4461 Tasting Notes

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I was a little unsure about steeping this in my gaiwan, due to the smaller bits of peppermint, spearmint and fennel. And while these do kind of “make a mess” in my gaiwan (it’s usually just a pile of wet leaves after I’ve infused, but now I’ve got little wet leaves strewn all over my gaiwan), it is worth it because it tastes really good.

I’m on my fifth infusion of this tea now, and it is really quite a remarkable tea. The first infusion was probably my least favorite of the five. It was lighter and the flavors were more of an individual flavor rather than harmonizing into a cup of tea with notes of cinnamon, mint, and fennel … which is what has happened with the subsequent infusions.

I also noticed with the third and fourth infusions, an cocoa-ish note began to emerge. It tastes absolutely incredible in the midst of the spiced licorice sweetness and the cool, crisp flavor of the mint and the earthiness. It all comes together in such a magnificent way.

This one should be on everyone’s Must Try list. It is really good.

Azzrian

Sounds really yummy!

Charles Thomas Draper

I’m not a flavored tea guy but maybe I should try it….

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Finally getting a chance to taste one of the teas from Epi Tea. This is a really good Irish Breakfast. It is smoother and a bit milder than I’d expect from a traditional Irish Breakfast tea, but, I like that it’s not bitter and that it has a very pleasing caramel-y undertone. Nice and malty, and invigorating too.

Tasty!

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drank Murmur by Handmade Tea
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My third “experiment” with this blend … What I did is add the rest of the additional freeze dried strawberries and the cacao nibs to the blend and then brewed it to see how much difference the flavor would be with some extra strawberries and cacao.

There is more flavor from the strawberries and especially the cacao here, but, the flavors are still rather subtle overall. But I like it. Together with the white peony, they offer a very soft, soothing flavor that is contemplative when you want something like that … and if you are just looking for a refreshing, relaxing cup, this one can do that for you too. Nice.

Sil

i really like this concept a lot.

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I just got back from running a whole lot of errands and since I didn’t have a whole lot of time for tea this morning (I did have one cup of my own blend that I keep on hand for those mornings when I don’t have time to sit down and write about it), I decided to reach for a black tea and this is what I grabbed. I ordered this a few weeks ago from Keen Tea Thyme on Tea Trade, I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now, and now that I am tasting it, I’m glad that I ordered it. It’s really quite nice.

Primarily this is a cinnamon tea, but, the plum is strong enough to stand out and say “hey, I’m here too.” It doesn’t get lost in all the cinnamon. Really pleasant and flavorful.

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I’m generally skeptical when it comes to bagged tea, especially when it comes to bagged Oolong. Oolong usually expands more when it brews than other tea types, and it needs adequate room to fully express itself.

However, I was very happy after I steeped this tea and saw that there was still room to spare in the pyramid sachet. It gave me hope that the tea would be tasty.

And it is. It has a pleasant, smooth flavor, with a touch of smoke and a nice roasted fruit flavor … as if someone took peaches and apricots and roasted them to concentrate their sweetness … that’s what I taste here. Very enjoyable, a soft texture and a light flavor that is well-balanced and nicely round.

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Oh yum! This is best if you let it cool for just a couple of minutes – the marshmallow flavor emerges more when it is slightly cooler than the fresh from the teapot hot temperature. I love the way this is blended – the Yun Wu offers a lighter, sweeter, nuttier flavor than the Chinese Sencha that 52teas customarily uses for their green tea blends, and I am loving the difference. I still love the Chinese Sencha too, but this Yun Wu makes for a deliciously different, refreshing change.

Very lemony… but I like that the lemon does not overpower the other flavors throughout the sip, it saves most of it’s very strong flavor for the aftertaste. This tea reminds me of lemon meringue jelly bellys. YUM!

I really love this tea, am so glad I finally got around to trying it. Seriously folks, I have so much tea here waiting for me to try. :)

Sil

Feel like this is one I need to try sometime since everyone seems to like it a lot

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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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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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