4366 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to Doulton for sending me a sampling of this tea!

I LOVE this Oolong. It’s absolutely delightful. Normally, I might think that this blending of flavors with a green Oolong is a bit of overkill because Oolongs are so flavorful without adding anything to them… but, this is really a pleasant change from Oolong without a complete departure from it.

The medley of fruit is very pleasant and almost seamless. I wish that there was a stronger bergamot note here. The ginger is very soft but there is a distinguished hit of spice there… not strong but it’s there.

I really like this… and am looking forward to the multiple infusions that will follow!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

With the second infusion – some of the fruit flavors become a little more distinct. I can really taste the mango this time around. Still excellent!

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85
drank Ceylon High Mountain by Drink T
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Finishing off the last of this tea this morning…

This is a very good and bold Ceylon. More briskness than in a typical Ceylon, but there is still that underlying smoothness to it. A pleasant malty character. Toothsome. A very enjoyable honey note.

A very good Ceylon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

The Sencha tea is rich tasting and buttery – it coats the palate with that creamy smooth texture. This is enhanced further with the vanilla in the blend. Sweet!

The flowers do not add a LOT of flavor to the cup, but, I can taste pleasantly delicate notes of sunflower and rose. Then there is the sweet-tart taste of berry … strawberry! YUMMY!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Best Assam Tea by Purvi Discovery
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I received a sampling of this tea as a reviewer for the Tea Review Blog.

The dry leaf is very pebble-y – like grains of sand in size, and dark, chocolate-y brown in color. It possesses a vibrant aroma – with deep earthy notes and a baked bread smell and even a distant flowery note. It smells… well, like Assam tea!

The flavor is malty – perhaps one of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered, with a strong astringency that has a clean, drying effect on the mouth. I steeped it for just 3 minutes but I’m tasting no bitterness. It has a deep baked flavor and a chewy texture. This tea has got some tooth! There is a honey-caramel sweetness to it too. It’s really delicious.

An excellent way to wake up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never tried anything from this company either!!

LiberTEAS

This is actually not so much a company as it is a vacation location! I don’t see anyplace where you can actually order the tea on the website!

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhhh! I see!

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93
drank Orchid by Lahloo Tea
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An excellent Oolong. The flavor is rich and complex with layers of fruit, flower and even woodsy tones. Somewhat earthy but not heavily so.

Just lovely.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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81

A very nice twist on the classic Earl Grey.

More citrus really amplifies the citrus-y notes of the bergamot and seem to smooth out some of the sharper-flowery notes. The Assam in this blend is really nice too, the tea is very brisk and I like the malty note together with the citrus.

This is one that I’m going to enjoy revisiting!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Moroccan Mint by SpecialTEA Brew
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A very good mint green tea.

The green tea base tastes a bit like gunpowder green, it’s smooth, vegetative and a little sweet. The mint is strong, sweet, minty and crisp! The mint is the dominate flavor here but it doesn’t completely overpower the green tea base.

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

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73
drank Almond Rooibos by TeaSpree
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I thought I had tried this before today, but, I guess I hadn’t. Either that or I neglected to log it.

This smells very good, I love the nutty almond aroma of the dry leaf. The woodsy fragrance from the rooibos seems to enhance the scent… the brewed liquor smells a bit more of rooibos than it does of almonds.

This is a very decent cup of rooibos. Rooibos isn’t my favorite. I’m not a big fan of the odd sort of sweetness it offers but here, the almond flavor counteracts that a little bit and creates a very drinkable tisane. I can taste the woodsy note of the rooibos and I can taste the nutty flavor of the almond and these work well together. It would be even better if there were chocolate in this blend……

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87

This is my “wake up” tea this morning. I have a blueberry danish in my teacup!

This is really good. (I say that a lot… I know)

The blueberry flavor dominates, but there is a smooth creamy cream cheese flavor, complete with a tangy note. It is very smooth and creamy and delicious. I brewed this one for 4 minutes, and I did detect a note of bitterness at the beginning of the cup… now that it has cooled enough to drink, the bitterness is not as obvious but it’s still there… so next time I will only steep for 3 minutes.

But even the little bit of bitterness doesn’t detract from the yummy-nummy-ness of this tea… it’s really scrumptious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Another one I would LOVE to try!

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86
drank Sencha Passion by Drink T
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This is so YUM!

The green tea base is light and smooth. The papaya and lemongrass come together very harmoniously, both sweet in their own way, and just a hint of fruity tartness.

Very light and refreshing.

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

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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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