4405 Tasting Notes

75
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
4405 tasting notes

I am still dealing with my nasal infection, and it feels like my tongue has been wrapped in cotton… it feels buffered, and my taste buds are having a hard time (for the most part) discerning flavor. I think that this might just be worse than the other symptoms of the infection – because I MISS being able to drink tea. Yes, I can still drink tea, but, part of me feels like “what’s the point?” because I can’t really enjoy it.

So, I have still been drinking teas, but, I am drinking ones that I’ve already tasted before… so that I don’t miss out on some interesting flavor that my taste buds wouldn’t pick up on right now.

With my nasal infection this doesn’t really taste much like an Oolong. But, it is still alright… at least I know it does taste better than I’m tasting right now…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Hope it gets better soon.

Erin

Oh no! That’s horrible, not being able to taste tea. At least you’re still drinking it regardless, as it will probably help you to get better soon. At least I hope so, for your sake!

LiberTEAS

In order to taste food whatsoever, I have to use hot sauce! It’s like I’m an Observer (from the TV show Fringe, if you aren’t familiar with what an Observer is). Since I’m not too keen on adding hot sauce to my tea, I’ve been adding ample amounts of ginger. But not to this tea, because it just didn’t seem right to add ginger to Oolong for some reason……

Erin

I’m sure you’ve already seen a doctor for medical advice (and I’m certainly not a doctor – I’m a boy-crazy 19-year old), but have you tried using something called a Netti Pot (not sure if I spelled that right…). It looks like a tiny teapot and you fill it with a saline solution and shove it up your nose to cleanse your sinuses. It really washes you out and has always helped me avoid getting sinus infections.

Cofftea

Ginger to every tea! lol. I love adding ginger to their dancong aria.

Cofftea

Erin, Netti Pots are AWESOME!

LiberTEAS

Erin – my doctor has me on all kinds of medications including a nasal spray. I’ve never used the Netti Pot… but I will have to look for one the next time I’m at the drugstore. I don’t usually get nasal infections… Usually this time of year, I just get my allergies… and that is what I thought THIS was for a while until it kept getting worse and worse, finally I went to the doctor. I thought maybe I had an ear infection because my ears kept getting that “fuzzy” kind of sound to them, but, it ended being a nasal infection. I am feeling better than I was a week ago… but I sooooo look forward to getting my taste buds back! I have so much tea that I want to try that I’ve received over the last couple of weeks, and I haven’t tried it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to taste it… and I didn’t want to waste a tea I haven’t tasted yet when my taste buds are so impaired.

gmathis

Tazo Refresh is one of my go-to’s when I’m stuffed up … that, and anything with some mint: for inhaling, if not for drinking. Feel better.

Stephanie

I hope you feel better soon!!

Pyroxy

Yeah, nothing worse than drinking tea on a stuffy nose. :/

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drank Chai by Custom
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This tea comforts me a great deal while I’m trying to recover from the nasal infection. The peppery ginger is very … well, peppery/gingery! It’s nice to taste something!

I can actually taste more of the other aspects of this tea today, perhaps I am getting more of my taste buds back. I can taste the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The Assam tea is there too. Nice!

TeaEqualsBliss

Hope you are back up to par soon!!!!

SoccerMom

Awww Hope you feel better soon!

__Morgana__

Feel better!

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drank Chai by Custom
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Well, I think that my description pretty much says it all. I can taste the ginger most prominently. The rest of it pretty much lingers in the background because my taste buds are not up to par at the moment. Honey and ginger. And very soothing heat.

Not going to rate this because, well, I am not in any condition to really do so.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
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To finish up the sampling of this tea that Doulton sent me (thank you!) I brewed it up and refrigerated it so that I could enjoy it iced. Iced is where this tea really shines!

It has a fruity and somewhat spicy character (not as in chai spicy, or hot spicy, but, a mild spiced quality), and it is pleasantly sweet. A very refreshing iced tea.

Ricky

Wait up! Iced black tea? Hmmm, I suppose that works since it’s fruity.

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87
drank Golden Grapefruit by Tea Guys
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I really like this blend a lot. The more I drink it the more I like it. It’s got a nice balance of flavors.

The grapefruit is not sour, but there is a little tartness that rests on the tip of the tongue in the finish. I also like how the three “teas” (black tea, green tea, and green yerba mate) blend together. It tastes very fresh, vibrant and alive with flavor.

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

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This is one of my favorite Earl Grey teas! My review of this tea recently published on the Tea Review Blog … wanna read it? http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11470

The blend of black teas is what gives this tea its well rounded flavor. It tastes full and pleasant, brisk yet smooth. It has a malty character that plays to the qualities of the bergamot very well.

It is such a delight to have this in my teacup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

=envious

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80
drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
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Well, it’s late (about 1:20 am here) so it’s too late for caffeine. So, since I’m not headed to bed right away (hubby is on his way home – he works late on Friday nights) – I figured I’d brew myself something nice and relaxing.

Although it’s really nothing more than just pure peppermint leaves, this is one of the best pure peppermint herbal tisane I’ve tasted…… if not THE best I’ve tasted. The taste is so pure and clean and refreshing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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80
drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
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My order from Art of Tea arrived yesterday (which includes last week’s “Steepster Select” offer of the tasting set – haven’t used it yet, and I’m thinking I might save it and give it as a gift to someone, although haven’t decided on that either). I also ordered two teas at the same time, and this is one of them.

The dry leaf smells very strongly of melon (delicious), in fact, it’s like I just cut through a ripe cantaloupe! I must admit, though, to some disappointment that I cannot smell the jasmine. The brewed tea possesses a much softer fragrance, although hints of melon are still present.

The melon flavor is much softer than the aroma of the dry leaf lead me to believe. I mostly taste white tea, it is quite delicate in taste (as most white teas tend to be), fresh tasting, pleasant. I can taste the melon but, it is also quite delicate – which I suppose is probably good because I don’t know how I’d feel if the flavoring overwhelmed the white tea. The jasmine is also making its appearance on the palate. The two flavors – jasmine and melon – creates a very intriguing flavor combination, but I like it.

Art of Tea promotes this as a good tea for iced tea… although I am not completely convinced, as the flavor is quite delicate. I shall have to see whether the flavor develops or mutes as the cup cools.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Sounds delicious! I need to find a good melon flavored white tea.

JacquelineM

This is giving me an idea re some GM white persian melon mixed w A+D jasmine green cold brewed iced tea! Gotta file that in my head for a very hot day!!!

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75
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Time for Oolong!

Formosa Oolong is where I got my “start” with Oolong, and so it will always hold a dear place in my heart, even though I’ve since discovered green Oolongs and I quite enjoy them. There is still something so delightful about a beautiful Formosa.

The natural peach-like flavor of the Oolong tea is a nice match to the sweet, nutty notes of the almond essence. It is a really tasty tea without additions, but, I think just a small dollop of honey accents it just enough to encourage some of the sweeter almond flavors to develop in the cup.

While this is certainly not the best Oolong I’ve ever tasted, it is good, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to taste it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
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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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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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