4421 Tasting Notes

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I am going to be reviewing this one more in depth tomorrow… today, I just got home from a very long shopping and lunch excursion with my husband – we had a wonderful time, but, I had NO caffeine today until now and so I have a headache like you wouldn’t believe.

I need caffeine.

This is a really delightful tea. Chewy, sweet, delicious. I look forward to exploring it further.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lori

Looking forward to the review. The company description sounds promising- strength of assam w/o the bite…

LiberTEAS

Now that I’ve finished the cup and my headache is subsiding, I can say that it’s incredibly smooth. Much smoother than an Assam. Very nice. Reminds me a bit of Dawn, except that where Dawn has that chocolate-y note, I think that this one has more of a deep fruity note… like raisins. I really like it.

Jillian

Cool, Bolivia isn’t a place you think of when you hear about good-quality teas!

LiberTEAS

No, I think of fine quality chocolates and watches but not tea. But this one is very good.

Tea-Guy

This would be wonderful to try!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooooooooo

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86

I am enjoying this hot with my dessert right now, and it’s fantastic. Sweet and yummy… and this even has a bubbly sort of taste very similar to that I’d experience if I were drinking champagne.

So good. And glad I have more of this so that I can write more about it later… because right now I’m enjoying it too much to write.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo!

52teas

Our local customers drink gallons of this blend as Sprite Spritzers: About half a cup of hot tea with a 1/4 cup of sugar dissolved into it then iced and topped off with a 12oz can of Sprite.

LiberTEAS

Wow… that’s a lot of sugar though when you consider the sugar in the sprite too… I wonder if it would be tasty without all that added sugar? May have to try.

52teas

I would sweeten the tea a little bit, but maybe you don’t need that much. The Sprite Spritzer is a 1/4c, the Coke Spritzer takes a 1/3c, just because the Coke is such a strong flavor. You might be able to get away with less with the Sprite. It is DELICIOUS though.

52teas

Of course, with ours, by the time you ice the tea (it comes out of our machine unbelievably HOT) and add the Sprite, you wind up with a 24oz. beverage, so, maybe the sugar isn’t quite so bad taking that into consideration.

But I can’t deny it. Our kids are sugar-freaks. We go through about 15lbs of sugar every week. And we’re only open 17 hours a week!

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86
drank Gyokuro Asahina by Drink The Leaf
4421 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this fabulous tea to try.

I love Gyokuro! I love the beautiful, vivid green leaves. I love the fresh, vegetative aroma, I love the flavor that is slightly nutty and sweet and vegetative. I love that it only takes 45 seconds to infuse the leaves. I love Gyokuro!

This is an excellent Gyokuro. The flavor is smooth and delicious. Delightful. YUM.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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87

This is one I was very excited to try – I love grapefruit, and as some of you may have read from my past tasting notes and reviews, I’m in search of the perfect grapefruit flavored green tea – I tasted the most spectacular grapefruit green tea while vacationing in Tucson last year and I want more of it. Unfortunately, I’ve not had a lot of luck with the vendor who sold that tea to the tea house… they sell locally only and I haven’t been able to negotiate terms of shipping some of that delicious tea to me.

Anyways… so needless to say that I like grapefruit… so I was excited to try this… (by the way Frank – pretty please blend a grapefruit green tea)

The flavor is very nice – slightly tart grapefruit flavor, but not too tart. I did add a little sugar (I always eat my grapefruit with sugar too)… so I am sure that curbed some of the natural grapefruit tart, but, in a very good way, because this tastes yummy.

I like!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Looking forward to anything grapefruit! LOL

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90

Starting my day with Earl Grey this morning.

Having previously reviewed this tea on SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/06/13/tippy-earl-grey-from-golden-moon-tea/
There is not really a lot more for me to say about it… I really like it.

Delicious and a delightful way to get going!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I forgot to thank TeaEqualsBliss in my last tasting note. She sent me the Earl Grey from Bigelow, and she sent me this Lemongrass from Teatulia – THANK YOU TeaEqualsBliss

This is very nice. It has a buttery sweet smoothness to it, it isn’t overpoweringly LEMON – like a puckery/sour lemony flavor – but a sweet, lemon-curd-y kind of lemon. I like it very much.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
4421 tasting notes

This is a decent enough Earl Grey Blend – not my favorite, but certainly not the worst I’ve tasted either. It has a pleasant bergamot aroma – the dry leaf is a little strong which worried me at first, but the brewing evens it out a bit.

The bergamot flavor is crisp and juicy, not as floral as some bergamot flavorings I’ve encountered, not perfume-y or soapy. Nice and this one is one that I could see adding milk to – it has a smooth enough flavor to it that it would work well.

Definitely good for a bagged tea – one of the better bagged varieties I’ve tried, and one I wouldn’t mind enjoying now and again… I like to have a good black bagged tea on hand for those mornings when I NEED tea but I don’t have time to fiddle with all the accessories.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec
Bigelow Tea

Thanks for your review of our Earl Grey. I see in your bio you are intrigued with unique flavor combinations…we have many like our Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai to name one. Just wanted to share with a tea friend.

Thanks, Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this to try.

Yum! This is really, really good. I can taste strawberries and I can taste creamy sweetness. The black tea is a bit astringent, but I’ve come to expect it from Adagio’s black tea base so I’m not put off by it.

A pleasant berry flavor with a touch of cream. Another great Rachel blend!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Elyse

Wow that sounds AMAZING!

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76
drank Green Chai by Teany
4421 tasting notes

I am finishing off the very last of this – bye bye green chai!

I brewed this extra strong this time to experiment a little with it as a chai latte. I like it better this time around than I did the last time I drank this as a latte. I guess I needed to just brew it stronger to get the most out of it. Very lovely flavor.

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

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drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

Since today is the last day to enter and win this tea on SororiTEA Sisters – for more information on how YOU could win (we’re drawing not one but TWO winners), check out this link: http://tinyurl.com/2ae4ob9 – I decided that was as good a reason as any to brew some of it. (Like I need a reason to brew tea)

My opinion hasn’t changed since my review – it’s still fruity and delicious. I like that I can taste the green tea here, one might think that with all these flavors going on that the green tea would be indistinguishable, but it isn’t. It is buttery and sweet and very lovely to sip.

In the contest announcement, I call this tea a ridiculously delicious tea – and it really is. I really wasn’t sure I’d like it (but I felt fairly confident I would because Frank knows his stuff) but I had to try it… and I’m really glad I did.

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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