488 Tasting Notes

84

I used 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

The banana flavour tastes only very mildly artificial. The genmaicha flavour is very well balanced with the banana. Genmaicha has a sweet roasted flavour. I don’t feel that the two flavours compliment each other the best.

As the tea cools, I’m feeling like the flavours are melding together. I’m getting a banana-rice crispies taste. The banana is fading a bit into the background.

I’m not getting a very strong cheesecake flavour but there is a tang and heaviness in the flavour.

As the tea cools further I’m detecting a distinct creaminess.

Thank you to Indigobloom for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

My purse smells like banana thanks to this one lol

Raritea

I kept smelling this one all day. I moved it to my coat pocket to avoid cross contamination with all the other teas I got today. Thanks again Indigobloom!!!

Raritea

Oh and Sil some of these are from you too, so thank you so much! I now have a mountain of tea to try and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Indigobloom

LOL bananaaaa! http://youtu.be/b6jlWbiTy1E (despicable me. I love this short!!!)
Glad you liked it Raritea. Sorry about your purse Sil!

Indigobloom

It was an awesometastic day, thanks to the two of you!! :D

Sil

My tea stash is yours lol. If we manage to get together on Sunday let me know if there are teas you want to try and ill bring them along if I can especially since it may be a bit before you’re able to come back :)

Shmiracles

did somebody say banana?….wait for it ….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZyvDN99lA

Raritea

I think that the banana should win the award for most comical fruit. From the early days of slipping on a banana peel gags to these… plus it is so much fun to say! One of my favourite banana references: the Arrested Development Bluth Frozen Banana – there’s always money in the banana stand ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTM7Mbk_SU

Shmiracles

so true!!! i love it so!!!

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85
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
488 tasting notes

I used 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

On the sip I’m detecting a soft melon-like flavour with a bit of a sour spinach-y edge. The spinach edge gives a heaviness to the overall flavour. Alfalfa sweetness is present. Very mild roasted flavour near the end of the sip in the background. Mildly buttery. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly swampy flavour. Almost a sugary sweetness is present.

Lingering aftertaste has peppery notes.

As it cools, I am getting hints of the licorice/ginseng tingly sweetness.

Rating: 85

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

Smooth and sweet tasting. I’m really getting a pumpkin-y flavour that reminds me of the stringy stuff when I’m pumpkin carving. There a liqueur-like taste in the background which must be from the caramel. It is a little too alcohol-like for me to enjoy. Clove-nutmeg and maybe cinnamon spice flavour is present. Earthy astringency does not compliment the overall flavour profile very well. Caramel sweetness (reminding me of butterscotch pudding) present in the immediate aftertaste.

I am not detecting much cheesecake in this blend. There may be some subtle notes of it as the tea cools.

I am not a fan of the pumpkin-caramel combination but I believe that this blend did a very good job in capturing the flavours.

Rating: 84

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
488 tasting notes

I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

There is still too much astringency even with the reduced dry leaf and reduced infusion time. The astringency did back off a bit as the cup cooled but not as much as in my previous attempt. I didn’t get enough of the cotton candy flavour in this cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Earl Black by 52teas
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The dry leaf smells like strong cherry medicine. I did pick up on Black Currant notes similar to what I was getting in the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas.
I’m not detecting any bergamot aroma from either the dry leaf or the brewed tea. The brewed tea has a sugary berry aroma.

There is a sourness present. The white tea swampy flavour is very prevalent and there is a roasted-vegetal bite to the immediate and lingering aftertaste. The berry taste is quite faint. The sugary berry taste is present in the aftertaste. I’m not picking up any definite notes of bergamot.

The black currant flavour becomes more prominent as the tea cools.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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77

I used 1 tablespoon (emptied triangular pyramid bag unit) for 188 ml of water.

Brewed tea has a chocolatey richness to the aroma with the mint in the background.

On the sip I getting primarily a mint flavour with the chocolate in the background. The mint flavour is found near the front of the sip which disappears into the chocolate taste near the end. The immediate chocolate aftertaste is rich and reminds me of a thick hot chocolate.

Thank you to Indigobloom for passing on a couple of bags of this tisane to me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Did you see my review, the other one was much better. I love mint so was 100% sure I’d adore this!

Raritea

Maybe I also need to try the other one! I was really hoping that the richness in the scent would translate more to the flavour.

Indigobloom

heh, imagine my shock when the other one did give the flavour and this one didn’t… I was perplexed :S

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82
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.

The dry leaf smell reminds me of lemon meringue pie. The brewed tea has a lemon mixed with smoky aroma which I’m guessing comes from the lemon and green tea. There is a sweetness to the aroma which, I think, is coming from the marshmallow root.

On the sip I’m getting a bitter-celery-metallic flavour at the front which turns into a more lemony flavour.

As the tea cools, I’m getting a more smoky-lemon flavour and the bitterness is faded. I’m also detecting an enjoyable green tea aftertaste in the aftertaste of the tea.

Rating: 57

I will try to keep my infusion time closer to 2 minutes in the future.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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67

I used 1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.

Upon smelling the dry leaf, I was immediately reminded of bubblegum scent which I think arises from the mixture of banana, pineapple and orange smells. This scent also carried over to the brewed tea. I’m detecting that honeybush beeswax candle smokiness in the background of the aroma as well.

On the sip I am definitely getting bubblegum flavour that blooms into a very full aftertaste. The beeswax candle smokiness is barely present but still there. This tisane is mildly sweet and hints at sourness. I can detect the citrus of the orange, the tang of the pineapple and the sweetness of the banana in the flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
488 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly like freshly spun cotton candy.

The brewed tea has a definite cotton candy aroma which is overpowered by the scent of black tea.

Too much astringency from the black tea base. I might have to experiment with the infusion parameters. A delightful cotton candy flavour is present in the background- it seems quite authentic as well.

As the tea cools I am getting a lemony taste from the black tea base. The bitterness backs off a little bit but the cup is slightly too bitter to enjoy.

As the tea cools further, the bitterness backs off even more. I’m starting to detect a creamy taste. There is still a bit of a bitter edge but it is quite enjoyable.

Second infusion at 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Lighter tasting but there is still enough cotton candy sugary taste to make it an enjoyable experience. There is only a slight bitterness that I experienced in the first cup.

This tea would not likely do well past the second infusion.

I might try only 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.

Detecting a licorice-like sweetness that tingles my tongue into the aftertaste. Pleasant swampy-vegetal taste that may be a little strong. I am strongly reminded of the scent of alfalfa hay. Very mild astringency. No bitterness. Sweet throughout. Slightly buttery. Overall refreshing flavour. Lemon notes present, reminding me of the taste of a freshly squeezed lemon in water.

Second infusion at 5 minutes. Flavours from first infusion are still present but softer. Smooth and buttery quality. Softer sweetness throughout.

Third infusion at 7 minutes tastes very similar to the first infusion. More vegetal-tasting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Em

“pleasant swampy-vegetal” eek!

Raritea

It’s just that quality of white/green tea that I have come to love (and sometimes crave). I was quite pleased with the overall flavour and really surprised at the lemony taste- that is not something that I think I have ever experienced in a non-flavoured tea.

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