4366 Tasting Notes

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A very low temperature and short steep time is suggested by SpecialTeas for this tea, and I recommend it as well.

The aroma of the dry leaf is vegetal with pleasant floral notes. Upon brewing – or I should say, when I finished brewing and strained the tea through my smart brewing device, I could smell a very pungent vegetable scent… like freshly steamed vegetables with butter.

The flavor of this tea is excellent. The vegetative flavor is softer than the aroma suggests, it is smooth and buttery, with a slight bitter undertone. There is also a fruit essence. It amazes me that this much flavor came at such a low temperature with such a short steeping time – especially after my last cup of tea (Lupicia’s green paradise).

A very pleasant, complex cup of tea, making me eager to seek out other Gyokuro teas.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I’ve only had Adagio’s so far, but that was exactly my impression as well — eager to seek out other Gyokuros.

Cofftea

I’m SO glad SpecialTeas gives Japanese greens the respect they deserve in terms of steeping parameters!

LiberTEAS

I am absolutely in love with this tea. I also have a small sampling of Den’s Gyokuro, but I’ve been kind of hoarding it. LOL

LiberTEAS

For the second infusion, I steeped at 140 degrees for just 45 seconds, according to the suggested brewing parameters by SpecialTeas (they suggested a shorter brew time for the second and third infusion)… the flavor is smoother in this second infusion, but still very flavorful – delightful! Love it!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
4366 tasting notes

This is one of two free samples that I received in my order from Lupicia a couple of weeks ago… while rummaging through my samplings this afternoon, this one seemed to jump into my hand and beg me to brew it.

The aroma of the tea when I first opened the pouch was overwhelming – a vibrant smell of tropical fruit.

The sample came in a tea pyramid, and after seeing how much the leaf expanded, I wish I would have cut open the pyramid and infused the tea as a loose leaf. The infused leaves completely filled the pyramid to the point of looking overstuffed!

The flavor of this tea pales in comparison to the aroma of it. When I smelled how beautifully fragrant it was, I was expecting a very pronounced flavor, but, it really isn’t. The flavors are very soft. I can taste a subtle, melon-y kind of flavor to it, as well as a touch of citrus and maybe even a little coconut? Because the flavors are so soft it’s difficult to discern just what I’m tasting beyond the flavor of the bancha tea.

It’s not a bad tasting tea, it’s just a bit soft in flavor so it becomes difficult to know what I’m tasting beyond green tea. There is something there but I really wish it were stronger. It’s one that I would actually be interested in trying again, simply so that I could try to discern some of the flavor… kind of like a mystery that needs to be solved.

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

Holy jumping teas, Batman!

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90

Another sampling from Doulton!

When I first saw Andrews & Dunham’s third series, THIS is the tea that I really wanted to try from the three. I didn’t think I would be interested at all in the Caravan as I’m not really into smoky teas, and the Jasmine didn’t excite me to the point of wanting to place the order. I mean, Jasmine greens are great, don’t get me wrong, I love jasmine… but, I so prefer jasmine pearls to jasmine greens and since I have quite a few jasmine pearls I didn’t feel the necessity to order a jasmine green.

That being said, and now after having tasted both the Jasmine and the Earl Grey from A&D – I must admit that the tea I am now excited to receive from them is the Jasmine!

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good Earl Grey. But lately, I’ve tasted some really REMARKABLE Earl Greys (Lupicia, Steven Smith Teamaker), and this one isn’t quite as remarkable as those two. However, this is a very, very good Earl Grey.

I like that the bergamot in this tea is a very clear and focused flavoring. You can actually taste that the bergamot is an orange in this tea which is something that I can’t always taste, because the bergamot oils used in some other teas tend to be too flowery. This has less flower and more fruit.

The tea base is much smoother than in the other two Earl Grey teas I mentioned in this note, and perhaps that is the reason why I prefer those… I’d like the black tea in this to be just a little brisker… and if it were, this might be a contender.

Overall, an excellent Earl Grey, but not an exceptional one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Enjoyed my second infusion of this tea as well. The flavor is smoother, almost seamless! I think I might like the second better than the first.

LiberTEAS

Oh… and my order from A&D did arrive today! Woo hoo!

Stephanie

I’m drinking my first mug of A&D Earl Grey right now. And I agree with you. This is good, but not great. But then again, I like my Earl Grey’s super strong and aromatic. But this Earl is kind of “scruffy” in cool, artsy way. The bergamot flavoring is interesting and different somehow.

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: yes… I agree with you… it has a very different quality to it than other Earl Grey teas I’ve tasted… I like it… but if given the choice between this and Lupicia’s… I’d choose Lupicia’s.

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This is really tasty.

The flavor of the rooibos is a perfect union for the root beer flavor… and the flavor seems to nicely off-set that funky, saccharine-ish flavor from the rooibos that I generally find so off-putting when it comes to rooibos.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this blend. I didn’t try it with milk this time around, but, I think when I brew up the last of my sample, I will froth up some milk and serve this latte style to see how/if that enhances the “float” part of the flavoring.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

oooooo sounds neat!

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95
drank Jasmine Pearls by Custom
4366 tasting notes

I must really be happy with me today, because not only did I have Norbu Oolong tea, but I’m treating myself to some Jasmine Pearls.

Now, a little explanation – these are “custom” because, well, I get my jasmine pearls from various sources. There are some perks to being a tea purveyor. Anyways… as I haven’t really found much difference from brand to brand, I just keep them in my pretty little washi paper tin, combining them as I get them… and to be honest, I really don’t know which source(s) I received these from.

Anyways, until I find the “perfect” pearl – if it exists – a pearl is a pearl is a pearl… and all are equally lovely in my eyes.

When it comes to pearls, I have found that a moderately low temperature and extended brewing time works wonders.

The flavor is amazing. Jasmine. Smooth, delicious, sweet green tea leaves, delicate in flavor. Sweet, floral jasmine tantalizing my palate. Delightful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Good idea! Now that you made this listing, I may use it as well once I try each one separately once. Do you combine pearls of different sizes/types?

LiberTEAS

Well, most jasmine pearls (green tea pearls) I’ve come across are basically the same size, or vary only slightly, so I combine the pearls I receive from my various sources. They might call them jasmine pearls, or jasmine pheonix tears or jasmine dragon thing-a-ma-bobs, or whatever, but basically, I’ve found no real difference between one company’s jasmine pearls and another company’s jasmine pearls. And I do try them before I combine them… to see if there is a difference… because I am searching for the perfect pearl. However, these… are very, very close to perfection.

Jillian

If you want a good jasmine pearl, Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmine is excellent IMO, and I’ve heard a lot of people rave about Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl Green.

Cofftea

I’ve only had oolong pearls… combining them w/ green pearls (which is what I meant by “type”), might be kinda interesting.

LiberTEAS

Cofftea: No, I haven’t combined Oolong pearls with green pearls. By Oolong pearls are you referring to the rolled “greener” Oolong leaves?

Cofftea

I’m refering to oolongs like Adagio’s Jasmine #12.

LiberTEAS

Ah…yes, that is definitely a pearl… although I haven’t tried it – I imagine it’s a bit larger than a green pearl. I think I must try this one the next time I place an order with adagio. I do love jasmine Oolongs… this one sounds right up my alley.

Cofftea

The jasmine pearls (also oolong) in the maestro collection are quite tiny.

SoccerMom

LiberTEAS, I have a sampler tin of jasmine #12 if you’d like it I could send it to you?

Cofftea

Take her up on it LiberTEAS, it’s yummy!

SoccerMom

I must warn you both I have an ulterior motive.:) I want to send her another Oolong my favorite oolong ever and see if LiberTEAS has ever tried one similar and if SO what she knows about it. I buy mine locally and the shop owner doesn’t tell me much about it (I think she just orders it and doesn’t know much about it).

LiberTEAS

SoccerMom: I’d appreciate that a great deal! And I’d be happy to try your oolong and see if there is one similar. Is there something I can send you in exchange?

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Finishing up the last of this sampling that Doulton sent me. Thank you! You are so kind!

I really like this tea – I think I may even like the smoky quality to it! And that’s not an easy feat. I notice that the smokiness is more in the aroma than in the flavor though. If I smell the tea before I sip (which I normally do) the taste is much smokier than if I sip without a deep inhale. But… I don’t find the smoky flavor here unpleasant – quite the opposite, actually.

I use a little extra leaf and steep a little less time than the brewing parameters suggest… and the tea comes out perfectly for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Vienna Green by Teany
4366 tasting notes

Now that I’ve steeped the last from my Oolong, I thought I’d have some Vienna Green.

On a slightly unrelated note, I wish that teany included photos of their tea on their website. It would make life so much easier for this tea reviewer!

This tea is yummy. Chocolate is well pronounced in the cup, but I can also taste the green tea – pleasant, fresh, and only very slightly vegetative. A toasted sweetness from the nuts. I can also taste a slight buttery flavor to the overall blend – a very rich, creamy taste. Very decadent. YUMMY!

This is a tea that absolutely requires a low temperature for steeping. Too high a heat will give this tea a really blah taste…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

i sooooooo want to try anything from teany….jealous…lol…

LiberTEAS

I also increased my rating for this tea. The last time I steeped this tea and rated it, I think I had my water too hot, because it did have that blah taste I mention in the note. Now… it’s just delightful!

LiberTEAS

I am sending you a sampling of this one, I think and also the green chai. I am really low on the golden nepal otherwise I’d send you some of that too.

TeaEqualsBliss

yay…thanks…u r too good to me…hugs

silvermage2000

Nice review this seems so interesting hope to try this eventually.

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95

Oolong! It’s been a couple of days since I’ve enjoyed Oolong – I’m overdue!

So to make up for it, I chose one of my favorites. This Oolong is amazing. Buttery, rich, floral. Almost jasmine-esque but not quite… maybe like a cross between jasmine and orchid, and maybe even honeysuckle. So… amazing.

And… already gone. I need to steep again!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Norbu = LOVE

LiberTEAS

Yes… Norbu has the very best Oolongs… I think when I die, I want someone to stuff my coffin with Ali Shan Oolong. LOL

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes! I’m with ya there!!!!

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drank Moorish Mint by Samovar
4366 tasting notes

Another sample from the order I received last week.

In reading the ingredients, one might think that this is kind of like a green chai tea with peppermint, but, it doesn’t taste like a chai to me. The peppermint is the strongest flavor here, and the other spices in the blend act more as an enhancement or an accent for the peppermint than as the basis for a chai blend.

Either way, it’s quite tasty. I like the ginger in this blend especially, it has a pleasant, peppery kick to it – a nice contrast with the crisp, vibrant flavor of the peppermint. The green tea base really is just that – a base, but not much definition to it.

Overall, though, a pleasant and soothing cup.

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

I just finished submitting my review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog and have finished my second infusion of the leaves – I think I like the second infusion even more than the first!

LENA

I love drinking this tea and actually crave it at times.

__Morgana__

This is one of my all time fave raves so far. It was the beginning of my Samovar love.

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I’ve had a few different Earl Grey teas lately, and they’ve all been quite good. This is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t know if I like Lupicia’s Earl Grey better… one of these days I’ll have to do a side by side on the two and see which one I prefer. But, even if Lupicia’s is first, this one would probably be second. Although… I’ve not tried A&D’s Earl Grey yet (Maybe I’ll try the sampling that Doulton sent me later today), so… that could change after tasting that one.

Wow… I feel like I’m rambling!

OK… what makes this Earl Grey so great? Well, it’s the blend of tea, for one thing. Not just a Ceylon, but, an excellent blend of Ceylons as well as a delightful Assam that provides a very pleasing malty touch. Bold and brisk, yet, smooth. A very well rounded blend.

The bergamot flavoring is strong but not perfume-ish. It’s been flavored perfectly.

YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LENA

Not sure why, but when I see the name of that tea, it makes me think of someone sinister. Like Lord Voldemort tea. I’m glad you liked it though.

LiberTEAS

LOL – I hate to admit this, but if someone made a Lord Voldemort tea, I’d probably buy it – so long as it’s not snake flavored or something.

gmathis

Voldemort tea … wouldn’t that be smoke, mold, and bug flavored? :o)

LiberTEAS

eww…….

AmazonV

it’s all your fault my cupboard is going to fall on me ;) i caved and bought some (ok so it isn’t hard to convince me to buy tea…) steven smith teas, including this one

LiberTEAS

AmazonV: Trust me, you won’t be sorry. I’ve tried three of his teas thus far (this one, Bungalow and Mao Feng Shui. The Mao Feng Shui is amazing and one of my favorite green teas. This is definitely one of my favorite Earl Grey teas.

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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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