4826 Tasting Notes

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drank Fruit Blend by Saharas Supplies
4826 tasting notes

Yeah… ummm… this one… not so much.

As a hot tea, this has too much hibiscus in it and it is really too tart for me. I then tried it iced. As it cools it’s a little bit better… but not a lot better.

I can taste the hibiscus – it’s tart. I can taste the fruit flavors of orange and lemon, they are sweet but a lot of that is masked by the tart of the hibiscus (the hibiscus also makes this kind of syrupy). I can also taste an underlying note of peppermint, and that is – in my opinion – the best part about this particular blend is the mint and the way it kind of peeks its way through the other flavors. Unfortunately, this is too funky for my taste buds… it’s just not for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I really like this Earl Grey – I like the combination of the citrus with the bergamot citrus… it makes the flavor lighter and more fruity, while curbing some of the purfume-y notes from the bergamot. Nice.

The Assam is lighter than a typical Assam too, and I am attributing that to the citrus… it seems to give the overall cup a nice lighter flavor. The Assam is still malty, astringent, and bold… just not quite as strong as an unflavored Assam would be.

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drank Black Tea Maracuja by Drink T
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The aroma of fruit (apricot!) and a hint of spice greeted me when I opened the package. I don’t know that there is actually any spices in this blend, but, my nose detected a faint note of spice.

This is a very nice combination of apricot and passion fruit. Pleasantly sweet, only faintly tart (which is quite alright with me). I’m not getting any significant amount of spice flavor so I will attribute the spice note that I’m getting to be part of the black tea base. There is some astringency – not a heavily drying astringency, but it does seem to cleanse the palate because there is very little aftertaste.

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My first cup of the day.

Pleasantly brisk with a nice apple flavor. Makes a nice tea to go with my Earl Grey Biscottea – OK… Frank… there’s a flavor for you: Apple Earl Grey Biscotti. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Apple Earl Grey Biscotti – I’d like to try it if he makes it!

Stephanie

I love biscotti! A biscotti-flavored tea would really be great.

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drank Sicilian Vespers by Red Leaf Tea
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I am finishing off the last I have of this tea – thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it out to me.

This tea has a lovely floral essence. It is beautifully delicate, it is like a light, spirited dance on the palate. The cabernet wine is prominent, and when combined with the light floral taste it is really quite delightful. Sweet – but not too sweet. Hints of currants.

As I finish the last of this – I am realizing just how much I am going to miss it. This is – quite possibly – the best “wine infused” tea I’ve tasted to date.

And because I am liking this so much tonight, I’m going to increase my numeric rating just a tad!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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OK… so you know I had to order this one – I mean, Earl Grey? Cheesecake? YUM!

The aroma reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey creme.

Nice! The flavor has a nice bergamot taste and I like how it pairs with the cheesecake. Of the several cheesecake flavors that I’ve tried from 52Teas/Zoomdweebies, I think that this is the strongest distinct cheesecake flavor.

The tea base is also quite nice… I like the touch of Darjeeling in there, it adds some interest in the flavor – it seems a little lighter and a little more complex. I like it… and really glad I ordered it so that I can spend a little more time with it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Erin

I literally JUST placed an order for this and I’m so excited to receive it! I love cheesecake, so I’m thrilled that you think it has a strong cheesecake flavor.

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This is a very good Keemun. Very bold. Malty! Undertones of spice and fruit. And a distant smoky note that adds a sort of caramel sweet note to cut through a little bit of the edge of it.

Since I’m up rather early this morning and not going to go back to bed… I need THIS!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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It’s been a while since I’ve last had an unflavored Honeybush, and I’ve forgotten just how good it is unflavored!

I don’t really care for unflavored rooibos, but I do enjoy unflavored honeybush. The flavor is not quite as woody, it’s a little lighter and brighter and I love the sweetness of it.

A very pleasant cup!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
teabird

Good to know – I’ve never had honeybush unflavored. I’ll have to try it sometime now!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
4826 tasting notes

Oh. My. Goodness.

This is freaking AWESOME.

Because Teagasm doesn’t adequately describe what I’m experiencing at the moment, I’m going to say ChocolaTeaGASM.

So good. So very very good. I am sad that I only got a sample packet of this from Tea Review Blog (going to write my review of this tea for the blog in a few moments) because I could drink this every day. I will have to hunt this down and buy some.

Rich. Chocolate. Sweet. Chocolate. Delicious. CHOCOLATE. This is better than any sipping chocolate or any hot chocolate. Oh… yum yum yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

VERY few teas actually make me say “holy freakin crap!” out loud when I read the title of a tea. This is one of them! Yes, it made me talk to my computer:)

LiberTEAS

Anyone who likes chocolate must try this. It is amazing. And… now it is gone. I need to get a bigger tea mug.

Paul M Tracy

Any idea where you can buy this wonder tisane? The Tisano website says it’s available on amazon.com but I couldn’t find an entry.

LiberTEAS

I don’t know. I received it as a sample as a reviewer for Tea Review Blog. However, the website does indicate that it’s available at some Whole Foods and I’m going to ask my local Whole Foods to start carrying it as well… because I MUST HAVE MORE.

sophistre

http://tinyurl.com/325zbqd

I found it, along with several of the company’s other products.

It doesn’t have the fancy-shmancy tin, but it is, in fact, cacao tea from the company owned by the dude — Eastbay Trading Co.

Until you can locate the tin at a retailer, this may do in a pinch! Not bad for $4.00.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never had anything from this company! I was looking at a few of them on TRBWOW!!! Sounds interesting!

Cofftea

Perfect sophistre as I don’t want the tin anyway- thanks!:)

Cofftea

After reading something from a local cafe on FB, I just got a wonderful idea- add some peppermint to it, steep it in milk, and add matcha. Yes, I know, I don’t like matcha and dairy… but I think it may be good. Shoot. I just found reason I need this NOW lol!

Patrick Pineda

Wow… thanks so much for the great comments… We are just starting our roll out of this product after some great testing. We are small family run business that started in chocolates and cacao buying fairly traded cacao from farming communities in Venezuela and me and my brothers were the first to export organic certified cacao, thats how we came across the idea of the tea.

sophistre you made me laugh out loud… We started with the polybags to get the product out there and get reviews from our Amazon and Ebay customers and once we won an award at the Natural Products Expo we decided to go FancySchamzy tin route and brand Cacao Tea chocolate herbal tea under Tisano, which means – Tisane and Artesano (spanish word for artisan).

Cofftea we are actually launching blends in the spring… maybe i can send you some samples for feedback?

Paul and anyone else who wants cacao tea our site is finally live and we are doing sample giveaways to get the buzz going… very grass roots guerailla marketing, small company of family and friends trying to get the idea of Tisano chocolate tea out there.

www.Tisano.com

p.s. – i am the guy under the story tab with the blue shirt carying 120pounds of fresh cacao beans across the river!

Thanks again for all your positive comments – you made my day!

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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
4826 tasting notes

In honor of today’s Steepster Select, I decided to try this tea. And thank you very much to wombatgirl for sending it to me!

This is really good. I mean… really good! The pear flavor is very distinct. Sweet. This is probably the best pear flavored tea and/or tisane that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve tasted quite a few, and I even flavored one myself (and it was pretty darned good)… and I’ve liked quite a few of them… but as far as PEAR flavored tea goes… this is the closest to pear taste that I’ve ever experienced.

As a result of this tasting, I’m actually purchasing some of it… I’m glad it’s a steepster select item!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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