4840 Tasting Notes
I really like the combination of dates and Se Chung Oolong. The Oolong has a sweet, slightly toasted flavor that melds with the date flavor in a really delicious way. Sweet, slightly smoky, a little bit nutty … really good!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/12/ball-and-chain-oolong-blend-tea-from-indie-tea/
I liked this tea quite a bit … even better than the lifesavers candy. To tell the truth, I’m not big on the Butter Rum flavored lifesavers, but, the idea of dropping a butter rum lifesaver into a cup of black tea … now that sounds yummy. (I’d also go for a Werther’s candy in my black tea.)
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again. I love the changes that 52Teas made to it’s black tea base. Before, it was a bit harsh (depending upon what flavors it was blended with) and since the change … I’ve not had an issue with the harshness at all. And as I typed that, I couldn’t help but wonder how these flavors might taste with just a touch of Lapsang Souchong in the blend. A smoky Butter Rum. You could call it Grandpa’s Butter Rum! My grandpa didn’t smoke pipes or cigars, but, whenever I think of pipe smoke, I think of a grandpa-ish type dude.
Anyway … here, the black tea is bold and rich and flavorful … a good base for the flavoring of butter rum.
I love the vanilla in this tea, it gives the cup just the right amount of creaminess. The overall cup is smooth, rich, delicious and delightfully Butter Rummy.
I’m not a huge fan of raisins, mind you. I mean, I like them alright, but, they aren’t something I’d actually buy unless I have a recipe that calls for them and I didn’t think the recipe would do well with a Craisins substitute. However, I was intrigued by this Raisin flavored Matcha from Red Leaf Tea. Not only is it kind of a rarity to find a raisin flavored tea, but, occasionally, I’ll find a black tea that has a raisin-y quality to it and I really enjoy that … so I thought, you know, I’m going to try the Matcha.
I mean, I thought about how the sugary sweetness of the dried fruit might meld quite nicely with the buttery, sweet, vegetative taste of Matcha. And as I sit here typing this, I am also thinking that it would go really well with the black Matcha as well … so I think that once I get my tea stash under some semblance of control, I might be placing that order! YUM!
This Matcha reminds me a bit of the Fig Matcha, and that’s not a bad thing at all because I LOVED the fig matcha!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/10/raisin-flavored-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/
I really like Driftwood Tea … they’ve become one of my favorite sources for Oolong teas because their quality is top notch … and with this tea they proved to me that they also have some really exceptional green teas as well.
The leaves are fluffy – reminiscent of a high quality Silver Needle, but it isn’t a silver needle … it’s a Mao Feng! Light, grassy, vegetative, delicate, sweet, nutty … a really, really good tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/09/pre-rain-huang-shan-mao-feng-green-tea-from-driftwood-tea/
A very unique Oolong – different is good! Sweet, mild, fruity … with a hint of sour to provide an interesting sweet and sour experience.
Notes of flower in the distance, but this is much more a fruity tea than a floral tea. Definitely one worth trying if you’re an Oolong fan! And the price is right!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/08/certified-organic-oolong-tea-by-the-takeo-family-from-yunomi/
A good, strong, HEFTY cup o’ tea! The leaf is a fine chop CTC that produces a really rich, hearty cup of tea that is gonna give you the kick in the pants that you need to get you going in the morning. Maybe not the best cuppa for a Sunday when you want to just kick back and relax, but a great Monday Morning cuppa!
What I liked best about this is that while it was good and strong, it wasn’t too harsh or edgy. A lot of flavor. Smooth yet invigorating. I like it!
Having a cup of this tea this evening. Still just as lovely as I remember it. Crisp, sweet, with delightful fruit notes.
A really nice body for a white tea … fruit notes that are at one moment plum-like and the next, I notice notes of apricot. Just a slight, drying sensation toward the end leading into the aftertaste that is sweet with honeyed notes.
This is definitely a favorite tea of mine. For a long time, my favorite Chinese green tea has been Tai Ping Hou Kui, but, this one might be edging out that tea for me! This is just so good!
The leaves look so beautiful … like they’ve been meticulously rolled up like scrolls. Lovely.
The flavor is sweet … Juicy even! Soft, sweet, vegetative, with notes of spice. A really lovely tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/07/liu-an-gua-pian-green-tea-from-teavivre/
This is a really nice Tisane … I like that it’s not overloaded with hibiscus! That’s always a plus in my book.
There is some hibiscus in it, but, it isn’t overpowering the blend. It doesn’t turn the brewed tisane into a thick, syrupy mess. That’s a good thing. I’d rather drink tea … not a thick, syrupy mess, thank you.
The vanilla in this adds a delightful sweet, creamy note, and together with the sweet, blood orange notes, it comes across a little like a melted creamsicle in a teacup. Nice. Delicious, and sweet enough to be a late night treat without consuming additional sugar.
Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/07/blood-orange-tisane-from-chai-diaries/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending this one my way.
The leaves were beautiful … long and wiry. This is a pleasantly bold Ceylon … not quite as bold as an Assam, of course (as well it shouldn’t be, since this isn’t an Assam) but, a bit more out there than a typical Ceylon. It’s flavorful.
Pleasant fruit notes, as well as notes of earth and flower. A really good Ceylon!