4788 Tasting Notes

drank Spiced Pu'er by Simple Loose Leaf
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My first infusion had a nice balance of sweet and spicy. The spices had a chai-like flavor to them and the pu-erh is mellow and smooth. It’s a little earthy but I thought that the earthiness worked because of the spices.

The second infusion, the spices were a little more mild than the first so this allowed me the chance to explore the tea a little more. It’s earthy, but I’m tasting more of a mushroom type of earthiness. I like that I’m not tasting brine or fishy.

The flavor was much deeper and smoother with the third infusion. I can really taste the rich, aged tea now. The spices have softened and are more of a background note, and I like the way they play with the molasses-y sweetness of the tea. It’s quite an enjoyable experience.

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/05/puerh-spice-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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A very finely chopped rooibos blend. It appears to be both red and green rooibos and they’ve been chopped to a fine consistency. It looks to me like someone had put the ingredients into a food processor and pulverized it.

But it’s tasty. I prefer the flavor of green rooibos over red rooibos so it’s nice that both the red and green are in this blend – it makes for a tastier base. It ends up tasting more fruity than nutty. There is a light apple note from the chamomile and a pleasant caramel background note.

Overall, I enjoyed this.

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I received several different teas from Secret Garden, and I really enjoyed what I tried from them. I might have to talk my daughter into a trip to Vancouver BC so that we can visit the tea room.

This is a really tasty Mango tea. There’s a nice balance between fresh tasting green tea and sweet mango flavor. The green tea is sweet and buttery with light vegetal tones. It complements the sweet, ripe mango flavors nicely. The mango has a very authentic, true to the fruit type of taste that I appreciate.

Overall, it’s a good tea. I’d be happy to enjoy this any time. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/04/mango-green-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-co/

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I was apprehensive about this tea. It was clearly a situation where the chamomile has been crushed to a powder and this is typically the type of chamomile I do not usually enjoy. It looked a lot like something you’d find from a grocery store.

I steeped it for 8 minutes, even though I usually steep my chamomile teas for 10 minutes. I’m glad I only went with 8 minutes because it’s really strong. The crushed blossoms produce a stronger (but not better) flavor.

It’s alright. A light apple-y tone with heavy nectar/honey notes. It’s a soothing tea and it’s pleasant enough, but not my favorite cuppa. I doubt that chamomile will ever be a favorite. But it was alright.

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Beautifully fragrant! As I mention in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/03/feng-huang-dan-cong-special-oolong-tea-from-palais-des-thes/ – this aromatic tea impressed me right away.

Sweet, delicious and fruity. Floral notes with hints of spice. It’s a warm and beautiful tea, very autumnal. The sip starts out honey-like. Then I pick up on notes of stone fruit and flower. There is a delicate undertone of spice throughout.

The second cup was smoother than the first, and I found with each subsequent infusion that the flavors mellowed but it was still very flavorful. A very enjoyable tea.

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drank Genmacashew by 52teas
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I enjoyed this both hot and cold. The green tea is lightly grassy and sweet, and I like the way the nutty flavors meld with the toasty rice flavor. I don’t necessarily get ‘cashew’ or ‘macadamia nut’ but I get a medley of nut flavors, as if I grabbed a handful of mixed nuts and ate them all mixed together. It is a harmonious, nutty flavor.

It’s good. Not my favorite from 52Teas but not bad either, and one that I’m glad I tried.

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drank Oolong by Teatulia Teas
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The aroma is interesting: notes of smoke and a sweet note that is like butterscotch. Hints of earth and wood.

A delightful flavor: I taste the butterscotch. The description suggests notes of pie crust, lemon and sake. As one who hasn’t had sake for well over 20 years, I can’t tell you that I’m tasting sake, but I do taste the notes of lemon as well as a hint of pastry.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/02/oolong-tea-from-teatulia/

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This is similar to the Unsweetened MatchaBooster that I reviewed a week or so ago, except that this is sweetened. You require more powder for the same amount of water of this product because of the sugar that’s in this. And really, I’d rather it not be sweetened, I prefer the unsweetened.

The sweetness is a little jarring, as I said in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/01/product-review-sweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

I think it’s a little too sweet. What I did with subsequent uses is that I’d use one tablespoon of this powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the unsweetened powder in my 16.9 ounce water bottle and this made for a much more pleasant experience – it was still sweet but certainly not as sweet, and actually quite enjoyable.

And even with the sugar in this, it doesn’t completely mask the flavor of the Matcha, I am able to taste the buttery notes of the Matcha, light vegetal tones and hints of cacao.

This particular product would be perfect for a Frappe type of recipe – where you want a sweetened product but for on the go, I think you might be better off with the unsweetened.

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My 4700 tasting note is of another exceptional tea from Cameron Tea.

An absolutely delightful tea. Sweet, smooth, no astringency, no bitterness. Sweet, molasses-y goodness. Gentle spice notes. Hints of caramel. Earthy notes. Chocolate and leather.

Oh so pleasant. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-formosa-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/

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Congrats on 4700!

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drank Earl Grey by Tea of Life
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The fragrance of Bergamot is lacking – I didn’t get a strong bergamot aroma when I opened the pouch and I also didn’t get a really strong bergamot scent in the brewed tea. It was a little disappointing to me because I love me some bergamot and I enjoy smelling it almost as much as I enjoy drinking a properly flavored Earl Grey tea.

Flavor-wise, the bergamot is there. It’s a good earl grey. It doesn’t taste soapy or like cologne. The black tea is brisk and smooth and not astringent.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I wish it had a stronger bergamot scent but because the flavors were there, I can’t really knock it too severely. A decent Earl Grey.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/earl-grey-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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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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