4837 Tasting Notes
This is one of three teas that I received in my holiday stocking … of course, I had to buy them myself to stuff them in my stocking. But my husband did take me to the Spice and Tea Exchange knowing full well that I intended to buy tea … so, I’ve got to give him credit there. Usually he won’t even entertain the idea of taking me to a tea shop, as he claims I have enough tea. I don’t even understand this concept, sounds kind of crazy to me. “Enough” tea? Ha! As if there were ever enough tea.
Anyway, I really like this. It’s better if you let it cool for a couple of minutes … still warm and comforting, but not piping hot. The flavors really have a chance to meld and they come through nicer than when it is piping hot. I like the way this tea is put together – the cranberry, orange and cinnamon is not a new holiday type blend, it seems that every tea company has one of these! But the chestnut flavors is what makes this one stand out, and it gives it the sort of crumb cake kind of taste. The raspberry leaves brighten the tartness of the cranberry. The ginger and cinnamon give it warmth but this isn’t an overly spiced blend … kind of like the spices would be in a crumb cake … accentuating the cake without overwhelming it.
Oh yeah! This is nice! This has such a lovely fresh taste … very leafy green-ish, like freshly steamed spinach with a touch of butter. Very bright and lovely.
My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow morning on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com
Until then, let me just say that this is definitely one of the best Dragon Well teas I’ve come across. If you like Dragon Well, you’ve gotta try this!
I am a bit behind in trying teas due to my head cold … this tisane came in my Amoda box for December. And it is YUM. Yep, it’s rooibos, but, it’s more mint than anything else. And then I taste the creamy white chocolate. After that I taste maybe a tad … just a hint? … of the nutty taste of rooibos. But mostly I get zesty mint. I think that even someone who thinks they don’t like rooibos might enjoy this. It’s quite tasty.
Seriously … YUM!
I took the first few sips without any additions, and I found it so yummy, but, I thought something was missing … and that something was the popcorn. To remedy this, I recommend adding a tiny bit of salt. I added about half a pinch of salt to my 12 ounce mug, and it turned out perfect! The popcorn flavors emerged, and it gave a very enjoyable salty-sweet contrast without tasting too much like salt.
It is really good – rich, buttery, toffee/caramel-y deliciousness. Sweet and savory. Just GOOD!
I created this blend just before Christmas for a swap I was participating in … my recipient likes chai, vanilla flavored black teas, and almond flavored black teas … so I decided to have Ovation Teas put them all together in one fantastic blend for her. I decided that I had to try it too, so they were nice enough to include some for me to try.
And it is, indeed, fantastic! The chai comes through good and strong, and the vanilla and almond accent each other really nicely to provide a sweet, nutty, creamy taste that melds deliciously with the warmly spiced chai. It isn’t a strong, spicy chai, but it isn’t what I’d call mild either … it has a nice balance of spices. Warm and comforting … perfect for a chilly, grey Pacific Northwest day.
I was greatly saddened to learn that Ovation Teas is closing its doors … they are a “local” company (they’re in Washington, anyway), and that saddens me, as well as the fact that they had some pretty amazing blends and I hadn’t even scratched the surface … there were so many others I wanted to try! And really, they are such awesomely nice people, the kind of people I felt good about doing business with … I am sad to see them close their doors.
I guess I’m not going to rate this one since it is a custom blend that I created.
I’ve been drinking this tea almost every other day for the last week or two now, I found it to be a very comforting drink while I was feeling under the weather. But, because I didn’t trust my taste buds while being sick … and quite frankly, because I didn’t feel up to writing a whole lot, I didn’t record any of those tasting notes.
Now that I’m feeling better, and now that I have spent so much time with this tea … I can say that I really REALLY like it. The sip starts with a taste of brandy – that sweet, fruity, almost-wine-ish kind of taste that hits the tongue, and then I notice a sweet, caramel-y note that is quite delectable. About mid-sip, the baked cake notes start to shine through. It’s really good … and while I have never tasted a butter brandy cake before, if this is what they taste like (sans the taste of the rich black tea base) then I would certainly be willing to try one in the future.
A really tasty blend!
I’m enjoying this. For the last few days, I’ve kind of been hiatus … I’ve been reading tasting notes, and checking things out, but, my head cold that I had at the beginning of this week kind of put a damper on my joy of writing as well as my ability to really taste much … I’d say that my taste buds have been up and working properly for at least two or three days now, I’ve noticed them getting progressively better … and I think they’re functioning well now.
I was a little worried about this tea before brewing it, although I have to say that I’ve been very impressed with the blends that I’ve tried thus far from The Whistling Kettle, so I don’t know why I worried. I just tend to be apprehensive when it comes to Pu-erh in general. Maybe eventually I’ll get over that. I hope so, because I’ve enjoyed most of the pu-erh I’ve encountered over the past couple of years … since I’ve learned how to brew it to my liking.
This tea has a very compelling balance of pu-erh and white tea … I was surprised that I can taste the white tea here, and I think that I can taste it a bit more than I could in the other Whistling Kettle tea blends that I have tried. The sip starts out with a sweet, slightly hay-ish vegetative note that is distinctly white tea and toward mid-sip, I notice the earthy character of the pu-erh. The lemon is slightly tart, and the tartness builds as I continue to sip. It has a vibrant flavor, and it really brightens the cup. The ginger is less distinguished than I thought it would be … the lemon is definitely the stronger of the two flavors. The ginger is a bit more like a sprinkling of peppery heat that sort of dances over the palate – it doesn’t overwhelm.
I like the way this tea plays out. Nicely done.
I’m going to be focusing on teas that I’ve already tried over the next day or so because I think I’m coming down with something (again … gah!!!) My taste buds are definitely impaired as I feel that sort of icky feeling in my throat and in my mouth where it feels like everything is lined with scratchy wool or something. Like I said, icky.
So, I’ll seek comfort with teas that I know. This is my absolute favorite Coconut tea. I don’t think I’ve found one that’s better. It’s so deliciously coconut-y. I love it, and even though my taste buds aren’t working oh so great I can still taste the goodness here.
On the 12th Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas sent this tea to me!
This is really yummy, and I was super excited by this blend, because I love sugar plums. As I mentioned in my full-length review, I haven’t ever had the traditional sugar plums but, I’ve had the jelly belly version of sugar plums, and those I love. I suspect that this tea is a bit more like the traditional sugar plum with the spices and everything, but, I loved it. YUM!
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas sent me this tea!
I liked this more than I expected to. My biggest hang up with it – before tasting it – was that I was sure it wouldn’t have a creamy texture that I felt an egg nog would need. Rooibos tends to feel rather thin on the palate, and it’s hard to get that creamy feel with rooibos. And while this IS a little lighter in the texture department when compared to some of the other eggnog inspired teas that I’ve tried this holiday season, for a rooibos this is surprisingly creamy. The creaminess is primarily in the flavor but some of it translates into the mouthfeel as well.
And I liked the way the nutty notes of the rooibos tasted with the sweet nog flavors. It was really quite enjoyable.