4315 Tasting Notes

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
4315 tasting notes

This is one of the only green teas that I enjoy as a latte… and it is YUMMY!

The creamy vanilla flavoring in the tea is accented well by the addition of the steamed milk. I like that the mint is strong here but not so much that it overwhelms the grassy nature of the green tea.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve been wanting to try this for AGES!!!! :P

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My order from Den’s arrived! I ordered a couple of teas as well as their Green Tea Sampler (just for fun!) so that I could get over the $30 so I could get the Gyrokuro.

This is the first tea that I’m trying from Den’s. The color of the tea is very bright green, much like a thin Matcha, but the aroma … is most prominently of Genmaicha. YUM! I love me some Genmaicha!

YUM! Did I say that already? I love the roasty-toasty flavor of Genmaicha. The matcha is not quite as prominent as the Genmaicha, but, it is still quite pleasant and mildly sweet.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Tropical Peony by Tavalon Tea
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I thought I’d brew some more of this so that I could sit down and write a review of it for the Tea Review Blog. This time, I used a little more leaf, as the last time I had this I felt that the tea was a bit softer than I wanted. I feel that this tea definitely benefits from a little extra leaf.

The flavor is nice. Certainly not my favorite white tea, or even my favorite tropical tea, but it’s still pretty good. The pineapple and coconut seem to meld very well here – almost to the point where it is difficult to discern one from the other… rather, they seem to become “one fruit” if that makes sense.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Tea Guys
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Yum! This tea seems to get better with each time I brew it. I guess it’s growing on me.

The ginger has a pleasant kick to it, not extraordinarily spicy, just a nice warmth and a little peppery kick. The peach is sweet and delicious, but that sweetness does not overwhelm the cup. I can also taste the cinnamon here and it plays well with the ginger.

A very nice, well rounded blend of tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmai Green Tea by Rishi Tea
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Since I’m in the process of cooking dinner, I thought I’d serve something on ice. I recently procured this tea from my local Whole Foods.

I was a bit hesitant to “brew” it in cold water – but it does dissolve quickly.

The flavor is true to a good quality Genmaicha tea – just cold! I don’t typically drink my genmaicha teas cold so it’s rather unusual for me in that respect. But I’m finding it quite enjoyable. No sweetening necessary, like genmaicha it has a natural sweetness to it that is a pure delight.

I’m really liking it!

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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My order from Lupicia arrived today. I’m thrilled!

Before I begin with my tasting notes, I want to talk a bit about grapefruit green tea. Last year, I went to Tohono Chul Park (in Tucson, AZ), and of course I had to dine in their tea room. I had their high tea, and I selected their grapefruit green tea to accompany my meal. It was absolutely delightful. Since that time, I’ve been looking for a grapefruit green tea that is as delightful. So far, I haven’t yet found one (I did contact the supplier of that tea. They did get back to me to tell me when they would sell locally. However, I live in Washington state, not AZ, so I couldn’t attend their local sale. I asked them if I might procure from them via mail, but they have not replied to that request)

So… that is why I ordered from Lupicia – in the hopes that their Grapefruit Green tea might be as good as I remember the tea being in Tucson…

Alas… it is not. That is not to say it is not a good tea, it is decent. A fresh, grassy taste to the leaves which is the strongest profile of the cup. The grapefruit is a very pleasing flavor, not overwhelmingly sour but pleasantly tart, with a nice citrus-y aftertaste. I like. But still, my search must go on!

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

I must say that as I continue to drink this tea, the flavors develop significantly. I like it much better now than I did when I first took a sip.

LiberTEAS

The second infusion of the leaves is quite a bit softer in flavor – but I am enjoying it, and I don’t know if I could tell you if I prefer the stronger flavor of the first cup or the softer taste of this one. What I can tell you is that I’m liking it the more I drink it and I think that with my next entry into my tealog about this tea, I shall have to up the ranking a bit.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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Now that I feel human again (thanks Allergi-TEA), I can move on to some Simple Leaf. I just love this tea! I just got it yesterday – but – it is HEAVENLY.

Nutty notes, cocoa, roasty/smoky notes… simply divine. I’m off to write a review of it for the Tea Review Blog!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I just finished writing a review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog, and I’m about to infuse the leaves a second time. Oh… how I love this tea. Let me count the ways!!!

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drank Allergi-TEA by Liber Teas
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A bit of a backlog here – I started the morning with a cup of my Allergi-TEA. My allergies are in full swing. I wake up with my eyes swollen, my throat feeling a bit like sandpaper, and coughing, sneezing, and just basically miserable. My Allergi-TEA really helps me feel human again. Soothes the throat, calms the coughing, and my eyes don’t itch any more. For that alone, I am giving it a perfect score this time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Cinnamon Fig Rooibos by 52teas
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Well, it’s getting late, so it’s time to switch to some caffeine free tea! This is the last of my package of this tea… I have enjoyed it.

This is definitely a rooibos blend that benefits from an extended brew time. I allowed it to steep for 10 minutes.

The flavor of the cinnamon is pleasant. Not a strong, spicy presence, more of a sweet cinnamon-y taste. I am not sure if this is because of the rooibos – perhaps the natural sweetness of the rooibos brings out the sweeter notes of the cinnamon?

The fig in this blend is a bit softer than I would like it to be – I love figs! But I really like the combination of fig and cinnamon. A decent cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Fleur De Vie by Art of Tea
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After relishing every drop of four very flavorful infusions of my Oolong tea, it was time to move on to something new…

My Art of Tea order also arrived this afternoon. This is one of two teas that I ordered. I recently tasted Tulsi in another blend and really liked it, so I just couldn’t resist trying this one too.

I like it – it has a very strong floral presence. The bergamot really seems to highlight some of the characteristics of the rose.

I think that next time I brew this tea, I am going to increase the amount of tea, and perhaps adjust the brewing time and temperature a bit. The flavors just feel a bit “off” to me – like it needs a bit more… of something. I don’t know what. I’m enjoying it, but, not as much as I think I could… so I think that I need to experiment a bit with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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