4366 Tasting Notes
When I first opened the package of this tea, I was surprised to smell just how spicy the aroma was. It is almost as pungent as the MarketSpice tea! It isn’t quite as oily in presentation, though, so I didn’t think it would be quite as spicy tasting as the MarketSpice.
And it isn’t. This is actually what I’d call a warmly spiced blend, but not spicy or hot. The black tea is about as strong a flavor as the cinnamon, and the cinnamon is the strongest of the spices, with the cloves appearing about mid-sip. The orange sort of peeks its way through, appearing throughout the sip, but not becoming a really strong flavor. More like a pleasant accent to brighten up the cup. At first, I found myself wishing that there was more vanilla flavor, but as the tea cools slightly, the vanilla flavors begin to come forward.
This is a pleasant enough tea, but the black tea base is a bit on the mellow side, and I found myself wishing for just a bit more roundness. I suspect that this is a Ceylon, and I think this blend would have been even better if there was a little bit of Assam or Nilgiri added to it, to add some roundness and maybe a touch of malt to the cup.
It is good as it is, but, it could be even better, I think!
So… this will exceed my Matcha limit for the day, but I had a couple of bananas that either had to be used today or I needed to freeze them, and so I decided to whip up a smoothie. Greek Yogurt, bananas, frozen strawberries, half & half (still haven’t gotten any more coconut milk or kefir for my smoothies), and this Matcha… it is a creamy, delicious, heavenly treat. And even though it is incredibly creamy and rich, I can still taste all the flavors. I taste the honey from the yogurt as well as that tangy taste from it, I taste the bananas and strawberries as well as the creamy vanilla tones and the hint of vegetative taste from the matcha. This matcha tends to be less vegetative than others though, as it really is strongly vanilla. Yum yum Yum!!!
My matcha from Red Leaf has arrived! Yay! Their service is speedy! I love that I can order something from them and it arrives within a week. That’s totally awesome!
With the huge assortment of flavors from Red Leaf to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow it down to 4 flavors. There were so many that I wanted to try … but something about this coconut kept calling out to me. I guess I’ve been on a bit of a coconut frenzy lately.
I ordered the basic matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring. This has become my own default ordering … and so far, it hasn’t disappointed me. Only one of the four matcha teas that I ordered from Red Leaf this time is not at distinctive level … and that one I shall talk about at some point in the future.
My first couple of sips were enjoyable, but, they weren’t quite all that, you know? But now that I’m about halfway through my bowlful, I am finding it difficult to stop sipping, it has one of those “contagious” kind of flavors, that just sort of creeps up on you … starting out just OK and then slowly becoming absolutely scrumptious.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
I started brewing this right before I stepped outside to get the mail. I came inside just as the tea had finished brewing, so I removed the bag, and started to look through the mail. I got some tea (yay, Matcha!) and then some rather unsettling news. So, I found myself stressing out about this, and totally distracted from my freshly brewed cup of tea. I didn’t even take a tester sip of it to see if I needed to add a pinch of sugar to it (I always test the tea, and usually, it doesn’t need it.) so when I got back to the cup about 45 minutes later, it was quite a bit cooler but fortunately it did not need anything added to it. I didn’t think it would, I don’t usually need to add anything to my teas. But sometimes, with the edger teas, I find that they go down smoother with a pinch of sugar.
But I digress. Now, it is quite cold. But, it is still quite tasty. It is a little sweet with a strong, vegetative taste. A touch of fruity taste toward mid-sip through to the finish. I like that this is a little more savory than sweet, but enough contrast between the two to keep it lively and interesting.
I looked for a previous entry of this tea, but did not see any – am I really the first to log this one?
Anyway, I absolutely LOVE the presentation of this tea. The canister is made of cinnamon wood, it smells lovely! I suspect that this may be the way this tea was scented – by sitting in this box? There are no chips of cinnamon in the tea, it’s all tea leaf.
This is not going to be my “Official” tea review of this tea, because, I brewed this tea in my smart brewing device and while I did give it a good scrubbing before I used it to brew this tea, the tea still smells vaguely of pu-erh (which is odd as I don’t remember brewing pu-erh in my smart brewing device, I usually steep it in my gaiwan … oh wait! I remember, I brewed the climber’s high in there … which has pu-erh in addition to many other types of tea in it, so, that may be what has left the residual scent. I may have to soak the steeping device in a vinegar solution or something) … anyway, I did not want to use my Breville because I did not want the cinnamon to overwhelm the tea maker and have to scrub at that this afternoon! So… babbling aside, I will be trying this again in the next few days to write a proper review.
But I will say this, I am enjoying this. The cinnamon is subtle. Certainly present in every sip, but it doesn’t come off as a strong cinnamon-y taste. This is probably one of the best cinnamon teas I’ve tasted because it comes across as very natural and earthy. I even taste some pu-erh in this… could it be that the tea itself has that very earthy, pu-erh taste? I guess it’s possible. I will figure it out the next time I brew it, after the steeping device has been thoroughly cleaned.
This is awesome!
I noticed the fruit tones immediately – peach with hints of citrus. Sweet with a slight sour note that arrives just before mid-sip, and disappears almost as quickly as it appears. Nutty with hints of roasted flavor. A deep, delicious tasting Oolong – this is the Oolong for those who don’t really like the floral tones of the typical green Oolong – this one has no real discernible floral tones, but instead more woody, almost masculine kind of flavors that are a little reminiscent of a Darjeeling, but with a smoother, thicker mouthfeel and flavor.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
First of all, the packaging is pretty cool! It is all stacked neatly into a box which is then tied with twine and sealed with a wax seal. Pretty snazzy! Inside the box, there are four tins: One large tin that holds the blended tea, and three small tins that hold the components of the tea – white peony, dried strawberries, and cacao nibs. I like this, not just because one can customize their cup of tea the way they want it, but also because you can easily judge the quality of each component (I like that I will be able to brew a separate cup of white peony so that I can judge it without the strawberry and cacao nib)
But it also causes me to wonder … is this blended with JUST the dried strawberry or with strawberry flavor also? If it’s jut the dried strawberry, I’m in for a pretty dismal strawberry experience, I fear. I guess I will have to wait until the tasting …
Yep, it is as I feared… the strawberry notes are very faint. VERY faint. If you were to order this “flavor” with thoughts of chocolate strawberries dancing in your head, you would be sorely disappointed. This is white tea. First and foremost. It’s a fine white tea though. It is sweet with honey-esque tones and a fresh vegetal tone. A very nice white peony: flavorful yet delicate.
The strawberry flavor is there. But it is very subdued, and noticeable primarily toward the finish and in the aftertaste where I note a taste much like I’d experience if I had just eaten a fresh berry. The aftertaste is very similar to that. During the sip though, the strawberry is not there.
The chocolate is even more pale in flavor than the strawberry. However, it IS noticeable in the sip, around mid-sip, I notice a delicious chocolate-y note that washes over the palate. It’s wonderfully delicious, even if it is a bit on the softer side. And when it comes to chocolate, more is better.
I think for my next pot of this tea, I shall add a few more of the cacao nibs and perhaps a little more strawberry to bring these flavors out. And before that, I intend to try some of the white peony on its own to see how that experience differs from this one. For now, though, I think I shall hold off on the rating, because, while it is enjoyable for what it is… it isn’t what I think I wanted it to be, so I find myself a little disappointed because of that.
Nice. I’m drinking this hot at the moment, but, I’m thinking of putting this in my bottle for some cold-brewed steep & go goodness as well, just to see how it fairs. Right now, I’m loving how sweet and deliciously refreshing this is. Really nice after having pizza for dinner! Soothing and calming!
ETA: I forgot to add … Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this tea to me!!!
I am drinking this cold-brewed today using my handy-dandy new filtering spigot tool called “Steep & Go” (also from The Tea Spot). It is really good. It does not need sweetening, it has a mild sweetness all on its own. The strawberry flavor is especially noticeable in the aftertaste with that berry tingly sensation that I can feel and taste. The rhubarb gives a little tartness to the drink while the strawberry gives a very pleasant sweet berry taste. The green tea is mild and refreshing.
Nice! I’ll be reviewing this as a hot tea later, and I think I’ll hold off on the numeric rating until then.
I got mine from the Tea Spot.
I love this thing. It took me a failed first attempt to figure it out, though, as I put the leaves into the little tube (hey, it looked like a little steeping basket) instead of directly in the bottle. But, when used properly, this delivers some seriously delicious cold-brewed tea! And it’s SO easy to get from point A (no cold-brewed tea) to point B (cold-brewed tea happiness!)
I have had no problem with leakage – I was lucky to have a 16.9 oz Dasani bottle on hand as we tend to refill and reuse water bottles around here (I don’t like spending a dollar … usually more … for a 16 oz bottle of water, and since we filter our water anyway, it just makes more sense to me to refill the bottles). I let the leaves infuse for about 10 minutes before I started really drinking it, but, I did take a sip at about 5 minutes and it was a little light on flavor, but still really good. I’m using the Bolder Blues tea with this at the moment (which I’ll mention in the next tasting note)… I LOVE this item… so easy to use (when used properly).