328 Tasting Notes

87

This one is much better than I had expected and is getting better as I have been sampling it the past couple of months. This raison flavor sings, w/subtle cinnamon flavor in the background. Lately, I have even been tasting the butter.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
328 tasting notes

Is this possibly better than Marco Polo? The strawberry flavor seems to be stonger than the classic Mariage Freres blend. The berry flavor is not tart but delightful w/some creaminess in the background.

mpierce87

So jealous right now! This tea and the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast are the two teas I’m waiting on to get here!

LiberTEAS

@mrawlins2 – good choices! I really like this and the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast… I was very pleasantly surprised by the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast especially… YUMMY!

mpierce87

I’m really hoping they will be here on Monday. The more I think about the Cinnamon Raisin Toast, the more I can’t wait.

Lori

Both are very good!

amandajo

hmmm…I was actually considering getting the marco polo, but this would definitely put a smaller dent in my wallet!

Lori

Amandajo- you should try the Strawberry Zag. – it has a stronger punch than Marco Polo…

amandajo

Alas, the strawberry zab is sold out! Looks like I will have to wait for another reblending!…And I actually did purchase this one once and never got to try it… I gave it away to a friend from work (who loves tea) as a going away gift! :O

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
328 tasting notes

Thanks to Ashmanra for this sample. I can definitely pick up the honey notes and slight malt flavor….No sugar is needed. No milk.

I have always liked Adagios Golden Monkey but perhaps this is as good or better.

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drank Banana Matcha by 52teas
328 tasting notes

My first Matcha and I am soooo pleased. When I saw these flavored matchas, I just could not turn these down. I have been leery to try Matcha-and I was thinking flavored would be a good way to warm me up to the idea. At the same time, I have been sooo curious as Cofftea is always raving about matcha, etc….

I took 1 tsp and frothed it in a splash of water. Then added about 1 cup of cold milk. Tinge of honey. The banana flavor was quite strong and natural- so next time, I will omit the sweetener. No odd vegetative or grassy or fishy flavor was noted.

This was really good. As it is difficult or near impossible to find flavored matchas, I may be placing an order SOON!

Cofftea

lol you were expecting fishy? As much as this one scares me, this shall be the next one I try tomorrow in honor of your 1st matcha:) These do froth oh so nice- it kinda distracts me from the fact that this isn’t green.

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97

I love a good Chinese tea in the afternoon. and this one has delightful toasty flavors.

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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So far, I am the only Steepsterite to like this one. Really the grass flavor subdues the lemongrass ….so this is one that I like to drink iced and frequently. But, I am in the minority, oh well….

Ricky

Yay for being the odd one out :D

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drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
328 tasting notes

Hmm….the pellets look like rabbit pellets. The blend contains licorice. But the licorice is not noticeable AT ALL. This is a mild oolong. Others have said it is woodsy. And it is. There is a vegetative aroma this tea. Smooth. Not bitter.

BUT-not sure if I like this one personally. The woodsy flavor is sooo subtle….I just like my teas w/more flavors… So, I am thinking it is MEH

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drank Lemon Yunnan by Samovar
328 tasting notes

This is a great iced tea w/straightforward flavors- a solid, not astringent tea base and lemon grass. As others have said, the lemon grass flavor is strong. But with a little bit of sugar to cut the pungency of the lemon grass, this is wonderful. As the lemongrass is strong, it masks the yunnan-flavors of the tea base. But on the other hand, if a cheaper tea base were used, perhaps, this blend would not be as pleasant.

In fact, this one holds up to multiple infusions.

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93

Good classic morning tea. Bold but not too bold. Not astringent. Slightly, and just slightly smoky. One that I would recommend others to try.

ashmanra

Good to know! I haven’t tried any Upton Teas yet but I love looking at their site and plan to place an order. I think this will be on it!

Lori

It’s quite good. And Upton sells samples on essentially all of their teas….

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
328 tasting notes

This one has a natual coconut flavor that does not overwhelm the pouchong tea base. Not suprised that this is an award winner. This is one that I will definitely re-order!

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Just a few months ago the only tea I drank was hot lipton tea at work, an occasional mint tea, and sweet iced tea.. Then my daughter got me some loose leaf teas for Christmas and then, my tea addiction began…..

And what better way to get lots of dessert flavors w/o the calories?

I prefer my tea with a tinge of sugar. Is that cheating? But to me , the combination of sugar and tea is like salt and cooking- both bring out the natural flavors.

My tea drinking has evolved into a set routine: a breakfast blend in the AM, some flavored blacks during the day, late afternoon or evening flavored green/white, herbal (usually spicy, chai inspired) at night.

Not into unflavored greens/whites yet. Just started appreciating unflavored blacks and am thinking that smoky teas may become my favorite…
When I am not drinking tea, I am working as an engineer, reading, watching some of the better TV shows (like Damages and Breaking Bad), practicing my yoga, cooking, gardening, and spoiling my two miniature poodles (Coco and Timmy)…

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