4550 Tasting Notes
I received an individually wrapped tea bag of this tea in my November Goodies Box – http://hungryinportland.com/2012/11/25/my-goodies-box-for-november-has-arrived/ – and am finally getting around to trying it now.
For a bagged tea, this is alright. If it were not bagged, but loose leaf, I would say that this is a very good tea, because I like that I can taste the pumpkin flavor, the black tea has a good strength to it and the spices are lively without overwhelming my palate. I just don’t like the bagged part of this tea, I don’t like that I can taste a slight paper taste in my cup. It is not enough to make me dislike the tea, but it is enough for me to wish I wasn’t tasting it. Fortunately, there is enough good tasting elements of this cup that I’m able to overlook the paper-y part.
So it’s alright … but it could be even better without the bag!
Thanks DaisyChubb for adding this listing and thank you to Azzrian for this 2nd day of Christmas tea inspiration! It is YUMMY! I prepared it as a latte, using mostly hot water and a splash or two of half & half to make a latte, and it turned out amazing. AMAZING. It is truly strawberry and champagne, and I think I like this better than the straightforward strawberry matcha … the champagne complements the strawberry perfectly… truly is a match made for life! :)
Thank you Azzrian, for participating in the 12 Days … and for such a creative way to think of Day 2!
On the Second Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas sent to me … this tea!
This is a backlog, since I do “cheat” a bit and drink the tea a day or two early so that I can write the review for the SororiTea Sisters blog and have it publish on the day that the tea represents. So, here is my full-length, now-published review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/15/on-the-second-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/
I really liked this one. I liked that it was similar to many of the sweet-hot cinnamon-y teas, but there was a certain mellower attitude to it that didn’t assault the senses.
I’m liking this a lot!
It has a very soothing kind of taste to it… the peppermint, which is usually a very perky kind of herb, tastes a bit softer here, thanks to the rooibos and chocolate. The tulsi seems to accent and highlight the peppermint, but, at the same time, it slightly diminishes the sort of spicy notes of the peppermint, softening it somewhat, giving it more of an herbal-y/earthy kind of taste. This benefits the rooibos too, because it has less of that weird woody kind of taste to it, instead, it’s subtly nutty with more of an earthy character.
If I could change anything, I guess I’d want more chocolate in this. But really, when have I ever not wanted more chocolate? More chocolate is always better.
It’s a very soothing, comforting kind of tisane, but with a delicious crispness to it. It’s yummy!
This is wonderful!
Thank you Autumn Hearth for taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap and for this tea. It’s absolutely lovely! I love that this is truly not just a pear tea, but also a tree tea, which makes it a stunning tea to celebrate this “first day of Christmas.” (yeah, yeah, I know it’s not really supposed to be today, but we’re celebrating it today, so deal with it)
The first flavor that I notice really distinctly is the jasmine, which kind of surprised me a bit because I didn’t expect it to be so pronounced in a blend with so many other things going on… but I think the sandalwood-ish notes sort of bring out the jasmine a bit, these are two very heady, fragrant types of flavors and I think that bringing these two notes together added emphasis on the jasmine.
I love that there are so many elements to this tea, and yet they all seem to work well together. I don’t know that I taste all of the different fruits here, but I definitely taste pear. I taste faint hints of citrus, and a slight tropical note from the pineapple and papaya. But, really, rather than singing out on their own, these notes seem to harmonize with the primary pear notes to emphasize the delicate sweetness of this fruit.
I love the juniper in this too, and the very subtle hint of vanilla adds a smooth, roundness to the cup that makes this such a really wonderful tea.
Autumn Hearth … it’s going to be difficult for the rest of us to top this! You opened up our 12 Days of Christmas swap with a real BANG! I love this!
On the First Day of Christmas … Della Terra Teas sent to me … THIS tea!
This is actually a backlog. As I am writing the reviews of each tea to be published on the day that they are to be opened, I decided to start a wee bit early so that I could write the review without feeling rushed to get it out on time. The sacrifices I make for my blogging … I tell you!
Anyway… this tea is really very nice. A beautiful dry leaf that smells as good as it looks … and has a delicious pear flavor.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/14/on-the-first-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/
My second infusion of these leaves … the leaves unfurled completely with this infusion, and the leaves are quite a bit larger than I expected based upon previous experiences with Bi Luo Chun.
The flavor is lighter this time around, that is to say, it’s not quite as vegetal as the first cup… this has a smoother taste, and more delicate of a profile. Still deliciously nutty/grain-like in flavor, maybe more so, since the vegetative tones have waned somewhat. Still really wonderful.
This looks a bit different from what I was expecting from a Bi Luo Chun … I think I’m used to smaller leaves? These leaves are a little longer, deep, forest-y, emerald green and wiry. They brew a pretty light yellow-green liquid that smells very vegetal, almost kelp-y. Like a cross between seaweed and steamed vegetables … and just a touch of freshly cut grass. It’s a very green aroma!
The flavor is also quite green, although the vegetative flavor is not as aggressive as the aroma might suggest. It is crisp and very pure tasting, with a flavor that is a little like very lightly buttered veggies. There is also a citrus-y tone that emerges toward the end of the cup … it isn’t really a strong, obvious citrus note, but more like a refreshing, sunny taste that tastes of citrus. It has a warmth to it too, slightly nutty taste. It’s a very invigorating drink!
A really rewarding cuppa … I’m very glad I had this opportunity to try it!
This is awesome!
I think that the brief description of this tea on the Far Leaves website pretty much sums up my first impressions of this tea: it has qualities that remind me of green, Oolong and black teas … and even a white tea. It is rich and flavorful, but, there is a certain delicateness and sereneness to this that reminds me so much of a pure, crisp white tea.
It is smooth and it has a sweet and sour kind of composition, reminding me of a plum … it has that sweetness of a plum, but also the tartness of it. A really enjoyable, complex tea. Earthy with hints of flower, but it isn’t an overly floral Oolong. Not a strong vegetative tone, but there are hints of vegetation in the background.
Just a really lovely, interesting Oolong that is a delightful departure from the Oolong teas that I’ve been drinking lately. Not that I’ve disliked what I have been drinking – they’ve been amazing – but sometimes, its nice to find something that is just different and off the beaten path.