4833 Tasting Notes

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Finishing off the last of this tea that TeaEqualsBliss sent to me – thank you!

Bright and delicious. The pomegranate is sweet and tart, but not too tart. It tastes like … well… pomegranate! This tea starts out with very little astringency, but it develops as I continue to sip. Not a bad thing though, as long as you don’t mind astringency (I don’t mind it at all, as long as it’s not overwhelming)

I like that I can taste tea and pomegranate. The black tea is brisk and bright, and the fruity flavor of the pomegranate doesn’t taste artificial. It’s a good cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I visited the website of Strand Tea Company this past weekend, because I was looking for a new Yixing mug, and I discovered this blend, so I had to try it. Portland is just minutes away. (Another nice thing about Portland being so close, my order arrived so quickly)

This is a delicious breakfast blend. A lovely malty flavor. Smooth, rich and delicious. Warm and cozy on this very rainy Northwestern morning, but also has some strength and heft to it.

I noticed one or two rose petals in the blend too, which is appropriate… I actually expected more rose petals since Portland is the city of roses, but, that’s alright. A very good breakfast blend!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Jubilee by Tea Forte
4833 tasting notes

My very last pyramid from my winter collection package. I really like this one too. I think of the five different flavors in the package, this and the hazelnut truffle were definitely my favorites.

You can read my full-length review of this tea here:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/11/10/peach-jubilee-from-tea-forte/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
4833 tasting notes

The dry leaf is GORGEOUS! Big slices of dried orange and rose buds and petals tossed with large Dragon Well leaves and tiny lavender buds. It smells gorgeous too. I especially love the aroma of the brewed liquor, the lavender and rose and citrus meld together and the fragrance is intoxicating.

It tastes rather amazing too. I am happy that they used Dragon Well in this blend, so often in blends like these Sencha is the choice, and not that I have anything against a good Sencha, but with these light floral notes, the Dragon Well seems a better choice than a buttery Sencha.

Light, sweet, floral with just a hint of citrus in the background. Delightful!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
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My first experience with this tea company and it’s a good one. This is a pleasant chai blend that is strong and boldly spiced, but not overly spicy. The black tea base has a good strength that stands up well to the addition of milk (this one is definitely better as a latte!) Smooth and rich, this has a really nice flavor to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This has a really good flavor. The pear essence is abundant in both the aroma and taste, and the Sencha tastes fresh and smooth. A nice light-bodied tea with a whole lot of flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a good puerh. It has a strong earthy quality to it and the taste is stronger than the aroma. But just underneath the earthy flavor is a delightful sweetness that is caramel-y and delicious and keeping me sipping. The liquor is quite thick and imparts a mouthfeel that is similar to that of a green Oolong. No bitterness, no astringency.

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
4833 tasting notes

This is another tea from Jaime’s awesome secret santa package. This is one I was totally thrilled to receive because I have been wanting to try it for quite some time, in fact, it was on my “list” to order with the next Art of Tea order I placed. yay! Thank you Jaime!

This is really yummy. The description from Art of Tea is pretty much spot on – I am tasting the maple-y, apple-y kind of taste here. This is very autumnal tasting. Warming and comforting, the kind you want to curl up with while wrapped up with a cozy blanket in front of a fireplace. Very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooO! Fig!

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drank Peppermint Yerba Mate by Samovar
4833 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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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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