4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Bean by SpecialTEA Brew
4366 tasting notes

This is the first of SpecialTea Brew’s teas that I’m trying and I really like it.

The vanilla flavor is very prominent and it is smooth and sweet (yummy). The black tea has a pleasant taste and is fairly robust – it doesn’t hide behind the flavor. It would make a really nice alternative to the typical breakfast blend or a good tea to enjoy in the afternoon.

I like this one a lot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Mi Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this to try!

As most of you probably are aware – I LOVE Oolong tea. So much so that I think that my gaiwan is becoming an essential tool rather than just a gadget. (tsk tsk) I don’t know why I prefer to brew my Oolongs in a gaiwan… but I do.

I can taste the lychee flavor, and the honey-esque tones in this tea. It has a wonderful fruit and floral aroma. Pleasantly sweet with a charming baked quality to it.

Delicious… amazingly delicious.

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

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80

My first cup of the day – I had an appointment this morning and no time to enjoy a cup of tea before I left, so I’ve been in need of my caffeine fix.

This is nice. The lime flavor is sweet not tart. The black tea is brisk. I’m enjoying it, and betting this is quite lovely iced too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

VERY excited about this one!

LiberTEAS

If you don’t have this one already, it will be on it’s way to you in the next day or two.

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82
drank French Lemon Ginger by Art of Tea
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I received this as a free sample when I placed an order with Art of Tea – their samples are quite generous!

This is really very tasty. The lemon is the most prominent, but it isn’t a super-tart, pucker-ish lemon, it’s smooth and juicy. The ginger seems to soften the tartness a bit, and adds just a little peppery pick-up to the cup. It’s not overwhelmingly ginger, it’s not too sour… it’s just very refreshing!

I like it!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting!

LiberTEAS

got some coming your way in a day or two.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks girlie!!!!

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86
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
4366 tasting notes

I really like this tea. It is sweet and buttery. A bit of vegetative flavor but not strong.

Very, very good.

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

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87
drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
4366 tasting notes

So you know I had to try this one…

Definitely very fruity. Because of the many flavors that there are, it is difficult to discern one from another… that being said, this is REALLY GOOD. The flavors are intense and I almost want to say “congested” but in a good way… sort of like a huge fruit salad consisting of the largest assortment of fruit ever.

And… I can taste the green tea too! Buttery fresh notes… just slightly vegetative. This isn’t a “fruit punch” – it is absolutely, positively a tea… with a whole lot going on!

I did take advantage of the Steepster Select offer and I will be giving the second pouch away on the SororiTEA Sisters Blog (http://sororiteasisters.com) – so watch for your chance to win it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Hmmm… I just may enter that anyway lol.

TeaEqualsBliss

ok, ok…what’s the banana level in this!? LOL

LiberTEAS

I didn’t taste a lot of banana… but then, it’s difficult to distinguish one fruit from another – it’s more like one great big FRUIT. does that make sense? I think you’ll like it. :)

Cofftea

That was my assumption LiberTEAS… and my main concern about liking it… If I win the contest I think I’m gonna try making a single cup then doing a gallon. I’m thinking using more tea, even though I’m using more water would increase my chances of not leaving out a particular flavor completely. And I can always reheat a cup to enjoy it hot. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ll be daring if you want to send me a sample’s worth! LOL

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss: Surely! I’ll include it with the package that I send in the next day or two. :)

Shinobi_cha

We should be able to rate tea companies. If one could, I would nominate 52teas as the most funny. Ingredients: Yes. This is great; almost as funny as the Tuna Melt Tea.

LiberTEAS

@Shinobicha – that is one of the reasons I actually wanted to buy the tea. I laughed so hard when I first saw it. I love Frank’s sense of humor.

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85
drank Ceylon High Mountain by Drink T
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This is a delicious Ceylon – smooth and rich and quite brisk for a Ceylon. It has an almost “creamy” chewy flavor to it… somewhat malty but not quite as malty as a typical Assam.

Very nice indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

YUM! This is a fruity, sweet, delicious treat!

The pear flavor is pleasant and sweet – and just a hint of sharpness from the sunflower comes through – just enough to cut through some of the sweetness of the pear. Making this sweet, but not too tremendously sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting!

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74

Another tea that I received in the clearance mystery box! I brewed it last night so that I could enjoy it today as iced tea… and it is really nice. Smooth and sweet and citrus-y. Delish!

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95

There is a lot of coconut flake in this blend!

Toasty and delicious! The coconut is sweet and toasty… and the Wen Shan Bao Zhong is smooth, rich and slightly roasted which lends itself very well to the flavor of the coconut. Very pleasant!

A nice mouthfeel – not as heavy as an Ali Shan, but very silky. The coconut and Wen Shan seem to be made for each other!

For those of you who are considering purchasing this particular tea, I would recommend purchasing more than just an ounce – which is what I purchased! The steeping parameters call for 3 tsp per cup, and you really need it because there is a LOT of coconut flake in the blend, and I believe that you’ll be sacrificing flavor if you use less leaf. I used about 1/2 of the ounce for this infusion in my smart brewing device! Fortunately, however, it IS an Oolong and will be subjected to many infusions!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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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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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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