4837 Tasting Notes

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OK… so after reading mrawlins2 tasting note on this tea this morning, it inspired me to dig out my own pouch of this that I had purchased… oh… I don’t even remember when! I’ve had it a while, anyways… and it’s about time to give it a try.

This is really an interesting tea! I can taste the bananas, the strawberries, vanilla, pineapple, cherries and the chocolate. (Frank… more chocolate would be good… because, well, more chocolate = more chocolate. See how that works? I like it when math is simple like that)

My note to Frank aside, the chocolate in here is at a pleasant enough level, and quite honestly, if it were stronger it might overpower the other flavors. As it is, they are at a pretty harmonious level because I can taste each flavor in there, even if it is a very subtle taste.

And… apart from that, I can also taste black tea! Some astringency to this one, almost dry/starchy… not heavy on the drying, but it’s there.

Not my favorite from 52 teas but it’s still really good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

I noticed the astringency also but drinking this tea as a latte seems to counteract that a bit.

Cofftea

RE: “(Frank… more chocolate would be good… because, well, more chocolate = more chocolate. See how that works? I like it when math is simple like that)” Actually laughed out out- I LOVE IT!

This tea wouldn’t be for me, but I love that you can still taste the black tea in addition to the schtuff. Even as just a reader of this tea, you make me proud Frank!:)

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
4837 tasting notes

Delicious. I am going to increase the rating on this one a little…

I love the hazelnut flavor in this tea. It really adds something to the chocolate. Nice.

Serendipitea

MmHm Indeed! I’m not even a fan of hazelnuts, but mixed with chocolate & tea it’s a winning combo ..

This was my favourite out of a bunch of H&S sample sachets, and I hope like mad my order of more arrives tomorrow as I really need another fix :D

LiberTEAS

I prefer my chocolate blend, but since I’m not actively blending anymore, I must admit that this one is pretty good.

TeaEqualsBliss

I miss my stash of Florence! It’s YUMMY!

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I love Darjeeling… so I usually like most Darjeeling teas that I encounter. However, sometimes I come across one that is really delightful… like this one.

The flavor is amazing. Sweet, light, a hint of nutty flavor and even a floral note. Very smooth. Golden! It seems to shimmer on the tongue, it tastes so good and light and lovely.

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

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84

Yum. My first cup of the day… although it’s almost gone at this point.

The cranberry and orange is yummy… a little tart, a little sweet, and very juicy.

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80

I bought this sample months ago, but am just getting around to trying it tonight.

It’s very pleasant tasting. A sweet pineapple flavor that reminds me of the caramelized pineapple that I would taste on a pineapple upside down cake. I can also taste the rum flavor which is a nice complement to the other flavors. The green tea has a buttery taste which also lends itself well to the pineapple upside down cake idea.

A very tasty tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I grabbed this one randomly from my Zoomdweebies stash. It’s really good. I think I might brew some of this for iced tea next time my pitcher is empty!

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90

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this to try!

This is a very good Earl Grey. The dry leaf has a very strong bergamot aroma which is something that I always look for in an Earl Grey – I LOVE that fragrance! The brewed tea is not nearly as fragrant (that is to be expected) but I can still smell a very lovely citrus-y note.

The flavor here tastes fresh and lively. The black tea base is unassuming and unifies with the bergamot to create a nearly seamless flavor. I almost want to say I am tasting just a hint of lemon to this blend, because it tastes more citrus-y than most Earl Grey teas that I have tried. That is not to say it doesn’t taste like bergamot because it definitely does, but it almost tastes like there is a little something more…

It’s very good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cocoa Caramel Chai Tea by Tea Oh
4837 tasting notes

Starting my day with this tea…. getting a late start on the day because the morning was filled with errands and I didn’t have time to make tea before I got started.

Now, I can sit back and relax a little bit, and enjoy this chai!

I brewed it in water – strong – and added a splash of milk to the finished product. I didn’t want to froth the milk this time around because I wanted to taste it first without the milk (I’m finding that I like more and more chai teas without milk)… but I found that the chocolate and caramel notes are so much richer with the milk.

There is a pleasing balance of spice, chocolate and caramel… I like that I can taste chocolate, caramel and spice all at once, without having to really TRY to focus or think about what I’m tasting to see if it’s there… because, with this tea, the flavors are in there.

Even better, I can taste the tea too. This is a really good chai!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Pretty much all of Tea Oh’s chais have been making me drool. XD

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drank King of Fruits by Lupicia
4837 tasting notes

I received this sample in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

The aroma of this tea is amazing… so delicious that it made my mouth water just smelling the dry leaf. This fragrance softens a little with the brewed liquor, but, fortunately, it doesn’t soften a lot. I can still smell a delicious fruity scent that is unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before.

Delicious! The green tea is a little buttery, sweet, and lends itself well to the Durian fruit – something I’ve never actually tasted, but am enjoying the taste of it now! Sweet, juicy and delicious. Tropical-like. Very good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Interesting! I’ve been told that durian is pretty polarizing…people either absolutely love it, or they hate it. It’s banned on public transit systems and in public in many places, because of its odor. There are some awesome quotes about it on this wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#Flavour_and_odour

There’s a Vietnamese place here that actually serves durian shakes. I’ve been so, so curious…but also too chicken to order it and try it, in case it makes my apartment reek…

Maybe durian tea is a good halfway step!

sophistre

Errr, half step. Ha. It’s late. >.>

Shinobi_cha

There is a restaurant near us that serves Durian juice (more like a slush or icee?), and the odor is very light. However, the flavor is VERY good. If you’re curious to try it, I definitely recommend it in a liquid form; I’ve seen mochi-like desserts with durian inside and it smelled awful and was not good (in my opinion). However, I enjoyed the juice and would order it again.

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I received this as a sample with one of my shipments from Maeda-en.

The smell is unmistakably Genmaicha. I love that toasted rice aroma.

Delicious roasted, nutty flavor of Genmaicha. Sweet tasting! The matcha adds a little bit of sweet to it as well.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The first time my husband and I tasted Genmaicha, we called it Rice Krispie tea … can’t help but listen for the snap/crackle/pop any time I taste it.

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