4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
4366 tasting notes

I am up way too early for a Saturday. My youngest daughter had a friend spend the night and they’re up, so… guess what? I’m up too.

The one redeeming element in me being up so early is that I can start drinking tea. And I’m starting my day with some Butter Pecan!

I tried it today as a latte, thinking that this might bring out some of the creamier qualities. After having tried it as a latte, I think it’s better without the milk. It’s still good with it, but, better without. The milk mutes some of the strong nutty flavors that I found so enchanting.

But, as I say, it’s still good. Very creamy. Delicious. Definitely one of 52Teas best, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I feel your pain. I’m often up @ 5:30 on Sunday mornings.

LiberTEAS

Yikes, I fear I couldn’t do 5:30 am… I’m a night owl and the earliest I get to bed is 1 am… usually, I am headed to bed around 2.

Cofftea

I USED to be like that… I’m old.

Jillian

LOL, that sounds a lot like me, LiberTEAS – that’s why you’ll occaisionally see a tasting note from me at some ungodly late hour. :D

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86
drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
4366 tasting notes

Thank you Doulton – you are the best!

The aroma of the dry leaf is magnificent! It smells like peaches and cream! There isn’t much fragrance from the rose petals, maybe just a hint of floral essence. Once brewed, some of the earthy qualities of the black tea emerge in the scent.

The flavor is also quite magnificent! Smooth and rich. The peach and cream flavor is there, however, the black tea is much more pronounced. This is black tea with peach and vanilla flavor, not the other way around. It has a very bright flavor. Astringent with a slight tannic quality – but not an overt bitter note. Just a little something that sort of rests upon the palate to let you know that it’s black tea that you’re drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of these leaves was also quite delicious.

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73
drank Ti Kuan Yin Tea by Ten Ren
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I can’t believe it’s been a couple of days without Oolong!

This is not a bad Oolong… especially when one considers that it is a bagged tea.

A nice roasty-toasty aroma and flavor. A pleasant sweetness. I love the “freshly baked” flavor of this tea – like a loaf of bread that just came out of the oven, it’s a very comforting flavor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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YUM!

I’m having coconut cream pie for breakfast!

This morning, I added a little more leaf to my smart brewer – there are so many huge chunks of coconut in the blend that it’s important to adjust the amount of leaf you use accordingly since the coconut doesn’t really add much in the way of flavor to the finished product, but I sure do love the way it looks! It gets my mouth watering before the tea begins to steep!

An extra teaspoon is just about right for my smart brewer (my smart brewer brews about 16 oz. of finished product, which is equal to about 2 “cups” of tea. So I usually add two heaping teaspoons to my smart brewer. For this tea, I add 3).

This tea is fantastic. It is one that really MUST be served latte to get the most from it, this time though, I didn’t get out the frother… so my cup looks a bit like coffee with cream – but it TASTES like a decadent, creamy, delicious dessert! Delightful!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I purchased this some time ago, but this is my first time getting around to trying it. I received it while I was sick, and since my taste buds were not up to par, I didn’t think it made much sense to be trying new teas.

But now that my taste buds are back on track, I am ready to try the ULTIMATE. I must say that when I opened the package, the aroma was pretty amazing. It smelled like chocolate syrup. Not just any chocolate syrup, either, it smelled like my personal favorite – Holy Kakow! YUM!

And since 52Teas is responsible for one of my favorite rooibos blends – Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana Rooibos – well, let’s just say that I have high hopes for this blend.

Well, it’s good…

Definitely cocoa-y, but I feel like the flavor of the rooibos is interfering with the chocolate coming through. There is a dominate cocoa powder-ish essence to this, like I sprinkled a sweetened cocoa powder on my tongue. And the rooibos flavor is coming through too, a woodsy note, but not the icky sweetener taste of the rooibos, just the earthy-woodsy flavor of rooibos.

I’m liking it, but, I think I need to try it a few more times before I can really develop my opinion about it, and I will wait until then before I give it a numeric rating.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JacquelineM

I like it best paired with dessert or fruit – the contrast is really nice and brings out the richness. I also experimented a bit with sweeteners and I love agave nectar with tisanes with chocolate in them!

LiberTEAS

I added a little bit of honey to it, but next time I’ll try the agave nectar and see how it fairs.

Rabs

Wow — I thought that I was already following you! I need to sit down sometime and look at my following list and make sure that I’m following who I think I’m following. ;)

JacquelineM

Yes, I thought the honey didn’t bring out the best in it or the Neopolitan Honeybush. To me, it was almost like a different tisane with the agave!

LiberTEAS

@Rabs: I thought I was following you too, because I see many of your comments… but then I realized, “Hey… how come Rabs never posts any tasting notes!” LOL

LiberTEAS

@Jacqueline – did you get that sort of dry, cocoa-powdery kind of taste (not bitter like cocoa powder, more like a sweetened cocoa powder taste) resting on your tongue in the finish? It was so odd… not in a bad way though. Just different.

And I definitely like the tea, I think I just need to play around a bit more with it.

JacquelineM

I didn’t – maybe because I always choose this one to have with a dessert? Everything is all mixed up in my mouth!

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84
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
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A bit of a backlog: In between infusions of the Chocolate Earl Grey, I made myself a smoothie! Ingredients: 1 banana, about a cup of frozen peach slices, vanilla kefir, and a tablespoon of Mandarin Matcha. YUM!

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My second infusion of these leaves was a different cup entirely! I now taste more of the citrus-y flavors. And the bergamot! The chocolate has developed into a savory cacao flavor rather than the sweet chocolate flavor that I experienced with the first infusion.

Both infusions are very delicious… and I think the fact that the two infusions are so different from one another makes this tea even more enchanting, so I am therefore raising the numeric rating just a bit!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds awesome!

LiberTEAS

It is. I don’t have much left in the sampler, but when I reorder it, I’ll be sure to send you some.

Meghann M

I’ll definitely add this to my must try list. I love chocolate and I love earl grey. Tempting tea!

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This is one of the most unusual Earl Grey teas I’ve ever encountered, and yep… that’s just why I ordered the sample of it – I simply had to try a Chocolate flavored Earl Grey tea.

The chocolate in this blend is surprisingly strong, while the bergamot is a bit more subdued… I really expected it to be the other way around. A very pleasant blend! I may have to actually order more of this one. A very good chocolate blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Does it taste anything like those orange flavored chocolates in the shape of an orange where the pieces are the segments of the orange? I know bergamot isn’t orange, but as it’s citrus I thought there might be some likenesses. That’s kinda what the Earl Grey Theo chocolate tastes like.

LiberTEAS

Actually, bergamot is an orange… it’s just not the like the navel orange or valencia orange flavor that you might be more used to when it comes to an orange that you might peel to eat or squeeze for it’s juice. But it is still considered an orange.

To answer your question, yes, it is a bit like those orange flavored chocolates, but with a couple of significant differences because I can taste the floral qualities of the bergamot as well as hints of the jasmine. Plus, there is a distinct lemony note.

I got the Theo chocolates too. I haven’t yet tried the Earl Grey one… that will be the next one I try!

Cofftea

What is your secret to having some left? lol! The only reason I didn’t scarf them is I kinda forgot about them lol.

LiberTEAS

That’s my secret, to be honest… I have to hide things from myself… out of sight, out of mind. Then, only when I am really craving chocolate do I remember them! :)

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50
drank Compassionberry Tea by Snapple
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My husband and I are fans of The Celebrity Apprentice, and so we caved in and purchased this as well as the Trop A Rocka diet flavored Snapple. Hubby is diabetic, so he is drinking the Trop A Rocka, and I am allergic to aspartame, so I am drinking the Compassionberry (we were both rooting for Bret, though)

I don’t usually drink many RTD teas, because, well, they’re generally way too sweet for my taste and don’t usually taste much like tea.

Unfortunately, that is the case here, as well. I can definitely taste the sweet (very sweet), I can also taste the passionfruit and the strawberry flavorings… but I don’t taste much in the way of green or black teas.

But it is a good cause… and it isn’t horrible tasting, just a bit too sweet for my taste, and a bit more like fruit juice than tea. It would definitely be better than nothing if I were out and about.

Cofftea

I’ll buy almost any tea- even RTD sweet teas for a good cause.

LiberTEAS

Well, that is why we purchased it – and we probably would not have heard about it if it weren’t for the show. I’m a fan of Bret Michaels so I really wish that the Trop A Rocka was available as a non-diet selection – but as his cause is diabetes – I totally understand why he chose to make his tea a diet tea. Unfortunately, aspartame would have me terribly sick within about 15 minutes of ingesting it… UGH.

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82
drank Green Walnut by Tea Guys
4366 tasting notes

Enjoying a cup of this tea right now – it went really nicely with my multi-grain toast with Nutella. (A local bakery here makes the most incredible bread! YUM)

Nice, sweet, nutty. The pineapple of this blend is more of a background note, I can taste it but it seems to be there mostly to create depth rather than to focus on pineapple flavor. Not surprisingly by the name of the tea – the nuts are the real stars of this cup.

Light, fresh, and yummy! The more I taste this tea, the more I like it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
malomorgen
  • drools a bit at the mention of nutella *
JonTea

I HAD NUTELLA THIS MORNING TOO :)

Miss Sweet

Ooh what an interesting sounding blend! Also, yum nutella haha

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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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