4834 Tasting Notes
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s a very fine chop on this CTC tea. It’s a pretty severe cut on these … it’s more like a superfine grind on a coffee rather than a tea leaf.
But despite the fine chop, it is still a really decent tea. The flavor is smooth and inviting. It is rich … with a mild to moderate astringency that develops to a stronger astringency by mid-cup.
Nice malty tone to this cup. Earthy, fruity with hints of warm spice.
It’s an enjoyable cup.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Chai! I liked it!
I was kind of surprised to find this chai didn’t have any ginger. However, I think the omission works well with this blend, because I think the strong, peppery flavor of ginger would have overwhelmed the cup. As it is, there’s a really nice balance of flavors.
The green tea is sweet and creamy, and this brings out the tones of almond. A nice balance between sweet and spice. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor of the cup – it’s a sweet-spicy cinnamon though … not overly spicy.
This isn’t a spicy chai … but it does certainly have a certain zesty appeal to it. I liked it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/27/chai-green-tea-from-compass-teas/
I know I’ve said this before, but I am really glad that 52Teas revamped it’s black tea base when it did (at least a year ago now), because I really like the black tea base now. Before, it was always kind of iffy. Sometimes the base really worked, other times, not so much. This is much smoother and richer, while at the same time keeping that robust flavor.
And it’s a good base for the flavors of raspberry and cream. The malty notes of the black tea meld nicely with the sweet, creamy notes. I did find myself wanting a little more creamy notes in this … it was a little too light on the vanilla cream taste in my opinion. The raspberry is sweet and just the right amount of tart.
However, the cream notes really POP once the tea cools a bit. This one is tasty iced!
A really lovely Jasmine. Not perfume-y, just sweet and exotic … this is the way a jasmine should be. Light vegetative tones that mingle with the overtones of flower.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/26/organic-white-tip-jasmine-green-tea-from-fashionista-tea/
The dry leaf is cute and whimsical with the shamrock candy sprinkles … although this is certainly not a buying point for me, because I’d just as soon the candy sprinkles not be part of a tea. I understand the philosophy behind it though, because a tea vendor wants the tea to be visually appealing. So this tea definitely has that.
However, this tea also has GREAT flavor. The black tea base is rich and malty and strong … vaguely resembling a good Irish Breakfast tea. But then there’s more to this … because there is a delightful Irish Cream flavor to it … sweet, creamy and just a hint of that liqueur flavor. I like that this is creamy enough to serve non-latte (without dairy) because I prefer not to add milk to my teas. This had a really lovely “latte” taste without the latte.
A really yummy tea – a great way to start the day! http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/25/connemara-morning-black-tea-blend-from-trail-lodge-tea/
Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this Matcha to try. It is YUM! I had mine as a latte … I found that the creaminess of the latte was a nice match for the sweet, luscious butterscotch flavor.
This was a “robust” flavored, classic grade of matcha, and I think that if I were to order it again, I’d go with the robust flavoring as well, because there was a really nice balance between flavor of Matcha and butterscotch flavoring.
A really delicious Matcha – thanks again Azzrian!
An outstanding Oolong! Ali Shan Oolong teas are my favorite, but, if I had to choose a second, this one would certainly be a contender. In fact, if I spent more time with this tea, it could even be a contender to replace my beloved Ali Shan – this stuff ROCKS!
Delightfully fruity with notes of citrus and stone fruit. Woodsy tones and a sweet honey-esque note. One of the sweetest, most enjoyable Oolong teas I’ve ever enjoyed!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/24/fenghuang-guifei-oolong-tea-from-mountain-tea/
A really tasty blend. Mellow is definitely the key word in the name of this tea … the black tea base is mild and not an overly aggressive nor would I describe it as particularly invigorating … it does have caffeine though … it’s just not one of those teas that I’d drink for a caffeine PUSH that sometimes I need. Instead, this is a tea that I’d drink when I want something relaxing but not put me to sleep. This is nice and mellow.
I love the flavor combination of mango and peach. Sweet, juicy and fruity. Great iced!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/23/mellow-mango-peach-black-tea-from-della-terra-teas/
This is a tasty tisane … although I have to admit that I was a little surprised by it. By the name of it, I expected there to be some warming sort of ingredient in it like chili pepper or ginger … but no. It is smooth and sweet and not at all peppery or spicy.
There is a nice balance between tart and sweet here … not so tart that I puckered, but, enough tart to keep it from tasting too overwhelmingly sweet.
Enjoyable … makes a really great iced tea! Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/23/fireberry-tisane-from-tiesta-tea/