4366 Tasting Notes

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Backlog: I just realized that I did not log this tea from the other night. This is really quite tasty. It is a darker Ti Kuan Yin, with hints of roasted flavors that meld nicely with the toasted hazelnut flavor and touch of creamy vanilla. It is sweet, nutty and really quite a comforting tea. Very autumnal. I quite enjoyed it.

Amariel

Love hazelnut, and this combination sounds amazing!

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When I first opened the pouch, the rice scent was there, but it really came to life after I started brewing the tea in my gaiwan. It really smells like rice.

Wow… this tastes so good. As I sip on my first cup of this tea, I’m thinking that this could easily become my favorite Oolong – I love this tea. It tastes so much like the rice that … after I cook rice for my family’s dinner, some rice gets stuck to the bottom of my rice cooker, and gets slightly overcooked. Not burnt, but it does get browned and caramel-y. It has a wonderful, chewy texture and a flavor that is a combination of caramel and rice … top that with just a drizzle of melted butter and you have the makings of one of my favorite treats. This becomes dessert for me on the nights that I serve rice for dinner!

And this tea tastes so much like that! Oh yum! It is sweet, just a little caramel-y, buttery, and absolutely wonderful. The Oolong has a hint of vegetal and floral tones, a slight jasmine-esque note, and notes of kettle corn!

I am loving this stuff!

Amariel

This sounds yummy! I love oolngs and I love rice teas!

DaisyChubb

ohhhhh my gosh! I must check shipping prices to canada! This tea sounds near perfect

KittyKat88

Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only on who ate the pancakey layer of burnt rice on the bottom! Its one of my favorite treats too, but so hard to replicate; you cant make a whole thing of rice every time you want one. I tried to purposely do this once by adding just a little rice to the bottom and cooking it, thinking I would make a “batch” of burnt rice pancakes but sadly it did not turn out.

James Henderson Robe

@DaisyChubb if ever you’re interested in buying some Sticky Rice Oolong we have flat rate international shipping surcharges, £2.95 on top of UK postage to North America however, if it costs us less, we refund the difference.

Our international shipping system is not particularly great on our existing site but, this will all change with our new site launching in the New Year!

James

Geoffrey Norman

They make an oolong of this?!

DaisyChubb

Wow thanks James! I will definitely look into it – you have some very delicious looking teas :)

James Henderson Robe

@Geoffrey yup! I too had only ever seen Pu Erh versions but my sister came across this in Thailand while visiting suppliers and sourcing teas for us this summer.

@DaisyChubb Thanks!

James

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These leaves are beautiful – long, slender, and wiry. They are so dark … deep green. Such a dark shade of green, in fact, that they almost appear black. The liquor that they produce is very pale, though. Pale and delicious. Soupy, brothy… like a delicious vegetable soup without the vegetables. Very comforting and lovely to sip. Satisfying.

Mao Feng is one of my favorite green teas, and if I were to choose just one green tea to stock my tea cupboard I’d likely choose a Mao Feng, because I love that it tastes like what I expect it to. It tastes like green tea. Beautiful and comforting. Cozy yet exhilarating. Very refreshing.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mao Feng is definitely my favorite green :) This one sounds delicious!

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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OK… I dumped out my first chawan of this (as you’ll notice from my first tasting note, it was not suitable to consume), and after reading through some of the other notes on here for this tea, I thought I’d go with Azzrian’s idea and turn this in to a latte. I used warmed milk instead of hot water and prepared it with my hand held latte frother, and it turned out quite good.

It isn’t a strong peachy flavor, but, there is a peachy flavor there. The milk does mute some of the peachy tones, but more importantly the milk also manages to mute out the chemical-y taste that I was experiencing and found really distasteful. Not all of the chemical taste is gone, I can still taste ever-so-faint notes of it, but it doesn’t disrupt my enjoyment of the peach and matcha flavors … and fortunately, the peach and matcha flavors are stronger than the chemical-y taste which was not the case with the first bowl.

Now I taste sweet peaches along with sweet, vegetative Matcha all in a very creamy latte. It is tasty, although, I’m afraid I can’t go all gushy over this tea because of the fact that it had to be served as a latte to get a good flavor from it. I would really rather be able to enjoy this served traditionally. But, the chemical icky taste prevents me from doing so.

My order specifications for this Matcha were the classic grade of Matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring. The fact that there is a strong chemical taste to this one isn’t going to taint my overall experience with Red Leaf Tea – because for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed all the Matcha that I’ve received from them. There have been a few unfortunate experiences – particularly with this Matcha and with the Apricot – but, the others that I’ve tried, I’ve enjoyed.

If you’re interested in a Peach Matcha Latte, you can purchase your own Peach Matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peach-matcha.html

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4366 tasting notes

Oh dear… this one isn’t good. I’m sad, because I had wanted to try the Peach and Watermelon Matcha together as a combination, but, I do not want to try this in anything. This is very chemical tasting, just like the apricot. It is just not good. Horrible is more like it.

I’m sad … I really wanted to like the peach because I love peaches. But I don’t taste peaches. I taste icky chemical-y taste. Not good, not good at all.

Sil

Makes me a little glad i changed my mind on this one. But at the same time i REALLY wanted a good peach matcha

LiberTEAS

sigh me too. It’s a little better as a latte, actually, compared to the traditionally prepared, the latte is much better, but, it is still not as good as it SHOULD be. Or as I wanted it to be.

Sil

Heh well I only do it latte or smoothie style so that’s good. Is it chemically like the pear is but isn’t?

LiberTEAS

I didn’t taste the chemical notes from the pear. This one, when prepared traditionally, tastes like soap.

LiberTEAS

(I actually enjoyed the pear very much!)

Sil

Haha. Fair enough! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Foxfire teas
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Foxfire strikes again by eating my tasting note, and isn’t it crazy that it happened to do that with a Foxfire tea?

Anyway… after my Ernest Hemingway tea FAIL … I decided I wanted to brew something I was fairly certain I’d enjoy. Since I figured Foxfire wouldn’t let me down with their Earl Grey, I thought I’d try that. While there have been a few Earl Grey fails in my past, I was confident that this Earl Grey would not be one to join those failures.

This is really AWESOMELY good. Definitely one of the upper echelon when it comes to Earl Grey. Maybe not #1 for me, maybe not even in the top 3, but, probably at least in the top 5.

The bergamot is remarkably smooth … it is almost so smooth that it is almost creamy, but without a vanilla or cream flavoring. This isn’t an earl grey cream. But, it is smooth like one. The bergamot is not at all sharp. No soapy notes, no perfume-y notes. Just smooth, rich, delicious flavor. This is like the smooth-talking Mr. Grey.

And the black tea base is rich and full-flavored. A really wonderful Earl Grey. Mr. Grey has restored my faith in tea again.

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I am absolutely shocked that this tea was already in the database. I found this tea at World Market last night when I was there shopping for a friend. I’m not really sure WHAT I was thinking when I put it in my cart. I must have known that I wouldn’t care for it, I must have known I was setting myself up for tea dust in a tea bag, and pretty much, that’s what this is.

It’s a Ceylon tea. It’s nothing all that spectacular. It’s kind of verging on horrible. Not really rich, or flavorful. It tastes astringent and nasty. Maybe I must have thought I needed to revisit what bad tea tastes like? I really don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. But I won’t again.

The company that sells it is actually Vision Pack Brand, and they seem to supply to gift basket companies, So, if you’re buying a tea gift basket, and you happen to see this tea in it, do your gift recipient a favor and skip the basket in lieu of better tea.

The one redeeming factor of this tea? The package is kind of cool. I might use it in my art at some point.

cnorris57

I will gladly take your supply. I love it!!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try. It’s yummy!

This is also my 3200 tasting note! Wow. Do I drink too much tea? nah … perhaps the issue is that I spend so much time writing about it.

This tisane is indeed tasty. The coconut and almond flavors are well pronounced … the cookie is not quite as obvious, but, the sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos sort of give a bake-y kind of flavor that could translate into “cookie” I suppose. I think a buttery note might take this tisane to another level and really give it that cookie taste.

As it is, though, it’s really tasty. It’s a nice, cozy kind of tea.

Kittenna

3200! I have a long ways to go to catch up :D

TeaEqualsBliss

Congrats on 3200!

IrishBreakfastLass

That is a LOT of tea ;)

LiberTEAS

And … I don’t know if I should actually admit this, but, I don’t even log every tea that I drink. I usually log every tea at least once, so if it’s a new-to-me tea I will log it. But, occasionally, I skip one. And if I’ve already logged it, I usually do not log it when I drink it a second or third time.

Gravitea

I’m a science nerd by trade and this got me to thinking just exactly how much is 3200 cups of tea. That’s about 200 gallons or 2 entire full-to-the-brim bathtubs of tea. And as LiberTEAS mentioned – that’s just 1st run tasting notes, that’s not counting everything that’s been drunk. Sounds to me like some needs an intervention!

LiberTEAS

LOL! I guess I shouldn’t mention that my cups are actually mugs that hold about 14 ounces …

Gravitea

350 gallons…

LiberTEAS

I don’t know that I need an intervention though … see, if you’ll look on my bio, I admit that I’m obsessed with tea. And admitting you’ve a problem is half the solution, right? So, I’m halfway there. I’m just not actively working on resolving the other half…

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Oh… this is so good. So very, very good.

There was a time … early in my tea years when I first tried an Oriental Beauty … and I fell instantly in love with it. And for several years after that tasting, I thought that Oriental Beauty was the ONLY Oolong that there was. I didn’t know of the many different types of Oolong that I know of now (and I’m sure that I’m still rather ignorant when it comes to Oolong tea, because they still continue to amaze me, and I still seem to discover Oolong teas that are new to me). Since that time I’ve discovered many other Oolongs, some that I might enjoy even more than an Oriental Beauty (Ali Shan comes to mind), but, of the many Oriental Beauty Oolong teas that I’ve tasted, this one deserves to be right up there as one of the very best.

It is SO good. Sweetness touches my palate first, a sweetness that is somewhere between brown sugar and honey … leaning more toward the honey than the brown sugar. After just a moment of the sweetness, I notice the intense peach tones to match the wonderful peach-like aroma of this tea. By mid-sip there is a sharpness to contrast the soft sweet notes, a flowery note … this floral tone is sharp yet sweet, almost perfume-y. As the floral note heads toward the finish of the sip, the sweetness of the honey comes back so that it may linger in the aftertaste, which is light and sweet and delightful.

A truly lovely tea.

LiberTEAS

Subsequent infusions are smoother, the sharper floral notes are softened significantly and the flavors become much more harmonious. They were really delightful as they were before, but I would say that they were much more distinct in flavor – the honey was a distinct note, as was the peachy flavor and the floral notes. Now, these flavors seem to have melded in a very unified and seamless way to create a smooth delivery from start to finish.

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I resteeped the leaves and am loving the second pot of tea as much as I enjoyed the first. The flavors taste even smoother now than the first time, and the first time it was remarkably smooth.

This tea is incredible. Definitely one worth checking out.

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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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