4449 Tasting Notes

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It’s been a while since I’ve last had an unflavored Honeybush, and I’ve forgotten just how good it is unflavored!

I don’t really care for unflavored rooibos, but I do enjoy unflavored honeybush. The flavor is not quite as woody, it’s a little lighter and brighter and I love the sweetness of it.

A very pleasant cup!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
teabird

Good to know – I’ve never had honeybush unflavored. I’ll have to try it sometime now!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
4449 tasting notes

Oh. My. Goodness.

This is freaking AWESOME.

Because Teagasm doesn’t adequately describe what I’m experiencing at the moment, I’m going to say ChocolaTeaGASM.

So good. So very very good. I am sad that I only got a sample packet of this from Tea Review Blog (going to write my review of this tea for the blog in a few moments) because I could drink this every day. I will have to hunt this down and buy some.

Rich. Chocolate. Sweet. Chocolate. Delicious. CHOCOLATE. This is better than any sipping chocolate or any hot chocolate. Oh… yum yum yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

VERY few teas actually make me say “holy freakin crap!” out loud when I read the title of a tea. This is one of them! Yes, it made me talk to my computer:)

LiberTEAS

Anyone who likes chocolate must try this. It is amazing. And… now it is gone. I need to get a bigger tea mug.

Paul M Tracy

Any idea where you can buy this wonder tisane? The Tisano website says it’s available on amazon.com but I couldn’t find an entry.

LiberTEAS

I don’t know. I received it as a sample as a reviewer for Tea Review Blog. However, the website does indicate that it’s available at some Whole Foods and I’m going to ask my local Whole Foods to start carrying it as well… because I MUST HAVE MORE.

sophistre

http://tinyurl.com/325zbqd

I found it, along with several of the company’s other products.

It doesn’t have the fancy-shmancy tin, but it is, in fact, cacao tea from the company owned by the dude — Eastbay Trading Co.

Until you can locate the tin at a retailer, this may do in a pinch! Not bad for $4.00.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never had anything from this company! I was looking at a few of them on TRBWOW!!! Sounds interesting!

Cofftea

Perfect sophistre as I don’t want the tin anyway- thanks!:)

Cofftea

After reading something from a local cafe on FB, I just got a wonderful idea- add some peppermint to it, steep it in milk, and add matcha. Yes, I know, I don’t like matcha and dairy… but I think it may be good. Shoot. I just found reason I need this NOW lol!

Patrick Pineda

Wow… thanks so much for the great comments… We are just starting our roll out of this product after some great testing. We are small family run business that started in chocolates and cacao buying fairly traded cacao from farming communities in Venezuela and me and my brothers were the first to export organic certified cacao, thats how we came across the idea of the tea.

sophistre you made me laugh out loud… We started with the polybags to get the product out there and get reviews from our Amazon and Ebay customers and once we won an award at the Natural Products Expo we decided to go FancySchamzy tin route and brand Cacao Tea chocolate herbal tea under Tisano, which means – Tisane and Artesano (spanish word for artisan).

Cofftea we are actually launching blends in the spring… maybe i can send you some samples for feedback?

Paul and anyone else who wants cacao tea our site is finally live and we are doing sample giveaways to get the buzz going… very grass roots guerailla marketing, small company of family and friends trying to get the idea of Tisano chocolate tea out there.

www.Tisano.com

p.s. – i am the guy under the story tab with the blue shirt carying 120pounds of fresh cacao beans across the river!

Thanks again for all your positive comments – you made my day!

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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
4449 tasting notes

In honor of today’s Steepster Select, I decided to try this tea. And thank you very much to wombatgirl for sending it to me!

This is really good. I mean… really good! The pear flavor is very distinct. Sweet. This is probably the best pear flavored tea and/or tisane that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve tasted quite a few, and I even flavored one myself (and it was pretty darned good)… and I’ve liked quite a few of them… but as far as PEAR flavored tea goes… this is the closest to pear taste that I’ve ever experienced.

As a result of this tasting, I’m actually purchasing some of it… I’m glad it’s a steepster select item!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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

I LOVE this Oolong. It’s absolutely delightful. Normally, I might think that this blending of flavors with a green Oolong is a bit of overkill because Oolongs are so flavorful without adding anything to them… but, this is really a pleasant change from Oolong without a complete departure from it.

The medley of fruit is very pleasant and almost seamless. I wish that there was a stronger bergamot note here. The ginger is very soft but there is a distinguished hit of spice there… not strong but it’s there.

I really like this… and am looking forward to the multiple infusions that will follow!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

With the second infusion – some of the fruit flavors become a little more distinct. I can really taste the mango this time around. Still excellent!

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85
drank Ceylon High Mountain by Drink T
4449 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this tea this morning…

This is a very good and bold Ceylon. More briskness than in a typical Ceylon, but there is still that underlying smoothness to it. A pleasant malty character. Toothsome. A very enjoyable honey note.

A very good Ceylon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The Sencha tea is rich tasting and buttery – it coats the palate with that creamy smooth texture. This is enhanced further with the vanilla in the blend. Sweet!

The flowers do not add a LOT of flavor to the cup, but, I can taste pleasantly delicate notes of sunflower and rose. Then there is the sweet-tart taste of berry … strawberry! YUMMY!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Best Assam Tea by Purvi Discovery
4449 tasting notes

I received a sampling of this tea as a reviewer for the Tea Review Blog.

The dry leaf is very pebble-y – like grains of sand in size, and dark, chocolate-y brown in color. It possesses a vibrant aroma – with deep earthy notes and a baked bread smell and even a distant flowery note. It smells… well, like Assam tea!

The flavor is malty – perhaps one of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered, with a strong astringency that has a clean, drying effect on the mouth. I steeped it for just 3 minutes but I’m tasting no bitterness. It has a deep baked flavor and a chewy texture. This tea has got some tooth! There is a honey-caramel sweetness to it too. It’s really delicious.

An excellent way to wake up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never tried anything from this company either!!

LiberTEAS

This is actually not so much a company as it is a vacation location! I don’t see anyplace where you can actually order the tea on the website!

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhhh! I see!

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drank Orchid by Lahloo Tea
4449 tasting notes

An excellent Oolong. The flavor is rich and complex with layers of fruit, flower and even woodsy tones. Somewhat earthy but not heavily so.

Just lovely.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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A very nice twist on the classic Earl Grey.

More citrus really amplifies the citrus-y notes of the bergamot and seem to smooth out some of the sharper-flowery notes. The Assam in this blend is really nice too, the tea is very brisk and I like the malty note together with the citrus.

This is one that I’m going to enjoy revisiting!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Moroccan Mint by SpecialTEA Brew
4449 tasting notes

A very good mint green tea.

The green tea base tastes a bit like gunpowder green, it’s smooth, vegetative and a little sweet. The mint is strong, sweet, minty and crisp! The mint is the dominate flavor here but it doesn’t completely overpower the green tea base.

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

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