4421 Tasting Notes

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
4421 tasting notes

My first tasting note today, and using up the last that I have of this tea. Sorry to see it go, but, glad to have more space in my tea cupboard. (actually, it’s more 4 shelves, plus TWO DRAWERS in my china cabinet/tea cabinet of tea, plus a rather large bowl and a box of samples).

I’m currently on my second infusion of this tea. The first was lovely… I made it a latte (but I didn’t froth the milk), and this makes it sort of more like a “breakfast blend” sort of tea rather than a maple-y tea. I like this one much better without the milk.

This is one of my favorites from Tea Guys (my favorite is their Papaya Ginger, which I have hidden from myself in my large stash of tea LOL). It has a nice, maple flavor, sweet, but not too sweet, the black tea has a very smooth taste to it. Maybe the next time I order from Tea Guys, I might just have to order this one again…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I made a latte once from this… can’t remember it, but I’m pretty sure it was disappointing.

Cofftea

Ok never mind. I guess it was very good after all- it was just 3 months ago:) I’d like to try it latte form blended w/ half chai (not Mayan Chocolate) or just chai spices.

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Know what? I like having enough of this on hand so that I can drink it whenever I want without worrying that I’ll run out and not have it on a day that I really crave it. Thank you for reblending it Frank. :)

Yum. Yum. Yum.

As I said in my Butter Pecan Post, I am not normally a big fan of bananas. I do like bananas with ice cream (cold stone), I like chocolate covered frozen bananas (but they aren’t really a favorite treat, they are more like a treat that I have when I’m someplace like Disneyland more because its a “tradition” than because it’s my favorite), I like bananas in smoothies and now, I like banana flavored tea… (I have a banana green tea that I haven’t yet tried from Tea Farm, going to have to actually crack that one open and try it soon). But, as for peeling a banana and eating it… well, I’d rather eat just about any other fruit. I like bananas ok… but they aren’t my favorite fruit, not by a long shot.

And, I’m not particularly crazy about rooibos. I don’t DISLIKE rooibos, but, I prefer honeybush (or even green rooibos) to red rooibos. And sometimes I do dislike rooibos if they happen to have been blended in such a way so that the saccharine-y taste comes out. Because that is just icky. I don’t have to drink saccharine sweetened drinks anymore because I don’t live with my stepmother anymore… (cue the little munchkins to sing that song when the house landed on the witch)

I actually probably wouldn’t have tried this tea if it weren’t for Frank’s explanation of how it came to exist in the first place. I felt sorry for Chelsea. So I ordered this tea.

And I LOVED IT. It is my favorite from 52Teas…. well, that I’ve tried thus far.

Chocolate. Bananas. YUM. YUM. YUM.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Stephanie

lol about your stepmother!! :)

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I received some of this in a swap with a friend of mine.

Nice and fruity. I prefer green rooibos to red rooibos, the green rooibos seems to have more of a fresh, light taste instead of the woodsy taste I get from the red. I also find that there is less of that artificial saccharine-y taste to the green rooibos.

Very pleasant tropical flavor. Sweet. Nice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I ordered several samples from Upton a while ago, and the package arrived as I was sick so I had to put off trying them… and I’m just getting around to trying the first of them now…

Hmm… Breakfast Blend at 7:20 in the evening. OK!

I tried it first without any sweetener or milk… and it’s really good like that, but, I think I prefer it with a little milk and honey. Without the milk and honey: wine-like quality to it, hints of black currant. Also a woodsy note as well as a deep, yet subtle spicy tone.

With milk and honey: much nicer! the spicy notes come out to play a little more, the woodsy note seems to have been replaced with a molasses-y, honey-ish sort of characteristic. The wine note is less discernible but still present in the finish. It has a very tannic quality to it.

Nice! Now, I’m off to the TRB to submit a review of it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooO! Interesting!

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85
drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
4421 tasting notes

This is a bit of a backlog because I was away from the computer this afternoon whilst I was enjoying this tea.

This is definitely one of my favorite Darjeeling teas (I love Darjeeling, so, I have several “favorites”) It has a very nice fruit quality to it. I could taste apples and grapes. It was a little less woodsy this time than I remember it from previous tastings, and a bit less musky. But, still extraordinarily delicious.

Since I didn’t rate it numerically last time I logged, I shall do so now, since I can taste again!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
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Yay! I got my order today!

YUMMMMMMMM! Nutty, smooth, buttery, creamy – DELICIOUS! I like this one A LOT. I am almost (almost) liking it as much as the chocolate banana.

Come to think of it, Frank… bananas would be very good in this blend too. As would a little (little = a lot in LiberTEAS language) chocolate. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
52teas

Yay! I kept watching to see when we would get our first review of this tea. I’m really excited by this one. I think we might be reblending it pretty soon if the reviews go the way I’m expecting. I think it’s pretty spot on for Butter Pecan ice cream. Banana AND chocolate in this blend? Might be a bit much, but I am sensing a theme here with you. I might have an interesting banana blend for you soon… Stay tuned…

LiberTEAS

You know what? I don’t really even consider myself much of a fan of bananas, either. but I like banana flavored tea, and I like bananas in my ice cream (and smoothies). But, as far as just eating a banana… I would choose just about any other fruit.

LiberTEAS

AND… yours is the first banana tea that I tried. :)

52teas

So, have you had the Banana Peach green tea yet? It’s one of my all-time favorites.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I want this one soooooo bad

Stephanie

@52teas: Banana Peach green tea? That sounds so yummy and refreshing—makes me want to have a smoothie now. :)

@Liberteas: Great review!! “Nutty, smooth, buttery, creamy” – sounds like everything I love rolled into one!

LiberTEAS

@52Teas, no… but, depending upon your new tea for Monday (what will that be?) I will have to order it with my next order. I am also going to have to order the Jalapeno tea … because I have to try it… sigh

Here is an idea for a tea flavor: Habanero chili and pineapple. I cook up crushed pineapple and a minced habanero chili and add just a little sugar to help thicken the pineapple juice into a syrup. Once it is thickened, I chill it. This is my favorite ice cream topping.

TeaEqualsBliss

Would LOVE to try this one someday!

AmazonV

noooooooooooooooo
my tea cupboard is full, my floor is covered in shipping boxes, no more delicious teas hides

LiberTEAS

AmazonV… sounds like my tea cupboard (and garage floor!) haha!

-Jessica-

Ughhhh I think I am going to cave and buy this one…there is only 5 more left says the site…darn pressure! I’ll have to hide this one from my hubby, I am suppose to be on a tea lockdown (he’s starting to give me crazy looks!) lol

LiberTEAS

@Jessica – I know those looks all too well. LOL!

Just order it and hopefully he won’t notice that you’ve received it. Or tell him that a tea friend sent it to you as a gift. LOL!

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88
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
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I’m having another smoothie with this – but this time I’m using organic Kefir instead of organic yogurt – Whole Foods didn’t have a decent price on my favorite yogurt the last time I was there, darn it! – but to be honest with you, I think I like the Kefir better than the yogurt in the smoothie! It has a gentle, sour-cream-ish tangy quality to it that yogurt lacks.

This time around, I also tossed in a banana, mostly because we had one on the counter and I wanted it consumed. To compensate for the extra fruit (I added more peaches too), I used a tablespoon of ginger matcha instead of a couple of heaping scoops.

The result is a yummier smoothie! BETTER than anything I could get from jamba juice. Now, if only I could convince my kids of this. My daughters look at these matcha smoothies and say “eww… it’s green!” LOL

Cofftea

My mother has the same reaction to just plain matcha haha:)

LiberTEAS

The other day, I was walking into the family room with my chawan, and my hubby looked into it, shook his head and said “that LOOKS so weird.”

Aren’t moms supposed to promote the consumption of greens? LOL

Cofftea

Too funny! When I got my mom to finally try the strawberry, I told her “here. this is for making me eat broccoli- only you’re lucking out, this is SO much better.”

Cofftea

I’m gonna make a dreamsicle matcha smoothie tonite- equal parts milk and OJ, ice, and matcha. If I had planned in advance I would have frozen the OJ and used that instead of water ice, but I didn’t. Oh well. I think you should make the same thing tonite:)

LiberTEAS

I think I may make ginger matcha shortbread cookies. I even set butter out to get to room temperature last night with that in mind. We shall see how I feel after dinner!

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85
drank Apple Pie a la mode by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

Yum! This morning, I decided I wanted some apple pie! I went a little overboard on the latte part – I don’t think I used too much milk, so maybe I warmed it up a bit too much because, it got FROTHY… fast!

Despite my misadventures with the frothed milk, this is one yummy cup of tea. Here is a link to my review of it on TRB:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11307

I think I like it best with the latte (just don’t overdo it like I did!) because it really brings out the sweet cinnamon notes.

Edited to add: For the second infusion, my milk frothed perfectly (I did have the first batch just a little too hot, I suppose!) and as is true with most teas, the second infusion is much tastier than the first. Loving it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

That is EXACTLY why I want that milk frother lol.

LiberTEAS

The frother is something that really would be an unnecessary purchase on my part, I really don’t have lattes all that often, and I don’t think that would change with the purchase of a fancy gadget like that. Normally, my frothing goes just as planned. I think I just happened to heat this batch of milk up a bit longer than I should have.

However, it is an ideal purchase for someone who has lattes regularly.

Cofftea

Yep I have ‘em daily! And that’s just latTEAS- I occasionally have espresso ones as well.

LiberTEAS

coffee = evil. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Another interesting wishlist tea from 52…Frank’s going to really get me to crack isn;t he? LOL

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drank Orange Ginger by Samovar
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This is a sample that I purchased from Samovar a while back… and just now getting around to trying it.

This is one of the better tisanes I’ve ever had. Generally, I prefer tea to tisane, although, there is a place in my life for tisanes – especially later in the evening (and since it is 12:30 in the am, I think that qualifies!) when I’m starting to think about heading to bed.

The flavor is very fresh and vibrant, yet the tea is very soothing. It is a very nice tea to have at the end of a long day. I suspect that this would be very refreshing as an iced tea too. Now that I’ve had a chance to really try this, I wish I would have gone ahead and bought the 2 ounce tin, rather than just the sample package… this is one that I would like to enjoy again, and also share with friends.

Perhaps I will have to remember that when I get around to placing another order with Samovar!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve tried very little from this company, actually, and have always heard great things about their quality of tea/tisanes. Always interested in companies that are new or new to me, ya know!? :P

LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, when I placed my order with them, it was all samples. I wish I had bought a larger size of this particular tea especially, because it’s one of the best tisanes I’ve had, and really, the difference in price between the sampler and the 2 ounce tin is just 3 bucks. :(

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The mail came today and with it came this very special tea that was created just for me – but not by me! And, I so prefer being a tea customer to being a tea purveyor.

So you fill out a questionnaire and a few weeks later, you receive a blend that was created just for you! This is what Madam Potts created for me!

I was going to save it to “christen” my breville with, but since I will most likely be waiting until July to receive said toy, I really don’t want to wait that long to try this tea… and I’m glad I didn’t!

The Darjeeling and Oolong work really well together. The floral notes sort of meld together into a unique kind of flower – it’s sweet, sharp and very pleasant. The Sarsparilla is a pronounced flavor here and together with the carob root it makes for a sort of cocoa flavored root beer-ish flavor. The black pepper adds just a subtle hint of spice that cuts through some of the sharper floral notes.

I REALLY like this. I love the floral notes here together with the carob… It’s just… so difficult to put into words how interesting and yummy and ME! this tea is. And since it is so me… I must give it the highest rating possible. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

This tea is so unique and tasty and different from anything I’ve ever tried… and so very much me. I think I could drink this every day and not get bored with it.

Cofftea

How much did it cost? How much do you get? What are the packaging and steeping instructions like? lol yes I’m a sucker for custom blends and must know more:) I wonder if she does matcha…

SoccerMom

I cannot wait till I’m off my self imposed tea buying ban so that I can place an order with them. I have searched their site before and I think she is out of town so it’s good (and I’m not tempted). LOL Glad you liked it!

Suzi

I’m with Cofftea, tell us more!

gmathis

How absolutely cool!

LiberTEAS

@SoccerMom – she’s back! :) I just got this today!

@Cofftea: I also ordered a couple of samples from her, and she offers a different set of suggested brewing parameters for each tea, according to the tea that it is. For this particular tea, she suggests a tsp/cup at 3 – 4 minutes, I steeped mine for 3 1/2 minutes. The water was about 185 degrees F. I don’t use a thermometer (gadget) so I can’t be absolutely certain of the temperature, but I’ve been brewing tea now for about 12 years, so I am fairly comfortable with going with my gut on such things.

The price is $25, and I didn’t weigh the package before making my first pot of tea, but it is now about 4.2 oz (not including the packaging, since this package is similar to the packaging that I use, I am able to comfortably assume the weight of it and subtract that). The packaging is a simple white, resealable bag with a printed label on it.

But to be honest with you, the packaging matters not… because this tea is worth it. After spending the better part of 9 years creating and blending teas for other people, it is nice to have something created JUST FOR ME that I didn’t concoct myself.

AmazonV

I totally caved on my ban when you linked to her website in one of the discussion threads – hopefully mine arrives soon! Thank you so much for turning me on to this.

LiberTEAS

AmazonV: You’re so welcome… I hope that you enjoy your blend as much as I’m loving mine!

SoccerMom

Ok that’s it this is on my must do list for April 1st LOL.

LiberTEAS

My second infusion is very nice as well, a little smoother in flavor – it has a slight licorice-y flavor to it, and I don’t know exactly where that’s coming from. Also, when I was about mid-cup with my first infusion, I noticed more of the chocolate-y flavors coming through… so YUM.

Cofftea

You need to wait an entire 11 months SoccerMom? Sad day!

JacquelineM

NEAT! I think I’ll do this close to my birthday!!!!!

Meghann M

Maybe I’ll order some for my birthday…Nov 8th. That seems like enough time to get through all the 52teas teas I have in my overflowing cupboard. They just keep coming out with teas that sound so good…and that email dings as a new message once a week in my mailbox. I did bookmark this link, glad to know it’s around 4oz. That’s a great value for a unique blend of tea!

Cofftea

Are tea leaves, fruit pieces, and herbs, the only things used in the blends? (i.e. “normal stuff”) or does/can she get crazy like 52teas?

LiberTEAS

@cofftea – that’s a question for Madam Potts.

TeaEqualsBliss

Have any extra!? LOL :P Woot Woot for 100 point teas, eh!?

SoccerMom

I meant June Cofftea LOL working on end of the month stuff and it carried over to my steepster notes LOL

Cofftea

HAHA! ok. I was thinking “Wow that’s quite a spending freeze- she must have quite a stash!”

SoccerMom

Cofftea, I do have quite a stash considering I am the only person in the house that drinks tea! I do actually have enough tea to last me to next April. Summery/HOT weather has slowed down my tea drinking to 2 cups in the morning and a random cup here or there but mostly iced. In fact at the moment I am sipping on a bottle of diet Snapple Peach Tea.

Cofftea

I never drink bottled tea, but I go thru insane amounts of iced loose leaf in the summer. It kills my cucumber melon so fast!:(

Madam Potts

O hey LiberTEAS – thanks for the review and rating. It’s been over 6 months since I’ve been on Steepster. I appreciate all the talk and comments. Beyond tasting good, it means the world to me that your tea did in fact capture your essence. :) thanks!

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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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