4825 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Azzrian for sending me a bit of this tea – it’s yummy! I’ve had a few different root beer float teas/tisanes, and some were better than others … this is good, but not the best that I’ve had.

I feel like it misses the mark slightly. The root beer part is definitely there … and I’ve got to say it’s a little weird drinking hot root beer! But, I am not getting a creamy “float” part so much. There’s a hint of vanilla in there, but, it’s just not creamy enough, nor is it sweet enough for me to say that this is definitely root beer float. Had I tasted it “blindly” (without brewing it myself so I knew what I was brewing), I would have probably guessed root beer because that’s there, but, I don’t think I would have guessed root beer FLOAT.

I find myself wishing there was some sarsaparilla and some anise (and maybe a touch of wintergreen) in this, too. I think it would make this a better root beer.

By the way, the best root beer I’ve ever had (not root beer tea, but the soda), is this one: http://hungryinportland.com/2012/07/07/root-beer-from-maine-root/

Amariel

Did you try it iced, as a latte?

LiberTEAS

No. The float should be in the flavor, not something that I add to it by making it a latte, in my opinion.

TheTeaFairy

Frankly, I don’t know how to handle that one…there’s definitely something creamy missing to make it good, but the milk doesn’t do it either…and as you point out, if FLOAT is in he name, it shouldn’t require any addition!

LiberTEAS

Yes, this tea does have the potential to be great, but, it really needs to enhance the float part … or just call itself root beer.

Nik

I love the Maine Root brand! I’m not sure I’ve had their root beer, yet. (Virgil’s is my favourite, so far.) Their lemon-lime soda reminds me of Limca, the lemon-lime soda we have in India, which I like better than Sprite. They’re one of those companies whose products I’d buy blindly, because I trust it’ll be good. Sadly, that backfired recently. They make a Pumpkin Pie soda. When I saw it in the supermarket, I thought ooooh, maybe it’ll taste like the pumpkin fizz I had at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and bought some. Unfortunately, it’s pretty bad. =( It tastes soapy and nothing like my beloved pumpkin fizz. Oh, well.

LiberTEAS

OK well, that makes me NOT want to try that pumpkin pie soda, to get it here, I’d have to order a full pack of it (not just one bottle) so I don’t want to order a whole pack of it only to not like it.

Nik

Yep, I also got a four-pack from the supermarket. I drank the first bottle and didn’t like it. I drank another bottle thinking that maybe my taste buds were all wonky the first time, and still didn’t like it. The other two bottles are in the fridge. I’m planning on experimenting with them. :D

LiberTEAS

Yeah, hopefully you can do something with them. I did want to try the pumpkin pie soda before reading this, it just sounded so intriguing, and given how well they do the root beer, I thought that the pumpkin pie soda should be amazing, but, I don’t want to get a full pack only to find that it’s not to my liking. If I were able to get a solo bottle, then that’s another thing … but as they aren’t local, I can’t pick one up in one of the upscale type markets either. ah…well!

Nik

I dunno, LiberTEAS, it did win an award at some expo or something…maybe it’s just me. If I knew how to package the bottle so it doesn’t break in transit, I’d be happy to send you one.

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drank Vanilla Cloud matcha by Domo
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

This morning when I woke up, I needed MATCHA … and I wanted a latte, so, I grabbed this. I have enough of this for one more latte, I think.

Delicious as always, sweet, and still has that weird yet yummy ovaltine taste … I’m not sure why I like that so much, but I do.

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I tried brewing this again today, using a slightly lower temperature (195°F) and it has made all the difference in the world in the taste! The sage is not bitter now, only savory and distinctly sage, and this is a much tastier cup.

While measuring out this tea, I was surprised to see big pieces of the actual vanilla pod in the tea! Singing Dog Vanilla is a vanilla company that offers several vanilla products including a few teas, and it’s clear that they want the vanilla EXPERIENCED in this tea.

The vanilla is strong, sweet and absolutely creamy. I love how creamy it tastes and the texture of it too, it’s almost like I made a latte but with no milk! The black tea is also quite strong, and while the website does not indicate what type of tea it is – it only says “organic black tea” … as does the packaging … I suspect that this is an Assam because it is a sturdy, bold black tea with a hint of malt, and there is a fair amount of astringency to the cup as well, so I’m going with Assam … although I could be wrong. My taste buds tell me it’s an Assam, though.

The sage and blackberry are more of accent notes rather than strong flavors of the cup … although if the water is too hot, the sage becomes much more dominating, as I mentioned in my first tasting note of this tea. The blackberry becomes more obvious as I continue to sip, and now that I’m nearly finished with this cup, the blackberry is quite THERE … especially in the aftertaste. I have a delicious blackberry taste lingering on my palate and it’s quite lovely.

A very enjoyable tea. I think I may have to seek out more of the Singing Dog Vanilla products.

Rebecca Lynn

Sounds amazing!

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drank Red Sunset by Red Leaf Tea
4825 tasting notes

Thank you to Azzrian for sending me a very generous amount of this tea! I thought for sure I had tried it before … but I checked all my reviews and I couldn’t find it anywhere… so, if I had tried it, I didn’t record it! But I’m glad to be trying it now!

This is really quite unexpected. It is extraordinarily aromatic, very strongly ROSE but, when combined with the fruit essence, it becomes quite a different rose scent, that is to say, not rose in the possibly expected Rose Congou type of scent. It still smells like rose … but it smells a bit like fruit that has been doused with rose water. Very fragrant, and quite nice, really. Another way to describe it might be to say it’s a bit like sitting in a rose garden while eating a fruit salad.

And it tastes really good too… the fragrance is almost overpowering, and it is almost an assault on the olfactory nerves, and while smelling it I was a wee bit worried that I was about to be tasting a tea that would be too perfume-y tasting because of the aroma of the tea.

But, I am liking it! The fruit flavor tapers the rose just enough so that it doesn’t come off too rose-y (although I do enjoy rose teas!) … what I’m trying to say is that it has a nice balance between fruit and flower. I like this … thanks again Azzrian!

Azzrian

You are most welcome!

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This is yummy! A perfect way to improve upon the classic Thanksgiving dessert, in my opinion, is to add chocolate. Of course, adding chocolate is my solution to everything. Chocolate makes the world a much nicer place to be, and I’m thankful for chocolate … so it seems only fitting that chocolate SHOULD be part of this Thanksgiving tradition.

What I really like about this is that the pumpkin is a very prominent flavor. It seems too often that pumpkin pie teas are nothing more than black tea with some pumpkin pie spice, rather than actual PUMPKIN taste. Pumpkin pie spice does not equal pumpkin! I like that I taste pumpkin here.

After the tea cools slightly (it is not cold or even tepid at this point, but just not piping hot), I notice a hint of buttery pie crust. The chocolate is a strong flavor too, although, it could always use more chocolate. Always. I doubt there will ever be enough chocolate. :)

The flavor of the black tea is a little obscured with the stronger flavors of pumpkin and chocolate and spice, a little less prominent than I would like for my flavored teas, but, I still find this to be quite tasty, regardless … and something I’d be happy to drink again and again.

I just got finished writing my full-length review for this tea on SororiTea Sisters (this review will publish on the eve of the 20th), and something that I mentioned there that I will also mention here, is that the way the spices and the chocolate flavoring mingle with one another here … it gives the chocolate a sort of chocolate liqueur kind of flavor that I’m really digging. I love Godiva’s Chocolate Liqueur, but, I’m not a big alcohol fan (although I probably could become an alcoholic if I were able to – read: afford to! – keep this liqueur on hand), so I love that I can kind of experience that yummy taste via TEA which I prefer and find much more affordable too.

TeaBrat

Tea is better than booze! :D

Nik

Nice tasting note! Totally agree with you re: pumpkin vs. pumpkin pie spice. It’s awesome that you actually tasted pumpkin in this. Sounds great.

Bonnie

I thought this was one of the best of the chocolate taster set. Actually, the pumpkin and spice was what I tasted mostly too and I liked it. I had trouble tasting their chocolate. Oh well. I could only taste their real chocolate morsels.

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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
4825 tasting notes

Either the packaging of this tea or the website is LYING to me. The package says that this is a green and white tea blend. The website says that this is a blend of green teas and rooibos. If it is a green and white blend, I would brew it at a low temperature for the white tea, at a slightly longer time. If it’s a green and rooibos blend, I would have kept it a little higher than I would for the white tea, and for a slightly shorter time. Since I had the package with me in the kitchen and was not looking at the website at the time that I was brewing, I went with the green and white tea brewing parameters, and that irritates me because this IS a green and rooibos blend.

So, I guess I am going to have to try again with this tea tomorrow or the next day before I write my full-length review on this tea. And it wasn’t nice to lie to me, it makes me grumpy.

Kittenna

How annoying! It drives me crazy when information is different in different locations (e.g. ingredient lists, brewing parameters, dates/times).

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Today has been a day. The mail brought something rather confusing, but, fortunately, the issue was resolved very satisfactorily. Anyway, it kind of threw me for a loop, and I haven’t been able to get back on track since. I’m hoping that another cup will get me focused again.

This is good. Yummy! Even better than last year’s pumpkin cheesecake from 52Teas – because this has caramel in it! Yummmm! That seems to be one of the ways to make something good even better. Add caramel. Or add chocolate. Next year, maybe Frank will make a chocolate caramel pumpkin cheesecake tea around this time of year. Also good would be a praline pecan caramel pumpkin cheesecake. Or pumpkin chocolate chip cookie tea. I asked for that last year, and haven’t gotten it yet. Hey Frank! I want a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie tea!!! And now that I’ve said it, I remember that I happen to have some pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge waiting to become freshly baked cookies. I should probably do that after I’m finished writing this.

This is absolutely yummy. A good amount of pumpkin-y flavor, tangy cheesecake, a hint of buttery pastry, and caramel. So good that it really reduces me to the simplest words: yum yum yum yum yum!

Kittenna

I like the idea of adding chocolate next year! Chocolate caramel pumpkin cheesecake. But… what to add in 2014?! Chocolate praline pecan caramel pumpkin cheesecake? Haha…

KittyLovesTea

I like the idea of chocolate caramel banana pumpkin cheesecake :)

LiberTEAS

Yes… and yes!

Helena

love, love, love this tea!

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea! It’s wonderful.

Rich, sweet, delicious. As it cools, I notice more chocolate-y notes.

Very nice indeed.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Zi Chun Tea Co
4825 tasting notes

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this Oolong – it’s lovely – or should I say, it’s a beauty?

It’s pleasantly sweet. The first cup (infusions 1 and 2, following a quick rinse) has a sweet and sour kind of fruit taste – it’s very savory, almost like a soup. Very enjoyable and satisfying.

With subsequent infusions, I find that the sour tones soften quite a bit, while a honey-esque tone emerges. The flavors become more seamless with each subsequent infusion, and it becomes very soothing to drink… very comforting.

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Wow! I am loving this!

It is crisp and strong in flavor – much more so than I would have ever given a bai mu dan credit for having! Strong fruit notes of dried apricot and a lovely sweet tone. This has less of a hay-like flavor that I often associate with a white tea and more of a earthy tone, and the sweetness softens even that earthiness. Lovely and floral too. Really nice, honey-sweet.

I’d recommend this one to those who love white tea, as well as those who think that white tea is too softly flavored for them. This has some intense flavors going on. It’s a good one!!!

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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.

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