4822 Tasting Notes

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Another tea enjoyed during the W-O-D. This is a really pretty tea with lots of golden tips. A deliciously complex Yunnan, starts out with a strong caramel presence that eventually tapers to more of a light, honey-esque tone. It has a gentle peppery note that melds with a hint of flower, and this produces a really interesting sweet and spicy tone.

Overall, a very enjoyable Yunnan. Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way.

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I had this over the weekend of despair (also known as: the weekend when there were no tasting notes), and I was really surprised at how well I liked it. I ordered it because it sounded very intriguing but after ordering it I worried that it would have too much going on to be able to taste anything but possibly the mint, which tends to be a very aggressive herb in blends.

And the first few sips WERE indeed like that. This tea needs a few minutes to cool slightly – I’d say I let it cool about 3 minutes – to be able to realize the other flavors in the blend. When served piping hot, fresh out of the teapot, the mint is really all I tasted. but after that three minutes, I could taste the other flavors come through.

The mint hits the palate first and remains throughout the sip. The chocolate is there too, but it is more of a low note, but it does remain throughout the sip and I really liked that. The raspberry came through toward the end of the sip, and lingered into the aftertaste with a distinct tart-yet-sweet berry taste.

The black tea also comes through, and it is a rich and full-flavored tea although it does struggle a bit to keep up with the other flavors here.

Overall, this is a really tasty blend that certainly lives up to being a Chocolate Raspberry Mint, although, if we are going to go in order of flavors that are tasted, I’d say it should be Mint Chocolate Raspberry.

gmathis

Ha :) I figured if I just kept working backward through your notes, I’d find out what WOD stood for!

Claire

I just did the same thing gmathis! It truly was a weekend of despair, I kept hopefully refreshing to look for new tasting notes.

LiberTEAS

I felt like I was locked out of my house when I couldn’t post tasting notes. I didn’t realize how addicted to steepster I am.

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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
4822 tasting notes

Backlog: Last night, I finished off what little I had of this blend – I found it hiding in my stash … I had thought it was gone before this! I prepared it strong and served it latte with several gingerbread men marshmallows tossed in. YUM!

CHAroma

Oooh, gingerbread men marshmallows??! How cool!!!

LiberTEAS

yes… I don’t usually buy grocery store marshmallows because they just aren’t very good (I love the handmade marshmallows from 240Sweet, I’m addicted to those), but, when I saw those gingerbread marshmallows I had to have some, they’re shaped like gingerbread men, and they taste like gingerbread + Marshmallow. Really good.

gmathis

Gingerbread marshmallow brand, please? (Fat chance I’ll find them around here, but it’ll be fun to look.)

Nik

If they’re supermarket marshmallows, I reckon they might just be Kraft? I found this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006F6QAWK

They’re also on FB, because apparently now the whole world is: https://www.facebook.com/jetpuffed

And they’ve got other seasonal flavours, too:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520723187946499

Hope that helps!

LiberTEAS

Yes, that’s correct. Sorry, @gmathis, I missed your comment. They are Kraft. They were released first last year, and now this year. They are pretty awesome, which is high praise for me to give grocery store marshmallows.

Nik

It’s really too bad that they are not vegan. Maybe if I ask nicely, Sweet & Sara (sweetandsara.com) will make them. :D

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drank Zulu Chai by Assam Tea Company
4822 tasting notes

Backlog:

The third and final tea from the Amoda Tea Tasting Box for the month of November. I liked this Rooibos Chai, easily one of the best Rooibos Chai blends I’ve had. I liked the way the spices were brought together.

Not surprisingly, it is very fragrant. Dry, I smell the anise and the cardamom. Brewed, I smell the cinnamon and clove with notes of anise and orange in the background.

The organic rooibos can be tasted, but the flavors meld well with the other flavors of the chai … it completes the flavor very nicely, actually. The orange acts to brighten up the cup without playing a strong role in the overall cup, and the spices are warm and spicy without tasting spicy hot … this one warmed me up from the inside out.

Sil

Ack! I really need to get on top of tasting my tea box from Amoda!

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drank Cola Chai by Kally Tea
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I thought I had seen this tea reviewed here before, but I guess not!

This is really quite an interesting tisane. I could distinctly smell the cola notes when I opened the sample pouch, brewed, the cola aroma is not there so much – it’s a spicier fragrance. But dry, it’s definitely cola!

And I can taste cola notes too. This is definitely one of the better rooibos chai blends I’ve had, and that’s difficult for me to say since I actually had a rooibos chai blend that I created when I was doing my flavoring and blending thing. But, I am loving the cola aspect of this chai. It is really awesome!

The combination of the cola flavor and the spices is really yummy, it isn’t overly spicy-hot, the cola tapers the spicy flavor a bit, making it taste like a spiced soda but … served at a warm temperature and without all the bubbles … I bet this would be really good if it were brewed at a double strength and then served with soda water to give it some bubbles. It’s good now, without.

Really, surprisingly tasty.

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A big thanks goes out to my SororiTea Sister Azzrian for sending me some of this tea. It’s my first Whispering Pines tea, so I’m excited!

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Elderberries, the truth is, as far as I know, I’ve only had them in tea. But, I have liked the teas I’ve had with Elderberries in them … and I like this one really well also.

The elderberry together with the rosehip creates a rather tart flavor, and the white tea is delicately sweet, but not enough to offset the tartness of this cup … I don’t feel the need to pucker after a sip, but, it is … just there. You know? Right on the verge. I like the way the flavors play together here… There is a dry astringency that lends itself well to the overall cup, giving it a very clean, crisp taste. It’s very enjoyable, very REFRESHING. Nice.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

If you have enough – you should try this coldbrewed. 1/2 tbsp in 8oz cold water for 10 hours. It’s REALLLLLLY good :)

Azzrian

It is good cold!

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this. I could tell as soon as I took a sip that this was a decaffeinated tea, it has that slight metallic twinge that is apparent in the aftertaste. It isn’t strong, and it doesn’t disrupt my enjoyment of the tea, but it is definitely there.

A nice level of mango flavor, the green tea has a nice amount of body and a tasty vegetative tone … I’m enjoying it, a nice decaf.

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I enjoyed this much more today than I did the first time I tried it. I could taste the chemical taste to it in my first tasting, now, I can barely taste it. So therefore, I’ve decided to increase the rating.

Today I just taste sweet, delicious maple: earthy, rich, sweet … and lovely matcha: creamy, vegetative. So good.

Helena

earthy?? I would say a light maple fudge…. but maybe I’m just craving maple fudge :D

LiberTEAS

I just consider maple to be more a more earthy tasting sweet than sugar, for example, which is like pure sweet. Does that make sense?

LiberTEAS

And yes, maple fudge sounds yummy at this moment!

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

Unlike my SororiTea Sister, I like bananas. I wouldn’t say that I LOVE them, I am not crazy about the fruit … you know, just eating a banana, that’s not something I’ll do often. I do love to add a banana or two to my smoothies so I usually have some bananas on hand. I don’t like banana runts, although I love banana ice pops, I love banana cupcakes, and I love banana tea. And I really like Banana Cream pie, although it isn’t usually my first choice when it comes to pie. (I’d prefer lemon meringue, if you’re curious)

So, I was really excited to try this Banana Cream Pie flavored tea!

This is really yum. The scent of the dry leaf is really quite odd, I must admit, It smells very little like bananas (that is to say, I hardly smell any banana scent here at all), and the same is true for the brewed tea. Very little banana smell.

But it TASTES like bananas. Actually, after the first three or four sips, my palate was able to assemble the flavors and it tastes like Banana Coconut Cream Pie. Yes, I know the name of it is only Banana Cream Pie, but the coconut is a strong enough flavor that it should be considered part of the name of this tea.

I taste banana, and vanilla cream custard, I taste coconut and I even taste pie crust that has been lightly seasoned with allspice. The tea is there too, and it’s all constructed in a very careful balance to create a real Banana Coconut Cream Pie experience in a teacup. Very nicely done, indeed!

gmathis

I can’t stand banana texture—hate the squishy slimy feel—but I can do banana flavor tea with no qualms. This sounds tasty.

LiberTEAS

I understand that … maybe that’s why I don’t like to eat a banana either (I don’t dislike it, but, its not my favorite fruit to eat on its own).

Nik

I love bananas and banana anything. Definitely adding this to my shopping list (in which I’ve hardly made even the hint of a dent this Black Friday, but whatever—new tea!). =)

Lynxiebrat

I like the idea of bananas, been needing to eat more for the potassium, but have been unable to convince myself to do it. It isn’t the texture, it is the smell that often puts me off. Even fresh bananas can put me off. Yet sometimes I do like them. I love them with strawberries, whether in yogurt, ice cream or shakes. Not a huge fan of Banana Cream Pie, I’ll eat a small piece of it….but then these days most of the only sweet stuff I can stand is tea. smiles

Indigobloom

try freezing your bananas and mixing it with a dash of cocoa/sauce… tastes just like icecream and no banana texture!

Helena

lemon meringue pie is awesome (it’s why I like good morning sunshine I swear it tastes the same)

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
4822 tasting notes

Oh yum! Oh yum! Oh yum!

I love S’mores. They are one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures, but one that I don’t enjoy very often as I rarely have the three ingredients in the house at the same time to make them. But, this tea tastes so much like them that I need not find myself with a craving left unsatisfied again!

I can taste the chocolate and the marshmallow – these flavors are very distinct – but the graham is a little less so. I find that if I slurp, though, and allow the tea to sort of vibrate along my palate, the graham comes through.

The black tea comes through too, although it is rather mild. As yummy as this is, it could be even better with just a little bit of Lapsang Souchong in the blend to bring out the campfire-y notes that all my best memories of S’mores have. I think that for what I have left of this tea, I might add a few leaves of Lapsang Souchong to it to see if I’m right.

Otherwise, this is really very good.

ETA: I almost forgot the reason why I went hunting through my stash to find this tea! I thought it would be the appropriate tea to drink as the SororiTea Sisters kick off their second giveaway this season! You could win a 12 Days of Christmas Sampler from Della Terra Teas: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/23/the-season-of-giveaways-take-2/

Nik

Another giveaway! Awesome, thank you. =)

LiberTEAS

We’re having giveaways all throughout the month of December, too, and it will stretch into January … maybe longer! :)

Nik

I saw! That is totally amazing for your readership. You all rock. =)

PolarPear

This sounds so yummy, but I saw somewhere that they added flavorings? Does it taste chemical-y at all? I’m really sensitive to artificial flavors.. not sure if it’s psychosomatic but they always seem to give me a headache :/

Such a shame because this sounds wonderful!

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