4544 Tasting Notes
an unusual looking leaf. It looks a bit like a TieGuanYin Oolong “pelleted” leaf but with smaller leaves.
I thought that they might be fun to watch unfurl since they’re all wound up in a “cannon ball” so I brewed these in my glass teacup, but the first infusion proved to have very little “show” to them. The leaves didn’t unfurl much at all … but they did produce a very flavorful tea.
Sweet, nice, buttery texture and a light buttery note. I taste citrus notes, floral notes and hints of vegetation. The citrus is particularly noticeable toward the finish and that bright flavor lingers in the aftertaste.
The flavors develop as I continue to sip and by mid-cup, I was tasting more buttery notes than the citrus and floral flavors.
The second infusion – again, very little “show” but the flavor more than makes up for it. Sweet, whispers of flower, notes of tangy citrus, less buttery texture or taste this time around. I find that a little bit of cooling time brings the buttery notes forward.
The third infusion – the leaves are now completely unfurled. The third cup was my favorite because the flavor was simply amazing. Soft, buttery, silky, less astringency than in the first two cups, very lovely flavors this third cup.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/29/nepal-2nd-flush-2014-cannon-ball-green-tea-from-what-cha-tea/
As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tisane: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/28/honeybush-herbal-tisane-from-simple-loose-leaf/ I don’t often have a cup of plain, unadulterated, pure honeybush anymore. Usually, I’m tasting flavored or blended Honeybush.
So I wasn’t all that excited about trying the tisane. “Glib” is how I described my attitude.
But because it had been a while since i had pure Honeybush, I had forgotten how nice a cup of unflavored honeybush can be. Sweet, honey-esque, nutty and a slight woodsy tone. Slightly toasty.
Soothing and pleasant. I enjoyed it!
A really tasty blend. I like the mango and guava together, but it was the grapefruit’s presence in this blend that made me want to try it. And I like the bright note of the grapefruit. An uplifting tropical blend that’s sweet, tart, and nicely balanced.
The white tea isn’t overpowered by these fruit flavors.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/28/white-calypso-tea-from-white-lion-tea/
Even though this tea has a lot of the same spices as a typical masala chai blend would have, it doesn’t really taste like a typical chai. Typically with a chai, the spices are strong and assertive, and here, the black tea is the strongest note with the spices providing some background flavor.
The black tea is a robust and flavorful tea. Not bad for a teabag. Not bad for a Ayurveda tea.
Its an energizing blend. I like the spices in this, they add a depth to the flavor and rather than the focus being about the spices, it’s more about the black tea and the spices highlight that.
Not bad and it does deliver what it promises. It is, indeed, a stimulating cup of tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/27/ayurvedic-stimulating-tea-from-tea-of-life/
I just received my package from Ost today – Thanks, Ost! This is awesome. I know you said in your review of this tea that you aren’t all that wild about it but I LOVE this. I love the deep, rich, chocolate-y flavor that is like dark bittersweet chocolate, notes of honeyed caramel in the undertones, and the woodsy earthiness to this. I taste notes of molasses. This reminds me more of a Fujian tea than a Ceylon.
I was at first a little upset to see hibiscus as one of the ingredients, fortunately, the hibiscus adds relatively little to the blend except for a pretty pinkish hue to the cup which does – admittedly – enhance the “watermelon-ish-ness” of this tea. Fortunately, it doesn’t do much to the flavor (I don’t want an overly tart watermelon tea!) nor the texture (a watermelon tea should be on the light side, I think).
There is some tartness to this, but not just from the hibiscus, but from the lemon-y notes. And I do like the lemon and the watermelon together. The lemon brightens the cup nicely.
A very fruity tea, I like that I can also taste notes of the tea base which is a green and white tea base. It’s light, buttery and fresh tasting. I do think that the tea tends to be more of a background note, and the fruit medley is more focused than the tea. But the flavors are so nice that it’s hard to complain about that.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It’s a little more fruit than it is tea, but it’s a pleasant tasting cuppa. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/27/watermelon-splash-tea-blend-from-bluebird-tea-co/
I’m sorry to read that the other review of this tisane here on steepster did not enjoy this as much as I did. I would recommend steeping this a little longer than you would a typical tea – since it’s Yerba Mate you won’t get the same tannic quality of a camellia sinensis blend. I steeped this for 10 minutes at a just under boiling temperature: 195°F.
This brought out a good amount of yummy Kettle Corn flavor.
When the cup is piping hot, I don’t get a lot of Kettle Corn flavor, but as the tea cools slightly, the flavors begin to develop. I found that a pinch of salt helped enhance the Kettle Corn experience as well. I got a sweet, honeyed flavor and the roasted notes of the yerba mate complimented the “popcorn” flavor.
OK, I was astonished that I needed to create a listing for this tea here, how is it that I’m the only steepster-type person to have tried this Earl Grey?
We must remedy that immediately – try this Earl Grey!
It’s rather unique. Two amazing black teas plus a Wuyi Oolong makes up the base. This gives the tea a solid “black tea” background and a softer texture from the Oolong. It also adds a hint of toasty, nutty flavor. These flavors meld beautifully with the chocolate and malt notes of the black teas.
The bergamot notes are strong … but not quite as strong as I’d like them to be. The vanilla notes are strong as well. It’s tangy, citrus-y, sweet, creamy and these two components with just an average black tea would be lovely, but when you combine them with the extraordinary teas from Verdant Tea you get a truly over-the-top, wonderful Earl Grey tea experience.
If I’m to offer any complaint, it would be that I’d like the bergamot notes to be stronger. However, I do like the way the base teas are the highlight of this blend, so I find it difficult to offer a complaint. I really enjoyed this.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/26/earl-grey-black-tea-from-verdant-tea/
I have been pleased with the many different teas that I’ve tried from Fong Mong and since AliShan Oolong teas are my favorite Oolong, you know I loved this one from this company.
I managed 10 infusions from the same measurement of leaves. I combine five infusions into my AliShan YiXing Mug. The first cup was very creamy and smooth. Floral and vegetal notes that have been softened by the creamy indulgence that comes from a high quality Jin Xuan like this.
The second cup was still quite creamy. In fact, I enjoyed it more than the first cup, because some of the creamy notes have subsided just a little to make way for the wonderful sweetness from the floral notes and a touch of fruity flavors.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/25/taiwan-alishan-jin-xuan-oolong-2014-from-fong-mong-tea/
This is a pure fennel tea. I love the aroma because I LOVE licorice and that’s what this smells like. Fennel is one of those spices that I love but the rest of the household doesn’t care for, so it’s one that I seldom have in the spice cupboard. So it was a treat for me to brew up a cup of fennel, courtesy of Les 2 Marmottes. And even though I used to add fennel to my Masterpiece Chai and I have had many different teas with fennel in it, I don’t think I’ve ever had a pure fennel infusion until I tried this tisane.
I love licorice so yeah, I loved this. It tastes a lot like liquefied licorice. It was sweet (almost sugary sweet) but without the snap or zesty flavor of licorice root. It’s a softer, sweeter version of black licorice.
I think that this was one of my favorites from Les 2 Marmottes.