4449 Tasting Notes

95

The aroma of the dry leaf is very lovely and somewhat difficult for me to find the words to describe it. I can smell hints of flower and fruit, as well as a caramel-y note and a very subtle earthy character.

The more I drink this tea the more I love it.

I just got finished writing up my review for this tea – it will be published on the SororiTEA Sisters blog on the 19th of August!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earls and Pearls by Tea Oh
4449 tasting notes

This is a very unusual Earl Grey. The finish is very different… it does have a creamy-ish finish, slightly sweet with just a hint of citrus.

This … kind of tastes like an Earl Grey creamsicle – made with bergamot oranges.

It’s nice. I’m enjoying this unusual twist on Earl Grey! It is also quite nice as it cools… this would be very nice and refreshing as an iced tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I love the name :)

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91
drank Genmaicha by Obubu Tea
4449 tasting notes

I love Genmaicha so when I received this sample I was very happy to try it.

This is a slightly different tasting Genmaicha than some others that I’ve tried. The tea tastes different – but not in a bad way, in a very, very good way! I can definitely tell that I’m tasting a sencha rather than a bancha – I can taste the fresh, bittersweet flavor of the sencha. This tastes a little less “roasty-toasty” (bancha has a natural sort of toasted flavor to it, in my opinion) than a typical Genmaicha, and a little more … complex.

The delicate bitter notes add a unique interest to this tea – it isn’t a strong or distasteful bitterness. I would describe it more as a semi-sweet taste rather than a BITTER taste… if that makes sense.

I really like this Genmaicha… a LOT!

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

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90

I felt like I needed the energy boost that I get from Yerba Mate today – so I reached for some Chai from Mate Factor.

I really like this Chai – the Mate makes for a deliciously different chai. I went latte today, and it’s rich, smooth, creamy, spiced just right – DELICIOUS!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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97

Sublime! Amazing!

I love this tea! It has the most beautiful honey-like tone to it. So sweet and delicious.

I just got done writing a full review of it and it will publish soon on the SororiTEA Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com

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

WOW! A 100??? I should try mine tomorrow!!! :P

LiberTEAS

I have a very special place in my heart when it comes to Formosa Oolongs – and this one is quite possibly the best Formosa Oolong I’ve tried.

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84

I just finished a cup of this tea – It is really a lovely Earl Grey. I love the combination of Darjeeling and Earl Grey.

A nice bergamot flavor – delightful!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74

This is one that I’ve been looking forward to tasting ever since I received the box from Zoomdweebies, but, I just haven’t tried until now…

There is an unusual almost “alcohol” taste to this one – sort of like the cheesecake were made with banana liqueur or something. It’s not a bad taste, just unexpected. A smooth, creaminess to it – yummy cheesecake…

It’s good – not as good as I had hoped for given that I swoon over most of Frank’s banana teas… but it is tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Random selection from my vast assortment of teas from Zoomdweebies.

I like this one a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not crazy, particularly, about cranberries. I like them alright… and they’re a must around thanksgiving, and I even keep a large stash of dried cranberries on hand at all times because I prefer them to raisins in my hot cereal. So, I guess I like them more than I originally stated. But, what I’m driving at is that I probably wouldn’t CHOOSE this tea from Zoomdweebies vast array (or former vast array?) of teas – I probably wouldn’t choose it over some of the other intriguing flavors.

But, I’m glad that I have tried it because it’s really rather tasty. The cranberry and orange flavors are pleasant, not too tart and with a nice sweetness that sort of glides over the palate in the finish. Nice. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

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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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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