4663 Tasting Notes
I didn’t have high hopes for this blend, to be honest. I’m not a big fan of grape. I love pomegranate, but when it comes to grape, I love the fruit but not so much the “grape flavored” things with which the candy makers of the world seem intent to saturate our taste buds. Ugh. I don’t like grape flavored soda, I don’t like grape ice pops, I don’t like grape candies. It doesn’t taste like grape. It tastes like something that maybe the Grape Ape from those cartoons in the 70s produced and I don’t want to know what body part they came from.
That said, I have found a few grape flavored teas I’ve enjoyed and I was pleasantly surprised by this pomegranate and grape flavored tea. You should let this tea cool for a few minutes before you start sipping because when this tea is freshly poured and piping hot the flavors taste rather muddled.
It’s a sweet tasting tea but not overly sweet. The tartness of the pomegranate flavors offset the candy-sweet flavor of the grape and I think that’s what makes this tea enjoyable for me. I’m tasting more “grape” and less “artificially flavored grape soda” with this tea.
This blend had a bit too much hibiscus for my liking. I tasted mostly hibiscus, with some notes of ginger and lemon grass. I didn’t taste much pineapple or coconut from it at first, but by mid-cup, I got more fruit notes.
This blend would have been so much better without the hibiscus. I drank it, I’d probably drink it again if it were offered to me, but would I order some for myself if I had other choices available to me? Probably not.
It tastes much better cold than hot. As it cools, some of the promised fruit flavors begin to emerge and the hibiscus fades a little. Still not my favorite, but it becomes much nicer cold.
I bought this in the “mini size” a couple of months ago. The hemp lured me in. I am a big fan of hemp.
Rather than using a Japanese green tea as you would find in most Genmaicha blends, a Chinese green is used here. It looks a lot like a Chinese eyebrow (Chun Mee) but I could be wrong.
This is a bit nuttier than a typical Genmaicha tastes to me, it has a sweet, toasty flavor that I enjoyed. A nice, autumnal taste. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/06/hempmaicha-green-tea-blend-from-handmade-tea/
This is what I’m drinking currently. I’m finding myself a tad under the weather and when I’m feeling like this, spiced teas seem to lift my spirits if nothing else. I’m glad that I’ve got several reviews on tap at SororiTea Sisters so I don’t have to try to review teas with a sore throat. I’m more than caught up there (maybe not caught up here, still backlogging! But I’ve got plenty of reviews waiting for their scheduled time of publication.)
In the meantime, I’m drinking lots of spiced teas and slurping lots of Hot and Sour soup.
This is a good tea – not my favorite from 52Teas but I like the combination of spice and pineapple. The green tea base is pleasant. The spices are warm and comforting and exactly what I’m looking for on this sick day. The pineapple brightens the cup. I’d like a little more pineapple-y goodness in this today, I think. Then again, my tastebuds might be off because of the sick.
Beautiful pearls of black tea with an aroma of earth, leather, honey and cacao.
The pearls brew a delicious cup of tea. Rich and flavorful with plenty of gusto. Robust, lots of cacao notes, an undertone of caramel, notes of earth and leather. It’s a pleasant combination of flavors. As my palate continued to explore this tea, I started to pick up on fruity tones – notes of plum with hints of peach – and a faint note of flower. I was surprised by the complexity here because it was a very rugged, robust cup. I expected that hefty quality to weigh the tea down but I found myself able to explore the depths of the tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/06/yunnan-dragon-pearl-black-tea-from-what-cha-tea/
Drinking some of this chai now. I love Blue Lotus chai … if you like spicy chai blends, you really should try their chai blends! I like it because it’s not presweetened, so I can control what type of sweetener and how much I add to my chai. I do like a little dollop of honey or a little bit of raw sugar in a chai to accent the spices but most chai mixes go way overboard with the sweetener. This doesn’t. And I can also control how strong the chai is, and decide how “latte” I want to go with it.
A really excellent Golden Monkey. Smoky, yes. Leather-y, yes. But also rich with notes of chocolate and undertones of caramel and I like the way all these flavors play together. Pleasant and smooth. Robust.
Thank you Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea. It’s a pleasure to be sipping it.
Yummy. This is one of the teas that changed my mind about iced chocolate flavored iced teas. I was skeptical of them before trying this because … hey, I love chocolate, you know that, but I wasn’t sure how well the chocolate flavors would translate to an iced beverage. I mean, it works great for a hot cup of tea but I wasn’t sure about an iced tea. But this is so yum. One of my favorite honeybush blends from SBT.
For real? I’m the first one to review this tea here? Can’t be real.
Anyway, I was thrilled to be able to try this tea because I love me some Earl Grey, and this is an awesome Earl Grey. AWESOME! I love the blend of teas used – it provides a solid backdrop of flavor that’s rich, robust and full of gusto. And even better, the bergamot doesn’t wimp out in the presence of the black tea power. This is the kind of Earl Grey that I’m more than happy to start the day with – any time!
I love this tea. Since my favorite Earl Grey is no longer being sold (at least not by the company that used to sell it) this may now be my favorite Earl Grey. It would be difficult to say. I’ve had a lot of amazing Earl Grey teas. But this one definitely has earned a spot in the upper echelon.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/05/new-house-blend-black-tea-from-bluebird-tea-co/
This is really a nice Chamomile. The blossoms are whole and LARGE. No crumbly pollen-y dust. Light and sweet, notes of apple. I like that this isn’t chamomile dust (I hate cleaning my tea strainer after having something with pulverized chamomile!) and it has a clean, refreshing, soothing flavor.
I’ve enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from this company.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/04/chamomile-from-ocean-of-tea/