4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Bear by The NecessiTeas
4366 tasting notes

I received a bit of this in a package from Doulton today! Thank you Doulton!

This tea reminds me quite a bit of Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea from Harney & Sons, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea from Harney & Sons that’s being resold by this company.

So… you know those red hot candies? The little tiny red candies that are super cinnamon-y hot? Now, imagine them all liquefied (but not sticky!) and in a teacup! What you would have is this tea. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Do you have any H&S to do a SBS comparison?

LiberTEAS

I do have some, courtesy of Doulton! She sent me some of the Harney tea as well as this.

Cofftea

Funny you would possibly get the same tea just distributed by 2 different companies from the same person lol.

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50
drank Rooibos Jasmine by Adagio Teas
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I absolutely adore jasmine – I’ve had it in herbal blends, green teas (I love pearls especially), white teas, oolong teas, and black teas. But until this evening I hadn’t tried jasmine rooibos.

A very interesting aroma to the tea. The Jasmine seems a bit stronger than I’m used to – but that is a good thing!

A nice flavor – a pleasant balance between rooibos – naturally sweet and nutty with woodsy notes – and jasmine – sharp, floral, and amazing! Yeah I did mention that I love jasmine right?

So far… I’m liking it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
~lauren.

LiberTEAS, have you tried Andrews & Dunham DFT Jasmine Green yet? I only ask because I tried it yesterday (first time) and it was gorgeous (aroma, taste -1st infusion) but I’m a novice with Jasmine teas and you sound quite the expert. I’d love to read your review about it.

LiberTEAS

Lauren: I haven’t yet tried the Jasmine Green from Andrews & Dunham, but I did receive a sampling of it from Doulton today, so I will most likely be trying it a little later!

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My order from NecessiTeas finally came! This is the first tea I’m trying from NecessiTeas, and I’m glad it’s a good one.

As a fan of bread pudding, I find the aroma of this tea to be irresistible. So yummy.

I can taste the rum – Nice! The rum really accentuates the raisin flavor of this blend, which is a good thing as I find that very often with raisin flavored blends, the raisin flavor can be somewhat indistinguishable. The custard and cream flavor adds a sweet smoothness to the tea. YUM!

A very pleasant tasting tea. I like that the flavors are strong. This yum factor almost makes up for the long wait I had for the order… if the other teas I’ve ordered are as good, I’ll be willing to place another order in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I suspect that this blend would be amazing “latte” style, so the next time I make this tea I will froth up some milk and see how well it fairs.

teabird

Ohh, that sounds delicious!

AmazonV

pssst what else did you get?

Jenn-cha

I’ll have to try this one on my next order. I should be getting my first order tomorrow or monday. I ordered it two weeks ago, wrote on wednesday to inquire what the status of my order was and the owner wrote back to say it was shipped and apologized for the delay…she had just had a baby! So that’s what caused the long wait :)

LiberTEAS

AmazonV: I also got the root beer rooibos, pineapple upside down cake, and coco la ven.

AmazonV

My two tins of root beer float arrived today, i can’t wait to see your notes on the others, i’m a little afraid of some of the flavors sounding great and tasting weak or not like they sound

LiberTEAS

This particular tea has a very strong flavor. And, the leaves are good for two infusions with the second one just a bit softer than the first – but still quite lovely.

__Morgana__

Hmm, I’m expecting a load o’ samples from them as well. Ordered on March 26. Should I worry?

LiberTEAS

I ordered my samples (that I received in this afternoon’s post) on March 21. So, I should think that yours are on their way…

Jenn-cha

I ordered mine on the 26th as well, Morgana, and she said they had been shipped so we should be getting them soon :)

Doulton

I put in and paid for an order on March 15 and received it on April 9th, after sending a prodding email.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Now I’m craving bread pudding! Tealogs have been making me want to eat certain things lately. I’m still wanting BBQ from that tealog. lol

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88
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
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Decided to take a break in my Oolong infusions (I’ll return to them in a bit) so that I could enjoy a chawan of Matcha. Two days in a row – not like me at all – Steepster is having an influence on me (not saying a bad or a good influence yet… LOL)

This is the first time I’ve tasted this ginger matcha from Art of Tea. This is not a matcha that I would recommend sifting because there are little itty bitty bits of ginger mixed into the matcha. The first time I saw one as I was whisking, I thought it was a bit of the bamboo that had come off of my whisk and I was disheartened… but, then I realized that it was ginger.

A very smooth, sweet flavor to the matcha, with just a bit of bitterness that reaches the tongue at the end of a sip. The ginger is not as pronounced as I might have expected it to be, and it is not a sharp, snappy ginger but, more of a warm, gentle ginger. I like it though. It offers an interesting taste along with the vegetative quality of the matcha.

As I near the bottom of the chawan, the ginger flavor becomes a bit stronger AND I can notice the matcha doing that familiar coating of the palate as the liquid gets a little thicker toward the end. And it’s a pleasant taste when you get a little bitty bit of the ginger and bite into it… YUM!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
LiberTEAS

As you get to the bottom, there are several bits of ginger… it’s sort of like a “surprise” treat. Oh… and yum – peppery heat from biting into the bitty bits of ginger. I’m loving it!

AmazonV

you make me want to try some, darn you and you delicious tasting note, no more tea for me! (well not for a while)

Cofftea

YUMMY IN THE TUMMY! I’ve made my own ginger matcha by adding matcha to ginger water (ginger tisane, but I call it ginger water since it has no liquor).

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YUM! Oolong!

The flavor of this Oolong is intense. Floral, buttery, divine! There are only a few tastes that can elevate me to this sense of divine feeling – a superb Oolong such as this, a vanilla bean chocolate truffle from Moonstruck, or a perfect carrot. :)

Smooth, rich, beautiful. I love this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

My second infusion of leaves is equally as delightful, although the flavors are a bit less intense. Of course, that could also be a side effect of biting into those bitty bits of ginger from my ginger matcha… after that intensity, the softer, sweeter flavors of flower and butter maybe are not quite as shocking.

TeaEqualsBliss

You know how I LOVE my Norbu! :P

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89
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Oh, this is lovely! The black tea is robust but not so much so that it overpowers the flavor of the roasted chestnuts. The flavor is nutty and a little sweet, toasty with just a hint of smoke and malt. Full-bodied and pungent. I am really enjoying this!

I am currently on my second infusion of these leaves. Both infusions have been very flavorful and delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

The exclamation point threw me off – I googled it and it means Hot Chestnuts! in French :) I didn’t know!

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87
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
4366 tasting notes

I love cherry flavored sencha teas, especially in the spring time.

The aroma is very vegetative but with a pleasing cherry note.

The flavor is very nice – the cherry sencha teas I’ve tasted in the past possess a stronger cherry flavoring, but are often on the verge of being too sweet or too much like cherry cough syrup. The fruit flavor here is lighter, but much more natural tasting.

The sencha leaves are very fresh tasting. Strong vegetative quality.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this flavored sencha.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of the leaves is even better than the first! The vegetative nature of the leaves softens a bit and unifies with the cherry flavor, which is much more pronounced (but still natural in flavor) in this infusion. I may just need to give my score on this tea an upgrade.

~lauren.

Did your sencha taste extremely buttery? I had this the other day and I couldn’t get over how buttery it was – ten minutes after I finished the tea, I still had the taste in my mouth, and an hour or so later with a totally different tea (prepared with a different set of teaware), I was still tasting butteryness in my mouth! Yours?

LiberTEAS

Yes, there is a distinct buttery note to this tea, although, it is not as strong to me as a green Oolong such as Ali Shan from Norbu (my favorite!) But, yes, the taste does – interestingly enough – stay with you after you’ve finished the cup. This was my last tea of the evening, so I can’t really comment on whether it affected my ability to properly taste another tea afterward, but, I will be sure to note that for future tastings.

Cherry senchas are among my favorites, though, there is something that is so very ‘spring’ about them, and spring doesn’t quite feel complete without drinking cherry sencha. This is the best cherry sencha I’ve tried, and I attribute that to both the flavoring which was incredibly natural as well as the tea which is very fresh, perhaps that is why it was so buttery. It was quite like buttered vegetables.

~lauren.

I think you nailed it – ‘buttered vegetables’, YES!

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96
drank Royal Garland by Samovar
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Woo Hoo! My samples from Samovar arrived today! I ordered several samples, this is the first one that I’m going to try…

As the package does suggest and since it worked so well with the Vinegar tea that I tasted earlier, I chose to pre-rinse this tea, and then steep at a lower temperature for 3 minutes.

The aroma is amazing. The dry leaves remind me very much of a flowery Oolong. However, when it’s brewed, the liquor is buttery, nutty, earthy, floral, fruity with a nice note of muscatel that I adore in a Darjeeling – but I don’t ever recall noticing in an Oolong! Remarkable! There is also a savory cocoa note to this tea’s fragrance. This may very well be one of the best smelling “unflavored” teas I’ve ever had the opportunity to smell. (It always seems weird to me to refer to teas as “unflavored” as I have found such remarkable complexity of flavors within a high quality “unflavored” tea)

And it tastes incredible! I am not going to suggest that it’s my favorite Oolong but it is an extraordinary Oolong that I really like a lot. So much, in fact, that I may just have to break down and purchase a larger quantity of these leaves.

A delightful Oolong – I look forward to many great infusions with this one!

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

My second and third infusions proved to be just as delightful as the first… perhaps even more so!

LiberTEAS

Five infusions! As I sip my fifth infusion, I find that the flavors are a bit less potent than they were in the previous infusions – it’s still quite delicious, but the flavor of this infusion signals me that the leaves have given up the best of what they have to give me. I hope I’ll find time tomorrow to try another Samovar sample!

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
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This is my first tasting of this Matcha from Den’s although I received the order well over a week ago. So many teas to taste…

The color of the prepared Matcha is a beautiful shade of bright green. Makes me wish I could paint with it!

Ahhh… Matcha! Thick and sweet and absolutely delightful. The flavor is smooth with no astringency, but I do taste a slight bitterness to it… but a good bitterness! It tastes very rich.

As yummy as this Matcha is, I do think I prefer DoMatcha. Perhaps I’m a bit spoiled? But, this is certainly good and worthy of my beautiful chawan. (Wanna see? http://www.flickr.com/photos/eccentricpastiche/4503534853/ )

Cofftea

I could never let a matcha sit for one day after getting it w/o trying much less over a week!

LiberTEAS

LOL! I also ordered some of the ginger matcha from Art of Tea, and I haven’t opened that package yet. I think I got it two weeks ago? I love Matcha… but, I being one who doesn’t like gismos or gadgets when it comes to tea preparation only make myself Matcha maybe once a week. Sometimes more… sometimes less.

Cofftea

Ginger matcha is next on my flavored list to get after the strawberry is gone… unless that’s pushed back by another WONDERFUL 52teas blend. I love ginger. I have matcha daily- almost always in my chawan but occasionally in a yogurt- sometimes both ways on those days.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t tried it in yogurt… but something I definitely will have to try… next time I’m at whole foods I’ll make a point to pick up some yogurt. Sounds yummy!!!

Stephanie

Yogurt + Matcha = Yummy Idea. I have some vanilla Cream-Top Brown Cow yogurt in the fridge—I’m going to try it with matcha right now!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Lovely chawan! I just love pottery teaware. Brown Cow yogurt is yum too!

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85
drank Vinegar Black by The Tea Farm
4366 tasting notes

Yep – this is another tea that I purchased just because it sounded weird. And yes, I am more than willing to taste a vinegar flavored tea before trying a peanut butter flavored one. I am a bit more fond of vinegar than of peanut butter…

This is a tea that really needs a “rinsing” before you steep. I brought a small amount of water to a boil, poured it over the leaves and then strained after just 10 seconds. This really improved the taste of the tea for me.

This is – surprisingly enough – a really good tea.

The aroma of the dry leaves is a lot like vinegar. Not as pungent-smelling as it would be if I were to open a bottle of vinegar, but it’s definitely vinegar. After brewing, the leaves take on a smoky aroma, as does the liquor.

But, as long as the leaves have been rinsed, the flavor does not present a strong smoky element. Don’t get me wrong, the smoky flavor is there, but it is quite in harmony with the other flavors of this cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Gotta try!

LiberTEAS

Cofftea, if you’d like, I’d be happy to send you a little sample of it. The smallest I was able to procure of this tea was an 8 ounce package, and even though I quite enjoy the tea, I would have to drink it every day to consume this much! Please feel free to send me a PM if you’re interested.

~lauren.

I live vicariously through brave people like you, LiberTEAS! Vinegar Black Tea, Oh my!

Doulton

I will have to try this one too. It sounds fascinating!

LiberTEAS

Anyone else who might be interested in trying this tea – I am happy to offer a sample to you as well. As I said, the smallest size that was available to order was 8 ounces – and this is much more than I need. Just shoot me a PM and I’ll be happy to send some out to you.

Stephanie

Vinegar Black—I’m so intrigued by this flavor. I love vinegary anything—especially on fish and chips!

AmazonV

i use vinegar on french fries, balsamic is best, nom nom

LiberTEAS

I love vinegar on french fries too, and on my fish… and on my green beans!

AmazonV

green beans hmmmm i think i may need to try that

LiberTEAS

It is something that I got started doing when I was very young… my gramma would drizzle a little vinegar on her green beans and I tried it that way, and now, I feel like something is missing when I eat them without vinegar.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m not brave enough. I do like vinegar. I’ve never had it on green bean though. I’ll have to try that. I got some green beans from the farmer’s market this morning too. Very unique sounding tea though.

Cofftea

LiberTEAS… the ONLY way I’ll eat green beans is if they are french cut canned (yes, they do taste different- but don’t ask me why) w/ apple cider vinegar and minced onion the way my own grandmother made them.

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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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