4641 Tasting Notes
I will get caught up, I will get caught up, I will get caught up. (Tapping heels three times.) I’ll get there, my pretties.
This is an AWESOME tea. I have been very impressed with the teas from Shan Valley. Compared to last year’s first flush green, this tea seems to be a little more forward in flavor. It has more sweetness, and more vibrancy.
Mild steamed veggie taste, bright citrus-y note, a hint of creaminess. This is good iced too.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/12/2014-shan-first-flush-green-tea-from-shan-valley/
A really lovely first flush Darjeeling. Light, bright, refreshing! Lovely notes of peach. One thing I noticed when I brewed the tea that stood out is that these leaves are whole. Often with Darjeeling teas, it seems like the leaves are cut or torn but these have been lovingly harvested and processed.
I don’t know that I’ve had many Darjeeling teas that have a “peach” like flavor. That is the one thing that really stands out for me with this tea. Lovely peach! Silky texture. A remarkable Darjeeling tea from a company that has many exceptional Darjeeling teas!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/11/2014-giddapahar-spring-bliss-first-flush-sftgfop1-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/
A nice medley of flavors in this blend. It’s sweet, fruity, tart with warm spice notes. I love the way these different flavors taste together. Spice from the cinnamon and cardamom accent the earthy, nutty rooibos while the citrus notes add a bright flavor to the cup. The cranberry adds a tart note while the apple and papaya add a really lovely sweetness.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/11/tropical-sunshine-herbal-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/
A lovely, well-defined flavor. I find that the Indian Silver Needle teas tend to have a stronger flavor than the Silver Needle teas from China.
Sweet, refreshing. Soothing. Notes of melon and peach with a dewy freshness. As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/10/doke-silver-needle-from-lochan-tea-limited/ – I had difficulty putting my finger on the precise fruit flavor that I was experiencing until I read the description for this tea “Dried Apricot” and yes, that’s it. It has that sugary sort of flavor that you might experience from biting into a dried apricot. Sweet, sweet, sweet!
A wonderful black tea: rich, sweet, full-bodied, robust. Caramel-y notes! Notes of cacao. A sweet plum note with woodsy, earthy contrasts. This is the kind of tea that evokes thoughts of freshly baked bread – that chewy texture from a loaf of freshly baked French bread. Mmm!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/10/kalo-chia-black-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/
I’m not sure if this is an appropriate product to be reviewing here on Steepster, but since I put it on my blog, I figured I’d go ahead and include it here too.
This stuff is kind of … well, it’s kind of gross, really. I didn’t actually buy it, I bought a bottle of water that had a sample of it banded to the neck of the bottle. The water was reasonably priced and it had this sample on it so I thought, hey … I’ll try it.
This Stur product is similar to the water enhancements that you can find at the grocery store to add to bottled water. Usually they’re fruit flavored. My daughter gets these occasionally because I don’t let her drink soda except on a rare occasion, and she doesn’t always want tea, so she wants something that will up the flavor of her water, which she says is boring. She’s a teenager.
Anyway … I’m glad that I only caved in for the sample of this product and didn’t actually buy a whole bottle of it because it’s not my thing. It has stevia in it, and either there is too much stevia or it’s a poor quality stevia because it has a chemical-y taste that I sometimes get from either too much stevia or a poor quality stevia. It reminds me of saccharine. I hate saccharine.
There is a tart, acidic note from the lemon and that’s the best part of this liquid enhancement product. The whacked sweetness from the stevia seems to take over. I don’t taste much black tea here. I found it hard to enjoy the drink because of the stevia.
I would have rather just drank the water without the enhancer, I feel like this sample robbed me of the price I paid for the perfectly fine bottle of water.
One of the best Dan Cong Oolong teas that I can ever remember tasting. Light yet flavorful. It’s sweet and has a delightful floral aroma and taste. “Spring” like in that it has light floral notes and a fresh, “green” like taste that reminds me of the newness of the start of the spring season. How everything is so fresh and new and refreshingly green.
Lightly vegetal without bitterness, tasting more like mild steamed veggies with a drizzle of melted butter. Flowery. This tea is more about the floral notes than anything else, but they are lovely. If you like those floral notes in an Oolong, you should try this.
A true pleasure to sip.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/09/green-dan-cong-oolong-from-grand-tea/
I discovered Artful Tea on Etsy. Every once in a while, I’ll visit the etsy site and check out the tea purveyors to see if anything captures my interest. This is a company that did.
I like the packaging: I like attention to details like lining the boxes with tissue paper and each of the samples were pre-measured in the DIY type of teabags and then put into glassine envelopes that were then folded down and “sealed” with a cardstock label and tied with a little bit of twine cord. It was simple and rustic looking and very nice. It didn’t look like something that you’re going to pick up in your average supermarket. It looked like a gift. I like that.
This tea was one of my favorites of the sampler that I purchased from Artful Tea. A well-rounded taste. Sweet but not overly sweet, smooth, not too astringent, and it’s rich and flavorful and satisfying. It would be a good breakfast tea.
Smooth, malty, caramel-y, notes of earth and wood. Really nice.
A tasty tisane. Light apple-y notes from the chamomile and hints of floral. The lemongrass is smooth and buttery with bright citrus notes. Honey-like flavors. The lemongrass is a lot softer in flavor than I expected. It is noticeable primarily toward the finish.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/08/chamomile-lemongrass-tisane-from-tea-of-life/
I’m surprised by how much I really liked this. I’m not a big drinker (as in … I very rarely drink any alcoholic beverages) and so I am always a little skeptical about a alcoholic drink inspired tea. But of the ones that I’ve tried … most I’ve liked. And I really enjoyed this one much more than I expected to.
The Young Hyson melds well with the flavors of lime and tequila. The tequila notes are more like a “hint” of flavor … I get more of the green tea notes and lime than I do Tequila.
Delicate smoky note, tart from the lime with a hint of sweetness, earthy, notes of flower, brightness from the citrus. A smooth tea. I enjoyed it.