4405 Tasting Notes

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A huge thank you to Jillian for your generosity – thank you for sharing this tea with me!

After having tried a couple of other Damn Fine Teas from Andrews & Dunham, I really wanted to try some of their earlier offerings. Jillian was so kind to send me a few! Thank you!

My reaction to most teas from Nepal is “golden” because that is the best possible descriptive term I can find to describe the flavor of it. It seemingly sparkles on the tongue, it tastes so clear and crisp and sweet and golden

This tea is no exception. A sweet, golden taste – delightful on the palate. Smooth. A nice malty taste to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

This is a really good first flush Darjeeling. A very nice nutty tone to it, with pleasant honey-like notes, and a brisk astringency that feels clean and refreshing.

Currently working on my review for this tea on SororiTEA Sisters:

http://sororitea.wordpress.com

It will publish tomorrow evening! Watch for it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

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LiberTEAS

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TeaEqualsBliss

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LENA

“Wondertwin powers”…that made me LOL! I haven’t thought about that in a long time.

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL @ LENA
I HAD to match her Wondertwin and raise her a SHE-Rah!

LENA

I dressed up as She-Ra one year for Halloween when I was little. Oh yes!

TeaEqualsBliss

Nah…it was LAST YEAR…wasn’t it!? LOL
teahee!

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84
drank White Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
4405 tasting notes

The second infusion of this tea is even better. The spices are somewhat smoother (still quite lively, just not as powerful as they were in the first) and the white tea is very soft and … I want to say “warm and fuzzy” tasting. Not that it tastes fuzzy exactly, but that is the way I feel very often when I drink a white tea – the delicate nature of the white tea is just so luxurious – it’s like curling up in a warm, fuzzy blanket. Something sumptuously silky and soft.

The spices seem to enhance this feeling because they taste so comforting. The sun is not quite shining – it’s been kind of a drizzly day, so this cuppa is just perfect!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Yay for teas that give you warm fuzzies! I wonder how it is iced?

LiberTEAS

It would be more spice and less white tea as an iced tea (my judgment based on how it tastes cooled to room temperature). Still good but the white tea is a bit more delicate. It is more like a blend of spices than a tea.

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84
drank White Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
4405 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of this in my cupboard.

This tea really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much from a white chai, because white tea is so delicate, I figured the spices would completely overwhelm the flavor of the white tea. But I think that Yogic Chai did a really good balancing act here. The spices are very lively, but do not overwhelm the fresh, light taste of the white tea.

Here is a link to my full review of this tea on The Tea Review Blog:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=9317

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

Now would you add milk to it? I wonder how their new acai white chai is…

TeaEqualsBliss

This one surprised me, too!

LiberTEAS

No, I didn’t add milk to it. I suppose you could, but I think it would overwhelm the white tea flavor. I did add honey (I always add honey to chai) which brings out some of the more delicate nuances of the spices. But no milk.

LiberTEAS

@cofftea – I am not a big fan of acai berry, so I’m not rushing to place an order for that one. If I place another order with them for something else, I might include it in the order, just for the sake of curiosity.

TeaEqualsBliss

I sent you a few quick emails btw

malomorgen

takes some skill i assume to make chai with white tea without killing the white tea…

LiberTEAS

@malomorgen It definitely takes a careful balance with the flavors.

Cofftea

I agree malomorgen- milk w/ green chai is pushing it. I tried it once and it was pretty good, but I probably won’t do it again.

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90

Finishing the last of the sampling that TeaEqualsBliss sent to me.

A scrumptious way to shake off the sleepzzz. One of the better Talbott Teas I’ve tried. Sweet yet savory, warm and nutty. It tastes very decadent. It would make for a really pleasant dessert tea. Which is why I’m drinking it now. I like having my dessert first. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I love chocolate in the morning:)

TeaEqualsBliss

So glad you like it!!!

LENA

Nothing at all wrong with dessert 1st! :)

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80
drank Green Tea Latte by Seattle's Best
4405 tasting notes

This is a bit of a backlog: I had one of these last night. I received a freebie coupon from Borders for my birthday so my daughter and I went to the cafe in Borders to get tea lattes. I tried this one.

It’s excellent! It is different than the Townshend’s Matcha Latte that I had the day before, I believe that Townshend’s are probably more of what I would call “real tea” lovers so they make their Matcha (I believe) out of Matcha rather than a Matcha Mix like this latte. Both are quite tasty in their own right though.

This latte has a bit of a melon-ish taste to it. It is quite sweet, so those who don’t care for their matchas sweet probably wouldn’t really care for this. But, I quite enjoyed it for a change of pace. It certainly won’t replace a good ceremonial matcha. But it’s tasty nonetheless.

On another note, I didn’t get this latte free, because I didn’t read the coupon completely – it was good for only a regular tea (or coffee, but I won’t be ordering that). But, I was too interested in the latte, so I didn’t change my order. I guess that gives me a good excuse to go back to Borders some time soon.

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90

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for this sampling!

I’ve tried a few teas from Talbott Teas, and I think this one is my favorite of their offerings that I’ve tasted. The aroma is chocolate-y and a touch chai-like with hints of cinnamon and cardamom. And that translates into the flavor well. A nice chocolate-y flavor, and a nice balance of spices. The almonds add a slight nutty sweetness to it too.

YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is an excellent Earl Grey, and perhaps made even better because it is organic and fair trade.

I’m on my second steeping at the moment, and I found that the first infusion was quite brisk, while the second infusion is much more mellow and smooth. Both are very good, but, I think I prefer the smoothness of the second to the stronger character of the first.

The bergamot is pleasantly strong with a nice citrus flavor that really shines in the aftertaste. It does have a floral note (like most bergamot flavored teas do), but I don’t find it perfume-ish like some Earl Grey teas can be.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
4405 tasting notes

Waking up with a cup of this yummy tea today.

It is so good. Smooth – but brisk enough to wake me up.

I may just have to buy more of this to try it iced (as Frank suggests) – but it is so good as a hot tea. This tea disappears from my cup so fast!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veri-Tea

Oh yum, that sounds so nice!

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90
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4405 tasting notes

Finishing the last of the sampling of this tea that Doulton sent me.

I think I like this cuppa even better than the first time I tried it. I didn’t go latte this time, and I think that may have made the difference – without the milk, I get more of the caramel flavor – sweet and very good! It reminds me of sweet, caramel brittle (or… toffee).

And just because it is so good and making me reminisce about happy times at fairs and such – I am going to increase the rating.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 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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