4449 Tasting Notes
So, I’m gemini so I wanted to try this. I’m not sure exactly what grapefruit, strawberries and vanilla have to do with the sign of the twins, but … I still liked this.
Nutty, woody, notes of fruit, the grapefruit is uplifting and bright, the strawberries are sweet and tart and the vanilla softens it with a beautiful creamy note. Very enjoyable.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/24/gemini-rooibos-blend-from-ninas-paris/
I’ve never tried real hindbaersnitter but after learning of its existence (through this tea) I actually started looking for local bakeries to see if I could find one that made such a thing because it sounds like something I need to try. I like pop tarts, and I can’t help but think that a thin, buttery shortbread cookie type pastry would taste better than the dough-y stuff that encases the fillings of a pop tart. So I want to try hindbaersnitter, but I was not successful in finding a bakery that made the stuff. (Note: stuff is easier to type than hindbaersnitter.)
Anyway, I definitely enjoyed the tea. The delicate Shou Mei seemed the ideal base for this, so that the buttery flavors of the shortbread pastry could be tasted with the sweet-tart notes of the raspberry. The raspberry pops in the aftertaste.
I liked this. It reminds me a lot of the raspberry thumbprint cookies my gramma used to make.
I like this twist on the classic Earl Grey – the black bergamot flavored tea has been enhanced with the additions of lavender and rose. It’s nice. The bergamot is a bit softer than most traditional Earl Grey teas I’ve encountered, kind of like the softer bergamot notes you might experience from an Earl Grey creme but without the vanilla notes.
Normally I do prefer a stronger bergamot presence but I like that it’s softer here because it’s allowing me to experience the lavender and rose. Sweet, delicate, feminine – I like the balance between citrus fruit and florals.
A really pleasant blend.
I tried all four of the teas that Zest Tea offers, and of the four, this one was my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it! It did require a little experimentation on my part to find just the right parameters to steep it, but it was worth the effort.
I recommend a low temperature for this – I’d go with 170° – 175°F and a steep time of 2 1/2 minutes. These parameters worked best for me to get a very flavorful cup without the flavors tasting off. I found that when the temperature went higher than 175°F the flavor started tasting a little funky. It’s better to go low and a little slower with this one.
But as I said, the extra efforts pay off because this is really a tasty cup. I get flavors of pomegranate, lime and peppermint along with a fresh, light flavor of green tea. The peppermint is strongest and notes of lime weave their way in and out of the sip. I found the pomegranate a little more difficult to pin down, but after a few sips, the pomegranate came through.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/22/pomegranate-mojito-green-tea-from-zest-tea/
This is a really good Genmaicha with Matcha. The Genmaicha tastes fresh and nutty and sweet, and the Matcha adds just a touch of creamy sweetness to the cup. I received this Genmaicha with Matcha in the most gorgeous Washi Paper covered tin. It’s absolutely beautiful and very well made.
It’s a really good Genmaicha with Matcha. The flavor is everything you expect from a top-notch Genmaicha. Sweet, nutty, smooth, and soothing. Nice.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea along with photos of the gorgeous tin: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/21/product-review-genmai-cha-with-matcha-green-tea-washi-gift-set-from-sugimoto-america/
A very soothing and brothy tea. It smells more vegetal to me than tastes. It doesn’t have a heavy grassy note to it. Instead, I’d compare it to steamed veggies.
A delicious green. Very invigorating. A good balance between sweet, salty and savory.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/20/yame-shincha-3-green-tea-from-tea-wing/
Backlog:A Really nice alternative to the typical breakfast tea – I don’t usually choose an Oolong tea for a breakfast tea, but this tea tastes very much like ‘breakfast’ to me with the lovely maple notes and the smoky character. There are rich buttery and nutty tones too.
Later infusions offer fewer maple-y notes, but I started to pick up on some peach-y notes and I enjoyed that too. By the fifth and sixth infusions, there were but mere wisps of smoke to the cup, and very little maple-ish flavors, but there were nice nutty notes and peach-y flavors to make up for it.
A really lovely flavored Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/20/smoked-maple-oolong-tea-from-shanti-tea/
This tea brews up very light. The leaves don’t really look “black” – they look like a green or perhaps even a white tea because of the silvery tips. But, Happy Earth categorizes this as a black Darjeeling, so I’ll go with it.
And it doesn’t really matter to me, because I LOVE THIS TEA! It’s an amazing first flush. Notes of flower and lime. It’s bright, light, and crisp. Sweet and vibrant with a very fresh taste to it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/19/organic-singbulli-darjeeling-black-tea-first-flush-2014-from-happy-earth-tea/
I have to admit that when I read the ingredient list for this tisane, I was a little dismayed. Hibiscus as well as stevia? Ugh. I would rather companies not put stevia in their blends, because I like to decide how much (if any) sweetener I add to a cup. I don’t like this decision made for me. And well, it’s no secret that hibiscus just isn’t my favorite tea/tisane ingredient.
That said, this tisane was still pretty darned good. I do think it would have been better without the stevia, but as it is, I found myself enjoying the apple-y notes and the spices, and the stevia does nicely accentuate the spice notes.
This tisane tastes a bit like apple cider that’s been mulled with masala chai spices.
Fortunately, the hibiscus is on the light side, and I would still recommend only steeping for 6 minutes to keep the hibiscus from becoming too syrupy.
A well-defined apple note with lots of well-balanced spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Essentially, this is like an apple chai! Nice!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/18/spicy-apple-tisane-from-tea-people/
Let me start by apologizing for the photo. It looks terribly distorted. If you check out my full-length review of this tea, you’ll see a slightly better version of the photo of the tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/17/darjeeling-second-flush-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/ (Even though the photo is kind of small)
Anyway … on to the tea!
My preference for Darjeeling tends to be the second flush so I was happy to see that this was a second flush Darjeeling in Simple Loose Leaf’s May Selection Club box. I prefer the second flush because it usually has more muscatel-ish notes and they make me happy. That said, I would like to say that I’ve tried some amazing first flush Darjeeling teas from this year’s harvests that have made me happy also.
But, I’m not talking about those right now, right now, I’m talking about this Second Flush Darjeeling from Simple Loose Leaf, and this tea made me quite happy. A lovely, well-rounded taste with lots of fruity notes. Lovely muscatel. Woodsy, earthy layers of flavor.
Smooth, uplifting, grape-y notes that transform into a black currant flavor toward the finish. Sweet! A slightly tangy finish but far less astringent than some Darjeelings that I’ve encountered. This is more smooth … with what I’d call a moderate dry astringency.
A fine Darjeeling.