4458 Tasting Notes

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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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96
drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
4458 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
4458 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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85

This morning, hubby took me down Alberta Street in Portland – and let me go into Townshend’s Teashop WITH money in hand.

So, I’m totally in love with Townshend’s. Think Starbucks with tea instead of coffee – which would make starbucks so much more awesome – and this much more awesome place is Townshend’s.

The Matcha Latte was tasty. Creamy, smooth, sweet, very little bitterness. I found more bitterness with it in the beginning with the matcha froth that was oozing out of the lid than with the actual liquid. YUM!

Cofftea

Our starbucks used to have a great selection of teas- most of Tazo’s collection. But then they started the full leaf thing and got rid of all teas not offered in sachets. So now I have a problem w/ both Starbucks and Tazo lol.:) Is Townshend’s a chain like Starbucks? I’ve never heard of it.

LiberTEAS

No, Townshend’s is Portland based. There is one in Portland, and a second one opened in Bend, OR.

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75

I received this order a while back, but haven’t tried it until today…

This has a very nice flavor. The black currant is flavorful with a pleasant tart edge to it that isn’t too tart (I wouldn’t like it if it was)… it’s just enough to perk up the taste buds a bit. The white tea is sweet and delicate tasting, but, not so delicate that the black currant overwhelms it. There is a very good balance of flavor in this cup.

That being said, I don’t know that I am as fond of this tea as the rest of Steepster-ville seems to be! I like it, it’s tasty – and I know it’s going to be a very refreshing iced tea when ever it gets warm in the Pacific NorthWET.

As far as the three white teas that were released the week of February 22 – I’ve tasted two of them (this and Ramona’s Spiced Pear) and I prefer the spiced pear. I guess the next time I place the order, I will have to try the tropical explosion… yeah… like I need more tea. ha!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I really like this one! :P YUM!

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4458 tasting notes

Enjoying my last of this – and I did enjoy each and every serving.

Sweet, creamy… so good! I will miss it, but I still have some of my DoMatcha to keep me busy!

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97
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Starting my day with this delightful British gentleman. He is so wonderful to wake up to!

The bergamot flavoring with the Keemun leaves really make this tea a stand out amongst other Earl Grey blends.

For those of you who might not know this, TeaEqualsBliss and I have started our own tea review blog – It debuted yesterday with a welcome message but we will be posting reviews very soon. This tea will be the first that I review for that blog.

http://sororitea.wordpress.com/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Oooh! Thanks for posting the link — it looks great! I look forward to seeing what you ladies are up to :D

chana

I’ve added a link to Sororitea on my blog, good luck with it!

AmazonV

thanks for the link!

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97

Yummy yummy yum!!!

I so love this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
-Jessica-

Hehe, I’m scared of banana flavoring in tea! I’ll have to get some courage one day and try a banana tea.

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75
drank Keemun Mao Feng by Dammann Freres
4458 tasting notes

Thank you to Doulton for allowing me to sample this tea!

This tea is very good – a robust tea that starts off with a spiced floral-woodsy taste, and then becomes a bit fruity in the finish. It has a very pleasant astringency.

I really like this tea, but, there are other Keemun teas that I’ve enjoyed more. After tasting several of Dammann Freres amazing flavored teas, I think my expectations were a bit higher and the tea did not deliver. That isn’t to say that it is a bad tea, just not as great as I had hoped it would be.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4458 tasting notes

I’m actually brewing up some Keemun as I type this, but, before I drink that, I decided that I wanted some Matcha… this tin of Miyabi is almost empty. I think I have one serving left! :(

I’ve really enjoyed this lovely Matcha – beautiful color and even more beautiful taste! Sweet, lovely Matcha.

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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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