4840 Tasting Notes

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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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drank White Guava Ginger by Art of Tea
4840 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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90

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try! It’s one that I’ve been anxious to try for some time now! I mean, how could I resist? With Chocolate and Strawberry? YUM!

While I am very happy that I am having this opportunity to try it, I feel like this is a tea that I need to tinker around with a bit, because I am just not getting the flavor I thought I would. I can taste faint notes of chocolate, faint notes of strawberry, and even the black tea tastes rather indistinct. I will try using a little more leaf next time and see how I fair with it. For now, I’m just not that impressed.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sorry you were kinda bummed. I did notice the more I tinkered the more I liked! I usually doubled the amount and went for 3 or more minutes to infuse…not sure if that advice would help a little or not…

LiberTEAS

Yes, it does help. I am going to try having a little more leaf next time. I am also noticing that the flavor develops slightly as it cools a little bit. It’s not a bad tea, it’s just not as impressive as I expected it to be.

TeaEqualsBliss

It does morph as it cools! So sorry I pumped it up too much for ya! LOL :P Sorry you were a little bummed

LiberTEAS

It’s not your fault! :)

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Art of Tea
4840 tasting notes

Another mystery tea from Jaime’s secret santa package!

It smells amazing. I haven’t even brewed it yet, just sniffing the dry leaf – and the blueberry and the jasmine really come together so beautifully in this blend. I’ve tried blueberry jasmine blends before, but, I don’t think I’ve tried this one yet. So, I look forward to trying it!

The green tea is light with a fresh, somewhat vegetable-like flavor and a bitter note toward the middle of the sip. Not an off-putting bitter, but a savory one. The blueberry is the strongest flavor here, but the jasmine has added her distinctive sweetness to the cup as well. A nicely balanced cup. I like it very much

Thank you Jaime!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93

I reached for this as my first cuppa this morning. I woke up incredibly early this morning – I just couldn’t sleep. Bums me out because it is the holiday break, which means I don’t need to get up early to get the little one off to school… oh well.

At least I have something nice and warming to turn to! I love this tea. Strong, malty, slightly smoked, with a nice fruit quality in there too. Very wonderful flavor to this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Lovely. The lavender really comes through nicely here, and I like how the fruit flavors linger throughout the sip. It is deliciously fruit-flavored without being too fruity, and nicely floral without being too flowery. And the rooibos are barely discernible.

A delicious cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Strawberry Santiago by Art of Tea
4840 tasting notes

This is the first tea that I tried from the many, many teas that my secret santa (Jaime!) sent to me. She individually wrapped each tea, and sent just enough of each tea for me to taste it and review it. She knows me well! This is absolutely perfect for me, because as much as I like tea, I think what I like best is being able to drink tea and then write about it. Having just this much… is PERFECT, because then I don’t have to find a place to stash the rest of it. (there is no such thing as too much tea, but there is such a thing as too little room to keep tea)

So, since these are all individually wrapped, I don’t know what I’m going to be selecting until I’ve selected it and opened it… kind of like the 12 teas of christmas thing, which was a lot of fun for me. Jaime has allowed me to extend that excitement for many many more days! Thank you Jaime!

OK… on to the tea. This is delightful. Delicious. YUMMY even!

Sweet strawberry. I can taste the honey-esque tone to it, and I like that. A beautiful tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

WOuld LOVE to try!!!

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