4421 Tasting Notes

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OK… as most of you probably already know, I am a tea artist… or I used to be. That is, it was my occupation (self-employed) to flavor teas. I don’t do this on a regular basis anymore, so that is why I say “used to be”…

Anyways… amongst my collection of successful flavors was a flavored yerba mate. It was one that I created to taste a lot like my favorite mocha – because, well, I can’t drink mocha coffee drinks anymore. They’re just too harsh on my stomach. The flavor was a chocolate almond toffee blend… or what I called almond mocha mate… basically, it was a mocha version of Almond Roca – one of my favorite candies.

And it was yummy.

All of this really has very little to do with the mate drink I’m consuming at the moment, except that they have this in common – over the top yummy-nummy-ness. Well… that and a rich chocolate-y flavor.

The green yerba mate is earthy and deep in flavor. The roasted carob gives this a chocolate flavor, but not so much a sweet, chocolate-bar kind of flavor, but more of a rich savory cocoa (or mocha) kind of flavor. The mint is balanced well with the other ingredients and does not overwhelm the flavors… I am getting a nice mint-chocolate-y flavor that is absolutely delightful.

I’m loving this!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lisbet

Sold! I will have to try this one :) Your description made me drool.

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drank Matcha Lychee by Teaopia
4421 tasting notes

I made a smoothie with a couple of scoops of Matcha, a banana, yogurt, and frozen peaches. Yummy… The Lychee flavor gives this smoothie a very different flavor… I really like it though.

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

This is a very smooth tasting tea. I can taste the Irish cream liqueur… which adds nicely to the smoothness. The blackberry leaves add some sweetness and a fruit-like essence that lingers throughout the sip. Very little astringency.

Just a very pleasant cuppa… a pot of this would be an excellent way to spend the afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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

I am not a Twilight fan. I think that Robert Pattinson made a better looking wizard than he does a vampire. And… if I were a Twilight fan I think I’d probably be on team Jacob. but… that being said, I AM a fan of Rachel’s tea blends!

The aroma of this tea is very intriguing. I can smell the orange, the chocolate and the rum. The orange flavor is very well pronounced here, sweet and juicy. The chocolate is yummy, and the rum seems to bring out both the flavors of the orange and chocolate very well… it’s a great accent to this blend.

I like it. Go Team Rachel!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

TEAM RACHEL!!!! :) Woot! Woot!

Alannah

Ah ha ha!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Woohoo so glad you liked it…yeah Team Me!!!

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drank Earl Grey Windamere by Chado
4421 tasting notes

I really like this Earl Grey a lot… I like the unique flavor that the Oolong and white (both Darjeelings) bring to the cup. It gives the tea a very interesting complexity that is sometimes absent in a “standard” Earl Grey.

The bergamot is a pleasant balance of citrus and flower-esque notes, and the vanilla smooths the edge of the bergamot just enough to make this a very smooth, rich, and delightful cup.

TeaEqualsBliss

Another one I haven’t tried!

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89

Yesterday I brewed some of this for the fridge (in addition to enjoying a hot cuppa) – and am I glad I did! Today is quite a warm day, but, it sure is nice inside with a cold glass of this tea!

this makes a very nice iced tea – the flavors do mute slightly though vs. the hot cuppa. It is very refreshing, however, and really hits the spot. The pineapple is sweet and juicy (just softer) and the lemon seems to stand out a bit more than it did yesterday because of the softer pineapple taste.

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drank Black Tea by TeaSpree
4421 tasting notes

This is a very satisfying cuppa! The tea flavor is very well rounded and rich tasting. It has a hint of honey-esque sweetness to it. I can also taste notes of flower and even a woodsy tone to it. It is a very deep and complex flavor… really good for a sachet! REALLY good!

One of the better “bagged” black teas I’ve tried (although, I don’t really think sachets belong in the same category as the old fashioned bags).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
4421 tasting notes

Starting my day with this (yes, I slept in this morning).

It is a bold, brisk tea, a good choice for the first tea of the day. It has a very rich, well rounded flavor, although it is almost on the verge of being bitter (it isn’t exactly bitter, but, there are hints of it that suggest that if I had brewed it a little longer it would have been bitter). Next time I brew it I will have to go for 2 1/2 minutes instead of the full 3 minutes and see how that works out.

But… I will say this, for a bagged tea – this one is not bad. It has a lot of gusto! A nice one to enjoy at breakfast, it is good with a little honey (or agave) and it would also be very nice with milk although I didn’t want that today. The bergamot is very distant in this, but not absent, and the flavor develops as I continue to sip.

It has a lot of depth. A very nice, rich tea. Good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is such an amazing green. The flavor is nutty and buttery and smooth and sweet. Not too Vegetative. and Oh-So-Nice!

I can feel the stress in my shoulders just sort of melt away when I sip on this tea. ahhhh…

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drank Bleu Peacock by Mighty Leaf Tea
4421 tasting notes

This is one that had been on my shopping list for a while, so I finally broke down and placed an order.

This is an enchanting Oolong tea. The dry leaf smells very floral. I can taste the jasmine notes in there. It has a smooth, rich mouthfeel although it’s not as rich as a typical green Oolong. A very pleasant floral flavor, however, the floral notes do mask some of the Oolong flavors.

It is a good tea if you’re looking for floral flavor, but as far as Oolong flavor – not so much. It is tasty, though.

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

The more I drink this, the more I like it. Toward the end of the cup, I noticed a sweet caramel-y note that was positively sublime! The second infusion is still floral but a bit more distinct in flavor… I can taste hints of lavender as well as the jasmine in there. Still not a lot on Oolong flavor, but, even so, it’s quite good, and deserves a higher rating than I gave it… so I shall increase it!

TeaEqualsBliss

I haven’t tried this one yet!!!

Ricky

A good tea is a memorable one and this one I do remember.

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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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