4322 Tasting Notes
Yay! Matcha! I know that my order from Monday is on it’s way and will probably arrive either today or definitely tomorrow, and I have a few teas that I still haven’t tried from my previous order! And I’m already composing a third order!!! I’m bad BAD bad. Bad me!
I know I talk a lot about my gramma on here, she was the closest thing to a mom that I really ever had. My real mom pretty much abandoned me and I haven’t spoken to since I was 14 years old, and my step mother was … well, let me put it this way, she made Cinderella’s and Snow White’s step mothers seem nice … but my gramma loved me unconditionally, and I miss her so much that the only thing that really keeps me from breaking down into tears is to talk about the happy memories … even now, thirteen years after her death. I miss her so much.
Anyway … my gramma had many fruit trees in her back yard. One of them was a Plum tree, and I loved eating them fresh off the tree. But even better was when gramma would make plum jelly. So good… just like the fruit only sweeter. When I first opened the package of this Matcha… that’s what I smelled! My gramma’s plum jelly! Sweet and plum-y … I didn’t really notice much of a Matcha smell, but that was OK because I was loving what I was smelling.
And that’s pretty much what I’m tasting too … but with Matcha. This tastes to me like a bowl of Matcha with some of my gramma’s liquified plum jelly stirred in. Sweet and plum-y but with a nice Matcha taste. I taste some of the spice tones in the tea leaf with the addition of the plum flavor … and it makes me think that a little bit of cinnamon might be good in this too. Perhaps I will need to add the cinnamon Matcha onto my next order so that I can try mixing these two flavored Matcha together. YUM … my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
This one is really, really, REALLY good! But then, how could one go wrong with plum Matcha? So yummy!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I am enjoying it!
This tea tastes best after it’s had a few moments to cool. It gets even better after its completely cooled (as in iced tea!) The berry flavor intensifies as the temperature of the cup drops. When very hot, the berry flavor is really only strongly noticeable in the aftertaste. After cooling a few moments, the berry flavor comes through loud and clear and is indeed a berry BOMB!
But as an iced tea, it really shines. Sweet, berry flavor. I taste each of the flavors – the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry! – and it all tastes amazing. The black tea tastes to me like it is probably a Ceylon, as it is brisk and mellow, not overwhelmingly strong, but strong enough to stand on its own amid the bomb of berries.
Very good. Thanks again, my SororiTea Sister!
I like! This Earl Grey does not have as strong a bergamot flavor as some Earl Grey teas that I’ve tried, but, I think I like it for how smooth the flavors taste here. It is very nicely round, not at all sharp, not soapy or perfume-y either. Very pleasantly flavored, with just enough tangy citrus notes to keep it lively.
This would be the Earl Grey I’d serve to someone who thinks they do not like Earl Grey because the bergamot tastes too soapy to them … the bergamot here is mellow enough to not come off like that, but, not so mild that it is not noticed. A nicely balanced Earl Grey.
Tasty! I’ve tried a few of Frank’s cucumber tea selections over the past couple of years, and have enjoyed them all, so I knew that I’d probably like this one too. The flavor is sweet, but, there is a hint of tart in there too, just enough to keep it balanced. I’m drinking this hot right now, but, this would be AMAZING iced too. Very refreshing.
Yummy! OK.. so interestingly enough, somehow, by making this Matcha latte with both the caramel and cheesecake flavored matchas from Red Leaf Tea, the cheesecake flavor really has emerged. The first flavor I tasted was the buttery crumb of the crust! I tasted the crust flavor previously while preparing the cheesecake flavored Matcha by itself, but it’s much stronger now. And the creamy, tangy flavor of cream cheese… the sweet, decadent caramel. YUM… so good!!!
I’m glad I was feeling like trying something a little different today… this is heavenly!!!
This is a fabulous white tea from the Darjeeling estate of Margarets Hope. It has notes that are very Darjeeling-esque: I can taste the sweet, crisp, clean fruit notes of a Darjeeling, but this is even lighter than a black Darjeeling as it is a white tea… then again, it is not quite as light as a typical Bai Mu Dan or Silver Needle might be.
I find this tea to be fascinating and so good that my mouth seems to water in anticipation of a sip! Delightful … absolutely delightful. I’ve tasted a few “White Darjeeling” teas but this one might just be the best I’ve tasted yet.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.
I knew I’d be running some errands early today, and probably wouldn’t have a lot of time for tea, so I brewed this early in the morning in my breville and allowed it to cool so that I could try it as an iced tea (since this is the iced tea version of this blend).
I did happen to take a few sips of it hot though, and I got to say, it was alright hot, but this one is definitely better iced. The primary flavor is that of the black tea, and that’s the way it should be. After that flavor settles on the palate, I begin to pick up notes of the mango, the passion fruit and mere hints of the kiwi. I find myself wanting a bit more kiwi, but, as I continue to sip, this flavor (as well as the other fruit notes) develops a bit more.
A very refreshing iced tea!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tisane.
I was a bit freaked out when I measured this out into the basket of my breville. THERE IS A LOT OF HIBISCUS! Ugh! But I tried to keep an open mind, and it’s not really too bad. The lemongrass does soften it up a bit, gives it a slight buttery creaminess, and a nice citrus-y hint of flavor that compliments the berry-ish tones of the hibiscus.
However, I do disagree with TeaEqualsBliss – I think this is better hot than cold. When it cooled, I noticed that the hibiscus seemed to pop and the lemongrass sort of retreated. When it was hot, it was actually quite soothing … sort of like a mulled wine or something, but without the spice. This would be nice with a cinnamon stick in there, though!
I like this a lot. It’s really quite good. The fermented grape flavor comes through but tastes a bit more like currants than strong wine, and there is a sweet/tart flavor from the blueberries and raspberries, and a delicious, smooth sweetness from the mango. And might I add … next to NOTHING from the hibiscus. I steeped this for 10 full minutes, and I do not feel the syrupy texture from the hibiscus. I barely taste the tartness from the hibiscus, and what little there is, it is there to accentuate the flavor of the berry and currant, rather than detract from the flavors.
I don’t taste much rooibos either… only hints of rustic woody notes and nutty tones, none of that funky, sour wood or weird sweetness or aftertaste.
I’m very pleased with how this one turned out. Very nice.