4401 Tasting Notes

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
4401 tasting notes

I am pleasantly surprised by this tea. It has a bold, malty character that I didn’t expect – I was expecting something fairly mild and “tea-baggish” – but I didn’t get that here… this is really very good… one that I think the English might consider “moreish”

ETA: another THANK YOU to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea to try!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I completely agree! It was a pleasant surprise.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Dreamweaver Shop
4401 tasting notes

This is a pleasant enough Earl Grey tea. The bergamot is not too strong or overwhelming, nor does it leave that kind of perfume-y taste on the tongue. The black tea is smooth and strong with a little astringency.

I like it.

ETA: Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Ceylon Black by Drink The Leaf
4401 tasting notes

A very mild-mannered Ceylon. I can taste the notes of cocoa which is not something I often taste with an average, everyday Ceylon. Very smooth and I’m even getting a pleasant malty note (another something I don’t usually get from an average Ceylon)

Not as fruity as some Ceylons, but I do get a slightly fruity quality at the finish. Sweet and mellow. Nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Ok… so, I’ve got all these teas from Zoomdweebies… I might as well play with them, right?

I like this SO much better than the two teas separately. Yummy, sweet… and I added just a drop of milk to give it a little creaminess. Perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Caitlin

I was planning on trying this out too – I am glad it comes out well! Can I ask how much of each tea you used?

LiberTEAS

Well, I brew in my smart tea maker, which makes about 18 ounces (this is the smart tea maker I use, from Enjoying Tea: http://enjoyingtea.com/smartteamaker.html )… I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons of each tea.

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78
drank Chai by Tea Spree
4401 tasting notes

This is a fairly mild Chai, the black tea base is pleasantly smooth but not particularly strong. Not very astringent. The spices are not particularly strong either (which is why I say it’s a fairly mild chai) but I can taste the cardamom in particular, as well as notes from the ginger and cinnamon. In the aftertaste I can taste the black pepper, which I like.

This is a good chai but not a great chai… but I still enjoyed it and am glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
4401 tasting notes

Enjoying this iced this evening… it makes for a delicious glass of iced tea! Fruity and delicious, but still with the green tea flavor coming through.

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87
drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
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This is a really good Earl Grey. I love the “Earl Grey” from Lupicia (with Keemun), but I really like this one too. The bergamot is a bit lighter here and it gives the cup a crisp taste. Very pleasant and smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Scottish Blend by Simpson & Vail
4401 tasting notes

This is just what I expected with a Scottish Blend – HEARTY with an almost chewy kind of creaminess to it. It’s like freshly baked bread… like the chewy crisp crust of the bread. It’s awesome and it’s a great tea with which to start the day.

A nice sweetness to it too. Malty! Truly lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

This is really good. There is a strong citrus aroma and flavor to it, but not too strong. It’s more like the flavor of citrus but without the tart that usually accompanies it. Sweet and smooth.

The green tea has a buttery taste to it, and I’m not picking up much of a vegetal or grassy essence here.

I’m really liking this a lot, and am glad that I have a reasonable amount of it so that I can enjoy it again soon.

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

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86
drank Muscat by Lupicia
4401 tasting notes

The aroma of the dry leaf is very enticing, it smells a lot like a fruity wine. Very grape-ish.

This is really good. I must admit I was a little afraid of this tea because the Lime Darjeeling was a big disappointment yesterday, but this I like. This is also something I probably wouldn’t have purchased, so I am glad that I had the sample to try, because I really like it.

A pleasant surprise.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 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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