4143 Tasting Notes
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.
It’s tasty. As a chai, it’s not overly spicy. It’s kind of warm, I guess, but it’s a mellow warmth. The chocolate is not as rich as I’d like it to be. It could certainly use more chocolate. It could use a few scoops of cacao shells to rev up the chocolate flavor. But, I enjoyed what chocolate flavor was in there … and I enjoyed the smooth, creaminess that came from the chocolate.
Nice. Not my favorite “chocolate chai” but I enjoyed it.
This is a ready to drink beverage from Argo tea. It’s sweet, but I like that I can taste the white tea here. Given that this is a “lemonade/tea” blend, and that it’s been sweetened, it’s kind of a surprise to me that I was able to taste the white tea … but, I did! It’s not a particularly prominent flavor, it has a delicate taste, slightly earthy … but then again, most white tea is delicate.
My one complaint is that I wish there was less of the lemonade and acai berry here and more of the white tea flavor … but as it is, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t overly syrupy, it wasn’t cloying … it was refreshing. Nice.
Not bad. I wasn’t too sure how I’d like it since it is a decaffeinated black tea blend from Adagio, and I’m not too crazy about Adagio’s black teas … so I guess part of me figures that the decaffeinated black teas have got to be worse, right? But it’s not too bad. This blend is actually tasty.
The black tea isn’t a very strong flavor here, I taste more vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate than I do black tea. And given my misgivings about Adagio’s black teas … that’s probably a good thing. I taste the nutty, honeyed notes of the honeybush too.
A clever blend.
Looks like an Oolong. Even the name made me think that this was an Oolong (until I got to the “black tea” part!)
This brews to a lighter color than a typical black tea. It’s more like a golden amber color rather than a chocolate-y color or coppery or red color. There is a slightly earthy and woodsy aroma to the liquid, with sweet notes of fruit and flower.
This is really deliciously sweet. Vanilla notes! Minty tones reveal themselves as the tea begins to cool slightly. The minty flavor is especially noticeable when I slurp the tea. Notes of flower, fruit and wood are also present.
A delightfully complex cuppa. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/22/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-black-tea-eco-cha/
This was the limited edition tea that was part of the indiegogo campaign to reopen Zoomdweebies. When I saw that there would be a limited edition tea, I had to have that! I was a little less excited about the limited edition tea after I saw that it was to be a puerh. Pu-erh isn’t my favorite tea type … although, I must say that I’ve liked more than I’ve disliked and at this point … my lack of enthusiasm regarding puerh is connected with my earliest (and not so favorable) experiences with puerh. As I’ve said … since that time, I’ve had more positive experiences with various puerh than I’ve had negative, and I think that has to do with improved brewing knowledge.
Anyway … back to this tea. The creamsicle/dreamsicle taste here is stronger than the actual puerh … at least with the first infusion. The subsequent infusions are more puerh than they are dreamsicle. The puerh notes that I taste beneath the vanilla and orange notes are similar to white tea: earthy, hay-like vegetation.
The subsequent infusions lost much of the dreamsicle flavors, with only hints of orange and vanilla tones remaining. But the sheng puerh is really nice, mellow, and pleasant. Lightly sweet … or maybe I should say the sweetness is different now. Before, I was enjoying the sweetness of a creamsicle – sweet orange-y notes and creamy vanilla tones – but now I taste the light sweetness of a sheng puerh. Earthy – again, earthy like a white tea – and slightly vegetative.
A nice blend. I’m glad that I was able to try it.
I enjoyed the first few sips of this as a hot tea, and then I got distracted and came back to the tea and it was cold. It is still amazing cold!
Brew this at a lower temperature (accommodate the green tea’s temperature) and steep for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.
Sweet, delicious passion fruit notes and beautiful hints of jasmine. Fruity and floral. A really lovely combination. I can also taste both the black tea and the green tea here. The green tea tastes sweet and delicate, while the black tea offers a soft, earthy note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/21/jasmine-passion-tea-blend-from-the-persimmon-tree/