4423 Tasting Notes

85

Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sample of this tea to try! The aroma is delightful.

This is tasty! The peach flavor is sweet and juicy, the vanilla is smooth and creamy. The almond flavor is nutty and gives this tea more of a peachy dessert kind of flavor that I’m really enjoying.

Smooth and rich with a soft mouthfeel and very nicely sweet. YUM!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
4423 tasting notes

This is the very first time trying a tea from this company, and I’m liking it a lot. It brews to a beautiful, pale green color. It smells rather unusual, I can smell a vanilla note and a fruit note, but there is also a very strong… almost baked kind of aroma to the cup. Almost like cookies. It doesn’t smell like a typical tropical blend, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it does smell delicious in its own way and it is a very intriguing sort of fragrance…

The vanilla flavor is strong here, very creamy and sweet tasting… The mango also holds its own in the blend. The green tea offers a light, fresh taste to the mix, I’m not getting a lot of what I would call grassy flavor but there is some vegetative characteristics to the cup. The combination of the vanilla, mango and Sencha is a very tasty one, indeed.

This is really good.

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

Hmmm…I may add this to my shopping list….

LiberTEAS

Lori – I just got finished writing a review of this tea for the SororiTEA Sisters blog, it will publish on July 2. http://sororiteasisters.com :)

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94

Very nice! A lovely sweet flavor with faint floral notes. Delicate and smooth.

This almost tastes like a yellow tea – almost, and by the color of the liquor, it looks a lot like a yellow tea.

It has a light, silky mouthfeel to it. Very luxurious… it’s like I’m being pampered by my tea. I like this one a lot.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Spearmint by EnjoyingTea.com
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I had tacos for dinner tonight, and this is just the ticket to help soothe the tummy.

A very fresh, pleasant flavor – minty, of course. Nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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97

THANK YOU to Suzi for sending me a sample of this Oolong! I have wanted to try it ever since I saw your tasting note on it.

The aroma of the dry leaf is quite as I wanted it to smell (but my expectations were not quite as high because I have not had teas from this vendor before so I was not sure exactly what to expect!) – so I was thrilled to open the tin and smell ROSES! Very fragrant – perhaps the most fragrant rose tea I’ve ever encountered.

Ah… this is really… really GOOD! I love rose teas (In fact I can’t think of a flower tea that I’ve disliked … I am sure there has probably been at least one, but none come to mind)… and this is absolutely a ROSE Oolong. No mistaking it.

Sweet, fragrant and delicious!

The next time I brew this tea I shall do so properly – with my gaiwan! That is not to say that using the smart tea maker is not a good way to brew it – it is… but it just feels more REGAL when I use my gaiwan… and this tea is absolutely suited for regal treatment.

Multiple infusions will follow!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Suzi

I’m so glad you liked it :D It is one of the few teas I take the time to “properly” prepare with a Gaiwan, rinsing before steeping and the like.

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75

Another sampling from TeaEqualsBliss – thank you!

I really wish this tea didn’t have hibiscus. I don’t really mind hibiscus in blends most of the time, but, I don’t like it when it’s the first flavor that I taste with the initial sip… it sort of turns me off on the cup.

Trying to move beyond the hibiscus, I can also taste the blueberries which have a nice, plump juicy flavor, and I can taste a gentle peach flavor as well – sweet and smooth.

This would be infinitely better without the hibiscus, though (or even just less hibiscus in the blend) – but it’s still decent tasting. Not my favorite from Talbott Teas though.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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83
drank Iced Tea by Custom
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Yesterday when I brewed the English Breakfast and the Strawberry black tea (both from Enjoying Tea) I went ahead and brewed a little extra of each so that I could chill them together in one of my favorite custom blends.

I love the little hint of strawberry that this blend has – it’s not overwhelmingly BERRY … just a hint of it. Enough to make you want to keep sipping. It’s a very refreshing iced tea.

(Although, I will say that the Strawberry Black from Enjoying tea is also quite good iced, on its own… if you want a strong berry flavor)

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83

Thank you to Rachel for sending me this tea to try!

My initial sip tells me that it is very smooth and creamy tasting – which based upon my limited experience with the adagio black tea base – a smooth, creamy start is a really GOOD thing. I’m not tasting a LOT of the Earl Grey notes, but, I do get a hint of it towards the end of the sip – kind of like a tip of the hat from the suave gentleman, letting me know that he is here, but he’s letting the sweeter vanilla and cream play the star role here.

My experience with the Adagio signature blends is admittedly quite limited – but I really am enjoying this one. Well done, Rachel!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thanks for the “Well done!”. I especially loved the suave gentlemen comparison. :-)

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80

I am giving this tea a second chance, since my last tasting of it was less than favorable. I am hoping this time will prove to be tastier than my last.

Yes… this is much better. I can taste the sweet-yet-tart blueberry as well as jasmine notes and they play off each other very well. Not as bitter as my last cup of this. I shall up the rating a bit to reflect this change in my opinion of this tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
4423 tasting notes

Thank you to Doulton for making this tasting note possible… thank you very much!

A fantastic aroma – although I’m not at all surprised… I’ve come to expect a sumptuous fragrance with Dammann Freres teas! Always enticing is the scent – beckoning me to take a sip.

I am going to agree with Morgana on this one – it definitely has a depth to it that would make this a much better tea for chilly weather. Not heavy, exactly… but, deep and rich in flavor… very French.

Even though the weather isn’t chilly, I’m still quite enjoying this cup for what it is. Lovely, aromatic, rich and delicious. Pleasantly fruity. Lovely and floral. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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