4424 Tasting Notes
I am sipping this warm at the moment, but I think I may have to brew some of this for some iced tea. As it cools it becomes more and more refreshing.
This is really good. I love the lime in this, it is tart, but there is a sweetness to the overall cup as well. The Ceylon is a mellower tea, smooth and satisfying but not what I’d call overly powerful. This isn’t the kind of tea with which to start the day, but, I didn’t expect it to be, either. It really is very well flavored – a nice amount of lime, but not so much that it overwhelms the palate or the tea. A hint of pineapple, and most of all, a deliciously smooth Ceylon base.
I’ve had this for a while, but I keep forgetting to log it when I drink it. Mostly because when I am enjoying it, it is later at night and I’m not sitting at the computer … but I was determined tonight to write the note!!!
This is one of those teas that tastes better than it smells. When I first opened it, it kind of had a tobacco-y kind of scent, and I like the smell of tobacco (so long as it’s not burning in a cigarette) but, not to drink … you know? I mean, it’s a pleasant smell, but it’s not something I’d think “mmm…that’d be good to drink.”
But, like I said, it tastes better than it smells. It tastes of vanilla, first and foremost, with a hint of apple-y chamomile. I taste a bit of the woody tones from the rooibos, but it melds nicely with the vanilla notes. Overall, it’s a very pleasant tisane – and it’s really nice to have on hand for those evenings when you want something smooth and easy to sip.
Backlog: I have been drinking this all afternoon. This one is really, surprisingly good. I had my reservations, mostly because I usually prefer strong, bold teas like this served hot, and I usually want a lighter tea for iced tea.
But, this one is really excellent: bold but not overly aggressive, it has a deliciously smooth character and a hint of fruity notes in the background, with a wonderful fruity quality. Absolutely delicious and very refreshing.
When I opened the package – it smelled so fresh! Like freshly cut grass kind of fresh. Very vegetative, very sweet, very clean and crisp and … fresh.
The brewed tea has a lighter scent, still very vegetal and fresh smelling, but, not quite as prominent an aroma.
The flavor of this reminds me very much of a high quality sencha, but it is less “brothy.” It still has a very pleasing mouthfeel and a thickness to it, but it is not as thick or soup-like the way I typically notice from a top-notch Japanese Sencha. The flavor is vegetal, but not quite as much as I expected based on the fragrance of the dry leaf (I expected this to be highly vegetative, but, this is a light vegetative taste with lovely flowery notes)
This is really lovely!
OK, today I added a spoonful of turbinado sugar to the cup and OMG! This REALLY, TRULY tastes like a soda! But not a commercially processed soda that’s filled with the icky-sickly-syrupy-sticky corn syrup. This tastes like one of those expensive sodas that was made with cane sugar. Yum.
I REALLY love this stuff. I am going to have to order more of this … the little bit that I have left I am sending to my SororiTea Sister but I know that I’m going to be missing this stuff in another week or two… craving it. Yeah… I think we need to increase the rating on this one.
It blows my mind how good this is.
This is a lovely chai. It may be because it’s been a while (at least a week if not longer) since I’ve had a chai, but this is really tasting so very good to me right now. The spices are not overwhelming, and I like that the cinnamon and ginger are pretty much in check here. They aren’t overpowering, in fact, I’d say that the cardamom and cloves are stronger in flavor than either the cinnamon or ginger. The anise gives it a gentle sweetness in the background. This would be a good chai for even those who dislike anise, as it is not a strong presence here, and the anise seems to meld very well with the other flavors.
The black tea is equally as prominent as the spices, and it has a pleasantly smooth, rich tone to it.
Overall, a very pleasing cup. I drank this without milk, and just a wee bit (a half a teaspoon) of turbinado sugar, which helped to enhance the spices but didn’t make it overly sweet. Very nice.
This is the one that I considered not buying … and I’m really glad that I changed my mind and went for it.
I cold-brewed this, and it is really good. It is not as bold as I think it would have been if I had steeped it hot, and now, it has a very smooth flavor with fruit notes, hints of malt, and a lovely sweetness. It is still good and strong, and there is no bitterness or astringency.
A really awesome glass of iced tea right here!
Verdant Tea included this as a free sample with my last order… I’m really happy I got this opportunity to try it – it’s really, really good!
I’ve infused these leaves twice now. The first infusion brought a strong introduction of chocolate-y notes that were evident not just in the flavor but also the aroma. The aroma also smelled like freshly roasted coffee. Our local Costco has a coffee roasting station in the store, and when we go there we can smell the coffee roasting. It smells so good … almost good enough for me to want to try it, however, the sick feeling I’d feel a few hours later certainly aren’t worth that moment of weakness.
The taste reminds me a bit of one of those espresso infused chocolate bars. After a couple of sips, I noticed the yunnan peppery notes emerging. With the second infusion, those peppery notes morphed into more of a fruity, hot-pepper taste rather than a black peppercorn kind of taste. It isn’t spicy, but it is warmly spiced.
Really, really good. Thanks, Verdant Tea, for the sample!!!