4823 Tasting Notes

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This is AWESOME!

I had a cup of this yesterday, and I was just so in love with it that I didn’t even take the time away from it to type out a tasting note. It’s hard for me to stop between sips to write out thoughts now. It’s really good.

I love this not only because it tastes good, but because it’s a local product as well. By looking at their website, I see that nobody in Vancouver sells this (That’s Vancouver, Washington), but it’s in Portland. I may just have to start bugging my local Whole Foods to start carrying it since the Whole Foods in Portland does. And I can’t really convince my hubby to take me to a Whole Foods in Portland if there is one in Vancouver, and ESPECIALLY for a particular tea. LOL He seems to think I have enough tea, and there is no need for me to be buying more. He just doesn’t seem to understand that sometimes I find a tea so amazing that I NEED more of it. Any time I put the words “I need more” in front of the word tea, he starts laughing and stops listening to reason.

Anyway… this stuff is really good. There have been a couple of chai blends that I have really proclaimed as good (like mine, for example, and then there are the concentrates/premixed type of Chai like Third Street and Bhakti Chai, and there are others too – both powdered and loose leaf – that I’ve really enjoyed) this one is on the level of the very best … maybe even better than Bhakti! This is just so good.

One thing that I love about this is that it’s powdered, but unsweetened. So, I can totally control how sweet (or not) it is, and how strong I want by adding a little more powder. I followed the instructions yesterday, and took a little sip, then decided I wanted it just a little stronger so I added about half a scoop (the pouches come with the most adorable little bamboo scoop inside), and I could easily do this. To make it, you just boil water in the kettle, measure out 1/2 cup of boiling water, heat 1/2 cup of milk, combine and stir in 1 scoop (or in my case 1 1/2 scoops) of the chai powder, and then if you want it sweetened you can do that. I like my chai to have a little bit of sweetener because I think it accents the spices in a nice way, so I added about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of Turbinado Sugar and this made it absolutely amazingly delicious.

Spicy, creamy, decadent, rich, and perfect. I am going to be BUGGING my local Whole Foods to carry this.

Babble

I wonder how this compared to Tipu’s Chai which is also unsweetened. I have some of it, and it’s a little … harsh. I use it to make chai oatmeal and it works really well.

CheshireEyes

Definitely will order some of this from their website I have been searching for unsweetened chai mix.

LiberTEAS

@Rachel: while everyone has their own taste, when I prepared it according to suggested instructions, I did not find this to be harsh. It was flavorful … not too spicy, not too mild. I added a little extra powder to my cup because I wanted a little more spice to it. If that helps?

Babble

Did you add sweetener and milk to it or drink it plain? I was hoping the powder would be comparable to a plain cup of chai tea that I might make myself, so I was a little disappointed. But like i said, it does work well in oatmeal :)

LiberTEAS

The instructions that are on the packet say use 4 ounces of boiling water, 4 ounces of milk and 1 scoop of tea (there’s a little scoop in the pouch) … so that’s what I did. After everything was combined, I heated it up a little to accommodate for the milk. I took a sip and found that I wanted a little more spice so I added about another half scoop. I haven’t made it without milk yet, because I’ve loved the latte so much. I do add about 1/4 teaspoon of turbinado sugar to it (as I do with all chai because I feel the spices benefit from it).

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drank English Breakfast by Butiki Teas
4823 tasting notes

I ordered this along with my most recent order … mostly because I was curious, because I seem to focus primarily on the flavored and more unusual teas from Butiki, but, overlook something that seems a little more commonplace even though I acknowledge that certainly not all breakfast blends are created equal and as Stacy at Butiki is brilliant at what she does, I should have known that her breakfast blend would not be something so ordinary.

I LOVE this. It is certainly one of the more robust, thick, hefty English Breakfast blends I’ve come across. I taste the rich malty tones of Assam, the evenness of the Ceylon, the delicious, toasty flavor of the Java tea and the lightness from the Darjeeling helps to keep this tea from being too thick or heavy. It’s got just enough tooth to it to be a really good, solid breakfast blend – better than most out there, to be sure! – but, light enough so that I don’t feel weighed down after I’ve had a cup.

I’ve enjoyed this so much I’m actually on my second cup today.

Sil

I need to pull this out of my stash. I picked it up in my last order too!

Veronica

I’ve never placed an order with Butiki. Must change that… soon. This tea sounds wonderful.

Hesper June

Ooo! this sounds delish! I love a robust breakfast tea.
I need to place another order with Butiki, hopefully after the holidays I will get a chance.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

I find myself a wee bit disappointed by this tea. Not that it is a bad tea – it isn’t. I guess I’ve been a bit spoiled by some of the Darjeeling teas that I’ve been drinking lately and so I expected more of a Darjeeling flavor from this, that is to say, I wanted Muscatel.

This is more reminiscent of a fine Dragon Well. Nothing wrong with that, I just expected more Darjeeling. It’s kind of a Chinese tasting green tea from India, I guess. Not bad though.

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drank Awake by Bird's Eye Tea
4823 tasting notes

Alrighty! I am almost finished with a mug of this tisane, and I can say that it is DEFINITELY invigorating me, but I don’t feel jittery … in fact, I feel calm. I don’t feel stressed even though I’ve quite a bit to get done and I probably WOULD feel stressed without the assistance of tulsi and brahmi, although admittedly, I didn’t even know what brahmi was until I started reading about it on the Bird’s Eye Newsletter: http://blog.birdseyetea.com/post/35083367109/november-2012-tea-newsletter

All I do know is that this herbaceous, slightly minty, earthy tasting tisane with a tingly berry aftertaste has rendered me awake, and that is just what the name of the tea promises.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Maté is awesome because it has tryptophan, which is a calming agent. Really good stuff when mixed with the caffeine in maté for concentration and work :)

I always drink a cup before a test at school. Love the stuff! This one sounds good for sure! :)

LiberTEAS

I really liked this … my only real complaint would be that I wished there was a bit more of the currant flavor … but the overall cup was tasty.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It’s definitely a clever blend!

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drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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This tisane is for maple lovers only! Seriously! If you don’t like maple, don’t even bother. Because this is – essentially – a thinned maple syrup.

YUM!

This is a yummy, warm, maple-y delicious rich cup. It is sweet and I’m loving every sip. But really, unless you’re mad about maple, you really shouldn’t bother with it, because it is almost like pure maple syrup, only thinner.

ETA: I forgot to mention when I was writing this, because I was so caught up in all its maple-y goodness … don’t forget to enter in the Della Terra Teas contest that’s going on at our blog right now: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/23/the-season-of-giveaways-take-2/ But you better hurry … time’s running out!

Sil

Haha that’s totally what I thought :)

TeaEqualsBliss

WOW!!!! I’d love to try this

LiberTEAS

I’ll be sure to add some to your ongoing box!

seule771

You’ve reminded me to order some maple tea; hopefully I will. Thanks!

Ellyn

This sounds delish!

CheshireEyes

Must try. I love maple!

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drank Spiced Brandy Shou Mei by 52teas
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Wowza!

The dry leaf smells like bubblegum. The spices aren’t real dominant in the dry leaf. But, once brewed, the spices really come forward, I SMELL ANISE! Yay!

Unlike some others who dislike Anise, I love LOVE love it. LOVE it. I love licorice, I love Anise, I love Fennel. It rocks my socks. It made me put this song on: http://youtu.be/HTTAPCUtbc8 and I don’t know why.

And I love that Anise is a strong component in this. The cinnamon, cardamom and clove seem to be sort of equally balanced, with the anise stepping just outside of their neat little box. Coloring outside the lines. The brandy flavoring is also strong, and as the tea cools slightly, I find that I like this even better than when it’s served hot. I like it sort of warm, not cold, not hot… warm. It warms me up better than when its hot, and it tastes like a warm, mulled brandy. Except that they put some extra anise in the mulled spices. And that makes me happy.

Sil

Ooooh I love licorice/anise

Em

Sounds amazing!! I love anise too. Made anisette cookies this weekend. They are delicious. Here’s a link if you’re interested. http://www.italian-dessert-recipes.com/anisette_cookies.html

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Recently (as in last week!) Uniq Teas approached us – the SororiTea Sisters – and offered us three blends (one for each of us) … allowing us each to first create our own blend and then sent us our blend to review.

(By the way, in the weeks to come, we will be hosting several giveaways sponsored by Uniq Teas where the winner will be able to create their own blend and receive it!)

This is my Blend! Sweet & Sassy SororiTea … although I don’t know if “sweet” is the right word to describe me, I think that sassy could be, although I think there are other … better … descriptive words that could be used to describe me. But, I chose the name not as a reflection of me but as a reflection of the tea. It is a combination of Caramel, Black Spiced Chai and Almond teas.

(If you’re interested in what the other Sisters created, you can see all the blends that have been crafted in the Uniq Teas Gallery: http://www.uniqteas.com/products )

Mmm… this smells so good. The aroma that is wafting out of my teacup. I keep holding up the cup to my nose as I impatiently await it to cool enough so that I can sip it … I guess I could drink it piping hot but I don’t want to burn my tongue. I’d be pretty useless as a tea reviewer with a scalded tongue.

YUM! This tastes just the way I wanted it to when I created the blend. I wanted something creamy and caramel-y, with enough spice to cut through some of the sweetness of the caramel, and just a touch of almond for a little bit of sweet, nutty flavor. Yep, and that’s what I’ve got in my teacup.

The caramel is the strongest note but it isn’t an overwhelming note. It is sweet and creamy without being too much. The almond gives it an almost almond toffee kind of flavor, and then the spices cut through that at just the right point.

I’m loving this, but I’m not going to rate it since I crafted it. Love it … and I’m wondering how it will taste in about three weeks … which is when I will write my full-length review of it. If it’s good now, it will be awesome in three weeks. (Remember … 3 weeks is the magic waiting period for tea blends to mingle)

Em

Sounds like an amazing blend :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Awesome!!!!!

Nik

Mine. I must have this.

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Backlog:

I started my day with this, but because it is Monday and my Mondays are weird, I found myself on the go before I could sit down and write about it.

A very pleasant vanilla black tea. After reading my SororiTea Sister’s (TeaEqualsBliss) tasting note on this tea, I find that we are on different sides of the spectrum with this tea. Interestingly enough, though, we rated the tea the same. We both like it, but I think we both were experiencing different things with this tea.

I find this to be really less sweet than some vanilla teas I’ve had. In fact, I think that this would be a really good vanilla tea for someone who might typically find vanilla teas to be on the cloying side, because while this is rich and creamy but it isn’t overly so. It is sweet, but not quite as sweet as some other vanilla teas might be. In fact, the tea is more of the focus here, with the vanilla playing the accent flavor role as it should be. A really good vanilla, but not the vanilla for someone who wants the vanilla flavor to be in their face. This is not as sweet as most vanilla teas out there.

As for me, I like it a lot!

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drank Earl Grey #1 by Kally Tea
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I love Earl Grey!

This is a good Earl Grey representation. It has a vibrant bergamot aroma and flavor. The black tea base is a Ceylon, and it is quite a strong tea for a Ceylon as I typically think of Ceylon as a milder base, but, this one has some gusto to it. It also has a moderate to fair amount of astringency to it, and the astringency seems to build as I continue to sip … starting out softer with the first few sips and now that I’m mid-cup I notice it more. It is a dry astringency, but it doesn’t bother me. I am not an astringency wimp. But it’s there.

The flavor is very much like what I’d expect from an Earl Grey: tangy, uplifting … not perfume-y. A very good Earl Grey – not the best I’ve had but definitely one that’s worth my while.

mrmopar

my first flavored tea! it hooked me.

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Backlog:

Another tea from the W-O-D.

I am so glad that I decided to order this tea. It is so good. I often mentioned in my grapefruit green tea tasting notes that I was on a quest to find the right grapefruit green to rival my experience at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, I had actually found that ACTUAL tea but somehow it just didn’t taste the same when I got it home. Maybe it’s the water temperature, maybe it’s the water itself … or the amount of leaf they used in the teapot … Who knows? All I know is that somehow, that grapefruit green tasted amazing at Tohono Chul Park but only tasted good, even really good, but not amazing when I brewed it at home.

A couple of months ago, I found a grapefruit tea that finally satisfied me enough to declare the search for the grapefruit green over, but, as I tasted this tea, I realized that it may have been premature to declare the search over … or at least, that I had found another grapefruit tea that was just as good if not BETTER than the grapefruit green – and yes, I think that this one IS better than the grapefruit green – at Tohono Chul Park.

The grapefruit flavor is so true to the fruit, but it has a sweeter flavor. There is definitely the tangy bitterness from the grapefruit too. After I sip this tea, the flavor that is left, tingling in my mouth in the aftertaste, is similar to the sensation I’d experience if I were to have taken a bite of real grapefruit. Amazing!

The Dragon Well works great with the flavor of the grapefruit, it imparts a slight sweetness and vegetative tone that works quite harmoniously with the flavor. Very enjoyable, this is one I’m really glad that I have in my stash now.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ohhhhhhhhhh! Grapefruit!

Sil

i am SOOO glad you enjoyed this! If Helena gets GMS, this might just be my tea after harassing stacy about it for months. It’s a good thing she’s forgiving! I really think this captures grapefruit pretty damn fantastically!

Butiki Teas

So glad you are enjoying this tea!

Sil-This is definitely your tea. Hahaha. I pushed it to the top of the list after your friendly reminders. :)

Gravitea

Ooo, putting this on my xmas wish list

Sil

Gravitea oh man doooooo iiitttttt!

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

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