4449 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
4449 tasting notes

Today, this is much better. I used a little extra leaf and it really made a big difference. This is really delicious, a lovely take on the classic Earl Grey.

The citrus notes of the bergamot are really emphasized with the addition of lemongrass and orange peel. Almost to the point of the uniqueness of the bergamot fruit is sort of overwhelmed by the orange and lemongrass … I notice less of the distinct flavor notes of the bergamot: the sharpness, the slight floral note … and am instead treated to a citrus punch of sorts. It’s delicious, but, I feel like this blend may have taken its intention a tad too far.

The black tea base even seems almost a little overwhelmed by the fruit notes, which is actually contrary to the description, but, it is true in the case of this tasting. I love a good Golden Yunnan, and they are typically quite robust but, the strength of the fruit notes seem quite powerful here. As I continue to sip, I notice more distinct tea notes, I notice a sweet, honey-esque tone that verges on a caramel-ish taste, and I notice the rich flavor of the Yunnan with hints of pepper that bring the cup to life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying this. There is a lot of complexity to the cup, and its one that is worth examining. I taste the black tea – and these notes are especially noticeable after your palate has become accustomed to the strong citrus notes. The vibrant peppery note of the Yunnan, and the hint of honey really add a pleasing dimension to the cup.

I also taste the bergamot, it’s just that I taste these other notes even more, and they seem to throw the balance off just a bit, robbing the tea of it’s Earl Greyness. A very good tea, but not a Great Earl Grey, and because of this, I find it difficult to rate. If I were to rate it on the basis of an Earl Grey tea, I’m afraid the rating would be rather low, but, if I’m to rate it on the basis of enjoyment – casting aside the name of the tea and forgetting that this is a twist on the classic, beloved Earl Grey, then the number would be much higher. Since I generally base my ratings on my enjoyment at the time of the cup, I will go with that, and rate it with how much I’m enjoying the cup rather than the fact that it’s quite a departure from Earl Grey.

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100
drank Xocolatl by Bird's Eye Tea
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This stuff is seriously amazing! SERIOUSLY amazing. If you’ve ever had a traditional cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate than you’ve had something similar to this, because this tastes so much like the hot chocolate that my Latina friends would serve in their homes when I was younger. Sweet with chocolate – rich and creamy, but also with enough spice to keep it from being the cloyingly rich, sickeningly sweet cup of hot chocolate that comes from one of those individually wrapped, foil-lined pouches from the grocery store.

There is so much to the flavor here – I taste every element! I taste a hint of rose, I taste a very subtle note of chamomile, The chocolate is rich and has it’s own unique dimensions with the roasted and the raw chocolate notes. I taste the ginger and cinnamon and chipotle, and I even taste just a hint of star anise (for those of you who don’t like anise, you needn’t worry, it is so very subtle that I doubt it’s presence would disrupt your enjoyment) … every element works so harmoniously with the other ingredients, and the result is something better than the individual parts could produce.

Amazing. AHHH-mazZZING!

Nik

Wow, a 100! I’m going to need to add this one to my shopping list.

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99
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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OMG – this is SO good. Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of it! I love this … this is actually one that I’ll be adding to my stash at some point because I’m really loving it.

Sweet and nutty – the two elements play with one another so well, both are sweet and creamy, and they seem to accent each other in such a beautiful way. Dinosaura likened this to liquid marzipan, and I agree… it is so good, like a dessert! Loving this!

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drank Russian Caravan by Bon The Place
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea!

I haven’t always enjoyed smoky teas, but I’m slowly coming around to the point where I can enjoy them. This one is pretty nice, smoky, rich, caramel-y, with a nice fruity tone that lies just beneath the smoky surface. Really pleasant.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. It is a perfect holiday time tea … it reminds me so of the yummy chocolate oranges that you can find this time of year. So yummy!

It is rich and chocolate-y, with just a touch of orange … not too much, just enough to brighten the cup in a really lovely way. Sweet, rich and creamy. Very nice!

Nik

Ooooh, I love chocolate orange teas! (Well, I’ve only had one, but I loved it.) :D

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
4449 tasting notes

I’ve had this for quite some time now … I bought it way back when! It is a case of having a lot of tea to taste and not enough time to taste it all when I’d like to!

I think that I may have gone a little light on the leaf, because the flavor is a bit lighter than I’d like it to be … it is still quite enjoyable, just not as strong as I want it. I will hold off on rating it and writing my full-length review of it until I’ve had more time to spend with this tea.

Nicole

This sounds like something that would appeal to me. Onto the list it goes!

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Mondays and Tuesdays are my “weird” days, because my husband is off work, and we spend a good deal of the time running errands and getting things done that we can’t do during the rest of the week while he is working. But, today, it would seem that hubby is enjoying resting, and it is well deserved on his part, so I am enjoying a cup of tea before he is ready to get rolling.

This is really so good. One of the very best breakfast/morning blends I’ve encountered that I didn’t craft myself. Rich, robust, malty, and delicious. Smooth. A great tea to get the morning started (even if one’s morning doesn’t start until nearly afternoon).

TeaEqualsBliss

WOW! Looking forward to this one!

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drank Macabeo by ESP Emporium
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea… a very nice tea this is!

Quite floral in aroma and taste, I like that it doesn’t taste distinctly of one flower but of several. It evokes thoughts of a field of flowers. It is light and refreshing, with hints of fruit, strong floral overtones, and a very uplifting fragrance.

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drank Malawi White Peony by Butiki Teas
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Having a cup Malawi White Peony this evening. We spent most of the afternoon at the movie theater watching “Cloud Atlas” – it’s nearly three hours long, longer if you account for the previews! But it was a really amazing movie. Now I need to read the book.

Anyway… YOU too could be drinking this tea – did you know that we’re giving away a $20 gift certificate to Butiki Teas on the SororiTea Sisters blog? This giveaway ends tomorrow! http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/14/its-time-for-a-giveaway/ Did I mention that there is also free shipping that goes along with the gift certificate? Awesome!

This is really excellent – one of the nicest “white peony” teas I’ve had, and it’s not from China! It has a juiciness to it, the citrus tones really come right out and enhance the overall flavor. Vegetative too, and the fruit and vegetative notes really mingle well together. A really outstanding white tea.

I have a wee bit of this tea left, I think I shall send it to my SororiTea Sister Azzrian!

Sil

glad to hear cloud atlas was good! Looking forward to it :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I brewed a pot of this for this evening’s tea drinking … I’ve been busily making journals in my studio today. I got to get these done!!!

Anyway, this tea is yum … I really like it. YUMMMMM!

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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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