4641 Tasting Notes
OK, so, there are enough of us drinking teas with cacao shells in them that Cacao shells should be one of the ingredients when setting up a tea.
This is a very simple blend – just peppermint and cacao shells – but it’s awesome in it’s simplicity. I mean, we’ve got the best way to get chocolate flavor into a teacup (cacao shells) and mint. Chocolate and Mint. YUM.
The chocolate is a dark, bittersweet chocolate that’s more chocolate than bitter (just hints of bitter for contrast, if you don’t like it … you can add milk to soften that.) And the peppermint is – hold on to your teacups for this one! – minty. Yep. Like I said, simple but so sinfully yummy.
A visually appealing blend of dark Oolong tea leaves, fruit chunks and rose petals.
The Oolong base is smooth. It has a buttery texture to it. Not so much a buttery taste as a texture, but some of that buttery translates to the flavor as well. This isn’t like a creamy or heavily “buttery” type of Oolong. Woodsy tones.
Mostly what I taste from this tea, though, is the fruit notes. Tropical fruit: passion fruit and mango! Sweet and nectar-like. I like that the flavors taste true to the fruit, not fake or artificial. These flavors meld well with the natural earthy/woodsy tones of the Oolong.
The aronia berries do impart some astringency to the cup but even so, the astringency is very mild. Not so much of a puckery sensation as a tarty note toward the tail that I can feel in my cheeks.
A nice little tropical getaway in a teacup.
As I write this, I realize how much I miss not getting my box from Simple Loose Leaf this month. sigh After the change over to the new format, I had a few other obligations that I needed to focus on. But I miss them. Great customer service and a great product.
This was a really wonderful white tea. One of the better blueberry teas I’ve had because the blueberry flavor is strong and well-defined without overpowering the shou mei base. It’s a delicious, fragrant, soothing cup of tea. This one is great iced too.
Please check out my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/16/blueberry-white-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/
It’s been a couple of months since I last had this tea and I’ve got to say that it’s one of the more memorable teas that I’ve had from Simple Loose Leaf.
I wasn’t exactly sure how to categorize this – are rose buds an herb? This is pure rose buds, so it doesn’t really qualify as a tea, and I don’t think of them as “flowering” … so I just put them down as herb.
Anyway, obviously, the dry leaf is GORGEOUS. Beautiful, whole, dried rosebuds. Beautiful. Not crushed rosebuds, not just the petals, but the whole dried buds.
An amber cup of yummy floral tastes. Sweet and flowery without tasting perfume-ish. Light, soothing, aromatic, a joy to sip.
Please check out my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/15/forever-young-rose-flower-tea-from-teasenz/
A beautifully sweet tea! I loved the first flush teas that I enjoyed this spring and summer from Happy Earth Tea. A beautiful dry leaf produced a coppery cup of tea that was delightfully fragrant with notes of grape and flower.
Notes of raisin and peach. The floral notes have been subdued somewhat by the fruity sweetness but as I continued to sip, the floral notes emerged more.
By mid cup, I started to pick up on a delightful note of chocolate. Caramel and cacao. Yum! One of the best Darjeeling teas that I’ve enjoyed this year.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/15/2014-organic-arya-ruby-darjeeling-first-flush-from-happy-earth-tea/
The third and final tea from my first box from Postal Teas.
A very smoky tea (most Lapsang Souchongs are!) and like other Lapsang Souchong teas, it smells smokier than it tastes. The difficult thing is getting past that aroma. It was especially difficult for me the first few times that I tried Lapsang Souchong, and for a very long time I wouldn’t even keep the tea in my house because the smell was just so off-putting for me. I’ve since been able to come around and not only “accept” Lapsang Souchong’s smoky quality but actually enjoy it. For some of us, it’s a bit of an acquired taste and it takes some know how on how to acquire a taste for it (the way it’s brewed is crucial.)
This is a pleasant Lapsang Souchong. Beneath the smoky notes, I taste a luscious caramel-y undertone and a note of ripe plum. I like the way the plum and the smoke unite in the sip … the flavor tastes a bit like a smoky, charred plum. Sweet and lovely.
The difference between the Premium Grade and Competition Grade of the AliShan High Mountain is that the competition grade is lightly roasted. That roasting makes a difference in the flavor. But I enjoyed both of them.
This tea doesn’t have the toasted nutty flavor of the competition grade, but I think that this one was a bit more creamy and floral. I like the way the flowery notes meld with the natural vegetal notes of the tea.
This is a very special AliShan (then again, I find that most AliShan teas are special – they’re my favorite Oolong for a reason!) but as I said in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/14/taiwan-alishan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/ – this tea is simply magnificent.
i managed 10 infusions from the same measurement of leaves. I combined the first 5 infusions in one mug (my special YiXing Mug for Ali Shan Oolong) and the second five infusions were combined for the second mug. Both mugfuls were fantastic. I love the sweet, creamy floral notes. Vanilla-like notes. Faint vegetal tones. A beautiful tea.
As I pointed out in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/13/thym-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/ – the aroma reminds me of the smell when I open my spice cabinet. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea with thyme in it. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t, just that I don’t recall it before having tried this tisane. I liked this a lot more than I expected to. It’s actually quite tasty.
Notes of mint and clove-like flavors and an enjoyable woodsy note (something between pine and cedar). It’s a little sweet and a little savory and quite different from anything I’ve tried before.
What prompted me to add this to my MUST TRY list is the description that promises a double dose of vanilla. I love me some vanilla tea. And this tea delivers. It’s sweet and creamy!
The black tea base is robust and the natural malty notes of the tea, when combined with the notes of vanilla create an almost caramel-y taste. Decadent! Sinfully yum.
This would be a great breakfast tea, especially if you like having some guilt-free dessert for breakfast. Who wouldn’t want that?
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/13/vanilla-dulce-black-tea-from-white-lion/
I think that this was one of my first (if not the first) honeybush iced tea that I tried from SBT. Since then I’ve tried several others and have really come around to embrace the iced honeybush teas.
This one is yummy. Very refreshing. Not exactly what I would have expected to say about a tea that is “cinnamon roll” flavored. The honeybush works well with these flavors. The natural nutty tones as well as the sweetness of the honeybush lends a sort of bready/doughy flavor that enhances the “pastry” flavor and the butter notes of the flavoring elevate that even more.
The cinnamon is sweet, not too spicy cinnamon. It doesn’t taste like a candied cinnamon. It’s more like the stuff you’d sprinkle on your morning toast (or … like what you’d taste in a cinnamon roll.) There isn’t a heavy “icing” flavor to this, instead, I get a light creamy vanilla tone. It’s more like a “light” version of a cinnamon roll, not like the ones you’ll get in the mall that are over-slathered with the icing.
My daughters really enjoyed this one too.