4401 Tasting Notes

83

Trying this one again. It is an enjoyable cup. Bold and brisk and somewhat woodsy. I am enjoying this with a Italian fig cookie (cuccidata), and it’s a really nice pairing. The tea brings out some of the delightful fruit notes in the cookie, while the sweetness of the cookie brings out hints of honey and flower in the tea.

YUM!

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90

Starting my day with Earl Grey! It’s lovely.

So nice. The lavender and bergamot really work so well together. Smooth, sweet, delicious.

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85

I have to admit that my very first sip of this tea was a little scary, because I could taste that funky Adagio black tea dry-starchy taste that I’m not terribly fond of. But, as the tea cools just enough to sip it comfortably, the flavors begin to come through very nicely.

I LOVE chestnuts, and I can taste them here, together with the cinnamon and the light touch of caramel – and it’s a very pleasing combination of flavors. The black tea flavor is still there, but it’s less pronounced and it isn’t quite as dry/starchy/aggressive as it was in the first sip.

I am liking this one a lot.

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

So happy you enjoyed this tea. Seems like my blends are palatable dispite the fact you are not a huge fan of the Adagio black tea base. I am very happy that is the case. :-) Hope you continue to enjoy the rest I have sent you.

LiberTEAS

I don’t really care for Adagio’s black tea base, BUT I have noticed that it is more palatable and even enjoyable when it’s been blended. Weird, and I don’t know why that is. But, the basic flavors that they offer, I’ve tried a few, and I haven’t been real impressed. But, the blends that I’ve been trying from you have been good. I also like the butterbeer one that I’ve tried, although it isn’t my favorite.

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84

I have a morning filled with appointments so I need something with as little fuss as possible (aka tea bags) but with enough gusto to get me going. This is what I reached for.

This is actually very nice. Bold and gutsy – strong and just what I needed this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Green Tango by Tea Forte
4401 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this to me!

This is one that I hadn’t tried before from Tea Forte. It has a nice mango flavor – although it isn’t incredibly strong. The green tea is smooth and mellow and really pleasant as an after dinner cuppa. A nice buttery finish.

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

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89

I brewed some of this yesterday for iced tea today.

This is A-MAZ-ING iced! So much so that I think I will even increase my numeric rating for it. The fruit flavors really come into their own when it’s chilled, it is refreshing, and fruity, but not so much that it becomes like a tropical fruit punch.

Light and lovely. I love it!

Angrboda

I agree completely. It’s one of the very few teas that I think is also good on ice and that says a lot. :) Extremely picky Ang is extremely picky!

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82
drank White Monkey Paw by Utopian Tea
4401 tasting notes

Thank You to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this tea my way!

This is a really nice tea. Smooth and sweet. Very nice and relaxing to sip.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Bi Luo Chun by Teahouse Kuan Yin
4401 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!

I recently learned that Teahouse Kuan Yin is in Seattle – I think I may just have to go there and check them out someday soon!

This is very lovely. A very nice buttery flavor to it. Smooth and rich. SWEET! Oh-so-pleasant.

I’m just going to sit here and not say anything more… it might ruin the moment!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
The Tea Valley Company

Bi Luo Chun certainly caught me off guard the first time I drank it because the flavor was so distinct and powerful; it is not something you expect from a light color green tea.

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75

This is unexpectedly really good. But then, it shouldn’t BE unexpected because I’m rarely disappointed with teas from Two Leaves and a Bud. My apprehension is because of the goji berry. I’ve had a few blends that were just too tart for my personal taste, and since that time it’s left me with apprehension when it comes to the goji.

This is a very different tropical blend – the flavor is much smoother and more berry-like than a typical tropical blend… the combination of the berry and the tropical flavors creates a silky sweet flavor that is fruity and yummy. Really nice iced!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Spearmint Tea by Dreamweaver Shop
4401 tasting notes

This is a nice tea to sip after having something a little spicy (which I did). A nice, refreshing flavor. Ahhh…

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this sampling my way…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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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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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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