4401 Tasting Notes

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drank Rwanda Rukeri by Butiki Teas
4401 tasting notes

Ahh! This is so refreshing!

The flavor is unmistakably vegetative, I taste notes of artichoke and kelp, and there is a fair amount of tangy astringency to the cup. It has a citrus-y finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than most green teas I’ve tasted lately, and it’s rather refreshing. It doesn’t feel “soupy” or brothy (and I’m not saying that thicker mouthfeel is bad), and because it doesn’t feel quite as heavy or thick, it seems to really quench the thirst. Very nice. Very nice indeed!

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75
drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
4401 tasting notes

Thank you to DaisyChubb for sending me some of this tea. I am really glad to be able to try it.

I find myself wanting just a little bit more from this chai… The cinnamon and ginger seem to need an accomplice… cardamom or cloves or both. It just is … lacking in the spice department, and while I acknowledge that chai means tea … in Northern America I think we’ve come to accept chai as meaning a spiced tea or tisane… and this tastes seasoned but not spiced … if that makes sense.

The coconut and the cream part of this is really delicious though. And this makes a really yummy latte. I just feel like the spices were overlooked. It is good, but it could be so much better.

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89

This is a lovely way to start the day … and yes, that means I am starting the day at 1:35pm. I like it better that way, because it means I totally missed morning, and my opinions of mornings are not real positive. I’m not a morning person.

This is very hearty, good and strong. Astringent, but not bitter. I do notice a slight sourness to the undertone, as mentioned by my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss. It’s not off-putting, instead, I think it seems to enhance the overall experience by giving the palate something different to explore.

A lovely cuppa. My full-length review: http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=19045

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78

This is decent. It takes me back to the days when I was flavoring/blending teas as I had a vanilla honeybush blend back then… although, I think I liked mine better than this. The flavor of the honeybush – naturally sweet, honey-like, with pronounced nutty tones – seems to marry very well with the creamy sweetness of vanilla. This is nice.

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92
drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
4401 tasting notes

I’m really LOVING this. Everything comes together in a very lovely way. The Chun Mee has a bit more astringency than the Chinese Sencha that Frank usually uses for his green tea blends, and I think that it works to this particular blend’s benefit. The lemon is tangy-sweet, with just the right amount of tart. I’m not puckering, it reminds me very much of the kind of tartness I might experience after biting into a lemon bar. You know, those sweet, shortcake-crusted, lemon-custard filled confections that have been sprinkled with powdered sugar? It’s sweet yet tart like that.

The cardamom is nice here too, it has a natural sort of citrus-y tone to it, and offers just a gentle warmth to the cup. It doesn’t taste spicy, but the combination of the astringency and the crisp, lemon zesty taste and the spice of the cardamom seems to impart a sort of peppery tickle on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not strong, but very enjoyable.

This is awesome, I can’t wait to try it iced!

TeaBrat

I would love a decaf version of this too…

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85

This tea has a strong earthy scent which I noticed particularly after brewing. Reminiscent of peat and leather and wood. I like that even though it has the earthy scent, it doesn’t taste as earthy as it smells. It is really quite sweet and smooth. A very rich taste, almost buttery, but not in a green tea or oolong “buttery” kind of way, but more like melted butter with freshly baked bread. Very mellow and nice. I like this one.

Azzrian

Good LORD are you trying to tempt me into ANOTHER order! I just can’t not right now – but SOON! MELTED BUTTER and FRESH baked BREAD!?!? I just had a teagasim.

ashmanra

This one really is great. This is my next puerh order.

CHAroma

@Azzrian, I have some of this I’d be happy to share with you. PM me if you’re interested.

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93

Similar to my experience with the Wah First Flush from RTR, when I first opened the package and looked at the tea, I thought this might be a green tea. The coloration is more like a green tea than a black. When it brews, the color is quite light for a black tea. But, the flavor is definitely that of a black Darjeeling – light, yes, but still quite black tea like.

The aroma is very floral and a unique floral note … I have to agree that I smell lily of the valley here. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed such a distinct Lily of the Valley note. The flavor is nice – extraordinarily smooth, smoother than I’d expect from a Darjeeling, with a nice muscatel finish. There are other fruit notes as well, including a clear lemon-y like flavor, that really brightens the cup.

Really a lovely tea experience. A really nice Darjeeling, if this is indicative of what we might expect from the 2012 harvest, I’d say this is going to be a very nice year, indeed.

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87

I needed a caffeine fix this morning and this one did the job for me. Delicious. I love the macadamia nut flavor here, it melds so nicely with the vanilla. So good.

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86

I’ve had this sample for a little while now, and decided that I wanted a nice relaxing afternoon cup today. This is really quite nice. It is one that I think is best if you let cool for a few minutes before drinking. The first couple of sips actually seemed a little harsh but after it cooled for about three minutes, the flavor became much smoother and actually quite lovely. I could taste the floral tones distinctly, but they weren’t sharp or bitter. Just very calm and smooth.

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88

A fantastic Pouchong. Sweet and light and crisp. I am now on my third and final cup, which is the combination of infusions five and six.

The first cup (infusions 1 and 2) was very creamy and succulent, reminding me a bit of a milky Oolong but not quite as thick… this is what I enjoy so much about Pouchong, is that it has the lightness of a green tea, with some of the delicious creamy notes of an Oolong. It brings the best of both worlds into one cup.

The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) was a bit more vegetative, offering a flavor that is somewhere between sweet grass and mild steamed vegetables that are lightly seasoned with butter. Sweet and delicious. Not quite as creamy as the first cup, a little more on the savory side this time – a bit like broth. Somewhat sharp floral tones have emerged, but they are subtle. Subtle and yet sharp. Very nice contrast.

The third cup (this cup! Infusions five and six) is slightly more floral than the first two cups were, but the floral tones are not quite as sharp as they were in the second cup. The flavors in this cup seem to be melding together, uniting, becoming smoother. Not nearly as creamy as cup number 1, but, still very enjoyable. In fact, this one might be my favorite of the three cups.

An excellent Pou Chong!

CHAroma

Great review! I love how detailed it is, explaining how you combined different infusions.

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