4637 Tasting Notes

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I was so happy to try this Darjeeling Oolong tea. They’re a little less common than other Oolong teas and I’ve enjoyed every Darjeeling Oolong that I’ve tried thus far and I was certain I’d feel the same for this one.

And, what can I say? This is an awesome tea!

Delicious, sweet, fruity. I taste the promised notes of orange and spice. Notes of juicy grape. Smooth and very pleasant to sip. Earthy, woodsy, and warm.

The fruit notes really developed in the later infusions. I started picking up on notes of apple and a brown sugar sweetness in my later cups.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/21/2014-darjeeling-2nd-flush-goomtee-oolong-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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I enjoyed this although I had hoped for a more pear-like experience with it. The black tea is a brisk and invigorating tea but a little on the astringent side. At least, with these particular flavors, I’m noticing the black tea to be more astringent than I’d like it to be. This is something that I’ve noticed with some of Frank’s blends: the black tea with some flavorings really works, while with others – not so much.

The cinnamon is my favorite part of this tea. It’s a warm, flavorful cinnamon taste. The pear, while hot, is not very distinguishable. Once the tea cools slightly, some of the pear notes emerge but I’m not really wild about the pear flavor. It almost taste artificial. It isn’t until this tea has been chilled that it becomes much more enjoyable.

This tea works well as an iced tea – not so much as a hot tea, though.

Kittenna

I definitely noticed that tendency towards astringency here, which definitely didn’t work for the tea. I think it might have been better on a different base, too.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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I recently revisited this tea from Teatulia when it was included in my Tea Box Express box from October. This box is AWESOME! You get tea, a sweet treat, and at least one tea accessory. In the box for October, which was themed “Bee Happy” – I received a eco-canister of Teatulia tea, a jar of tea honey, a honey server, a teapot shaped tea bag holder, and a really yummy bee shaped cookie.

Since I’ve had the tea previously, I knew pretty much what to expect from it. It’s a robust black tea that would serve nicely as a breakfast tea. Pleasant and full-bodied.

You can read of my experience with Tea Box Express here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/20/product-review-tea-box-express-monthly-subscription-part-2/ Plus you can see pictures of all the goodies that was in the box!

Since my rating is for the tea, I would rate the box as a 100! I would definitely subscribe if my subscription funds weren’t already stretched to the limit!

Kittenna

Definitely jealous of all the tea subscription options you Americans have… :(

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Artful Tea
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When I’m ordering from a new tea company, I usually choose at least one Earl Grey selection. I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey as most of you (if not all of you) are already aware. And I have learned that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal. This “Lavender” variation of Earl Grey is what caught my eye while shopping with Artful Tea.

This is a really nice Earl Grey Lavender. The black tea is smooth and robust. It supports the strong bergamot flavor well. It’s smooth at the start and toward the finish there is some tangy astringency.

I like the bergamot doesn’t taste perfume-ish even in the presence of lavender, another ingredient that can come off perfume-y if overdone. This has been skillfully blended so that there is enough lavender for a sweet, floral note to contrast with the bold, tangy flavor of bergamot, but not so much of either ingredient so that it comes off tasting like I’m sipping liquid soap.

A very pleasant cuppa.

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I believe that this was Les 2 Marmottes flagship tisane. It’s a blend of linden, verbena, peppermint, hibiscus, chamomile, rosehip and orange blossoms. Fortunately, the hibiscus is not an overpowering presence in the cup.

It’s a subtle tasting cup. Herbaceous. Do I like it? I don’t hate it. It’s not the best tisane I’ve ever consumed, but it isn’t terrible. It was a very gentle taste and I appreciate that given how it could have gone wrong with hibiscus.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/19/infusion-des-marmottes-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/

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The 10th day of this advent calendar from Teanzo! And this is the tea we get for today.

I really loved this. I wouldn’t really call it a “chai” exactly, because a) there really are only two spices that I’d associate with a chai, and b) the spices aren’t really strong enough for me to think “chai.” If I were to taste this blindly, without knowing it was called a coconut chai, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a chai by the flavor.

I would have guessed it was a spiced coconut tea.

And as a spiced coconut tea, this is really delicious! The black tea is a prominent flavor (always a good sign in a tea blend) and the coconut is a strong presence too. The cinnamon and ginger add warmth but not a lot of zing to it. It’s more like a yummy baked good that’s been lovingly prepared with just the right amount of spice.

It’s really yummy. I liked this a lot. This is one that I’d happily drink again and again.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/10/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-10-from-teanzo-1856/

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I purchased this from my local produce market because of the words “lightly sweetened” on it. Usually RTD teas are much too sweet for my liking and should be marked with the words: “very heavily sweetened to the point of numbing the taste buds from any discernible tea taste.”

I also liked that this one was organic and fair trade and that the ingredient list was just five ingredients long. However, as cane juice is the second of those five ingredients, that was a little less encouraging for me. Even more unsettling was the fact that green tea was the last ingredient on this list of five. WHAT?

I still decided to try it.

Unfortunately, this is not as “lightly sweetened” as I would have liked it to be. I tasted much more sweetener and lime than I did green tea. BUMMER

That said, it is a tasty and refreshing drink. I do like that it’s not as heavily sweetened as most RTD drinks, but that doesn’t mean that it should be called tea. It’s not as heavily sweet as say, a cola would be, and I’m not experiencing that feeling of having my teeth coated by syrupy sweetness. I’d prefer to drink this over a can of soda. But that’s not saying a lot because I’d rather not drink a can of soda at all.

This seems to be marketed more towards those who are looking to incorporate green tea into their diets but don’t really like green tea. You know what I mean? If you’re a fan of green tea and are trying this hoping to taste the green tea, you might end up disappointed as I was.

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drank Assam FTGFOP by Simple Loose Leaf
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(My 4600 tasting note!)

Another from my September Simple Loose Leaf box.

This is a grand Assam. Rich and full-bodied. A robust cup. It is sweet and has lovely sweet, creamy caramel-y notes that meld with the malt tones and hints of cacao. Notes of fruit and flower in the distance.

It’s warm and earthy. Cozy … while at the same time, it’s invigorating enough to give you that swift kick you need to get going.

A really, really good Assam. Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/18/assam-ftgfop-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

darby

Wow, 4600!!! Congrats!

Kittenna

4600! And you seem to rarely log teas more than once, so does that mean you’ve tried about that many different teas, too?

LiberTEAS

Yeah, I don’t usually log teas more than once – some I do, but it’s not often. So yeah … I’ve probably had at least that many different types of tea, given the fact that I was writing reviews for the Tea Review Blog before I discovered steepster.

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This tea makes me think of Doulton – I miss her.

A slightly less smoky Lapsang Souchong for those who (like me) find that many Lapsang Souchong are a bit too smoky. I prefer a little less on the smoke when it comes to Lapsang Souchong.

This has some lovely fruit notes and I enjoy how the smoke accents them. Notes of pine and sweet caramel. It’s slightly lighter in body than a typical, heavily smoked Lapsang Souchong and I appreciate that too. A very enjoyable cuppa!

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drank Shimizu-En Kukicha by Hisabo
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As I explained in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/17/shimizu-en-kukicha-tea-from-hisabo-tea/ Hisabo is a tea company that operates a little differently from other online tea shops. They don’t actually operate an e-commerce type of site with a shopping cart or the like, instead, when they have a tea to offer, they send out emails to those on their mailing list and tell you what’s available, and it’s only available for a very limited time. (I don’t think that this Shimizu-En Kukicha is available any longer!)

This is a lovely green Kukicha. It has a light and refreshing flavor, and a very tasty, nutty flavor. I enjoyed more of this the other night, and I found myself wanting to just curl up with it – I love that warm nutty flavor. It’s so soothing and comforting.

it resteeps well too.

An excellent quality Kukicha. I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list.

darby

Cool! I signed up.

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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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