4143 Tasting Notes
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.
This yellow tea is quite unlike other yellow teas that I’ve tried. While most of the yellow teas that I’ve had in the past have been on the delicate side, this one is not what I’d call delicate. It has a more assertive flavor to it, but, it still has a very yellow tea kind of flavor to it.
sigh how I love yellow tea.
This isn’t bad at all. I took the first couple of sips while it was still hot, enjoyed that the focus was on the green tea and not so much on the tropical fruit… and then set it aside to let it cool so that I could enjoy it iced. It is FAR better iced than it was hot … and I quite liked it hot. But this blend is one of those that just is made for iced tea.
The tropical fruit notes seem to pop out a bit more as it cools, but the green tea remains the strongest note. Very pleasant tea.
This is FABULOUS! I think that this one may have usurped the top position for my favorite Earl Grey tea… yes, it’s that good. The blend of Yunnan, Keemun and Ceylon makes a fantastic base – strong, robust, a little malty, rich, and even a little bit of that rich, fresh-baked bread appeal to it. The bergamot is strong but not at all perfume-y or soapy. It is even a little sweet, with just the right amount of tangy citrus notes.
So VERY good. If you love Earl Grey… you’ve got to try this!
I have a confession to make. The first time I was given a sample of this tea by a friend, I sent it to someone else. Back then the tea scared me, as I’m only very recently coming around to appreciating smoky teas. So, I am glad that I was given another sampling to try from TeaEqualsBliss now that my palate has come to accept that smoky flavor.
This is really good. One of the nicest smoky teas that I’ve tried, actually. It is rich and robust and flavorful, with lovely tones of caramel and malt and earth mingling with the smoky tones. It is a very enjoyable cup.
This is a lovely Oolong, sweet, pleasing orchid notes which are quite delicate at first, but reveal themselves more with the infusions that follow. I’m currently on my fourth infusion, and sadly this will be my last as it is quite late.
A nice nutty tone to this as well and a sweet buttery note, reminding me a bit of browned butter. Smooth mouthfeel. Definitely one of the better offerings from Adagio.