4359 Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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The aroma of this tea is delightful.

The flavor is good. The peach and passion fruit flavors are strong, juicy and delicious. The black tea is not real strong, but there is no detectable bitterness, and very little astringency to it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This Oolong (Wulong) is a bit darker than a green Oolong, but not quite as dark as some of the darker (more oxidized) Oolongs… somewhere in between.

The longer oxidation results in a roasted nutty taste that I find quite alluring. It is smooth and has a pleasant mouthfeel, although it is not as thick or creamy a mouthfeel as a very green Oolong might possess.

There is a vegetative back note to this and it leaves an interesting effect on the tongue in the aftertaste – on the very back of my tongue I can feel a slight tickle/tingle that was not there before I started sipping this tea. It’s different and unusual, but not unpleasant.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Celebrate by Urban Tea
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This tea reminds me of a combination of Market Spice tea and a fruit tisane. It is very flavorful with a bold, spicy cinnamon flavor. Orange is the most prominent fruit, but I can also taste the peach, papaya and apple, and even a hint of the cranberry. Overall, the fruit medley is sweet, juicy and delicious, and the spices give it a really nice accent.

These flavors are quite strong, though, and do overpower the black tea a bit. I can still taste the black tea, but it is not the prominent flavor of the cup. Also not prominent is the almond. However, despite these flavor misses, I must say that this is a very delicious and creative cup of tea, and I am enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I wish I had this today!:)

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Look what just arrived in the mail!

OK… so when Frank introduced the Blueberry Danish – I was tempted BUT I thought, I can wait. This one looks good, but, I need to exercise some self-control. It will be here in a couple of weeks or so when you’re ready to buy.

Same thing with the Earl Grey Cheesecake, although I must admit that it was even harder to exercise my self-control here… I mean, it was EARL GREY and CHEESECAKE. I love Earl Grey. I love Cheesecake. I wanted and I wanted it right away but, I was patient and I decided to wait another week or two.

But this week, I could not contain it. I HAD to order this tea. Of course, I ordered the other two I just mentioned at the same time… and I look forward to trying those very soon. But this is the first one I had to try.

I love Watermelon. The problem is that with Watermelon teas… so few companies blend it right and the watermelon ends up tasting just … I don’t know … off. But, if I have faith in any tea artist (other than myself) it is Frank. He is the best. (notice I am trying to butter him up so that he’ll make my tomato, basil and black pepper green tea blend soon )

And I am not disappointed! The watermelon flavor tastes perfect here… the flavors are a little light, but this is a green tea, so I expect that. If the flavors were any stronger, they would overwhelm the sencha base, and I really like the green tea that Frank uses. It is sweet and buttery and is the perfect base for these fruit flavors (and would also be a delightful base for a tomato, basil, and black pepper blend).

The raspberry flavor is sweet and slightly tart and really brings out some of the more delicate flavors of the watermelon, rather than overwhelming them.

Yum Yum Yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Suzi

Nice! I keep going back and forth about ordering this one.

Lori

Now I am getting curious.

Ricky

Looking forward to this one!

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87
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
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This is REALLY good!

Having tried one or two other Ice Wine teas, I kinda figured what this would taste like… but this truly exceeds those expectations! This is definitely the BEST Ice Wine tea I’ve tasted!

It is sweet and I like the flavor of the ice wine and the pear together. The pear gives it a very pleasing smoothness. I like this very much.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea to try!

The flavor is very fresh and sweet. It has a very buttery taste to it. There are light floral notes, very subtle fruit notes and even a hint of nutty flavor to it – a very complex tea for having only steeped it for 1 minute!

Delightful!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Sunrise by Octavia Tea
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My first cup of the day …

And this is a very nice cup with which to start! The flavor is bold and the lemon adds just enough bright flavor to really wake up the cup. The lemon doesn’t overpower, and it isn’t a sour lemon, it is a smooth, sweet kind of lemon taste that really works well with the full-bodied tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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