4401 Tasting Notes

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4401 tasting notes

A bit of a backlog: In between infusions of the Chocolate Earl Grey, I made myself a smoothie! Ingredients: 1 banana, about a cup of frozen peach slices, vanilla kefir, and a tablespoon of Mandarin Matcha. YUM!

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My second infusion of these leaves was a different cup entirely! I now taste more of the citrus-y flavors. And the bergamot! The chocolate has developed into a savory cacao flavor rather than the sweet chocolate flavor that I experienced with the first infusion.

Both infusions are very delicious… and I think the fact that the two infusions are so different from one another makes this tea even more enchanting, so I am therefore raising the numeric rating just a bit!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds awesome!

LiberTEAS

It is. I don’t have much left in the sampler, but when I reorder it, I’ll be sure to send you some.

Meghann M

I’ll definitely add this to my must try list. I love chocolate and I love earl grey. Tempting tea!

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This is one of the most unusual Earl Grey teas I’ve ever encountered, and yep… that’s just why I ordered the sample of it – I simply had to try a Chocolate flavored Earl Grey tea.

The chocolate in this blend is surprisingly strong, while the bergamot is a bit more subdued… I really expected it to be the other way around. A very pleasant blend! I may have to actually order more of this one. A very good chocolate blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Does it taste anything like those orange flavored chocolates in the shape of an orange where the pieces are the segments of the orange? I know bergamot isn’t orange, but as it’s citrus I thought there might be some likenesses. That’s kinda what the Earl Grey Theo chocolate tastes like.

LiberTEAS

Actually, bergamot is an orange… it’s just not the like the navel orange or valencia orange flavor that you might be more used to when it comes to an orange that you might peel to eat or squeeze for it’s juice. But it is still considered an orange.

To answer your question, yes, it is a bit like those orange flavored chocolates, but with a couple of significant differences because I can taste the floral qualities of the bergamot as well as hints of the jasmine. Plus, there is a distinct lemony note.

I got the Theo chocolates too. I haven’t yet tried the Earl Grey one… that will be the next one I try!

Cofftea

What is your secret to having some left? lol! The only reason I didn’t scarf them is I kinda forgot about them lol.

LiberTEAS

That’s my secret, to be honest… I have to hide things from myself… out of sight, out of mind. Then, only when I am really craving chocolate do I remember them! :)

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drank Compassionberry Tea by Snapple
4401 tasting notes

My husband and I are fans of The Celebrity Apprentice, and so we caved in and purchased this as well as the Trop A Rocka diet flavored Snapple. Hubby is diabetic, so he is drinking the Trop A Rocka, and I am allergic to aspartame, so I am drinking the Compassionberry (we were both rooting for Bret, though)

I don’t usually drink many RTD teas, because, well, they’re generally way too sweet for my taste and don’t usually taste much like tea.

Unfortunately, that is the case here, as well. I can definitely taste the sweet (very sweet), I can also taste the passionfruit and the strawberry flavorings… but I don’t taste much in the way of green or black teas.

But it is a good cause… and it isn’t horrible tasting, just a bit too sweet for my taste, and a bit more like fruit juice than tea. It would definitely be better than nothing if I were out and about.

Cofftea

I’ll buy almost any tea- even RTD sweet teas for a good cause.

LiberTEAS

Well, that is why we purchased it – and we probably would not have heard about it if it weren’t for the show. I’m a fan of Bret Michaels so I really wish that the Trop A Rocka was available as a non-diet selection – but as his cause is diabetes – I totally understand why he chose to make his tea a diet tea. Unfortunately, aspartame would have me terribly sick within about 15 minutes of ingesting it… UGH.

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drank Green Walnut by Tea Guys
4401 tasting notes

Enjoying a cup of this tea right now – it went really nicely with my multi-grain toast with Nutella. (A local bakery here makes the most incredible bread! YUM)

Nice, sweet, nutty. The pineapple of this blend is more of a background note, I can taste it but it seems to be there mostly to create depth rather than to focus on pineapple flavor. Not surprisingly by the name of the tea – the nuts are the real stars of this cup.

Light, fresh, and yummy! The more I taste this tea, the more I like it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
malomorgen
  • drools a bit at the mention of nutella *
JonTea

I HAD NUTELLA THIS MORNING TOO :)

Miss Sweet

Ooh what an interesting sounding blend! Also, yum nutella haha

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85
drank Vinegar Black by The Tea Farm
4401 tasting notes

I am currently enjoying a cup of this, now that I have a chance to sit down and relax after a very busy morning. As I sip this, I am thinking that it might make a pretty good iced tea.

One of the strangest teas that I’ve tasted… Although I am glad that I did. It has a slight tang to it – definitely a vinegar note, but it’s not overly sour… I would call it a tangy, savory quality instead. I think that the next time I try it, I might just add a tiny pinch of salt to it, and see how that tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
malomorgen

that sounds weird. i wouldn’t normally wanna buy a combo like that. but i wouldnt mind trying after reading this…

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A bit of a backlog: I finished off the last of my stash of this one this morning. Since I had an early morning appointment, I didn’t have time for breakfast, so I wanted something that could be like my tea and breakfast all in one tea cup. :)

I will miss this tea. I say that about a lot of teas lately as I have been focusing on emptying my stash to make room for new teas. But it’s true. I really have enjoyed it. That being said, since I do have more teas on their way over the next couple of weeks, I can’t spend too much time or effort mourning the absence of these others… I’ve been hoarding too long! What matters is not that I do not have these teas any longer, but that I enjoyed them while I did have them. And this one I did enjoy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Ecstasy Matcha by Domo
4401 tasting notes

I had a beautiful lunch out with my husband this afternoon, and this is the perfect dessert for afterward – smooth, creamy, chocolate-y matcha deliciousness.

So nice!

TeaEqualsBliss

OH! This sounds awesome…

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

The skies have opened up and the rain is falling down and I’ll bet this tea would make for perfect wathcing the rain drinking tea.

mpierce87

This may have to go on my shopping list!

LENA

Yay! Lunch with the hubby AND matcha…a great combo.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
4401 tasting notes

Yum!

I haven’t had this tea in a while, because, well, I hid it from myself so I wouldn’t be tempted. This is quite possibly the best black tea (at least, unflavored/non-chai/non-earl grey black tea) that I’ve ever tasted. It’s simply awesome.

Roast-y, toasty flavor, with a pleasant earthy quality to it. A savory cocoa note that I’ve not found in any other tea the way it is in this one. This tea stands alone! Amazing, delicious! Delightful!

Here is the review that I wrote for it on The Tea Review Blog:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=12247

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank ButterBeer by Custom-Adagio Teas
4401 tasting notes

Decided to go with this tea this morning… I’m drinking it as a latte – heavy on the froth!

This tea actually benefits from the milk addition, I think. The black tea base is such a strong presence, the milk seems to soften that a bit, but it doesn’t mute the caramel-y, creamy flavors in the cup.

A pleasant way to start the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Cool I have been wanting to try this tea.

LiberTEAS

Rachel: If you’d like, I have plenty (since it’s a signature blend, I had to purchase a minimum of 4 ounces) – so just PM me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a sampling of it.

-Jessica-

A Harry Potter tea?! hehe awesome! I can’t wait for the new Harry Potter movie to come out…er-um, anyways, back to tea! This sounds delish, is this still being sold?

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Oh thanks so much LiberTEAS I truly appreciate it. :-)

LiberTEAS

Jessica: Yes, I think it is still being sold (it’s a signature blend from Adagio)… if you’d like me to, I’d be happy to send you a sampling also! Please just PM me with your addy.

LiberTEAS

Yes, I’m a Harry Potter fan also (I’ve read all the books several times) and I am so looking forward to these last two movies.

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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.

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