4423 Tasting Notes

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I decided I needed a chai latte today!

The spices in this blend are not as complex as in some other blends but it is still very flavorful and rich tasting.

A delicious treat for this early evening!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m tasting this courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss! Thanks!

The orange and vanilla combination is usually a winner in my book – and it works well with the rooibos in this blend. I can still taste the woodsy flavor of the rooibos, but I’m not getting that “artificial sweetener” taste from the rooibos and that’s a real big PLUS!

The citrus is sweet with just the right amount of tart, and the vanilla tastes smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4423 tasting notes

I’m enjoying a Matcha smoothie at the moment – Kefir, frozen peaches, banana and Mandarin Matcha. This time, I am using coconut milk kefir, which adds a very interesting dimension to the flavor – it has a bit more tropical flair that I’m really liking.

Yum!

It appears that I only have enough of this Matcha left for one more serving… perhaps I will finish that off with a chawan of Matcha in a bit.

Cofftea

Oh yes! I suggest drinking it from a chawan:)

52teas

You know, we put some of this back behind the counter in a jar for serving to our in-shop customers, and they never really wanted this one much. I’m thinking I might have enough left in the jar for ONE more 2oz. pouch…

Cofftea

What’s up your sleeve matcha wise Frank?

52teas

Currently out of matcha. Going to order some more with my next tea order (should be soon). Will see what we can come up with then.

Cofftea

Zoomdweebies should sell unflavored matcha too- I’d love to taste your base:)

52teas

The Zoomdweebie’s site is about to be completely revamped. We’re moving completely away from ecommerce. We’re only going to carry 52teas and ManTeas blends, and maybe a third brand in the future. But everybody has essentially the same base teas. There are very few true importers in the US, I think we have worked with all of them. The new Zoomdweebie’s site is coming along: http://zoomdweebies.52teas.com Almost ready to transfer to zoomdweebies.com

Cofftea

Actually there are quite a few teas Zoomdweebies carries that I’ve never heard of- but then again maybe I’m not looking in the right place lol.

52teas

If there are some you are interested in, I’m open to suggestions. I’m trying to figure out how to clearance them out.

AmazonV

clearance sale a la the tin sale?….preferably in 3 months when i have money again though,

Meghann M

What about a Watermelon matcha? Watermelon white tea? I’m really craving watermelon now!

LiberTEAS

Watermelon matcha would be really good… or a cantaloupe (muskmelon) matcha would be really good also. mmmmmmm… But… don’t make it next week… or even the week after that. Give me a while to catch up on my tea purchases here!

Cofftea

LiberTEAS, both water and muskmelon matchas would be wonderful! I’ve already requested a cucumber muskmelon matcha.

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drank Yumberry White by Simpson & Vail
4423 tasting notes

I’ve only had one other tea with “yumberry” flavor – and I really liked it, so I was pretty sure I’d like this one too. And I was right.

The fruity flavor is strong but I can taste the white tea too – it is a gentle, sweet white tea flavor – very fresh with a slight hint of vegetal taste. The fruit flavor is also a bit sweet – a nice, refreshing afternoon treat!

YUMberry is right!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I’m lovin’ the name “yumberry.” :)

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This is a really good Earl Grey! The black tea is brisk enough to work as a “first of the morning-get up and go” kind of tea, and the bergamot is very lively. The lavender softens the bergamot a bit which I really like. It’s not like a distinct lavender flavor, but I can taste it. It plays very well with the bergamot’s floral tendencies.

I’m loving this cuppa!

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
4423 tasting notes

YUM! I think I want to move to France and live next door to the family Dammann. (And in this fantasy of mine, they invite me to tea every day)

I seriously have not yet encountered a tea from them that I do not like.

I need to thank Doulton for this experience – thank you! This tea is incroyable!

Noël à Vienne translates into Christmas is coming. I can taste a bit of christmas in this cup – there is a certain “baked” flavor to the tea that reminds me of the apricot cookies my grandma would make at christmas time. And of course, there is the chocolate. It is a bit more delicate than I would like (but then, I’m a chocoholic, so more chocolate is always better). There is also a light touch of citrus and a pleasantly creamy character to it. This is SO GOOD!

Thank you again Doulton!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Neem Nectar by Teatulia Teas
4423 tasting notes

Trying this one courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – my SororiTEA Sister!

(And you should check out our blog if you haven’t yet… or even if you have, because we’re posting reviews daily!)

http://sororitea.wordpress.com

This one is kind of weird. I don’t necessarily mean that in a good or a bad way (mostly because I haven’t really decided yet)

I tried it first unsweetened (as I do with all teas) and this one definitely does better with a little sweetener as it is just a bit too bitter for my liking without it. I added a drizzle of agave nectar and that really improved the flavor for me. There is still some bitterness which doesn’t taste like a “tea” bitterness, so I am going to attribute it to the Neem – which is an herb with which I’m unfamiliar… so I don’t know how it really tastes except based upon this cuppa. It isn’t a foul bitterness or even unpleasant, but its there.

It also has a very pleasant aroma that I enjoy (both the dry leaf and the brewed liquor).

It is an enjoyable cup, a robust tea that invigorates. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I instantly put it on my shopping list as soon as I read “weird”!:) That makes an even 1300:)

Ricky

Now all you guys have to do is make your own line of tea. :)

Cofftea

LiberTEAS already did that Ricky:)

Ricky

They don’t have a sororitea brand though :)

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Another A&D sampling courtesy of Jillian – thank you Jillian, I really appreciate it!

This is a really nice Ceylon. Very smooth with a natural sweetness that is very pleasant to enjoy this morning. I am really glad that I decided to reach for this tea today!

Thanks again to Jillian for letting me try this – I am so very glad I was able to try it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
4423 tasting notes

Wow! This is awesome iced! It doesn’t happen often where a tea tastes better iced than hot (at least, not in my opinion!) … but that is definitely the case with this one. Very refreshing and delish!

Cofftea

I have a couple that taste better iced- anything with cucumber.

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89

This tea has a highly vegetative scent.

Nice! The flavor is vegetative and sweet. It tastes incredibly fresh and light with a pleasant mouthfeel.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I haven’t had much from this company! Would LOVE to try some!

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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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