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4231 Tasting Notes

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drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
4231 tasting notes

So you know I had to try this one…

Definitely very fruity. Because of the many flavors that there are, it is difficult to discern one from another… that being said, this is REALLY GOOD. The flavors are intense and I almost want to say “congested” but in a good way… sort of like a huge fruit salad consisting of the largest assortment of fruit ever.

And… I can taste the green tea too! Buttery fresh notes… just slightly vegetative. This isn’t a “fruit punch” – it is absolutely, positively a tea… with a whole lot going on!

I did take advantage of the Steepster Select offer and I will be giving the second pouch away on the SororiTEA Sisters Blog (http://sororiteasisters.com) – so watch for your chance to win it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Hmmm… I just may enter that anyway lol.

TeaEqualsBliss

ok, ok…what’s the banana level in this!? LOL

LiberTEAS

I didn’t taste a lot of banana… but then, it’s difficult to distinguish one fruit from another – it’s more like one great big FRUIT. does that make sense? I think you’ll like it. :)

Cofftea

That was my assumption LiberTEAS… and my main concern about liking it… If I win the contest I think I’m gonna try making a single cup then doing a gallon. I’m thinking using more tea, even though I’m using more water would increase my chances of not leaving out a particular flavor completely. And I can always reheat a cup to enjoy it hot. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ll be daring if you want to send me a sample’s worth! LOL

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss: Surely! I’ll include it with the package that I send in the next day or two. :)

Shinobi_cha

We should be able to rate tea companies. If one could, I would nominate 52teas as the most funny. Ingredients: Yes. This is great; almost as funny as the Tuna Melt Tea.

LiberTEAS

@Shinobicha – that is one of the reasons I actually wanted to buy the tea. I laughed so hard when I first saw it. I love Frank’s sense of humor.

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85
drank Ceylon High Mountain by Drink T
4231 tasting notes

This is a delicious Ceylon – smooth and rich and quite brisk for a Ceylon. It has an almost “creamy” chewy flavor to it… somewhat malty but not quite as malty as a typical Assam.

Very nice indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

YUM! This is a fruity, sweet, delicious treat!

The pear flavor is pleasant and sweet – and just a hint of sharpness from the sunflower comes through – just enough to cut through some of the sweetness of the pear. Making this sweet, but not too tremendously sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting!

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74

Another tea that I received in the clearance mystery box! I brewed it last night so that I could enjoy it today as iced tea… and it is really nice. Smooth and sweet and citrus-y. Delish!

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95

There is a lot of coconut flake in this blend!

Toasty and delicious! The coconut is sweet and toasty… and the Wen Shan Bao Zhong is smooth, rich and slightly roasted which lends itself very well to the flavor of the coconut. Very pleasant!

A nice mouthfeel – not as heavy as an Ali Shan, but very silky. The coconut and Wen Shan seem to be made for each other!

For those of you who are considering purchasing this particular tea, I would recommend purchasing more than just an ounce – which is what I purchased! The steeping parameters call for 3 tsp per cup, and you really need it because there is a LOT of coconut flake in the blend, and I believe that you’ll be sacrificing flavor if you use less leaf. I used about 1/2 of the ounce for this infusion in my smart brewing device! Fortunately, however, it IS an Oolong and will be subjected to many infusions!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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This must be a new tea from Indonique, because I can’t even find it on the website.

It is one that I will be trying again before I include a numeric rating, because I want to play around with the steeping parameters of this tea. The cut is quite fine on the Assam leaves so a teaspoon of the leaves is probably equal to two or more teaspoons of another tea leaf… and because the cut is so fine there is more surface area exposed, and therefore it brews faster than a typical Assam would.

That is not to say that my current cuppa tastes off, because it is actually quite good. The flavor is rich and sweet … very honey-like! But, with my Assam I do like a little deeper flavor and I feel like I used too little leaf this time for fear of overdoing it. This tea is reminding me more of an outstanding Ceylon rather than an Assam. I am getting a little bit of a malty note, but, not as much as I’d expect from Assam.

So, as I say, I shall play with this one a bit before I rate it. It is good, but I think it could be even better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I think this would be a great base for a chai!

Indonique

Thanks for reviewing! We’re experimenting with our Assam teas and will have a final product soon. I believe you have the CTC that has the benefit of opening slowly. So don’t be afraid to use more leaf. This is our favorite breakfast tea. Use a heavy or condensed cream with Splenda or sugar. The aroma is killer honey scent. When brewed in a batch at a Cafe, sales tend to soar! If you need more, call me.

Indonique

Coftea: Assams are often used as Chai bases in India. We’ve found that they tend to taste a bit sour after adding spices. Nilgiri blends work much better with traditional masala blends. Chocolate chai, however, begs for an Assam base. Contact me for some samples!

Cofftea

Shrugs… I like Assams because they are traditionally used. I’ve never had a sour Assam Chai. And I would think the honey in this particular tea should, and would, take care of that anyway. I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly had a Nilgiri based chai. Sending you a PM.

Cofftea

Ok, never mind- you need to follow me 1st:)

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88
drank Vanilla Rooibos by TeaSpree
4231 tasting notes

This is yummy!

The vanilla is enhanced with licorice, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, making what I thought would be an ordinary vanilla rooibos blend something quite extraordinary. I am really enjoying it. The flavors are seamless. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88

This is one of the most unusual tasting chai teas that I’ve ever encountered… unusual but very tasty!

Before reading anything about it, I tasted it, and noticed a chocolate-y note, and something else… but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It tasted a bit like… cherry! But I thought that my taste buds must be off or something, because, I’ve never come across a cherry flavored chai before.

Then I went to the website and saw that this is … in fact, a chocolate cherry flavored chai. Weird! But GOOD!

The cherry is not an IN YOUR FACE kind of cherry flavor – it’s subtle and tastes a bit like a cross between a candied cherry and a bing cherry. The chocolate is smooth and rich tasting. And the chai is not a spicy chai – there aren’t any real strong ginger notes or spicy hot cinnamon… it’s a smoother, sweeter kind of chai, with notes of warmth to accent the mocha like flavors.

I like it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m not bothered by a chocolate cherry chai- I’m bothered by the fact that I would have never dreamed it had cherry in it based on the name.

Caitlin

This sounds yummy!

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87
drank Long Jing by Lahloo Tea
4231 tasting notes

The aroma is quite like chestnuts – nutty and sweet, with just a hint of vegetation.

Smooth and light, fresh with notes of vegetables, nuts and butter. YUM!

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

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90
drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
4231 tasting notes

OK… I am totally LOVING this tea.

The black tea, the mate, the masala spice, and the pineapple are all in fantastic harmony with one another, and the vanilla offers a smooth presence but not an overwhelming presence of flavor.

Yum… Yum… YUM!!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

Pineapple mate chai? Hm sounds interesting!

TeaEqualsBliss

I hope I will be able to try this too! What else did you get from them???

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I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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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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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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