4833 Tasting Notes
A really tasty chai! I love the addition of vanilla to chai blends … it gives it a sort of “latte” taste without having to add dairy, although, I did turn this chai into a latte because I wanted lots of that creamy, rich taste … I was in the mood for indulgence! This is a good chai for that!
The spices are well balanced, I love the zesty licorice note. YUM! A really good chai. REALLY good!
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/16/chai-french-vanilla-black-tea-from-simpson-vail/
I was kind of surprised by the stemmy-ness of this tea when I first opened the package. Usually I find one or two stems in a tea … it’s to be expected, although generally, the more stems, the lesser the quality (Generally speaking of course). However, after closer inspection of the ingredient list … it actually says “Camellia Sinensis Stems” … it’s supposed to be stemmy!
There is a nice roasty note to this tea. I found that the tea tasted better when it is allowed to cool for a few minutes. When served piping hot, the flavors were kind of … obscured. But after a few minutes (about five) the flavors began to pop! Ah… there’s the butterscotch! Buttery, caramel-ish, and absolutely YUM!
Sweet, but not cloyingly so. (I like butterscotch, but I find that it can be a tad cloying to me … I didn’t get that with this tea). The tea base is the strongest flavor of this cup, and perhaps that’s why the butterscotch did not become an overwhelmingly sweet thing for me. The tea is robust and rich … A really tasty dessert tea.
One of sTEAp Shoppe’s “Simply Teas” offerings, and I like it a lot! It’s a really rich and delicious Yunnan, with lots of gold tips. Sweet, notes of spice, earth, caramel. It’s a fantastic “rugged” tea … very, very good.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/15/flecks-of-gold-black-tea-from-steap-shoppe/
I really liked this tea. I loved the curls of chocolate in the dry leaf. Oh, sure, I realize that cacao nibs are better at flavoring the tea, and that chocolate chips (or chocolate curls like in this tea) tend to cloud up the tea a bit, but, I don’t care because it’s chocolate and chocolate makes me happy.
The chocolate and mint seemed to bring out different notes in the white peony leaves that I found very intriguing. Less vegetative, more earthy. I thought the earthy notes worked well with the chocolate as well as the herbaceous notes of the mint.
Very good! Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/14/chocolate-mint-whisper-white-tea-from-natures-tea-leaf/
I was pretty disappointed when I attempted to access the Infussion website and could not … did this company go kaput already? That would really be a shame because I really have enjoyed the teas that I’ve had from them.
This is a really delightful green tea. Sweet, clean tasting, vegetative, with a really delicious crispness that is invigorating.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/14/lin-yun-green-tea-from-infussion/
I liked this variation of the classic Earl Grey. I’m an earl grey fanatic anyway, as many of you are probably aware. The bergamot, rose and lavender are really tasty together… and I like the accent of rosemary. Definitely different from the traditional Earl Grey … but different can be good, and in the case of this Vintage Earl Grey, it definitely IS good.
This tea smells so GOOD! Sweet and fruity!
And it tastes as good as it smells. Delicious strawberry notes that are both sweet and tart, with a luscious mango flavor that melds beautifully with the strawberry and the fresh taste of the green tea.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/13/strawberry-mango-green-tea-from-trail-lodge-tea/
A really good Dong Ding. I really like this company, I’ve been very impressed with their quality. Lovely mild floral notes, sweet, nutty and hints of caramel. Good for many infusions.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/12/dong-ding-oolong-from-far-leaves-tea/
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
Delicious and robust. A nice balance between the Ceylon and Assam teas used in this blend. The Ceylon is bright and the Assam is rich and malty. The overall cup was very satisfying … a good Breakfast Blend. I brewed my cuppa for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch … I don’t recommend oversteeping this tea … my cup wasn’t bitter, but there was a fair amount of astringency to the cup.
OK so it surprised me that I hadn’t tried this tea from 52Teas since I’ve tried just about everything that Frank has created for at least the last couple of years (with the exception of the dog and kitty teas and possibly one or two of the peanut butter teas), and when I saw that this one was maybe going to be removed from the “permanent” collection, I wanted to try it before it disappeared.
I’ve tried a lot of Frank’s Pumpkin blends, and enjoyed most of them (can’t think of one right off hand that I’ve disliked). And I like this one too. I know that some people had their issues with this blend, but for me, I tasted pumpkin pie, and I was loving it! Sweet, pumpkin-y, with just the right amount of spice. A splash of milk gives it a nice creamy note that is really yummy.