3907 Tasting Notes
I’ve had this twice now, I had some hot the other evening, and then, this afternoon, I decided to have it iced. We had some rather warm weather today and I thought I’d celebrate with a cup of iced tea! It was yummy.
But it was also TART! I needed to add a little bit of sugar to this to soften the tartness … I found that half a teaspoon of turbinado sugar helped curb the tartness just enough for me. When it cools, the tartness subsides a little.
Aside from the tartness, though, there is a lovely fruit flavor to this. I love the combination of cranberry and blackberry. They go together well. If you can look beyond tartness, this really is a decent combination with the rooibos.
I am really glad that I checked the Tao of Tea website before steeping this tea – from the appearance, I would have guessed this to be an Oolong or a black tea (the leaves do not look as green as the photo would suggest), instead, they are rather dark, like a chocolate brown.
The tea brews to a surprisingly pale color (at least, paler than I expected considering the color of the dry leaf).
This tea is amazingly good. One of the best green teas I’ve had, period. The flavor is nutty, sweet, with a deliciously sweet vanilla-y taste. I taste the anise notes as suggested in the tasting notes. It tastes creamy and floral and it is SO good. I think I may have to consider ordering some of this, as I need to send the rest of this sample to my SororiTea Sister.
This is SO good. Dong Ding Oolong teas are one of those teas that I don’t think much about when ordering (usually, when shopping for Oolong, I’m shopping for Ali Shan), but, on the rare occasions when I do have one, it certainly is a treasured moment.
The early infusions start off pale in flavor, but after allowing a moment for the tea to settle into the palate, the flavors really came out. I tasted subtle nutty tones … sometimes that of a raw nut, and sometimes, it was more of a toasted, sweet nut, as well as hints of flower within the sip. The sip is far less vegetative than the aroma would have suggested to me. In later infusions, the flavor intensified, bringing forth stronger floral tones, sweetness that is almost like honey, and hints toward creaminess. There was also a fruit tone that was emerging, a tangy fruit, reminding me somewhat of a tart apple.
A very pleasant Oolong. I think I shall have to visit TeaSpring’s website soon and shop!
I really like this Cream Earl Grey. The cream flavor is very assertive, but it subsides pretty quickly allowing for the flavors of the bergamot to be explored in the deeper layers of this tea. The flavor is smooth, far less sharp than a typical Earl Grey usually is, and has a very indulgent, decadent taste to it. Very comforting.
I like the balance of flavors with this tea – it doesn’t taste too spicy … it is gently warm but not spicy or red-hot cinnamon-y the way many “orange spice” teas can be. I also like that the citrus tones are subtle. I can taste every ingredient in this, and they all work together quite well.
A very pleasant tisane.
I like this one. The flavors are sweet and a little tart, and the Bai Mu Dan gives it a nutty, fresh and even a creamy flavor. I am drinking it hot, but, I’m betting this is awesome iced, so I will probably save some of this for when the weather gets warmer (we had snow earlier this week, so right now, iced tea just doesn’t sound too appealing).
It took me a long time to actually try this, I think that I was jaded by the negative tasting notes here … but I actually enjoyed it. I didn’t taste much chocolate (as in no chocolate) and that is very disappointing, but, I got a crisp minty taste and a smooth vanilla flavor and I liked that combination. The rooibos flavor was not overwhelming, just a hint of nutty background.
It was pleasant. I’m not going to say it was my favorite rooibos blend because it wasn’t, but I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would.
I believe this blend was sent to me by JoeCool ages ago. Sorry about the delay in trying it, I had put it in a tin, and it managed to get tucked away deep within my stash… and as I have mentioned before, I am trying to get my stash under some semblance of control… so I just came across this blend the other day…
It is a very flavorful blend. The Irish Breakfast is bold and bracing, and the coconut and vanilla give it a nice, creamy touch.
I like it.
A very pleasant mint tea, I like that this is spearmint rather than peppermint. I usually prefer peppermint, but the spearmint is a nice change of pace, and rather invigorating to the palate that was expecting the flavor of peppermint.
Cool and crisp, but still mildly minty – not overwhelmingly so. A very pleasant mint green tea.
I am tasting this tea thanks to Kashyap – thank you very much!
I am drinking this non-latte, with just a little turbinado sugar to accent the spice.
So, I am sure most of you know by now, I love chai, and I tend to have an affinity for the spicier chai blends, but, I also like the subtler chai blends as well. This blend falls somewhere in between the two extremes, as it is neither what I’d categorize as super-spicy nor is it by any means subtle. I’d say it is somewhere in between, leaning more toward the spicy than the not-so-spicy.
What I am really liking about this chai is that the spices are very bright and distinct. I can taste the cardamom. I can taste the clove and the pepper. I can taste the ginger, and I can taste the cinnamon. At first, I found that the cinnamon seemed to be the strongest flavor, but, now as I am half finished with the cup, I find that isn’t the case anymore, and the set of spices seem pretty well-balanced.
I like that this is spicy, but not too spicy. I like that I can taste the tea base (a blend of Ceylon and Assam) beyond the strong spices. I really like this. It is a very warm, deliciously soothing cup of chai … and I can’t wait to try it as a latte… perhaps I’ll do that tomorrow!