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4231 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
4231 tasting notes

I love the aroma of this tea. Mighty Leaf is one of the few teas that I really don’t mind getting bagged because their bags are so roomy, and I can see that the tea hasn’t been cut into teensy tiny pieces for “uniformity.”

I’m increasing my numeric rating of this tea this morning, just because I feel like it!
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A sampling that I received from TeaEqualsBliss – thanks my friend!

This smells yummy! Fruity and sweet!

I am getting a lot of sweetness – as well as quite a bit of astringency from this cup, which makes for a bit of a dry aftertaste. The vanilla notes are subtle yet present. The grenadine is the strongest flavor of the cup and it’s yummy, but I wish it lingered in the taste. It’s more like a quick wash of grenadine with notes of vanilla and then an astringent dryness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of this tea is so much better than the first. Much of the astringency is gone. It’s not so tannic. The flavors really come through now.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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Starting the day with these lovely leaves.

This tea still amazes me. It is so good. Smooth, delicious, and yet robust enough to get me going. It is the best unflavored black tea I’ve ever encountered.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

My second infusion is just as amazing as the first. More chocolate-y notes in the second. Just a delighful, delicious tea.

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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
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YUM! This tastes so good!

I’m drinking it hot at the moment, but, I think that in a bit I’m going to brew up a pitcher full so that I can have it chilling in the fridge. This is going to be A-maz-ING iced!

The lemon is tart yet sweet. The honeybush is PERFECT for this blend because it doesn’t try to compete with the light, lemony flavor.

I like this a whole lot more than I thought I would. I bought it because I have really been impressed with Frank’s honeybush blends, so I wanted to give this one a try. I figured I’d like it, but I didn’t think I’d like it this much! It tastes like Lemon candy!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Rabs

Seriously, while reading this my mouth started watering like I’d had a Lemonhead candy. I’m banging my head that I didn’t order some of this when I placed my first 52teas order over their Memorial Day sale.

__Morgana__

Ok, I’m sold.

52teas

You know what else I discovered this is really good for? Add a little of this to your favorite black tea and steep. I mixed some of our RadioactiviTEA and this and made an AWESOME iced tea.

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drank Red Baron Chai by t Leaf T
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Trying a sample of this courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss! Thank you!

The dry leaf smells great.

As far as rooibos chai blends go, this one is pretty good. It is much better with frothed milk and a little honey than without – I found that without the additions, I could taste too much of the rooibos (that icky “artificial” sweetener flavor again). But with the milk and honey, the masala spices really come to life.
Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
malomorgen

i love the name of this one. idk why it just sounds great…

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87

While at Townshend’s the other day, I purchased several different teas from them, this is one that I purchased. It’s one that I’ve been meaning to try from them for a while, but, one that my local Whole Foods does not carry, so I had to wait until I could make my way to their tea shop.

This has a very pleasant vegetative flavor to it, not so much grassy, just vegetal. Very smooth and a very nice sweetness to it (it does NOT need sweetener – it would completely overwhelm an otherwise delightful tea!).

It will be good for at least one more infusion (if not more) because the leaves have not completely unfurled with the first.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I don’t think I have anything from them…would love to some day! :P

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A huge thank you to Jillian for your generosity – thank you for sharing this tea with me!

After having tried a couple of other Damn Fine Teas from Andrews & Dunham, I really wanted to try some of their earlier offerings. Jillian was so kind to send me a few! Thank you!

My reaction to most teas from Nepal is “golden” because that is the best possible descriptive term I can find to describe the flavor of it. It seemingly sparkles on the tongue, it tastes so clear and crisp and sweet and golden

This tea is no exception. A sweet, golden taste – delightful on the palate. Smooth. A nice malty taste to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a really good first flush Darjeeling. A very nice nutty tone to it, with pleasant honey-like notes, and a brisk astringency that feels clean and refreshing.

Currently working on my review for this tea on SororiTEA Sisters:

http://sororitea.wordpress.com

It will publish tomorrow evening! Watch for it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

SororiTEA Sisters UNITE!!!!

LiberTEAS

Wondertwin powers activate … err… never mind.

TeaEqualsBliss

Weeeeee have the POWER!!!!! :P

LENA

“Wondertwin powers”…that made me LOL! I haven’t thought about that in a long time.

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL @ LENA
I HAD to match her Wondertwin and raise her a SHE-Rah!

LENA

I dressed up as She-Ra one year for Halloween when I was little. Oh yes!

TeaEqualsBliss

Nah…it was LAST YEAR…wasn’t it!? LOL
teahee!

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84
drank White Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
4231 tasting notes

The second infusion of this tea is even better. The spices are somewhat smoother (still quite lively, just not as powerful as they were in the first) and the white tea is very soft and … I want to say “warm and fuzzy” tasting. Not that it tastes fuzzy exactly, but that is the way I feel very often when I drink a white tea – the delicate nature of the white tea is just so luxurious – it’s like curling up in a warm, fuzzy blanket. Something sumptuously silky and soft.

The spices seem to enhance this feeling because they taste so comforting. The sun is not quite shining – it’s been kind of a drizzly day, so this cuppa is just perfect!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Yay for teas that give you warm fuzzies! I wonder how it is iced?

LiberTEAS

It would be more spice and less white tea as an iced tea (my judgment based on how it tastes cooled to room temperature). Still good but the white tea is a bit more delicate. It is more like a blend of spices than a tea.

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drank White Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
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Finishing up the last of this in my cupboard.

This tea really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much from a white chai, because white tea is so delicate, I figured the spices would completely overwhelm the flavor of the white tea. But I think that Yogic Chai did a really good balancing act here. The spices are very lively, but do not overwhelm the fresh, light taste of the white tea.

Here is a link to my full review of this tea on The Tea Review Blog:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=9317

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Now would you add milk to it? I wonder how their new acai white chai is…

TeaEqualsBliss

This one surprised me, too!

LiberTEAS

No, I didn’t add milk to it. I suppose you could, but I think it would overwhelm the white tea flavor. I did add honey (I always add honey to chai) which brings out some of the more delicate nuances of the spices. But no milk.

LiberTEAS

@cofftea – I am not a big fan of acai berry, so I’m not rushing to place an order for that one. If I place another order with them for something else, I might include it in the order, just for the sake of curiosity.

TeaEqualsBliss

I sent you a few quick emails btw

malomorgen

takes some skill i assume to make chai with white tea without killing the white tea…

LiberTEAS

@malomorgen It definitely takes a careful balance with the flavors.

Cofftea

I agree malomorgen- milk w/ green chai is pushing it. I tried it once and it was pretty good, but I probably won’t do it again.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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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 here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so 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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