4366 Tasting Notes

This must be a new tea from Indonique, because I can’t even find it on the website.

It is one that I will be trying again before I include a numeric rating, because I want to play around with the steeping parameters of this tea. The cut is quite fine on the Assam leaves so a teaspoon of the leaves is probably equal to two or more teaspoons of another tea leaf… and because the cut is so fine there is more surface area exposed, and therefore it brews faster than a typical Assam would.

That is not to say that my current cuppa tastes off, because it is actually quite good. The flavor is rich and sweet … very honey-like! But, with my Assam I do like a little deeper flavor and I feel like I used too little leaf this time for fear of overdoing it. This tea is reminding me more of an outstanding Ceylon rather than an Assam. I am getting a little bit of a malty note, but, not as much as I’d expect from Assam.

So, as I say, I shall play with this one a bit before I rate it. It is good, but I think it could be even better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I think this would be a great base for a chai!

Indonique

Thanks for reviewing! We’re experimenting with our Assam teas and will have a final product soon. I believe you have the CTC that has the benefit of opening slowly. So don’t be afraid to use more leaf. This is our favorite breakfast tea. Use a heavy or condensed cream with Splenda or sugar. The aroma is killer honey scent. When brewed in a batch at a Cafe, sales tend to soar! If you need more, call me.

Indonique

Coftea: Assams are often used as Chai bases in India. We’ve found that they tend to taste a bit sour after adding spices. Nilgiri blends work much better with traditional masala blends. Chocolate chai, however, begs for an Assam base. Contact me for some samples!

Cofftea

Shrugs… I like Assams because they are traditionally used. I’ve never had a sour Assam Chai. And I would think the honey in this particular tea should, and would, take care of that anyway. I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly had a Nilgiri based chai. Sending you a PM.

Cofftea

Ok, never mind- you need to follow me 1st:)

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by TeaSpree
4366 tasting notes

This is yummy!

The vanilla is enhanced with licorice, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, making what I thought would be an ordinary vanilla rooibos blend something quite extraordinary. I am really enjoying it. The flavors are seamless. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is one of the most unusual tasting chai teas that I’ve ever encountered… unusual but very tasty!

Before reading anything about it, I tasted it, and noticed a chocolate-y note, and something else… but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It tasted a bit like… cherry! But I thought that my taste buds must be off or something, because, I’ve never come across a cherry flavored chai before.

Then I went to the website and saw that this is … in fact, a chocolate cherry flavored chai. Weird! But GOOD!

The cherry is not an IN YOUR FACE kind of cherry flavor – it’s subtle and tastes a bit like a cross between a candied cherry and a bing cherry. The chocolate is smooth and rich tasting. And the chai is not a spicy chai – there aren’t any real strong ginger notes or spicy hot cinnamon… it’s a smoother, sweeter kind of chai, with notes of warmth to accent the mocha like flavors.

I like it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m not bothered by a chocolate cherry chai- I’m bothered by the fact that I would have never dreamed it had cherry in it based on the name.

Caitlin

This sounds yummy!

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drank Long Jing by Lahloo Tea
4366 tasting notes

The aroma is quite like chestnuts – nutty and sweet, with just a hint of vegetation.

Smooth and light, fresh with notes of vegetables, nuts and butter. YUM!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
4366 tasting notes

OK… I am totally LOVING this tea.

The black tea, the mate, the masala spice, and the pineapple are all in fantastic harmony with one another, and the vanilla offers a smooth presence but not an overwhelming presence of flavor.

Yum… Yum… YUM!!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

Pineapple mate chai? Hm sounds interesting!

TeaEqualsBliss

I hope I will be able to try this too! What else did you get from them???

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Waking up to a cup of Earl Grey this morning. It’s been at least a couple of weeks since I’ve had A&D’s Earl Grey, and I could hear it calling out to me this morning. (Yes, it’s still morning – only officially 9 minutes left to the morning)

Lovely – I like the bergamot in this blend. Pleasantly citrus-y, only hints of floral. Smooth. Rich. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this one. This is one that I’m sad to see has been discontinued… I like it. The almond flavor is a little “fake” – but it’s not really a bad fake – I guess the best way I can describe it is that it reminds me a bit of almond extract rather than actual almonds. But… I like almond extract, so I’m liking this.

I taste the “toasted” the “almonds” and the “creme” in this blend, and what I think I might like best about it is that I can’t really taste the funky black tea base. I can taste black tea, but not the Adagio black tea which tastes really off to me.

This is really quite yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I have never seen this on their website and I’ve been a customer of Adagio for 2 years. That must be some insanely old tea.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Actually this is a signature blend I created and it isn’t nearly that old. Maybe about 6 months from the time I ordered it and not since I created it. Not to mention i started creating blends back in July 2009. Nevertheless, I deleted from my blends because it wasn’t that popular and I wanted to make others that may have been better sellers. You are only limited to 25 blends so as a result I had to make room. If you feel like you want to order it I can make it again for you to order, I saved the formula just let me know. I am so glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Cofftea

Ah ok Rachel, The name sounded like a Signature Blend, but since LiberTEAS used the word “discontinued”, I got confused lol. Adagio has been discontinuing teas that are simply shown as being sold out, but I should have actually thought about it lol.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

No biggy :-) so have you received your box of tea goodness I bought for you from 52Teas?

Cofftea

Oh no. It takes ages (normally) for me to get things from them. It’s either 4 days or 2 weeks lol.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yikes! Just curious :-)

Cofftea

Oh don’t worry, you will be the very first one to know!:)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Sounds good I can’t wait to find out what you got.

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With my lunch I decided to enjoy a glass of what I brewed last night for iced tea.

Nice, sweet, and refreshing.

Cofftea

I was pretty disappointed w/ this hot, is it more watermelony iced? I’m thinking it might be better w/ a green base.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss, my SororiTEA Sister, for sending me this sampling.

The liquor is very fragrant – and smells delightful.

The taste: toasty and with spicy notes. I am getting the hints of vanilla that the description suggests right at the beginning of the sip, in the middle I get a toasty malty taste, and the tea finishes sweet. Nice and complex. Beautiful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Having also tasted the apple pie a la mode from 52Teas, I can state that the 52Teas IS better… but this one is not bad. I can taste the apple and cinnamon, and the black tea base gives it a bit of a baked flavor, lending itself to the apple pie concept well. I do miss the crust though, but, I’m thinking I can remedy that myself with a couple of shortbread cookies.

Ahh… pecan shortbread cookies from McTavish (a local company that makes to-die-for cookies!) to the rescue.

Yep. That did the trick. Now, I’ve got my crust and my apple pie in a teacup. Yeah, I like this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

A la mode is ALWAYS better. TEAhehe;)

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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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