4839 Tasting Notes

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I am finishing up the last that I have on hand of this. I wanted to have more of this today mostly because I wanted to try to address Jaime’s concerns about this tea.

I don’t find it tasting of cardboard, or even “dusty”… but it is a stronger (and different tasting) base which I attribute to the black tea base. It is a Bangladesh-grown tea so it does taste different than a typical Earl Grey would (or should!) It does have kind of an unusual taste to it – but not a bad taste, just different.

But I do see where you’re getting the “dusty” comparison from… the astringency in this is kind of powdery/starchy. It isn’t a heavy astringency, so it’s kind of a light “dusting” of the powdery sensation. I find that the astringency becomes stronger the longer it is infused… so I recommend a lighter infusion time with this particular tea… just 3 minutes.

Jaime

Thanks! I’m going to keep working at this one. I think it’s definitely something with the base tea…and I’ve never had a plain, non-flavored Bangladesh-grown tea that I’ve known of. Maybe it’s that? Thanks for taking the time to help me out! I’ll have another round with this one in the morning!

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97

I am incredibly fond of jasmine green teas, but, I think I enjoy jasmine white teas even more. The softer qualities of the white tea seem to bring out the softer, gentler side of jasmine. Lovely!

This is so good. The white tea is delicate but I can taste the soft, slightly grassy notes. The jasmine is so dreamy!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

In honor of today’s published review, I decided to enjoy a cup of this. You can check out the review here:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/12/09/pure-organic-black-teaji-hong-men-from-in-nature/

This is really good. Rich & delicious. Nice burnt-sugar caramel-y note, along with a delicious baked-bread kind of taste with a nice level of malt. Toothsome! I love this.

TeaEqualsBliss

LOVE this!!!!

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drank Mintastic by 52teas
4839 tasting notes

Good Morning! This really is a nice way to start the day!

I wrote a full-length review for this tea, you can read it here:
http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=15583

The aroma of the brewed tea is so nice – very crisp and minty. The wintergreen scent is what catches my attention most, I think.

Minty, delightful deliciousness!

TeaEqualsBliss

I need some this – hard something garlicky for lunch!

TeaEqualsBliss

hard-had LOL sorry!

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85

I am surprised by this decaf! It doesn’t taste like decaf! It has a rich, malty, baked taste that is so delicious, and had I not known it was decaf (because, well, I brewed it), I wouldn’t have guessed it. It does not have that somewhat thinner body and taste that is sometimes a characteristic of decaf teas.

This is rich and flavorful. Very nice flavor.

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Good to know. Thanks so much for posting this.

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drank Health Juice by Shui Tea
4839 tasting notes

Thanks to Paul M Tracy for sending me a bit of this tea to try!

I had originally set my timer for 5 minutes but when it hit 4 minutes, I saw how dark red it had become and I feared that I would have an overly hibiscus-y tea, so I stopped the infusion at 4 minutes. I am glad I did. I taste a very fruity tisane now, but if it had steeped longer, I think I would have tasted more of the hibiscus and as it is, I am only getting faint hibiscus notes.

The aroma is primarily eucalyptus which I happen to like but I can see it coming off as medicinal to some.

I am getting a very pleasant backdrop of apple and carrot which provides a very smooth, lightly sweet, even “surface” for the bright citrus notes of this tea. Every once in a while, the flavor of the eucalyptus will reveal itself. I am getting very little from the hibiscus – just an occasional note of tart. The beetroot gives a nice sweetness.

I actually like this quite a bit. Much better than I thought I would!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I’m sorry, but I had to laugh at the name of this tea! XD

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96

Oh wow! This is probably the best white tea that I’ve ever had! It’s amazing!

Sweet with floral sharpness that comes off with just a little bitter bite. It amazes me how much this white tea fills the palate with it’s complex flavors.

Delightful. So good. I want more.

PS: Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

I love this tea! I previously reviewed it here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11228

Sweet, lovely, and light. Yummy caramel with pear… reminiscent of baked pears, but without the spice. Personally, I might like this even more with a little spice, but it’s really good as is!

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

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drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
4839 tasting notes

Yum! This tea tastes JUST like roasted chestnuts. There is a light bitter nuttiness that is followed by a rich, creamy sweetness…

This is so good! A great tea for those of us who aren’t very good at roasting our own chestnuts!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

ooooo…ahhhhhhh

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94

OK… I’m having that second cup now.

I really like this. The banana is sweet, a subtle nutty flavor from the walnut, and a nice bakey taste to it too. Creamy smooth buttery finish. Yum yum yum yum yum!

Now, I’m off to write a review for the Tea Review Blog!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

OK… so the 12 Days of Christmas box is just sitting here, and it keeps calling me.

I am so not good with waiting when I’ve got something like this so within reach. Especially when it comes to tea.

Frank… why you do this to me? Why?

TeaEqualsBliss

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Jillian

Doooo eeeet! You know you want to! ;P

LiberTEAS

Stop it Jillian… I already have my youngest daughter giving me “double dog dares” to start in on the box! I don’t need additional “encouragement.”

Jaime

LiberTEAS, stay strong! Mine is sitting on the counter underneath the tea cabinet, so the temptation is great!! We can stay strong until the 14th! Yes, we can!!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.

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The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:

http://52teas.com

I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.

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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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!

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