4322 Tasting Notes

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I am surprised that this tea has never been logged here.

This is really nice. It is sweet, the pollen gives it a pleasing honey-like flavor and enhances the floral tones of the lavender. The lavender starts out really soft, almost blurred but in a very palate-pleasing way. As I sip, the lavender slowly comes in to focus. It reminds me very much of an impressionist painting. Up close, at first, it looks a bit messy and the paint strokes don’t seem to make sense, it is not very clear. But after a few steps away from the painting (or taking a few sips of the tea), everything comes in to focus and before you is a beautiful, breathtaking work of art.

ashmanra

JacquelineM should have some of this tea! She is a work of art, too!

CHAroma

What an interesting analogy. I love impressionist art!

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82

Wow! This is raspberry! It’s really GOOD. The raspberry is bright and sweet and delicious and about as true to the fruit as I think I’ve ever tasted in a tea or tisane.

The flavor is bright and sweet … it tastes like fresh, homemade raspberry jam! YUMMY!

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drank Tutti Fruity by English Tea Store
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I had ordered this for a friend of mine who isn’t too keen on tea, but seems to like fruity tisanes like this one. I didn’t tell her it was a children’s tea. :)

Well, after I gave this to her, she was nice enough to open the pouch and give me enough to brew a cup of it for myself so that I could try it, since this is one I hadn’t yet tried.

I’m not crazy about hibiscus, but I was hopeful that there was enough other ingredients in this to keep the tisane interesting. But after I steeped it for five minutes, it looked like hibiscus … which worried me.

Fortunately, the hibiscus adds a lot of color to this but not a lot of its syrupy texture or tart flavor. Yes, there is some tartness, but, some of the other flavors balance that out a bit, making this a pleasant sweet-yet-tart kind of tisane. It has a candy-like taste to it, reminding me a bit of sweet-tarts. I don’t taste much of the individual fruit… but I am enjoying the way they all sort of meld together. I can also taste the rose which is a nice surprise.

It’s a little tart, a little sweet, a little fruity and a little floral. Overall, an enjoyable cuppa, but not something I’d drink on a regular basis.

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84

Even though I’m a monthly subscriber to 52Teas, I still tend to stalk the website on Mondays, checking to see what Frank came up with for the tea of the week. If the tea doesn’t get posted on Monday, I find myself clicking on the website even more often on Tuesday, because I am becoming impatient. I want to know! If for some reason, Frank is later (and I suspect he does this just to tease me because he knows I am waiting), I become really impatient and have a hard time leaving the computer until I know what the tea of the week will be.

It has gotten better since I started subscribing though, I think some of the anxiety of worrying that the tea will sell out before I have a chance to buy it is alleviated with the subscription. But it doesn’t alleviate the curiosity.

Most of the time, I’m not only excited about the tea but also quite astonished at what Frank has come up with for the week! Case and point: Pancake Breakfast. Wow! But occasionally, I’m a little disappointed by the tea of the week.

If you go to the 52Teas website right now and look at different teas that appear on the homepage, most of the teas there are ones that excited me. Cotton Candy? Custard-Filled Maple Long John? Chicken and Waffles? (Oh, never mind…) and let us not forget this week’s creation: Double Chocolate Decadence. (for my birthday! yippee!) These flavors are exciting!

And there are a few that are a little less than exciting. I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t interested in trying the Doggy Tea. The Citrus Piledriver I wasn’t too excited about, but, that one turned out to be a big winner after trying it.

But this tea. This tea actually disappointed me when it was announced. I don’t really like grape. I like the fruit. But I don’t usually like grape flavored stuff like soda or candy. I don’t even really care for grape juice.

That being said, I have actually found some grape flavored teas that I’ve enjoyed. But that didn’t stop me from being just kind of “meh” about the announcement of this tea.

All that was before I tried it.

This is good. This tea makes Concord Grape worthwhile.

Missy

Happy birthday!

Angrboda

Happy birthday. :D

LiberTEAS

Thanks. My birthday was actually more than a week ago now, but, I didn’t give Frank a whole lot of notice about it. (less than a week, I believe)

gmathis

My dear friend in Tennessee and I have invoked the “2 weeks either way” rule on birthdays. If the greeting, card, or gift falls within that time frame, it counts :)

Indigobloom

Happy Belated!!

ashmanra

Happy Birthday!

LiberTEAS

Thank you everyone. :)

CHAroma

Happy Belated Birthday, and thanks for suggesting the awesome chocolate decadence tea!!! It’s soooo good! Also, I do the exact same thing you do even though I get the e-mail updates telling me what the new tea of the week is. I’m always looking at the site anyway! :)

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drank Alishan Shi Zhao by T-Oolongtea
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I LOVE Alishan! My very favorite Oolong. And this is one of the best of the best… if not the best. Did that make sense? Basically, this is one amazing Alishan. Sweet … like honey. A pleasant mouthfeel that is thick but not so much creamy as it is reminiscent of a warm, thinned honey … but not sticky.

Floral, yes, but the floral tones are not sharp or pungent, they are more of a sweet, delectable floral, with a nice fruit note in the background that makes this Alishan quite unlike any that I can ever recall.

If you only try one Alishan in your life, make it this one.

CHAroma

I’m sold!

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drank Maple Zabaglione by Design a Tea
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Decided to finally try my second custom sample. I am glad that I held off and waited a little while, because the flavor this time is perfect. Delicious maple, delicious creamy, custard-y taste. YUM! The black tea is pleasant, strong, but not overwhelming.

I like this one quite a bit, I might end up ordering a batch!

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The description suggests that every cup of this tea is a mystery. Right now, as it is still very hot, I taste sweet, malty tones and a hint of bergamot. It is very robust. I can smell the jasmine notes wafting out of the cup but I don’t really taste it. As I continue to sip (carefully, as I don’t wish to burn my tongue!) I notice hints of jasmine develop.

As it cools, a freshly baked bread taste emerges. The bergamot seems to be waning, as if it is drifting off into the distance. The jasmine that started to develop at the start seems to have distanced itself as well. Now, I taste mostly black tea – rich and bold with a fair amount of astringency.

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drank Green Rooibos by Shanti Tea
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Very nice. Lightly sweet. I prefer green rooibos over red rooibos and this tisane reminds me why. The sweetness here is much more natural tasting, like it’s been derived from sun-ripened fruit as opposed to that saccharine-like sweetness that I taste from red rooibos. No funky aftertaste either.

The flavor is slightly vegetal, not quite grassy like a green tea kind of grassy, but, more like a sweet/fruity kind of vegetal, and notes of nut and wood in the background. It is light and crisp. Enjoyable.

SimpliciTEA

I’ve never had a green rooibos, but the way you differentiate the sweetness between the green and the red makes me want to try it!

Scatterbrain

Oh yes, I know what you mean. Green rooibos is so fresh and bright tasting, very fruity and refreshing with a palate cleansing/cooling effect. I think red rooibos for the most part is just flat and odd tasting.

LiberTEAS

@SimpliciTEA – you should try it. I like some red rooibos, but usually it is blends where the flavorings tend to mask much of the weird taste of the red rooibos. The green rooibos, on the other hand, is much lighter and even seems to sparkle when you sip it. It’s very refreshing.

SimpliciTEA

Well, with that enticing description green rooibos is now at the top of my list of new teas to try!

Actually for me, although I haven’t tried that many herbal teas, I do really like red rooibos.

Scatterbrain

You can get a pound of it from Davidson’s for $14.65 on Amazon.

SimpliciTEA

Wow. I’ll look into it. Thanks!

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drank Elderberry Green Tea by 52teas
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Last night, as I was sorting through some of my stash (it seems a never ending process!) I came across the last little bit that I had of this. It seemed like it was just enough to brew up a pitcher of iced tea, so that is just what I did.

This is delicious iced. The green tea is prominent, but the berry notes give this an almost-wine-like quality to the background. Sweet and delicious, with hints of tart to keep things interesting. I’m glad I found this… but sad now that the pitcher is empty! This tea will be missed.

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86
drank Wild Arbor Buds by Mandala Tea
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After posting about the Wild Fresh Buds from In Nature this evening, I know that I had tried a very similar looking tea from Mandala tea, but, when I looked for it on here, I couldn’t find it. I don’t know if somehow it got lost in all the updating that is going on, so, I decided to post about it again… so consider this a backlog.

This is a sweet, mellow Pu-erh. Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/04/08/wild-arbor-buds-white-pu-erh-leaf-buds-from-mandala-tea/

Geoffrey Norman

I’m always fascinated by the Wild Arbor varietal. It’s not even a Camellia sinensis…but still “kinda” tastes like tea.

CHAroma

Really interesting post! I know exactly the burs you’re talking about, hahaha. Do you think someone who normally doesn’t like the dark puer type tea would like this “white” version?

TeaBrat

CHAroma – you might want to ask check out some raw pu-erhs, like this one, much lighter and sweeter than the dark shu variety : http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html

Garret

Hi, everybody! CHAroma, we’ve had many customers who have not found black pu’er to be their cup of tea. In the shop, I’ll brew up some green pu’er for them as a green tea and some become instantly obsessed. Of course, there are variables one can play with in the brewing process, but black and green pu’er teas really are two completely different animals, for sure.

CHAroma

Cool, thanks for the information!

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