4788 Tasting Notes

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Doulton – I love you. Thank you for sending me this tea. It is truly amazing.

This is a yellow tea. Of course, it doesn’t look like a yellow tea… or at least, not like the yellow teas that I’ve experienced before. This is my first experience with a Meng Ding Huang Ya like this – the leaves are quite a bit darker than other Meng Ding Huang Ya teas that I’ve tried.

But I’m not complaining at all, because this tea is sublime. Delicious, rich, nutty, sweet. No astringency, no bitterness… just deliciousness. I can taste only a subtle hint of vegetative quality at the finish.

Put simply, this is an amazing tea. I want more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of these leaves is equally as amazing. It is a little lighter, but the flavor is still sweet and nutty and delicious. YUM!

T.C.

Your review has me intrigued. Any idea where I can get a sample of this without shelling out the money for 100g?

LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, I do not. I used the only leaves I had of this today. In my opinion, it IS worth the money, though, and I will probably be placing an order within the next couple of months.

Cofftea

Ok, this is where I reveal what a tea idiot I am w/ some aspects. I just got this updated from Upton… the name is similar… but is the tea similar?

ZG62: Huang Shan Mao Feng Superior “This hand crafted tea is a more affordable version of our Supreme Huang Shan Mao Feng. The cup is sweet, with notes of apricot and pear. The liquor has a slightly darker hue than the Supreme, and is notable for it’s smooth flavor and light, sweet aftertaste.” 40g packet is $10.80; more about this item at:http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/index.asp?home=Item&itemID=ZG62

LiberTEAS

No, I don’t think that they are similar, Mao Feng is a green tea, where as the Meng Ding Huang Ya is a yellow tea. Yellow and green teas are different in flavor, texture and process. Also, this Meng Ding Huang Ya is different from even other Meng Ding Huang Ya teas that I’ve tasted. Most of the Meng Ding Huang Ya teas that I’ve encountered have been yellow to yellow-ish green in color, where these leaves were quite a bit darker… still possessing some of the green and yellow hues but much darker in color.

Cofftea

Ok. Well I tried. Yellow tea is like Pu Erh… I’ve seen it lumped w/ both green and oolong. And white too I think. Runs and hides in shame of her stupidity…

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drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
4788 tasting notes

This is one of the samples that I ordered way back when it was on Steepster Select.

The bergamot here is pleasant, and is nicely complemented by the lemon peel and lemongrass. It really adds emphasis on the citrus flavor of the bergamot. The jasmine flowers do not contribute an immense amount of flavor to the cup, but there is a subtle whisper of jasmine to the taste.

Astringent but not bitter, somewhat dry though. The combination of the bergamot and lemon-y qualities makes for a different flavor than I’m accustomed to when it comes to Earl Grey. That’s not a bad thing… it just is different.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This is very nice – it tastes, well… like a black tea blend with a drizzle of honey in it.

A pleasant tea with which to start the day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Does it have a thick honey mouth feel to it as well?

LiberTEAS

No. But then, I don’t get a thick honey mouth feel when I add a drizzle of honey in my tea. It dissolves and becomes part of the tea and doesn’t alter the texture enough to be very noticeable unless I’m actually focused on trying to detect it. This is simply flavored with honey flavoring, which is most likely an oil based flavoring (like most tea flavorings are), and so it wouldn’t affect the texture of the tea, just the flavor.

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80
drank Paradise by Octavia Tea
4788 tasting notes

This has a nice balance of flavors. The hibiscus is tart, but, the sweetness of the peach, mango and passion fruit offset that tartness very well. Yes, the cup is still tart, but there is a very pleasant sweetness – almost like nectar!

The strong flavors of this cup have also offset the sometimes unpleasant woodsy and weird sweetness of the rooibos. I can taste subtle hints of a woodsy quality, but it’s not strong, and rather than being off-putting, it’s nice and adds some depth and interest to the flavor. I can also taste a honey-esque note from the honeybush.

This is one of the most flavorful honeybush/rooibos blends I’ve had in a long time. Very fruity and delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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89
drank Silver Needle by Eteaket
4788 tasting notes

Delish!

The needles are so soft and fuzzy. They have a very soft fragrance that smells fresh – with hints of grass and flowers.

I can taste the citrus and melon notes as noted in the description. The flavor is very delicate. It has a very smooth, appealing sweetness. Very good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Gyokuro Asahina by Drink The Leaf
4788 tasting notes

Delightful. Smooth, vegetative and sweet. Delicious.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
4788 tasting notes

Thank you to Rachel for sending me this sample.

This tastes a lot like the ButterBeer blend that I have from Adagio… although that isn’t surprising to me in the least, since the same three teas were used in this as in the ButterBeer… just in different ratios.

This one seems a little creamier… or sweeter, perhaps? I’m not sure… I contemplated doing a side by side, but I’m just not up for brewing another cup of black tea at the moment.

This is good. It isn’t my favorite Rachel blend – but then, they can’t all be my favorite Rachel blends, can they? It’s got a delicious caramel taste to it, sweet and creamy. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
sophistre

This sounds good. I must admit, I did a double-take because I thought the name was Sweet Velvet Frog.

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90
drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
4788 tasting notes

I haven’t had this for a while, and when I was rummaging through some of my green teas, I happened across it and decided it sounded good. This is one green tea that I like with a little steamed, frothed milk… it really brings out the creaminess to the tea and gives it more of a milkshake kind of flavor.

Smooth, sweet, minty and creamy! YUMMY!

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

One of my faves!

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86
drank Cranberry Matcha by 52teas
4788 tasting notes

Of the three flavored Matchas that 52Teas released recently, this was the one that I was least eager to try… I don’t know why I’ve got this predisposition to immediately dismiss cranberry flavored teas. I actually like cranberries… I just sometimes think I don’t.

This has a very nice cranberry aroma when I opened the pouch. The flavor of the cranberry is much softer, which is alright with me because I like how the cranberry and matcha unite. This is smooth and sweet, not too tart (although a nice cranberry tartness comes through at the finish and tickles my tongue) and just… YUM!

Cofftea

What was your ratio (or best estimated if you winged it)? I tried it this morning and got virtually nothing but thick, almost chalky matcha. It was only in the after taste. I really want to love this- please help:)

LiberTEAS

Three scoops with my chashaku, then I add a little hot water to do a pre-whisk (I found that this one was a bit lumpier than the other two). After I’m satisfied with my pre-whisk, I add a bit more water… filling my chawan to about the halfway mark. I don’t measure so I don’t know how much water this actually is, and I don’t know the capacity of my chawan.

Cofftea

Hmmm… That’s what I did. I used 8oz water. I’ll tinker w/ it on Mon after I get thru the other 2.

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90
drank Chocolate Mate Chai by Rishi Tea
4788 tasting notes

This is a tea that I was skeptical about – ok, ok, I admit it, I was afraid of this tea.

I am not crazy about pu-erh. That being said, I have tried a couple of pu-erh teas that I’ve liked alright – but, for the most part… I have a hard time getting past that distinctive earthy quality that pu-erh possesses. In a blend with mate which is also quite earthy… yeah, I was afraid to try it.

But… I’ll give it a chance.

Wow! This is actually really good. The chocolate is smooth and rich. The chai is not over-the-top spicy but I like how the masala spices come across in this blend. It doesn’t taste earthy at all. I love the coconut and the chocolate in this blend – they are the strongest flavors here. A different but tasty chai.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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