4139 Tasting Notes
I’m on my fifth infusion now, and I’ve noticed that in these later infusions, a sour fruit taste begins to emerge. Not overwhelmingly sour, but a nice contrast to the sweet and creamy notes of the tea. A vegetal tone is also emerging – it is slightly sweet and complements the other flavors.
A really like this Oolong, and the more I sip it, the more I enjoy it.
This is a pleasing Milk Oolong. The leaves were a bit smaller than I expected them to be, not all of them looked to be in tightly wound pellets the way I usually find with a Milk Oolong.
The flavor is beautifully sweet but not overly so, and it does have a very pleasing creaminess to it, although I did not find this to be quite as creamy as I usually notice with a Milk Oolong. It could be that it is a naturally occurring milk Oolong rather than a flavor enhanced one.
I find this to be very enjoyable. Sweet, creamy and quite soothing.
Wow! This is remarkable. This is truly a unique green tea, quite unlike any other that I’ve tasted. It is perhaps the smokiest green tea that I’ve tried, and the smoke element gives this a pleasing savory quality. The union of rich green tea flavors together with the smoke is quite delicious, lightly sweet and very savory … Definitely a must try, in my opinion!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this chai. It’s amazingly good.
There is a lot going on with this chai, but, it all works together so very well! It is a chai blend that I think can appeal to a wide range of tea drinkers because of the different flavors that are represented here, and what I like is that no one component overpowers the rest. It is a very pleasing balance between warmly spiced chai, black tea, chocolate and mint. It isn’t overly spicy, but it is warm enough to tell you that you’re drinking a spiced chai. The black tea is a bit mellow in the midst of these other strong flavors, but it isn’t completely obscured. The chocolate is there and the mint, giving this a dessert-y kind of goodness. This is one of those chai blends that I sip and elicit an audible mmmm~ afterward.
Last night, I received a request to try this tea. “I’m eager to know what you think of the new black tea base” said this request. So, I was happy to go a bit out of order and try this one. I confess that way behind in sampling my teas of the week from 52Teas … what can I say? I have so many teas to try and not enough palates or bladder space to drink them all at once.
After allowing it to cool a few moments, I took a sip, sort of casually, almost aimlessly, and my first reaction was “wow, this is a really good black tea.” Without even taking a moment to consider that this was a flavored tea, I started thinking of this as a magnificent black tea that is sweet, almost caramel-y, rich, and full-flavored. I started thinking of other “pure” black teas that are similar to this. Then I sort of shook my head when I realized that this is a flavored black tea, not some high quality, tippy, pure black.
This reaction, in my opinion, is the highest praise a tea lover can bestow upon a flavored tea, because more often than not, flavored teas are about the flavor and not so much about the tea underneath it all. Here, black tea and flavor have united seamlessly, with the flavor of cotton candy (and yes, I definitely DO taste cotton candy) highlighting the black tea in such a way as it essentially becomes a component of the tea and not an addition of flavor, if that makes sense.
And I think that this new base has everything to do with that. And let me examine this newly crafted, 52Teas’ base. It is bold and rich … much more well-rounded than 52Teas previous black tea base. The background flavor is SOLID and invigorating. It is robust and flavorful: sweet, malty and has a rich, bake-y kind of background to it, reminding me quite a bit of a Fujian black tea in many ways. And this is a very good thing, indeed.
When compared to the previous blend that 52Teas has used, this one is less astringent, and without bitterness. I do not need to come up with different parameters to brew it, I can brew this just the way I’d brew other black teas: 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water in my Breville. I don’t have to adjust the temperature or the brew time to assuage the black tea base the way I used to with other 52Teas.
Frank, you’ve crafted an excellent base here. I am very pleased, and so look forward to trying your future blends with this base (particularly my double chocolate decadence)! But for now, I this one deserves high marks!
I am currently brewing this tea for tomorrow’s iced tea sipping, but, I decided to try a cup hot right now.
This is really yummy. Really good peach flavor, but what I think I like about it best is that it has an Assam base, so the tea is prominent, and it is bold. The malty tones of the tea tastes very interesting with the sweet, luscious peach flavor. Very good. I might have to get some more of this.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is really good. An interesting take on the traditional jasmine. The smoke is very subtle, very-barely-there when I first started sipping, now that I’m nearly done with the cup the smoke has developed a bit, but it never becomes a strong smoky presence. It is apparent, but not overwhelmingly so. It is an interesting contrast to the sweet, exotic jasmine. The smoke seems to bring out some of the sweeter notes of the jasmine, emphasizing them. This is so pleasantly sweet that it almost tastes “dessert-y” to me.
I don’t know that this is my favorite take on jasmine, but, I am really enjoying it. It’s different, but it’s quite good.