4825 Tasting Notes

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drank Peppermint Yerba Mate by Samovar
4825 tasting notes

I really did not think I would like this as much as I do. I mean, I like peppermint ok. I like yerba mate ok. But these two are made for each other! The peppermint makes the yerba mate taste better and vice versa! The earthy and bitter qualities of the mate go together so well with the crisp flavor of the peppermint. There is a natural sweetness to this that is so pleasant.

I am drinking this in my Libre Mug, which has become my “gourd” and “bombilla” all in one.

I like this one! Then again, I don’t think there has been any tea/tisane that I’ve disliked from Samovar…

TeaEqualsBliss

OMG!!!! Sounds good!

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Yesterday, I tried this tea for the first time, and I was asked on that tasting note if there was any astringency to this tea, and to be honest, the amazing flavor of this tea had me so captivated that I didn’t even notice the astringency, if there was any! So, I decided that I should have another cup today and make it a special point to note any astringency.

The astringency here is light, but it is there. But what is different about this tea from other Assam teas is that the astringency doesn’t hit in the finish. I notice it right at the start of the sip. It is very slight, but then the flavors start to hit the palate and seem to wash over the astringency. The tail has just a hint of residual astringency, but again, this is so faint that it really doesn’t seem to have that dry effect that astringency usually has.

This really is the most different Assam that I’ve ever tasted. The creamy aspect is so amazingly good that I want to crawl into my teacup and bathe in it. I love this Assam. I have quite a few Assam teas in my cupboard, but if I could only have one … this one would be the one I’d choose.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Batrachoid

Awesome for sure. Thanks for answering that. Can you fall in love with a tea from reading about it? XD I’m definately getting some tomorrow! Whoo-hoo!

ColumbiaKate

I’ve been looking for a ‘different’ Assam to try. Looks like a good candidate. With so many tea tasting choices, an Assam mostly gets overlooked. Echoing TEB… Awessam!

LiberTEAS

Second infusion: creaminess is intact. The flavor is lighter, it is not as chewy as the first. I prefer the first infusion to the second, but, this is still worth the second steep.

silvermage2000

Nice review wow this sounds good especially for an assam usually they are to astringent for me after a few cups that I have to stop for awhile.

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drank Ocean of Wisdom by Samovar
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Wow! I really like this rooibos blend! One of the best rooibos chai blends that I’ve tasted in a long time. Very comforting and warming.

I am imagining that it would be very good as a latte, but to be honest, I am so enjoying it without the milk or cream that I don’t see the need to try it that way. Everything comes together very well. I noticed one of the tasting notes on this tisane said that it tasted like spice cake, and I can really see that comparison. The nutty flavor of the rooibos ties in well with the spice cake comparison, too.

This is sweet, warm, and yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Ginger Fresh by Herbal Republic
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Just finishing up a cup of this now. I am finding this tea to be particularly comforting and soothing after a spicy meal at dinner time. Tummy was starting to feel a little upset, but this tisane calmed it right down… Because of that, I have to give it a few more points!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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Yes, this is my first cup of the day. I was up very late last night, so as soon as I got my little one off to school, I crashed!

Anyway… what a lovely, beautiful Assam! The tips are indeed golden and remind me a bit of a golden tip Yunnan, but it doesn’t taste like it. The flavor is so rich with an underlying tone of honey-caramel. Malty. Smooth. SO smooth. Absolutely delicious and just what I needed to get myself going today.

I really love this Assam!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Batrachoid

Awesome. Is it very astringant?

LiberTEAS

You know, I didn’t really focus much on the astringency… I will have some tomorrow morning and be sure to mention it on my tasting note then.

Geoffrey Norman

This was the creamiest Assam I’ve ever had. Very similar to a Yunnan in its nectariness. And I didn’t notice much astringency except a little bit on the foretaste.

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97

Finishing the last that I have of this lovely Oolong… this one will be missed. It is truly delightful. So many wonderful layers of flavor to intrigue and delight the palate.

YUM!

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75

Another TeaEqualsBliss sampling – thank you!

I really like this. It is very flavorful – a lot more flavorful than I had imagined it would be given that it is a white tea. It is sweet and fruity and delicious. YUM!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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88

Delicious! I love this Darjeeling. It tastes clean and sweet with a light astringency. Hints of flower in the background and a very pleasing muscatel! Lovely!

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80
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
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I quickly polished off that Coconut Chai, and now I am going to enjoy a cup of Hazelnut Truffle (my last pyramid of this! Bummer… it will be missed!) and watch a little bit of television while the kids are busy doing other things…

You can read my full-length review of this tea here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/12/12/hazelnut-truffle-from-tea-forte/

Geoffrey Norman

I REALLY liked this stuff. My only regret – as with a lot of chocolate teas – is that I didn’t latte it.

LiberTEAS

I liked this one a lot… probably the best Tea Forte tea that I’ve tasted yet. Yeah… I sometimes don’t go latte, and regret it later.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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This is probably one of my favorites from Zhena’s, and I just noticed that they have a new green coconut chai… may have to look for it the next time I’m in Whole Foods!

This is yummy. I like that it has a latte feel to it without adding milk – the coconut makes it creamy and rich tasting. Delicious, warm, spicy… and warming me up on this cold afternoon!

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