3907 Tasting Notes
Wow! I am loving this tea. It is so bold and invigorating. Delicious, with a caramel-y sweetness and a malty tone, the tea that immediately comes to mind to compare it to is an Assam, but this one lacks the bitterness of an Assam and is sweeter.
A wonderful CTC tea with LOTS of gusto!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it to me.
I agree with amanda, this tea is very similar to the White Chocolate Grasshopper Honeybush blend from 52Teas, except that the chocolate flavor is a dark chocolate flavor, and I prefer dark chocolate. I steeped this for a full 10 minutes, and the chocolate flavor is very rich and strong and sinfully yummy. The mint is also strong, but, it doesn’t overpower the chocolate. The natural nutty tones of the honeybush are also noticeable but they are more of a background flavor.
This really does taste like someone melted a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream into a cup of honeybush, and then added some extra dark chocolate chips for more flavor. YUM YUM YUM! I love this!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Oolong.
It’s a really nice Wuyi, sweet with hints of smokiness. Toasty! Nice peachy undertones. Overall a very pleasing cup of tea.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Matcha!
It’s really awesome! The pomegranate flavor is very authentic, like a juicy aril! YUM! The Matcha is buttery and smooth but it doesn’t have that grassy or vegetative tone – at least, not quite as strong as a typical Matcha. There are some vegetative notes in there, but, they aren’t as prominent as the fruit notes. The tart-yet-sweet flavor of the pomegranate seems to bring out the natural fruit tones in the matcha.
A very nice Matcha – I like it a lot!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is surprisingly good. The black tea base is not harsh or bitter or course like I have often experienced in Adagio’s black tea blends. It actually tastes smooth, although there is a fair amount of astringency at the finish. The cranberry is a light note, sweet with a touch of tart but not that typical TART of a cranberry. The tartness arrives later, in the aftertaste, but it is still not an overtly tart taste.
Very nice. The spices are strong but not really spicy. Just very warm and cozy. The Yerba Maté is balanced well with the spices, and I can taste the earthy, vegetative quality of the Maté. I’m not always a big fan of that earthy quality, but, with the earthiness of the spices, the two seem to work together very well. I like the strength of the anise here, it gives a really nice licorice-y taste that lingers in the aftertaste. I do love licorice!
This is a very cool looking tea. The tightly spiral-rolled shape reminds me of the Blue Unicorn that I had yesterday, only the “horns” are much more slender here, as they are comprised of a single leaf, rolled into a horn shape.
After the first infusion, the leaves remained almost as tightly rolled as they were dry, so you know I need to infuse this again (and maybe again after that!) My first reaction after my first sip was – Pepper! I could taste a distinct spice tone that now, after a couple of sips tastes a bit more like cinnamon than of pepper. Very warm and pleasant.
The overall flavor is very tasty – lightly vegetative (not nearly so grassy as the aroma of the dry leaf would suggest) and smooth, with hints of spice and a honeysuckle note toward the end of the sip. Sweet and yummy!
As I mentioned before, I’m always on the look out for that special grapefruit green tea (yes, I know I found it from Lupicia, however, somehow, even though it is the same tea that I tried in Arizona, it doesn’t taste quite the same. I suspect it has something to do with the water, possibly water temperature… I don’t know. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was in a very magical place – Tohono Chul Park – and that made the tea taste all that much better. I just know that I was mesmerized by that tea and I want that experience again, and even though Lupicia’s tea is the same tea that was offered by the tea shop in Tohono Chul Park… and it IS a delicious grapefruit tea, it just doesn’t taste as magical at home as it did that afternoon in Arizona.)
Sorry for that digression …
Anyway… when I found this tea available from Zhi Tea, I knew I had to try it. I had actually ordered this months ago, but, am just getting around to trying it now! I’ve a lot of tea … as some of you may be aware … and I am attempting to organize it and get my stash under some sort of control, if not a controlled size, then at least a sense of organization to it all so that I can easily find teas that I want. In my ongoing process of organization, I came across this tea and decided it was time to brew it.
And it is YUM! It has a fantastic grapefruit flavor – tangy but not really tart, the sencha balances the flavor out nicely. This tastes more like the Texas pink grapefruit that has a nice sweetness to it to counter the tangy character of it.
I think I shall save the rest of my sample for when the weather is warmer so that I can enjoy it as an iced tea – I suspect it will be marvelous!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is really good. Before reading anything about it, by the look of it I assumed it was a black tea and brewed it the way I’d brew a black tea. Fortunately, if there is any green tea or Oolong tea in there, I don’t get any taste in this cup that indicates that I scorched the leaves, so that is good.
I definitely taste black tea – but a lighter black, perhaps a Ceylon or a Darjeeling, but, I am not detecting any of that muscatel that would indicate to me that it is definitely a Darjeeling. I also taste a toasty flavor in there – possibly a roasted Oolong or a Kukicha? There is earthiness to the cup, and a fruit note.
Overall, a very pleasant cup that is keeping me guessing. But I like that!
I bought this tea as part of the sampler they offered some time ago (a long time ago!) and I don’t think they sell this anymore. But that’s OK because while I do not dislike this tea, it is not one that I’m in a rush to order again.
It is interesting though. Earthy, but what I like about this is that the Kukicha sort of curbs the earthiness of the Yerba Mate and gives it a more nutty kind of flavor. Nutty, sweet, earthy, and vegetative. Toasty. Pleasant.