4224 Tasting Notes
Last night, as I was sorting through some of my stash (it seems a never ending process!) I came across the last little bit that I had of this. It seemed like it was just enough to brew up a pitcher of iced tea, so that is just what I did.
This is delicious iced. The green tea is prominent, but the berry notes give this an almost-wine-like quality to the background. Sweet and delicious, with hints of tart to keep things interesting. I’m glad I found this… but sad now that the pitcher is empty! This tea will be missed.
After posting about the Wild Fresh Buds from In Nature this evening, I know that I had tried a very similar looking tea from Mandala tea, but, when I looked for it on here, I couldn’t find it. I don’t know if somehow it got lost in all the updating that is going on, so, I decided to post about it again… so consider this a backlog.
This is a sweet, mellow Pu-erh. Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/04/08/wild-arbor-buds-white-pu-erh-leaf-buds-from-mandala-tea/
Revisiting this tea today. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/08/23/wild-fresh-buds-puerh-from-in-nature-teas/
A very lovely, fresh tasting pu-erh.
This is excellent. But then, I would expect nothing less from Aiya. Their matcha and gyokuro are exceptional, I was confident this would also be good.
Unlike other Matcha coated Genmaicha teas I’ve tried, I’m impressed at how clear the brewed tea appears. It doesn’t have unincorporated bits of matcha settling to the bottom of the cup. The flavor is sweet, toasty, and pleasantly mild. Very soothing and restorative.
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And this tea is delicious. It does taste like tea. Delicious tea.
Rich, bold, malty, but I can taste the sparkling notes of the Darjeeling in this too. High fruit notes with a hint of muscatel. Very enjoyable!
My final backlog from yesterday. I finished off the last of this tea last night. I like that this is tangy, but not so hibiscus-y as you might imagine, the tangy notes are well balanced – not just HIBISCUS but also citrus-y. I love the way that this is all so nicely balanced: peppermint isn’t overwhelming, it is tart yet sweet and just very mellow for a tisane of this nature. Definitely one that is worth a try.
I finished off the last that I had of this tea yesterday too. You could say it was a day of finishing off the last little bits in my stash … or as some would say a “sipdown.” This is delicious, caramel-y and rich. Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/05/11/creamy-toffee-from-kaleisia-tea/
I brewed some of this last night, and it is delightful. I drank about half the pot hot, and then allowed the rest to chill for iced tea, and it is even better iced than it is hot. I think it needs just a little sweetener when it’s served iced, because it helps the flavors pop a little, but it’s well worth that little bit of sugar (I used coconut sugar, I love how quickly it dissolves in cold liquid, and even though I love coconut and wouldn’t mind at all if it did impart a coconut flavor to the tea, it didn’t. Just sweetness).
The sencha is sweet and fresh tasting without tasting overly vegetal or grassy… there are mere hints of it in the background, very slight. The mango is sweet and lush and delicious without being too nectar-like which would throw off the delicateness of this tea. The pineapple is not really so much an obvious pineapple flavor as it serves as a highlight of the mango notes. That is to say, I taste the pineapple, and it tastes like pineapple, but, it isn’t a strong, obvious pineapple flavor – more like an additional tropical note to enhance the overall tropical-ness of the cup. I like this one very much.
This is a tea that really benefits from a few minutes to cool slightly. When it’s piping hot, it comes off tasting weird. But, after a few minutes (give it at least 2 minutes, and a little more if you have the patience), the flavors develop nicely. Put it for a chill in the refrigerator, and you have a mighty fine iced tea! YUM!