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4231 Tasting Notes

82
drank Green Walnut by Tea Guys
4231 tasting notes

You know what? This tea is awesome!

Because I’m still sick, I’m not going to bump up the numeric rating just yet, but, I’m quite tempted. The flavor (Now – with impaired taste buds) is very nutty… much more so than I remember. A very pleasant buttery flavor to it. Sweet, and yummy… what a treat this is! I think I like it better now than I remember.

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

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80
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
4231 tasting notes

One thing that is “nice” (I’m trying to look on the bright side, here) about one’s taste buds operating at limited ability is that it gives one ample opportunity to clear out the tea shelf to make room for new teas.

So that’s what I’ve been doing… drinking teas that I’ve tasted previously and written reviews for on the Tea Review Blog (even if they haven’t yet published). I am making good use of the tea (It is rather comforting even though I’m not as effective at tasting it) and I am not “wasting” teas I’ve not yet tasted and reviewed on my miserable lack of tasting ability.

This tea is actually quite tasty, even with my funky taste buds! I think it tastes more like artichokes now than when I tried it originally. There is a faint lemon-like essence as well as a nice buttery flavor, which is quite appropriate to me, because the sauce I generally serve with artichoke is usually either a lemon-y butter-garlic sauce or a vinegar-y butter-garlic sauce. (Both are yummy, it really usually just depends upon whether or not I have lemons readily available… but I digress!)

It is a very unusual flavored tea, but, I really do like it. Of the teas from Adagio that I’ve tried, this is definitely one of my favorites, if not the favorite.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

In my top 3 green faves from Adagio. I gotta try this iced. What was your leaf/water ratio?

LiberTEAS

I didn’t do this one iced. I used two tea spoons of tea for 16 ounces of hot water (good amount of steam, rapid bubbles at the base of the kettle = oh, about 170 degrees to me)

Cofftea

I love how changing the parameters can make 2 completely different teas. Their steeping parameters make a rather fruity cup while using a ratio of 1.5TB leaves, 6oz water @ 160 degrees, steeped for 90 sec makes for a MUCH more savory cuppa.

LiberTEAS

My second infusion of the leaves proved to be even tastier than the first infusion…

Cofftea

I prefer the more savory of the 2 cuppas.

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83

This afternoon I decided to treat myself to this. This is one of my favorites from 52 Teas – it reminds me so much of an old time soda shop cherry cola. (No, I’m not old enough to actually remember those old time soda shops, but, I used to work at a retirement home as an administrative assistant and they had an old time soda fountain for the residents. This soda reminds me of the cherry vanilla cola I’d have there on occasion)

Today, the smell of this tea is more reminiscent of that “old time soda” than the flavor. I need to remember to limit the brew time of this particular tea to 2 1/2 minutes or less. Any longer and the tea becomes a bit too astringent and that astringency interferes with the flavors. Then again, it could be my present lack of ability to taste.

I chose this tea because I remember the flavors being quite strong… and yes, even with my taste buds impaired, I can taste the cherry and even a touch of the vanilla. And as I said, the black tea base is a bit more astringent than I remember it being, which leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Overall, though, I really like this tea. I am going to save what I have left of it for iced tea. Right now, we are having winter-like weather, so it’s no time for iced tea! I am not going to issue a numeric rating for this tea at this time, because I don’t really think it’s fair based on my inability to discern subtle flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Doulton

I like this one a lot and hope that they will not let it go “out of print”. One of my favorite 52teas concoctions.

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85

I have tasted this only once before. I was rather curious to see how my taste buds would pick up on this blend’s smoky and earthy qualities.

I can really taste the yerba mate – more so than the Lapsang Souchong – in this blend today. Perhaps it’s because of my palate’s impaired state that the smoky qualities of the Lapsang are not so off-putting for me.

In fact, I find this blend rather enjoyable – and who knows, perhaps it’s my “gateway” to the strong, smoky type – although I rather doubt it. What I will say with absolute certainty though is that this is a great tea to enjoy now as my taste buds aren’t quite up to par, because I can actually taste something… subtle flavors would be totally lost on me at this point.

I did not steam and froth milk for my cup this time around, although I did add a generous dollop of honey. This right now seems less of a “chai” blend than a spiced blend, because the spices are less of a focus than the earthy qualities of the mate and the smoky, caramel-y flavor of the lapsang souchong. But again, that may just be because my palate is not right, right now.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Tea Guys
4231 tasting notes

A nice strong flavored tea, which is something that I need right now.

Very tasty – A strong ginger flavor, and the peach is very good… this reminds me a bit of a gingered peach cobbler. Yummy! I only enough of this tea for another pot… which is a bit bitter-sweet. Sad that it’s going to be gone, because I’ve enjoyed it, but happy it’s going to be gone to make way for other teas (I have so much tea!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veri-Tea

I know what you mean about being happy to have room for other teas :)

Cofftea

I’m normally not a fan of non chai blacks, but the other ingredients make this sound amazing… but then again the other ingredients do kinda make it sound like it might be similar to a peach flavored chai.

LiberTEAS

I think that a peach flavored chai would be a very appropriate way to describe the flavor of this tea. The masala spices are a bit more mild than in a typical chai, though, with the exception of the ginger which is quite expressive. However, I would want it to be a milder version of “chai” if it were to have fruit flavors in it so it would not overwhelm the fruit. In the case of this tea, the flavor of the fruit is not overwhelmed, very nice!

Cofftea

This would be one chai I’d think about putting ROT’s chai honey in.

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86
drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
4231 tasting notes

As I’ve said before (and you might be tired of reading about), I have a nasal infection. As such, I have decided to not drink any new teas (that is, teas I’ve not tasted before) because my taste buds are a bit impaired (although I am able to taste more flavors lately, and not just powerful, peppery flavors). Because I am able to detect more flavors, I feel more at ease writing about some of the favorites in my cabinet.

This is a long-time favorite of mine, although I have noted in previous tasting notes that it somehow does not taste quite the same as I remember it tasting. Some eight years ago when I first became familiar with Mighty Leaf teas I remember this tea being quite Earl Grey but with a hint of sweet orange. Like someone added a squeeze of blood orange to the bergamot orange.

The vanilla taste is different than a typical Earl Grey Creme in that it doesn’t come off as really “creamy” but more of a soft, sweet note – a very delicate soft, sweet note. And the jasmine… really pushes this blend over the edge into a place of pleasant indulgence.

But, as I said, while the blend today is still quite dreamy, it tastes different… like someone replaced some of the bergamot (but not all) with more orange, and it is more orange and less bergamot orange now. Still good… but not as good.

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

Hope you feel better soon!

CMT 雲 山 茶

Made a London Fog with this the other day, used maple syrup and a bit of vanilla extract. Was really good.

LiberTEAS

Yum! You know that reminds me, I need more maple syrup the next time I’m at Trader Joes. I will definitely have to try this!

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75
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
4231 tasting notes

I am still dealing with my nasal infection, and it feels like my tongue has been wrapped in cotton… it feels buffered, and my taste buds are having a hard time (for the most part) discerning flavor. I think that this might just be worse than the other symptoms of the infection – because I MISS being able to drink tea. Yes, I can still drink tea, but, part of me feels like “what’s the point?” because I can’t really enjoy it.

So, I have still been drinking teas, but, I am drinking ones that I’ve already tasted before… so that I don’t miss out on some interesting flavor that my taste buds wouldn’t pick up on right now.

With my nasal infection this doesn’t really taste much like an Oolong. But, it is still alright… at least I know it does taste better than I’m tasting right now…

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

Hope it gets better soon.

Erin

Oh no! That’s horrible, not being able to taste tea. At least you’re still drinking it regardless, as it will probably help you to get better soon. At least I hope so, for your sake!

LiberTEAS

In order to taste food whatsoever, I have to use hot sauce! It’s like I’m an Observer (from the TV show Fringe, if you aren’t familiar with what an Observer is). Since I’m not too keen on adding hot sauce to my tea, I’ve been adding ample amounts of ginger. But not to this tea, because it just didn’t seem right to add ginger to Oolong for some reason……

Erin

I’m sure you’ve already seen a doctor for medical advice (and I’m certainly not a doctor – I’m a boy-crazy 19-year old), but have you tried using something called a Netti Pot (not sure if I spelled that right…). It looks like a tiny teapot and you fill it with a saline solution and shove it up your nose to cleanse your sinuses. It really washes you out and has always helped me avoid getting sinus infections.

Cofftea

Ginger to every tea! lol. I love adding ginger to their dancong aria.

Cofftea

Erin, Netti Pots are AWESOME!

LiberTEAS

Erin – my doctor has me on all kinds of medications including a nasal spray. I’ve never used the Netti Pot… but I will have to look for one the next time I’m at the drugstore. I don’t usually get nasal infections… Usually this time of year, I just get my allergies… and that is what I thought THIS was for a while until it kept getting worse and worse, finally I went to the doctor. I thought maybe I had an ear infection because my ears kept getting that “fuzzy” kind of sound to them, but, it ended being a nasal infection. I am feeling better than I was a week ago… but I sooooo look forward to getting my taste buds back! I have so much tea that I want to try that I’ve received over the last couple of weeks, and I haven’t tried it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to taste it… and I didn’t want to waste a tea I haven’t tasted yet when my taste buds are so impaired.

gmathis

Tazo Refresh is one of my go-to’s when I’m stuffed up … that, and anything with some mint: for inhaling, if not for drinking. Feel better.

Stephanie

I hope you feel better soon!!

Pyroxy

Yeah, nothing worse than drinking tea on a stuffy nose. :/

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drank Chai by Custom
4231 tasting notes

This tea comforts me a great deal while I’m trying to recover from the nasal infection. The peppery ginger is very … well, peppery/gingery! It’s nice to taste something!

I can actually taste more of the other aspects of this tea today, perhaps I am getting more of my taste buds back. I can taste the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The Assam tea is there too. Nice!

TeaEqualsBliss

Hope you are back up to par soon!!!!

SoccerMom

Awww Hope you feel better soon!

__Morgana__

Feel better!

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drank Chai by Custom
4231 tasting notes

Well, I think that my description pretty much says it all. I can taste the ginger most prominently. The rest of it pretty much lingers in the background because my taste buds are not up to par at the moment. Honey and ginger. And very soothing heat.

Not going to rate this because, well, I am not in any condition to really do so.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
4231 tasting notes

To finish up the sampling of this tea that Doulton sent me (thank you!) I brewed it up and refrigerated it so that I could enjoy it iced. Iced is where this tea really shines!

It has a fruity and somewhat spicy character (not as in chai spicy, or hot spicy, but, a mild spiced quality), and it is pleasantly sweet. A very refreshing iced tea.

Ricky

Wait up! Iced black tea? Hmmm, I suppose that works since it’s fruity.

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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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