4793 Tasting Notes

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Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this tea. This is a deliciously bold tea. Pleasant and invigorating! Just what I needed to get going!

Nice Irish cream flavor to this, and I like the way the malty tones of the tea mingle with the sweet, creamy notes of the Irish Cream. This is a really yummy cuppa!

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A remarkably fresh Silver Needle, I loved how fluffy and soft the needles were. Sweet, delicate, vegetative … notes of hay. Crisp and really pleasant to sip. A very impressive Silver Needle.

Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/04/organic-silver-needle-white-tea-from-natures-tea-leaf/

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drank Green Elephant by Shanti Tea
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This is a really interesting tea. It starts out smooth and sweet, but by mid-sip, you get that sharp bite! Interesting contrast! It really enlivens the palate.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/04/green-elephant-tea-from-shanti-tea/

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A really unique sort of Yunnan tea with lovely grape notes. The kind of grapes that my grandparents grew in their backyard when I was young. They were seeded grapes, and they had a really delicious flavor … a lot more flavor than those seedless types of grapes you find in the grocery store these days. I didn’t really appreciate that flavor when I was a kid, but I find myself missing it now that I’m an adult.

A sweet, molasses-y kind of flavor too. This is a “thinner” Yunnan than I’m used to … that’s not to say that it’s not a very flavorful tea, but, just that it’s not quite as rugged and hefty as most Yunnan black teas.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/03/master-hans-wild-picked-yunnan-black-tea-from-verdant-tea/

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This is a rich, delicious, malty Assam … and I loved it!

It’s got a good morning kind of GUSTO to it … you know, that extra kick in the butt that we need in the morning sometimes to get our rear in gear? Yeah, this one has that!

It’s a very finely chopped CTC but don’t let that dissuade you … but do let it persuade you to watch how you brew it! The smaller the leaf, the less time it needs to brew because there’s more surface area and the smaller cut to the leaf, the faster it will brew strong to the point of bitterness!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/03/beesakopie-estate-assam-black-tea-from-simpson-vail/

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It took a little while for me to come around to this tea. I think this is better after it’s had a few moments to cool … and it’s even better when it’s iced, in my opinion. When it’s hot, there is a slight “Off” taste to it that I can’t quite describe adequately except to say it’s off for me. But when it cools, that off taste sort of disappears. I suspect it’s the tartness of the cranberry that makes it “off” for me … once it cools, some of the sweeter notes from the Ti Kwan Yin shine through and meld in a really nice way to contrast with the tartness.

This is an enjoyable enough cuppa … not my favorite VIT from 52Teas but given some of the negative reviews on this one, I was worried that I’d really dislike it … and I don’t. I like it … not LOVE … but like, and I’d be willing to drink it anytime. (Just please serve it iced for me!)

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this one is best served as an iced tea. The black tea base is somewhat astringent. Tasty mango and passion fruit notes. An enjoyable cuppa – like I said … I like this one way better iced!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/02/gold-rush-black-tea-blend-from-monterey-bay-spice-company/

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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As I said in my full-length review of this Matcha – http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/01/cola-flavored-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/ – I’m not sure exactly why I decided to order this except that I was curious.

I’m glad that I was curious enough to try it though because it’s really quite a tasty flavored Matcha. I like the way the two flavors meld. The matcha has a buttery quality to it, and this combines nicely with the cola flavor. I think I might have to get some soda water and give this a try with that. It might also be really good in a vanilla milkshake … sort of a creamy soda matcha tasting treat!

Not bad at all.

Fjellrev

This is one combination that I’m finding very hard to imagine who they’d even be. But you’re making a fantastic sales pitch here. :)

momo

Too funny, I made myself some champagne matcha before settling in to read 2 days worth of tasting notes…I put it in club soda! Your note might have been some kind of subliminal message as I was scrolling all the way down to the bottom first.

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drank Matcha Infused Genmaicha by Aiya
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Having previously tried their Organic Matcha Infused Genmaicha, I was pretty sure I’d enjoy this conventionally grown Matcha Infused Genmaicha from Aiya. Since it’s been about a year since I last had the Organic variety, I don’t know that I could adequately provide an accurate comparison between the two teas. But I enjoyed this one … and I enjoyed the Organic as well.

To tell the truth, I enjoy everything I taste from Aiya because they’re synonymous with high quality Japanese teas. I’ve not found anything that I’ve been less than impressed with from them.

Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/01/matcha-infused-genmaicha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
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Thank you for sending me some of this tea, Azzrian!

I like! This is a very forgiving tea. I accidentally brewed it at too high a temperature (boiling!) because I mistook it for a black tea rather than an Oolong.

But even with the higher temp … the flavor is remarkable. Sweet, rich, and with a lovely earthy, woodsy tone to it. Toasty notes, with a nutty sweetness.

This is a remarkably complex tea (most Oolong is complex, of course!) and I also noted some muscatel notes with a sweet, dry fruity tone. Hints of molasses. A silky-smooth mouthfeel. This is one of those teas that you just want to keep sipping and sipping … so brew a big pot of it and enjoy it all day long!

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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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