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4224 Tasting Notes

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Finishing up the last of a sample that I had of this tea.

I started out not being too crazy about this tea, but, as I continue to sip it, and as it cools, I am finding it a bit more enjoyable. The black tea base is rather tannic and I feel like that interferes a bit with the blackberry flavor coming through… but the flavor develops as I continue to make my way down the cup.

It’s pleasant enough… but certainly not my favorite offering from Specialteas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I bought this sample some time ago, but just getting around to trying it tonight.

It smells delightful – fruity notes along with a fresh vegetative scent and a hint of floral – honeysuckles!

The flavor is nice. I am definitely getting a honeysuckle flavor from this cup – nice and sweet and floral. Very smooth, slightly nutty, with a peach-y like flavor.

Mmmmmmm…. very relaxing, soothing, dreamy!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Ohhhhhh! I have been wanting to try this one! :)

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85
drank White Peony by Rishi Tea
4224 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of the sampling that TeaEqualsBliss sent to me.

My thoughts haven’t really changed much – this is a very lovely white tea.

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84
drank Green Tea by TeaSpree
4224 tasting notes

This is a fairly straightforward green tea… pleasant vegetative taste, smooth and sweet, with a hint of nutty flavor.

Very good, Nice flavor.

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

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87

YUMMY!

The almond and vanilla flavors are in good balance, with just the right amounts of sweet, creamy, nutty and smooth. The Oolong tea is a darker (more oxidation) Oolong, and this I think further enhances the roasted nuttiness and sweet flavor. It has a pleasant mouthfeel… kind of like velvet! YUM! YUMMY! YUM!

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

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90
drank Chai by Byron Bay Tea Company
4224 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this tea!

It smells yummy! LOTS of huge cardamom pods in this blend.

Wow! All I can say right now is it’s a really good thing that I love licorice because this tea has a strong licorice flavor and it is YUM. There is a lot of complexity and depth to this tea.

A very pleasing chai tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Red Peony Rosettes by Teany
4224 tasting notes

My second infusion of this rosette. Still very flavorful, it is a little smoother in flavor this time around. That might also have something to do with the fact that the pastry-esque flavor inspired me to reach for the last of my cuccidata. Eating the cookie with the tea brought out some of the smoky qualities (although they weren’t strong) in the flavor with the first infusion, and is bringing out some of the baked-sweetness in this infusion. The smoky qualities are softer in this infusion – still there, just softer.

I’m liking this a lot… and I am thinking maybe I should order more cuccidata to go with the other rosettes! haha!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting…

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85
drank Red Peony Rosettes by Teany
4224 tasting notes

This is one that I’ve had for quite a while but haven’t tried yet. The aroma is a little smoky, not lapsang souchong smoky (pine-ish), but, still somewhat smoky.

Sweet with a baked quality to it – I definitely am getting the biscuity essence as described in the company description of this tea. But, its more like a somewhat sweet baked pastry essence. I’m not getting a lot of smoky flavor from it which I appreciate.

There is a faint caramel-y note as well. This is really quite good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

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

This is good. The cranberry flavor is there, tart but not verging on sour, because the lovely peach flavor comes through and cuts through the tartness just enough. I am not getting the cinnamon flavor that the description suggests, perhaps that is an error?

The black tea base is a little more astringent that I’d like it to be, but other than that, this is quite good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
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I got this with my order a couple of weeks ago, but this is my first time trying this particular tea from that order. I have tried the root beer float from NecessiTeas and that one was pretty good…

This is really very good.

I’m curious though, Frank… are those lilac blossoms or lavender blossoms?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jillian

I’m pretty sure it said that they were lilac blossoms on the website.

52teas

Okay. I’m an idiot. I will have to find some time to fix that on the site and label. They ARE lavender blooms. Chalk that one up to being a guy. Purple flowers is purple flowers. LOL. They are just there for a bit of color.

Thanks for calling me on it. I’ll get it changed soon. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in it updating our zoomdweebies.com site. What do you think? http://www.zoomdweebies.com

LiberTEAS

The site looks awesome Frank. They looked like lavender to me, which is why I asked. :)

Jillian

Yeah BIG difference scent and flavour -wise! XD

LiberTEAS

I noticed only very subtle floral hints from the lavender and jasmine though, mostly I was getting rootbeer and cream notes. It’s a very tasty blend!

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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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