4449 Tasting Notes

drank Floral Green Tea by De Vos Tea
4449 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

I don’t know if my feelings toward this tea are simply because the sample is a bit on the old side … or if it is just because I don’t like it. But… I don’t really care for this. I mean… it’s drinkable, it’s just not enjoyable. Sepalika is supposed to be a night flowering jasmine, but, it just tastes off. It is bitter and not the sweet, delightful jasmine I love. It almost tastes as if it were flavored with an essential oil rather than the layering process.

The grassiness of the green tea is also on the bitter side, and I’m finding that to be a bit off-putting as well. I was gearing up to write a review of this for the Tea Review Blog, but since they don’t want anything but favorable reviews, and I don’t really have anything nice to say about this one, I guess I’ll forgo the review.

I won’t even give this one a numeric rating, because, I don’t know that it would be fair, since I really don’t know how old the sample is. But as it is, I’m not enjoying this, and I’m pouring the rest of the cup down the drain.

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drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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I brewed this one hot, and then chilled it overnight. It’s really good hot-brewed, but, I am glad that I got two of this flavor to try cold-brewing it (when my new pitcher arrives which I hope it will soon!)

I don’t know if it is as good as the original Rainbow Sherbet that was released last year. I am not sure if I have any more of that tea… will have to search through my stash and see if it’s there, but I think the original was better. But this one is still really good.

DaisyChubb

Oh what pitcher did you order? I’m very excited to hear how the cold brewing turns out!

teawade

wow this sounds like a mind blower

teawade

wow this sounds like a mind blower!

LiberTEAS

@DaisyChubb: I just ordered a simple glass pitcher, nothing all that exciting, but, I’ve had a hard time finding something like it in the stores locally. You’d think it’d be pretty simple, but, it seems like all the refrigerator pitchers are made of plastic, or if made of glass, have some obnoxious spigot near the bottom that I don’t want or need. I REALLY hate those spigots.

So basically, I just wanted something that was made of GLASS. It isn’t necessarily a tea pitcher but just a generic pitcher, but, it will suit my needs fine for now.

CHAroma

I hear you about those spigots, LOL! Glad you found something you like!

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YUM!

It might seem a little late for Guayusa, and hopefully it won’t be keeping me up past my bedtime, but since I usually am up past 3 am anyway, I am not too worried. I needed an energy boost because I have a lot to do this evening, and I’m already feeling a little like I should be napping instead of getting things done.

This is really tasty. The tangerine and cream flavors are balanced, and the guayusa adds a richness to the background, tasting a little earthy, and even a little vegetal, and these notes work very well with the flavors of tangerine and cream. Overall, the cup is smooth, rich and creamy, with a deliciously sweet tangerine taste.

And it tastes better with each sip! Incredibly YUM!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing about the matcha I’m about to have. Feeling quite tired already, but have to go and do some things at work that I neglected earlier, so the energy boost is probably required.

Bonnie

Night owls!

tigress_al

Is the taste similar to the good morning sunshine? It sounds delicious!

LiberTEAS

I haven’t yet tried Good Morning Sunshine, so I can’t say.

Butiki Teas

tigress_al-Kind of but not quite. The Tangerine Creamsicle was specifically developed as a dessert-y drink so it is more creamy and the citrus isn’t biting. Good Morning Sunshine has a little more citrus to it and a lot less cream.

seule771

The naming of this tea sounds yummy and for the summertime. Creamsicle or am I wrong? Laced with tangerine like fruits. Butiki Teas is run by Stacey? I just noted the wording tangerine creamsicle, after I typed what I am imagining flavor to be tasting like. Interesting.

Bonnie

Good morning sunshine is more like Meyer Lemon too. And Tangerine Creamsicle is like those 50-50- bars with the orange and vanilla ice cream. Really good. Stacy is the bomb! (She’s got flavor…but she’s the owner and creates the flavors…all natural!)

seule771

Yeah! I visited her site on line through Tea Trade when she was just starting out. About a year now in business or perhaps I recall incorrectly.
On Newbury Street in Boston, MA there is a sub-shop that makes wonderful sandwiches…one of which is the ultimate stake bomb. If ever there do try them. Not sure if they still exist as it has been years…when allowed to be employed. No matter. I can’t recall the last time I tried or had creamsicle; I would rather have it as ice-cream. When I have money I will get some and think of your comment. Kudos, Bonnie!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Bonnie! :)

Seule771-We’ve been in business for about 4 years. I would say its a creamy tangerine and also some orange peel shines through which has a bit of cracker-like taste.

tigress_al

Interesting. I really liked good morning sunshine. But it sounds like I will like this one even more. On my next order I guess!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I was asked to try this tea (since it is one that I tossed the idea out there for, I figured I should), and it is AWESOME. This is exactly what butterbeer should taste like … or at least what I’d imagine it to taste like.

I’ve only tasted one other “butterbeer” inspired tea, and that was an adagio custom blend, and it was alright… I think I liked it more because it was called “butterbeer” and not so much because it was a great tea.

This, on the other hand, I love because it is a great tea, and I’d love it even if it wasn’t called butterbeer, but it should be called butterbeer because that is what it is.

Oh sheesh… I’m rambling.

I’ll talk more on this one later, when I’m up for writing a proper review.

I love this!

52teas

I am SO glad this is being received well. I think it’s a really unique blend. I would love to see this one on the first page of Steepster teas.

Kiaharii

I’ve got to try this, I think as a huge HP fan it’s required. :)

Kittenna

Frank, please tell me you are reviving this one?? And Double Chocolate Decadence, since it must have sold out nearly as quickly? I missed out and desperately want both now…

52teas

I am waiting on some supplies to reblend this one. Not sure about the Double chocolate at this point. Maybe.

Kittenna

I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I feel like teas are selling out too quickly (for me) on your site and I keep missing things! Sigh.

LiberTEAS

I’ve got the biggest smile on my face to see Kittenna request these two teas. :)

LiberTEAS

Seriously, you guys should consider subscribing … I receive a package each month of all of Frank’s teas, and I am really glad, because now I don’t worry about anything selling out.

Kittenna

I regret not subscribing when he had the 15% off deal, so I probably will if something like that comes up again. I’ve wanted almost every blend (aside from maybe Doggie Tea).

LiberTEAS

well, the doggie tea wasn’t part of the subscription, so no worries there! :)

Even without the discount, it’s a good deal. A better deal with the discount for sure. But hopefully, he won’t be offering any discounts UNTIL it’s time for me to renew my subscription. :)

Kittenna

I just wish shipping costs weren’t an issue! And, you know, ability to drink that much tea…

tigress_al

I agree with above comments about chocolate decadence. Since all the raving reviews about this tea, I will just have to try it!

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Tart! As in TART! Tart tarty tart tart!

But, as much as I tend to reject tart flavors, this isn’t so bad as far as tart teas go. There are other flavors besides the tart.

The tart comes from the hibiscus, as does the deep ruby-red color. The tisane also has a nice body to it that comes from the hibiscus. I only steeped it for five and a half minutes, so it didn’t come out syrupy the way hibiscus can do sometimes.

I can taste the cherry and the blueberry, and these flavors are especially noticeable in the background where I get this really nice, fruity note. And the coconut offers just a hint of sweetness in the background, along with a slight creamy taste that really smooths out the flavor overall.

I did need to add a bit of turbinado sugar to this to help soften the tartness a bit, but I didn’t add a lot, and it wasn’t bad without the sugar, it’s just a lot better with it. It’s still tart … but it has a sort of refreshing quality to it too.

Azzrian

So let me get this clear … was it TART? :)

LiberTEAS

It was a little on the tart side. Just a wee bit.

gmathis

My eyes are watering and my tongue is wrinkling just reading this review!

Kittenna

All I can think of is butter tarts…. I think I’m hungry……!

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drank Banana Peach Green by 52teas
4449 tasting notes

I brewed some of this for today’s iced tea sipping. Delicious as always … still one of my faves from 52Teas … this one is perfectly peach and banana. Love it.

52teas

I miss this tea. I still can’t understand why it was never very popular. I guess when you offer stuff like Butterbeer and bacon tea, banana peach is just ho hum. LOL.

Azzrian

NO! I want to try this Frank bring it back!

Azzrian

Frank there are new tea drinkers all the time to make an old GOOD idea profitable! :)

LiberTEAS

Frank: I don’t know why it was not popular either… I understand that the combo may seem a little on the mild side compared to some of your other amazing blends, but, the balance of flavors is just so magnificent here. Definitely one of my favorite ones iced. Sadly, my stash is nearly gone, I think I have enough for one more pitcher of iced tea.

Azzrian

This would be a great addition to the SBT line then!

ScottTeaMan

What a pefect flavor combo!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I too really liked this one when I tried it in the first 12 Xmas teas sampler. I didn’t think I would before I had it, but it was eminently sipable.

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I won’t be writing a full-length review for this one yet, because I just finished a root beer that had the most remarkable set of spices (I don’t say that often about a soda, as I don’t usually like soda) and I can still taste the anise lingering on my palate, and it is giving this deliciously chocolate-y blend just a hint of licorice-y goodness … which leads me to think that at some point when enjoying this tea, I might need to drop a piece or two of star anise in the teapot to alter the flavor a bit. Would definitely be tasty (I do love anise).

First of all, I’ve got to mention this one more time – FRANK: I love the new base. The old base was hit or miss for me sometimes, but this one is really good. Rich, hearty but with a nice roundness so that it doesn’t come off as too heavy. Very good.

Is this chocolate-y enough? Well, truth be told, I don’t know that there can ever be enough chocolate. That’s like saying a person has enough tea. That statement simply does not make any sense to me. You might as well be speaking gibbily-gook because there is never really “enough” chocolate nor is there “enough tea” in the world to satisfy me.

However, in terms of tea and chocolate enjoyment, I am really enjoying the level of chocolate in this. Rich and deliciously smooth chocolate, not some flimsy, namby-pamby milk chocolate, this is dark and decadent. Yummy. Yes, it is that. It is definitely Yummy.

LiberTEAS

As this cools to a drinkable temperature, the chocolate notes begin to really intensify, becoming creamier and richer.

Janefan

Lovely “non-review”! I really need to brew up this one this weekend.

LiberTEAS

@Janefan: Well, when I actually write a review for the SororiTea Sisters blog, I like to have a clean palate so that I can really try to interpret what I’m tasting to the best of my ability. This tasting note is more rambling than anything else. :)

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drank Candy Shoppe by Liber Teas
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I sort of “resurrected” this blend for a friend of mine, her birthday is this weekend, and she has mentioned several times to me that she wished I still made Candy Shoppe. It’s basically a fruit and herbal blend with honeybush that’s been flavored with caramel and vanilla.

This is pretty close to the way I remember it. Sweet and caramel-y with notes of vanilla cream. Slightly fruity. Hints of honey. Really good, even if I do say so myself.

No rating, since it’s my own blend.

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I’ve mentioned before that I tend to be very leery of decaffeinated teas. Once upon a time, decaffeinated meant “icky chemical taste” to me. Fortunately, I’m not getting any icky chemical taste here. Just lovely, sweet green tea and deliciously exotic jasmine notes. Not soapy. Just beautiful flavor.

This tea does taste a bit thinner than a caffeinated green tea, but, it is really quite minimal. It doesn’t really disrupt the taste, nor do I find myself wishing for more thickness or body to this… it’s quite nice the way it is. I’m just stating that I do notice a slight variation from what I’d experience with a caffeinated version of green tea … and I’m very happy that it is only slight!

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drank Watermelon Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I did it. I finally broke down and ordered some Matcha from Red Leaf Tea. I had been reading the reviews of this Watermelon Matcha and drooling – I had to try it! HAD TO!

I ordered the Distinctive flavor level with the basic grade Matcha for this … and it’s absolutely perfect. Sure, I guess a higher quality Matcha would have been nicer, but, I like this just the way it is. It is sweet, vegetal, creamy and even a little buttery. The watermelon is at the perfect level of flavor and it’s sweet, juicy and tastes very watermelon-y. This is seriously YUM! I gulped down my first chawan full of this, and if it weren’t so late in the day I’d probably indulge myself with another. This really isn’t going to last long in my cupboard!

Babble

Oh man this sounds delicious. But my BF would hate it, since he’s not a fan of watermelon (and seriously, who hates watermelon?)

LiberTEAS

I know, I don’t get that either. I think I’ve met one or two people in my life that didn’t care for watermelon, and I was just dumbfounded… how could anyone NOT like it? I mean, I can understand not liking Matcha as it can be somewhat of an acquired taste/not for everybody kind of taste, but, not liking watermelon? That just seems wrong and … maybe even non-human … are you sure your boyfriend is from earth?

Missy

I am so alien! ;)

Missy

Dylan says I’m unAmerican.

Babble

LOL – I think he’s from earth. It’s so weird too because he loves cantelope, which is another melon. I don’t know, sometimes men are so hard to understand ;)

Kittenna

My father apparently is “allergic” to watermelon. I’ve never understood it either. I think he just didn’t like it.

This one is definitely on my short list to try from Red Leaf! I received my latest, Green Apple, a day ago, and am looking forward to trying it ASAP!

TeaEqualsBliss

I was sooooooo going to place a matcha order thru them! Perhaps I will wait a bit and see what happens. I was tempted with everyone elses matcha’s perhaps

DaisyChubb

Yay! I’m so glad you had a good experience with them! It’s Friday so I’m going to indulge in some Watermelon Matcha today as well -you inspire moi! :D

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