4633 Tasting Notes

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Mondays and Tuesdays are my “weird” days, because my husband is off work, and we spend a good deal of the time running errands and getting things done that we can’t do during the rest of the week while he is working. But, today, it would seem that hubby is enjoying resting, and it is well deserved on his part, so I am enjoying a cup of tea before he is ready to get rolling.

This is really so good. One of the very best breakfast/morning blends I’ve encountered that I didn’t craft myself. Rich, robust, malty, and delicious. Smooth. A great tea to get the morning started (even if one’s morning doesn’t start until nearly afternoon).

TeaEqualsBliss

WOW! Looking forward to this one!

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drank Macabeo by ESP Emporium
4633 tasting notes

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea… a very nice tea this is!

Quite floral in aroma and taste, I like that it doesn’t taste distinctly of one flower but of several. It evokes thoughts of a field of flowers. It is light and refreshing, with hints of fruit, strong floral overtones, and a very uplifting fragrance.

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drank Malawi White Peony by Butiki Teas
4633 tasting notes

Having a cup Malawi White Peony this evening. We spent most of the afternoon at the movie theater watching “Cloud Atlas” – it’s nearly three hours long, longer if you account for the previews! But it was a really amazing movie. Now I need to read the book.

Anyway… YOU too could be drinking this tea – did you know that we’re giving away a $20 gift certificate to Butiki Teas on the SororiTea Sisters blog? This giveaway ends tomorrow! http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/14/its-time-for-a-giveaway/ Did I mention that there is also free shipping that goes along with the gift certificate? Awesome!

This is really excellent – one of the nicest “white peony” teas I’ve had, and it’s not from China! It has a juiciness to it, the citrus tones really come right out and enhance the overall flavor. Vegetative too, and the fruit and vegetative notes really mingle well together. A really outstanding white tea.

I have a wee bit of this tea left, I think I shall send it to my SororiTea Sister Azzrian!

Sil

glad to hear cloud atlas was good! Looking forward to it :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
4633 tasting notes

I brewed a pot of this for this evening’s tea drinking … I’ve been busily making journals in my studio today. I got to get these done!!!

Anyway, this tea is yum … I really like it. YUMMMMM!

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This is really a delightful Assam – rich and full-bodied! It has a slight maltiness to it but what I notice more is a fruity, almost wine-like tone to this tea. Very enjoyable, there is some astringency to this, but I find that it plays well to the fruit notes that the tea possesses. It has a very pleasing character, overall, and no sign of bitterness (although as with every Assam I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping it)

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I’m currently on my fourth infusion of these leaves, I’ve been enjoying this tea all evening while my daughter came over for a visit. She doesn’t have cable at her place, so she comes over every other week or so to watch episodes of Project Runway with me. It’s a nice way to visit with my baby who is not so much a baby any more.

Anyway… I’ve really enjoyed this tea. It started out rather delicate, with a soft, creamy Oolong and hints of cinnamon, and the flavor of the cinnamon progresses into the aftertaste. In subsequent infusions, I noticed that the Oolong became more floral and less creamy, and I like the way the cinnamon and floral notes merge. It is exotically sweet and gently spiced. Very enjoyable.

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Darjeeling is one of those teas that I don’t often find as a flavored and/or blended tea … so I was really excited to try this tea from Amoda’s Sampler Box!

This is really nice. The cherry flavor is soft, and not at all cough syrup-ish. It is a very well-rounded taste with a pleasant mouthfeel. The strawberry is quite faint and sort of melds with the cherry note to create a sweet, delicious fruit taste that is not quite cherry, not quite strawberry … but somewhere in between. The description on Amoda’s website suggests a drop of milk to bring out the strawberry so I might try that in a moment. As it is, though, I really like this the way it is.

A remarkably smooth Darjeeling, lightly astringent, oh… there it is. The strawberry. It arrives in the aftertaste … beautiful, delicious berry!

I am THRILLED that I got to try this. Thank you so much to Amoda for including it in this month’s box!

Sil

Mmm now I’m excited to try this one. May have to dig it out tomorrow

TheTeaFairy

Oh! A fruity Darjeeling… that would make it Champaign and strawberry in the form of tea! Yum!

Amoda

@TheTeaFairy I wish we had thought of that for our labels!! Champagne & strawberries :)

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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
4633 tasting notes

Oh yes, it is so much better now! My first attempt with this, as you might remember, was brewed thinking that this was a green and white teas blend, when it is actually a green teas and rooibos blend. A slightly higher temperature and shorter brew time made a big difference in what I taste now. I TASTE the genmaicha! and it is so YUM in this. The toasty genmaicha with the caramel tones is so warm and comforting.

I really like this … almost enough to forgive it for lying to me in the first place. But, I wish I didn’t waste that first pot, is all!

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Thanks to Azzrian for sending me a bit of this tea – it’s yummy! I’ve had a few different root beer float teas/tisanes, and some were better than others … this is good, but not the best that I’ve had.

I feel like it misses the mark slightly. The root beer part is definitely there … and I’ve got to say it’s a little weird drinking hot root beer! But, I am not getting a creamy “float” part so much. There’s a hint of vanilla in there, but, it’s just not creamy enough, nor is it sweet enough for me to say that this is definitely root beer float. Had I tasted it “blindly” (without brewing it myself so I knew what I was brewing), I would have probably guessed root beer because that’s there, but, I don’t think I would have guessed root beer FLOAT.

I find myself wishing there was some sarsaparilla and some anise (and maybe a touch of wintergreen) in this, too. I think it would make this a better root beer.

By the way, the best root beer I’ve ever had (not root beer tea, but the soda), is this one: http://hungryinportland.com/2012/07/07/root-beer-from-maine-root/

Amariel

Did you try it iced, as a latte?

LiberTEAS

No. The float should be in the flavor, not something that I add to it by making it a latte, in my opinion.

TheTeaFairy

Frankly, I don’t know how to handle that one…there’s definitely something creamy missing to make it good, but the milk doesn’t do it either…and as you point out, if FLOAT is in he name, it shouldn’t require any addition!

LiberTEAS

Yes, this tea does have the potential to be great, but, it really needs to enhance the float part … or just call itself root beer.

Nik

I love the Maine Root brand! I’m not sure I’ve had their root beer, yet. (Virgil’s is my favourite, so far.) Their lemon-lime soda reminds me of Limca, the lemon-lime soda we have in India, which I like better than Sprite. They’re one of those companies whose products I’d buy blindly, because I trust it’ll be good. Sadly, that backfired recently. They make a Pumpkin Pie soda. When I saw it in the supermarket, I thought ooooh, maybe it’ll taste like the pumpkin fizz I had at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and bought some. Unfortunately, it’s pretty bad. =( It tastes soapy and nothing like my beloved pumpkin fizz. Oh, well.

LiberTEAS

OK well, that makes me NOT want to try that pumpkin pie soda, to get it here, I’d have to order a full pack of it (not just one bottle) so I don’t want to order a whole pack of it only to not like it.

Nik

Yep, I also got a four-pack from the supermarket. I drank the first bottle and didn’t like it. I drank another bottle thinking that maybe my taste buds were all wonky the first time, and still didn’t like it. The other two bottles are in the fridge. I’m planning on experimenting with them. :D

LiberTEAS

Yeah, hopefully you can do something with them. I did want to try the pumpkin pie soda before reading this, it just sounded so intriguing, and given how well they do the root beer, I thought that the pumpkin pie soda should be amazing, but, I don’t want to get a full pack only to find that it’s not to my liking. If I were able to get a solo bottle, then that’s another thing … but as they aren’t local, I can’t pick one up in one of the upscale type markets either. ah…well!

Nik

I dunno, LiberTEAS, it did win an award at some expo or something…maybe it’s just me. If I knew how to package the bottle so it doesn’t break in transit, I’d be happy to send you one.

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drank Vanilla Cloud matcha by Domo
4633 tasting notes

Backlog:

This morning when I woke up, I needed MATCHA … and I wanted a latte, so, I grabbed this. I have enough of this for one more latte, I think.

Delicious as always, sweet, and still has that weird yet yummy ovaltine taste … I’m not sure why I like that so much, but I do.

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