4391 Tasting Notes

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drank Genmai Green Tea by Rishi Tea
4391 tasting notes

Since I’m in the process of cooking dinner, I thought I’d serve something on ice. I recently procured this tea from my local Whole Foods.

I was a bit hesitant to “brew” it in cold water – but it does dissolve quickly.

The flavor is true to a good quality Genmaicha tea – just cold! I don’t typically drink my genmaicha teas cold so it’s rather unusual for me in that respect. But I’m finding it quite enjoyable. No sweetening necessary, like genmaicha it has a natural sweetness to it that is a pure delight.

I’m really liking it!

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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My order from Lupicia arrived today. I’m thrilled!

Before I begin with my tasting notes, I want to talk a bit about grapefruit green tea. Last year, I went to Tohono Chul Park (in Tucson, AZ), and of course I had to dine in their tea room. I had their high tea, and I selected their grapefruit green tea to accompany my meal. It was absolutely delightful. Since that time, I’ve been looking for a grapefruit green tea that is as delightful. So far, I haven’t yet found one (I did contact the supplier of that tea. They did get back to me to tell me when they would sell locally. However, I live in Washington state, not AZ, so I couldn’t attend their local sale. I asked them if I might procure from them via mail, but they have not replied to that request)

So… that is why I ordered from Lupicia – in the hopes that their Grapefruit Green tea might be as good as I remember the tea being in Tucson…

Alas… it is not. That is not to say it is not a good tea, it is decent. A fresh, grassy taste to the leaves which is the strongest profile of the cup. The grapefruit is a very pleasing flavor, not overwhelmingly sour but pleasantly tart, with a nice citrus-y aftertaste. I like. But still, my search must go on!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I must say that as I continue to drink this tea, the flavors develop significantly. I like it much better now than I did when I first took a sip.

LiberTEAS

The second infusion of the leaves is quite a bit softer in flavor – but I am enjoying it, and I don’t know if I could tell you if I prefer the stronger flavor of the first cup or the softer taste of this one. What I can tell you is that I’m liking it the more I drink it and I think that with my next entry into my tealog about this tea, I shall have to up the ranking a bit.

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97
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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Now that I feel human again (thanks Allergi-TEA), I can move on to some Simple Leaf. I just love this tea! I just got it yesterday – but – it is HEAVENLY.

Nutty notes, cocoa, roasty/smoky notes… simply divine. I’m off to write a review of it for the Tea Review Blog!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I just finished writing a review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog, and I’m about to infuse the leaves a second time. Oh… how I love this tea. Let me count the ways!!!

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drank Allergi-TEA by Liber Teas
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A bit of a backlog here – I started the morning with a cup of my Allergi-TEA. My allergies are in full swing. I wake up with my eyes swollen, my throat feeling a bit like sandpaper, and coughing, sneezing, and just basically miserable. My Allergi-TEA really helps me feel human again. Soothes the throat, calms the coughing, and my eyes don’t itch any more. For that alone, I am giving it a perfect score this time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Cinnamon Fig Rooibos by 52teas
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Well, it’s getting late, so it’s time to switch to some caffeine free tea! This is the last of my package of this tea… I have enjoyed it.

This is definitely a rooibos blend that benefits from an extended brew time. I allowed it to steep for 10 minutes.

The flavor of the cinnamon is pleasant. Not a strong, spicy presence, more of a sweet cinnamon-y taste. I am not sure if this is because of the rooibos – perhaps the natural sweetness of the rooibos brings out the sweeter notes of the cinnamon?

The fig in this blend is a bit softer than I would like it to be – I love figs! But I really like the combination of fig and cinnamon. A decent cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87
drank Fleur De Vie by Art of Tea
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After relishing every drop of four very flavorful infusions of my Oolong tea, it was time to move on to something new…

My Art of Tea order also arrived this afternoon. This is one of two teas that I ordered. I recently tasted Tulsi in another blend and really liked it, so I just couldn’t resist trying this one too.

I like it – it has a very strong floral presence. The bergamot really seems to highlight some of the characteristics of the rose.

I think that next time I brew this tea, I am going to increase the amount of tea, and perhaps adjust the brewing time and temperature a bit. The flavors just feel a bit “off” to me – like it needs a bit more… of something. I don’t know what. I’m enjoying it, but, not as much as I think I could… so I think that I need to experiment a bit with it.

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

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Time for my daily Oolong! I enjoyed this so much yesterday that I decided to have more today… this is absolute Oolong Excellence! Perfect!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I’m on my 3rd infusion of this tea – so delightful!

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86
drank Wild Blueberry by Tea Guys
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I am watching a movie with my young one and enjoying a cup of this at the moment. The berry flavor is pleasant – sweet with just a hint of tart. The tea base of white and green teas is very soft, leafy (vegetative) flavor. It is very subtle and the blueberry taste is the most prominent of this cup.

Yum!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds WONDERFUL!!!!

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97
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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My order from The Simple Leaf arrived today and I’m so excited to try this tea! I’ve been reading some really fantastic reviews about this tea on Steepster, so my expectations are high.

The aroma is amazing. I can smell the hint of cocoa, and there is a deep earthy undertone to it as well… almost smoky, but not quite. I think I’d describe it as a roasted characteristic – kind of like roasted cacao beans.

The flavor is remarkable. Very smooth. Honey-like sweetness with an appealing cocoa note. Lovely, complex, and absolutely delightfully delicious.

I thank each and every one who had reviewed this tea previously – it was your reviews that inspired me to try it, and I’m so very glad that I have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I have this at home and have yet to try it! Honey and cocoa? Yummy!

Erin

Yes! Another convert!

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: The flavor is amazing! You really must try!

Jenn-cha

I really must get this one. I need to finish off some of the teas I already have first though.

LiberTEAS

I managed two very flavorful infusions of Dawn. I tried for a third, but unfortunately, the leaves were quite spent and the flavor of the resulting tea was quite weak.

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74
drank Tangerine by Adagio Teas
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I’m finishing the last of this sample that I procured from Adagio. I think that this may just be the best cup of this yet! The aroma is nice – strong black tea, but a nice lingering essence of the citrus as well.

The flavor is that of a strong black tea. Adagio uses a Ceylon unlike any other that I’ve encountered – most Ceylons tend to possess a smooth, mild character but this is much more robust, with hints of a somewhat smoky character, and even a little malt. Not a bad thing – just different.

The flavor of the tangerine still competes a bit with the strength of the tea base, but, as I drink it, the flavor develops. A pleasant sweetness, very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 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.

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