4458 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sampling. I haven’t tried it before!

This is a very unusual tasting tisane, and I’m not sure exactly yet what I really think about it… so I won’t rate it numerically until I am.

The wintergreen flavor makes this tea palatable, in my opinion. I am not particularly fond of hibiscus, and this blend is quite heavily laden with it, but the wintergreen with the hibiscus makes this a very unusual yet intriguing flavor. I can taste the woodsy note as well as the blueberry.

An interesting blend.

Edited to add: After the tea cooled to the point where I could drink it – I couldn’t. It really wasn’t very good… what demonstrated some promise in this tea was lost as the tea cooled off a bit. Not pleased with this one at all, and I couldn’t finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

I’m thinking I was overly generous with my 54 rating…lol…it’s was memorable but not for a good reason! LOL

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90
drank Mate Carnival by Chado
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After reading Auggy’s review of chocolate mate, it inspired me to brew a cup of mate (and hope that it would be a better tasting cuppa than what Auggy experienced). I ordered this sample some time ago, and haven’t tried it yet (I have a lot of teas in my possession at the moment that I’ve not tried yet!)

Yum! Chocolate-y smooth and yet earthy. I suspect that the flowers are here for appearance sake, because I’m not getting much in the way of flavor from them (although there is a very faint sharpness from the sunflower – very faint) I can taste a slight woodsy “rooibos” flavor but, it is also quite faint in the presence of the stronger roasted mate. The almonds and the chocolate are very tasty together.

I am not sure what the cactus adds to this flavor, although I can’t say that this blend would be quite the same without it, because this is different than other chocolate mate blends I’ve encountered – whether that be from the cactus, or the sunflower or even the rooibos … or more likely a combination of these three components.

Either way, I really like like it!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds good!

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88

Yum! This is like dessert in a teacup. It is sweet – but my sweet tooth is not objecting!

The green tea is delicate in this blend – almost overpowered by the other flavors… but not quite. The vanilla is the strongest component, and it is sweet and creamy and brings out the delicious berry flavor quite nicely while softening that typical tart flavor that often accompanies a berry. There is just a hint of tartness in the finish.

The biggest problem with yummy teas like this is that they disappear from my cup too fast… this is almost all gone!

But I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

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
4458 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
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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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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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