4391 Tasting Notes

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Wow … this is really REALLY good.

I’m on my second infusion of this now. The first infusion was very strongly flavored, but, not in a bad way… it was a beautiful fusion of flavors and texture. The buttery smoothness of the oolong and the orange flavor work so well together. The jasmine offers very little in the way of flavor but I can taste a hint of that distictive jasmine taste.

The second infusion is a bit lighter in orange flavor, which allows more of the Oolong as well as the jasmine tastes to come through. The texture is a little lighter too – it’s not quite as buttery.

I enjoyed both infusions very much.

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92

This mate blend is so yummy. The carob is rich and chocolate-y, but not too sweet. The mate has an earthy quality to it, but it isn’t too much. The mint provides a pleasing, crisp note that shines through, but doesn’t overwhelm. It’s a very nice balance of flavors. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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The flavor is rich and sweet. This is not the best Caramel tea I’ve had, but it’s pretty good.

I think that this is a tea that definitely benefits from the addition of milk or cream, it enhances the creamy caramel flavor just a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Perry the Platypus by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this to try!

This is really good!

I think I will go write a review of this for The Tea Review Blog!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Cool, thanks so much and I am so happy you liked it. Can’t wait to read all about it. :-)

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I’ve been awake for a few hours and just feeling kind of blah… when it occurred to me that I hadn’t taken the time to make myself a cup of tea. You see, my youngest is a bit under the weather and when one of my kids is sick my mind pretty much is occupied with that and I’m not into my normal routine.

Anyway, I am not sure why I reached for this tea. I knew I wanted a black tea and I wanted something I hadn’t had in a while (or perhaps something new) and this is what I chose.

It’s good. It is almost startling my taste buds awake! I wish the chocolate was stronger here, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

That’s really sad that yours doesn’t have enough chocolate. Would it possibly benefit from an extra 30 sec or so of steeping?

LiberTEAS

Cofftea – I’m a chocoholic, so when it comes to chocolate in my chocolate teas, I’m a little hard to please.

Cofftea

I know you said you don’t buy coffee creamers, but seriously you should buy this one- it’s almost too chocolatey for me and I’m also a chocoholic lol.

http://www.internationaldelight.com/Coffeehouse/Dark-Chocolate-Cream

LiberTEAS

I might give that one a try. I’m usually hesistant with creamers just because I don’t like the non-dairy stuff, but because this has milk and cream in it, that might win me over.

Cofftea

Most creamers, regardless of flavor, are pretty white… this looks exactly like whole chocolate milk. Which is funny since on the bottle they show it pouring white into the cup.

LauraR

Mmmm…I started putting flavored creamer into tea not too long ago…yum

Cofftea

I’ve been doing it for a while now LauraR- I’m not normally a milk/creamer in tea kinda woman, but I do often add it in addition or instead of creamer to my chai or to dessert teas (which I never add milk to).

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94

OK… my last tasting note for the morning cuz I’m outta here! I made some of this to take with me on my way to my class.

A nice earl grey, not overwhelming in the bergamot department.

It’s really good.

Bye!!!

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85

IT’S HERE! Today finally got here!

OMG I’m so excited.

And yes, I’m drinking another cup of this to celebrate!

Wanna see what I’m going to be doing? Check this out:

http://tinyurl.com/22v25so

Jaime

You are going to have so much fun!! Can’t wait to hear about it!

LiberTEAS

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. Michael deMeng is my favorite artist (well, living artist. My favorite artist is really Vincent Van Gogh but I don’t think that he’ll be teaching any classes any time soon)… I can’t wait.

JacquelineM

Ooooooooh! I would love to see what you make :) Dia de los muertos is extra special to me.

Stephanie

Wow, I love his work!!! Lucky you!

Alannah

Oh wow, his work is amazing. I hope you’ll share what you make here too! Hope you have a lot of fun in the class!

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drank Chamomile Flowers by Teapigs
4391 tasting notes

Tomorrow is the big day! I could use something to help me wind down! Chamomile to the rescue!

The pyramid sachet was mostly whole leaves with a little bit of dust. Not enough to result in sediment resting at the bottom of my cup.

I’m not usually a big fan of Chamomile all by itself. In blends, its ok, but, by itself, it’s usually pretty lackluster. But, this one is pretty good. I can taste a distinct apple-y note. Sweet and pleasant.

I’ve decided not to rate this one numerically, though. I like it for what it is. But I don’t generally like what it is… if that makes sense.

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

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86
drank Essence of Assam by 52teas
4391 tasting notes

It’s been a little while since I brewed some of this. This is one hefty tea.

Malty and robust and just – plain – delicious! A nice caramely backdrop to it that melds nicely with the malty flavor.

I’m off to write a review about it for the Tea Review Blog!
http://www.teareviewblog.com

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Yes… again this morning!

Tomorrow is my class and I’m all excited about it, and drinking this tea in honor of my visit to Alberta Street to meet my favorite artist.

So, I brewed this one up slightly stronger than I did previously. Mostly just because I need to shake off the desire to go back to bed and curl up under the covers. The flavor is rich and delicious and it surprises me just how much I like this tea, given its ingredients.

I guess it just goes to show that just because I didn’t like one Lapsang Souchong, doesn’t mean I’ll dislike them all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Jaime

Chai from Lapsang Souchong?! sigh

Steepster is so not helping my budget.

Cofftea

lol I told Frank he should come out w/ a chocolate lapsang chai (or bump up that aspect of the flavor and make it a chocolate bacon chai).

LiberTEAS

This really doesn’t have a LOT of Lapsang Souchong. It has more Mate taste than the Lapsang. But when I see Lapsangas a tea ingredient, it’s sort of like seeing a snake… my initial reaction is ACK!

LiberTEAS

Oh… and Jaime – I’ll include some of this in with the package I send you!

Jaime

I tried my first Lapsang this past Friday and fell completely in love with it, much to the dismay of the workers at the tea shop. Then again, they swore I’d hate the pu-erh, and that wasn’t the case, either. Thank you so much for sending me some! I’m so excited.

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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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