4421 Tasting Notes

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Finishing off the last of the sample I had of this.

This is really good. It really does taste like pineapple upside down cake.

YUMMY!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This is really good. The more I drink it the better I’m liking it. The sencha is so perfect in this blend… it is buttery and smooth and rich. The sweet-tart fruit flavors are delightful.

JUST YUM!

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

Following mrawlins2 lead, I decided to brew some of this with just a pinch of Tippy Earl Grey from Golden Moon. The result is a completely different tea! I can’t believe how different this tastes with the addition of so little of the Tippy Earl Grey. It’s fantastic (of course, it was fantastic without the addition too).

This cup is creamy, custardy, strawberry goodness! YUM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Great looks like I will have to experiment soon.

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I was very nervous to try this tea. I have stood by the notion that I do not like green yerba mate for a long time now… and this is pure, fresh, unflavored and unfettered green yerba mate. I was certain I wouldn’t like it.

But I was wrong. This is really refreshing. It tastes really good. It doesn’t have that overly earthy quality that I normally associate with yerba mate. It isn’t smoky. It is slightly sweet and just barely vegetative. Very pleasant. And invigorating!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank High Mountain Alishan by Drink T
4421 tasting notes

Ali Shan is my favorite Oolong. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought a Yixing mug strictly for my Ali Shan teas.

I took out my gaiwan for this (yes, my gaiwan is becoming less a gadget and more an essential brewing tool). This is a really lovely Ali Shan. The flavor is rich – pleasing mouthfeel, although it’s a little lighter (less) mouthfeel than in some other Ali Shan teas I’ve encountered. It’s still quite nice though. Buttery. Floral. Only a hint of vegetation.

A very nice Ali Shan!

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AWESOME!

This is really good. The plantain tastes a lot like banana – but not quite… it has a starchier flavor – this is very true to a plantain taste… or at least, true to what I remember a plantain tastes like, it’s been a while! And the coconut is delightful in this blend … a very nice balance of the tropical flavors. The green rooibos is not strongly distinguishable, but I can taste it’s fresh, somewhat fruity, somewhat woodsy, sweet note that it imparts.

This is really good. It would be awesome iced too.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

That’s the 1st time I’ve seen a plantain tea.

Tabby

Me too! Sounds interesting.

Cinoi

Me too(three)! I love plantains…hmmm

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drank WholeBerry by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
4421 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever tried this one before. The green tea flavor is quite light here… not completely indistinguishable, but, the fruity flavor does outweigh the green tea flavor.

The flavor is a delicious berry flavor though. I can taste blueberries and cranberries… the strawberry note seems to get lost amid these two stronger flavors. I am not getting a lot of licorice root either.

It’s tasty enough, though. Nice flavor.

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

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drank Pirate's Chai by Pirate's Chai
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Yum Yum Yum! I decided to give myself a little treat today… Other than my own spiced chai (Masterpiece Chai) I think that this one is my favorite. Matcha + Masala spices = absolutely yummy.

This is one tea that I actually heat milk to make… I don’t usually go through the trouble, but it’s worth it for this tea…

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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I’m nearing the end of my Dammann Freres teas from Doulton – I truly appreciate that you put these together for me. They all have been nothing short of divine! Thank you!

I really like this tea. It is a perfect balance of flavors – the tea and the fruit and the sweet all come together so well. The black tea tastes slightly earthy and has a nice astrigency and just a hint of bitterness – but it’s a good bitterness! The fruit is sweet and juicy, but it is a bit lighter than most fruit flavored black teas that I’ve encountered… it’s more like a touch of the fruit. The caramel and vanilla are seamless and there is a nice, burnt sugar note to the caramel that is not too sweet because of that bitter note I mentioned.

It’s really so very good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

Enjoying a cup of this today. It’s been a little while since I’ve had some of this.

Lovely strawberry flavor, I love the creamy custard flavor with it… a really beautiful tasting tea! Even though the days are definitely getting cooler, and autumn is almost here (this past week, it seemed like it was here)… this tea reminds me of the best of summer!

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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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