4366 Tasting Notes

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This is REALLY good. The watermelon and blackberry are well balanced, lots of sweet, juicy fruit goodness in this, with just a hint of the nutty tones from the honeybush. Yummy!

Kittenna

Perhaps I’ll be lucky and acquire this one from the grab bag sale!! Sounds good.

Alphakitty

I have a cup of this cold brewing right now, it smells sooo good!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

It smells marvelous – very bright and berry-licious! I agree with TeaEqualsBliss, this does smell more raspberry than acai.

This is sweeter than I expected it to be – with Acai and Raspberry – but this has the sweeter side of raspberry and it is really quite enjoyable. Sweet and deliciously berry. It is good hot, but, this is another one that would be grand iced.

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drank SBT: RadioactiviTEA by 52teas
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I resteeped the bag last night (hot brewed) for iced tea today, and it is still quite delicious. The first infusion (cold brewed) was better, though, but this was still very good, and quite refreshing. Been sipping on it all day until just a bit ago when I decided to switch back to hot tea.

K S

“I resteeped the bag”, words I never thought I would see in a LiberTEAS post. This must be miracle tea!

LiberTEAS

LOL! I’ve been resteeping these iced tea bags (hot brewed) for no other reason than to get two pitchers-full of tea from them. And I’ve not been disappointed. But, I don’t think you’ll ever end up catching me resteeping a commercial teabag… It takes a good deal out of me just to steep it the first time, and even if I do enjoy it, I don’t think I enjoyed it enough to resteep it.

LiberTEAS

I just re-read what I wrote and I DO sound like a tea snob, don’t I? Sheesh! Oh well, I don’t think that my acknowledgement of my snobbery will change my behavior when it comes to bagged tea.

K S

lol My wife mentioned Starbucks today and I gave her the look. She said, “what? They have tea.” To which I replied, “Not real tea.” I still like my cheapster teas but I see no reason to over pay for bad tea. So tea snob? Eye of the beholder. One man’s trash, and other assorted cliches. We like what we like.

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89
drank Key Lime Ceylon by Fusion Teas
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Yummy!

I am sipping this warm at the moment, but I think I may have to brew some of this for some iced tea. As it cools it becomes more and more refreshing.

This is really good. I love the lime in this, it is tart, but there is a sweetness to the overall cup as well. The Ceylon is a mellower tea, smooth and satisfying but not what I’d call overly powerful. This isn’t the kind of tea with which to start the day, but, I didn’t expect it to be, either. It really is very well flavored – a nice amount of lime, but not so much that it overwhelms the palate or the tea. A hint of pineapple, and most of all, a deliciously smooth Ceylon base.

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by Market Spice
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I’ve had this for a while, but I keep forgetting to log it when I drink it. Mostly because when I am enjoying it, it is later at night and I’m not sitting at the computer … but I was determined tonight to write the note!!!

This is one of those teas that tastes better than it smells. When I first opened it, it kind of had a tobacco-y kind of scent, and I like the smell of tobacco (so long as it’s not burning in a cigarette) but, not to drink … you know? I mean, it’s a pleasant smell, but it’s not something I’d think “mmm…that’d be good to drink.”

But, like I said, it tastes better than it smells. It tastes of vanilla, first and foremost, with a hint of apple-y chamomile. I taste a bit of the woody tones from the rooibos, but it melds nicely with the vanilla notes. Overall, it’s a very pleasant tisane – and it’s really nice to have on hand for those evenings when you want something smooth and easy to sip.

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drank SBT: RadioactiviTEA by 52teas
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Backlog: I have been drinking this all afternoon. This one is really, surprisingly good. I had my reservations, mostly because I usually prefer strong, bold teas like this served hot, and I usually want a lighter tea for iced tea.

But, this one is really excellent: bold but not overly aggressive, it has a deliciously smooth character and a hint of fruity notes in the background, with a wonderful fruity quality. Absolutely delicious and very refreshing.

52teas

This is one of my top five favorites. I wish I could flavor it. It’s just too bold.

LiberTEAS

I really liked this way more than I thought I would. I mean, I figured I’d like it because it’s an Assam blend, but, as I said, I typically prefer an Assam served hot rather than iced, because I feel like the chilling process sort of mutes out all those little nuances that make Assam great. But, this just WORKED. It is so good. For those who want just a good ’ole black tea with nothing extraneous, this is it. This will blow away that grocery store tea.

CHAroma

I almost didn’t buy this one too. But after reading your review, I feel more confident now about trying it. Thanks!

Missy

I was scared of CTC tea until I tried this. I thought it was totally awesome.

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89

When I opened the package – it smelled so fresh! Like freshly cut grass kind of fresh. Very vegetative, very sweet, very clean and crisp and … fresh.

The brewed tea has a lighter scent, still very vegetal and fresh smelling, but, not quite as prominent an aroma.

The flavor of this reminds me very much of a high quality sencha, but it is less “brothy.” It still has a very pleasing mouthfeel and a thickness to it, but it is not as thick or soup-like the way I typically notice from a top-notch Japanese Sencha. The flavor is vegetal, but not quite as much as I expected based on the fragrance of the dry leaf (I expected this to be highly vegetative, but, this is a light vegetative taste with lovely flowery notes)

This is really lovely!

seule771

It looks very good and makes me think of The Tao of Tea Sencha or Sencha Shinrikyu tea. All are very good teas, I was fortunate to receive sampler set from Leah Tea Ware etc. Very good review.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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OK, today I added a spoonful of turbinado sugar to the cup and OMG! This REALLY, TRULY tastes like a soda! But not a commercially processed soda that’s filled with the icky-sickly-syrupy-sticky corn syrup. This tastes like one of those expensive sodas that was made with cane sugar. Yum.

I REALLY love this stuff. I am going to have to order more of this … the little bit that I have left I am sending to my SororiTea Sister but I know that I’m going to be missing this stuff in another week or two… craving it. Yeah… I think we need to increase the rating on this one.

It blows my mind how good this is.

Butiki Teas

Glad you are you enjoying this one. :)

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85

This is a lovely chai. It may be because it’s been a while (at least a week if not longer) since I’ve had a chai, but this is really tasting so very good to me right now. The spices are not overwhelming, and I like that the cinnamon and ginger are pretty much in check here. They aren’t overpowering, in fact, I’d say that the cardamom and cloves are stronger in flavor than either the cinnamon or ginger. The anise gives it a gentle sweetness in the background. This would be a good chai for even those who dislike anise, as it is not a strong presence here, and the anise seems to meld very well with the other flavors.

The black tea is equally as prominent as the spices, and it has a pleasantly smooth, rich tone to it.

Overall, a very pleasing cup. I drank this without milk, and just a wee bit (a half a teaspoon) of turbinado sugar, which helped to enhance the spices but didn’t make it overly sweet. Very nice.

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drank SBT: RadioactiviTEA by 52teas
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This is the one that I considered not buying … and I’m really glad that I changed my mind and went for it.

I cold-brewed this, and it is really good. It is not as bold as I think it would have been if I had steeped it hot, and now, it has a very smooth flavor with fruit notes, hints of malt, and a lovely sweetness. It is still good and strong, and there is no bitterness or astringency.

A really awesome glass of iced tea right here!

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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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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