4405 Tasting Notes
Oh nom nom nom.
My first couple of sips were strongly of cinnamon, with mere hints of the other flavors in the background… but as the tea cools somewhat, there is a fantastic balance that happens … the cinnamon remains the strongest flavor, but, every flavor comes through very nicely. It tastes very much like bananas foster… not a dessert that I’ve had a lot (I think I’ve only had it twice in my lifetime! But even so it’s still one of my top three favorite desserts)… but the tea is so very good. Notes of buttery, sugary caramel, banana, cinnamon, even a touch of rum and vanilla. So delicious.
I love this tea. Love it.
As far as Jing Xuan Oolong goes, this one is a bit on the tame side. It’s enjoyable, but, it is just a little lackluster. The first two infusions were creamy but on the light side. The next two infusions were brothy but, lacked the creaminess I had hoped for. The final two infusions were a combination of the first two cups, somewhere in between the two… a little lighter than the first, and the flavors had melded to a smoothness that provided an almost creamy effect. Of the three cups, the third was the best, but, sadly, I think that they just sort of … fell short of what I expected from them.
This isn’t a bad tea … just a little lackluster and boring as far as Jing Xuan goes.
While I do agree with my SororiTea Sister that these offerings from Jade Monk are different than I was initially expecting … I have come to actually enjoy these drink mixes. I just needed to get beyond the point that they really aren’t tea for someone who loves tea like those of us here on steepster – these are Matcha powder drinks for someone who wants the health benefits and energizing power of Matcha without actually tasting much of the matcha.
So, once I got past that, I was able to find these drinks to be very enjoyable. They aren’t like any Matcha that I typically keep stocked in my tea cupboard, but they aren’t supposed to be. They are energizing though, and I like that.
This particular offering from Jade Monk, this Chai Spice, it is a sweeter chai. The spices are cinnamon, clove and cardamom, and I think that this blend could have benefited with a contrast note of peppery ginger. These three spices together (cinnamon, clove, cardamom), along with the stevia and cane juice powder offer a sweet taste that is enjoyable and exotic.
I like it alright. It isn’t my favorite as far as chai goes, and it isn’t my favorite as far as matcha goes. But, as far as energy drinks go, I’d say it’s good.
Well, I am not as enthusiastic about this tea as the person who sent it to me was (thanks TeaEqualsBliss!) but, it is good. If given the choice between the Chocolate O from The Tea Spot and this Chocolate Cherry Bomb, I’d choose the Chocolate O. But, that is not to say that this one is not good also.
The black tea base is good and strong. Very hefty, even! Invigorating and a solid black tea flavor that doesn’t just sit off in the background, it is the strongest flavor. The chocolate comes through next and it is a deep, dark chocolate flavor and with the dry astringency toward the tail, it almost comes across as a powdery cocoa finish – like the dusty coating on a chocolate truffle that’s been dusted with cocoa powder. The cherry is soft and subtle, not a cherry cough syrup taste, it comes in softly and accentuates rather than attempts to overpower. It has a hint of tartness toward the tail which lingers into the aftertaste.
A really lovely tea from The Tea Spot. Thanks again for sending it my way, TeaEqualsBliss!
This is an exceptional Dragon Well. I enjoy Dragon Well anyway, but, this one kicks it up a notch. The flavor is so crisp and clean. Vibrant. You can really taste the quality it this.
Sweet and tasting very much like fresh, roasted chestnuts, this tastes like autumn to me. It makes me wish I had a fire going in the fireplace and was roasting chestnuts. YUM! It is a very comforting tea, but at the same time, it offers a sense of invigoration. A truly lovely tea.
I really like this one. Of course, I enjoyed the previous two cold-brew iced teas from Dens (so far I’ve tried the pear and the peach, and I still have one left – Mango!) but I really am enjoying how refreshing this mint green tea tastes. There is an exceptionally good balance between the flavor of the green tea and the flavor of the mint blend (peppermint and spearmint). It is sweet and cool and delicious.
When I saw this Matcha on the homepage of Red Leaf Tea, I had to put it in my shopping cart. I love fig. It brings back happy memories from my childhood (much the same way that the mention of boysenberry matcha did) – at one point when I was very small, I lived on a farm, and there was a fig orchard there. I don’t remember a whole lot about who it was that I lived there with, but I do remember spending lazy summer afternoons strolling through the fig orchard, picking the ripe figs and eating them right away, when they were still warm from the sun.
When I opened the pouch of tea, I could smell the figs. It almost smelled like a package of fig newtons. It smelled of figs but something a little more. Something sweet, something almost cake-y about it.
The flavor is amazing and quite unlike any matcha I’ve tried yet. There is a spiciness to this that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed in a matcha before. It is like the sweet flavor of the fig has brought this interesting note to the surface. It is a vegetative spicy tone … which is why I attribute it to the matcha. The matcha is, of course, smooth and creamy, but what I’m really finding most intriguing is this wonderful vegetal spice. The overall flavor is warm, autumnal, and really very good. Love this!
I reviewed this previously, but that was last year’s harvest, and this is a whole new harvest! Yay!
I’m on my third and fourth infusions now, almost finished with this cup so I will be moving on to my fifth and sixth infusions. The first two infusions were very strongly floral – lovely honeysuckle with a hint of orchid in the background. Very nice. It is a smooth tasting tea, not so much what I’d call creamy, but more soft and silky smooth, especially in the first two infusions. This second cup has a little bit of a buttery tone emerging, along with more fruit tones.
A very enjoyable cup, I look forward to the next!