4550 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
4550 tasting notes

Either the packaging of this tea or the website is LYING to me. The package says that this is a green and white tea blend. The website says that this is a blend of green teas and rooibos. If it is a green and white blend, I would brew it at a low temperature for the white tea, at a slightly longer time. If it’s a green and rooibos blend, I would have kept it a little higher than I would for the white tea, and for a slightly shorter time. Since I had the package with me in the kitchen and was not looking at the website at the time that I was brewing, I went with the green and white tea brewing parameters, and that irritates me because this IS a green and rooibos blend.

So, I guess I am going to have to try again with this tea tomorrow or the next day before I write my full-length review on this tea. And it wasn’t nice to lie to me, it makes me grumpy.

Kittenna

How annoying! It drives me crazy when information is different in different locations (e.g. ingredient lists, brewing parameters, dates/times).

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91

Today has been a day. The mail brought something rather confusing, but, fortunately, the issue was resolved very satisfactorily. Anyway, it kind of threw me for a loop, and I haven’t been able to get back on track since. I’m hoping that another cup will get me focused again.

This is good. Yummy! Even better than last year’s pumpkin cheesecake from 52Teas – because this has caramel in it! Yummmm! That seems to be one of the ways to make something good even better. Add caramel. Or add chocolate. Next year, maybe Frank will make a chocolate caramel pumpkin cheesecake tea around this time of year. Also good would be a praline pecan caramel pumpkin cheesecake. Or pumpkin chocolate chip cookie tea. I asked for that last year, and haven’t gotten it yet. Hey Frank! I want a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie tea!!! And now that I’ve said it, I remember that I happen to have some pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge waiting to become freshly baked cookies. I should probably do that after I’m finished writing this.

This is absolutely yummy. A good amount of pumpkin-y flavor, tangy cheesecake, a hint of buttery pastry, and caramel. So good that it really reduces me to the simplest words: yum yum yum yum yum!

Kittenna

I like the idea of adding chocolate next year! Chocolate caramel pumpkin cheesecake. But… what to add in 2014?! Chocolate praline pecan caramel pumpkin cheesecake? Haha…

KittyLovesTea

I like the idea of chocolate caramel banana pumpkin cheesecake :)

LiberTEAS

Yes… and yes!

Helena

love, love, love this tea!

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91

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea! It’s wonderful.

Rich, sweet, delicious. As it cools, I notice more chocolate-y notes.

Very nice indeed.

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90
drank Oriental Beauty by Zi Chun Tea Co
4550 tasting notes

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this Oolong – it’s lovely – or should I say, it’s a beauty?

It’s pleasantly sweet. The first cup (infusions 1 and 2, following a quick rinse) has a sweet and sour kind of fruit taste – it’s very savory, almost like a soup. Very enjoyable and satisfying.

With subsequent infusions, I find that the sour tones soften quite a bit, while a honey-esque tone emerges. The flavors become more seamless with each subsequent infusion, and it becomes very soothing to drink… very comforting.

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91

Wow! I am loving this!

It is crisp and strong in flavor – much more so than I would have ever given a bai mu dan credit for having! Strong fruit notes of dried apricot and a lovely sweet tone. This has less of a hay-like flavor that I often associate with a white tea and more of a earthy tone, and the sweetness softens even that earthiness. Lovely and floral too. Really nice, honey-sweet.

I’d recommend this one to those who love white tea, as well as those who think that white tea is too softly flavored for them. This has some intense flavors going on. It’s a good one!!!

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87

This is quite nice! Very sweet, lightly vegetative, and I agree with TeaEqualsBliss (for whom I have to thank for sending me some of this tea, THANKS!!!) there is a zucchini-like flavor going on here. It’s very light, not a heavy vegetable flavor, and there are hints of hay in the background. It almost reminds me of a yellow tea, only this is more “green” with the vegetative notes. It has a lovely creamy note to it too.

A really nice tea, thanks again to my SororiTea Sister for sending it to me!

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88

Reaching into the box that I received from my SororiTea Sister Azzrian (thanks!) I grabbed a random tea, which turned out to be THIS Darjeeling Mim.

And it’s excellent!

I love Darjeeling as it is, and Mim is one of the very best available. It has a lovely muscat grape note, sweet, almost wine-like, slightly astringent but not overly so. Everything that I expect from a high quality Darjeeling, I’m pleased to say!

Thanks again, Azzrian. This is lovely!

Azzrian

I knew you would love this one! :)

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89

I’m liking this one a lot! The pear comes through really nicely – which I was afraid would not be the case, because it seems too often with pear teas that the pear just doesn’t come through strongly enough. Pear is such a delicate flavor as it is. But the pear comes through in a really good way with this tea. It is sweet, the green tea is brothy and slightly vegetative, and the plum comes through as sweet at first, with a tart-y finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

I really like this one.

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81

Backlog:

I tried one of these earlier today. At first, I was going to prepare it as I would Matcha, but, then at some point before the water got hot (I think I was impatient), I decided to add a little cold water to my chawan instead and drank this cold. It’s really good! Sweet and vegetative and tasty.

My full-length review of it will be on SororiTea Sisters in the next day or two. http://sororiteasisters.com

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91
drank Pumpkin Pie by Trail Lodge Tea
4550 tasting notes

YUM!

There are a lot of pumpkin pie flavored teas out there, especially during this time of year. Some are better than others – this is one of the good ones.

From the moment I tore into the package, I could smell the pumpkin pie goodness! The smell filled the kitchen – you’d swear I was baking a pie.

The flavor is very pleasing – the black tea base is a solid, strong flavor, it isn’t one of those wimpy black tea blends that allows the flavor to do all the work. I like that I taste TEA here. The flavor of the pumpkin is a bit more mellow than I would like, I think, it isn’t a dominant flavor … but it’s there. The spices are warm and very delicious.

Overall, a very pleasing pumpkin pie blend.

LiberTEAS

I like this even better as a latte! The creaminess enhances the pumpkin-y flavor that I was looking for when served straight. Definitely yummy!!!

Helena

yep, it’s pumpkin time again :D

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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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