4840 Tasting Notes

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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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89

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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93
drank Bouteaque Blue Mist by Eteaket
4840 tasting notes

This tea ALMOST reminds me of Dawn from The Simple Leaf – although it not quite as chocolate-y as Dawn. I found that reducing the brewing time to 2 minutes reduced the note of bitterness slightly. There is still a bitter note, but, it is not a “bad” bitterness.

There is also a sweetness – almost like honey – to it, and I think this is why the bitterness is a good thing, because without the bitter note, I think it would taste a little too sweet and it would overwhelm some of the savory notes in the cup.

A very delicious cup that is refreshing for the palate.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds cool!

LiberTEAS

It’s on its way to you… you should probably get it either tomorrow or Saturday. :)

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69

The scent is unmistakably pumpkin and it is especially evident in the dry leaf. The liquor still has the pumpkin aroma but when combined with the scent of the brewed black tea it smells a bit different…

The flavor is pumpkin-ish however it doesn’t taste authentic to me. Like artificial pumpkin flavor. It doesn’t taste bad, exactly… but, it isn’t the tastiest pumpkin tea I’ve encountered, either.

So I decided to get out the frother and turn this into a latte-treat, and it tastes so much better this way.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

As a latté it’s probably a lot like those Pumpkin Spice Lattés they serve at Starbucks in the fall. :D

mpierce87

Oooh, Pumpkin Spice Latte…I can’t wait until the seasonal drinks come in, I’ll have to make a special trip to Starbucks for one of those!

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86
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
4840 tasting notes

Finishing up the last I had of this tea – I can’t say that I’ll miss it, exactly, since I’ve so much tea to occupy my time, but, I certainly did enjoy this.

A beautiful, buttery flavor and thick and smooth texture… much like a green Oolong. Delicious.

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

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85
drank Black Currant by Saharas Supplies
4840 tasting notes

A very nice black currant flavor to this. Juicy and sweet. Delish!

Very nice iced (it’s also good hot too, but, it’s quite warm at the moment so it’s iced tea time!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Assam Reserve by SpecialTEA Brew
4840 tasting notes

A very pleasant Assam.

I usually drink my Assam tea with a splash of milk but this one doesn’t really need it. I’m sure it would be really tasty with it, but, it doesn’t NEED it to curb that edge that I often experience with Assam.

Brisk, strong with lovely malty highlights.

A very nice way to wake up.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!

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