4449 Tasting Notes

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drank Dreamsicle Darjeeling by 52teas
4449 tasting notes

Yay! My order arrived today! 52Teas has the fastest FREE shipping ever! Woot!

OK when I first heard about this tea (Thanks Stephanie for alerting me to it!) I knew I had to try it. I LOVE Darjeeling… and there really aren’t a lot of flavored Darjeelings out there (yeah – they don’t really NEED flavoring because they’re so complex and flavorful without the flavoring, but, I’m always interested in trying something a little bit out of the ordinary … in case you haven’t noticed from my tasting note archives).

Mmm… creamy… mmm… sweet and orange-y … mmm… Darjeeling! This is really good!

It tastes like someone dropped a Dreamsicle into my cup of Darjeeling! YUM!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

sounds good

Shugi

Sorry to ask, but being not a native English speaker … what is a dreamsicle? Orange ice cream?

LiberTEAS

a dreamsicle is a popsicle brand frozen treat on a stick – orange sherbet on the outside, vanilla ice cream on the inside. :)

Shugi

Thanks :) Never seen that combination here in Central Europe, have to look out for it, sounds nice :)

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100

Currently enjoying a cup of my custom blend!

YUM!

I love the rootbeer-ish, cocoa-ish, peppery-ish, floral-ish flavor of this cup. It is so “out there” and so ME. Very different, unusual, odd, but flavorful and delish! I love it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I love Earl Grey in the morning – it really invigorates! The aroma, the flavor – it really gets me going!

I really like this blend a lot. The lavender is nice. Smooth and very delicious.

By the way – we (the SororiTEA Sisters) will be giving away a tin of this next week! Details coming soon!

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

i have to ask, sorry if it comes out rude: every blogger (tea and not) seems to get this tea to give away from GM – I wonder why this one? is it their best know? most liked? cheapest?

LiberTEAS

It didn’t come out rude :)

I don’t know why that is, but coming from the perspective of a tea vendor, I would think that it’s probably because Earl Grey is a classic flavor that just about any tea lover can identify and most tea lovers will appreciate? I really don’t know their motives, so I’m just speculating … and I’m just very happy that they’re offering to sponsor a giveaway on our blog! :)

AmazonV

it is very nice of them :) i am glad i got the sampler because they have so many yummy teas, I wonder if it’s for SEO reasons…hmmm

and you like it so it must be a pretty good pick anyway!

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70

I didn’t steep this for the full 8 minutes as suggested by Upton because it’s been my experience with teas containing hibiscus that they become way too thick and syrupy (not to mention TART) when left to brew that long.

I really like the way this tisane smells. Strong with cinnamon but I can also smell the fruity notes from the plum too.

This is not a terrible tisane – The cinnamon is the strongest element in the blend, but there is a nice enough fruity flavor to it too. The hibiscus is a bit tart, and I think I’d have liked it better if there was less hibiscus in this blend, but it isn’t too sour, just a little bit more tart than I would like. A little agave nectar helps to curb that – but it would be nice not to have to add it for that purpose.

Not the worst tasting tisane I’ve ever tried, but certainly not the best either. I’m glad I tried the sample of this, but it’s not one of which I’ll purchase a full-sized package.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I will say that the more I drink of this the more I’m developing a liking for it – but that is mainly because the cinnamon has really taken center stage – the hibiscus flavor is not so much present anymore, but neither is the plum flavor. It has become all about the cinnamon now. Not bad, but not what I expected from a tea that calls itself cinnamon PLUM fruit tea.

TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds interesting…

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85
drank Safari Chai by jar of tea
4449 tasting notes

Smells very cinnamon-y, kind of like red hots but with a citrus twist.

This is a very pleasant tasting rooibos chai blend. The orange peel gives it a juicy, refreshing flavor, and it has a sweet flavor to it – sort of spicy sweet, which I really like.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
denisend

This one sounded so good that I just bought a sample of it. sigh Thanks, I guess!

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82
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
4449 tasting notes

Another sampling from TeaEqualsBliss – thank you!

This is one that I’ve been most interested to try. I’ve read a few very positive reviews on Steepster for it and it peaked my curiosity.

The aroma is delicious – I do love caramel! A sweet, browned sugar scent.

The tea base is strong and I’m getting a little bitterness from it, but not so much that it’s unpleasant. Not as sweet tasting as the aroma lead me to believe but it is tasty (although, I must admit that I do prefer my own caramel blend)

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

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85

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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80

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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84
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4449 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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86
drank Yumberry White by Simpson & Vail
4449 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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