4421 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
4421 tasting notes

This is alright. The black tea base is smooth and the bergamot is mild. Not my favorite Earl Grey, but, it is certainly not the worst either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

Yummmmm… this is a very summer-y blend – perfect for iced tea.

The green tea is sweet, smooth and and mild – there is a hint of fresh “vegetation” but it is just-barely-there. The pineapple is juicy and sweet. I can taste a hint of lemon also, but, it is not a super-tart, puckery kind of lemon, it is very pleasant and accents the pineapple very nicely.

I really like this tropical blend. Very nice!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

YUM! This is a very flavorful chai!

The masala spices has a nice balance to them, so it is difficult to discern one flavor from another, they all seem to work in harmony to create a seamless spice flavor. It is spicy and sweet and very tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Although I prefer the spices to be distinguishable, I agree that it’s hard to do that w/o one getting all bratty and selfish.

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89

The other day I went to the mall with my youngest daughter, and whenever we are in an Oregon Mall, one of the stores I always visit is the Made In Oregon store, I like to shop there because I like the idea of supporting local business. That is where I found this tea.

I have had a couple of teas from The Jasmine Pearl in the past that I’ve purchased from Whole Foods, but, I have never seen this particular flavor of tea. The FIG part intrigued me first, because I love figs. I was further intrigued when I saw that it was a Darjeeling tea … and when I read the ingredient list and saw anise… I was sold! I had to try it.

Lovely! The strongest note in this tea is the tea itself, this is a very nice Darjeeling with a pleasant muscatel flavor that really compliments the blackberry flavor very well. The fig is present at the end of the sip. The anise reveals itself throughout, although it is strong it is not overwhelming… just very pleasant. I really like it.

It has a very nice balance of flavors, with nothing overwhelming anything else… everything is light and crisp and flavorful. NICE!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooooO…you have me interested YET AGAIN!!!!

LiberTEAS

I just printed out a label for you so that I can send some your way tomorrow!

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83

I’m not getting a lot of bergamot from this blend – I can definitely taste the peach flavor, though. The bergamot IS there… lingering in the background, but this is definitely not a typical Earl Grey – not the strong, ballsy bergamot kind of Earl Grey, anyway.

But it’s not a bad tasting tea either. I wouldn’t call it a peach flavored tea – more like a peach-y, citrus-y, flower-y kind of taste. Not quite bergamot, not quite peach… but definitely interesting!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Ooooooo…sounds like I would like it…with the Peach, I mean!!!!

Cofftea

Oooh sounds delish!

LiberTEAS

As it cools a bit, I am getting more bergamot from it. It’s still a softer, gentler bergamot though. I like it, it’s definitely different.

KeenTeaThyme

I’ve got to try this out. I’m forever in a quest to find an Earl Grey blend I like, and this seems perfect. Thanks for the review – I’m on it! :)

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86
drank Essence of Assam by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

I ordered this back when it was introduced, but since I have so many teas and not enough time in one day to taste them all, I’ve put this one away to try for another day… and this happens to be that day!

This is a very robust tea, which isn’t surprising to me. It has a very hearty, malty flavor that I’m really enjoying – it’s an excellent morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

If you have a signature spice blend (sans tea), I’d love to see how it mixes w/ this!

TeaEqualsBliss

Soooooo many teas…not enough hours in the day! LOL
BTW…I have 2 HUGE boxes taped up for you…just need to get 3 others out first before I send! :P

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss – don’t worry about getting them off to me in any hurry… I have so many teas… so very very many teas to keep me busy. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL – And you will have SO MANY MORE – I threw in a bunch of my own, too.

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76
drank Green Chai by Teany
4421 tasting notes

I decided to brew up some of this to enjoy this evening as a latte. This is my first time having this as a latte…

I really like this chai, but I think I like it better without the milk.

It has a nice sweet and spicy balance… Yummy.

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

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85
drank Jasmine Grey by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

Bubble Gum. Yep. That is my first impression of this tea. Double Bubble bubble gum, more precisely. The kind that has the little comic strip inside and that as a kid I could buy 2 for a nickle. Yeah, that says a little something about my age, doesn’t it?

OK then.

Actually, my very first impression was not bubble gum, because my first impression was formed when I first opened the package and smelled the dry leaf. I could smell the jasmine and the bergamot. The bergamot was not as overpowering as in some Earl Grey teas, and it mingled rather nicely with the jasmine. It smelled delightful.

It is the brewed liquor that smells a bit like double bubble bubble gum. And in my very first sip, when it first hit my tongue, I could taste that sweet taste of double bubble bubble gum.

This is not a bad thing, mind you, because I like double bubble bubble gum. It is just a bid odd and unexpected.

But then, I’ve come to expect the unexpected when it comes to Frank and 52Teas!

Now that I am sipping it a little more, the flavors are becoming more defined. I can taste the jasmine notes – it is very pleasant. The bergamot is not as distinct – it is certainly not the overpoweringly purfume-y, sharp bergamot that is sometimes encountered with an Earl Grey tea. It is a nice citrus note that is smooth and sweet.

There is a faint sharp note to it though, but, it isn’t a typical Earl Grey sharpness, I think it has more to do with the jasmine. It isn’t an unpleasant sharpness, though.

I like it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

This is completely unrelated to this post, but I just wanted to let you know that I checked out your online shop today and your caramel tea sounds divine. I need to wait for a few weeks before making any more purchases, but you are really next on my list. I just hope you still have some by then.

cody

What I always use to describe the taste of jasmine tea – the ones I’ve had, at least – is “lip gloss.” But, as I was a devotee of Lip Smackers in my youth, lip gloss and bubble gum are nearly indistinguishable to me, I think.

LiberTEAS

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a bubble gum (or even a lip gloss) kind of taste from a jasmine before. That is why this one is so unusual for me. It’s not bad, it is just different from other jasmines that I’ve encountered.

inguna

I just got a package of this. I haven’t tried it yet but it does indeed smell like Bubble Gum or Gummy Bears.

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90
drank Southern Pecan by Element Tea
4421 tasting notes

Yum! This tea smells delicious!

The black tea base is smooth. I think that the nutty flavors lend a certain richness that plays off well with the black tea – giving it a very rich and almost creamy flavor to it. (I am sure that the creaminess is also due in part to the white chocolate).

The cup is sweet, nutty and really very good. Just what I would have expected from a tea called “Southern Pecan.”

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Bold and lively! Nice woodsy note to it. It has a really rustic kind of flavor – strong and sturdy. Very full flavored.

This is a really bold Estate tea that would make a really good breakfast tea. I like it with a drizzle of honey to soften the edge, and it would also probably be quite nice with a drop of milk too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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