4641 Tasting Notes

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I’m pleasantly surprised by this blend. I didn’t expect to like it … that’s my normal expectations when it comes to herbal blends. But, this blend takes the classic flavors of cinnamon and orange and teams them up with an organic rooibos base rather than the typical black tea base … and I’m liking how these flavors play together.

The nutty flavor of the rooibos melds quite nicely with the earthy tones of the cinnamon and the bright, sunny flavor of the orange. It’s a nice combination of flavors, especially later in the evening. I am really enjoying this … way more than I thought I would!

Nik

Nice, this sounds a bit like Mayan Mist, the Della Terra blend I recently tried and loved, without the chili pepper and peppercorns. Since I don’t like cinnamon in tea, I was also really surprised by how much I like it. I’m going to have to try this one, too.

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85

When I opened the canister, I could note the Riesling notes right away. It smelled very much like fruity, vibrant wine. It has that taste too. It’s very light and crisp, but I can taste the Riesling inspiration behind the tea too. Very nice.

I taste the honeysuckle notes and I’m loving that, and I taste the notes of apricot as well as a hint of citrus. I taste the floral tones of jasmine.

A really lovely, wine-inspired tea.

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93

What a lovely Oriental Beauty! So sweet and smooth.

The aroma is alive with floral and wood tones, and while those floral notes do not translate into the flavor quite as much as I expected them too, that’s quite alright, because the way this cup comes together is very beautiful, indeed.

It is sweet, woody, and strongly fruity with notes of peach and apricot, as well as a fermented muscat grape taste that surprised me. I taste notes of wood and musk, as well as a hint of spice in the background. It’s a very lovely taste, one that I am really enjoying.

A lovely, surprising Oriental Beauty. Very nice!

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92

This is nice! The jasmine is just right: soft enough so that it doesn’t come off as soapy, but, strong enough to offer a distinct jasmine note.

Sweet, exotic and lovely. The jasmine is so soft and sweet, and the green tea has a light, fresh taste to it that melds very nicely with the jasmine. A very pleasant cup.

My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow evening on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com

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87

I was excited to try this blend because I love apricots, and the idea of a brandied apricot upside down cake sounds positively drool worthy. But after reviewing the tasting notes on here, I was a little worried that my expectations might go unmet because while the ratings are not really LOW on this one, they aren’t exceptionally high either. That suggests to me that this might be average tasting, but, not super-duper (I have no idea why I felt the need to say super-duper there).

But you know, this isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s actually quite yummy. For those of you who have tried this already, I suggest trying it again… while I realize I’m not you and don’t have your taste buds, I think that often people try the teas from 52Teas in an excited hurry as soon as they get them and don’t allow the blends to cure for a while. I think that this might have benefited from the curing time.

Because I’m liking what I taste. It’s not exceptional, but, it’s really really good. The apricot is sweet, and taste as though fresh apricots have been simmered in brandy and then caramelized in butter and brown sugar before being put into a baking pan and topped with cake batter. I taste all of the notes as suggested in the name: I taste the brandy, I taste the apricot, I taste the cake. I taste the caramelized brown sugar. I taste notes of butter. I even taste the faintest nutty note from the honeybush. And all of these flavors come together in a way that does not taste fake or overdone, it’s all very smooth and deliciously desserty.

I like this one quite a bit.

Sil

I think you’re right about the excitement of getting to try them. I do my best to leave the teas sit for a while before opening them, or I try them and then revisit them again at a later date.

Amariel

Does sound good though…

Nik

I’m really good at ordering stuff, but not so good at following through. Mail and packages often sit by the door unopened for ages. This has gotten me into trouble more than once in the past, but for 52teas blends, it’s actually a good thing. =)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
4641 tasting notes

I didn’t drink a lot of Matcha while I was sick … and I realize that it was probably the best thing I could have consumed while I was sick, but when I’m down and out like that, I was just too lazy to actually do the preparation. Sounds silly because there’s not a whole lot to it, but, there you have it. I wanted something as easy as possible, so thank goodness for my breville which is basically one step tea making. Measure the tea, push some buttons and walk away… a few minutes later, there is tea.

But, I’ve missed Matcha. I had some Matcha every now and then, mostly in smoothies … but, not as often as I probably should have while I was under the weather there, so this is almost like a welcome back Matcha for me.

I combined, in equal ratios, the Bavarian Cream Matcha and the Strawberry Matcha, and I also combined it with equal ratios of hot water and warmed milk to make a yummy, luscious, strawberry Bavarian Cream treat in my chawan. Love it!

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drank High Country by Trail Lodge Tea
4641 tasting notes

This is a wonderful black tea blend – perfect for a breakfast blend or an anytime blend, really. It is rich and robust enough to serve as a that important first cup of the day, but, it has a crisp lightness to it too, making it a nice choice for afternoon sipping, especially when it’s cold and the wind is howling like it is this afternoon! It has a nice coziness factor!

Very pleasant – rich, smooth, almost creamy. Would make a good latte if you wanted one, but, I like it just fine served straight up too. A really good blend!

Donna A

I have not ordered from this company yet, but they have a lot of very interesting things on their website. Will have to try.

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97

Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this tea! I’m glad I’m finally feeling healthy so that I can start trying some of these marvelous teas you’ve sent me!

Oh this is good! I do love a good Golden Yunnan and this one is certainly just that. The sip begins sweet, with notes of caramel, cocoa and grape (yes grape!) that seem to intertwine to create a taste that is so very pleasantly sweet. By mid-sip, the sip transitions toward a more savory taste, with hints of pepper that prepare the palate for a freshly baked bread kind of taste … but not just any freshly baked bread. Imagine one of those artisan loaves, with the olives baked inside? Yeah… that! It tastes so rich and savory, and that hint of olive is so surprising and delicious.

Throughout the sip there is no sign of bitterness, and there is very, very little astringency (as in, it’s difficult to notice any at all) to this cup. This would be a great tea for those who generally avoid black teas for fear of bitterness or astringency, because well… there’s next to none. Just delicious, rich, smooth flavor. Amazingly good.

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drank Green Earl Grey by Revolution Tea
4641 tasting notes

I’m liking this alright. I’m not going to say I prefer it over a black Earl Grey because I don’t, but, I do like the differences it offers. It is lighter and crisper than a typical black Earl Grey, and that’s very refreshing. I’m not loving it … but I like it alright.

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This tea is LOADED with currants! It’s also got a fairly large amount of hibiscus in it, so, if you’re not a hibiscus fan, beware.

I generally am not a fan of hibiscus, but, I’m not minding the hibiscus too much here. The flavor of the currants seems to meld well with the hibiscus. But I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping this – I went with six minutes and that seems just about right. I think that had I gone longer, this would have ended up syrupy or too tart.

As it is though, it’s pleasant enough. Tart, yes, but, not overly so. I like the flavor of the currants, it gives it an almost wine-like taste. Kind of cozy. I think it would be really good if some spices were added, to make it like a mulled wine kind of taste … or maybe if it were combined with warmed apple cider to lighten the flavor a bit and add just a bit of spice to it. As it is, I like it, but I wouldn’t say I love it.

Nik

This sounds like it would be a lot of fun to blend/play with.

LiberTEAS

@Nik: Yes, I thought so too. One could definitely go for the mulled wine flavor (without the wine) because of the strong currant notes, just get some mulling spices. I think it would be so good with some hot apple cider too. Or, brewed at a concentrated strength and used as part of a 7up punch (you know those punches that they serve at parties with the sherbet and 7up?) There are all kinds of blending possibilities with it.

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