4458 Tasting Notes

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More playing around with my tea from Zoomdweebies… this time, I took my blend of Praline’d Pecan tea (half Praline & half Pecan) and combined that with the apple pie black tea, also from Zoomdweebies. Combined these at a ratio of 1:1.

Delicious. Makes me want a slice of apple pie topped with Pralines & Cream ice cream. This I think is better than the apple pie tea on it’s own. The flavor is somehow smoother. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

I’m drooling now.

Caitlin

I am waiting for class to start and starving and this post is killing me! Haha!

Meghann M

Wow this sounds so tasty!

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drank Rooibos Chocolate Rum by Chado
4458 tasting notes

In my sample pouch, I didn’t see any chocolate chips at all. I realize that the chocolate chips don’t really add all that much flavor to the overall cup, but I am just mentioning this because the tisane that I measured into my smart brewer didn’t look at all like the photo… it looked like plain rooibos.

The flavor is very delicate here. Rum is the most prominent flavor, and fortunately, it does mask some of the woodsy flavor of the rooibos. I was a little worried about that because when I first strained the tea into my mug I could smell that very distinct rooibos smell and I worried that this would taste strongly of rooibos, but it does not.

The chocolate is softer than I’d like it to be, but I think it’s very well balanced with the rum flavor… neither is really overwhelming the other. I do get a nice chocolatey taste in the finish.

Eh…. It’s pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Fruit Blend by Saharas Supplies
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Yeah… ummm… this one… not so much.

As a hot tea, this has too much hibiscus in it and it is really too tart for me. I then tried it iced. As it cools it’s a little bit better… but not a lot better.

I can taste the hibiscus – it’s tart. I can taste the fruit flavors of orange and lemon, they are sweet but a lot of that is masked by the tart of the hibiscus (the hibiscus also makes this kind of syrupy). I can also taste an underlying note of peppermint, and that is – in my opinion – the best part about this particular blend is the mint and the way it kind of peeks its way through the other flavors. Unfortunately, this is too funky for my taste buds… it’s just not for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I really like this Earl Grey – I like the combination of the citrus with the bergamot citrus… it makes the flavor lighter and more fruity, while curbing some of the purfume-y notes from the bergamot. Nice.

The Assam is lighter than a typical Assam too, and I am attributing that to the citrus… it seems to give the overall cup a nice lighter flavor. The Assam is still malty, astringent, and bold… just not quite as strong as an unflavored Assam would be.

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drank Black Tea Maracuja by Drink T
4458 tasting notes

The aroma of fruit (apricot!) and a hint of spice greeted me when I opened the package. I don’t know that there is actually any spices in this blend, but, my nose detected a faint note of spice.

This is a very nice combination of apricot and passion fruit. Pleasantly sweet, only faintly tart (which is quite alright with me). I’m not getting any significant amount of spice flavor so I will attribute the spice note that I’m getting to be part of the black tea base. There is some astringency – not a heavily drying astringency, but it does seem to cleanse the palate because there is very little aftertaste.

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My first cup of the day.

Pleasantly brisk with a nice apple flavor. Makes a nice tea to go with my Earl Grey Biscottea – OK… Frank… there’s a flavor for you: Apple Earl Grey Biscotti. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Apple Earl Grey Biscotti – I’d like to try it if he makes it!

Stephanie

I love biscotti! A biscotti-flavored tea would really be great.

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drank Sicilian Vespers by Red Leaf Tea
4458 tasting notes

I am finishing off the last I have of this tea – thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it out to me.

This tea has a lovely floral essence. It is beautifully delicate, it is like a light, spirited dance on the palate. The cabernet wine is prominent, and when combined with the light floral taste it is really quite delightful. Sweet – but not too sweet. Hints of currants.

As I finish the last of this – I am realizing just how much I am going to miss it. This is – quite possibly – the best “wine infused” tea I’ve tasted to date.

And because I am liking this so much tonight, I’m going to increase my numeric rating just a tad!

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

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
4458 tasting notes

OK… so you know I had to order this one – I mean, Earl Grey? Cheesecake? YUM!

The aroma reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey creme.

Nice! The flavor has a nice bergamot taste and I like how it pairs with the cheesecake. Of the several cheesecake flavors that I’ve tried from 52Teas/Zoomdweebies, I think that this is the strongest distinct cheesecake flavor.

The tea base is also quite nice… I like the touch of Darjeeling in there, it adds some interest in the flavor – it seems a little lighter and a little more complex. I like it… and really glad I ordered it so that I can spend a little more time with it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Erin

I literally JUST placed an order for this and I’m so excited to receive it! I love cheesecake, so I’m thrilled that you think it has a strong cheesecake flavor.

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This is a very good Keemun. Very bold. Malty! Undertones of spice and fruit. And a distant smoky note that adds a sort of caramel sweet note to cut through a little bit of the edge of it.

Since I’m up rather early this morning and not going to go back to bed… I need THIS!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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