4405 Tasting Notes

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drank Murmur by Handmade Tea
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Tonight, I am revisiting this tea … specifically, I am trying the white peony base. How? Well, Handmade Tea offers their blends in a totally new and very cool way. The large tin is the actual blend (in the case of this Murmur blend, it is a blend of white peony, strawberry and cacao nibs) and also tucked inside the box are three small, sampler size tins that hold some of each of the components (in this case, I have a tin of white peony, cacao nibs, and freeze dried strawberry pieces). I wanted to explore the white peony separately, so that I could get to know the quality of the base tea that Handmade tea used in this blend. I like that I am able to do this – I like that Handmade Tea makes this exploration possible!

This is a very good White Peony. I can’t say that it’s the very best I’ve tried, as I’ve had the opportunity to try some pretty amazing Bai Mu Dan offerings from some of the best tea companies in the world. That said, this isn’t the worst Bai Mu Dan I’ve come across either. It’s a fine quality White Peony, and I think that the flavor profile of this White Peony works well with the flavors Handmade Tea chose to feature in their Murmur blend. It is sweet with hints of vegetation. Interestingly enough, I noticed more melon-esque notes when I tasted the blend than I do now, I think that perhaps the strawberry and cacao highlighted those sweet, fruity notes. Pleasant and delicate, I’m enjoying this cup.

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Thank you to The Tea Merchant for sending me these samples! I look forward to trying them all, but I thought I’d start today with this Darjeeling. I adore Darjeeling, and this one is so lovely!

I taste notes of wood, spice, apple and muscatel within each sip. I like that the tea is not too much of any one of these things, it is sweet, crisp and light, and keeps the palate fascinated with it’s ability to offer so much without being overwhelming.

A really lovely afternoon tea, even if it is 9 pm!

LiberTEAS

PS: My full-length review of this tea will publish in a couple of days.

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Love this Matcha!

I just got finished writing my full-length review for this tea on the SororiTea Sisters, it will publish in a few days. But to summarize what I wrote there: this is great served hot, whisked up in a bowl the way one would traditionally serve Matcha, and it is also good the way I enjoyed it yesterday – as a Matcha Milkshake. I put ice cubes, milk and Matcha in the blender and blended until creamy and smooth. Absolutely refreshing and delicious.

The strawberry is good and strong (I used the distinctive flavoring level, and starter Matcha), and the Matcha is rich and creamy. Very yummy! Glad I got this one!

Sil

Mmmm so many people drinking matcha

Azzrian

This is on my list to be ordered very soon! :) Mmmmmm good to know it is so yummy as strawberry can often come over as chemical tasting!

LiberTEAS

sigh I am sad. I went to rinse out my chawan, and accidentally dropped it … it is now cracked, and I cannot use it. :( My other chawan I believe was raku fired so I don’t know if it’s safe … I used it before, but, I don’t want to take a chance any more. So… I guess I’m going to HAVE to shop for another chawan. Etsy… here I come.

Sil

Oh no :(

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drank Honeybee by Shanti Tea
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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try.

It does have a lovely honey-esque and fruit-y aroma. I can also smell the hops, a fragrance I became familiar with in my tea blending days.

The flavor is very honey-like, but I taste the hops in there too, which gives it a nice malty note and a pleasant richness that I don’t generally experience with rooibos blends. The green rooibos tastes fruity and light. A very nice blend, I like this one a lot!

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I am revisiting this tea this evening, mostly because last time when I drank it the tea had cooled to the point of being cold, and I wanted to try it hot. It is much better hot, I think, although it’s nice cold too (I think it would have been even better with maybe a thin slice of lemon or lime!)

Served hot, I notice more buttery tones to the tea, and I like that. It is also less astringent when hot.

I’ve enjoyed this one both ways – hot and cold – but I like it best hot.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sounds lovely. I’ve been meaning to try a Korean green.

Autumn Hearth

Interesting, I have two boxes from Choice, if this one is available at the grocery store I’ll be picking it up.

Dylan Oxford

I actually first saw this brand because it was what the car dealership I was at was offering. I stole a few bags of their Northwest Blackberry to bring home and try out. I consider it included as part of the paperwork fee ;)

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. I hope all is well with you, and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you and your family.

This is good. The black tea is strong and offers a sturdy background for the flavors of fruit and a touch of cinnamon. Overall, the flavor is fruity, but, I like that the black tea is the strongest note with every sip. The cinnamon and black tea offer a nice contrast to the fruit flavors, which might taste a bit cloying without the contrasting elements.

A very pleasant afternoon cuppa.

Azzrian

INdeed hope all is as good as can be for her and her family.

LiberTEAS

As this one cools the fruit notes pop a little more, as does the touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon never really becomes strong or spicy, but it offers just enough contrast to keep things interesting.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Is there any hibiscus?

LiberTEAS

No, but there is rosehips. Barely noticeable though, seems to add more interest to the appearance of the dry leaf than any noticeable flavor.

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I do love black pearls … OMG. It’s been a while since I’ve had some, and it’s kind of like meeting up with an old friend that I’ve not seen in a while. Lovely!

I brewed this in my gaiwan just so that I could watch the pearls unfurl … and I don’t know if it’s the brewing method or that these pearls are just awesome but, these taste even better than I remember (I’ve tasted the black pearls from thepuriTea and these are just as good if not better, red blossom tea company – these are just as good if not better and also the black pearls from teavana, and these are better than I remember those tasting)

Rich, malty, and very deliciously chocolatey! So very yum! I do love these pearls. Love LOVE love them!!!

Azzrian

:) Tell us how you REALLY feel about them! LOL yes they are great!

Charles Thomas Draper

Truly one of my favorite teas…

Michelle Butler Hallett

WOW. Gotta try some of these.

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drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
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This is really much better than I expected it to be. I don’t know really what I expected … I think it’s more of a case of my automatic response when it comes to oxidized rooibos. I always think I’m not going to like a rooibos blend … but more often than not, I end up enjoying the cup.

The woody and nutty flavors of the rooibos come through strong in this blend, but they meld quite nicely with the flavor of juicy orange and cinnamon. I taste a hint of the chili pepper at first, and the flavor seems to develop as I continue to sip. The aftertaste has a slight “burn” sensation on my palate – not really an uncomfortable feeling, but more like that enjoyable sensation you might experience after eating something spicy. (Well, it’s enjoyable for me anyway)

I don’t taste much from the coconut, but there is a slight (very slight) creaminess toward the tail end of the sip that I attribute to the coconut. As I continue to sip, the creaminess builds, but it never becomes a very strong flavor.

Overall, this is really quite an enjoyable tisane: it isn’t overly spicy, but has an interesting balance between spice and sweet. Nice.

Della Terra Teas

Thanks for the review:)

LiberTEAS

My full-length review published recently on the SororiTea Sisters blog too: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/08/18/mayan-mist-from-della-terra-teas/

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This is fabulous! A little Alishan … a little milk Oolong … all in one cup! Yum!

I do love Alishan, it’s my favorite of the Oolongs for its delicious subtle complexity. That this is also a Jin Xuan really was enticing to me. This is probably not my first Alishan that is also a Jin Xuan but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it and put it together.

A delicious, delightful Oolong. So very nice.

LiberTEAS

subsequent infusions offer a deeper flavor, not quite so delicate … this next cup (the third and fourth infusions combined) is a stronger flavor, with distinct floral notes that taste of orchid and honeysuckle. Delicious honey-esque undertones. Sweet, flavorful, and smooth.

Relmaster

I am interested in trying an Ali Shan ( I like floral oolongs and ti guan yins) ;) What companies would you recommend me buying it from??

LiberTEAS

Well, this one was really good, but my most memorable Alishan tea moments came from Canton Tea, T-Oolong Tea, and Norbu Tea (Fall harvest!) I’d start with these three companies.

Relmaster

Cool… thank you very much Liber TEAS ;)

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drank Lime Blossom by Jade Monk
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I was feeling a little adventurous as well as feeling very much in need of liquid refreshment when I prepared this, so I added some ice cubes and a little bit of freshly drawn, filtered water to my blender as well as the contents of this packet to my blender, and kept blending until I could hear no more rattling of ice cube particles. I have a slush like beverage now, and I’m really enjoying it.

Super cold and quite tasty, I think that this might be my favorite of the Jade Monk offerings that I’ve tried thus far. The lime has a nice tart yet sweet taste, and it offsets the flavor of the stevia enough so that I didn’t even notice it in the first few sips. I notice it now that I’m about halfway through, but even now, it’s not bad at all. Sweet with a slight stevia taste. Mostly though, I taste lime.

Nice, and when made into a slush like this, very very refreshing too.

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