4366 Tasting Notes

drank Breakfast Blend by Liber Teas
4366 tasting notes

I started the day with this tea (like I do most days! I just don’t always log it, I figured it probably gets pretty boring seeing me log about my own teas)…

Now, I am contemplating what I shall have next…

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This Earl Grey is delightful. The more I drink it the more I am liking it. I still maintain that I prefer Lupicia’s Earl Grey… but, it certainly is NOT the worst I’ve ever had either. I find the bergamot in this tea to be quite remarkable as it possesses a fruitier flavor to it. Yes, I know that bergamot IS indeed a fruit… but my experience has been that bergamot possesses a very “fragrant” flavor that I can liken to a flowery quality (since flowers are fragrant). This bergamot is less flowery and more fruity. That is to say that while it is quite fragrant to the nose, it is less fragrant to the palate.

Eh… suffice is to say that I like it.

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Stephanie

I am on the fence about this particular Earl. Something about it tastes “different”, but not in a good way—in a weird way! I’ll have to ruminate over a cup and write a proper review soon!

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: it is weird… but I think that is one of the reasons I like it. It’s different and in this case (at least from my palate’s perspective) different is good.

Miss Sweet

I feel like I need to research bergamot or something- some teas claimed to be flavoured with just bergamot taste like a garden and the handful of earl greys I really love definitely taste more citrusy, but bergamot is still the only flavour. Hmm.

LiberTEAS

Most of the Earl Grey teas that I’ve tasted have been flavored with oil of bergamot. The only one that I can recall that flavored their tea with the actual fruit rather than the oil is Numi’s Aged Earl Grey, which is OK, but, the bergamot is definitely a softer presence than in those that have been flavored with the oil.

It’s very dependent upon the oil of bergamot that is used. Some are better quality than others. In addition to the quality of oil is the conditions in which it has been flavored… including the quality and freshness of the tea that is flavored. Earl Grey teas is one of the most difficult flavorings to perfect, because it’s not as forgiving as other flavorings can be.

~lauren.

Bergamot is a citrus – an orange – here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergamot_orange

LiberTEAS

I know. :)

~lauren.

Oh, LiberTEAS – I know you know! Sorry – I was replying to what Miss Sweet was saying in her comment “…and the handful of earl greys I really love definitely taste more citrusy, but bergamot is still the only flavor.” I wouldn’t dream of trying to tell you something (I mean you’ve been in/are in the tea business!) – I’m only just starting on my tea-appreciation!

LiberTEAS

Lauren: I know that there are a lot of people who do not know what bergamot is. In fact, when I started out, I most certainly did not. I mean, it’s not like we can walk into the produce area of the supermarket and find bergamot oranges along with the lemons, limes and grapefruits. (Although, that would be ever so cool!!! Imagine being able to add a thin slice of bergamot orange to your tea rather than a slice of lemon!)

Anyways, I didn’t think you were talking to me when you posted that, so no worries. Have a splendid tea day!!!

But no need to apologize.

~lauren.

You are ever so gracious, thanks, LiberTEAS! Just so you know, I HIGHLY value everything you post/comment because I learn so much from your words! & thanks, I’m drinking this amazing green oolong today, so it’s a good tea day!

Miss Sweet

Oh, I know what bergamot is too, I was more curious about the difference in flavouring across the tons of earl greys I’ve tried. Its almost like some are flavoured with “earl grey flavour” rather than bergamot itself, which might account for the overly floral taste I’ve had in some plain earl greys (i.e. no flowers in the blend itself)?
And I was wondering about flavouring with bergamot too, some say “scented with”, some say “flavouring” but does that just mean scented?
Its so interesting that there are so many factors involved to get a decently flavoured tea! Sorry for the longwinded comment, earl grey is my favourite and this kind of stuff just fascinates me :D

LiberTEAS

Miss Sweet: It fascinates me as well! And it is interesting!

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I blended this blend a while ago. I wanted to improve upon this flavor idea… so I used Jasmine Pearls and Japanese Green Sencha and flavored them with Passionfruit and Orange.

Pleasant, fresh and fruity taste with a whisper of jasmine. LOVE it!

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I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

If you ever reblended this one, I’d buy it. I like the Lipton’s version for a bagged green tea. I bet yours is waaay better.

LiberTEAS

Chrine: that was actually my inspiration for this blend. I went to a restaurant and all they had was Liptons (yuck) but this blend sounded intriguing enough so I tried it and was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying it. However, as I sat there sipping it, I kept thinking of ways that I’d improve upon it. Like using jasmine pearls and Sencha instead of whatever green base they were using.

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This particular custom blend is a blend of Nilgiri, Assam, and a high grown Ceylon, along with a few spices that I tossed in, just for fun.

The tea is very pleasant. STRONG. Got a lot of “get up and go” to it. Nice malty backdrop. Smooth transition of flavors. The spices I used (ginger and pepper) add a nice, peppery kick that compliments some of the Nilgiri notes quite well.

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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

LOVE the name!

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Another tasting from the sample sent to me from Doulton… thank you so much!

As I sit here, waiting for the cup to cool to a drinkable temperature, I am smelling it. I love the aroma – the raisin scent smells so delicious… sort of reminds me of warm oatmeal… and it’s making me hungry!

The strongest flavor when I first sip is that of the raisin. The chocolate develops as I continue to sip the tea. I think that if I were to change anything, it would be the chocolate flavor of this… but I am a chocoholic, what can I say? Other than that, this is really a nice, rich, decadent blend.

I also really like the black tea base that 52 teas uses. It has a nice richness to it, but, it never seems to overpower the flavors that are part of the blend.

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TeaEqualsBliss

OMG! Guess what song just started playing on the radio!!!? SERIOUSLY…Heard it thru the Grapevine!!! Altho it’s the original version…still reminds me of the California Raisins! :)

LiberTEAS

I loved that commercial!

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drank Amethyst by Old Wilmington Tea Co
4366 tasting notes

Today has been kind of a crazy day, and I haven’t been able to take a moment to make myself a cup of tea! This is the first cup of the day for me!

So for my first cup, I decided I needed Oolong! I received my package from Old Wilmington Tea the other day, and I was just thrilled with their presentation. And not only did I get a free sample of tea, but a free sample of tea mints too! I like it when a company pays attention to the little details like this – it’s so special … it’s better than getting something I ordered … it’s like getting a gift!

Fun!!!

Anyways, THIS tea is the reason I placed the order with Old Wilmington in the first place. I saw someone else write a tea note about Amethyst tea… and I knew I had to get it. I probably would have even ordered it if it were a Lapsang Souchong! haha! You see… my daughter’s name is Amethyst. :)

But… as a bonus… not only is this tea named Amethyst… but it is an OOLONG tea too.

A very deeply oxidized Oolong, it possesses a delicate smoky quality to it and a slight earthy quality as well. There are buttery notes as well… but it is more of a savory buttery flavor rather than a sweet one. A very pleasant nutty tone as well. I’m really liking it.

Delightful!!!

Many more happy infusions to follow!

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

After the second infusion, I looked at the leaves, and they still have at least one more infusion to go (they aren’t even completely opened up yet!) The tea is still very flavorful – delicious… and I can definitely see why they called it Amethyst. The leaves look quite purple… as does the brewed liquor. A very pleasant Oolong.

Jenn-cha

I’ve gotten up to six infusions from it. Glad to know someone else is enjoying this too!

Your daughter has a beautiful name :)

LiberTEAS

Thank you Jenn-cha! I managed five infusions out of it last night before it was time for bed. I think I could have gotten another infusion from it. These leaves are so slow to open up completely – telling me that they have so much flavor in them. They’re so beautiful.

~lauren.

Ohh, loving Amethyst as a name for your daughter!

TeaEqualsBliss

Do you have any of this left by chance!?

LiberTEAS

No… sorry… I only had a small package of it (sample size) and it’s gone. :(

TeaEqualsBliss

No worries :)

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This is a tea that I received in a swap.

The dry leaf smells delicious. VERY fruity. I can smell the mango and peach much stronger than the watermelon. The brewed liquor takes on a different smell, kind of like Ceylon tea and fruit. (imagine that!)

This is a tea that absolutely needs sweetening to arouse the flavors in the cup. Without the sweetening, it tasted rather dull.

This tea doesn’t really taste much like watermelon or mango… I can taste some of the peach… and maybe a little bit of mango… but very little watermelon.

That’s not to say that it’s a bad tasting tea, it’s alright… it has a pleasant fruity taste, but, it is just not what I had expected or hoped for.

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Of the three teas in the third series, this was the tea I feared the most. I am not a smoky tea fan by any stretch of the imagination. I can appreciate a delicate smoky back note to a tea so long as it enhances the overall tea flavor. But one that is so strong in its smoky essence that this is the first aroma I sense, and the first flavor I taste… not for me.

But I still ordered the collection as I was lured in by the Steepster Select offer… and I do love the Earl Grey and especially the Jasmine of this collection. And… I must admit, I LOVE the tin and its graphics. Reminds me of Motley Crue.

Yet, I am a taster, so I didn’t want to let this tea to without tasting it. It is smoky. I “rinsed the tea.” It is still smoky. I added raw sugar. It is still smoky. Then I heated up some milk, added a dash of cinnamon to the milk, and whipped it into a froth, and turned this smoky tea into a smoky latte. It’s still smoky. But, with the little touch of cinnamon and the latte… it’s a tolerable smoke for me.

My dear Doulton … if you don’t mind, I am sending the rest of this to you. I have seen how much you love it, and I truly appreciate the work you put into the Dammann Frères teas. I hope that this small token will show you how much I do appreciate it. I also hope you don’t mind… but, I took the tea out of the tin. I … um… collect tins. And I love this one… The tea, sans the tin, but safely deposited into a tea storage bag… will be headed your way in tomorrow’s post.

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Stephanie

I’m glad you braved tasting Caravan! Thanks for documenting it! :)

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Thank you Doulton

This tea smells amazing! The fruity aroma is very strong. The blood orange is the most pronounced scent, but I can smell that there are other fruits there, and upon closer examination, I could detect a distinct berry-like scent as well as that of peach. I knew there was something else there too, but I wasn’t sure what… so when I checked the Dammann Frères website, I saw that this is a blend of blood orange, peach, strawberry and cherry. It was the cherry that I couldn’t discern, but now that I know what it is, it seems very clearly to me to be cherry.

As other Steepsters have noted, the flavors are quite a bit softer than the aroma would lead one to believe. But that doesn’t bother me at all, because I like that I can really taste the tea in this blend. The fruit flavors are there though, don’t get me wrong. I really like the balance of flavors in this cup. I like the sweet fruity flavors, the strong black tea presence, and the slight sharp note that I detect in the finish that I contribute to the sunflower petals.

A beautifully flavored tea!

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds great!

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This is a sampling from Doulton (Thank you!!!)

The very first flavor I got when I took a sip was that of raisin. Since that is pretty unusual for me when it comes to raisin teas (generally, I have to drink a little bit before I get much raisin taste), I was quite happy to taste the raisin immediately.

The chocolate is quite a bit more subtle for me. Now that I am about 1/3 of the way into the cup, the chocolate is more pronounced, so it just took a while for the chocolate to hit.

I am really liking this tea. Still not my favorite from 52Teas, but it is really good.

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