4550 Tasting Notes

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drank Spearmint Rooibos by Design a Tea
4550 tasting notes

Very nice! I like this one chilled… I think that it somewhat subdues the flavor of the rooibos without completely masking it, and somehow that nutty, woody flavor of the rooibos really works with the spearmint flavor.

It’s cool and crisp. I like it… it is especially nice for nighttime!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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86
drank Coco Truffle by Tea Forte
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YUM! Chocolate goodness!

I love the spices in the background, they do not attempt to overpower the chocolate, rather they enhance the chocolate and give it a somewhat savory taste. Delicious!!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

The dry leaf is really beautiful. Smells amazing too!

Delicious and light, the cranberry is sweet yet tart (but not too tart). I can also taste the raspberry flavor which adds a little more sweetness, perhaps to off-set the cranberry flavor just a little? The rose is very subtle but adds a nice contrast. YUMMY!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This is a really interesting tea. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it. It is earthy, woodsy, and slightly smoky. It is malty and a little bake-y… and even a little buttery. I can taste distant notes that have hints of flower and fruit to them. There is a deep sweetness to this.

I really like this. I REALLY like this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Great another to add to the shopping list.

vanilla_bookworm

Wow, this sounds really interesting, I’m going to add it to my “teas to try” list as well! :-)

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80

I had a difficult time getting up this morning… and after I got my little one on the school bus, I headed back to bed for a nap. I still feel a little groggy and like I don’t really want to get up and GO… so I decided I needed some invigorating Green Yerba Mate!

This is a very good Green Yerba Mate. I don’t know if it’s been aged or not, but, it has a very fresh taste since it is green. It is a little earthy but it isn’t as overwhelming as in some of the green Yerba Mates that I’ve encountered… not all Yerba Mates are the same!

Nice with a drizzle of honey!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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96
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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This really could be a suitable substitution for Dawn! Yes, really! I want to do a side by side one of these days to compare… but not today. Today, I want to just explore the features of this tea.

Chocolate-y, rich, robust. It has a bit of astringency, but, it isn’t overly drying. Very pleasant. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

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85

Enjoying a cup of this before I need to get out there and run some errands. It definitely has some get up and go to it! I really like this Assam. It has a very pleasant character. I just wrote a review for it for the SororiTEA Sister’s Blog… watch for it!

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

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81
drank China Lichee by SpecialTeas
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A friend of mine who has her own tea business wanted to find out which Lichee Congou tea that one of her favorite tea rooms uses … so I did a side by side yesterday with this one and the tea she wants to match. This one does not match the Lichee tea that she wants matched, but it is still pretty good.

I mention this only because before I started doing this taste comparison… I thought that all Lichee (Lychee) Congou’s were the same. But they aren’t. There are very subtle differences. And… something else that I’ve learned (but with a different side-by-side that did not involve lichee tea) is that even the SAME tea from the SAME company can taste different depending upon the batch. There are even subtle differences there.

OK… I digress. Back to the tea in front of me now. Before I move on in my taste comparison, I wanted to review this tea in depth, which I am now doing for the Tea Review Blog.

It’s actually quite nice. I have really gained an appreciation for Lichee, even though I have yet to taste the actual fruit… I guess I should say that I have really gained an appreciation for lichee tea. It seems to me to be a fruit that is perfectly paired with tea, as it has such a unique flavor profile that is sweet, floral and fruity.

And this one possesses all three of those characteristics. The black tea is very pleasant, bold and bright in flavor. There is a nice balance of flavor. A very nice tea with which to start the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Pure Lemongrass by Teapigs
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!

Tonight… at 11:30 pm… I’m indulging in a late night snack that I really shouldn’t be indulging in – fried green beans with wasabi ranch sauce. So to offset the side effects of the wasabi (ie: heart burn) I am enjoying a cup of Lemongrass to tame the tummy!

And it is a delightful pairing. I like the contrast of flavors.

This lemongrass is deliciously smooth, sweet, and has a very pleasant citrus tone. YUMMY!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Michelle Butler Hallett

I started to salivate, reading this.

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drank Rooibos Jasmine by Adagio Teas
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I am having some of this tonight, mostly because I started writing a tea review for it months ago, and have had the partial review sitting in my files for a while now, and I need to finish it! But, I can’t finish a review for a tea that I haven’t had for many months… my memory isn’t that good!

I remember really liking this when I first tasted it… now I am not loving it quite as much as I once did. It is still alright… but it isn’t as good as I once thought it was. Losing points… It just doesn’t do jasmine flavor justice…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Eeew. My face screwed up just at the title. I can’t imagine this blend working well. Green rooibos, maybe.

Jaime

I almost want to try it…the name’s like a train wreck you just can’t take your eyes off of.

Grinnyguy

Same, that tea sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Rooibos, jasmine, two words that I would associate with tea. But probably not together. Still, I’d love to try it once just to see whether I’m right!

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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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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