4405 Tasting Notes

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I brewed some of this the other night to enjoy as iced tea… and it’s yummy.

The flavor of the white tea softens a bit with the chilling, but, the flavor does not become so delicate that I can’t taste it. The tangerine really pops in this tea now. Some of the more tropical notes seem to have become more muted now too… either that or the tangerine has just totally dominated the flavor and the tropical taste is less noticeable.

It is a very good iced tea.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! I haven’t tried this one yet either! LOL

LiberTEAS

I think I have either sent some of this to you, or, I have it ready to send to you in the next box.

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drank Matcha Lychee by Teaopia
4405 tasting notes

I haven’t had matcha since I fractured my hand, because I knew it would be painful to whisk. I think that for the most part that I’m healed, but there is still a little bit of pain in my wrist, which was evident to me when I whisked, but it didn’t hurt so much that I had to stop – a good thing.

I really like this matcha. The lychee fruit flavor tastes sweet and juicy, and is very pleasant with the sweet, vegetative flavor of the matcha. It’s almost too sweet, but not quite. Yummy! Would make a really nice alternative to dessert!

But it has been a long time since I’ve made matcha because this is quite a bit thinner than I usually make it… still good, but, next time I need to remember to add another scoop.

It feels good to hold my matcha bowl again!

Cofftea

You torture me! Welcome back to the world of matcha- we missed you!

TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds like an interesting one!

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss: I have some of this for the next box for you too.

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL _ Thanks!!!! You’re the best!

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86
drank Elderberry Green Tea by 52teas
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This tea was not one that I immediately ordered when it was announced… I’ve never really tried an elderberry, but after reading the comparison of “something between a sour grape and a blueberry” – I wasn’t really that intrigued… I like blueberries ok, but generally, grape is just not my favorite flavor, especially sour grapes.

So, I figured, Hey, I could resist ordering this particular tea (a good thing, because I order MOST of Frank’s teas the day that they are announced, and I probably have more of his tea than he does)

But, then I read Meghann’s tasting notes of this tea, and I decided that I needed to try it.

And I’m really glad I did! I’m surprised at how much I really like this tea… although I really shouldn’t be surprised because I can’t think of a time when I’ve been disappointed in a tea that I’ve tried from 52Teas. (I still won’t try the peanut butter teas though, just won’t do it, and you can’t make me. I like peanut butter ok, but, it doesn’t belong in my tea.)

The flavor is nothing like a sour grape to me. I can taste the blueberry-ish note to it though. It’s like a slightly more tart blueberry… not a sour-tart… but, kind of a tingly tart that hits your tongue after you’ve eaten a fresh berry tart. It’s a very light, delicate kind of taste, and I like it.

The green tea base is perfect for this particular fruit, because it is not too aggressive so it allows the delicate berry flavors to come out a bit more. If this were a black tea, I think that some of the subtleties of the berry would be lost.

Very good!

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

Yay, glad you enjoyed it. I think it is my favorite flavored green from 52teas. It just does the flavor so well!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yet another one I will have to look into – oh my! My wishlist is hoppin’ today! LOL

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss: I’m pretty sure I have some of this packaged up for you for the next box…

TeaEqualsBliss

YAY!
You are too good to me!

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After my horrid “Earl Grey” experience with my last cuppa, I decided to reach for something I was sure to enjoy. Even though I’ve not yet tried these particular jasmine pearls, I love jasmine pearls so I feel very confident I will like these.

Just for fun, I even got out one of my treasured (but seldom used) gaiwans.

Delicious. The jasmine is sweet, lovely and floral. Mellow and relaxing! The green tea tastes very spring-like to me – very fresh and lively, but at the same time quite soft.

This is what I expect from a jasmine pearl. And it delivered!

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

looks like I will have to add these pearls to my list to try!

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drank Earl Grey by Hedley's
4405 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try!

I was leery of this tea immediately upon opening the package. I could NOT smell any bergamot! I cannot recall (at least, not in recent memory) of an Earl Grey tea where I’ve opened the package and I couldn’t smell any bergamot. Sometimes the aroma is softer than other times, but, I can’t remember ever encountering an Earl Grey where there was no bergamot fragrance in the dry leaf. Discouraging, to say the least.

The scent of the brewed aroma did very little to relieve my dismay. I still can’t smell bergamot. Maybe a faint… chemically… somewhat orange-like aroma… but certainly not the bold, citrus-y, floral-esque bergamot that I adore.

This tea makes me very sad. Very sad indeed. I feel like someone stabbed my beloved Earl Grey right in the heart. This tea is no Earl Grey. Not at all. It doesn’t deserve that title. I don’t think it even deserves to be called tea.

Sad.

I am glad, however, that I got to try it. Why? I don’t know.

Just sad…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Please note: the “2” rating is generous.

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drank Spring Serenade by Adagio Teas
4405 tasting notes

This tasting note has been made possible by Rachel – Thank you Rachel for sending me a sample of this blend to try!

I don’t have a lot of experience with the citron fruit, although I did have a citron marmalade once that was really quite delicious.

The flavor is really quite nice in this blend. The creamy vanilla dominates. The fruit flavors – apple and citron – aren’t as distinctive, its more like I can taste a fruity “medley” as opposed to a distinct apple and citrus flavor. The apple flavor does become more distinct in the sweet and smooth finish.

The green tea base is nice. I definitely prefer Adagio’s green tea base to their black tea base, which is a good thing in this particular blend, because the tea flavor is quite prominent. It has a pleasant fresh, vegetative flavor to it. Just slightly grassy, just slightly sweet, and I can detect no bitterness in it. Very enjoyable.

This is really a very tasty blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I had to consult wikipedia on the topic of ‘citron’ here. You see in danish citron=lemon and I had the hardest time ever believing you had never had anything with lemon (and I also wondered why on earth you refused to just say lemon)
Great was my astonishment to learn that in english citron=whole other fruit! O.O They’re called ‘cedrat’ in danish. Never heard of them before.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
4405 tasting notes

I am running very low on one of my favorite Earl Grey teas… this Earl Grey tea. And, I have so much tea, I don’t know if I can justify ordering more right now (like that will stop me)

So I am enjoying every single sip in my cup this morning.

Lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Doulton

Lupicia does make good teas, I think. So far they have never disappointed me.

LiberTEAS

I have been pretty impressed thus far with them. I just… don’t need to be ordering more tea. LOL I am going to need a second house just to store my tea soon.

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A strong ginger flavor – very strong! I can taste the cinnamon and cardamom notes too, but, they are significantly softer than the ginger.

I really like how the ginger cuts through some of the flavor of the green yerba mate. I am not usually a big fan of green yerba mate, because I find the flavor to be a little too much for me – too vegetative, too earthy… just too much. But the green yerba mate is actually quite nice in this blend because the ginger offsets some of that vegetative earthiness and gives this a very palatable flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This is a very nice Sencha with a smooth, sweet flavor. A nice vegetative taste – a bit like steamed vegetables … spinach, perhaps? – but without the prominent buttery notes that I often associate with Sencha tea. Yes, I’m definitely getting a spinach like taste here, although the flavor of the cup is really quite gentle.

Very nice!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

A very good blend. The peppermint is fresh and exhilarating and the black tea base is smooth and unassuming, but neither one overpowers the other.

This is a great tea to drink in the afternoon – a lovely pick-me-up. I’m liking it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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