4825 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this to try!

This is a fairly decent Masala Chai. It has a delicious balance of spice. Not overly spicy, and it’s one that can be enjoyed with milk (I’m guessing here, because I’ve not tried it, but it does seem to me to be strong enough to withstand the addition of milk) or without (as I’m drinking it now). It has a slightly creamy note to it without the milk because of the vanilla in the blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Yum! This is a delicious way to start my day. (Yes… my days usually start this late)

I didn’t actually have any particular flavor or tea in mind when I opened the drawer to my tea cabinet… I just knew I wanted a black tea with some substance so that I could shake off that sleepy feeling that sort of lingers when I first wake up. This was the tea that I grabbed.

I’m glad I did. It’s yummy. It reminds me a bit of the butter pecan flavored tea of 52Teas except that I’m not getting that creamy, buttery note… which I did love but, I also like this where the focus is on the pecan.

Deliciously nutty, sweet, and very pleasant. It would make a really good latte too, but, I’m quite enjoying it without the dairy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’ve heard maple pecan ice cream is good… maybe mix it w/ some maple sugar black from Tea Guys if you have it:)

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drank Monkey Fart by 52teas
4825 tasting notes

Despite my misgivings about the name – I decided to buy this one. I have loved the previous banana flavored teas that I’ve tasted from Frank, and I was certain I’d love this one too.

And I was not disappointed. The banana flavor is very a-peal-ing (pardon the pun). Sweet and fruity. I really like the honeybush/banana combination… perhaps even better than the rooibos/banana combination – hey Frank – maybe you should rework the Chocolate Banana Rooibos and make it chocolate banana honeybush – but DO NOT call it chocolate monkey fart, please.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
52teas

I wouldn’t name it after Chelsea either. =)

TeaEqualsBliss

I wish I liked Bananas…just can’t do ‘em. It’s the ONLY fruit I don’t like!!!! LOVE the name…there is a candle with the same name too! Cracks me up everytime!

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drank Black Currant by Saharas Supplies
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I’m finishing up the last of the sample I had of this – it really is good.

It has a really beautiful black currant flavor – almost like wine but sweeter and fruitier. I am not getting a lot of tannic quality from this tea either… just a very smooth, even, lovely flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Peach by Octavia Tea
4825 tasting notes

Delicious!

The peach is sweet and juicy and the ginger has a pleasant peppery kick to it. The white tea is a little on the soft side – although I expected that with a white tea. There is a delicious honey-like sweetness to it that contrasts with the warmth of the ginger very nicely.

Smooth, sweet and delicious!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Did we get the same ones???

LiberTEAS

I don’t know?

TeaEqualsBliss

Remind me to look for this one in my TO BE TRIED Pile on Monday! LOL

silvermage2000

What a good review I love peach and white tea. This sounds good.

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84

I have had this for a little while but just got around to trying it today. Yerba Mate always causes a sense of apprehension for me… and I don’t know why. I think it’s because the very first Yerba Mate I tasted was just not very good… it may have been my own fault because I didn’t brew it right, I don’t know.

But that is certainly not Mate Factor’s fault because the Yerba Mate that I tried was from one of my vendors.

Anyways… I hesitated trying this one because of that apprehension… and it was all for naught because this is REALLY good.

A very rich, deep flavor. Earthy but not as earthy as I thought it would be (this is the primary cause behind my apprehension… I’m not always too fond of the earthy quality of Yerba Mate. Fortunately here the earthy quality is not as dominate as I feared it would be) It tastes a bit like freshly ground coffee. It has that deep richness that I associate with coffee.

There is also a savory chocolate note that is absolutely delicious.

I really am digging this!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

I grabbed this one randomly today out of the stash of Zoomdweebies teas that I’ve acquired from the clearance box mania!

YUM! This has a very nice lemon flavor that isn’t too tart, but fresh tasting, vibrant, and even sweet. The spices are not overwhelming, they seem to be just enough to accent the lemon without this becoming a spiced tea blend.

I like this very much.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This sounds really interesting! A honey lemon spice would be interesting.

TeaEqualsBliss

Did we get the Brandied Apricot that Cofftea just posted!? LOL I’m intrigued!

LiberTEAS

I don’t know. We got 40something teas… I have portioned them all out for you, but won’t be sending it off until Monday. I think we have it… I seem to remember it… but I’m not completely 100% sure.

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83

I must admit that this one scared me after I brewed it. It brewed to the deep, ruby color of heavily hibiscus-laden tisanes. I fretted that this would be a STRONG hibiscus tasting tisane.

Fortunately, it just LOOKS like hibiscus – but doesn’t taste like it. Well… yes I can taste the hibiscus, but, it isn’t as strong as the appearance might suggest.

It has a sweet tropical flavor. I can taste berry, tangerine, passion fruit and mango notes. I can taste a hint of the spices as well as just a whisper of the licorice. It’s really an intriguing, tasty blend. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve had Rishi’s Jamaica Rooibos…have I sent you any of that yet???

LiberTEAS

I don’t know! I haven’t tried it yet, if you’ve sent it. LOL I have SO MUCH that I’ve not tried yet that I have in my possession.

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL I know what you mean! I have a “TO BE TRIED PILE”…

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This wonderful tea arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

The leaves are thin, tiny and curly. Very green with little tiny white hairs.

I brewed this in my gaiwan and used a strainer to pour it from the gaiwan to my teacup, but, I’m happy to report that very few of the leaves (maybe 3?) escaped.

The flavor is very fresh, sweet and fruity. I am really liking this a lot. It is certainly an excellent tea to enjoy with the spicy Szechuan food that I’m eating for dinner. Fire-y hot (and delicious) tamed by the sweet cup of tea. A really lovely culinary experience.

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

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84

I am going to raise the numeric rating of this because I toyed around a bit with the brewing parameters. It is much better if the kettle is pulled just before it reaches the boiling point. I think that this is true of most Darjeeling teas.

The bergamot is strong in this blend and plays well with the muscatel notes in the Darjeeling tea. The woodsy notes of the Darjeeling seem to meld with some of the floral notes of the bergamot, giving the fruit more opportunity to be more citrus-y and less flowery… I would say that this is a masculine Earl Grey. Very clean and bright in flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °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.

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