4825 Tasting Notes

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
4825 tasting notes

This tea perplexes me. In reading the bit of information on the sample package, it would be easy to think that this is a white tea, but it is not. I brewed it according to package directions, using boiling water that has cooled for 1 minute, and then steeping for 2 minutes.

The flavor is excellent. The tangerine is strong here, but there is a nice balance between tea and fruit. It tastes sweet, juicy and citrus-y but not overwhelming. I like this very much.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds great!

LiberTEAS

2nd infusion is just as lovely as the first!

Shang Tea

Hello! Thanks for reviewing our tea and I’m glad you liked it! Just to clarify about the white tea/black tea question that you had, we make this tea by scenting oxidized white tea leaves with tangerine blossoms. It is a black tea, but since we make it using white tea leaves from our farm, it is a smoother, milder black tea.

LiberTEAS

Thank you for that clarification! It makes much more sense to me now! This was a fantastic tea!

Geoffrey Norman

This has my attention. All of it. Granted that isn’t much…but – wow – I want this!

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82

I am enjoying this tea this evening, and pairing it with a new cheese that I discovered at my local grocer … Wasabi Cheddar! Oh YUM! This is the perfect pairing. The HOT wasabi with the sweet, smooth Sencha … delightful.

My full-length review of this tea will publish on SororiTea Sisters soon!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LENA

sounds like a stellar combo!

Rabs

Holy moly – I want me some Wasabi Cheddar!

Batrachoid

XD Sounds like the perfect Japanese savory “dessert.” Wasabi and sencha infused nutritional yeast cheese sauce is one of my favorite culinary uses for leftover sencha. Given your claim to have encountered a delicious bagged sencha, I’m going to have to try this one ASAP.

~lauren.

WOW – that does sound good – wasabi cheddar with sencha …!

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80
drank Earl Grey by Bentley's
4825 tasting notes

This is a good Earl Grey. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly no where near the worst. It has a pleasant black tea base, and the bergamot is strong and flavorful. The aroma is strong in the dry leaf, but it is considerably softer in the brewed tea, although it still smells delicious.

A good, basic Earl Grey. One of the better bagged Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I love yellow tea. I love it so much that I bought a designated yixing mug just for when I have yellow tea.

This yellow tea is lovely. Complex. Delicious. Sweet and refreshing. Nice mouthfeel. Nutty character to it. Very pleasant indeed.

TeaEqualsBliss

I hope yellow teas become more popular…and soon! I hope there will be a more readily available selection on many more tea companies websites in the new year!!! :) I would LOVE to try this one!

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88

Oh YUM! I’ve tried several of the cheesecake flavored teas from 52Teas, but this one may just be the best one!

The apricot is sweet and juicy, the cheesecake flavor is tangy. The black tea base is brisk and delicious. A very nicely balanced cup of tea that I am really loving. YUMMMMM!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I could see an apricot cream cheese danish tea being even better. A nice bakey texture would be amazing.

Lisbet

That sounds so good! Tempting!

Jaime

I just missed getting some of this one. Now I’m kicking myself for not being faster!

TeaEqualsBliss

Heaven! I would LOVE to try this one, too! LiberTEAs! You’re killin’ me! LOL jk

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88

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

The flavor is light. There are undertones of sweet and bitter to it. I’m not finding the bitter to be an unpleasant bitter though, it adds dimension to the cup. A very interesting cup.

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89
drank White Guava Ginger by Art of Tea
4825 tasting notes

This tea was sent to me by my Secret Santa (Jaime!) and is another of the “mystery” teas that she individually wrapped. I’m having so much fun with the package she sent me!

This smells really nice. It has a nice fruity aroma but the ginger makes sure that it’s not too fruity.

Delicious. The combination of guava and ginger is a deliciously different one. The guava is sweet and smooth and the ginger is not terribly hot or peppery, but adds a nice, underlying tone of warmth throughout the sip. The white tea is fresh and sweet. Yummy!

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

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78

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This is a very nicely balanced pomegranate black tea. The pomegranate tastes authentic, it doesn’t taste fake nor does it taste over-done. The black tea is strong and brisk, no bitterness and very little astringency to it, although I am finding that the astringency does develop as I make my way down the cup. The first few sips had very little astringency to them, but now there is a little more. Still not overpowering though.

A really nice cuppa!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

Finishing off the last that I have of this tea this evening. Warm and cozy. Nice!

Sweet, beautiful lavender, and a lovely fruit taste. Very little from the rooibos.

I like it.

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90

Take 2 on this tea – this time around I steeped with more leaf.

This is much better now. I guess it really needs more than I usually use – and typically, I use a little extra when I steep anyway… so this one needs about double the ordinary 1 tsp. of tea per teacup… I actually used 1 tbsp.

As it sits here still rather hot, I’m finding the black tea to be the strongest flavor in the cup, and the strawberry comes along followed by a hint of chocolate. I am going to allow it to cool slightly, and see how it changes a bit before I give it a numeric rating though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

OK… Now that it has had time to cool to a sip-able temperature, I will say that the flavors have developed nicely. I can’t say that it is my favorite chocolate tea, or that it is my favorite strawberry tea, but, it is a very good combination of the two.

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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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