4366 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Mr. Grey! I do love his artfully suave ways!

As I’ve said before, this is absolutely one of the best Earl Grey teas I’ve had. The bergamot is strong but not perfume-y. The Keemun is such a great base for the bergamot because it is strong enough to withstand the power of it. Interestingly enough I am picking up a slight cocoa note in the finish. I’m not sure why this is. I didn’t pick up on this with my first cup of this tea… I don’t know if I just missed it, or if my taste buds are a bit off this morning… the other two teas I’ve had this morning tasted spot on, though.

I haven’t yet tried this Earl Grey with milk – perhaps the next time I brew it I will add a bit and see how it fairs.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Now enjoying the second infusion of these leaves. I think the second infusion is even lovelier than the first! Hard to believe because the first is so good! A simply amazing Earl Grey!

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drank Allergi-TEA by Liber Teas
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More backlogging… Once the seasonal allergies hit, they hit me hard! After I have some caffeine, I usually reach for this to help alleviate the symptoms. I don’t always log it, though, because it is more like routine for me starting by about mid-February and on through about May or June.

Lovely minty taste. I’m not a particular fan of herbal blends for the most part, but I like this one. The mint gives it a nice flavor, and by the time I’ve emptied the cup, my symptoms are beginning to subside and that is a definite plus.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Breakfast Blend by Liber Teas
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Good Morning, and for those of you who celebrate it: Happy Easter! For those who do not… happy Spring! It doesn’t seem much like spring to me lately, we’ve been having cold, wet, dreary weather here in the Pacific NorthWET!

A bit of a backlog – I started my morning with a bit of breakfast blend, much the way I do most mornings. I like the way it prepares me for the day. Deliciously bold, with a sweet note of vanilla. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
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Yum… I decided for my last cup of the night, that I’d have a “late night snack”! Carrot Cake!

It is remarkable to me just how much like Carrot Cake this tea really is. So yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95
drank Formosa Pouchong by Narien Teas
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OoOoOoOo-long! Delightful! Pleasant aroma – floral, vegetative – much the way I would think a meadow kissed with spring flowers would smell in the morning after a light rain.

Even more delightful than the aroma is the flavor! Floral notes, buttery, even a hint of fruit hits my palate. And of course, a hint of vegetation. Not strong… but it seems to linger lightly in each layer of flavor of this complex cup.

Several more infusions to follow!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

The second and third infusions were also very lovely – it would be hard for me to choose which one was best. Each infusion delivers slightly different notes… or perhaps I should say variations on the flavor profile… each one unique but each one fantastic!

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76
drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
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Guess what arrived today! I was very surprised (happily so!) to receive my package from 52Teas!

The strawberry flavor is a bit tart. Or it could be that the slight bitterness from Matcha brings out the tart of the strawberry. The sweeter strawberry flavor arrives on the palate in the finish as sort of a low note. The strawberry flavor is a really nice addition to the flavor of the Matcha. I think I like the mandarin matcha a little better though. Overall a very pleasant Matcha.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
AmazonV

you post made me go tearing out of the apartment to go check my mail, sadly nothing from 52teas, but at least a swap was there so it wasn’t a total let down. hopefully it gets here soon!

Stephanie

Mine arrived today too! I’m just staring lovely at it right now—I’m almost hesistant to disturb its vacuum-packed glory!

Cofftea

No fair! I want mine! What matcha/water ratio did you use?

Ricky

Jealous!!! Mine won’t arrive till sometime next week!

SoccerMom

I’m jealous too! Who knows when mine will arrive.

LiberTEAS

Maybe Chelsea likes me better than the rest of you. (evil grin)

52teas

FYI, all of the initial Strawberry Matcha orders went out the same day, so it’s all up to the post office now, but I would bet that everyone in the US should have theirs Monday.

LiberTEAS

Maybe the postal service likes me better than the rest of you. After all, my father is a retired postmaster. (giggle)

LiberTEAS

By the way, Frank… how about a peach flavored Matcha? Yum… or… maybe do a Chelsea special to the matcha and make it chocolate covered banana matcha! Chelsea’s rooibos is still my favorite from 52Teas!

52teas

I actually think the next one might be a tuna melt matcha. :)

LiberTEAS

oh… yummy! Can’t wait for it.

Stephanie

lol!! :)))

AmazonV

i vote for plain tuna salad actually, celery, tuna, mayo ;)

LiberTEAS

onion too, please… I love onion in my tuna salad.

Cofftea

While I totally believe that 52teas is capable of tuna melt or tuna salad matcha, cheese and mayo flavors scare me. Can they be done w/o needing to be refrigerated like the real thing?

AmazonV

@Cofftea – yes! well at least the tuna http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/product/dried-tuna-flakes-3-52-oz haven’t found a dry mayo yet

AmazonV

waiwait not what i wanted: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/saladdressings/ss/mayonnaise.htm so mayo is eggs (comes dry powered) and oil….so i think it can be done flavor-wise

Geoffrey Norman

Man, I wish this was still on their site.

Cofftea

Yes, it’s sad it’s gone, but the other ones are equally as good!

Geoffrey Norman

I was eying the cranberry matcha.

LiberTEAS

@Geoffrey – the cranberry is probably my favorite of the three most recently released flavored matchas from 52Teas – I really like this one. Although, the other 2 are very good also.

Geoffrey Norman

Peer pressure really works on here.

Cofftea

Haha! Ooooh yeah.

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82
drank Vienna Green by Teany
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I had received my order from Teany a few weeks ago, but, I have been ordering tea like crazy (something just sort of came over me when I decided to switch over from being a tea business to a tea consumer and I started buying tea like mad!) that I hadn’t yet tried it until today!

My initial reactions to this tea: Well, first of all, the tea is really beautiful. I like Teany’s tins, they have a clear top so you can see the tea. Slivers of nuts and flower blossoms. Beautiful! When I opened the tin, I could smell the cocoa. It is a very prominent aroma in the dry leaf, and while the brewed tea smells a bit softer, it is still there – soft, yet delicious smelling!

I wish that the cocoa was a stronger flavor in the tea. Perhaps this is one that I will need to experiment a bit with as far as steeping time to see if I can extract more flavor from it. It’s a tasty tea. I think that the flavors have sort of melded together into one “new” flavor – and I am finding it difficult to discern the individual tastes. Definitely worthy of another attempt in the near future.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion is also quite flavorful!

AmazonV

i visited teany in NYC a while back, and at that time there were no see through lids :( although sitting in the shop is very fun in the spring.

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drank Assam Custard by Custom
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This morning (well, technically, it’s afternoon, but I slept in so it’s morning for me), I decided to brew up a special treat. This is the very last of this tea that I had from a small “tester” batch that I made. Assam and custard go well together, I think.

The sweet, creamy custard flavor brings out some of the Assam’s malty characteristics. Very nice, just slightly bitter (but not in a bad way), very pleasant way to start the day!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Doulton

Oh, that does sound good. I know someone who goes to England just for the custards! Also the puds in general, but custards in particular.

LiberTEAS

The second infusion was just as nice as the first… perhaps even a bit nicer! The Assam softened just a bit, which made it a smoother tasting custard in a teacup! Yum!

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86
drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
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I have two favorites from Mighty Leaf, this one and Mayan Chocolate Truffle. However, somehow… some way… this tea is not as good as it used to be. Or at least as good as I remember. It was one of the first teas I remember trying out about eight years ago when I was contemplating opening a brick and mortar tea room. And I fell in love.

The orange flavor has what I would call a sharpness to it rather than a sweetness. It is very a very bergamot-ish orange flavor. The vanilla softens this flavor a bit, and the jasmine is very subtle but offers a pleasant floral tone to the finish.

Even though the information on this site about this tea doesn’t say it, this tea has green tea as well as black to it, so I steep it at a lower temperature so that it doesn’t become bitter.

A very nice, well-rounded cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank "Dude" Grey by Custom
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I created this blend a couple of months ago, I call it “dude” grey because it’s got a California feel to it (citrus-y flavors) but with a pleasant Earl Grey note.

I like inhaling this tea through my mouth just before I take a sip. The aroma wafts over my palate and yum! The black tea is smooth, not too robust, nice for afternoon or early evening. The Earl Grey is softer than in “straight up” earl grey teas (such as the one I enjoyed earlier this afternoon) as it is softened by the other citrus notes. I especially like the grapefruit in this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Dude Grey! lol! Love the name! :)

~lauren.

Great name!

JacquelineM

I am imagining the Dude from the Big Lebowski drinking this when he is not enjoying his White Russians – he has a very uncanny ability to know when the tea is done steeping even though he never times it! ;)

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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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