411 Tasting Notes

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I needed something special to help me get my head wrapped around coming into work this morning, so I picked one of my favorites. (Especially since Angrboda is sending me more, so I don’t feel the urge to hoarde it. Have I recently mentioned how awesome Angrboda is??)

This tea just feels so clean. It’s like the 7-up of teas, light and clean and crisp, and almost feels bubbly. A few more cups of this, and I may make it through the day.

takgoti

Yeah, Angrboda is pretty awesome. This tea sounds so refreshing.

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
411 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking a lot of this lately (and not positing, I know, sorry… ) and liking it. I fight with myself to not sweeten my black teas, and this one I have no problems not sweetening. It’s flavorful and lovely and does very well on it’s own.

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Got a sample of this from LiberTeas and I’ve enjoyed it today, but nothing’s stood out. It’s a nice oolong. Not very creamy, but it does taste a little thicker than plain water. No stand-out flavor notes. Just a nice, basic oolong.

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drank CinnaZing by SpecialTeas
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Took 3 tbsp of this and simmered it for something like 15 minutes in 2 cups of 2% milk. Added a little simple syrup at the end for a little sweetness.

Wow. It’s amazing.

It’s like a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin, but it has the creamy, spicy flavor. I could even see mixing this blend with canned pumpkin to make a dessert. Lovely, sweet, smooth, and won’t keep me up all night.

Oh, awesome. I’m bumping my score and will make more soon!

Preparation
8 min or more
teabird

Do they still sell this? I wasn’t seeing it on their website :(

LiberTEAS

I see that they don’t have it available currently… I don’t know if they will be restocking it, since they will be closing their doors 2/1/11.

wombatgirl

What? Closing? I had no idea!!

AmazonV

noooooooooooo

Auggy

The news of closing made me unhappy so I emailed them and this was their response:
Good Morning,
Thank you for your inquiry into SpecialTeas.

We will be closing our wholesale supply business in Feb, 2011 but our retail website will still be operational.

I hope this helps with your inquiry but if you have any further inquiries please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Thank you and have a great day,
Alexa

Meghann M

Oh wow…thank you for the update Auggy….I hope their retail business stays strong for awhile!

Auggy

No problem! The thought that they might close totally (and I could no longer get their Almond Cookie!) made me super sad so I had to email them to get details to see if I needed to stock up! :)

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drank Masterpiece Chai by Liber Teas
411 tasting notes

Backlogging

Made this up – stovetop method – for a frustrating Friday morning working at home. This made what could have been one of the more annoying days at work livable. And it was really truly yummy. Bumping my rating.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Aye Captain! This smells NOM! The leaf is pretty – little tan tips cresting throughout the dark brown sea of leaf. It’s got a dark, rich scent. Not quite cocoa, but teetering on that edge of decadence.

Once brewed up, it’s a beautiful chestnut color. It’s got an aroma that to me is the essence of tea – that brisk tang of quintessential tea.

Flavor-wise? The captain’s got a softer side! It’s a smooth, mellow initial sip followed by a drying tannic zing. He’s not a wuss, this definitely is a wake-me-up morning tea – I just expected more of a kick in the pants from the seafaring swashbuckler.

Overall assessment? Good tea. Yum.

JacquelineM

I’m sure you knew this question was coming – how does the Captain compare to Thomas Sampson? :) :) :)

wombatgirl

I’ll do a side by side later and/or tomorrow morning. I’m on to my royal garland oolong at the moment.

sophistre

Holy crap, new A&D. This post just made my morning.

JacquelineM

Goodie :) Thank you!

Angrboda

OMG!!!! Am I seeing things? Is there new A&D? Where’s my visa card??? OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

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79

Ok, more thoughts on this, although I have a feeling my rating and thoughts may change a little more tomorrow as well. I am not getting the silky mouthfeel you can get from some oolongs, nor any of the creamy or buttery flavor. (And yes, I totally feel like a poser saying mouthfeel) What I am getting is a lot of light floral tones and a hint of fruit. Sweet but dry. This is yummy, but isn’t my favorite oolong ever. What I want to try tomorrow is to resteep with more leaf/less water and a shorter time (the package recommends 5 minutes, which just feels long. Who knows. If I change the parameters, I may like it more. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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First comment – un-tea-related: WOW that was fast shipping. I only ordered on what? Thursday? Sweet!

Now, the tea. As always, lovely, pretty packaging. The tea leaf smells wonderful. Not creamy, but almost fruity. I keep thinking of pear flowers. While brewing, it’s a similar type of aroma, only milder.

I can’t comment to the color of the brew, as I’m breaking my rule of no tea after 6pm to try this, and I’m brewing a cup directly in my favorite cup – which is blue. It looks very light however.

Ooo.. floral, but not quite perfume-y. I am getting a dry-fruit-ish aftertaste, or maybe just a hint of sweet. I’m also burning my tongue a little, since I can’t wait to drink it. I’ll post this now, and come back with a rating a little later tonight.

Ooo.. floral, but not quite perfume-y. I am getting a dry-fruit-ish aftertaste, or maybe just a hint of sweet. I’m also burning my tongue a little, since I can’t wait to drink it. I’ll post this now, and come back with a rating a little later tonight.I am liking this however!!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

!!!!!!! Thank you for reviewing! I look forward to more of your thoughts, and a review of the other new Assam tea. I hope to be able to order these next week!

Jillian

ZOMG, they have new tea?! Runs to check out their website.

cody

I just got mine, too… but I won’t break my rules and must wait for the morning. So sad.

Stephanie

This is on my to buy next list too! By the way, did anyone notice that it says Jason updated this listing today?? Maybe our Overlord is back! :)

wombatgirl

@humangirl – I totally should have waited.. sleeping was a challenge last night!

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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
411 tasting notes

Finishing this off – my tin is empty. I doubt I’ll order any more, but it was pleasant when it was here. It’s not as creamy and sweet this morning. I think it’s not happy with the idea that it’s gone now.

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You know how everyone keeps saying that “this puerh tastes like fish tank, but in a good way” or “this tastes like dirt, but in a good way”.

Well, this tastes like salty, slightly off butter, but in a good way. Vegetially sweet smelling, but not sweet tasting at all.

I’m not thrilled with this tea, but I could see where green tea lovers would really love it.

Thanks for the tea Angrboda, this was good to try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

“…..but in a good way” lol! It’s so true! :)

Angrboda

I’m glad you liked it (to a degree anwyay). It was definitely something that grew on me as well over a period. I didn’t actually really appreciate it until I realised that I generally tend to prefer japanese green over chinese green and this leans against a sencha like flavour.

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My favorites tend to be oolongs and flavored black teas. I like highly flavored teas more than delicate ones. Rooibos tends to taste like dirt to me, and hibiscus is very sour to my palate. But I’m always up to try all sorts of things, and will often find things that I really like which I thought I’d hate.

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