4550 Tasting Notes

75
drank Keemun Mao Feng by Dammann Freres
4550 tasting notes

Thank you to Doulton for allowing me to sample this tea!

This tea is very good – a robust tea that starts off with a spiced floral-woodsy taste, and then becomes a bit fruity in the finish. It has a very pleasant astringency.

I really like this tea, but, there are other Keemun teas that I’ve enjoyed more. After tasting several of Dammann Freres amazing flavored teas, I think my expectations were a bit higher and the tea did not deliver. That isn’t to say that it is a bad tea, just not as great as I had hoped it would be.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
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I’m actually brewing up some Keemun as I type this, but, before I drink that, I decided that I wanted some Matcha… this tin of Miyabi is almost empty. I think I have one serving left! :(

I’ve really enjoyed this lovely Matcha – beautiful color and even more beautiful taste! Sweet, lovely Matcha.

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87
drank Fleur De Vie by Art of Tea
4550 tasting notes

OK… my package of this tea is nearly gone (I’ve shared it with a few others) I think I have enough for one (possibly two) more pots of it, and I have finally cracked the code on brewing it! I bring the water to a boil, and then I pour the boiling water into a cold, empty ceramic teapot, and wait a minute, and then I pour this cooled water into the the smart brewing device containing 3 heaping teaspoons of this tea, and allow it to steep for 3 minutes.

Yay!

The rose and bergamot in this blend are very compatible. The tulsi is quite soft (as is its nature to be) and seems to enhance the fresh, vegetal flavor of the green tea, which is also quite soft. A very pleasant floral essence that has a citrus accent, and a fresh-tasting background.

Increasing the rating by a couple of points after having experienced it with these steeping adjustments.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Kashmiri Chai by Tavalon Tea
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I must admit that I caved with the Tavalon Steepster Select last week. The Summer Fruit tea sounded so good. But… while at the Tavalon site, this one sounded even better… It was the photo that got me… all those almonds and huge chunks of spices. Had to try it!

I got out my frother and made a lovely, frothy chai! And I am really liking this chai blend. One of the better green chai teas that I’ve tried.

I am not going to get really descriptive with this tea at the moment, because I am enjoying this with a rather spicy pizza, and I feel that the spices from the pizza are affecting the flavor of the tea.

I am really enjoying it though!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m not sure how it would work w/ hot liquid, but if you have a jug w/ a tight lid on it, I’ve found just shaking it by hand creates one heck of a froth.

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96
drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
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I am up way too early for a Saturday. My youngest daughter had a friend spend the night and they’re up, so… guess what? I’m up too.

The one redeeming element in me being up so early is that I can start drinking tea. And I’m starting my day with some Butter Pecan!

I tried it today as a latte, thinking that this might bring out some of the creamier qualities. After having tried it as a latte, I think it’s better without the milk. It’s still good with it, but, better without. The milk mutes some of the strong nutty flavors that I found so enchanting.

But, as I say, it’s still good. Very creamy. Delicious. Definitely one of 52Teas best, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I feel your pain. I’m often up @ 5:30 on Sunday mornings.

LiberTEAS

Yikes, I fear I couldn’t do 5:30 am… I’m a night owl and the earliest I get to bed is 1 am… usually, I am headed to bed around 2.

Cofftea

I USED to be like that… I’m old.

Jillian

LOL, that sounds a lot like me, LiberTEAS – that’s why you’ll occaisionally see a tasting note from me at some ungodly late hour. :D

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86
drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
4550 tasting notes

Thank you Doulton – you are the best!

The aroma of the dry leaf is magnificent! It smells like peaches and cream! There isn’t much fragrance from the rose petals, maybe just a hint of floral essence. Once brewed, some of the earthy qualities of the black tea emerge in the scent.

The flavor is also quite magnificent! Smooth and rich. The peach and cream flavor is there, however, the black tea is much more pronounced. This is black tea with peach and vanilla flavor, not the other way around. It has a very bright flavor. Astringent with a slight tannic quality – but not an overt bitter note. Just a little something that sort of rests upon the palate to let you know that it’s black tea that you’re drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of these leaves was also quite delicious.

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73
drank Ti Kuan Yin Tea by Ten Ren
4550 tasting notes

I can’t believe it’s been a couple of days without Oolong!

This is not a bad Oolong… especially when one considers that it is a bagged tea.

A nice roasty-toasty aroma and flavor. A pleasant sweetness. I love the “freshly baked” flavor of this tea – like a loaf of bread that just came out of the oven, it’s a very comforting flavor.

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

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89
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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YUM!

I’m having coconut cream pie for breakfast!

This morning, I added a little more leaf to my smart brewer – there are so many huge chunks of coconut in the blend that it’s important to adjust the amount of leaf you use accordingly since the coconut doesn’t really add much in the way of flavor to the finished product, but I sure do love the way it looks! It gets my mouth watering before the tea begins to steep!

An extra teaspoon is just about right for my smart brewer (my smart brewer brews about 16 oz. of finished product, which is equal to about 2 “cups” of tea. So I usually add two heaping teaspoons to my smart brewer. For this tea, I add 3).

This tea is fantastic. It is one that really MUST be served latte to get the most from it, this time though, I didn’t get out the frother… so my cup looks a bit like coffee with cream – but it TASTES like a decadent, creamy, delicious dessert! Delightful!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I purchased this some time ago, but this is my first time getting around to trying it. I received it while I was sick, and since my taste buds were not up to par, I didn’t think it made much sense to be trying new teas.

But now that my taste buds are back on track, I am ready to try the ULTIMATE. I must say that when I opened the package, the aroma was pretty amazing. It smelled like chocolate syrup. Not just any chocolate syrup, either, it smelled like my personal favorite – Holy Kakow! YUM!

And since 52Teas is responsible for one of my favorite rooibos blends – Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana Rooibos – well, let’s just say that I have high hopes for this blend.

Well, it’s good…

Definitely cocoa-y, but I feel like the flavor of the rooibos is interfering with the chocolate coming through. There is a dominate cocoa powder-ish essence to this, like I sprinkled a sweetened cocoa powder on my tongue. And the rooibos flavor is coming through too, a woodsy note, but not the icky sweetener taste of the rooibos, just the earthy-woodsy flavor of rooibos.

I’m liking it, but, I think I need to try it a few more times before I can really develop my opinion about it, and I will wait until then before I give it a numeric rating.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JacquelineM

I like it best paired with dessert or fruit – the contrast is really nice and brings out the richness. I also experimented a bit with sweeteners and I love agave nectar with tisanes with chocolate in them!

LiberTEAS

I added a little bit of honey to it, but next time I’ll try the agave nectar and see how it fairs.

Rabs

Wow — I thought that I was already following you! I need to sit down sometime and look at my following list and make sure that I’m following who I think I’m following. ;)

JacquelineM

Yes, I thought the honey didn’t bring out the best in it or the Neopolitan Honeybush. To me, it was almost like a different tisane with the agave!

LiberTEAS

@Rabs: I thought I was following you too, because I see many of your comments… but then I realized, “Hey… how come Rabs never posts any tasting notes!” LOL

LiberTEAS

@Jacqueline – did you get that sort of dry, cocoa-powdery kind of taste (not bitter like cocoa powder, more like a sweetened cocoa powder taste) resting on your tongue in the finish? It was so odd… not in a bad way though. Just different.

And I definitely like the tea, I think I just need to play around a bit more with it.

JacquelineM

I didn’t – maybe because I always choose this one to have with a dessert? Everything is all mixed up in my mouth!

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84
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4550 tasting notes

A bit of a backlog: In between infusions of the Chocolate Earl Grey, I made myself a smoothie! Ingredients: 1 banana, about a cup of frozen peach slices, vanilla kefir, and a tablespoon of Mandarin Matcha. YUM!

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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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