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4224 Tasting Notes

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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
4224 tasting notes

Starting my day with this (yes, I slept in this morning).

It is a bold, brisk tea, a good choice for the first tea of the day. It has a very rich, well rounded flavor, although it is almost on the verge of being bitter (it isn’t exactly bitter, but, there are hints of it that suggest that if I had brewed it a little longer it would have been bitter). Next time I brew it I will have to go for 2 1/2 minutes instead of the full 3 minutes and see how that works out.

But… I will say this, for a bagged tea – this one is not bad. It has a lot of gusto! A nice one to enjoy at breakfast, it is good with a little honey (or agave) and it would also be very nice with milk although I didn’t want that today. The bergamot is very distant in this, but not absent, and the flavor develops as I continue to sip.

It has a lot of depth. A very nice, rich tea. Good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This is such an amazing green. The flavor is nutty and buttery and smooth and sweet. Not too Vegetative. and Oh-So-Nice!

I can feel the stress in my shoulders just sort of melt away when I sip on this tea. ahhhh…

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84
drank Bleu Peacock by Mighty Leaf Tea
4224 tasting notes

This is one that had been on my shopping list for a while, so I finally broke down and placed an order.

This is an enchanting Oolong tea. The dry leaf smells very floral. I can taste the jasmine notes in there. It has a smooth, rich mouthfeel although it’s not as rich as a typical green Oolong. A very pleasant floral flavor, however, the floral notes do mask some of the Oolong flavors.

It is a good tea if you’re looking for floral flavor, but as far as Oolong flavor – not so much. It is tasty, though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

The more I drink this, the more I like it. Toward the end of the cup, I noticed a sweet caramel-y note that was positively sublime! The second infusion is still floral but a bit more distinct in flavor… I can taste hints of lavender as well as the jasmine in there. Still not a lot on Oolong flavor, but, even so, it’s quite good, and deserves a higher rating than I gave it… so I shall increase it!

TeaEqualsBliss

I haven’t tried this one yet!!!

Ricky

A good tea is a memorable one and this one I do remember.

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75
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
4224 tasting notes

This is alright. The black tea base is smooth and the bergamot is mild. Not my favorite Earl Grey, but, it is certainly not the worst either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Yummmmm… this is a very summer-y blend – perfect for iced tea.

The green tea is sweet, smooth and and mild – there is a hint of fresh “vegetation” but it is just-barely-there. The pineapple is juicy and sweet. I can taste a hint of lemon also, but, it is not a super-tart, puckery kind of lemon, it is very pleasant and accents the pineapple very nicely.

I really like this tropical blend. Very nice!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

YUM! This is a very flavorful chai!

The masala spices has a nice balance to them, so it is difficult to discern one flavor from another, they all seem to work in harmony to create a seamless spice flavor. It is spicy and sweet and very tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Although I prefer the spices to be distinguishable, I agree that it’s hard to do that w/o one getting all bratty and selfish.

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89

The other day I went to the mall with my youngest daughter, and whenever we are in an Oregon Mall, one of the stores I always visit is the Made In Oregon store, I like to shop there because I like the idea of supporting local business. That is where I found this tea.

I have had a couple of teas from The Jasmine Pearl in the past that I’ve purchased from Whole Foods, but, I have never seen this particular flavor of tea. The FIG part intrigued me first, because I love figs. I was further intrigued when I saw that it was a Darjeeling tea … and when I read the ingredient list and saw anise… I was sold! I had to try it.

Lovely! The strongest note in this tea is the tea itself, this is a very nice Darjeeling with a pleasant muscatel flavor that really compliments the blackberry flavor very well. The fig is present at the end of the sip. The anise reveals itself throughout, although it is strong it is not overwhelming… just very pleasant. I really like it.

It has a very nice balance of flavors, with nothing overwhelming anything else… everything is light and crisp and flavorful. NICE!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooooO…you have me interested YET AGAIN!!!!

LiberTEAS

I just printed out a label for you so that I can send some your way tomorrow!

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I’m not getting a lot of bergamot from this blend – I can definitely taste the peach flavor, though. The bergamot IS there… lingering in the background, but this is definitely not a typical Earl Grey – not the strong, ballsy bergamot kind of Earl Grey, anyway.

But it’s not a bad tasting tea either. I wouldn’t call it a peach flavored tea – more like a peach-y, citrus-y, flower-y kind of taste. Not quite bergamot, not quite peach… but definitely interesting!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Ooooooo…sounds like I would like it…with the Peach, I mean!!!!

Cofftea

Oooh sounds delish!

LiberTEAS

As it cools a bit, I am getting more bergamot from it. It’s still a softer, gentler bergamot though. I like it, it’s definitely different.

KeenTeaThyme

I’ve got to try this out. I’m forever in a quest to find an Earl Grey blend I like, and this seems perfect. Thanks for the review – I’m on it! :)

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86
drank Essence of Assam by 52teas
4224 tasting notes

I ordered this back when it was introduced, but since I have so many teas and not enough time in one day to taste them all, I’ve put this one away to try for another day… and this happens to be that day!

This is a very robust tea, which isn’t surprising to me. It has a very hearty, malty flavor that I’m really enjoying – it’s an excellent morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

If you have a signature spice blend (sans tea), I’d love to see how it mixes w/ this!

TeaEqualsBliss

Soooooo many teas…not enough hours in the day! LOL
BTW…I have 2 HUGE boxes taped up for you…just need to get 3 others out first before I send! :P

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss – don’t worry about getting them off to me in any hurry… I have so many teas… so very very many teas to keep me busy. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL – And you will have SO MANY MORE – I threw in a bunch of my own, too.

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76
drank Green Chai by Teany
4224 tasting notes

I decided to brew up some of this to enjoy this evening as a latte. This is my first time having this as a latte…

I really like this chai, but I think I like it better without the milk.

It has a nice sweet and spicy balance… Yummy.

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

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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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