4458 Tasting Notes

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drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
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My supply of this is getting low – just as well, herbals don’t have a very long shelf life.

Exhilarating and fresh. I contemplated adding some of this to my ultimate chocolate rooibos from 52Teas (still might do that) have a chocolate mint treat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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58
drank Raspberry Cream by Ronnefeldt Tea
4458 tasting notes

Trying this tea courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – Thanks!

Not my favorite rooibos tea, but it isn’t bad either. The raspberry flavor is very faint, as if it’s competing with the flavor of the rooibos. I experience more of the tart tingle on my tongue from the berry than I do actual berry flavor.

I can also taste the cream – but it too is quite delicate.

What I like best about this particular blend is that the flavors have managed to mask that artificial sweetness taste that I often get from rooibos, so what I’m left with is a slightly woodsy, slightly berry, with a touch of vanilla cream tasting cup. I’m tempted to allow it to cool significantly to see how it might fair as an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

eh… the more I’m drinking this, the less I’m liking it (and that rarely happens). The tea seems to be losing flavor as I go, rather than it intensifying – which is really odd.

Jillian

LOL, I think this might have been mine originally – I seem to recall giving away my bag of it to TeaEqualsBliss awhile ago in the “Take It Away” thread.

I wasn’t terribly thrilled with it either, but since I’m not a fan of pretty much any red rooibos tea I’m possibly biased. :D

LiberTEAS

I’m not a huge fan of red rooibos either – although there are some that I really do like (52Teas chocolate banana for example). This one just didn’t have enough flavor to it to keep me interested, I’m afraid.

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87
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
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Enjoying the last I have of this tea. It will be missed, but, having it gone gives me something to look forward to next spring when Den’s releases their 2011 batch. In the meantime, I’ve plenty of tea to keep me occupied!

This is my favorite cherry flavored Sencha because the Sencha takes the leading role. This doesn’t taste like cherry flavoring with tea, it tastes like tea flavored with cherry. I love the buttery flavor of the Sencha and how well it marries with the cherry – which is a lighter, tarter cherry (more like a cherry you might use to make cherry pie, rather than a sweet cherry like bing or rainier).

Lovely!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

My thoughts exactly!

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94

Wow! This is a tea by which I am so very pleasantly surprised.

This tea is really tasty! The pear flavor is there – and stronger than I would have expected. Succulent, sweet pear! The pomegranate is there too – and softer than I expected. I thought it would completely overwhelm the pear. But it doesn’t. Instead, it offers a pleasant tart finish to the cup. Nice!

I only purchased 1 ounce of this when I visited Townshend’s last week, and the rest that I have is going out to some steepster friends… so I am going to definitely have to put this one on my list for my next visit! And I will definitely have to buy more than just 1 ounce of it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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It is always a pleasure to start the day with this tea in my favorite mug. It is so good. (so good in fact, I’m increasing my rating for it a little bit)

The roasted cocoa flavor is so delightful.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Suzi

I am seriously like the last person to try this tea! I was looking over the reviews and it seems like everyone’s had it!

__Morgana__

I haven’t really, either, Suzi. I have tasted it but not with my mind on it enough to write up a note.

gmathis

Never fear, Suzi..you’ll probably beat me to it, though I am intrigued; don’t believe I’ve read a review of this yet that wasn’t positively positive.

Suzi

gmathis – “positively positive” is going to be my phrase of the day. Love it!

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89

So, I had to order the final installment of the trilogy of white teas that 52Teas released during the week of February 24. The other two were pretty darned good, so I figured I had to give this one a go too.

Wow! It looks like I have a new favorite in this trilogy!

This is delicious! Fruity, sweet, and light tasting. The coconut is the most prominent flavor for me, but I can also taste the pineapple, as well as a bit of banana in the background. It is so yummy! Like a tropical fruit salad! YUM!

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

Isn’t it? I was so shocked at myself for how much I liked it. It was so unexpected that I still feel the need to say that everytime the subject comes up.
Tip, if you also have the black currant one, I found they worked quite well in combination for iced tea. I don’t usually find iced tea interesting enough to bother with, so that should give you a clue as to how impressed I was with the result.

LiberTEAS

I do have both teas, so I will give that a try! sounds intriguing!

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93

I must admit that when I first opened the tin of this tea, I was a little disappointed. I am extremely fond of jasmine, and I could barely detect the jasmine aroma of the dry leaf.

Upon brewing, that changed. The fragrance of the liquor is soft but beautiful!

The flavor is so pleasant. The jasmine is not overdone in this blend – it doesn’t hit me over the head to let me know it’s there. Instead, it just gently eases its way onto the palate. Lovely.

As I’ve said, I’m extremely fond of jasmine. Most of the jasmine teas I’ve tried up until now have been the type that are very strong and assertive – this one is gentle. You might wonder which I prefer – the answer is both! This one is good for the times when you want to relax and enjoy a softer, sweeter jasmine. The stronger jasmines are good for when you want some floral intensity.

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

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93
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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Thank you Doulton – I am so grateful to be able to taste this Dammann Frères tea!

This tea smells amazing. This is THE ULTIMATE fig tea! The best fig tea that I’ve tasted thus far (I haven’t tried a lot … but this one is awesome!)

The black tea base is smooth and unassuming. There is a baked character to the tea that works well with the fig flavor, which is rich and sweet and delicious.

YUM! I love this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

WOW! This sounds neat!

Ysaurella

Hi LiberTEAS would you still say today this tea is the best fig tea you ever had ?
I have a choice to do between all the Dammann teas I’d like to get and you may help me if 2 years after your review you answer yes to my question.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t had this tea in a couple of years, (Unfortunately, Dammann teas aren’t as readily available here in the states), but I’ve had a couple of fig teas since this time, and I do think that this one is still the best fig tea that I’ve tried.

Ysaurella

thank you LiberTEAS, so for sure I’ll buy it tomorrow as I am going at their main shop.

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90

This tasting note comes courtesy of Jillian – thank you so much for sharing Thomas with me!

A very nice Assam. I didn’t follow the steeping suggestions by A&D – it’s been my experience with Assam that any longer than 2 1/2 minutes and I get bitterness. But contrary to the suggestions – I don’t feel that this tea is “pale and gutless” – just very pleasant! Brisk and malty. And no bitterness! Definitely one of the better Assam teas I’ve encountered.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion is very flavorful too. The flavor (or I really should say the bold strength) is toned down a bit, allowing for a bit more complexity in the cup. I can taste some delicate fruit-like qualities. This is a very GOOD Assam… I wish that this one was still available!

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85

I love starting my day with an Earl Grey tea!

This is a very robust black tea base. The bergamot is not overpowering… like the description suggests, there is a pleasant orange finish to it. I like!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

You drink a lil bit of everything each day!:)

LiberTEAS

I try. :)

LiberTEAS

All I drink is tea (other than water). Occasionally, I will drink something else if I happen to be out to eat and I’m not particularly fond of the tea offerings. But, tea is my primary source of liquid refreshment. :)

Cofftea

Yep me too. A cup of coffee on some days and it’s tea the rest of the day.- but even that can count since I often steep my Mayan Chocolate Chai in it like I did today:) An occasional glass of white wine (I only buy it when it’s on sale).

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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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