4405 Tasting Notes

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The dry leaf does smell amazing. It smells more like orange than bergamot (which I know is actually an orange, but you know what I mean, right?)

The brewed liquor loses some of that aroma, which saddens me a bit because I really love the smell of the leaf.

The flavor is quite different from Earl Grey. The bergamot is altered by the addition of the orange, and this becomes a fruit flavored black tea as opposed to an Earl Grey (I guess that’s why they call this John Grey instead of Earl, eh?) There is also a faint bitterness that tastes rather odd when this tea is unsweetened – this one is so much better with a sprinkling of sugar or a drizzle of agave or honey… I chose agave.

It’s ok… not great… but not terrible either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Another one I haven’t tried! LOL

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90
drank Black Currant by Tea Forte
4405 tasting notes

Sweet and fruity! This is one of the better black currant black teas that I’ve tasted, and definitely one of my favorites from Tea Forte. The flavor is smooth, no bitterness, and a pleasant level of astringency.

Very nice indeed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90

Time for Earl Grey!

Crisp and clean. I’ve spoken about this Earl Grey so much that I think you’ve probably heard enough. I like it! It brings a smile to my face and helps me shake off my sleepy feeling. Nice!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

I am so looking forward for mine to get here!

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84
drank Sweet Kyoto by Lupicia
4405 tasting notes

Thank you to Stephanie for sending me a sampling of this tea! I’m so happy I get to try it.

The dry leaf has a sweet aroma – sort of like a creamy caramel scent. YUM!

It doesn’t really look like there is much matcha in it, because I’m not seeing a lot of powdery green dust on the dry leaf. The brewed tea is slightly cloudy which indicates that there is possibly some matcha in it.

I can taste the matcha in the flavor from the slight bittersweet flavor that is in the cup. It’s faint, but it’s there.

This tea is a very interesting one. It has a sort of burnt sugar flavor to it that I’m liking… it is an interesting contrast to the sweet, fresh note from the green tea, and the bittersweet flavor from the matcha. I can also taste the soymilk-ish flavor that Stephanie described in her tasting note.

I like this.

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

sounds interesting!

mpierce87

This does sound good!

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67

This is a very finely ground rooibos and spice blend – so finely ground, in fact, that it clogged up my smart brewing device. (I’d recommend using T-Sacs or something similar to brew this tisane)

I like the level of spices in this blend. It is nice and spicy.

What I don’t really care for though, is the addition of stevia to this blend. I would have preferred sweetening this myself with some honey or agave rather than having the stevia in it – I guess I’m kind of “old school” when it comes to chai because I feel like it should be sweetened with honey… I just like the way honey works with the spices in a chai.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

Good Morning Mr. Grey!

(yes its still morning here)

Today I must not have been paying too much attention to when I was measuring out the tea, because it’s quite strong. (Too sleepy when I prepped the teapot I suppose!)

Other than a somewhat stronger presence its still a nice way to wake up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is surprisingly good!

It has a bit of a spicy kick (ginger is strong in this blend) and it nearly mimics a chai tea – but not quite. I love the anise in this tisane… it tastes licorice-y and sweet.

I didn’t think I’d like this one at first, but, I’m really glad I decided to try it because it’s good!!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

Lovely! This has a beautiful, gentle sweetness and a tender vegetative flavor. A nice floral note in the background. An excellent Mao Feng!

THANK YOU to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this – I’m so happy that I got to try it – it’s so good!

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

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90

Starting my day with this Earl Grey, today! (poetry!)

I want to thank Stephanie for so generously gifting me with the remainder of her tin of this outstanding Earl Grey. Thank you Stephanie!

Oh… delight! I do love this Earl Grey.

I think that I shall struggle with my splint today and finally finish the review of this tea that I started so long ago!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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65

I am not crazy about hibiscus, and this blend has a bit more hibiscus than I’d like it to have. Some hibiscus in a herbal/fruit blend is good because it gives the tea a nice body, but, too much gives it a bit more tart than I care for.

So this is a bit more tart than I’d like it to be. that being said, it has a decent berry flavor.

Not one that I’d order again, but glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

The more I taste it, the more I am enjoying it. It’s still rather tart, but, there is a sweetness to it too that is interesting. A smoothness to it. Not my favorite herbal by any means, but, it isn’t bad either.

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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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