4366 Tasting Notes

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drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Cold-brewed this in my new pitcher. YUM! This is PERFECT for cold-brewing. Just add the two quarts of filtered water to the pitcher and toss in the bag, seal the pitcher and the next day – delicious iced tea. I’m really glad that I decided to get two of this particular flavor and experiment with the cold-brewing, because as much as I enjoyed this tea hot-brewed, its better cold-brewed. This tastes much closer to the Rainbow Sherbet that I remember from last year. Sweet, delicious, fruity, and refreshing. LOVE! And I’m increasing the rating slightly because the cold-brewed worked out THAT much better!

DaisyChubb

Very good to know! Yummeh!

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Backlog:

This is a fantastic Breakfast Blend. Very bold, robust, and hearty. It has a lovely strength about it, and lots of depth. Really, really good. It tastes of malt and hints of a deep, rich chocolate-y flavor, freshly baked bread (the caramelized, chewy crust!), slightly earthy tones, oak-y/deep woodsy background.

Really, this one of the best breakfast blends I’ve had that wasn’t called “LiberTEAS Breakfast Blend.”

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Thank you Stacy from Butiki Teas for including this sample in with my last order! This is so incredibly good!

Of course, that should be no surprise, I don’t think I’ve tried anything from Butiki Teas yet that I’ve not liked. The mango here is so well-defined. Sweet, juicy, delicious mango. I don’t taste a lot of rooibos, maybe a hint of nutty tones here and there, but mostly what I taste is MANGO, some cream and a gentle, warm note from the cardamom.

This is seriously yum. I’d recommend this one to anyone who likes mango. This is one of the best mango tisanes I’ve tried yet.

Jillian

Hmm I don’t normally go for red rooibos blends but I might make an exception for this one on my next order. ;)

LiberTEAS

Or at the very least, request this as one of your samples. It’s really very good if you like mango. I was surprised at how yummy it was.

inguna

Thanks for the recommendation. I might give this one a try; I LOVE mongo lassi.

Jillian

I adore mango so I’ll have to do just that. :D

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Revisiting this one. Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/07/12/dong-ding-cui-yu-oolong-competition-grade-iv-from-life-in-teacup/

A really delightful Oolong: sweet, nutty, slightly toasty with hints of charcoal. Lovely floral notes, hints toward fruity flavors.

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I started the day with some Tangerine Creamsicle … decided to have one last pot of it before sending the rest off to my SororiTea Sister.

I enjoyed it very much last time, and I think I enjoyed it even more this time – and I can only attribute that to the addition of some turbinado sugar this morning. I wanted something a little sweet, so I added about half a teaspoon of turbinado sugar, and I didn’t add sugar last time. So this is one that actually does improve with the addition of a teensy bit of sugar.

Bonnie

I think Stacy thinks so too…I like it with her little raw sugar rocks.

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drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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I hot brewed more of this last night for iced tea today… and this morning, my package from Amazon arrived, so tonight I’ll cold-brew one of Frank’s new teas (probably go with the rainbow sherbet again since that’s the only one I got 2 of, and I wanted to experiment before I went with cold-brewing the others).

Anyway… this is light, refreshing and delicious. Yummy.

Azzrian

yay your cold brew pitcher came!

LiberTEAS

Yes… I’m actually much happier with it than I thought I would be. It’s nothing fancy and it’s not necessarily intended for tea (it doesn’t have any fancy infuser gadgetry or anything) but that’s part of what I like about it. All of the glass brewing pitchers with the infuser gadgets attached were either made of plastic or were so costly that I couldn’t justify the cost of it. I don’t drink that much iced tea – in the warm weather like now, I drink a half a gallon of iced tea a day, but, in cooler weather, I don’t drink it at all, so that would mean about a half a year of no use. I’m not spending 50+ on a pitcher when I won’t be using it regularly. I could easily justify the $250 I spent on my breville tea maker because that is something that I do use five to ten times a day, every single day… but not $50 for something I’d use for brewing a half gallon of tea every day for one and a half seasons out of the year.

LiberTEAS

This is the one I got: http://www.amazon.com/Bormioli-Rocco-Frigoverre-Hermetic-4-Ounce/dp/B0000DE9B5/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1341880799&sr=1-3&keywords=iced+tea I like the way it closes. It screws closed and has a gasket type seal, so I won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Azzrian

Thank you for that link! I just added one to my cart! I am going to be making some home brewed Kumbucha (sp?) here soon and need a couple large sized containers with good sealing lids! This should do it!

LiberTEAS

You’re very welcome. I’ve had it less than a day and I’m really quite impressed with it thus far. The lid seals really well, so I do think it would be good for your kombucha.

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drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to DaisyChubb for sending me a bit of this tisane.

This has to be the most unusual looking tisane I’ve come across in a long while. And I’d like to also mention that this tisane does NOT contain hibiscus (YAY!) so kudos to Davids Tea for not jumping on the hibiscus wagon and adding it to everything that doesn’t contain tea leaves.

The color isn’t pink, but I do taste a berry-ish type flavor to this, along with the distinct wintergreen minty tones and hints of pine-ish flavor. The mint and the evergreen notes give this a very exhilarating sort of taste. Overall, it’s a very delicate kind of flavor though, even after brewing for 10 minutes, but it has a nice, soothing flavor. Enjoyable.

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drank Floral Green Tea by De Vos Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

I don’t know if my feelings toward this tea are simply because the sample is a bit on the old side … or if it is just because I don’t like it. But… I don’t really care for this. I mean… it’s drinkable, it’s just not enjoyable. Sepalika is supposed to be a night flowering jasmine, but, it just tastes off. It is bitter and not the sweet, delightful jasmine I love. It almost tastes as if it were flavored with an essential oil rather than the layering process.

The grassiness of the green tea is also on the bitter side, and I’m finding that to be a bit off-putting as well. I was gearing up to write a review of this for the Tea Review Blog, but since they don’t want anything but favorable reviews, and I don’t really have anything nice to say about this one, I guess I’ll forgo the review.

I won’t even give this one a numeric rating, because, I don’t know that it would be fair, since I really don’t know how old the sample is. But as it is, I’m not enjoying this, and I’m pouring the rest of the cup down the drain.

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drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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I brewed this one hot, and then chilled it overnight. It’s really good hot-brewed, but, I am glad that I got two of this flavor to try cold-brewing it (when my new pitcher arrives which I hope it will soon!)

I don’t know if it is as good as the original Rainbow Sherbet that was released last year. I am not sure if I have any more of that tea… will have to search through my stash and see if it’s there, but I think the original was better. But this one is still really good.

DaisyChubb

Oh what pitcher did you order? I’m very excited to hear how the cold brewing turns out!

teawade

wow this sounds like a mind blower

teawade

wow this sounds like a mind blower!

LiberTEAS

@DaisyChubb: I just ordered a simple glass pitcher, nothing all that exciting, but, I’ve had a hard time finding something like it in the stores locally. You’d think it’d be pretty simple, but, it seems like all the refrigerator pitchers are made of plastic, or if made of glass, have some obnoxious spigot near the bottom that I don’t want or need. I REALLY hate those spigots.

So basically, I just wanted something that was made of GLASS. It isn’t necessarily a tea pitcher but just a generic pitcher, but, it will suit my needs fine for now.

CHAroma

I hear you about those spigots, LOL! Glad you found something you like!

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YUM!

It might seem a little late for Guayusa, and hopefully it won’t be keeping me up past my bedtime, but since I usually am up past 3 am anyway, I am not too worried. I needed an energy boost because I have a lot to do this evening, and I’m already feeling a little like I should be napping instead of getting things done.

This is really tasty. The tangerine and cream flavors are balanced, and the guayusa adds a richness to the background, tasting a little earthy, and even a little vegetal, and these notes work very well with the flavors of tangerine and cream. Overall, the cup is smooth, rich and creamy, with a deliciously sweet tangerine taste.

And it tastes better with each sip! Incredibly YUM!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing about the matcha I’m about to have. Feeling quite tired already, but have to go and do some things at work that I neglected earlier, so the energy boost is probably required.

Bonnie

Night owls!

tigress_al

Is the taste similar to the good morning sunshine? It sounds delicious!

LiberTEAS

I haven’t yet tried Good Morning Sunshine, so I can’t say.

Butiki Teas

tigress_al-Kind of but not quite. The Tangerine Creamsicle was specifically developed as a dessert-y drink so it is more creamy and the citrus isn’t biting. Good Morning Sunshine has a little more citrus to it and a lot less cream.

seule771

The naming of this tea sounds yummy and for the summertime. Creamsicle or am I wrong? Laced with tangerine like fruits. Butiki Teas is run by Stacey? I just noted the wording tangerine creamsicle, after I typed what I am imagining flavor to be tasting like. Interesting.

Bonnie

Good morning sunshine is more like Meyer Lemon too. And Tangerine Creamsicle is like those 50-50- bars with the orange and vanilla ice cream. Really good. Stacy is the bomb! (She’s got flavor…but she’s the owner and creates the flavors…all natural!)

seule771

Yeah! I visited her site on line through Tea Trade when she was just starting out. About a year now in business or perhaps I recall incorrectly.
On Newbury Street in Boston, MA there is a sub-shop that makes wonderful sandwiches…one of which is the ultimate stake bomb. If ever there do try them. Not sure if they still exist as it has been years…when allowed to be employed. No matter. I can’t recall the last time I tried or had creamsicle; I would rather have it as ice-cream. When I have money I will get some and think of your comment. Kudos, Bonnie!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Bonnie! :)

Seule771-We’ve been in business for about 4 years. I would say its a creamy tangerine and also some orange peel shines through which has a bit of cracker-like taste.

tigress_al

Interesting. I really liked good morning sunshine. But it sounds like I will like this one even more. On my next order I guess!

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