4461 Tasting Notes

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Enjoying my first tea of the day. This morning was my youngest daughter’s ballet recital and I didn’t take the time to brew some tea before we headed out. But this was really nice to come home to.

This is lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for giving me the opportunity to try this tea!

A nice lemon-y flavored rooibos blend. I can taste a bit of creaminess to it too which gives it a meringue-like flavor. All that’s missing now is a bit of crust!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76

Brewed the last of the sampling I had of this tea. Bright and flavorful – like a fresh, juicy apricot. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ve enjoyed reading your summer line-up today. It’s a sticky 94 here; apricots on ice would be the order of the day.

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
4461 tasting notes

Can anyone tell me a bit about naranquilla?

Anyways… this tasting note is made possible because Doulton was so wonderful and sent a sampling of this tea to me.

The black tea is very smooth tasting and does not interfere with the flavors. The vanilla is sweet and creamy, and the chocolate is so yummy in this blend, and although it isn’t strong, I think that for this particular blend, it’s just the right amount (because, ordinarily, more chocolate is better) I can taste a hint of the marachino, and there is also a fruitiness to this tea that I guess I must attribute to the naranquilla because I don’t know what that is!

A very nice tea – would be a delightful dessert tea (or even a substitution for dessert!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I think it’s supposed to be a peachy flavor. I am curious too because I have a generous Doulton sample of this as well, but haven’t tried it yet. :)

May I ask – did you have this one with any additions? From your tasting do you think it might be good with milk? I ask because I have it sitting in my at work tea drawer which are all teas that I have without milk, but I’m thinking maybe it should go home where I have teas with milk…

LiberTEAS

It would be nice with milk but, I am drinking it without milk. I added a small amount of agave nectar to it to help bring out some of the flavors, just a tiny drizzle though, because it has a very nice sweetness on its own.

LiberTEAS

And… yeah, I can kind of taste like a peach-note. It’s sort of like candied peaches though. Like a peaches with almonds type of flavor, but sweeter.

JacquelineM

Thanks! I think I’m going to take it home and have it with a little milk and maybe a touch of sugar :)

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It wasn’t until after I had opened the package and started brewing this tea that I had realized that this is a chamomile-lavender blend… sigh I really should read ingredients before I brew!

Oh well, I’ve had several strong black teas this morning, so I guess I’ve nothing to fear from a little chamomile and lavender.

Now that the tea has brewed I can smell the chamomile and lavender… and the hibiscus! After brewing the recommended 3 minutes, I tasted and it was a little weaker than I wanted so I increased the brew time for another 2 minutes.

It’s good – certainly not my favorite relaxation blend out there – but it’s alright. The hibiscus flavor is not overwhelming but does provide a nice body to the cup. The chamomile and lavender taste nice together. And the berry is sweet and tasty. Overall, a nice, relaxing cup… it would be better in the evening though!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

This is a really good tea! I didn’t have any real heavy expectations when it came to this tea, I was just expecting it to be a “standard issue” black tea. But – this is really good!

Even though it is a pure black tea, there is an underlying note of spice. Not strong or overpowering, but, subtle. Almost peppery. Almost cumin-ish. Very mysterious and exotic. And very lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

A pleasant breakfast blend. At first I thought that there was Assam in this blend because my first few sips had a sort of malty quality to it, but, that has developed into more of a “baked” taste. Some fruit notes to it, as well as some lingering floral notes. Ends with a clean but not overwhelmingly astringent feel.

Nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Today is the last day to enter the contest and win some of this fantastic tea!

http://sororitea.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/contest-announcement/

I thought I’d start my day with this Earl Grey again. I’m doing things just a little differently though – I’ve actually added a splash of milk to my cup! I very rarely (read: practically never!) add milk to my Earl Grey teas, because I think that most of them are quite excellent without the milk. But the real truth of it is that I fell in love with the first Earl Grey I tried, and I tried it without the addition, so I’ve never really contemplated adding milk to it. If it’s not broken, why fix it… know what I mean?

But, feeling adventurous today, I thought, why not?

And I really like it with milk too. It does soften the cup quite a bit, but I like it. For the first cup of the day, however, I think that I would be better off drinking it straight because I want the vigor in the cup to help shake off the remains of sleepiness.

Anyways – rambling!

A very yummy cup. If I wasn’t one of the sororiTEA Sisters and running the contest, I’d enter it because this is really good Earl Grey tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87

I am not a big fan of the acai berry – although I must admit that my experience with the fruit has been limited to tea blends. Most of them have been quite a bit tart.

But not this tea. There is a slight tart note to it that hits the palate in the aftertaste. But what I really like about this tea is not so much the aftertaste but the actual sip – which is smooth and sweet and yummy! A lovely berry flavor and a fresh, sweet white tea.

I’m liking this one a lot!

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

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83

I love the perky, crisp flavor of this tea, without being too overwhelmingly mint. A very pleasing balance of mint and green tea. Check out my previous review of this tea here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=10337

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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