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4231 Tasting Notes

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
4231 tasting notes

A big thanks to DaisyChubb for sending me a bit of this tea.

Wow! this is really delicious.

Dry, the tea smells like coconut and berries. So, I found the flavor to be very surprising, because I don’t taste coconut or berries at the start … I taste caramel. Sweet, creamy, delicious caramel.

After a couple of sips, the coconut flavor begins to come in to focus, and the creamy sweetness of the coconut melds seamlessly with the caramel, perhaps this is why I didn’t notice the coconut at first. The mulberry adds a pleasant hint of berry flavor, with a more defined berry tone toward the finish and in the aftertaste.

A really unique, delicious tea. I’m really glad I got to try this one! Thanks again DaisyChubb! I think this one may find itself on my shopping list!

DaisyChubb

Really glad you liked it!

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This is an excellent White Peony. Sweet, slightly grassy, but more hay-like than of grass. It is very delicate, but even though it is delicate, there is such a pleasing complexity to it that develops as I continue to sip it. Such a sweet and memorable tea.

Toward the finish I notice a slight dryness, with the aftertaste that is sweet, dry and tasting a bit of the clean, mountain air in the winter. Cool and crisp like that.

As I said at the start, this is an excellent white peony… I highly recommend this one.

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drank SBT: Razzleberry by 52teas
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Yum! I cold-brewed this one, and I am loving these teas cold-brewed. The flavor is so wonderful! The black tea is smoother, not at all bitter, just good and strong and very pleasant. Very little astringency. And the flavors come through so well, this tastes primarily of blackberry at the start, but at the finish the raspberry starts to really emerge, and in the aftertaste, I just taste fresh, ripe raspberry. Juicy and delicious and so refreshing!

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drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
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First of all, my apologies to iHeartTeas for taking so long to try these samplings you sent me! No excuses – I’m sorry!

This is tasty. I’m finding myself wishing there was more strawberry flavor in it … and the strawberry that I can taste is artificial-tasting. The coconut is nice, but I think that my favorite part of this tea is the vanilla, it has a nice, smooth, even tone to it. The black tea is rich and malty. This could be a really delicious tea, but the strawberry seems to be holding it back. It’s alright, but, I think I prefer the raspberry apricot blend I tried a while back.

LiberTEAS

this gets better as it cools … the coconut really emerges. The strawberry remains the same, though. But I enjoyed the way the coconut and vanilla flavor came through.

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drank Mojito Mint by Jeeves & Jericho
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A big thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

This is really refreshing. The mint is STRONG, but I like it! The citrus tones in the background really brighten the cup, while the peppermint provides a cooling, crisp flavor that is just what I need after eating my left over chicken salad (made with spicy grilled chicken, red bell peppers and bacon) – it was delicious but, the spices sort of kick me about an hour after I eat it. This is helping to soothe the stomach just a bit.

Sweet and tasty, pleasantly minty. I like that while the mint is strong, it allows the citrus to come through. Nice.

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This is FABULOUS! Sweet, creamy, and rich – but not in the same creamy way I’m used to – this is more like sweet cream rather than “warm milk” – and it is as if the cream has been sweetened with a fruit of some sort… I almost want to say plum, but a very sweet plum rather than a plum that is both sweet with a hint of tart. There is no tartness to this tea at all, just sweet, dreamy, creamy, wonderful flavor. Even the floral tones are significantly different. Not at all pungent or sharp, these remind me more of a cloud if it were a flower – something soft and fluffy, but still vaguely floral.

Truly lovely!

ashmanra

Oh boy! I wanted something to add to my orders for Silky Green! This one sounds DELISH!

LiberTEAS

Subsequent infusions become a bit more floral but still keeps it’s creaminess intact, making for a very smooth floral note – not at all sharp. Very nice, indeed.

Michelle Butler Hallett

A good oolong is bliss.

Ninavampi

@*Michelle Butler Hallett* – Very true… :)

Kittenna

How does this compare to the Silky Green, which general opinion says tastes like a good milk oolong?

LiberTEAS

It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted the Silky Green, so I don’t feel comfortable comparing them.

Kittenna

Fair enough! Just piqued my interest as another tea to order from this company, and curious how different the two are. I may need to keep a close eye on ashmanra’s tealog!

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91
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
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A fantastic black tea – brews up golden/coppery, a bit lighter in color than some black teas I’ve had recently, but, don’t let that fool you. It’s packed with flavor. It is a bit lighter (not so heavy), but, the lightness allows me to explore the complexity of this tea.

It is sweet. The sweetness first comes as an almost caramel-y, somewhat burnt-sugar kind of taste that quickly evolves into a raisin-y taste. That sugar-y, dried-fruit kind of note. As I continue to sip, I notice hints of leather and oak and cocoa.

Now, I’m awaiting my second infusion of these leaves… the first was so good that I just had to see if I could get more from them!

LiberTEAS

my second infusion is still light and coppery in color. The sweet potato and pumpkin notes are emerging now, with hints of brown sugar in the background. This is one that is well worth the effort to steep twice – I think I like this second infusion even better than the first!

Azzrian

This sounds absolutely amazing!

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drank White Twist by Tea Horse
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Nice! This is beautifully smooth with a light citrus-y tone. I was a little worried about the Echinacea because it sometimes tastes kind of funky in teas, but, it’s hardly noticeable here. There is a slight medicinal sort of note to this, but, it doesn’t taste off-putting. It melds so well with the other ingredients that it doesn’t come off as a strong, off-putting medicinal taste.

Overall this is a light, pleasantly sweet tea that I find quite enjoyable. A nice way to drink Echinacea – one of the nicest ways I’ve encountered!

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drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
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Last night, I hot-brewed the same teabag that I cold-brewed the night prior to see how it would turn out. I didn’t think I’d get much out of another cold-brew, which is why I hot-brewed it.

This is still tasty, but it doesn’t have quite the impact or the serious YUM factor of the first cold infusion. It’s still refreshing though, and was worth the effort of the second infusion.

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drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
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With the successful cold-brewing of the rainbow sherbet, I decided to go ahead and cold-brew the rest of the Southern Boy Teas, starting with this one. This time, though, I decided to keep the tea bag so that I could hot-brew it tonight for tomorrow’s iced tea. We’ll see how that works out!

But for now, I’ll focus on the glass of iced tea in front of me. This is really yummy. I have had the Monkey Fart Honeybush and I loved that – and that was one of the teas that I’d brew in the morning for my daughter before she went to cosmetology school. Definitely one of her faves.

I think I could even serve this to my hubby and he’d enjoy it, but, I don’t think I will, otherwise he’ll drink all my iced tea today and I’ll be left with nothing but hot tea or chilled water, and I want my iced tea!!!

Babbling! Anyway, this is even better than the honeybush, I think, and I don’t know why that is exactly. But I love this. Very refreshing and delicious. YUM YUM YUM!

CupofTree

Monkey fart tea? lol. I don’t think I’d pick that one up..

seule771

I am not a monkey, just very slow, do not operate vehicle. How about degenerate tea review…that would be more me. Sometime upon log in and seeing what is being reviewed I take it as directed at me or revealing something of my life and those I knew. I know it is so; I simply cannot understand why do this? It happens where ever that I am some person is always there revealing past err or just things done. Why?

LiberTEAS

@CupofTree – I felt very much the same way when he first announced it with the My Sweet Honeybush blend… but I do love banana teas so much that I couldn’t allow myself to be repulsed by the name for too long. I just have to hide the tea packets from my husband, because he would never let me hear the end of it.

CHAroma

Hahaha, I never even thought about the name being unappealing. I just don’t like banana flavor in tea.

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