4449 Tasting Notes

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
4449 tasting notes

I purchased this tea at the same time I purchased the strawberry matcha, but I haven’t tried it until today – so many teas, not enough time (nor does my bladder possess the wherewithal to drink as much tea as I’d like to!)

So I made some of this to enjoy with lunch.

It’s got a really nice, strong flavor. The honeybush seems well suited for flavoring, and I prefer it over rooibos, I’m glad that 52 Teas seems to have embraced honeybush as well. I like how the natural sweetness of the honeybush works so cohesively with the pineapple and coconut flavor. And as much as I enjoyed it as it was hot, I am finding it even more enjoyable now that it has cooled significantly… this will be a great tea for the summer – iced!

YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
SoccerMom

I keep forgetting to make iced tea out of this one!! YUM okay adding it on my list of to do’s.

52teas

This and the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan are my top two favorite iced teas right now. Sooooo refreshing.

Cofftea

(nor does my bladder possess the wherewithal to drink as much tea as I’d like to!)… HAHA! Or my nervous system, or my stomach. I wish the rest of my body was as on board w/ this tea thing as my tongue- if it was, I’d live on matcha specifically.

LiberTEAS

I didn’t get the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan – but I did get the Spiced Pear that you released at the same time. I have been contemplating getting the Black Currant though. I haven’t even tried the Spiced Pear yet though! LOL I have so many teas that I haven’t tried yet!!!

Miss Sweet

This blend sounds amazing! And I’m definitely seeing more flavoured honeybush around now – I prefer it over rooibos too.

Lori

This is a great herbal blend and one that I need to try iced…LOL- I wish I had more time to drink tea and able to brew some fresh at work…

Ricky

Ice Tea, woaps! Frank stop releasing new teas… I realized if I were to purchase each and every one of your teas that’d cost me $300-$400 a year… I’d go broke in no time. Sooo much to choose from!

52teas

LOL. You could always sign up for a subscription. The 52 week subscription is less than $1/day for a different tea every week.

By the way, I sort of doubled up on the honeybush blends, but just wait til you see what we’ve done for next week! O. M. G.

Cofftea

Ricky, if I drank Mayan Chocolate Chai as much as I wanted to (a 16oz serving per day), I’d spend about $360/year on chai alone- that’s not even factoring in my matcha and other tea habbits!

LiberTEAS

OK… Frank… I didn’t think I’d ever be asking you to do this… but could you PLEASE make another peanut butter blend? LOL That way I won’t be enticed to buy. I just placed an order with you (I found the neapolitan honeybush too interesting to pass up), and I can’t afford to place an order with you every week. Make something I’ll not feel the need to try. Like, how about a squid flavor or something?

~lauren.

I don’t know, LiberTEAS, that Tuna flavored one by 52Teas went over awfully well here in Steepsterville … LOL! You never know, raving reviews of squid flavor teas will have you buying some before you know it! HaHa

LiberTEAS

Lauren: Well, I did “buy” the tuna melt tea… but, I’m just not a squid kind of girl. Not so much.

You know what WOULD be good though… is a Cherry Garcia tea. Yum. Or… I also desperately want to try Zoomdweebie’s Grapefruit Green tea… but every time I visit the Zoomdweebie’s site I see that the tea is sold out…

but… don’t make those THIS next week. Or even the week after that. Make something I DON’T want to buy for the rest of this month. I can buy more teas in May. But, I’ve bought enough in April.

AmazonV

LiberTeas you should hold my credit cards while i hold yours? keep ourselves away from frank for a little bit :)

LiberTEAS

AmazonV – that would be an excellent idea! LOL I must not buy any more teas this month… I must not buy any more teas this month!

Ricky

^ I must not buy anymore tea until 2011. Frank, if you see an order from me, you should just tell me my credit card has been declined =]

Cofftea

Frank, the same goes for me except in cases of matcha and Mayan Chocolate Chai lol.

52teas

ROFL. Yeah, you just go ahead and place your orders. I’ll be sure to cancel them for you. evil laugh.

@LiberTEAS I’m afraid next week’s tea is going to be a must have for a lot of people, I think. It is so awesome. I’m kind of itchy just waiting to post it Monday.

I’ve been trying to think outside the box a little here lately with regards to our subscription plans. I’m thinking about offering a monthly plan where you get to pick two of the blends we create in a month. What would you guys think of something like that?

Erin

Frank – The monthly plan would be AWESOME! It’d be perfect for someone like me, who has limited funds and therefore doesn’t want to invest in a subscription that includes things that we may not even want. I think a lot of people would say the same thing. I’d certainly go for the monthly plan.

Cofftea

Frank, you could always post it at Midnite on Sunday morning- I consider Sunday the 1st day of the week anyway:) Yes, I definitely would be interested in the choose 2 version. I LOVE that you create such amazing and insane blends, but that also means not every one is for me and I don’t want to invest in a plan that may land me w/ several pouches of tea that just isn’t my cuppa.

LiberTEAS

Frank, I would absolutely be interested in the pick two of the blends… as opposed to the weekly subscription. Sometimes there are blends that I might not be so crazy about (for example: peanut butter blends, squid blends, or split pea soup blends), but there is generally at least 2 teas a month that do interest me.

Cofftea

LiberTEAS, HAHA! I actually busted out laughing when I read your “split pea soup blend” comment… that’s exactly the reason I can’t get mom to try matcha- she says it looks like split pea soup=D

AmazonV

i am to fussy with flavors to even do a 2xmonth plan, sorry frank

Ricky

Hey! I want the squid blend! Can’t we do prepaid plan =]

Cofftea

Pu Erh is already considered fishy:)

AmazonV

psssh, skip the squid it’s mediocre – EEL i want eel tea

LiberTEAS

eww… eel? How about a venison tea? Now that… might be interesting. (Now contemplating Frank attempting to locate freeze dried venison). Or how about hasenpfeffer tea?

Cofftea

LiberTEAS, if you want venison tea drink their smoky bacon… it’s more “jerkyish” than bacony.

LiberTEAS

I’m still hesitant on the smoky bacon… I’ve had the maple, liked it… but not so sure about the smoky.

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This morning, I took the simple approach and reached for a black tea in a tea bag as I have an early morning (well, early for me, anyways) appointment. This is my very last of this tea that I received in a swap.

This is not my favorite Metropolitan Tea, and as a tea purveyor I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to taste quite a bit from them. But I do like this tea, don’t get me wrong. I’m just not a big fan of grape flavor, which seems to also apply to wine-flavored teas such as this one. Not that I dislike it, let’s just say that I generally pass up the grape flavored skittles in favor of the other flavors.

Anyways… this is a good tea, and a very intriguing flavor. It does have a wine-like quality to it which always seems to cause me to do a double take. You’d think by now I’d get used to it, as I’ve tried quite a few “wine” infused teas, but, that fermented taste is always just a little surprising – in a good way – to me.

It is a weird tea to drink in the morning though, it’s much better suited for meal-time or in the afternoon, in my opinion. However, this was the first black tea I grabbed, so I went with it. A pleasant tea experience, overall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

There you’ve done it!!! I am going to HAVE to swing by a local gift shop and grab some tea from this company. This is the only tea I have bought from this company and have enjoyed it but I think I am due for another flavor! :) If not today…tomorrow…I hope…

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Since I just placed an order for this tea, I figured I’d finish up the sampling that Doulton sent to me. (Thanks again!)

This is truly a delightful jasmine. It is important to get the brewing parameters correct (or as correct as you might get if you’re an “eyeballer” like me) because too hot a temperature can be detrimental to this tea.

But when brewed at a lower temperature, the taste is divine! A very strong jasmine flavor which is remarkable in itself, since I typically find non-pearl jasmine teas to be a bit soft in the jasmine flavor… perhaps soft isn’t the right word. But, it’s just OFF compared to that of the pearl – as pearl is the standard toward which all jasmines should strive.

I’m bumping this score a notch, just because I can and I feel like it.

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

Pearl Jasmine is the gold standard? I need to try a pearl jasmine!

LiberTEAS

Well, that is just my opinion of course… but, I love pearls.

LiberTEAS

The second infusion of these leaves is just as amazing as the first. I really love this tea.

~lauren.

Good for you – i think I lost that special scent/aroma on the 2nd infusion. Tasted good but it didn’t smell as good. But that first infusion – I had never smelled Jasmine Green tea so heavenly as this one!

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Another gift from Doulton! Thank you!

And like Doulton, I too adore Earl Grey teas. There is just something so amazing about that bergamot – the aroma, the flavor, the way it lingers on the palate. Pure delight.

The aroma of this Earl Grey is strong, especially true of the dry leaf. No big surprise there, because most Earl Grey teas boast that same strength in aroma. Generally, if I find an Earl Grey that is lacking in it’s aroma, it’s been my experience that the tea is lackluster at best. Not always true, but, it is generally the case when it comes to Earl Grey.

The tea base is quite bold, with a slight bitter note to it – not distastefully bitter, though – so it surprised me to learn that this is a Ceylon base, as they tend to be much more mellow.

The bergamot is pleasant in this blend – not quite as floral in flavor as in other blends. No perfume-y flavor to it, just a very delightful, slightly sharp bergamot flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I like the second infusion of this tea better than the first. The Ceylon is a bit softer, less astringent, and no more bitter note. Not that the bitter note was bad, but, I think I prefer this particular tea without it. I like how the bergamot is mingling with the Ceylon… it is a very cohesive taste – not perfume-ish. A nice citrus essence without being fruity – if that makes sense.

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I don’t have a lot of time for a real wordsy note here, I’m drinking this as I head out the door!

I am really falling in love with this tea. Buttery, smooth, delicious. An excellent Dragonwell – EXCELLENT! I’ve even given it a higher rating this time… it deserves it!

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

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drank Feng Huang Dan Cong by TeaSpring
4449 tasting notes

Today’s Oolong was sent to me by Doulton Thank you so very much! How I love Oolong!

The dry leaves are very long and dark, much longer than most Oolong teas that I’ve encountered. The aroma is floral and fruity.

The fragrance of the tea is a little earthy, a little flowery, and a bit fruity – almost like a plum, or perhaps a bowl of peaches and plums.

The flavor – I am picking up a little smokiness in the flavor. It is a rather soft, smooth note of smoke – not quite as bold as say a “red robe” Oolong. It’s more like the peaches and plums were smoked.

It is a very smooth tasting Oolong with a pleasant mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is not quite as thick as a green Oolong. The peachy notes linger in the aftertaste. And a very nice floral note that hits you as you continue to sip the tea.

A very pleasant Oolong!

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

Infusing these leaves a second time. The dry leaves are very dark, but upon brewing, they reveal themselves to be green. The second infusion is, interestingly enough much more like a greener Oolong, as well. Not so much of a smoky taste to it now, much more floral, still a bit fruity, and a slightly leafy flavor. Not really grassy, but, a very faint vegetative essence.

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I love the roasted scent of this tea. But then, I do have a certain fondness for roasty-toasty teas. But… I don’t care for smoky teas. Which… seems pretty odd to me.

I brewed according to Den’s Preferred Brewing Method, except that after I brought the water to a boil, I first poured it into my ceramic mug so that it could take just a bit of the heat off of the water before I poured it into my smart brewer.

30 seconds to deliciousness!

The aroma of the brewed tea is caramel-y, like caramelized sugar. It also has a slight coffee-ish scent to it.

The flavor – sweet, caramel, woodsy, with a deep earthy note. Kind of like a Genmaicha but without the grassy-green-tea taste, although there is a very gentle, almost-barely-there note of vegetative taste that I can detect. Sort of like a roasted brown rice casserole with a few roasted, deeply caramelized, root vegetables. Now… if only I could actually create such a dish – I’d be quite happy!

YUM, yum, YUM this tea is good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

LOVE greens and LOVE oolongs… but not if their roasty toasty… about the only quality in those 2 teas I don’t like. Sad day.

Miss Sweet

Yum, this sounds delicious! A Genmaicha without the grassy taste sounds like my dream green

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Samovar
4449 tasting notes

As Lauren suggested, I decided to enjoy my sample of this tea that I received a few days ago… and I’m glad I am!

I love Yunnan tea. In fact, I think it may be my favorite black tea variety. But then, it’s hard for me to pinpoint a favorite right now, I’ve tasted so many outstanding black teas. This absolutely belongs in that category.

There is just something about this Yunnan’s complexity that draws me in. Earthy, sweet, and wine-like. Deep, intriguing notes of pepper and other spices that are hidden within the sweeter flavors of fruit and roasted nut. Caramel… and I am also detecting a deep, earthy cacao note. Delicious!

I am writing my review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog as I write this tasting note… This tea absolutely deserves high marks – it is incredible! I look forward to the infusions to follow…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Hmm, everyone seems to love this tea. Did I mess up with my steeping parameters? I thought it tasted like dawn, but a weaker version of it. I wasn’t too happy with this one.

LiberTEAS

Well, not every tea appeals to every palate… I personally love both Dawn and this tea. Dawn is a bit more robust than this tea and is more full-bodied. This one I would classify as a medium-bodied yet full-flavored tea.

LiberTEAS

I managed three very flavorful infusions out of the sample (the sample was just enough for my tea pot!). Each infusion was delicious, but each had it’s own unique differences. Most notable difference is in the third, which is almost Darjeeling-esque… not quite… but almost. Like maybe a Darjeeling with less astringency and a thicker mouthfeel.

Dan

Yunnan Rocks!

Ricky

Agreed, Yunnan rocks! And agreed with LiberTEAS comparison of Dawn + Yunnan Gold Buds. AHHH! The darjeeling aspect could explain why I don’t like it!

TeaEqualsBliss

Believe it or not…I have yet to try anything from this company!!!! :)

~lauren.

Wow – hard to believe, TeaEqualsBliss – you have 1678 tasting notes! Let me just saw WOW – that’s awesome!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Liber Teas
4449 tasting notes

This is what I’m drinking right now, because I woke up not too long ago. Sunday is one of my sleeping-in days and I take full advantage of it!

One of the best ways I can think of to wake up is with this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank ButterBeer by Custom-Adagio Teas
4449 tasting notes

Yep… I’m a Harry Potter fanatic. And… yep… that’s why I bought this tea.

Of the black teas that I’ve tasted from Adagio thus far, this is my favorite. The caramel, creme and vanilla work in synergy to create a beautiful flavor that is creamy, sweet, and delicious. If you don’t care for sweet teas, this is NOT the tea for you.

Interestingly enough, the one thing I think that this tea could use is a slight smoky flavor. Ha! Can you believe that I said that? (Well, actually I didn’t say it, I typed it, but, I actually thought it as I typed it, can you believe that?) The sweetness, while very lovely, could use an interesting contrast that would be provided by a smoky note. Perhaps that will give me something to do with the caravan…

Some ginger would also be interesting in this.

Overall, I like it though.

__Morgana__

Hehe, I’m a Harry fan too. I could never tell from the books whether ButterBeer was alcoholic or not. Seemed that it was, but also seemed strange that kids as young as twelve were drinking it…

Erin

I’m also a Harry Potter fan (or raving fanatic, more like it). From what I can gather, I think BB is just slightly alcoholic. If you remember in book 4 when Harry Ron and Hermione are down in the kitchens, Dobby explains to Harry that Winky’s been downing the BB a lot, and while it isn’t strong for humans, it’s really getting Winky messed up.

Wow. I sound like a total nerd.

LiberTEAS

Erin: I was just going to say that! Not the “total nerd” part, but the just slightly alcoholic part and how it affects the house elves more than humans.

Erin

It’s good to know I’m not alone! I know the specifics of certain beverages in the HP world, and yet I can’t memorize facts for my history exams. Figures.

And it’s okay, you can say it: I am a total nerd (and proud of it)!

LiberTEAS

My hubby calls me a “harry potter nerd” and a “tea nerd” and even an “art weirdo.” The one I take offense with the most is the “art weirdo” one… not because of the “art” but because of the “weirdo” – it just has always had a negative connotation to me. Call me strange, unique, unusual, or even odd… but not weird.

~lauren.

Love Harry & Ron & Hermione! Have you heard Jim Dale read the HP books on audiobook? Fantastic! I listen to it on my ipod while trying to get house things done. Too funny about this tea, though. We tried the jelly beans (bertie botts), too. LOL!

LiberTEAS

My daughter bought some of the every flavor beans way back when too… but I could never bring myself to try one… I was always afraid I’d end up with a dirt flavored one or something like that.

Erin

Yes! I was quite young when the first few books came out (1st and 2nd grade), so my mother used to play the cassette tapes in the car. Chamber of Secrets was the first chapter book I ever read by myself (in the 2nd grade). All together now: “Awwwww!

~lauren.

Erin – as I was reading your post, I’m thinking ‘awwww’ to myself but you beat me to it! My Hubby and I read the books to our kids as night-time/bedtime stories, too. :)

__Morgana__

I don’t usually plug my own writing, particularly on my “blog” which isn’t updated enough or short enough postings to really fit the common definition of blog, but you Harry fans might find this interesting: http://morganasspot.blogspot.com/2008/09/was-dorothy-slytherin.html

Erin

I did find it interesting, although I must now admit that I’ve never seen The Wizard of Oz…!

~lauren.

Erin – I’ve read your comments and I know you hailed from NJ and moved to TX and that’s all in the USA – you must’ve seen the Wizard of Oz – on TV? On tape? On DVD? NO? I’m stumped! :) __ Morgana __ , nicely written – go ahead, plug your own writings!

__Morgana__

Actually, the comparison was with the book version which is different from the movie version — in the movie version Oz only appears as a large head. You can read the Wizard of Oz online, it is long out of copyright protection. I think I may have linked to it in that piece. It’s well worth the read if you haven’t read it before.

Erin

I honestly didn’t even know that it was a book first. I sincerely hope that in 50 years or so there won’t be kids who didn’t know that Harry Potter was a book first.

Cofftea

When I 1st saw the name of this I thought it was a 52teas blend!=D

LiberTEAS

I totally dislike Wizard of Oz. I guess because every year it was shown on TV, and guess what… every year, we had to watch it… UGH. It was like my stepmother’s favorite movie or something and we always had to watch it with her like some sort of cruel torture or something.

LiberTEAS

Hmmm… the review of this tea that I wrote for the Tea Review Blog just published: http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11567
In it, I mention that the black tea is a pleasant tasting Ceylon base that isn’t too terribly strong. I must have steeped the tea for a much shorter time when I wrote that review than I have in subsequent tastings of Adagio’s black tea. Perhaps that is the key with their blacks… short brewing time.

LENA

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan as well. Funny enough, I didn’t start reading them until my 1st year of college when it was required for a class. The professor didn’t know what she started! :) Also, I have a slightly obsessive love affair with Alan Rickman…so the fact that he plays Professor Snape doesn’t hurt one bit.

Alannah

I’ve had really bad luck with Adagio but this sounds pretty awesome (and I love HP too)!

AmazonV

I listened to HP audiobooks (UK version is best) on long car trips, sometimes the 8 hour drive wasn’t long enough for me!

__Morgana__

I’m with you on the Alan Rickman love!

~lauren.

AmazonV – was Jim Dale reading on the UK version? I loved his reading/characterization of the HP series on the audiobooks that I have!

Too true about Alan Rickman – it’s his voice!

AmazonV

~lauren oh my I can’t remember but it was a wonderfully enthusiastic gentleman, must better than the lackluster US one

LiberTEAS

I love Alan Rickman too!

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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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