4424 Tasting Notes

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drank Jasmine Grey by 52teas
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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
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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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75

I tried brewing these at just a minute this time, and I think I prefer it when it is brewed for a longer period of time.

This is a very light brew, it has virtually no color. The flavor is pollen-esque with honey tones (this honey flavor is further emphasized with the addition of a drop of honey) It is floral and vegetative although the vegetative nature reminds me a bit of straw or hay. I haven’t ever eaten straw or hay, but, this is what I would imagine it to taste like, anyways.

It is a very unique taste – not a bad one, just different. And… different IS good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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86

The aroma of the brewed tea is very pleasant… it smells a bit like warm almond cookies!

This is a sweet, tasty green tea. The green tea tastes fresh – not grassy, but there is a delicate vegetative note to it. The almond and cinnamon flavors are balanced well with the green tea taste. Very smooth and delicious. The cinnamon flavor is sweet (not spicy) and the almond flavor gives this a nutty flavor that is somewhat toasty.

YUM YUM YUM!

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

That sounds really good!

LiberTEAS

It’s even better with the second infusion! With the second infusion, the flavor becomes richer and creamier. Yummy!

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81

I really like this blend. The fruit and lavender help disguise some of the less desired qualities of the rooibos. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with a nice berry tartness to it that is not too tart. It’s good iced too.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Chocolate Mint by Element Tea
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Yum! Chocolate and Mint! two great tastes that taste great together!

The tea is strong but not overwhelming, and fairly smooth. It is somewhat astringent. There is a decent amount of chocolate in the blend, but the mint really dominates here, especially by the third or fourth sip. It starts with a distinct Ceylon flavor, and then the mint kicks in and it finishes with a smooth and sweet chocolate flavor. Nice!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this one!

As per Rachel’s request, I’m tasting this one now on the heels of tasting the other Winter Frost blend.

Ahh… much better! This one smells so much like Christmas! It’s especially enjoyable to inhale the aroma when I hold the cup to my nose… it smells so good.

I can taste the vanilla, the minty candy cane, and the cinnamon. I like that the cinnamon is a softer, sweeter version of cinnamon here and doesn’t overpower the sweet vanilla and candy cane flavors. And… BONUS! I’m not getting that icky decaffeinated flavor. (probably because this one isn’t decaffeinated LOL) The Adagio black tea base is not overwhelming with this either.

It’s quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yay!!! So happy you liked it…this one is my husbands favorite.

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14
drank Winter Frost by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sample to try.

Unfortunately, this one isn’t going to receive high praises from me like the last Adagio blend I tasted. First of all, I’m apprehensive when it comes to decaffeinated teas. And Adagio’s decaffeinated black tea is just… icky. The peppermint would be nice if it could cover up that Adagio tea taste. But it can’t. I can taste the peppermint and the vanilla, and those two ingredients are quite nice, but the decaffeinated tea base is not, and it ruins the whole cup, I’m afraid.

On the bright side, I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I think I sent you my Winter Frost blend too and wonder if you would try that and do a comparison. I know this blend is Woodie Barnes. Just thought it would be fun to see a side by side.

LiberTEAS

Sure… I’m infusing yours now…

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Oh no the pressure is on. I am so nervous. If you don’t like it then it was my hubby that made the blend. LOL :-)

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94
drank An Irish Rum by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this tea to try.

As I have said before, I’m not a big fan of the black base Adagio uses, but, in this blend, I really have no complaints about the black tea. Everything works very well together. The Rum, the lime, and the peppermint. It is pleasantly sweet and it is not too tart.

I’m astonished at how much I’m liking this. Surprised because it’s Adagio, surprised because it’s not the typical flavor profiles that I would steer toward… this is really, really good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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