4550 Tasting Notes

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This is a surprisingly tasty blend. I was hesitant to try it (alright, I was downright apprehensive) because, well, when I think “Russian Caravan” I think Lapsang Souchong, and when I think Lapsang Souchong, I think TOO SMOKY for me.

But this isn’t. Yes, there is a smoky taste to this tea, but it does not overpower the cup. It is not too much. The fruit flavor with the smoky qualities of the Russian Caravan create a very unusual yet delicious tea.

The fruity taste offers a bit of sweetness (which I’ve enhanced with a drizzle of honey) and somehow, it offers a strange yet complementary taste to the smoky flavor. I like this very much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Mar-A-Lago by Trump Tea
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I am so excited to be able to try this blend (Thank you TeaEqualsBliss!)

This is amazing. I love the flavors of the fruit – it is flavorful and abundant, and the Sencha is rich and buttery. A very pleasing cup.

I’m off to write my review of this delicious tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

YAY!!!!! 4 for 4 on TRUMP for SororiTEA Sisters!!!!

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90

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

This is a very good Earl Grey. As TeaEqualsBliss suggested in her tasting note on this tea, the bergamot IS a bit lighter here, it isn’t a strong, heady bergamot aroma nor a overly perfume-y bergamot taste. It tastes clean and fresh. It has a nice citrus taste that is quite lively and and delicious. The bergamot doesn’t try to overwhelm the black tea, which is in its own right rather mellow and smooth.

As I said, this is a very good Earl Grey – that being said, this is not a breakfast Earl Grey, or a start of the day Earl Grey. Instead, this makes for an excellent afternoon Earl Grey – perfect to serve at afternoon parties. A very pleasant cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Delicious. I really like this blend. It is berry-sweet and I like that little raspberry tartness at the tail end of the sip that sort of lingers on the tongue. I previously reviewed this tisane here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11379

This is way better than indulging in a late-night snack… it is warm and comforting and sweet without adding a lot of fat and calories. YUMMY!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds awesome…would LOVE to try!!!!

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85

Kind of late in the evening for me to be enjoying a black tea… but I was really wanting an Earl Grey, and since I had this tin out anyway (sent some to a friend), I went with it.

I’m tasting a lot of orange flavor today… more than I remember… and less of the somewhat flowery/perfume-ish taste that is accompanied with Earl Grey. It tastes nice.

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84

My supply of this one is almost depleted! It’s a very good tea, pleasantly sweet, juicy flavor.

As I sit here and contemplate this tea, I am wishing I would have thought to order one of the cran-strawberry tea from 52 Teas… Frank does cranberry right. Cranberry teas typically scare me just a little because either they’re too tart or the cranberry flavor isn’t well represented. Not so with the cranberry teas that I’ve tried thus far from 52Teas (Cranberry matcha!) and Zoomdweebies.

Anyway… a very good blend. I’ll be sad to see it go, but, the truth is that I have plenty of other teas to keep me busy… and well… that makes me glad!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I still can’t figure it out- the cranberry comes out when I mix the matcha w/ OJ, but not when I mix it w/ water.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Dreamweaver Shop
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I’m finishing off the last of this sampling that TeaEqualsBliss sent me.

A very good Earl Grey. Nice bergamot scent and flavor. I’m getting less astringency this time than I seem to recall with my first tasting of this tea… still just a little astringency, but it isn’t strong. The black tea is bright and strong.

This is a pretty standard take on this classic. No bells or whistles… just good Earl Grey tea.

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drank Kashmiri Chai by Tavalon Tea
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Enjoying a cup of this before switching to iced tea… didn’t do a latte though. I was just in the mood for something a little spicy and this one fits the bill. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor, I do wish that the almond flavor was a bit more pronounced though.

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80

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this one (yes, I got the huge box! Thanks SororiTEA Sister)

This one… scares me. It’s smoky. I gave it a quick rinse before steeping (which I have found helps me enjoy smoky teas more). The aroma of the liquor still smells smoky but not too smoky.

This is not too bad… and I say it like that, because I was expecting it to be much worse than it actually is, but I can drink this. I’m not gagging, I’m not repulsed after taking a sip… it’s actually good. There… I said it. It’s good.

The smoky flavor is there, it’s strong, but it is not overwhelming. The smoky taste has a nice caramel-y back note that I find intriguing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

We have a bunch of errands to run this morning, but I actually took a few moments to brew a cup of this to take with me in my travel mug. This doesn’t happen often.

Yummy… rich… this should (hopefully) wake me up and get me going!!!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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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. I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. 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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