4139 Tasting Notes
This is lovely! What an interesting tea. It has many similarities to Darjeeling, but, it is different enough to be its own unique tea. It has some amazing floral notes in there, and as the description suggests, I can taste honeysuckle and jasmine, which are particularly noticeable at the start, but then they taper somewhat by mid-cup, becoming part of a medley of floral tones that is absolutely delightful. There is even a hint of muscatel to this, as well as some wood tones and a pleasant earthiness.
Overall, a very surprising tea, quite lovely!
Finished off the last that I had of this blend … and it will be missed. I will no doubt need to do a re-order of this one at some point.
Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/10/02/sororitea-sisters-special-blend-from-blends-for-friends/
I started my day with this chai. This is more like a cinnamon tea than a chai to me, the cinnamon is very prominent. However, as I made my way to the bottom of the cup, the flavors of ginger, cardamom and clove began to emerge. The ginger was especially noticeable at the tail of the sip: peppery on the back of the tongue. More cinnamon than anything else though. But still very good, especially if you like cinnamon, and I do.
Lovely! The other day, I tasted the Earl Grey Excelsior and I absolutely fell in love with it. As far as “Earl Grey”… this blend falls a little short of the Excelsior, but, then again, they are two different teas. And for what this is intended to be – an Afternoon Tea – it is quite lovely.
The bergamot is softer here, more like a squeeze of citrus in my cup of tea rather than a primary focus. The jasmine is quite soft, just enough to give a floral whisper to the cup and enhance some of the bergamot’s floral notes without coming off as soapy. The black tea is brisk and on the dry, astringent side.
Very pleasing: a little fruity, a little floral, and bright tea flavor. Nice.
This one turned out to be really good. The hibiscus is only barely there, providing just enough texture to the cup without becoming too syrupy, and just a little color to the cup without adding any of that hibiscus-y tartness. Tea Licious did hibiscus RIGHT with this blend.
I’m enjoying this. Citrus-y without being tart or pucker-y, with a lovely honey-like sweetness from the honeybush. Very pleasant.
Very nice, and quite different from other Japanese Senchas I’ve tried. This tea is very much like the description depicts: it starts off with a savory bitterness which wanes into a smooth sweetness toward the tail, and then there is an astringency that cleanses.
I enjoy this for how different it is. It is probably not a Sencha I’d drink every day, but, it is one that I’d enjoy on occasion, and it would definitely make a pleasing palate cleanser after meals.
In my quest to gain some control over my tea stash, I had forgotten that I hadn’t yet tried this tea from my Perfect Pairs box from Steepster Select!
This is a surprising tea. Before even opening the pouch, the name suggests to me a white tea rather than a green. And after opening the pouch, I see beautiful leaves that look like a very high quality Bai Mu Dan, complete with silvery fuzz on the leaves. So, I expected this to be more white tea tasting but it definitely has a green tea quality to it. This is not as delicate as a typical Bai Mu Dan, but it is more delicate than say … a Pi Lo Chun.
It is sweet and has a lovely fruit-like quality to it: peachy tones. Like a Bai Mu Dan, it doesn’t have a strong grassy overtone, but it doesn’t have that hay-like character that I sometimes detect with a Bai Mu Dan.
A LOVELY green tea. Really glad I got to try this one.
Oh my goodness this is awesome! It would seem that I saved the best of these five chai mixes for last. While I enjoyed the other four, this one is even better! The saffron gives the chai a more rounded kind of flavor, enhancing the spices in a way that brings out the more exotic, alluring side of them … this isn’t a spicy hot chai, it is a savory chai that is so good … I was not prepared for just how good this one would be!
When I ordered this tea, I had no idea that I would enjoy it this much. It is AMAZING. Amazing doesn’t even do it justice.
What makes this chocolate tea so special is the base of the tea, it is a Hong MaoJian which gives it a rich, smooth taste. It has a malty tone and delicious caramel-y undertone that melds beautifully with the essence of chocolate.
Honestly, I think that the only thing that could make this even better is maybe some cacao shells to rev up the chocolate. It is very chocolate-y without them… but, more chocolate = more chocolate. (Simple equation for chocoholics everywhere) This may even be good enough to replace my Chocolate Rose Romance.
I am finishing up the last that I have of this tea, and to be honest, this time, I don’t taste much hibiscus (or rooibos!). The liquid looks as though it’s heavily hibiscus-y, with it’s deep red color, but it doesn’t have the thick texture or the tart taste of hibiscus. This time, I do taste a berry flavor but it’s on the sweet side.
I’m really enjoying it this evening, so I am increasing my rating of it.