4788 Tasting Notes

Backlog:

I’ve been very busy evaluating the prospects to join SororiTea Sisters that I’ve neglected my posting of backlogs so that I can get caught up, so now I’m allowing myself to fall behind again.

I MUST get this caught up by the end of March. MUST! You’ll soon find out why!

Anyway, this is a good Hojicha! Roasty, toasty, warm. Nutty. Tasty! I love a good hojicha especially in the autumn because it’s got those lovely nutty, toasty flavors that taste so autumnal to me.

The texture is smooth and light. A pleasure to sip.

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
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I don’t think I’ve ever had kiwi cheesecake. If I did, I don’t remember and I think it’s something I’d remember. Kiwi is not the most ordinary of cheesecake toppings, you know?

This is pretty tasty: I can taste the kiwi, I can taste the cheesecake. I like the way the creamy notes of the cheesecake work with the natural creaminess of the Oolong. I get a light tangy flavor from the cream cheese. I am missing some of the buttery pastry/graham cracker type of crust flavor that is often found in Frank’s cheesecake flavors. I’m not tasting it so much with this blend.

It’s an unusual blend but very enjoyable.

KittyLovesTea

I like the sound of this, particularly since it’s an Oolong base. :)

Roswell Strange

We make a really awesome Kiwi topped Cheesecake at work! But that’s the only place I’ve ever seen Kiwi cheesecake…

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This stuff is great! It’s a really economical way to enjoy Matcha (to go!) every day. It’s a very versatile product. You can add it to juice, coconut water, smoothies, or anything that you want to “boost” with Matcha.

When I first tried it, I went simply and added a teaspoon of the powder to my 16.9 ounce water bottle and gave it a shake. It mixes completely with no lumps and no sediment and makes a perfectly tasty “tea to go” without any sweetener.

I’ve since added it to a bottle of pomegranate juice (Yum) but when adding it to juice, if you want to taste a stronger impact of Matcha, add maybe an extra half a teaspoon. When I added a 1/2 a teaspoon to 8 ounces of juice, the juice overpowered the matcha a little. A little more Matcha and it is better.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/24/product-review-unsweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

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This was better than I had expected. It’s a decaffeinated black tea which usually has me on “alert” and it’s a jasmine and bergamot flavored tea and typically I enjoy one or the other but sometimes when they’re together, it just doesn’t come out right. That together with the decaffeinated thing … kind of worried me.

But this is better than I thought it would be.

The bergamot is on the softer side. A little citrus-y but it’s not the crisp, tangy bergamot I would normally expect from an ‘Earl Grey.’ The jasmine is soft and floral and seems to soften the bergamot a little.

The tea does taste a little “thin” – you know that slightly thin taste that you get from some decaf teas? Yeah, I get a little of that. But overall, this is alright. I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/balancing-ayurvedic-tea-from-teaveda/

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drank Orange Spice by Tea of Life
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This was alright. It was actually better than alright, I found it quite nice.

The green tea was lightly sweet, buttery and a little grassy but not overly so. It had a smooth, soft texture. The orange is bright and flavorful. The spices are gently warm with notes of clove and cinnamon. The spices aren’t overdone. This isn’t one of those ‘red hot cinnamon orange’ type of teas.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/orange-spice-flavored-green-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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The white tea is smooth and sweet and these characteristics are further highlighted with the notes of vanilla. A hint of tart lemon brightens the cup without making it too tart. It’s a nice “marriage” of flavors.

It tastes a bit like lemon curd was stirred into my white tea.

Nightshifter

Sounds tasty!

gmathis

Lemon curd sold me! I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon.

Mikumofu

Every time I think I’ve tried everything from Harney that I’ve wanted to try, I hear of something else interesting like this!

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drank Yunnan Jig by Simple Loose Leaf
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A beautiful dry leaf. The aroma is leathery and evoked thoughts of an old library with lots of leather bound books. The brewed tea smells more earthy than leathery.

Rich flavor, smooth from start to finish. Virtually no astringency, only a slight dryness toward the tail. Notes of cacao and spice. A sweet caramel undertone. A nice balance between sweet and savory. A nicely round cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/22/yunnan-jig-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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OK, so I was kind of surprised to not find a listing for this one. Perhaps everyone has been reviewing it under the loose leaf interpretation of this tea?

Anyway … the dry sachet smells VERY MUCH like a marshmallow treat. I really like this iced tea version of the tea – perhaps better than the reblend of the original Marshmallow Treat. Having tried tea from the first batch which was made with the Matcha dusted Genmaicha, the reblend just couldn’t really compete with that experience. The reblend was good – just not as good.

But the ice tea rocks! Sweet, roasty-toasty rice flavors and delicious marshmallow flavor. A really good iced tea.

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As I wrote in my full-length article – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/21/vanilla-almond-black-tea-blend-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/ – this tea is unbelievably smooth. So sweet and silky and delightfully yummy.

There is very little astringency to this – the earliest sips were not astringent and as I continued to sip, I started to pick up on a light dryness. It’s very smooth from start to finish.

The vanilla is noticeable right from the start. I would pick up on the almond somewhere between the start and mid-sip, and I found that the vanilla and nutty flavor were very complemented each other well.

The black tea base is smooth and even-toned, I suspect it is a Ceylon. A really nice tea.

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drank Apple Embrace by Monarch Tea Co.
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This comes from Edition 7 from Postal Teas subscription. I was thrilled with the box because it featured a company from which I’ve not yet tried teas.

And this is a tasty tea. I like that the black tea notes are prominent – this is a tea first and the flavorings do not overpower the base – the apple flavors are subtle but develop as I sipped. The flavoring reminded me of apple pie filling, complete with a touch of cinnamon. It’s a gentle warmth from the cinnamon, again nothing overwhelming here. Just a really nice black tea with a level of flavoring designed to accentuate the tea.

I enjoyed the packaging from Monarch tea – they’re a company that can be found on Etsy and the packaging has a very ‘homemade’ sort of feel to it and I liked that. It’s rustic and attractive, cute and artsy.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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