicely crafted tea from SerendipiTea and I’m sorry I doubted them.

The pu-erh is more of a background note here, adding some earthiness and some mellow sweetness to the creamy notes of the pouchong and the delicate notes of the jasmine. A really unique but certainly enjoyable blend. I like this one.

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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.

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