4139 Tasting Notes
This Matcha makes a great latte. I like it better as a latte than prepared traditionally, somehow the creaminess of the milk enhances and elevates the flavors to give it more of a pie-like taste.
I can’t say that I’ve ever had a butternut pie. But I figured that butternut pie had to taste a lot like pumpkin pie, right? And it does … but I taste more of a butternut squash flavor … there’s less of the spice that goes along with pumpkin pie, and that’s where the real difference lies, I think.
There’s a nutty flavor to this, as well as a pastry-like flavor that is slightly buttery. I think that the natural buttery taste of the matcha plays well with the pastry notes. I can also taste the sweet, vegetative tones of the matcha.
A really good Matcha. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/29/butternut-pie-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
Chai blends are some of my favorite teas to enjoy this time of year. As soon as autumn starts to peek in with it’s chill in the air, I am starting to check out chai teas, and now that we are in to winter … I’m enjoying chai pretty often. I like being warmed from the inside out the way the spicy chai blends do.
This was a really good rooibos chai. Very strongly of cinnamon, it reminds me of Red Hot candies. I can also taste notes of cardamom and ginger, and there is a hint of vanilla to this too. And the vanilla is my favorite part of this blend … I love how it melds with the spicy to give this a sweet yet spicy taste.
Not a lot of “rooibos” flavor here. Perhaps a slight nutty tone to it but it all works together in a very tasty way.
This is an interesting blend. Sweet and light, with a pleasing floral note. I saw some less than happy reviews of this tea, but, I liked it alright.
It has a soft texture, and a light and refreshing sweet taste. Not too floral and not too grassy. Not my favorite from Harney & Sons, but I like it alright.
I’m not usually all that excited to taste rooibos blends. But, I’ve tried more tasty ones than I’ve tasted not tasty ones, so I’m sure that my hesitancy to “embracing” rooibos has to do with my initial impression of it … the first time I tasted rooibos, I wasn’t all that in love with it. But since then, I’ve found many blends that I’ve liked, and I even like plain rooibos on occasion – although I must say that organic rooibos is definitely better than the conventionally grown rooibos. And yes, with rooibos, I can definitely taste the difference.
This is a really tasty rooibos blend – and get this, it even has hibiscus in it! But it all works … and it works well together.
This is not a chocolate-y red velvet. Rather, it’s a cherry and vanilla “red velvet”. I can taste a cake-like taste to it, and I can taste a tangy flavor that tastes like cream cheese. It’s like a cherry/vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting. And it’s quite yummy.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/28/organic-red-velvet-tea-from-brew-la-la-tea/
I’m not sure if the leaves for this tea were actually roasted, but they do have a distinct roasted flavor to them. The roasted flavor reminds me a bit of coffee, but without the coffee bitterness (and the coffee side effects that I usually feel a couple of hours after drinking coffee.)
Rich, earthy, malty, and sweet. There is a slight “cocoa-ish” sort of flavor to it too that is accentuated by the roasty notes. Caramel notes, nutty tones, smoke, toast, and earth. It’s a really enjoyable, complex cuppa.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/30/black-tea-shan-valley/
A really nice medley of flavors: Soft citrus-y notes, exotic jasmine, and a vegetative taste from the greener Oolong used as a base for this tea. The Oolong has a buttery taste, a slightly creamy texture and this goes very nicely with the lemony citrus, giving it an almost “lemon-curd” like taste. And the jasmine comes in and offers an alluring floral note.
Nice. Even my daughter enjoyed this one.
This first flush had a really nice balance between fruit and flowery notes. It tasted crisp and clean. There is an ever-so-slight muscatel note to it. I’m betting that this particular estate has a really amazing second flush if I can taste the muscatel in the first flush.
A really nice tea. I’m looking forward to the 2014 harvests!
In case Frank didn’t catch my full-length review of this tea back when I wrote it (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/26/frankenberry-black-tea-from-52teas/ ) HEY FRANK! I WANT COUNT CHOCULA NEXT YEAR. And it should be super chocolate-y. Like … however much chocolate you usually put in a blend and then … double that … and then … go ahead and double it again.
I love the addition of malt flavor to this … it is just what these cereal blends have needed to give it that cereal-ish taste. I love the flavors of this tea. It made me smile.
I am simply in awe of this company. The black teas they offer are so good. And they not only taste good, but the leaves are absolutely gorgeous. These are artistically crafted teas using nothing but the camellia sinensis leaf. No extra ingredients to make the tea look pretty. It looks good on its own.
This tea is a bit more astringent than the previously reviewed Bai Lin Congfu Black from this company. It has a nice malty tone. Sweet with a very enjoyable “bake-y” sort of taste and that ‘chewy’ sort of texture. Whispers of smoke in the distance.
Bold and strong. Caramel-y and somewhat earthy.
Another MUST TRY from this company. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/25/4-dian-hong-congfu-black-tea-joseph-wesley-black-tea/
Visually, this is a really appealing blend with the soft, down-covered white tea leaves, coconut shreds, pieces of strawberry and pink/red rose petals. It smells good too!
The tea is quite pleasant. The rose and berry are the two strongest notes of the cup. A soft, creamy coconut note comes through around mid-sip. I like that even though these flavors are strong, I can still taste the white tea. The flavors don’t overpower the white tea … everything is blended very thoughtfully here.
The white tea is soft, earthy, and vegetative. There is a creaminess to it that melds nicely with the creamy notes of the coconut. A really compelling combination of flavors.