4788 Tasting Notes

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
4788 tasting notes

I re-infused the leaves and it is still AMAZING. Still chocolate-y (maybe slightly less so than the first), still caramel-y, I note hints of honey now, and even some floral tones in the way-off distance. This cup is slightly more earthy, notes of leather and wood.

This cup isn’t quite as “thick and creamy” as the first, but, it is still so very yummy. Definitely worthwhile to re-infuse this tea.

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97
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
4788 tasting notes

Oh… this is so nice! Rich and sweet and wonderful!

The sweet notes here are profound, deeply chocolate-y, with notes of caramel. It’s one of those types of teas that are incredibly cozy … the kind you want to curl up with and just drink with joyful abandon.

Yum yum yum!

This tea is delicious hot, but also very good cold, something that I learned because I had to step away from the computer for a while and came back to a cold cup (I haven’t yet turned the heat on in the house, I don’t know why I haven’t. And I really don’t know why I’m sitting here, complaining about not doing it instead of getting up and doing it right now) and it is still really delicious! Sweet, earthy, and just plain good. REALLY good.

CupofTree

Haha did you turn the heat on yet?

LiberTEAS

Yes, I did. I’m a wimp when it comes to being cold. I actually prefer it to be a little COOLER… because hot tea tastes better when its cooler, but, when it’s cold, I’m just … I don’t want to be cold. LOL

CupofTree

Haha exactly!!

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91

I am currently enjoying my third and fourth infusion of this tea. It’s really quite lovely. It started out with a distinct mineral-y/charcoal-y kind of taste, with notes of flower in the background, and a warm, toasty kind of overtone. Now, I notice some of the mineral/charcoal notes have begun to wane, and a woodsy note seems to have taken their place, and this melds wonderfully with the warmth of the roasty-toasty taste. The floral notes have begun to reveal a honey-esque tone that is quite lovely.

I like that this tea is not overly floral, offers hints of fruit (I notice a slight peach-y undertone), and that it has such a warmth to it, especially since I’m kind of dealing with COLD bones because I’ve been working off and on in my studio, and dang it’s cold in there! I come in here to warm up with a cup of tea, and this tea does the trick.

Lovely!

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81

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I went to the RTR website and it seems it has been assimilated into the “Parent” company of The Republic of Tea, and this tea does not appear to be available.

This is a pleasant tea, quite good actually. I find that I enjoy it more as it cools, when it is hot, it has a stronger, slightly bitter vegetative tone and as it cools these flavors tend to subside and I notice sweeter, fruitier notes, as well as the sweeter notes of the vegetal notes.

It’s a good tea, but I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed it enough to want more of it, and I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t since it’s not available on the website anyway!

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This is an interesting tea.

I can taste each of the flavors that are promised in the description. The chocolate is prominent, which I like. The strawberry taste is bright and sweet with tartness, like a fresh berry would taste, and I taste the hint of bitterness from the saffron. What I like best is how the saffron and chocolate interact, there’s a distinct semi-sweetness to the overall cup. The cup is creamy and rich, I taste notes of vanilla, and I also taste the currants in this, they seem to interact with the strawberry, giving it more tartness than a strawberry flavor would normally have. Tingly!

I think my one disappointment with this cup is with the black tea base, as I find it lacking. While I wouldn’t want it a lot stronger because it might overpower the flavors and I really am enjoying the flavors … I want a little more bite from the black tea. I think that maybe just a touch of Assam or Nilgiri might enhance the overall flavor, making this taste more like a tea and a little less like a thin, jacked-up hot chocolate.

I like it though, I just think that with a more solid black tea base, I’d really LOVE this.

Scatterbrain

Just tried a couple teas from Inspired Leaf (some of my family lives in Bend), and I found the teas lacking in their bases as well. Not nearly strong enough.

Azzrian

Mmmm sounds good to me

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98

This is AWESOME!

I had a cup of this yesterday, and I was just so in love with it that I didn’t even take the time away from it to type out a tasting note. It’s hard for me to stop between sips to write out thoughts now. It’s really good.

I love this not only because it tastes good, but because it’s a local product as well. By looking at their website, I see that nobody in Vancouver sells this (That’s Vancouver, Washington), but it’s in Portland. I may just have to start bugging my local Whole Foods to start carrying it since the Whole Foods in Portland does. And I can’t really convince my hubby to take me to a Whole Foods in Portland if there is one in Vancouver, and ESPECIALLY for a particular tea. LOL He seems to think I have enough tea, and there is no need for me to be buying more. He just doesn’t seem to understand that sometimes I find a tea so amazing that I NEED more of it. Any time I put the words “I need more” in front of the word tea, he starts laughing and stops listening to reason.

Anyway… this stuff is really good. There have been a couple of chai blends that I have really proclaimed as good (like mine, for example, and then there are the concentrates/premixed type of Chai like Third Street and Bhakti Chai, and there are others too – both powdered and loose leaf – that I’ve really enjoyed) this one is on the level of the very best … maybe even better than Bhakti! This is just so good.

One thing that I love about this is that it’s powdered, but unsweetened. So, I can totally control how sweet (or not) it is, and how strong I want by adding a little more powder. I followed the instructions yesterday, and took a little sip, then decided I wanted it just a little stronger so I added about half a scoop (the pouches come with the most adorable little bamboo scoop inside), and I could easily do this. To make it, you just boil water in the kettle, measure out 1/2 cup of boiling water, heat 1/2 cup of milk, combine and stir in 1 scoop (or in my case 1 1/2 scoops) of the chai powder, and then if you want it sweetened you can do that. I like my chai to have a little bit of sweetener because I think it accents the spices in a nice way, so I added about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of Turbinado Sugar and this made it absolutely amazingly delicious.

Spicy, creamy, decadent, rich, and perfect. I am going to be BUGGING my local Whole Foods to carry this.

Babble

I wonder how this compared to Tipu’s Chai which is also unsweetened. I have some of it, and it’s a little … harsh. I use it to make chai oatmeal and it works really well.

CheshireEyes

Definitely will order some of this from their website I have been searching for unsweetened chai mix.

LiberTEAS

@Rachel: while everyone has their own taste, when I prepared it according to suggested instructions, I did not find this to be harsh. It was flavorful … not too spicy, not too mild. I added a little extra powder to my cup because I wanted a little more spice to it. If that helps?

Babble

Did you add sweetener and milk to it or drink it plain? I was hoping the powder would be comparable to a plain cup of chai tea that I might make myself, so I was a little disappointed. But like i said, it does work well in oatmeal :)

LiberTEAS

The instructions that are on the packet say use 4 ounces of boiling water, 4 ounces of milk and 1 scoop of tea (there’s a little scoop in the pouch) … so that’s what I did. After everything was combined, I heated it up a little to accommodate for the milk. I took a sip and found that I wanted a little more spice so I added about another half scoop. I haven’t made it without milk yet, because I’ve loved the latte so much. I do add about 1/4 teaspoon of turbinado sugar to it (as I do with all chai because I feel the spices benefit from it).

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95
drank English Breakfast by Butiki Teas
4788 tasting notes

I ordered this along with my most recent order … mostly because I was curious, because I seem to focus primarily on the flavored and more unusual teas from Butiki, but, overlook something that seems a little more commonplace even though I acknowledge that certainly not all breakfast blends are created equal and as Stacy at Butiki is brilliant at what she does, I should have known that her breakfast blend would not be something so ordinary.

I LOVE this. It is certainly one of the more robust, thick, hefty English Breakfast blends I’ve come across. I taste the rich malty tones of Assam, the evenness of the Ceylon, the delicious, toasty flavor of the Java tea and the lightness from the Darjeeling helps to keep this tea from being too thick or heavy. It’s got just enough tooth to it to be a really good, solid breakfast blend – better than most out there, to be sure! – but, light enough so that I don’t feel weighed down after I’ve had a cup.

I’ve enjoyed this so much I’m actually on my second cup today.

Sil

I need to pull this out of my stash. I picked it up in my last order too!

Veronica

I’ve never placed an order with Butiki. Must change that… soon. This tea sounds wonderful.

Hesper June

Ooo! this sounds delish! I love a robust breakfast tea.
I need to place another order with Butiki, hopefully after the holidays I will get a chance.

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

I find myself a wee bit disappointed by this tea. Not that it is a bad tea – it isn’t. I guess I’ve been a bit spoiled by some of the Darjeeling teas that I’ve been drinking lately and so I expected more of a Darjeeling flavor from this, that is to say, I wanted Muscatel.

This is more reminiscent of a fine Dragon Well. Nothing wrong with that, I just expected more Darjeeling. It’s kind of a Chinese tasting green tea from India, I guess. Not bad though.

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89
drank Awake by Bird's Eye Tea
4788 tasting notes

Alrighty! I am almost finished with a mug of this tisane, and I can say that it is DEFINITELY invigorating me, but I don’t feel jittery … in fact, I feel calm. I don’t feel stressed even though I’ve quite a bit to get done and I probably WOULD feel stressed without the assistance of tulsi and brahmi, although admittedly, I didn’t even know what brahmi was until I started reading about it on the Bird’s Eye Newsletter: http://blog.birdseyetea.com/post/35083367109/november-2012-tea-newsletter

All I do know is that this herbaceous, slightly minty, earthy tasting tisane with a tingly berry aftertaste has rendered me awake, and that is just what the name of the tea promises.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Maté is awesome because it has tryptophan, which is a calming agent. Really good stuff when mixed with the caffeine in maté for concentration and work :)

I always drink a cup before a test at school. Love the stuff! This one sounds good for sure! :)

LiberTEAS

I really liked this … my only real complaint would be that I wished there was a bit more of the currant flavor … but the overall cup was tasty.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It’s definitely a clever blend!

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97
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
4788 tasting notes

This tisane is for maple lovers only! Seriously! If you don’t like maple, don’t even bother. Because this is – essentially – a thinned maple syrup.

YUM!

This is a yummy, warm, maple-y delicious rich cup. It is sweet and I’m loving every sip. But really, unless you’re mad about maple, you really shouldn’t bother with it, because it is almost like pure maple syrup, only thinner.

ETA: I forgot to mention when I was writing this, because I was so caught up in all its maple-y goodness … don’t forget to enter in the Della Terra Teas contest that’s going on at our blog right now: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/23/the-season-of-giveaways-take-2/ But you better hurry … time’s running out!

Sil

Haha that’s totally what I thought :)

TeaEqualsBliss

WOW!!!! I’d love to try this

LiberTEAS

I’ll be sure to add some to your ongoing box!

seule771

You’ve reminded me to order some maple tea; hopefully I will. Thanks!

Ellyn

This sounds delish!

CheshireEyes

Must try. I love maple!

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