4825 Tasting Notes
I enjoyed this quite a bit. You know me, I do love my Earl Grey … and I liked this combination of rose, lavender and bergamot with the black tea. The floral tones soften the overall cup … it’s sweet but not too sweet nor does it become perfume-ish.
The black tea is mellow, doesn’t bring a whole lot to the cup, but it is smooth and adds a nice background of flavor. It’s not an overly aggressive black tea, but with the other flavors, I don’t know that an stronger black tea would have worked as well as the tea here did.
The bergamot is flavorful but a little lighter than I like it to be. But overall, I really enjoyed this cuppa.
I wasn’t all that thrilled to try a Hibiscus tisane, to be honest with you. Then again, hibiscus rarely thrills or excites me. I can’t really think of a time when I got excited over hibiscus being in a tea or tisane.
But the mint seemed promising. Maybe.
I do like that the minty tones offset the tart, heavy flavor of the hibiscus. There’s a nice balance here. Not my favorite tisane, but I didn’t hate it either. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/18/new-sensation-tisane-from-hari-tea/
I was happily surprised to find Matcha in the April Amoda box (yeah, I know I’m behind on my tea logs!) I wish that this Matcha was a little less sweet. It wasn’t too much, but, I prefer to decide if I want to sweeten a tea and not have that decision made for me. You know?
The flavor reminds me of peach jolly ranchers. Sweet, peachy, but almost an artificial peachy taste. Not my favorite flavored Matcha, but still a good one, and glad that Amoda put Matcha in the box!
I was a little surprised by the dry leaf aroma of this one … it’s earthy, similar to a Pu-erh, rather than the usual “floral” or vegetative or even “fruit-like” quality that I have come to expect from an Oolong … then again, this IS an aged Oolong.
I enjoyed it. It does have an earthy quality to it, but, I like that even though it is earthy, I wasn’t put off by the earthy tones. It’s really quite lovely. It has an almost “coffee-like” taste … rich but without the bitterness I would usually associate with coffee … this is sweet … almost like molasses.
A very good cuppa – and the leaves stand up for many … I’m talking MANY infusions. I got eight infusions … and it probably could have gone for at least a couple more.
Thank you Azzrian for sending some of this my way!
A really good Genmaicha. A good, warm, nutty and roasty flavor from the toasted rice, and the green tea has a freshness to it. The Matcha gives the cup a little bit of creaminess that I enjoyed.
Pleasant, sweet, and comforting. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/16/genmaicha-extra-green-with-matcha-tea-from-culinary-teas/
I love Gingersnaps! This is one of the more “unusual” gingersnap experiences I’ve ever had though! Good … but unusual! The natural nutty flavor of the rooibos worked beautifully here, normally I’m not big on rooibos, but, here it works. I thought that the fruit notes in this were a little weird, but they worked as well.
I can’t say that this is what I expected when I opened the pouch to brew up some “gingersnap” tea … but, I still really enjoyed it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/16/ginger-snap-rooibos-blend-from-della-terra-teas/
I am really glad that I had the opportunity to try this tea as it is now sold out. This is one of the finest Dragon Well teas I’ve ever tried. No big surprise there, since Verdant Tea always seems to deliver some of the finest teas available! I can’t think of a time when they’ve ever disappointed me!
Sweet, creamy, nutty … delicious! I was surprised at how well I was able to distinguish the cashews in this tea. It really has a distinct cashew flavor. Slight grassy tones with hints of lima bean. A faint mineral taste as well. The creaminess took me by surprise as well, because I don’t ordinarily associate “creaminess” as a Dragon Well quality.
A really fine tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/15/mrs-lis-shi-feng-dragonwell-green-tea-from-verdant-tea/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!
I love Jasmine Oolong teas … and having tried a few of Zi Chun’s teas … I knew that this one would be top-notch. The teas from Zi Chun Tea Co are among some of the very best I’ve ever tasted.
This has a lovely Jasmine flavor – sweet and exotic! It is creamy from the Oolong, but the sharp notes of the jasmine offset the creaminess just enough to create a soft, smooth texture without being too overwhelmingly “heavy.”
A really good Jasmine Oolong, here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/15/premium-jasmine-oolong-tea-from-zi-chun-tea-co/
Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this tea!
This is really interesting … I’m very unfamiliar with the lulo fruit. I described the appearance of this fruit in my full-length review as a fruit that looks a bit like an orange that had a funky twisted romance with a kiwi fruit. You can read my full-length review here (and see the photo of the lulo fruit): http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/14/blue-shadow-flavored-black-tea-from-the-tea-smith/
A very interesting tea. I taste strawberry, black tea, and berry notes. I also taste notes of citrus. Quite a unique tea, I liked it.