4423 Tasting Notes
This tea is LOADED with currants! It’s also got a fairly large amount of hibiscus in it, so, if you’re not a hibiscus fan, beware.
I generally am not a fan of hibiscus, but, I’m not minding the hibiscus too much here. The flavor of the currants seems to meld well with the hibiscus. But I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping this – I went with six minutes and that seems just about right. I think that had I gone longer, this would have ended up syrupy or too tart.
As it is though, it’s pleasant enough. Tart, yes, but, not overly so. I like the flavor of the currants, it gives it an almost wine-like taste. Kind of cozy. I think it would be really good if some spices were added, to make it like a mulled wine kind of taste … or maybe if it were combined with warmed apple cider to lighten the flavor a bit and add just a bit of spice to it. As it is, I like it, but I wouldn’t say I love it.
Wow! I’m liking this!
The dry leaf is gorgeous. The tightly wound, deep green leaves (they appear to be a Tie Kuan Yin) are blended with tiny, beautiful, red, perfectly formed rosebuds. So beautiful … I almost didn’t want to brew it! But, even a tea as beautiful as this isn’t going to stop me from submerging it in hot water! It IS beautiful, yes, but, I want tea!
The flavor is really nice – very floral, as the rose is pretty evenly matched with the flavor of the Oolong. The lemon and the ginger are very subtle background notes … so much so that they are almost overwhelmed by the rose, but, I like that they are accent flavors. Kind of like a drop or two of lemon juice squeezed into the cup.
A really tasty, relaxing tea, I’m enjoying this very much.
Hurray! My taste buds are back in action!
I was really starting to get worried there, when last night I could still sense that my taste buds were still not quite working right. But, today, my husband took me out to breakfast and I could taste everything, and while I don’t quite have my appetite back to what it was (I couldn’t finish breakfast), I could taste all the wonderful flavors again.
But after breakfast I was still feeling a little weary so I needed a nap … so believe it or not this is my first cup of tea of the day! (The tea that they served at the restaurant was not worth drinking) And what a lovely cuppa this is.
This is a fantastic Darjeeling, MUSCATEL! A lovely muscatel note – sweet and fruity, with a fermented grape like flavor (wine-y), and also a very clean … almost effervescent kind of taste that ties into the astringency. That is not to say this is overly astringent, in fact, I find it to be very lightly astringent when considering this is a Darjeeling and I often find them to be more astringent than this. But the bubbly, I almost want to say it tastes almost like sparkling mineral water … and this taste together with the slight astringency gives it a very light, crisp, clean taste that is really quite lovely.
Notes of oak in the background, vaguely earthy … these flavors are especially noticeable in the aftertaste. A beautiful, complex cup.
It’s so nice to have my palate back!
I’m not sure exactly how this little bit of Strawberry Zabaglione found its way back into my stash… I was sure that I had sent the last little bit out somewhere. But, I’m glad I found it, because I wanted something like this so that I could test out my taste buds to see how they’re functioning.
I’m feeling so much better than I was, my ears are still what I want to call “cloudy” – where it feels like I’ve got ear plugs in my ears or something because everything sounds muffled. My throat feels better, my eyes are still very itchy and it takes every ounce of willpower that I have (and I haven’t a lot of it) to keep from rubbing them. I still have the occasional cough, but, really, the most difficult thing for me is my taste buds, because I have tons of tea to be tasting and reviewing here, and I need my taste buds to be functioning!
Well, I can definitely taste the strawberry and the creaminess of the custard. It’s yummy, although, it does still taste a bit muffled. sigh I guess no reviewing for today. But, it does give me hope for tomorrow. I think by tomorrow, I should be back in the saddle. At least I hope so!
I think that my taste buds are back. I can taste all the elements in this tea, and they don’t seem like they’re buffered at all. I can taste the maple and the brown sugar, and even the oatmeal … there is a creaminess to the cup that comes from the malty tones of the Assam in the blend. I can even taste the slight fruit notes to the tea as well. If they’re not 100%, I’d say that they’re certainly well on their way … and doing much better than they were a week ago, or even a day ago!
Finishing off the last that I had of this tea … I enjoyed it while I had it!
I am slowly getting better. Today, I felt like I needed something warm and soothing for my throat, and I couldn’t think of anything as ginger-y as the ginger & honey crystals that I have in the cupboard. So I brewed up a cup of my ever changing breakfast blend and added about half a pouch of the crystals. This is very gingery, but, it feels so good on the throat.
I’ve been sipping on this since I woke up, I’m on my second infusion. The tea holds up pretty well in a second infusion … then again, my taste buds are quite impaired so take that for what its worth. At the very least, I find that the spice notes here are enjoyable and warming and soothing for my itchy throat.
Backlog: I actually found myself feeling unable to sleep last night, so I sought comfort with a cup of this tisane. I found it to be rather enjoyable and it could be my muted taste buds but, I seemed to really enjoy the way the flavor of the rooibos melded with the warm spices. It was a nice cup – soothing – and just what I needed last night.
This is the tea with which I’ve spent most of my afternoon … infusing the same leaves, no less. I managed four flavorful infusions – well, as much flavor as my taste buds allowed me to experience, anyway! I could taste the tea, though, and the lemon and the cardamom. This tea was very good company to me.