4366 Tasting Notes

drank Masterpiece Chai by Liber Teas
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After enjoying my breakfast blend and Allergi-TEA this morning (as usual), I decided to treat myself to a chai latte.

Not much more for me to say about a good chai (and if I do say so myself, this is a REALLY good chai!) than YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Honeybee by The Simple Leaf
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Time for some Oolong!

Honey notes, floral notes, a very pleasant, smooth, even flavor that glides over the palate. I love it!

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

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Good Afternoon! The last time I visited Whole Foods Market, I purchased this limited edition Dragonwell from the Tao of Tea. I have very much enjoyed their teas in the past so I felt confident that I’d like this one as well. Plus… I love their tins!

The dry leaf possesses a very strong vegetative quality that softens into more of a roasted vegetable scent once it’s brewed. It’s funny to me because there was once a time when I would find these aromas to be rather off-putting, but now I love them! I don’t know if I have become a more skillful tea brewer, or if my palate has acquired a better appreciation for green tea. Either way… now when I smell a high quality Dragon Well such as this… all I can think is … OH YUM!

The depth and complexity of flavor here is remarkable. I love the nutty quality of this tea as well as the faint vegetative characteristic… and there is even a pleasant floral note right at the start as the tea hits the tip of the tongue. There is very little astringency. Slightly buttery, just a hint of bitterness, a delicious sweetness. A lovely tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This tea provided me with four very flavorful infusions. I think the third one was my favorite!

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drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
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I’m preparing dinner, and I thought that this would go along really well with dinner. The black tea is astringent and quite brisk for a Ceylon (as I’ve commented before on Adagio’s black tea base), but what is even more remarkable about this tea is the sesame flavor. It’s so unusual, yet, quite tasty. It’s savory nature goes well with dinner.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Peach by Tea Guys
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We just got home from running errands. I just grabbed something from my enormous supply of bags of tea, and this is what I happened to grab. Fortunately, I am quite happy with that choice. YUM

The peach flavor is bright and juicy, and the ginger adds just enough peppery kick to it. Peach and ginger were made for each other! They compliment each other so well.

I really like that the flavors of this tea are strong enough to enjoy, yet not so incredibly strong that they overwhelm the flavor of the tea. Nicely balanced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Liber Teas
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Ahhh… I love my Breakfast Blend!

I really didn’t want to get up this morning! Fortunately, I have my Breakfast Blend to get me going. I have only taken a few sips but already I’m starting to feel more lively.

Nice bold flavor with a delightfully smooth vanilla touch! Mmmmmm!

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

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I am finishing the last of the Genmaicha Extra Green that I received as part of the Green Tea Sampler pack from Den’s Tea. Yum! Delightful roasted rice flavor, sweet green tea, just a touch of bitter, delicious! Green tea doesn’t get much better than Genmaicha!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, the second infusion isn’t as flavorful as the first. It’s still good, but, much of the matcha is gone at this point, and I miss the sweetness it delivers to the cup. Still tasty… just… not as tasty.

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This morning, I was looking for simplicity since it’s Monday and that usually means errands. So I reached for a teabag, and this is the tea that I grabbed.

As a tea purveyor, I have had a lot of tasting experience with Metropolitan Teas. They were one of the first big wholesale companies I encountered when I first started out. Some of their teas are very good, others, mediocre. I guess it could be argued that it is that way with all tea companies, though, since every tea tastes different to every individual palate, and what is good for me may not be good to you.

Anyways, I received this tea in a swap a while ago. I had tried their ice wine tea years ago, but not one that I wanted to sell since I wasn’t interested in teas flavored by other companies.

It is a good tea. I like the wine-like quality of it, it seems to capture the taste of sweet wine well. It has a nice, fruity flavor to it. The Ceylon black tea base is mild, although that is not uncommon for Ceylon tea.

Even though it tastes good, I find myself missing my usual “breakfast blend” this morning, so I have chosen not to rate this one with a numeric rating today. I don’t think it would be fair.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve enjoyed this one before…I have to swing by the shop that carries this brand and try some of the others ones, too! Thanks for the reminder!

gmathis

I love, love, love this one! I do most of my tea ordering in the fall in prep for cold weather, and I have never had the self control not to snarf it up immediately … so I’ve never had any during warm season to ice down. But I think the grape-ity-ness would be great cold.

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

LiberTEAS, i would like your advice on tea. will you pls add me?

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
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Yep… you guessed it, I bought it because it was one of those “weird” ones. And, hey, artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. So… I had to give it a chance.

And I am really glad that I did!

The aroma of the dry leaves is very unusual. It doesn’t really smell like artichoke to me. It does give off a certain vegetative scent but there are also sweet notes in there, sort of fruit-like, and maybe even a little floral. The brewed tea is much more vegetable, though.

Already I know that this is going to be a difficult tea for me to review, because when I steam my artichokes, I usually add garlic, lemon, pepper and laurel to the “steam” water. These additives give off their definite own aromas and flavors to the artichoke. I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever eaten an unseasoned artichoke… so like I said, it will be difficult to say definitively that this tastes like artichoke.

With that in mind, my first few sips, I wasn’t sure that I was tasting artichoke. I did, however, taste distinct lemon-y notes which is quite on par with how I would prepare my artichoke.

But I like it… and it was definitely worth buying, and it will definitely be worth trying again!

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of the leaves is full-flavored as well. Nice!

Ricky

Weird tea!!! It’s like cucumber white! Ahhhhh!

Jackie

how is the cucumber white? i’ve been tempted to get some to try…

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drank Formosa Pouchong by Narien Teas
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Time for my daily Oolong fix! What a delightful time of day it is!

Having a “daily Oolong” is something that is fairly recent for me. I would try an Oolong, fall in love with it (this happens with almost every Oolong I try!) and then I’d put it away and hoard it… deciding it was far too special and needed to be preserved and cherished. Finally, one day I realized I wasn’t doing me or the tea any favors by hiding it away and not drinking it. So now, I celebrate and cherish Oolong in a different way – by trying to make time for it every day!

I have but just enough for another day of this Formosa Pouchong – but oh how I’ve enjoyed it. Buttery, smooth, luxurious mouthfeel! Lovely! So good.

The best part is that more infusions will follow! One of the things I really love about Oolong tea!

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

You make a good argument! I tend to do the same thing with my favorite teas, hiding them away for “special occasions” – foolishness, clearly ;)

Doulton

I didn’t know about you and Oolongs! Next time I send you a package, I will seek out my Oolongs and give you some. I am a very faddish drinker, and recently have become all about smoky teas and Darjeelings. I am much too old to hide away my favorite things (I remember the impulse to do that).

LiberTEAS

I got four very flavorful infusions. A truly excellent Oolong,

Angrboda

I do that too about the teas that I really like, especially if it’s stuff that I got from others and can’t easily get more of. The four smoky samples Auggy sent me is a prime example. I loved them all, but I have to force myself to use them, because running out is so painful.

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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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