4323 Tasting Notes

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I received this tea from a friend a month or so ago. I am not big on bagged tea, as I’ve said before, but, this one isn’t bad.

This is a very “autumnal” tasting tea… I guess that’s because I always add oranges to my cranberry compote on Thanksgiving. Cranberries and oranges just seem to go together so well!

The black tea base is smooth, not too strong (it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit flavors, but, it is not hiding behind them, either), and has an enjoyable, rich and full flavor.

The cranberry flavor is tart and tasty, and the blood orange tastes juicy and sweet. It’s a really nice contrast – black tea, tart cranberry, and sweet citrus-y flavor. Nice. The after taste is very cranberry-ish.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
JonTea

How tart would you say it is? Like super tart or just mildly tart?

LiberTEAS

JonTea: just mildly tart. But the aftertaste has that “berry” sort of aftertaste… sort of like a little cranberry has burst in your mouth … not a BIG flavor, but just that little, berry-ish tart presence in the aftertaste.

JonTea

That sounds very interesting. I must try this tea some time.

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drank Chocolate Ecstasy Matcha by Domo
4323 tasting notes

OK… so about 10 days ago or so, I went on a sort of Matcha frenzy and ordered a bunch of different matcha teas. This is one of the teas that I ordered – and it arrived yesterday afternoon – much faster than I thought it would… and it arrived just in time for my taste buds to return to normal and now I can indulge in Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!

This is not a typical Matcha. It is more like a Matcha latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai that I love so much. (No, it doesn’t taste like the Pirate’s Chai, it is just a latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai) I added just a little hot water so that I could whisk it into a paste, and at that point, what was in my bowl smelled a lot like Ovaltine (did I spell that right?) After adding some steamed milk and whisking it again, it got all frothy and the Ovaltine smell sort of diminished.

It doesn’t taste like Ovaltine, it sort of tastes like hot chocolate that’s been mixed with Matcha. The chocolate is creamy and rich, like a smooth milk chocolate, and the matcha is vegetative and adds an interesting, fresh note to the bowl.

I really, really like – it’s now gone… and I didn’t even have time to start my review on the TRB. I guess I should go make another bowl. (Yeah, that’s why I’m making another bowl of it… yeah, that’s the ticket. I NEED to make another bowl so that I can write the review. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

Suzi

Sounds so yummy! Matcha intimidates me, but I’m trying to give it more chances.

LiberTEAS

What is it that intimidates you about Matcha? Is it the flavor of it or is it something else? If it’s the flavor that intimidates you, I suggest a good starting point would be a mix such as this one or the Pirate’s Chai because they are a latte mix so they have other ingredients in there so that you’re not overwhelmed by the Matcha flavor. I know that the first time I tried Matcha – I was really unsure of it too, because the flavor is so strong. Now, I just love it… but I do understand that it can be a bit of an acquired taste for some (it was for me).

Suzi

It’s more the preparation that intimidates me. You have to whisk the tea and get the lumps out, and then drink it right away. It’s a tea you have to be more mindful of, I guess, and I’m always rushing around and forgetful, so it doesn’t work well with my lifestyle.

I got the ‘caramel’ and ‘strawberry’ matcha latte mixes from Lupicia last month, and keep meaning to experiment with them to get over my matcha issues, but I always seem to grab something else from the tea cupboard instead :-p

Cofftea

BOOOOIIIIINNNNGGGG That’s the noise my eyes make when I see “chocolate” and “matcha” in the same product name. MUST. GET.

Suzi, matcha should be anything but intimidating:) It is both an art form and a science to find the matcha/water ratio you like best, but once you do it’s quite simple. Just measure, whisk, and drink. (A good quality matcha should not clump, even when you don’t sift). I will agree that matcha separates from the water rather quickly, but I don’t like chugging my matcha (defeats the comforting and relaxing purpose of matcha IMO) and I like making a half of a chawan most of the time (8oz)… my solution? I just bring my chasen w/ me, sit down w/ my chawan, and drink to my leisure. If I find that it’s separating, I just give it another quick whisk:) I also find a tea that requires steeping and decantation requires more mindfulness than matcha… at least for me since I’m so type A about steeping parameters lol:) measuring water, heating it to an exact temperature, measuring the tea, timing it, waiting for it to steep, then decanting. I find measuring matcha take less time than measuring loose tea cuz I need my scale and the water for matcha isn’t nearly as picky- just heat it to the temperature you’re comfortable drinking. Just a different perspective I guess.

Cofftea

I just got what may be the best matcha idea ever… blend this w/ Lupicia’s strawberry matcha au lait and either Lupicia’s vanilla matcha au lait or Domo’s vanilla matcha for a neopolitan matcha! Yummy!=D

LiberTEAS

At the same time I ordered this one, I also ordered Domo’s Vanilla. I didn’t order the ginger one, since I already had Art of Tea’s ginger matcha… plus, since these are latte mixes, I knew that their shelf life would be even more limited, so I didn’t want to go TOO overboard.

Ricky

Hmm, this sounds…. amazing? Hmm, the price isn’t bad either… Now if only it were on Steepster select ;)

Cofftea

Suzi, what happens if you just put the latte mixes in water? Dairy+matcha is a personal icky for me lol but the flavors sound yummy. Chocolate+vanilla+caramel?

Suzi

Cofftea – They taste just fine with water. The Strawberry one has ‘dried milk powder’ in it anyway, so it’s still a little creamy. I can’t remember if the caramel one has milk powder too.

Cofftea

Yeah I was worried it’d have milk powder in it instead of just being a flavored matcha.

LiberTEAS

This is also a matcha latte mix… and it does contain skimmed milk powder too. But, that’s OK… I happen to like milk with Matcha!

Cofftea

Yeah and I think I could convince myself the milk hides in the chocolate to fool myself lol.

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Finishing up the last of the sampling that Doulton sent me a few weeks ago (thanks Doulton!) Now that my taste buds seem to be back in action, I feel like I can really enjoy tea again!

This is a really nice tea with which to start the day. Unusual – but nice! In my previous notes, I mentioned that the first taste I got from the tea was the raisin – not so today. Today the first taste I got was that of chocolate (I can’t complain about that!) and then of the raisin, so it was much more like Raisinettes this time… Raisinettes for breakfast!

But the delicious flavor of the chocolate and raisin does not overpower the tea which is robust and invigorating… something I need this morning. I really like 52Teas/Zoomdweebies black tea base. It is strong but with an enjoyable smoothness to it too.

I’m happy I chose this tea this morning! (And another big thank you to Doulton!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
4323 tasting notes

I have just a little bit of this one left… I thought I’d brew up some tonight – I am still in the mood for tea but since it’s a bit later I didn’t think it’d be a great idea to brew something with a lot of caffeine.

I really love the flavor of this chai. The white tea is so light, crisp and refreshing. It’s a very nice pick-me-up for later in the evening (like now!) The spices are warm, but not overpoweringly spicy tasting. One thing that I have found (and really enjoyed) about Yogic Chai teas is that the spice blends are always so very nicely balanced with the tea base. So often with chai tea, the spices are so overwhelming that you can’t really taste tea. Not so here. The masala spices are strong, yet in perfect balance with the softer tasting white tea.

And… I think that my taste buds are pretty much back to normal! So I’m going to start rating numerically again!

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

Yay for normal tastebuds! :)

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drank Honeybee by The Simple Leaf
4323 tasting notes

My bowl of Matcha disappeared fast!

I haven’t had any Oolong tea lately, and I’ve missed it. And this is an excellent Oolong!

Very nice, natural honey-like essence to it that presents itself in the aroma as well as the flavor. Happily, I can taste the floral notes of this tea – One of the things that had kept me from drinking too many of my favorite teas now while I’m sick is the fact that I was worried that in their impaired state my taste buds would not pick up on the more delicate features of those teas. Not so with this particular cup. A lovely floral flavor that melds so well with the natural sweetness. Slightly woodsy. Even a hint of buttery flavor.

YUM!

It is so comforting and delicious. Just what I needed this afternoon.

My review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog recently published, wanna check it out? Here it is:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=12497

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

That’s the one thing I don’t like about koicha or usucha- not much liquid so it disappears fast:(

LiberTEAS

The second infusion of this tea is even better than the first. Sweeter, smoother, and the mouthfeel is even more pleasant – slightly thicker and richer in buttery flavor.

LiberTEAS

I managed four very flavorful infusions from this tea… I probably could have managed a fifth but I think that I’m ready to move on to something different.

Lori

So far, all of the oolongs I have sampled have been VERY SUBTLE. Is this the case w/this one as well? Or is the flavor bolder than typical?

TeaEqualsBliss

OH! So YOU started the Honeybee trend! :P

LiberTEAS

@Lori: Oolong, typically, is not going to be as bold as a black tea, but, it is a bit less subtle than a green tea. This one isn’t “bold” but the honey flavor is not what I would call subtle either.
@TeaEqualsBliss – I guess so! LOL

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drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4323 tasting notes

This tastes so good this afternoon. My stomach was a little upset earlier (I guess it sorta comes with the territory when I’m taking all these antibiotics)… and this is so pleasantly coating my tongue and esophagus… and I really needed that! Beautifully sweet. A nice, vibrant vegetative quality. Very, very little bitterness. Smooth, thick and creamy.

My review of this tea recently published on the Tea Review Blog. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=12328

From the looks of it, I have just a few more servings left of this Matcha… I sure did enjoy it!

Cofftea

This and the Chiyo-no-Shiro are the only 2 from Den’s I haven’t tried yet. Well and the restaurant matcha, but I’ll probably never try that.

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drank Golden Grapefruit by Tea Guys
4323 tasting notes

Enjoying some of this tea this afternoon. The grapefruit has a pleasantly tart edge to it.

With my taste buds impaired, I can really taste the black tea in this blend, much more so than I usually do, and this has somewhat interfered with the “juicy” flavor of the grapefruit that I remember from this tea. It now tastes more earthy and less fruity… more like tea with just a slight citrus-like note.

TeaEqualsBliss

OoooooO!!!!!!! :)

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I need some caffeine – black tea style! This is not what I consider to be the stoutest tea out there, but it is black… and it is yummy! So this is what I grabbed from my stash.

As I’ve done before with this tea, I’ve added just the tiniest pinch of salt to it to enhance the cashew flavor. If I hadn’t done this – this time – I don’t know that I would have detected it. (Again, not the tea’s fault, but my taste buds) With it though, I can taste the sweet, nutty flavor of the cashews as well as the smooth creamy flavor of the white chocolate.

The tea is pleasantly brisk and provides a nice base for the flavors here, although I think that the white chocolate cashew flavor might be quite interesting with a green tea base as well. Overall, a very nice offering from 52Teas. Deliciously different for a morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alannah

Oooh, very interesting to add salt! I love that you thought of that.

malomorgen

never thought of putting salt in my tea. should try it sometimes maybe…

TeaEqualsBliss

For some reason this one has been eyeballing me, too!!!! OH! The temptation!!!!

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drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
4323 tasting notes

For this morning’s breakfast: Plain yogurt, bananas, a cup of frozen peaches, a splash of milk, and a scoop of Strawberry Matcha, whirled in the blender. YUMMY! I’m thinking I should start every day like this…

Suzi

Sounds like an awesome way to start the morning!

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85

I’ve been enjoying this tea as I prepare dinner for the family. Tonight, I chose to serve it latte – with a splash of warmed, frothed milk. YUM!

As most of you probably are aware, I’m not a big fan of Lapsang Souchong, nor am I big on yerba mate, but in this blend, they work together perfectly. There is just enough smoky flavor and earthy quality to this tea and it comes together so nicely with the spices. The spices, in contrast, do not have a typical chai BITE to them, but together, this works to become a very palatable beverage.

The touch of vanilla brings out the caramel-y tones so nicely… The more I drink this tea the more I am liking it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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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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