4550 Tasting Notes

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drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
4550 tasting notes

Having a Ginger Peach Matcha Smoothie today: organic vanilla yogurt, frozen peaches and Ginger Matcha. YUM!

The smoothie looks a bit like split pea soup (or maybe baby food peas) but, gratefully it doesn’t taste like it (I hate peas). The matcha flavor is softened quite a bit with the other ingredients, but I can still taste it, along with the ginger. The peaches and ginger taste amazing together. The vanilla flavoring of the yogurt adds a nice creamy flavor to the whole thing… Very YUM.

I am contemplating even increasing the numeric rating on this based just on this delicious smoothie, but, I won’t. But… I will just say that this Matcha was MADE to be an ingredient for yummy-yums like this!

SoccerMom

This sounds so yummy!

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90
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4550 tasting notes

This tea smells yummy! I tried it first without any sweetener, and then added a little bit of raw sugar and found that this brought out the caramel-y goodness. This would also be very good as a latte with some steamed, frothed milk… but I don’t really feel like getting out my frother, so I think I’ll just drink it as is… it’s really good this way.

It’s hard for me to drink another caramel tea without comparing it to my Sweet Caramel o’Mine, because, well… I really like my Sweet Caramel O’Mine. :) But to be fair, I will try to leave that bias at the door.

This is a very good tea. The black tea base is smooth and rich. It is a non-assuming kind of black tea, that is, it doesn’t try to overwhelm the flavor of the caramel toffee. I love the buttery notes here. It reminds me a lot of a piece of… well, caramel toffee! Once upon a time, I used to make my own (when I didn’t have kids and a lot of other responsibilities that kept me from doing things like that) and this reminds me of that fresh, buttery toffee.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Veri-Tea

I only just came across Damman Freres the other week, at a French chocolate cafe I visited with my husband and a friend. I’ve had their 2nd flush Darjeeling and their Keemun, and they’re both lovely. Interested to have more teas from this company!

LiberTEAS

This tea offers a delightful second infusion as well. The second infusion is equally as flavorful – I dare say, even MORE flavorful! The buttery flavor really emerges! It is so rich and delicious.

TeaEqualsBliss

This one sounds interesting…and so far I have enjoyed the teas I have tried from that company! :P Some Toffee ones from other companies I have been able to take or leave thus far…lol…

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87
drank Shanti by The Simple Leaf
4550 tasting notes

This is the first time trying this tea. It’s been in my cupboard for a little while, I bought it at the same time I purchased Dawn and Honeybee. But, as I said, I have a lot of teas …

Anyways… This tea is yummy! Fresh vegetal taste – less on the grassy side and more on the cooked veggie side. These beauitful, long, spiral-y leaves slowly unwind and unfurl to a full leaf that appears to be small and quite young… but whole… and absolutely lovely.

I am currently enjoying my third infusion of this tea. With each new infusion comes a smoother flavor that is savory and sweet all at once. The Simple Leaf is simply amazing!

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

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87
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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Decided to start my day with a cup of maple-y goodness today. This really is a great change up from a breakfast breakfast blend. The black tea is pleasantly brisk, with a very smooth temperament. It also has just a hint of smokiness to it that compliments the maple flavor nicely.

The maple is sweet and lip-smacking YUMMY, but not too sweet (at least, not for me!) Overall it’s a very rich tasting cup with a good amount of “get-up-and-go” to it that I look for in a breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Auggy

I love maple and keep seeing good reviews for this one. This tea will probably be the reason I make an order from Tea Guys!

LiberTEAS

I actually placed an order with them because I saw the Golden Grapefruit, and I keep looking for the “perfect” grapefruit green tea. Still haven’t found the perfect grapefruit green… (although I do like the golden grapefruit alright), but, Tea Guys does have some pretty good blends. If you like tropical flavors, I highly recommend the Papaya Ginger. I think it’s my favorite from Tea Guys.

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84
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
4550 tasting notes

Around this time of night, I’m always looking for an interesting tea that is not a tea – that is – a tisane. This one kept calling to me tonight. The last time I tried this one, my taste buds were just starting to get out of whack, so I consider this my first “true taste” of this tea.

I love the look of this tea (as well as all the teas from 52Teas!) Big (huge!) coconut shavings, and chunks of pineapple… and it smells as good as it looks. I can smell the rum in this one.

Yum! it is so deliciously tropical. The pineapple, the coconut… the rum flavor is so nice too. The flavors are very well balanced.

As yummy as this is hot, I do think I’m going to reserve my remainder of this tea for iced tea brewing… it is just so much better when it’s cold!

I’m increasing my rating of this one a bit, because it deserves it! It really is good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cinoi

I keep forgetting that I bought this tea, I really should crack it open…

Stephanie

I’m glad this is in the permanent collection! I need to order this one soon because I need another honeybush flavor—I’m actually almost out of Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

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88
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
4550 tasting notes

Decided to enjoy a bowl of this on this very cold, rainy evening… it’s very comforting to cup my hands around the warm bowl and sip the warm, ginger-y matcha. The ginger is not strongly spicy, but it has enough warmth to it to make it pleasant, especially on an evening like this.

The matcha is smooth and rich, although, I must admit after my very frothy matcha latte last night, and the beautifully frothy Den’s Tea Matcha a couple of days ago… I do miss the froth in this cup. It does froth – but not quite as nicely as the latte mixes or Den’s Miyabi Matcha.

Sweet, vegetative, just a little bit of bitter, and warm ginger-y spice = a lovely bowl of Matcha!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C
Cofftea

Have you mixed it w/ the strawberry yet?

LiberTEAS

No, but I have made smoothies with it. My favorite is with vanilla yogurt and frozen peaches… ginger peach smoothie… YUM!

Cofftea

Ugh… that reminds me of the BEST smoothie I ever had… raspberry peach in Atlanta (no yogurt). I use ginger green tea as the liquid in that.

LiberTEAS

I think what I am going to try next is to add some of this to a basic chocolate cupcake recipe… and maybe make a pretty matcha frosting to top them off… that sounds yummy!

Cofftea

It would probably look pretty gross- but a chocolate matcha frosting would be so yummy. Do you think the ginger would stand up to the chocolate or even frosting? That’s why I never add 52teas’ matchas to anything… I think it’d be a waste of flavored matcha.

LiberTEAS

Actually, having used the 52Teas matchas in smoothies as well, I can tell you that the flavors and the matcha stands up to the other flavors… not a waste at all.

I don’t know how if the ginger would be able to hold its own with the chocolate… but, I don’t think I would use this particular matcha for the frosting, just because it isn’t as pretty a green as unflavored matchas. I would use an unflavored matcha for the frosting to make one of those pretty bright green frostings. :)

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95
drank Black Satin by 52teas
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Another one of my favorite teas from 52Teas. If Chocolate Banana Rooibos is my favorite, I would have to say that this one comes in a close second. I love it.

And… an interesting side note, every time I brew this tea (or even happen across it as I sort through my stash to find a tea to brew) I hear that song “Knights in White Satin” from the Moody Blues playing in my head. I realize that the song is WHITE SATIN and not Black Satin, but tell my head that. LOL I love that song – so mysterious and beautiful…

And this tea is so good. The licorice flavor is the BEST of any other licorice flavored tea I’ve tasted (a close second would be Golden Moon’s White Licorice, which is also quite special to me because my favorite ice cream flavor is Tillamook’s White Licorice…but I digress) The cinnamon is not a sweet cinnamon, rather than a spicy-hot type cinnamon flavor, and the sweetness of the cinnamon cuts through some of the sharper notes of the licorice perfectly.

An AWESOME tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

OOoh…licorice flavored ice cream…

LiberTEAS

Lori: It’s awesome awesome AWESOME! But the only place I’ve ever found it is at the Tillamook dairy in Tillamook OR… we visit that area about once a year or so, so whenever we visit, I make a point to make a trip to the dairy for ice cream! A once a year treat! LOL

Angrboda

I totally agree, this one is really good. I like it with a bit of milk too.

(Also, I’m pretty sure it’s nights in white satin, but now I’m getting mental images of knights wearing satin on top of their plate armor and everything, so I think I like your version best!)

LiberTEAS

LOL! Angroboda, you’re probably right, it probably is Nights in White Satin… I guess the romantic artist in me sort of envisions KNIGHTS when I hear this song. And… when I drink this tea…

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89
drank Golden Nepal by Teany
4550 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this from my stash… I am a bit sad to see it go, yet happy to clear the way for more tea. I have so many teas that I haven’t yet tried. LOL

Anyways… as I have reviewed before with this tea, Golden really is the right word to describe the flavor of it. It seems to glisten in the mouth. It tastes so smooth and rich and delicious… pleasant amount of spice (not strong, just little hints of natural spice notes in the tea leaf). Just a very good tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! This sounds great!

LiberTEAS

My second infusion of this tea is just as lovely as the first, perhaps even more so. The flavors become very mellow and smooth… perfect for a laid back kind of afternoon.

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As my last steeped cuppa for the evening, I chose one of my favorites! I ordered a sufficient supply of these recently so I don’t feel the need to hoard them anymore – plus Lori was kind enough to send me some as well – THANKS Lori!

Delicious chocolate and banana – not much more to say than that! This rooibos blend reminds me of Disneyland, when I lived in California, I used to visit Disneyland pretty regularly, and each time I’d visit, I’d indulge in a frozen chocolate covered banana on Main Street!

YUMMY!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
malomorgen

love choc nana combos in general. idk with rooibos but sounds interesting…

LiberTEAS

Actually, UNLESS I overdo it with sweetener (I add just a little bit to this to enhance the flavors, but, not enough to render it too sweet), the rooibos flavor is not strong with this, which is one of the reasons why I like it so well. I’m not a big fan of rooibos. That’s one of the big reasons why it surprises me that I love this blend so much, because it IS a rooibos blend.

52teas

We actually toyed with doing this one as a black tea or a honeybush even, but we came to decide that the rooibos really set the right tone for this blend (which is something of a rarity for me—I too am more fond of blending with honeybush and bases other than rooibos). So glad you are enjoying it.

TeaEqualsBliss

Did you get my other PM about your package?!

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss, yes I did… I’ve just been away from the computer for a few hours so I’m catching up a bit.

@Frank, you did exceptionally well with this blend… not to say that your other blends aren’t very good as well, I don’t think I’ve encountered one yet that I haven’t enjoyed. But THIS one is the best.

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85
drank Chocolate Ecstasy Matcha by Domo
4550 tasting notes

Enjoying a cup of this tonight. Rather than mix it up in my Chawan, I decided to put it in a regular mug and use my hand-held frother to blend it instead of my chasen… This produces a better latte drink because it is much frothier… much more like a latte.

The biggest problem with these latte mixes from Domo is that they are so yummy that they disappear before I even finish writing my tasting note.

Veri-Tea

Wow… that sounds interesting and yummy!!

TeaEqualsBliss

I was just on Domo’s website today! Neat stuff…there’s contact email keeps bouncing back tho…wanted to tell them I enjoyed their site!

LENA

Mmm…I’ve added this to my shopping list. Sounds wonderful!

LiberTEAS

@TeaEqualsBliss – I haven’t communicated with them, but I can tell you that I was surprised at how quick their shipping was! Usually I have to wait a minimum of 2 weeks to get things from Canada, but I seriously think I got this within a week’s time – I’d have to check the order confirmations to know for sure – but I was surprised when FedEx (or was it UPS?) knocked on the door with this package!

LiberTEAS

@Veri-Tea & Lena – I really like this. When I first add milk to it, it smells a little bit like Ovaltine (or at least what I remember ovaltine smelling like, it’s been years and years since I’ve actually had ovaltine – not since I was a kid!) but, it doesn’t taste like ovaltine. If I were to change one thing about this, it would be that I would rather the chocolate that they use be more of a dark chocolate than what seems to be a somewhat light, milky chocolate. Of course, that could be from the fact that milk is used to make this latte. Either way, it’s still quite yummy!

TeaEqualsBliss

I’d LOVE to try this one day…

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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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