4822 Tasting Notes

drank Oolong by Teatulia Teas
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The aroma is interesting: notes of smoke and a sweet note that is like butterscotch. Hints of earth and wood.

A delightful flavor: I taste the butterscotch. The description suggests notes of pie crust, lemon and sake. As one who hasn’t had sake for well over 20 years, I can’t tell you that I’m tasting sake, but I do taste the notes of lemon as well as a hint of pastry.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/02/oolong-tea-from-teatulia/

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This is similar to the Unsweetened MatchaBooster that I reviewed a week or so ago, except that this is sweetened. You require more powder for the same amount of water of this product because of the sugar that’s in this. And really, I’d rather it not be sweetened, I prefer the unsweetened.

The sweetness is a little jarring, as I said in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/01/product-review-sweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

I think it’s a little too sweet. What I did with subsequent uses is that I’d use one tablespoon of this powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the unsweetened powder in my 16.9 ounce water bottle and this made for a much more pleasant experience – it was still sweet but certainly not as sweet, and actually quite enjoyable.

And even with the sugar in this, it doesn’t completely mask the flavor of the Matcha, I am able to taste the buttery notes of the Matcha, light vegetal tones and hints of cacao.

This particular product would be perfect for a Frappe type of recipe – where you want a sweetened product but for on the go, I think you might be better off with the unsweetened.

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My 4700 tasting note is of another exceptional tea from Cameron Tea.

An absolutely delightful tea. Sweet, smooth, no astringency, no bitterness. Sweet, molasses-y goodness. Gentle spice notes. Hints of caramel. Earthy notes. Chocolate and leather.

Oh so pleasant. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-formosa-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/

Fjellrev

Congrats on 4700!

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drank Earl Grey by Tea of Life
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The fragrance of Bergamot is lacking – I didn’t get a strong bergamot aroma when I opened the pouch and I also didn’t get a really strong bergamot scent in the brewed tea. It was a little disappointing to me because I love me some bergamot and I enjoy smelling it almost as much as I enjoy drinking a properly flavored Earl Grey tea.

Flavor-wise, the bergamot is there. It’s a good earl grey. It doesn’t taste soapy or like cologne. The black tea is brisk and smooth and not astringent.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I wish it had a stronger bergamot scent but because the flavors were there, I can’t really knock it too severely. A decent Earl Grey.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/earl-grey-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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Really? I’m the first to review this tea?

OK.

It’s a tasty iced tea. I tasted a little more honeybush than I did caramel or apple flavors, but I didn’t mind that. I liked the way the nutty, honey-sweet flavors melded with the notes of caramel and apple. It made a pleasant iced tea. It isn’t my favorite from SBT but I liked it.

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I really loved the various teas that I tried from What-cha. This is a top-notch company, and if you’re looking for good pure teas (and who isn’t?) you should really check them out.

To get my full thoughts on this tea, please check out my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/29/assam-2nd-flush-2014-silver-needle-white-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

Sweet, delicate (but not as delicate as a Chinese silver needle), with distinct hay-like notes. Notes of malt! Calming to sip. No astringency. Gentle notes of fruit and flower. I would add this to the “must try” list from What-cha.

Anlina

Oi, that’s becoming a pretty long list. They have so many amazing teas.

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This is a tea that I reviewed previously, but because they sent me another sample of it, I reviewed it again. What the heck.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/29/sleepy-hollow-pumpkin-chai-from-culinary-teas-2/

It’s a yummy chai. And I think that this one is a little different from the previous Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai I reviewed, if for no other reason than this sampling didn’t have the candy sprinkles in it. I’m just fine with that, as I think that candy sprinkles in tea are over-rated. I might understand some candy sprinkles in a blend like ‘birthday cake’ or something like that – but, it seems like the candy sprinkles thing is getting way overdone.

Anyway, that’s my rant about that for now.

A yummy chai. A good strong kick of ginger and cinnamon. The black tea has a smooth, rich flavor but it’s not quite as robust as I might have wanted it to be. I mean, with a chai it should be a strong black tea base to support those strong spices.

At first, the pumpkin flavors were somewhat reserved, but after about a fourth of the cup was consumed I started to pick up on the savory-sweet notes of pumpkin.

Overall, a pleasant cuppa. I previously rated this a 95 and since I’m now “discontinuing” the practice of numerical ratings, I cancelled the numeric rating for this. With this particular tasting, I probably would have given it a 90 even though I think I may have enjoyed it more this time than previously – it’s just that my tastes are a-changing.

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The appearance of the dry leaf surprised me because the leaves look more like a CTC black tea than a green tea. The leaves are small and dark in color. I examined the leaves after brewing too – to see if maybe it was just a very fine pelleted gunpowder green but the leaves didn’t seem to unfurl into something more recognizable as green tea so these are just finely cut green tea leaves that are darker in color than most green teas I’ve come across.

The aroma is like green tea though, it smells earthy and vegetal. I don’t smell a lot of lemon or citrus notes.

The lemon flavor is very delicate. It seems as though the lemon flavor is reliant upon just the addition of lemongrass and lemon pieces and not on lemon flavoring here. So, it is, as I said, very delicate. If you’re looking for a distinct lemon flavor – this isn’t the tea for you.

What little lemon notes that there are are tart and tingly, softened somewhat by the buttery notes of the lemongrass.

The real flavor of this cup comes from the green tea. A sweet, refreshing green tea flavor that’s only very lightly vegetative. A gentle smokiness in the distance. There is a dry astringency toward the tail.

I don’t know how “detox” this actually is. I don’t know that I really consider green tea with lemon pieces and lemon grass to be a detox blend. That said, it’s an enjoyable beverage. Light and pleasant to sip.

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drank Assam Green Tea by Starglory Tea
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A really nice Green Assam tea. The dry leaf has a distinct vegetal aroma. When brewed, the tea smells much softer, not quite as grassy as the dry leaf.

It’s sweet and smooth and it has very little astringency. It’s both energizing and relaxing to sip. Hints of honey, buttery, nutty, vegetal without bitterness. The vegetative tones are something between grassy and mild steamed veggies.

A really nice cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/28/assam-green-tea-from-starglory/

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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
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In my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/27/pumpkin-chai-blend-from-52teas/ – I found myself wondering if this blend was crafted with 52Teas new black tea base or not. I know that Frank was talking about making another new black tea base but I wasn’t sure if this tea was crafted using that new blend.

Anyway, I enjoyed the black tea base here, it was strong, smooth and robust. A wee bit of astringency but I didn’t find it bothersome.

The flavor of pumpkin shines through. A good amount of spice! A warm spicy chai! I found myself wanting a little more pepper but overall, I enjoyed the spices here, and I liked that I could taste the pumpkin.

Ze_Teamaker

The pumpkin flavor was really strong in this one.

LiberTEAS

yeah and I liked that. It seems so often with the pumpkin chai teas or the ‘pumpkin spice’ teas that they’re all spice and no pumpkin. I liked I could taste the pumpkin.

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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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