4315 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Rooibos by Shanti Tea
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Very nice. Lightly sweet. I prefer green rooibos over red rooibos and this tisane reminds me why. The sweetness here is much more natural tasting, like it’s been derived from sun-ripened fruit as opposed to that saccharine-like sweetness that I taste from red rooibos. No funky aftertaste either.

The flavor is slightly vegetal, not quite grassy like a green tea kind of grassy, but, more like a sweet/fruity kind of vegetal, and notes of nut and wood in the background. It is light and crisp. Enjoyable.

SimpliciTEA

I’ve never had a green rooibos, but the way you differentiate the sweetness between the green and the red makes me want to try it!

Scatterbrain

Oh yes, I know what you mean. Green rooibos is so fresh and bright tasting, very fruity and refreshing with a palate cleansing/cooling effect. I think red rooibos for the most part is just flat and odd tasting.

LiberTEAS

@SimpliciTEA – you should try it. I like some red rooibos, but usually it is blends where the flavorings tend to mask much of the weird taste of the red rooibos. The green rooibos, on the other hand, is much lighter and even seems to sparkle when you sip it. It’s very refreshing.

SimpliciTEA

Well, with that enticing description green rooibos is now at the top of my list of new teas to try!

Actually for me, although I haven’t tried that many herbal teas, I do really like red rooibos.

Scatterbrain

You can get a pound of it from Davidson’s for $14.65 on Amazon.

SimpliciTEA

Wow. I’ll look into it. Thanks!

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drank Elderberry Green Tea by 52teas
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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.

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drank Wild Arbor Buds by Mandala Tea
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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/

Geoffrey Norman

I’m always fascinated by the Wild Arbor varietal. It’s not even a Camellia sinensis…but still “kinda” tastes like tea.

CHAroma

Really interesting post! I know exactly the burs you’re talking about, hahaha. Do you think someone who normally doesn’t like the dark puer type tea would like this “white” version?

TeaBrat

CHAroma – you might want to ask check out some raw pu-erhs, like this one, much lighter and sweeter than the dark shu variety : http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html

Garret

Hi, everybody! CHAroma, we’ve had many customers who have not found black pu’er to be their cup of tea. In the shop, I’ll brew up some green pu’er for them as a green tea and some become instantly obsessed. Of course, there are variables one can play with in the brewing process, but black and green pu’er teas really are two completely different animals, for sure.

CHAroma

Cool, thanks for the information!

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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.

TeaBrat

Is this a Yabao? It looks a bit that way from the photo.

ashmanra

Splain!

LiberTEAS

I believe Yabao is what Verdant calls a tea that looks very much like this. Wild Fresh Buds is what In Nature calls it. Another tea that is similar in appearance is Wild Arbor Buds from Mandala Tea.

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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.

Indigobloom

I wonder how this compares to the Lupicia version. I just got some as a gift last week!

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OK, you HAVE to watch this video: http://raretea.m6.artlogic.net/news-and-reviews/videos/xaqGK6UTTQY Don’t worry, it’s short. But, it’s very funny.

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!

Azzrian

Great Video!

LiberTEAS

I laughed out loud for a good three minutes after watching it for the first time.

Roughage

Marvellous video. I’m off to my local Sainsburys to buy some. Can’t honestly say I have seen it in there, but I don’t spend much of my time down the tea aisle because I get most of my tea online. Especially loved the comment about SHI Tea.

JacquelineM

Did you order it from England? I’ve been wanting to try her teas desperately, but keep hesitating because of the shipping. I should just bite the bullet!

Missy

haha! great video. I was going to watch it last night but my nook wouldn’t load it. Glad I came back to see it. :D

CHAroma

OMG!! HAHAHAHAAA!!! That video is hilarious! Is that an old commercial or a new commercial that they just made look old?

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drank Six Herb by Market Spice
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Backlog:

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.

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drank Creamy Toffee by Kaleisia Tea
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Backlog:

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/

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drank Monarch Blend by Ovation Teas
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Backlog:

Nice. I finished off my last of this tea yesterday, and I really love this tea. It is bright and flavorful, with delectable fruit notes and sweet, beautiful floral notes. A fantastic, well rounded tea that is deliciously mellow.

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Backlog:

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.

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