4449 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sample of this to try… I love chocolate, and double chocolate is even better, so I looked forward to trying it.

I have not yet tried Adagio’s Masala Chai tea – so I don’t know how it compares to some of the other chai teas I’ve had. And since this is a blend with the Masala Chai, I realize this is not a true representation of what the Masala Chai would be like. But, I’m kind of sad that the chai spice isn’t very strong in this blend… nor is the chocolate.

I can taste the spices (mostly the ginger followed by a bit of cinnamon), and I can taste the chocolate… but I feel like both are a bit subtle for something called double chocolate spicy chai. Perhaps my expectations were too high, after having tried several of Rachel’s blends and being very impressed? I don’t know.

This is a nice blend though. The spices and the chocolate are strong enough to detract from the Adagio black tea base which is a very good thing – which makes the blend a bit smoother and definitely more tasty than some of the other black teas from Adagio that I’ve tried.

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

LOL I am so happy that you have been impressed by my blends. This a blend I purchased that an Adagio buddy of mine created that I just had to try.

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drank Mate Carnival by Chado
4449 tasting notes

This is the last that I have of this because I’m sending the rest of it to a friend.

Today I’m enjoying it latte style with a splash of milk. This really gives the chocolate a nice creamy taste. This is one of the better yerba mate blends I’ve encountered. It’s tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is a robust tea… one that would be perfect for a morning tea, especially on one of those days that you’d rather stay in bed but you can’t because you’ve got places to go and things to do. That is to say, this tea has that get up and go factor.

It is very full-bodied and well-rounded. A nice malty note from the Assam.

Wow, I really needed this today, too, I didn’t sleep too well last night and there’s a part of me that really wanted to stay in bed. I think I’m feeling much more awake now!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is a nice Dragon Well. It has a very pleasant sweetness to it – it is not overpowering. It has a vegetative quality to it that is somewhat of a mix between grassy and lightly buttered, roasted veggies. A nice balance.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

Decided to start my day with a chai latte and I reached for this one!

Serving it latte greatly improves the creamy cheesecake-y flavor of this chai. Yum.

LiberTEAS

After it cools quite a bit, the chocolate-y flavor really comes through nicely too. It really becomes CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE CHAI when it is cooled to room temperature.

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Thank you to Doulton for the opportunity to taste this tea!

I can taste a strong almond note from the marzipan, and thanks to the biscuit flavor it tastes like almond cookies! YUM!

A very pleasant sweetness and depth of flavor. This may just be my favorite “almond cookie” tea I’ve tasted yet!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
-Jessica-

Ummmmm marzipan!!! Nom, nom, nom :-D

TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds interesting!

Stephanie

Yum, Biscuit and Marzipan! My two favorite flavors!

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drank Jasmine Green by Tea Forte
4449 tasting notes

As a jasmine lover, I was a little surprised to see that this tea wasn’t yet on the website – I remedied that though!

(Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sample!)

The dry leaf has a very pleasant yet somewhat subtle jasmine aroma – The fragrance of the liquor becomes much softer almost to the point of being non-existent but not quite. I generally do prefer it when the liquor is a little more fragrant than this, but there is something about this aroma that is intoxicating, even though it’s quite subtle.

The flavor is so lovely. Sweet jasmine with a hint of sharpness (but in a good way). The Sencha is smooth and vegetal – slightly grassy but not too harsh. It has a very nice sweetness that makes me want to keep sipping and a beautiful feminine quality that makes this taste so luxurious and indulgent.

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

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drank Bancha Tea by Starwest Botanicals
4449 tasting notes

Enjoying my last cup of this tea.

Even though this is what is considered a lower grade of Sencha, this tastes quite a bit different from the Sencha teas that I’ve tasted.

It has a vegetative quality to it… but there again, it is a different vegetative quality than I’m used to. Usually, I either find a tea to be quite vegetative=grassy or it is vegetative=steamed (or) buttered vegetables.

I don’t know that this is either of those… even though I am noting a soft butter-like note toward the end of the sip, kind of creamy. It’s very intriguing, and very tasty.

I really like this particular Bancha Tea. It is very pleasant and even calming. Nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Batrachoid

Sometimes I think vegetative leans towards aquatic plants like nori and wakame. Or swamp/rainforest mossy vegetation. Helpful? =)

LiberTEAS

Batrachoid – I don’t know that I would use either of these descriptions to describe it either… it’s sort of like a vegetable, but one that I’ve not tried before, if that makes sense… something very yummy, like a cross between a broccoli and an artichoke.

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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a tasting of this tea!

Starting my day out a little unusual – not reaching for an Earl Grey this morning, but, instead I thought I’d try this.

I like how the white tea softens that edge of the black tea base (Adagio’s black tea is a bit harsh for my personal preference). The cherry and cream flavors play very nicely together… and the creamy finish is pleasant – I’m not getting as strong an astringency as I usually get from Adagio’s black teas and that’s a really good thing!

Thank you Rachel – this is really good!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Now that it has cooled just slightly, I’m finding this tea even more enjoyable. The cherry flavor really comes through. It is smooth and creamy and delicious! YUM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am happy you are enjoying this blend, this is my aunts favorite blend.

-Jessica-

Oooh I have been eyeing this one, but I am a bit scared of the white AND black tea that is in here. I am not much of a black tea fan, but I love white tea… I think this tea may be tearing at my soul with a love/hate relationship! LOL

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drank Bancha Tea by Starwest Botanicals
4449 tasting notes

This has a pleasant sweetness to it and a nice toasty note – it sort of tastes like Genmaicha – without the rice part. Genmaicha is slightly sweeter because of the rice, and slightly more “warm” tasting – roasty toasty tasting – because of the rice.

It has a strong vegetative nature to it as well.

I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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