4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Winter Frost by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sample to try.

Unfortunately, this one isn’t going to receive high praises from me like the last Adagio blend I tasted. First of all, I’m apprehensive when it comes to decaffeinated teas. And Adagio’s decaffeinated black tea is just… icky. The peppermint would be nice if it could cover up that Adagio tea taste. But it can’t. I can taste the peppermint and the vanilla, and those two ingredients are quite nice, but the decaffeinated tea base is not, and it ruins the whole cup, I’m afraid.

On the bright side, I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I think I sent you my Winter Frost blend too and wonder if you would try that and do a comparison. I know this blend is Woodie Barnes. Just thought it would be fun to see a side by side.

LiberTEAS

Sure… I’m infusing yours now…

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Oh no the pressure is on. I am so nervous. If you don’t like it then it was my hubby that made the blend. LOL :-)

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drank An Irish Rum by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this tea to try.

As I have said before, I’m not a big fan of the black base Adagio uses, but, in this blend, I really have no complaints about the black tea. Everything works very well together. The Rum, the lime, and the peppermint. It is pleasantly sweet and it is not too tart.

I’m astonished at how much I’m liking this. Surprised because it’s Adagio, surprised because it’s not the typical flavor profiles that I would steer toward… this is really, really good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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A huge THANK YOU to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea – I’ve been wanting to try it… unfortunately I waited too long to order it and it sold out!

The aroma of the brewed tea is yummy. I can smell each of the ingredients. It’s rather a unique smell for a tea, because I don’t think I’ve ever tasted (or smelled) a date flavored tea.

The flavors are also all represented well in the sip. Very sweet. The black tea base is strong and slightly astringent, which I think that this tea needs because the ingredients are so sweet, that the astringency seems to cut through some of the sweetness just enough to make it not too sweet. (at least, not too sweet for this sweet tooth)

I really like the combination of flavors. Pleasantly fruity, sweet, and creamy. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
-Jessica-

Oooh do they still sale this?! I love eating dates rolled in coconut….this sounds yummy! (Note to self – check their site asap to see if re-stocked by chance)! LOL

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I am really liking this. The coconut flavor is stronger than I expected it to be, and it is sweet and oh-so-yummy! The chai flavors are not as robust here as I usually like for my chai teas, but, the level of spice works really well with the coconut. I like how the sweetness of the coconut brings out some of the spices.

Really nice. I think this would also be very good iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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

It’s delightful!

Looking at the dry leaves, I would have never guessed this was a Darjeeling tea. They possess that green/brown color of a Darjeeling tea – although it is quite a bit lighter, but, these leaves are long, slender, and curly, and even have some white-ish tips that made me think that this was perhaps a golden Yunnan… or even some sort of silver spindled needle white tea. But then, I’ve never come across a white Darjeeling before.

But the taste is definitely Darjeeling. Ah… there it is – Muscatel!

Woodsy, musky, with a deep fruity note that tries to hide itself amid the earthy tones. There is a slight floral note as well – just barely there. This tea seems to be almost sparkling! So crisp. So refreshing. So light. Sweet and gentle and beautiful. This is why I love Darjeeling.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Oh this is lovely! The flavor is smooth, sweet and nutty. It has a nice buttery flavor to it. I am also getting that light floral note in the finish – it’s very delicate, but very pleasant.

I just realized that I steeped this too long (should only steep for 30 seconds for the first infusion), but, it is not at all bitter. The next time I brew it I will have to try it at 30 seconds and see what comes of it. As it is, I really like it when I brew it for a minute and a half.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion is quite nice also. I added an extra 30 seconds to the steep time. It is still lovely and sweet with honey-esque notes. I want to describe it using the term “honey roasted nuts” because it has honey, roast-y, and nutty notes to it. But it isn’t a heavy or thick flavor, it is very light. Even the buttery flavor is not a thick buttery note… It is light and refreshing, and even though I’m drinking it hot, and it is very warm right now, it doesn’t feel too warm because it has that crisp lightness to it that is very enjoyable.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooo…can’t wait to try!

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It’s been while since I’ve brewed this one, so I thought it would be a good idea to find out if I still like it as much as I did the first time I brewed it. I decided to brew some for iced tea – and I’ve gotta say that I think I like it better hot than iced. The pear flavor seems to become a bit muted when it cools.

That’s not to say it isn’t tasty iced – because it is – but I’m getting a lot more of the spices and a lot less of the pear than I remember from my first cup of this.

Still enjoying it though…

TeaEqualsBliss

would LOVE to try this one! :)

LiberTEAS

This one I don’t have any left. I thought I had sent you some of it already. Sorry!

TeaEqualsBliss

No worries! You spoil me anyways! :)

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I brewed up the last I have of this blend for iced tea – and this honeybush is so much better iced than it is hot. I really enjoyed it hot – and maybe it’s just the heat talking now – but this is so refreshing when it is cold. I can really taste the ice-creamy flavors now. Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate – all represented here and this is so yummy.

Kinda makes me sad that I just brewed the last of it. But… I have a lot of teas to brew… so I can’t be too sad.

YUM!

I increased the rating on this one because it IS so much better iced… I’m loving it.

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drank Potpourri by Liber Teas
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In honor of our contest that’s running for the rest of this week, I decided to brew some of this and ice it.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/07/07/potpourri-tea-from-liberteas-and-tea-giveaway/

This is one that is very good both hot or iced. The jasmine and lemony notes really come through nicely when it’s cold.

Since it’s my own blend, I’m not going to numerically rate it (it’s kind of hard for me to be unbiased about my own teas)… but, if I were to rate it, I’d give it a very strong 100. (hehe)

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

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drank Pomegranate Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m glad I decided to brew some of this last night for iced tea today… because it’s supposed to be super hot today. It makes an absolutely superb iced tea. Very vibrant and flavorful, pleasantly sweet and oh-so-refreshing!

Here is my published review of this tea, if anyone cares to take a look:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11460

Oh… and I increased the numeric rating on this a bit, because it’s really really good!

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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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