4423 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I am really liking this. The coconut flavor is stronger than I expected it to be, and it is sweet and oh-so-yummy! The chai flavors are not as robust here as I usually like for my chai teas, but, the level of spice works really well with the coconut. I like how the sweetness of the coconut brings out some of the spices.

Really nice. I think this would also be very good iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea.

It’s delightful!

Looking at the dry leaves, I would have never guessed this was a Darjeeling tea. They possess that green/brown color of a Darjeeling tea – although it is quite a bit lighter, but, these leaves are long, slender, and curly, and even have some white-ish tips that made me think that this was perhaps a golden Yunnan… or even some sort of silver spindled needle white tea. But then, I’ve never come across a white Darjeeling before.

But the taste is definitely Darjeeling. Ah… there it is – Muscatel!

Woodsy, musky, with a deep fruity note that tries to hide itself amid the earthy tones. There is a slight floral note as well – just barely there. This tea seems to be almost sparkling! So crisp. So refreshing. So light. Sweet and gentle and beautiful. This is why I love Darjeeling.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Oh this is lovely! The flavor is smooth, sweet and nutty. It has a nice buttery flavor to it. I am also getting that light floral note in the finish – it’s very delicate, but very pleasant.

I just realized that I steeped this too long (should only steep for 30 seconds for the first infusion), but, it is not at all bitter. The next time I brew it I will have to try it at 30 seconds and see what comes of it. As it is, I really like it when I brew it for a minute and a half.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion is quite nice also. I added an extra 30 seconds to the steep time. It is still lovely and sweet with honey-esque notes. I want to describe it using the term “honey roasted nuts” because it has honey, roast-y, and nutty notes to it. But it isn’t a heavy or thick flavor, it is very light. Even the buttery flavor is not a thick buttery note… It is light and refreshing, and even though I’m drinking it hot, and it is very warm right now, it doesn’t feel too warm because it has that crisp lightness to it that is very enjoyable.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooo…can’t wait to try!

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It’s been while since I’ve brewed this one, so I thought it would be a good idea to find out if I still like it as much as I did the first time I brewed it. I decided to brew some for iced tea – and I’ve gotta say that I think I like it better hot than iced. The pear flavor seems to become a bit muted when it cools.

That’s not to say it isn’t tasty iced – because it is – but I’m getting a lot more of the spices and a lot less of the pear than I remember from my first cup of this.

Still enjoying it though…

TeaEqualsBliss

would LOVE to try this one! :)

LiberTEAS

This one I don’t have any left. I thought I had sent you some of it already. Sorry!

TeaEqualsBliss

No worries! You spoil me anyways! :)

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85
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I brewed up the last I have of this blend for iced tea – and this honeybush is so much better iced than it is hot. I really enjoyed it hot – and maybe it’s just the heat talking now – but this is so refreshing when it is cold. I can really taste the ice-creamy flavors now. Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate – all represented here and this is so yummy.

Kinda makes me sad that I just brewed the last of it. But… I have a lot of teas to brew… so I can’t be too sad.

YUM!

I increased the rating on this one because it IS so much better iced… I’m loving it.

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drank Potpourri by Liber Teas
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In honor of our contest that’s running for the rest of this week, I decided to brew some of this and ice it.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/07/07/potpourri-tea-from-liberteas-and-tea-giveaway/

This is one that is very good both hot or iced. The jasmine and lemony notes really come through nicely when it’s cold.

Since it’s my own blend, I’m not going to numerically rate it (it’s kind of hard for me to be unbiased about my own teas)… but, if I were to rate it, I’d give it a very strong 100. (hehe)

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

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89
drank Pomegranate Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m glad I decided to brew some of this last night for iced tea today… because it’s supposed to be super hot today. It makes an absolutely superb iced tea. Very vibrant and flavorful, pleasantly sweet and oh-so-refreshing!

Here is my published review of this tea, if anyone cares to take a look:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11460

Oh… and I increased the numeric rating on this a bit, because it’s really really good!

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
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Um… YUMMY!

This is so good. So good, in fact, that it is difficult to be typing about it because, it’s… yeah, it’s that good. I think I even like this better than Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana.

I can’t even talk about it because this is too ridiculously good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tammy

I LOVE the choc. banana so um yeah—I’m going to go order some right now!

JacquelineM

Ooooh boy – 3 of my weaknesses – Chocolate, malt, and honeybush…

Cofftea

Haha! I hadda laugh @ your 1st line cuz my ex would say that right before exclaiming “Wow! That’s orgasmic!” :)

Kristin

Oh man, it kills me that this one has dairy in it!

TeaEqualsBliss

OMG! I am going to have to try it at some point! I’ve heard good things!

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss – I don’t know if I have some of this packaged up for you or not, but if not, I’ll be sure to so that I can add it to the next box.

TeaEqualsBliss

teehee…thanks! :)

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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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89
drank Matcha Lychee by Teaopia
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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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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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