4391 Tasting Notes

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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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Thank you Russel Allyn for sending me some of this Oolong – it is delightful!

The aroma wafting from my cup at the moment is captivating, smelling sweet with hints of fruit, flower and honey. The early infusions also offered a very creamy element to the flavor and texture, with the creaminess waning by about the fourth infusion.

A really delicious Oolong – I love it.

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drank Yunnan Black by Peony Tea S.
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The aroma of the dry leaf is sweet. I agree with TeaEqualsBliss – I smell the sweetness of dates here. Even the brewed tea has a hint of the date-like fragrance, and this translates to the flavor. Sweet, with hints of earth and leather, fruit undertones, and even hints of chocolate.

An really delightful Dian Hong. This is one I could drink every day.

Bonnie

Oooooo dates!?! Leather!?! (Handcuffs?) Oops! Uh, chocolate!

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Wow! Loving this breakfast blend… although I don’t think it’s actually a blend … I think it’s pure Nigiri. It is rich and flavorful, smooth, malty and absolutely delicious. A lovely tea that manages to find the balance between invigorating-get-up-and-go-ness and slow-down-and-enjoy-the-deliciousness.

An outstanding breakfast tea.

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This is an OUTSTANDING Oriental Beauty – sweet, deliciously peach-like and honey-esque. Sweet, luscious and wonderfully complex! The peach and honey tones are strong right from the start, and once the palate becomes accustomed to these flavors, it starts exploring the other notes: earth, flower, and a creaminess that melds beautifully with the peach-y tones.

Each infusion is a delight… I’m on my fourth infusion now. By the third infusion, I noticed that the mouthfeel began to lighten and it became slightly less creamy… in fact, the flavors began to meld together and become unified… creating less diversity but a more luscious, enchanting flavor.

I love this tea.

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88
drank Wildberry Matcha by Shanti Tea
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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Matcha. This is the last of the berry flavored teas I’ll be drinking today!

This is really yummy. The berry flavor is subtle at first, but develops as I sip… by the time I reached my last sip, I found the berry flavor … especially in the aftertaste … to be well-pronounced. Sweet, a little tart, and juicy tasting, reminding me of something between a blueberry and blackberry flavor. Delicious!

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2nd infusion – this tea MUST be resteeped! It’s even better the second time around… the flavors have become smoother, and are even just a little bit creamy. The tartness of the blueberry has even softened somewhat, leaving a pleasantly sweet berry taste with a soft, silky mouthfeel.

Bonnie

I can’t believe I haven’t tried this one!

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

Today seems to be turning out to be a “berry” tea kind of day, although I didn’t intentionally plan for it to be. I have at least one more berry tea on deck waiting for me today, so yeah… it just happened like that.

This is really good. I’ve tried purple Oolong and purple Pu-erh… and this particular purple tea seems to almost be “white” like to me. Maybe a little “green” tea-ish. Somewhere in between. It has a lightness to it … a delicateness that reminds me of a white tea, while there is a vegetative tone that is more like a green tea.

It’s very VERY good. I like the way the blueberries really stand out here, Sweet with hints of sour. The herbaceous tones of the tea lend a very “fresh” flavor to this, like freshly picked blueberries … and an earthy tone to it that give it a sort of “rustic” tone … evoking thoughts of picking wild blueberries. It’s deliciously different … unlike a blueberry green tea or a blueberry white tea … but still has similarities to both of these. Unique enough to NOT be these teas, while still similar enough to be vaguely reminiscent of them.

Quite good. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to try this tea.

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drank Rain Drop by Kaleisia Tea
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I brewed some of this last night for iced tea today. This tea is better iced than hot … so REFRESHING. Sweet strawberry and the orange gives it just a hint of tangy … so so yummy!

Babble

Heeeey… that’s the tea store I was just at the other day. Have you been to them? Or did you just order it online?

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

It’s really good. Huckleberries are indigenous to this area, so I see a lot of different huckleberry products at the “made in Oregon” or “made in Washington” type shops, but this is my first time trying a huckleberry tea. It’s quite refreshing – the berry flavor is a little sweet and a little tart.

A ripe huckleberry tastes a little sweeter than a blueberry, but with that distinct tartness that you get from a blueberry that is especially noticeable in the aftertaste. It’s tasty, very berry-ish, and tastes good hot or iced, but I think I prefer it iced.

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drank Kick In the Cup by Red Leaf Tea
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This cup has some serious HEFT to it! It is definitely a kick in the cup! And I can already feel the effects of it … the caffeine is running through my veins … encouraging me to get up and get busy. House work (ugh) is waiting, and must be done. Might as well take advantage of the kick while I’ve got it, right?

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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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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