4391 Tasting Notes

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drank Kawakawa Fire by t Leaf T
4391 tasting notes

I received a bit of this from TeaEqualsBliss – thanks!!!

I have never tasted kawakawa before. But from what I understand (a little internet research) it has a rather peppery taste. When paired with ginger, wowza! This is one warm tea!

This is appropriately named. The ginger is very warm, the Kawakawa contributes some of that pepper taste too. It’s like a burst of pepper when the tea hits the back of the palate – but in a really good way. The lemongrass adds a little sweet-tart smoothness to it.

It’s different, but I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77

This is really flavorful. The apple flavor is strong and the contrast of lemongrass is very appealing. The spices are not overwhelmingly spicy – just enough to keep it interesting. This is kind of like apple cider – only better!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jaime

Sounds yummy!

LiberTEAS

This one was surprisingly tasty. I think I’m always surprised when I find a rooibos blend I like, but truth be told, I am finding more and more that I enjoy. I guess there is still a lot of left over first impression of rooibos in my head – back when I first started blending tea professionally, the rooibos blends that were available back then were not very good. At least most of them.

Jaime

Seems that I’m lucky, then, in that most of the rooiboses (sp?) I’ve had I enjoyed. Or else they’ve improved since their beginnings: I only started drinking it in the past 2 years or so.

LiberTEAS

Yeah, I think that they have really improved over the last few years. I have been drinking for about 15 years now (but not rooibos)… I discovered rooibos about 10 years ago when I started really taking blending/flavoring seriously. A lot of blends out then were just not as good as they’re making today.

LiberTEAS

Jaime: If you’d like, I would be happy to send you a little bit of this tea. I have enough of it to share a bit with you, if you want? If so, please send me a PM and I’ll get it off to you as soon as I can. :)

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80

Hmm… this one is interesting. There is an interesting blend of herbs here, nice chocolate flavor (although more chocolate would be better!) and a nice amount of heat from the ginger.

I like!

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

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95
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
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This is my second infusion – or more accurately, my second CUP of multiple infusions as I brew this in my gaiwan.

This is still every bit as wonderful as the first cup. Sweet. Juicy even! The apricot taste comes out to play more with the later infusions. Truly delightful.

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drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
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I really like this tea. I think it deserves another star (at least one more, maybe a couple more!) so, even though it probably doesn’t count for much, Mr. Xu, I bestow upon you more stars for your fabulous tea.

(If you are wondering WHAT THE HECK I’m talking about, please read the description of this tea)

Sweet, creamy, decadent, soft, luxurious – these are all words that come to mind as I sip this tea. It’s like falling into a soft, fluffy cloud of wonderful and floating in the air on that cloud.

LOVELY!

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drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
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I am finishing up the last of my Strawberry Matcha now. Somehow… this is THE BEST chawan-full of strawberry matcha to date! As I sip this, I am sad that my pouch is empty! The strawberry is much more pronounced here, the matcha is delightful.

And now… I am even more sad that my chawan is no longer full…

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Aww…that is so sad. I really feel your pain. Savor the flavor, girl!

Jaime

Dislike that chawan is empty. That’s one of the saddest feelings in the world: gazing at the bottom of an empty tea cup.

LiberTEAS

Yes, sadly, it happens very fast when I drink matcha… it disappears so quickly. But… I did enjoy it while it was there.

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84

I got this as a sample some time ago, but haven’t tried it until today.

The aroma is very lavender, but, I like how the bergamot comes through. It has a really pleasing fragrance – more enjoyable to me than lavender or bergamot would be on their own.

The flavor is very nice. The bergamot and lavender are paired nicely here. Sweet, floral, sharp, citrusy… very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank California Chai by Drink T
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A quick glance at my tasting notes from today, and you might think I’m on bit of a chai kick – first the Alberta Street Chai, then the Carnival (which has some spice to it but isn’t “called” a chai, although I think of it as such), and now this. I didn’t really plan it that way, it just happened that when I opened my cabinet looking for a black tea, this is the first one I happened across… and so I decided to try it.

I am glad that I have enough of this to try again, because I think that next time I am going to try it without the latte. Not that it’s bad with the frothed milk (it’s quite yummy!) but with the citrusy tones, I think I want to experience without it. ha! Even the description from Drink T says don’t add cream. I like it with though…

This is a very good chai. The citrus and vanilla notes give it a really interesting flavor. The spices are very nicely done here – a little peppery, a little zingy, a little zippy… but not TOO much. It’s like a little bit of a lot of spice, if you know what I mean.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Carnival by Sanctuary T
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When Sanctuary T offered their White Tea Brownies as a steepster select, I couldn’t pass it up. But… I couldn’t just buy the brownies. NO! Of course not. I also ordered the Sanctuary Sampler Kit, which is pretty cool. It’s this neat chipboard portfolio, with the five teas taped to the inside, and index cards that offer information about the teas, brewing, etc. It also includes a small package of T-Sacs and bamboo skewers.

I don’t really use T-Sacs, I have an abundant supply of them, since I bought them bulk to package samples of my own teas in, but, I don’t use them for my own tea brewing very often unless I am doing a side-by-side type of comparison or something. I just prefer my smart brewing device. But… I must say that the adding of the T-Sacs and bamboo skewers is a clever idea especially for those who are new to tea, which is who this sampler kit is obviously created for.

Anyways… The brownies were absolutely to die for, and now they are gone… but I do have more on the way, because Sanctuary T did a very evil thing and offered the discount through this past Saturday. Of course, I’m going to order MORE if you do that!

Back to the tea. This is the first tea that I’m trying from the sampler kit. It smells so nice. Nutty and spicy. I love the smell of cumin and I’m thrilled that someone (besides me) puts cumin in their blends!

This has a very nice balance of sweet and spicy. There is an underlying smoothness to the taste too. Very nice. I like this one a lot!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I’ll be on Alberta Street on Wednesday to attend an art class, so I felt that this tea was appropriate.

This is a good chai. Lots of rich flavor, and strong enough to withstand my brewing method and still be flavorful.

I like this a lot better than I thought I would after I bought it, and I decided to give it a few more points on the numeric scale.

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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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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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