4449 Tasting Notes

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This is my favorite “non green” jasmine… and quite possibly my favorite white tea (I think I had responded on an earlier tasting note that there was another white tea I liked better than this – Frutto Bianco Pearls from Teavana… but I like this one better than Frutto Bianco).

The jasmine flavor is remarkable in this blend, delicate yet so delightful. Sweet and exhilarating. Beautiful…absolutely beautiful.

You can read more about my thoughts of this tea here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=4134

Delightful!

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

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95

Now that I’m finished with my “matcha break” I have moved on to my third infusion of these leaves. Those little tiny slivers of leaves have expanded to at least 5 or 6 times their size! And they are still providing amazing flavor.

This time I steeped for a full minute, just like the first infusion (the second infusion I steeped for just 45 seconds) and I must say that I prefer the full minute to the 45 seconds.

The flavor is sweet, nutty, and much less vegetal than the first infusion. Not that the vegetal flavor was bad, because I liked it. There is very little bitterness to this – there was more bitterness to the first infusion (although it was still quite subtle). Buttery! Nice floral note – but difficult to pinpoint the flower. It’s delicious though… whatever it is!

Tea is truly perfection – and this tea is a clear statement to that perfection. How can anyone prefer a soda (or coffee, or anything else, for that matter) to this?

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I quite enjoy other beverages like coffee and wine, but I can only have one coffee beverage a day- tea has longevity… I drink it ALL day. Honestly though, if I ever found an NA wine that tasted JUST like regular wine, that may give tea a run for its money, especially when it’s just too hot to drink hot tea. But then again that’ll never happen so it’s all good :)

LiberTEAS

I like wine also, but, I don’t drink alcohol very often. In fact, I usually only buy wine when I am cooking with it (like when I make something like a beef brisket, which isn’t really often), and then I have what’s left over from cooking with it. I’m quite a novice when it comes to wines… and I feel like I probably would drink more of it if I had a better understanding of what kinds of wines I liked.

But I’m really not much into alcohol – caffeine is my drug of choice!

LiberTEAS

OH… and I meant to add… I usually choose wine based upon the shape of the bottle and the artistic merit of the label! LOL! Mostly because I will alter the bottle after I’m finished with the wine, and I will use the label in other artwork. So, these things are very important to me… and even more important to me than how the wine tastes… which should illustrate just how important (or perhaps I should say NOT important) wine is to me.

Stephanie

I know what you mean about choosing the wine for its bottle! My favorite wines are the Italian ones that come in their own basket—they look sooo 1950’s bohemian-cool. And I could use them as candle holders afterwards. :)

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drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
4449 tasting notes

Wow… 2 bowls of matcha in 3 days! Not at all like me… Steepster is having an influence on me… good influence? bad influence? Haven’t decided yet.

I love this ginger matcha. Smooth and sweet – yummy! I love the ginger in it, and how you can actually bite into the little bits and release some of their peppery power! This particular bowl of matcha has quite a bit more ginger bits than the previous bowls.

This is still not my favorite matcha, though… but, it IS delightful and if I don’t start staying away from Steepster I might end up having matcha on a daily basis or something like I do my Oolong.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Cofftea

Absolutely the BEST tea related influence=D What is your favorite matcha? Ok, let’s be fair- what’s your favorite plain and flavored since you can’t compare a flavored to a plain and vice versa.

LiberTEAS

My favorite plain matcha is DoMatcha ceremonial grade. No other matcha that I’ve tried even comes close. My favorite flavored is without a doubt the pirate’s chai… OMG… just typing out pirate’s chai makes me want some… it is so good.

Cofftea

I have 100g of Lupicia’s matcha coming tomorrow AM (I love that the FedEx guy is so early- almost 8:45am on the dot every time)… it was only $15 so I’m extremely leary about the quality, but I’m so miserably broke and I absolutely need to have unflavored matcha on hand as well as flavored so it’s gotta be better than no matcha. Have you tried unflavored matcha from AOT to be able to focus on the base matcha? I need to see if I can get some of 52teas’ base matcha from Frank.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t yet tried AOT’s unflavored matcha. I just placed an order with them (yep, I had to have that tasting set, I have no idea why I had to have it, because I don’t actually see myself using it LOL) and I also ordered a couple of their teas, but not the unflavored matcha. Perhaps I will have to order some from them in the future… right now, I have so many teas… that I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of them! HA! I am thinking about putting together a “tasters set” with little samplings of several teas, and selling it from my blog, if for no other reason than to help move some of the tea – so I can get… MORE tea.

Cofftea

HAHA you sound like me! I have a crap load of tea, but I have certain staples that I absolutely need to have on hand at all times and an unflavored and flavored matcha are 2 of them. I’m gonna take a day off my strawberry tomorrow to try the Lupicia matcha… which I’m praying is better than the price/g would lead me to believe.

LiberTEAS

Here are my staples: I must have my Masterpiece Chai and my Chocolate Rose Romance tea on hand at all times. I have sold out of my Chocolate Rose Romance, but I have my own little hidden stash. LOL

I must have some kind of Oolong on hand at all times. If I could choose only one Oolong, it would be a Norbu Oolong and preferably Ali Shan (either fall or spring harvest Ali Shan. Their summer harvest is good, but not quite as good). I used to hoard Oolongs, but now I actually enjoy them every day which is better. But I find that I do still show signs of the hoarding, as I came across a full order of the Ali Shan the other day, tucked in my tea cabinet. LOL!

I must have jasmine pearls on hand at all times. Green jasmine pearls. If I could only have one green tea for the rest of my life, it would be jasmine pearls. Pure perfection.

I have a lot of “favorites” but these go beyond favorites and fall into the category of I MUST HAVE THESE!

LiberTEAS

I guess I would also like to have an Earl Grey on hand at all times… I guess if I had to choose one, it would either be my Earl Grey creme or Lupicia’s Earl Grey.

Cofftea

Mine are unflavored and flavored matcha, Mayan Chocolate Chai, and raw pu erh. I haven’t tried Muzi’s stone ground white yet, but that may be a contender as well.

LiberTEAS

I’m not fond of pu-erh… so far, the one that I’ve tried that I like the best is the chocolate pu-erh from Numi.

Cofftea

Oh yes, but that’s comparing apples to oranges again… even more-so than flavored and unflavored matcha because aside from numi’s chocolate I love raw pu erh when I can on “tolerably drink” unflavored cooked pu erhs.

HeavenlyDiva34

Honestly I have to be in a particular mood for ginger, but I felt this was a pretty nice matcha.mI tried a sample of this from my local tea shop mixed with plain water. Next sip taste, I will have to try this as a ‘matcha palmer’. FYI Matcha Palmer is a matcha lemonade blend. I love ginger and lemon together.

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95

A very low temperature and short steep time is suggested by SpecialTeas for this tea, and I recommend it as well.

The aroma of the dry leaf is vegetal with pleasant floral notes. Upon brewing – or I should say, when I finished brewing and strained the tea through my smart brewing device, I could smell a very pungent vegetable scent… like freshly steamed vegetables with butter.

The flavor of this tea is excellent. The vegetative flavor is softer than the aroma suggests, it is smooth and buttery, with a slight bitter undertone. There is also a fruit essence. It amazes me that this much flavor came at such a low temperature with such a short steeping time – especially after my last cup of tea (Lupicia’s green paradise).

A very pleasant, complex cup of tea, making me eager to seek out other Gyokuro teas.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I’ve only had Adagio’s so far, but that was exactly my impression as well — eager to seek out other Gyokuros.

Cofftea

I’m SO glad SpecialTeas gives Japanese greens the respect they deserve in terms of steeping parameters!

LiberTEAS

I am absolutely in love with this tea. I also have a small sampling of Den’s Gyokuro, but I’ve been kind of hoarding it. LOL

LiberTEAS

For the second infusion, I steeped at 140 degrees for just 45 seconds, according to the suggested brewing parameters by SpecialTeas (they suggested a shorter brew time for the second and third infusion)… the flavor is smoother in this second infusion, but still very flavorful – delightful! Love it!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
4449 tasting notes

This is one of two free samples that I received in my order from Lupicia a couple of weeks ago… while rummaging through my samplings this afternoon, this one seemed to jump into my hand and beg me to brew it.

The aroma of the tea when I first opened the pouch was overwhelming – a vibrant smell of tropical fruit.

The sample came in a tea pyramid, and after seeing how much the leaf expanded, I wish I would have cut open the pyramid and infused the tea as a loose leaf. The infused leaves completely filled the pyramid to the point of looking overstuffed!

The flavor of this tea pales in comparison to the aroma of it. When I smelled how beautifully fragrant it was, I was expecting a very pronounced flavor, but, it really isn’t. The flavors are very soft. I can taste a subtle, melon-y kind of flavor to it, as well as a touch of citrus and maybe even a little coconut? Because the flavors are so soft it’s difficult to discern just what I’m tasting beyond the flavor of the bancha tea.

It’s not a bad tasting tea, it’s just a bit soft in flavor so it becomes difficult to know what I’m tasting beyond green tea. There is something there but I really wish it were stronger. It’s one that I would actually be interested in trying again, simply so that I could try to discern some of the flavor… kind of like a mystery that needs to be solved.

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

Holy jumping teas, Batman!

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Another sampling from Doulton!

When I first saw Andrews & Dunham’s third series, THIS is the tea that I really wanted to try from the three. I didn’t think I would be interested at all in the Caravan as I’m not really into smoky teas, and the Jasmine didn’t excite me to the point of wanting to place the order. I mean, Jasmine greens are great, don’t get me wrong, I love jasmine… but, I so prefer jasmine pearls to jasmine greens and since I have quite a few jasmine pearls I didn’t feel the necessity to order a jasmine green.

That being said, and now after having tasted both the Jasmine and the Earl Grey from A&D – I must admit that the tea I am now excited to receive from them is the Jasmine!

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good Earl Grey. But lately, I’ve tasted some really REMARKABLE Earl Greys (Lupicia, Steven Smith Teamaker), and this one isn’t quite as remarkable as those two. However, this is a very, very good Earl Grey.

I like that the bergamot in this tea is a very clear and focused flavoring. You can actually taste that the bergamot is an orange in this tea which is something that I can’t always taste, because the bergamot oils used in some other teas tend to be too flowery. This has less flower and more fruit.

The tea base is much smoother than in the other two Earl Grey teas I mentioned in this note, and perhaps that is the reason why I prefer those… I’d like the black tea in this to be just a little brisker… and if it were, this might be a contender.

Overall, an excellent Earl Grey, but not an exceptional one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Enjoyed my second infusion of this tea as well. The flavor is smoother, almost seamless! I think I might like the second better than the first.

LiberTEAS

Oh… and my order from A&D did arrive today! Woo hoo!

Stephanie

I’m drinking my first mug of A&D Earl Grey right now. And I agree with you. This is good, but not great. But then again, I like my Earl Grey’s super strong and aromatic. But this Earl is kind of “scruffy” in cool, artsy way. The bergamot flavoring is interesting and different somehow.

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: yes… I agree with you… it has a very different quality to it than other Earl Grey teas I’ve tasted… I like it… but if given the choice between this and Lupicia’s… I’d choose Lupicia’s.

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This is really tasty.

The flavor of the rooibos is a perfect union for the root beer flavor… and the flavor seems to nicely off-set that funky, saccharine-ish flavor from the rooibos that I generally find so off-putting when it comes to rooibos.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this blend. I didn’t try it with milk this time around, but, I think when I brew up the last of my sample, I will froth up some milk and serve this latte style to see how/if that enhances the “float” part of the flavoring.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaEqualsBliss

oooooo sounds neat!

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95
drank Jasmine Pearls by Custom
4449 tasting notes

I must really be happy with me today, because not only did I have Norbu Oolong tea, but I’m treating myself to some Jasmine Pearls.

Now, a little explanation – these are “custom” because, well, I get my jasmine pearls from various sources. There are some perks to being a tea purveyor. Anyways… as I haven’t really found much difference from brand to brand, I just keep them in my pretty little washi paper tin, combining them as I get them… and to be honest, I really don’t know which source(s) I received these from.

Anyways, until I find the “perfect” pearl – if it exists – a pearl is a pearl is a pearl… and all are equally lovely in my eyes.

When it comes to pearls, I have found that a moderately low temperature and extended brewing time works wonders.

The flavor is amazing. Jasmine. Smooth, delicious, sweet green tea leaves, delicate in flavor. Sweet, floral jasmine tantalizing my palate. Delightful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Good idea! Now that you made this listing, I may use it as well once I try each one separately once. Do you combine pearls of different sizes/types?

LiberTEAS

Well, most jasmine pearls (green tea pearls) I’ve come across are basically the same size, or vary only slightly, so I combine the pearls I receive from my various sources. They might call them jasmine pearls, or jasmine pheonix tears or jasmine dragon thing-a-ma-bobs, or whatever, but basically, I’ve found no real difference between one company’s jasmine pearls and another company’s jasmine pearls. And I do try them before I combine them… to see if there is a difference… because I am searching for the perfect pearl. However, these… are very, very close to perfection.

Jillian

If you want a good jasmine pearl, Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmine is excellent IMO, and I’ve heard a lot of people rave about Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl Green.

Cofftea

I’ve only had oolong pearls… combining them w/ green pearls (which is what I meant by “type”), might be kinda interesting.

LiberTEAS

Cofftea: No, I haven’t combined Oolong pearls with green pearls. By Oolong pearls are you referring to the rolled “greener” Oolong leaves?

Cofftea

I’m refering to oolongs like Adagio’s Jasmine #12.

LiberTEAS

Ah…yes, that is definitely a pearl… although I haven’t tried it – I imagine it’s a bit larger than a green pearl. I think I must try this one the next time I place an order with adagio. I do love jasmine Oolongs… this one sounds right up my alley.

Cofftea

The jasmine pearls (also oolong) in the maestro collection are quite tiny.

SoccerMom

LiberTEAS, I have a sampler tin of jasmine #12 if you’d like it I could send it to you?

Cofftea

Take her up on it LiberTEAS, it’s yummy!

SoccerMom

I must warn you both I have an ulterior motive.:) I want to send her another Oolong my favorite oolong ever and see if LiberTEAS has ever tried one similar and if SO what she knows about it. I buy mine locally and the shop owner doesn’t tell me much about it (I think she just orders it and doesn’t know much about it).

LiberTEAS

SoccerMom: I’d appreciate that a great deal! And I’d be happy to try your oolong and see if there is one similar. Is there something I can send you in exchange?

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Finishing up the last of this sampling that Doulton sent me. Thank you! You are so kind!

I really like this tea – I think I may even like the smoky quality to it! And that’s not an easy feat. I notice that the smokiness is more in the aroma than in the flavor though. If I smell the tea before I sip (which I normally do) the taste is much smokier than if I sip without a deep inhale. But… I don’t find the smoky flavor here unpleasant – quite the opposite, actually.

I use a little extra leaf and steep a little less time than the brewing parameters suggest… and the tea comes out perfectly for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Vienna Green by Teany
4449 tasting notes

Now that I’ve steeped the last from my Oolong, I thought I’d have some Vienna Green.

On a slightly unrelated note, I wish that teany included photos of their tea on their website. It would make life so much easier for this tea reviewer!

This tea is yummy. Chocolate is well pronounced in the cup, but I can also taste the green tea – pleasant, fresh, and only very slightly vegetative. A toasted sweetness from the nuts. I can also taste a slight buttery flavor to the overall blend – a very rich, creamy taste. Very decadent. YUMMY!

This is a tea that absolutely requires a low temperature for steeping. Too high a heat will give this tea a really blah taste…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

i sooooooo want to try anything from teany….jealous…lol…

LiberTEAS

I also increased my rating for this tea. The last time I steeped this tea and rated it, I think I had my water too hot, because it did have that blah taste I mention in the note. Now… it’s just delightful!

LiberTEAS

I am sending you a sampling of this one, I think and also the green chai. I am really low on the golden nepal otherwise I’d send you some of that too.

TeaEqualsBliss

yay…thanks…u r too good to me…hugs

silvermage2000

Nice review this seems so interesting hope to try this eventually.

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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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