4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4366 tasting notes

Matcha! I was going through some of my stash and decided to have some of this – I hid it from myself for a while so that I wouldn’t be tempted to drink it!

So good! Better, in fact, than I remember it being, so I will up my original score just a bit. Creamy smooth and sweet. The sweet, juicy flavor of the mandarin cuts through some of the “matcha bitterness” I normally do not mind the matcha bitterness, and in fact, have an appreciation for it, but, it is also nice when a matcha comes along that is different.

I am still waiting for chocolate matcha, Frank. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
LENA

Oooh, I agree. Chocolate Matcha sounds wonderful!!! I bet it would look kind of funky though.

LiberTEAS

Lena: yeah, it probably WOULD look pretty weird. But, I bet the taste would more than make up for the weird looking liquid.

LENA

“Mmmm…this swamp water tastes delicious!”

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I steeped this tea for 3 1/2 minutes, and I think that was too long for my taste. There is a bit more bitterness to this tea than I like. I also think this tea is much better iced than hot.

As an iced tea I can taste the peppery notes from the Yunnan, which I wasn’t getting when it was hot. Very pleasant. A hint of citrus and definitely a sharp floral note. Not getting as much lavender as I would like, nor am I getting much of the fig.

Overall, I like this tea quite a bit, although I think Noël en Provence is still my favorite (thus far!) from Dammann Freres.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

I found that the second infusion is much better than the first with this tea. I can taste the FIG and it is yum, yum, yum delicious! The tea is much smoother, there is a little less of the spicy note coming from the Yunnan. I really liked the spicy note, but, I think it may have interfered a bit with the softer fruit flavors… so infusion one – enjoy the tea; infusion two – enjoy the flavors!

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90
drank Sakura Pear by Custom
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This is a backlog from last night… I have just a little of my La Vert Pear left, and I blended these two teas to see what would come of it. Cherry and Pear work amazingly well together. Much better than I imagined. Delightful. Delicious… and a little sad because I only have enough La Vert Pear for maybe one or two more…

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

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95
drank Malted Genmaicha by 52teas
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I ordered this last week (along with the Neapolitan Honeybush) after reading so many positive reviews about it here. Since I love Genmaicha, and I loved the Malted ChocoMate blend, I figured I’d give it a try.

And the order came so quickly! FastFreeShipping! Awesome!

WOW! This is amazing. I think I may even like this better than Genmaicha with Matcha. The malted flavor works so well with the toasted rice. It’s a little toastier, a little sweeter, a little richer, a little nuttier. And a whole lot delicious.

Excellent!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Miss Sweet

Noooo I’m going to have to add a bag of this to my ever increasing shopping cart!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yet another 52 Teas Temptation…Frank’s trying to kill me…lol…

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
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This is another sampling sent to me by the generous Doulton! (thank you!!!)

The aroma of the dry leaf is like tropical fruit, and that fragrance softens considerably upon brewing – although the brewed liquor does smell quite good.

It has a pleasantly sweet flavor, and the fruit flavor reminds me quite a bit of a fruit smoothie. The black tea is very smooth and quite mellow and unassuming. A nice amount of astringency and no bitterness.

I like this tea best served iced! It is very refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Another very appreciative THANK YOU to Doulton for making this tasting possible!

One thing about these teas from Dammann Freres – at least the ones I’ve had so far – they all smell amazing! This one is no exception. The dry leaf possesses a very fruity aroma, yum! I can smell the strawberry and the fig! I can also smell subtle hints of the lavender.

But… the brewed liquor smells even better! It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to, where the brewed tea smells as good or even better than the dry leaf. It’s so nice when I happen onto an exception!

The taste – lavender is much more pronounced in the flavor than it is in the aroma. The black tea base is very pleasant – smooth, brisk, and pleasantly astringent. The strawberry and lavender together creates a very unusual – but enjoyable – flavor. The fig is also very nice. Not particularly strong but it is delicious.

So far, this is my favorite tea that I’ve tasted from Dammann Freres!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Dammann Freres! I think I have only tried 1 from them…then again…maybe not…lol…it may have been someone else…

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drank Masterpiece Chai by Liber Teas
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Wow, it’s really early for me, I am still in kind of a sleepy daze.

But I am enjoying my Masterpiece Chai. I decided to forgo the latte this time, because I’m battling my allergies still and I figured the dairy protein won’t help matters right now. It is delicious with just a drizzle of raw honey though… nice and spicy… just what I need on this sleepy day.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank The Des Riads by Dammann Freres
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Thank you Doulton!

The aroma of this tea is very inviting. The strong citrus fruit fragrance mingles with a soft yet fresh grassy scent of green tea, with hints of spice and flower lingering in the background. It’s positively lovely!

The flavor is quite nice, as well.

The citrus flavors are strongest. The grassy notes of the Yunnan green tea are slight but very fresh tasting. I wish that the spices in this blend were a bit more pronounced. The peppery notes do come out to play in the finish, though, but this tea is not nearly as spicy as the description might lead one to believe.

Overall, though, it’s a very pleasant tasting tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I think I like the second infusion of these leaves better than the first. The flavors seem more pronounced, I can really taste the different citrus notes now. Very nice.

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
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Taking a little Matcha break in between infusions of the Amethyst Oolong.

For fun, I added a sprinking of “True Lime” which was sent to me in a swap package from a friend. It definitely adds a pleasant tartness and seems to cut through some of the Matcha sweetness (not that Matcha sweetness is a bad thing, I quite adore the sweetness of matcha). Nice!

it’s still smooth, creamy, and sweet though… just with a new dimension of flavor and I’m liking it a lot!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
LiberTEAS

Wow… as I continue to sip this with the True Lime, I’m thinking I REALLY like it a lot with the lime flavor! Awesome! I think I may like this better with the lime than without!

TeaEqualsBliss

I really need to get into Matcha…I have some I have been ‘thinking about’…sigh…maybe today is that day!? LOL

Cofftea

TeaEqualsBliss… DO IT! hehe=P

TeaEqualsBliss

I KNEW Cofftea would comment!!!! I was actually WAITING for your comment! LOL

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96
drank Amethyst by Old Wilmington Tea Co
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Time for some Oolong!

I am enchanted by this Oolong. I think it is the darkest Oolongs I’ve yet to encounter. The leaves do look like a deep, dark purple and even the liquor has an interesting, purple-ish color.

The first infusion possesses a slight smoky quality – not heavy, just a hint of smoky presence – woodsy, slightly earthy, and buttery… with some nutty notes too. LOVE this tea.

Off to write a review of it for Tea Review Blog!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

OK… now that I’m finished with my Matcha with lime break… it’s back to my Oolong! Wow… as I reflect on this Oolong tea, I’m really taken with it’s color… it’s so deep and rich. And after having a sweet/tart bowl of Matcha, the roasted flavor of this tea really comes out. If I didn’t brew this myself, I’d think I was drinking coffee! It has a really rich, bright, brisk flavor. VERY GOOD!

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