4787 Tasting Notes

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I was excited to try this blend because I love apricots, and the idea of a brandied apricot upside down cake sounds positively drool worthy. But after reviewing the tasting notes on here, I was a little worried that my expectations might go unmet because while the ratings are not really LOW on this one, they aren’t exceptionally high either. That suggests to me that this might be average tasting, but, not super-duper (I have no idea why I felt the need to say super-duper there).

But you know, this isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s actually quite yummy. For those of you who have tried this already, I suggest trying it again… while I realize I’m not you and don’t have your taste buds, I think that often people try the teas from 52Teas in an excited hurry as soon as they get them and don’t allow the blends to cure for a while. I think that this might have benefited from the curing time.

Because I’m liking what I taste. It’s not exceptional, but, it’s really really good. The apricot is sweet, and taste as though fresh apricots have been simmered in brandy and then caramelized in butter and brown sugar before being put into a baking pan and topped with cake batter. I taste all of the notes as suggested in the name: I taste the brandy, I taste the apricot, I taste the cake. I taste the caramelized brown sugar. I taste notes of butter. I even taste the faintest nutty note from the honeybush. And all of these flavors come together in a way that does not taste fake or overdone, it’s all very smooth and deliciously desserty.

I like this one quite a bit.

Sil

I think you’re right about the excitement of getting to try them. I do my best to leave the teas sit for a while before opening them, or I try them and then revisit them again at a later date.

Amariel

Does sound good though…

Nik

I’m really good at ordering stuff, but not so good at following through. Mail and packages often sit by the door unopened for ages. This has gotten me into trouble more than once in the past, but for 52teas blends, it’s actually a good thing. =)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
4787 tasting notes

I didn’t drink a lot of Matcha while I was sick … and I realize that it was probably the best thing I could have consumed while I was sick, but when I’m down and out like that, I was just too lazy to actually do the preparation. Sounds silly because there’s not a whole lot to it, but, there you have it. I wanted something as easy as possible, so thank goodness for my breville which is basically one step tea making. Measure the tea, push some buttons and walk away… a few minutes later, there is tea.

But, I’ve missed Matcha. I had some Matcha every now and then, mostly in smoothies … but, not as often as I probably should have while I was under the weather there, so this is almost like a welcome back Matcha for me.

I combined, in equal ratios, the Bavarian Cream Matcha and the Strawberry Matcha, and I also combined it with equal ratios of hot water and warmed milk to make a yummy, luscious, strawberry Bavarian Cream treat in my chawan. Love it!

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drank High Country by Trail Lodge Tea
4787 tasting notes

This is a wonderful black tea blend – perfect for a breakfast blend or an anytime blend, really. It is rich and robust enough to serve as a that important first cup of the day, but, it has a crisp lightness to it too, making it a nice choice for afternoon sipping, especially when it’s cold and the wind is howling like it is this afternoon! It has a nice coziness factor!

Very pleasant – rich, smooth, almost creamy. Would make a good latte if you wanted one, but, I like it just fine served straight up too. A really good blend!

Donna A

I have not ordered from this company yet, but they have a lot of very interesting things on their website. Will have to try.

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Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this tea! I’m glad I’m finally feeling healthy so that I can start trying some of these marvelous teas you’ve sent me!

Oh this is good! I do love a good Golden Yunnan and this one is certainly just that. The sip begins sweet, with notes of caramel, cocoa and grape (yes grape!) that seem to intertwine to create a taste that is so very pleasantly sweet. By mid-sip, the sip transitions toward a more savory taste, with hints of pepper that prepare the palate for a freshly baked bread kind of taste … but not just any freshly baked bread. Imagine one of those artisan loaves, with the olives baked inside? Yeah… that! It tastes so rich and savory, and that hint of olive is so surprising and delicious.

Throughout the sip there is no sign of bitterness, and there is very, very little astringency (as in, it’s difficult to notice any at all) to this cup. This would be a great tea for those who generally avoid black teas for fear of bitterness or astringency, because well… there’s next to none. Just delicious, rich, smooth flavor. Amazingly good.

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drank Green Earl Grey by Revolution Tea
4787 tasting notes

I’m liking this alright. I’m not going to say I prefer it over a black Earl Grey because I don’t, but, I do like the differences it offers. It is lighter and crisper than a typical black Earl Grey, and that’s very refreshing. I’m not loving it … but I like it alright.

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This tea is LOADED with currants! It’s also got a fairly large amount of hibiscus in it, so, if you’re not a hibiscus fan, beware.

I generally am not a fan of hibiscus, but, I’m not minding the hibiscus too much here. The flavor of the currants seems to meld well with the hibiscus. But I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping this – I went with six minutes and that seems just about right. I think that had I gone longer, this would have ended up syrupy or too tart.

As it is though, it’s pleasant enough. Tart, yes, but, not overly so. I like the flavor of the currants, it gives it an almost wine-like taste. Kind of cozy. I think it would be really good if some spices were added, to make it like a mulled wine kind of taste … or maybe if it were combined with warmed apple cider to lighten the flavor a bit and add just a bit of spice to it. As it is, I like it, but I wouldn’t say I love it.

Nik

This sounds like it would be a lot of fun to blend/play with.

LiberTEAS

@Nik: Yes, I thought so too. One could definitely go for the mulled wine flavor (without the wine) because of the strong currant notes, just get some mulling spices. I think it would be so good with some hot apple cider too. Or, brewed at a concentrated strength and used as part of a 7up punch (you know those punches that they serve at parties with the sherbet and 7up?) There are all kinds of blending possibilities with it.

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drank Lemon Rose Bud by Fusion Teas
4787 tasting notes

Wow! I’m liking this!

The dry leaf is gorgeous. The tightly wound, deep green leaves (they appear to be a Tie Kuan Yin) are blended with tiny, beautiful, red, perfectly formed rosebuds. So beautiful … I almost didn’t want to brew it! But, even a tea as beautiful as this isn’t going to stop me from submerging it in hot water! It IS beautiful, yes, but, I want tea!

The flavor is really nice – very floral, as the rose is pretty evenly matched with the flavor of the Oolong. The lemon and the ginger are very subtle background notes … so much so that they are almost overwhelmed by the rose, but, I like that they are accent flavors. Kind of like a drop or two of lemon juice squeezed into the cup.

A really tasty, relaxing tea, I’m enjoying this very much.

LiberTEAS

As this tea cools, the lemon comes out a little more. It is still a pretty subtle note, but, the cool tea is much “zingier” than the hot tea.

Nik

Lemon, rose, ginger. I have to try this! Added to the ever-growing shopping list. =)

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Hurray! My taste buds are back in action!

I was really starting to get worried there, when last night I could still sense that my taste buds were still not quite working right. But, today, my husband took me out to breakfast and I could taste everything, and while I don’t quite have my appetite back to what it was (I couldn’t finish breakfast), I could taste all the wonderful flavors again.

But after breakfast I was still feeling a little weary so I needed a nap … so believe it or not this is my first cup of tea of the day! (The tea that they served at the restaurant was not worth drinking) And what a lovely cuppa this is.

This is a fantastic Darjeeling, MUSCATEL! A lovely muscatel note – sweet and fruity, with a fermented grape like flavor (wine-y), and also a very clean … almost effervescent kind of taste that ties into the astringency. That is not to say this is overly astringent, in fact, I find it to be very lightly astringent when considering this is a Darjeeling and I often find them to be more astringent than this. But the bubbly, I almost want to say it tastes almost like sparkling mineral water … and this taste together with the slight astringency gives it a very light, crisp, clean taste that is really quite lovely.

Notes of oak in the background, vaguely earthy … these flavors are especially noticeable in the aftertaste. A beautiful, complex cup.

It’s so nice to have my palate back!

Azzrian

Oh this sounds absolutely wonderful!
So happy you can taste again – a great tea to start back up with too!

LiberTEAS

Yes… I am so glad I can taste again… fully taste. Not muffled by what seems to be a blanket over my tongue. LOL! Really, the only symptoms that still bog me down now are my eyes (the conjunctivitis is REALLY putting up a fight), and my ears. I can hear certain sounds, but not all. I will be in the kitchen right next to my Breville and I don’t hear the “ready” bell from it. I can hear my husband in the living room right now as he talks to the TV, but, when he’s standing next to me, I have a hard time hearing him. Muffled ears … but at least not muffled taste buds!

Nik

Some snarky person (not I, of course) would have some choice words to say about you not hearing hubby when he’s right next to you. :D (I kid, I kid.) Welcome back, tastebuds!

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
4787 tasting notes

I’m not sure exactly how this little bit of Strawberry Zabaglione found its way back into my stash… I was sure that I had sent the last little bit out somewhere. But, I’m glad I found it, because I wanted something like this so that I could test out my taste buds to see how they’re functioning.

I’m feeling so much better than I was, my ears are still what I want to call “cloudy” – where it feels like I’ve got ear plugs in my ears or something because everything sounds muffled. My throat feels better, my eyes are still very itchy and it takes every ounce of willpower that I have (and I haven’t a lot of it) to keep from rubbing them. I still have the occasional cough, but, really, the most difficult thing for me is my taste buds, because I have tons of tea to be tasting and reviewing here, and I need my taste buds to be functioning!

Well, I can definitely taste the strawberry and the creaminess of the custard. It’s yummy, although, it does still taste a bit muffled. sigh I guess no reviewing for today. But, it does give me hope for tomorrow. I think by tomorrow, I should be back in the saddle. At least I hope so!

Bonnie

Feel better!

Helena

Feel better soon!

Fjellrev

I’m glad you’re feeling better at least!

Azzrian

Ah darn and I thought you were so much better. Did I send this to you? I LOVE this stuff and usually always send it to people :)

LiberTEAS

No, this one isn’t from you. It was still in the original pouch… so it must have gotten hoarded by me! LOL

Thanks everyone… I’m getting there. My taste buds are almost there … just not quite.

Amariel

Seems scrumdidlyumptious!

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I think that my taste buds are back. I can taste all the elements in this tea, and they don’t seem like they’re buffered at all. I can taste the maple and the brown sugar, and even the oatmeal … there is a creaminess to the cup that comes from the malty tones of the Assam in the blend. I can even taste the slight fruit notes to the tea as well. If they’re not 100%, I’d say that they’re certainly well on their way … and doing much better than they were a week ago, or even a day ago!

Finishing off the last that I had of this tea … I enjoyed it while I had it!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ha! I JUST had actual maple and brown sugar oatmeal! haha :D

CupofTree

I think oatmeal is my favorite food group. If oatmeal isn’t an actual food group, it should be.

This tea sounds awesome!

Invader Zim

Yay taste buds!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I agree, CupofTree! :) yummmmm!

Nik

So glad you’re on the mend and that the tastebuds-brain connection has been re-established. :D

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Ooo interesting this one. I would have thought the maple would translate to tar in tea but I can see I was wrong. Sounds very sweet!

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