4366 Tasting Notes

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This is a nice Dragon Well. It has a very pleasant sweetness to it – it is not overpowering. It has a vegetative quality to it that is somewhat of a mix between grassy and lightly buttered, roasted veggies. A nice balance.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

Decided to start my day with a chai latte and I reached for this one!

Serving it latte greatly improves the creamy cheesecake-y flavor of this chai. Yum.

LiberTEAS

After it cools quite a bit, the chocolate-y flavor really comes through nicely too. It really becomes CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE CHAI when it is cooled to room temperature.

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94

Thank you to Doulton for the opportunity to taste this tea!

I can taste a strong almond note from the marzipan, and thanks to the biscuit flavor it tastes like almond cookies! YUM!

A very pleasant sweetness and depth of flavor. This may just be my favorite “almond cookie” tea I’ve tasted yet!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
-Jessica-

Ummmmm marzipan!!! Nom, nom, nom :-D

TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting!

Stephanie

Yum, Biscuit and Marzipan! My two favorite flavors!

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87
drank Jasmine Green by Tea Forte
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As a jasmine lover, I was a little surprised to see that this tea wasn’t yet on the website – I remedied that though!

(Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sample!)

The dry leaf has a very pleasant yet somewhat subtle jasmine aroma – The fragrance of the liquor becomes much softer almost to the point of being non-existent but not quite. I generally do prefer it when the liquor is a little more fragrant than this, but there is something about this aroma that is intoxicating, even though it’s quite subtle.

The flavor is so lovely. Sweet jasmine with a hint of sharpness (but in a good way). The Sencha is smooth and vegetal – slightly grassy but not too harsh. It has a very nice sweetness that makes me want to keep sipping and a beautiful feminine quality that makes this taste so luxurious and indulgent.

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

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85
drank Bancha Tea by Starwest Botanicals
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Enjoying my last cup of this tea.

Even though this is what is considered a lower grade of Sencha, this tastes quite a bit different from the Sencha teas that I’ve tasted.

It has a vegetative quality to it… but there again, it is a different vegetative quality than I’m used to. Usually, I either find a tea to be quite vegetative=grassy or it is vegetative=steamed (or) buttered vegetables.

I don’t know that this is either of those… even though I am noting a soft butter-like note toward the end of the sip, kind of creamy. It’s very intriguing, and very tasty.

I really like this particular Bancha Tea. It is very pleasant and even calming. Nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Batrachoid

Sometimes I think vegetative leans towards aquatic plants like nori and wakame. Or swamp/rainforest mossy vegetation. Helpful? =)

LiberTEAS

Batrachoid – I don’t know that I would use either of these descriptions to describe it either… it’s sort of like a vegetable, but one that I’ve not tried before, if that makes sense… something very yummy, like a cross between a broccoli and an artichoke.

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86

Thank you to Rachel for sending me a tasting of this tea!

Starting my day out a little unusual – not reaching for an Earl Grey this morning, but, instead I thought I’d try this.

I like how the white tea softens that edge of the black tea base (Adagio’s black tea is a bit harsh for my personal preference). The cherry and cream flavors play very nicely together… and the creamy finish is pleasant – I’m not getting as strong an astringency as I usually get from Adagio’s black teas and that’s a really good thing!

Thank you Rachel – this is really good!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Now that it has cooled just slightly, I’m finding this tea even more enjoyable. The cherry flavor really comes through. It is smooth and creamy and delicious! YUM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am happy you are enjoying this blend, this is my aunts favorite blend.

-Jessica-

Oooh I have been eyeing this one, but I am a bit scared of the white AND black tea that is in here. I am not much of a black tea fan, but I love white tea… I think this tea may be tearing at my soul with a love/hate relationship! LOL

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85
drank Bancha Tea by Starwest Botanicals
4366 tasting notes

This has a pleasant sweetness to it and a nice toasty note – it sort of tastes like Genmaicha – without the rice part. Genmaicha is slightly sweeter because of the rice, and slightly more “warm” tasting – roasty toasty tasting – because of the rice.

It has a strong vegetative nature to it as well.

I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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OK… I’m being EXTREMELY courageous here (yeah, I keep telling myself that whenever I start thinking that I’m about to drink a Lapsang Souchong tea)

I gave it a rinse (awakening of the leaves) with boiling water for about 10 seconds before I brewed it, I had hoped this would take away some of the smokiness that I find off-putting.

You may be asking why would I brew a tea that I know I won’t like? But here’s the thing, I didn’t like it years ago, around the same time I had convinced myself that I didn’t like Dragon Well tea and a few other things… and since that time my tastes have changed, and how do I know that I still dislike Lapsang Souchong? I may be missing out on something just because I thought I didn’t like it.

So when Enjoying Tea sent me this sample… I figured it was an opportunity for me to try it without having to actually go out and purchase it.

So… after that extraordinarily long introduction… here goes!

The rinse definitely helped. It’s still very smoky (of course) in aroma and taste.

There is a pleasant sweetness to it too… caramel-y. That is something that I don’t think I’ve ever really recognized about a Lapsang Souchong because I couldn’t ever get myself past the smoky part.

It wasn’t a terrible tea experience, but I don’t think that I’ll be buying any Lapsang Souchong any time soon either. I’m not going to rate it numerically, because I feel that would be unfair, because what I really dislike about Lapsang Souchong is that pine-y smoke flavor, and it is a characteristic that is Lapsang Souchong. It is what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I brewed some of this last night to put in the refrigerator for iced tea this afternoon.

THIS TEA IS AMAZING ICED! YUM!

The flavors are all there, not muted because the tea is chilled. The green tea tastes slightly vegetative but not too much and the fruit flavors are well… very fruity! This is delicious!

Gonna raise my rating a bit because… I can!

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I’m kind of on the fence about this tea, so I’m not going to give it a numeric rating just yet.

I like the idea behind this tea – because back before I discovered the joy of tea, I used to drink hot water with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey when I had a sore throat to help soothe it. This is kind of that same, soothing idea, but with some other ingredients to make it a little more interesting than a cup of hot water with lemon and honey.

It’s ok, but I can’t say I love this one. I will give it another chance in a few days or so and see if I like it better. It’s not bad… just not my favorite right now.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °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.

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