4826 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
4826 tasting notes

The artisan who makes my soap sent me a sachet of this tea along with my last order of soap. She used to be one of my very best tea customers when I sold tea. :) It is nice that she thought of me and included some tea with my order!

I don’t hate this as much as it would appear most of Steepster does. Then again, after having gone round and round with the black tea base of Adagio, I have learned a thing or two when it comes to steeping their flavored black teas. A slightly lower temperature (just below boiling) and steeping for 3 minutes (or even just 2 1/2 minutes) produces a pleasant cup. Oh… and let it cool a few minutes before taking that first sip. About three or four minutes will do it. It tames the astringency significantly. It still is certainly not the best cup of tea I’ve ever had, but I’m not hating it either. It’s agreeable.

The pumpkin flavor here IS odd, though. It tastes artificial. The spices are nice, but, the pumpkin just tastes off.

Overall, it’s alright. Not something I’d buy, but, more than that, I’m very happy with the thoughtfulness of my dear friend, the soap artisan, and I truly appreciate her thoughtfulness.

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OMGLOVE THIS!

When I saw this tea on the Nature’s Tea Leaf website, I had to try it. Just look at all those yummy chocolate curls! My mouth began to water just from me looking at the picture. And the picture does not lie! There are a bunch of little chocolate curls in this. Yum yum yum!

And this is really amazing. The yunnan is a perfect choice for a chocolate flavored tea because of the natural chocolate notes in the tea … as well as the hint of spice notes which accent the chocolate very nicely. The vanilla bean adds some creaminess to the cup without making it taste too much like milk chocolate … this has one of those dark chocolate truffle tastes … like the kind of confection you might buy in one of those expensive chocolate shops (you know, the kind of place where I can only usually afford one or maybe two pieces of chocolate … but it’s OH-so-worth-it!)

Amazingly good. Bravo Nature’s Tea Leaf!

gmathis

My NTL want list is getting longer!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, this sounds awesome!

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Been a really busy morning and early afternoon so far, this is my first cup of tea! I chose it because I wanted something fast and easy … and since this is a sacheted tea, it is definitely easy. While that is the one “con” as far as this tea goes (Obviously, I’d rather it be loose leaf), because it’s one of those silky sachets and not a paper tea bag, I don’t taste paper (a plus!) … and really, this is so good. I love it.

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drank White Coconut Dulce by TeBella
4826 tasting notes

First of all, thank you Rachel for this, your submission in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap! YUM!

This is really good. It’s cooled off quite a bit as I’ve not been sitting here sipping (fixing dinner!) but it is REALLY good cold too. It is sweet and creamy and delicious.

Rachel – you picked a really good one for 7 Swans a Swimming!

Babble

Thanks. Glad you are enjoying it :)

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I chose this tea because I found the idea of Green Papaya interesting and a little something outside of what I would normally choose. But because it tends to be sour, I chose the Imperial Matcha base for this, thinking that the sweeter, better tasting base would help offset some of the Green Papaya’s more acidic nature.

And I was correct … I find this to be delightfully balanced. Tart but not too sour, and very nicely sweet. I’m actually loving the Imperial base at the moment, I might have to start upgrading my orders from Red Leaf from this point forward. I like this a lot.

It tastes creamy and rich and sweet and just … oh-so-yummy. The papaya BRIGHTENS the bowl with its acid, I taste that note on my tongue toward the finish and into the aftertaste, and it is really pleasant. It is sour, but I don’t feel the need to pucker because of the balance brought by the sweetness of the Imperial Matcha.

Beautiful Matcha.

Edited to Add: We will be giving away this Matcha with these specifics (Imperial Matcha, Distinctive Flavoring) in a contest on SororiTea Sisters that will begin January 5th!

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Thank you to Em for including this in your Christmas exchange gift to me. It’s lovely! I kind of think I should have started my day with this, because this has the heft that I was looking for … that kept me drinking black teas today (including this, I’ve had four mugs of black tea, and I don’t usually have that many in one day) … then again, I might have stopped with this one and I really enjoyed those other teas. So maybe now is the time for business from a black tea!

It is rich and flavorful from the Assam and the Nilgiri, but it has a touch of lightness from the Darjeeling. This is still definitely a full-flavored tea, but, the Darjeeling does add enough lightness to keep it from feeling too overwhelmingly heavy. This is just right – a good kick in the cup when you need one.

The description suggests warm nutty tones and I get that … as well as touches of fruit throughout the sip. Astringent at the tail … but not overly so. It has rich malty tones, this would be awesome as a latte, but I like it quite well served straight too.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. Yummy!

This is so totally yum! Completely and utterly yum! Just what I have been craving without really realizing I was craving anything … after I started sipping, I just felt a sense of “ahhh… this is it.”

It has a nice kick of heat to it, but, it isn’t too hot. The chocolate is smooth, rich and creamy and manages to temper the heat from the chili so that it doesn’t become an overly spicy beverage. Oh, sure, it is spicy … but not TOO spicy. I’m not feeling the need to relieve my tongue from the heat, in other words. The sweet seems to counterblast the heat.

Instead, I feel this warming me up from the inside out, and I love that from a tea during this time of year. My husband, who hails from Minnesota, thinks that anything just over freezing is uncomfortably hot, so this house is typically on the chilly side year round. I … on the other hand, am a California girl and while I feel I’ve adapted to the Pacific Northwest in such a way that I’m proud to call it home, I’m still not quite as used to cold as someone who comes from a place buried in snow.

So this tea is warming me up (and the thermostats are turned up now that hubby is safely ensconced at work) on a very chilly day. It is deliciously chocolate-y (needs more chocolate though, LOL) and there is heat from the spice … I’d call it a mild-to-medium type of heat rather than a hot heat.

Very nice!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha, creative use of “counterblast”.

LiberTEAS

Thanks @ButikiTeas :)

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drank Red Vineyard by Fusion Teas
4826 tasting notes

Nice!

I really like this. The flavor is less “wine-like” (although I did use that term when describing it in my full-length review of this that will publish later this month), and more wine-inspired … although I do get a fermented grape-y kind of taste in this too. The astringency at the tail of this tea seems to play to this.

The black tea is a full-flavored tea, strong but not what I’d call bold … it holds its own. The best part of this tea is the sweet, peachy flavors and the touch of strawberry, I like this combination of flavors.

A really good tea.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas, DTerra Teas sent me this tea!

http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/20/on-the-seventh-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/

I enjoyed this first (and possibly only?) green tea in the DTerra Teas 12 Days of Christmas box. I loved the toasty sweetness of the walnuts, and the coconut added creaminess to the cup. I liked the fruit elements in this because it kept the flavors interesting. A very delightful tea!

teabean

Yum! I just ordered a couple of teas from della terra to try them out, I’m very excited! Thank goodness for steepster..I can broaden my tea brand horizons :)

Kittenna

Have you had Toasted Walnut from DavidsTea? I’m curious as to how it compares. I like TW (but it’s a bit finicky) and have a sample of this, although I don’t recall if I packed it or if it’s still at home.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t had the Toasted Walnut from David’s Tea, @Kittenna, I wish I could help you with a comparison, but, haven’t tried it.

Kittenna

No worries! I’ll do it myself later, I was just wondering :) I hadn’t ordered it, but received it as a sample with my first Della Terra order.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh this one sounds good! And different!

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drank Butter Brandy Cake by 52teas
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I cannot believe I am the first one to review this … especially since I make it a rule to wait a minimum of three weeks before I try the 52Teas blends. (more of a guideline than a rule, but, I will say that the monthly subscription program does make this easier to accomplish)

Yum! This is good. Very different … but good.

The flavors of a buttery-brandied-cake meld together with the rich black tea base. The cake seems to come out more toward the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet, but there is a twinge of brandy in there too. Sweet and yummy. This is a tea that is really so different from anything I’ve tried that I need to spend a little more time with it.

softrevolution

Sounds amazing!

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