4834 Tasting Notes
I really enjoyed receiving my sample box from Because UR Priceless. They are an etsy seller and their packaging has a very handmade sort of feel that works within the etsy thing. The little sample packages were all packaged up in glassine envies and sealed with decorative tape and each envelope had a bright, colorful label. They were tucked neatly in a gift box and the gift box was labeled with another brightly colored label and the whole thing was finished with a sunshine yellow ribbon. It was like getting a gift. I liked that a lot.
But that wouldn’t mean a whole heck of a lot if the teas weren’t any good, and fortunately the teas were tasty too.
This is a pleasant rooibos chai. I don’t usually get really excited over rooibos blends and I didn’t get overly excited about this one either, but, it was tasty. It had a nice balance of spices and a bright note of orange that I enjoyed. I’m not sure why they chose to call it “creamy” though, because there’s not a lot of “creamy” here. There’s no vanilla. The only thing I can think of is that they consider the nutty flavors of the rooibos to be somewhat “creamy” tasting, and I guess I can understand that. I don’t really think of rooibos as particularly creamy.
But, it is a pleasant chai blend.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/07/creamy-autumn-chai-tisane-from-because-ur-priceless/
I’ve had a couple of black Assam teas from Starglory. This tasting note is for the TGFOP1 from the Dibrugarh estate. You can read my full-length review of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/06/assam-orthodox-black-tea-tgfop1-from-starglory/
This is one of the nicer Assam teas that I’ve encountered. It’s smooth and sweet. It’s got the rich, full-flavored, malty notes that you want from an assam, but with out the harsh notes. Really nice.
yay, my Butiki order arrived today – I had to order this one, right? Since I suggested the combination of tangerine, grapefruit and bergamot.
So this is really nice. Not your average Earl Grey. It’s much more a citrus tea than a Earl Grey, but I do like the way the bergamot comes through. And it seems like in every sip, I get a different citrus fruit flavor. The grapefruit was coming through strongly at first, but now I’m tasting more tangerine. Every once in a while, the distinct bergamot note appears.
And the black base is really pleasant. I’m not tasting as much of it as I did in the chocolate chili truffle, or maybe it’s just that the different flavors accentuate different aspects of the tea. I do get that nice honey tone that is really nice with the citrus notes.
OK, so I’ve actually had this chai a couple of times now – it’s actually really good. That’s difficult for me to admit given that this is from both Starbucks and Teavana. But it’s a well crafted chai.
Even more interesting, though, is a development from having tried this tea. After going through the drive thru at Starbucks and picking up the chai, we went to a store and I ran in to pick up what we needed, leaving my chai in the van with hubby. I figured my chai would be safe because he “doesn’t like tea.” But he decided to take a sip and apparently one sip became several more.
Now, my husband likes chai. I’ve made him several chai teas since then and he’s enjoyed them.
My husband likes chai.
And since chai = tea… my husband, the man who not only claimed not to like tea but also mocked me mercilessly for my obsession with the beverage, now likes tea.
Here’s my full-length review of my first cup of the chai which does not include the musings about my hubby because he didn’t try that first cup: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/12/product-review-teavana-oprah-chai-tea-latte-from-starbucks/
Yeah, I still get a little weirded out by the idea of peanut flavored (and peanut butter flavored) teas. But this is good. I really like the way the nutty flavors of the peanut work with the honeybush. And the caramel adds a really lovely sweetness to the whole thing.
I really liked this one. It’s one of my favorites of the honeybush teas that SBT has created thus far.
By the way, Frank is looking to go really big with SBT. He’s got a new Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2045829949/southern-boy-teas-going-for-broke
My first infusion had a nice balance of sweet and spicy. The spices had a chai-like flavor to them and the pu-erh is mellow and smooth. It’s a little earthy but I thought that the earthiness worked because of the spices.
The second infusion, the spices were a little more mild than the first so this allowed me the chance to explore the tea a little more. It’s earthy, but I’m tasting more of a mushroom type of earthiness. I like that I’m not tasting brine or fishy.
The flavor was much deeper and smoother with the third infusion. I can really taste the rich, aged tea now. The spices have softened and are more of a background note, and I like the way they play with the molasses-y sweetness of the tea. It’s quite an enjoyable experience.
here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/05/puerh-spice-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/
A very finely chopped rooibos blend. It appears to be both red and green rooibos and they’ve been chopped to a fine consistency. It looks to me like someone had put the ingredients into a food processor and pulverized it.
But it’s tasty. I prefer the flavor of green rooibos over red rooibos so it’s nice that both the red and green are in this blend – it makes for a tastier base. It ends up tasting more fruity than nutty. There is a light apple note from the chamomile and a pleasant caramel background note.
Overall, I enjoyed this.
I received several different teas from Secret Garden, and I really enjoyed what I tried from them. I might have to talk my daughter into a trip to Vancouver BC so that we can visit the tea room.
This is a really tasty Mango tea. There’s a nice balance between fresh tasting green tea and sweet mango flavor. The green tea is sweet and buttery with light vegetal tones. It complements the sweet, ripe mango flavors nicely. The mango has a very authentic, true to the fruit type of taste that I appreciate.
Overall, it’s a good tea. I’d be happy to enjoy this any time. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/04/mango-green-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-co/
I was apprehensive about this tea. It was clearly a situation where the chamomile has been crushed to a powder and this is typically the type of chamomile I do not usually enjoy. It looked a lot like something you’d find from a grocery store.
I steeped it for 8 minutes, even though I usually steep my chamomile teas for 10 minutes. I’m glad I only went with 8 minutes because it’s really strong. The crushed blossoms produce a stronger (but not better) flavor.
It’s alright. A light apple-y tone with heavy nectar/honey notes. It’s a soothing tea and it’s pleasant enough, but not my favorite cuppa. I doubt that chamomile will ever be a favorite. But it was alright.