4633 Tasting Notes
Well, this isn’t the best tea from Rwanda that I’ve tasted, but, it is decent. I do appreciate that it’s fair trade and organic, and that gives it bonus points in my book. I would rather it not be a bagged tea though, and I don’t know if it’s my mind set or if I can actually taste the paper that the bag is made from in my cup, but I do get a slight “wet paper” kind of taste.
But, aside from that, it is a rich, pleasantly malty black tea. I do recommend brewing it strong though – I found that my first time brewing this one tea bag for 10 ounces of water wasn’t quite enough, but this time I brewed it with two bags in my mug and found it to be really pleasing.
Not bad. I’d rather it were loose leaf, but, that being said, it’s better than some bagged teas out there.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tisane.
This is almost “underflavored” – the tropical fruit notes are there, but they are so faint. But, I do like the way the floral notes mingle with the tropical flavors. Usually I’m not a big fan of the flavor of rooibos, but somehow here it works. The rooibos tastes sweet and nutty, but it isn’t that funky sweetness with which I often associate rooibos.
An interesting blend. Not my favorite, but not bad either, and one I’d happily accept if it were offered. Enjoyable.
Well, after a less than stellar experience with the Apricot Matcha, I decided to “clear my palate” with something that’s been tried and been GOOD. This was the first tin I came across so this is what I prepared.
And it is so yummy. So yummy and boysenberry-ish, with lovely vegetative notes. This is one that I think everyone should try! OH, and by pure coincidence, my full-length review for this tea will publish in a couple of hours on the SororiTea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com
I tried this again, hoping for a different result than the first time I tried it. Unfortunately, the result is very much the same. I tried mixing it this time with 1 part Royal grade Matcha with 1 part Apricot Matcha and while this did soften the chemical/perfume/soap taste slightly, it did not soften it to the point of making it drinkable. It only softened it enough so that beyond this very strong chemical/perfume/soap taste I can taste the Matcha and the Apricot… but this is not enough to be able to look beyond that terrible flavor.
I’m sorry, I just don’t like this. :(
I am so glad that sTEAp Shoppe added this tea to the database already … because it’s not yet on their website, so I didn’t want to add the tea without their information included. It not only helps me to write this tasting note but also my full-length review which will publish this Friday evening.
I had signed up for the Virtual Tea Tasting, but, unfortunately, something had gone awry with my entry and so I didn’t get my teas in time for the tea tasting this past Sunday. However, sTEAp Shoppe was kind enough to still send me some teas, allowing me to choose which teas I wanted! I didn’t choose this tea, but they included it, and I was thrilled because … wow, the name of it alone is drool worthy. Milk Chocolate & Caramel? um… YES PLEASE!
And it is indeed delicious. The chocolate and caramel really come forward nicely in this. The black tea is a bit on the lighter side, not what I’d call a strong black tea but it holds its own and I think that a stronger or bolder black tea would have overwhelmed the chocolate and caramel flavors. And trust me, you do not want to miss out on those notes! Absolutely yummy!
The aroma is amazing for this tea. It smells so strong – so much like fresh peaches and apricots, my mouth started watering as the fragrance wafted through the kitchen.
It tastes as good as it smells, too. The green tea is well balanced with the peach and apricot flavors – providing a flavor that is sweet and fresh, with a light brothy mouthfeel and hint of vegetative flavor. A really amazing peach and apricot flavored tea.
PS: Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this one!
A week or two ago as I was sorting through my stash I found a tiny bit of this tea stashed away from where I would normally sort through… and I don’t know if I was saving or hoarding this for some reason, I really don’t remember, but, oh well, it’s a chance for me to revisit this tea which I really LOVED back when it was released. I am hoping that the flavors did not fade too much over time, it was stored rather well, so here’s hoping!
It is still really flavorful. Maybe not quite as strong as it once was, but I can still taste the creamy, vanilla-y, nutty flavor of the classic ice cream flavor, as well as the black tea. A nice way to start my day.
Backlog: Yesterday morning, my hubby took me and my daughter and her best friend out for breakfast and the place we visited had a selection of Stash Teas. I didn’t really have high hopes for them at first when I asked them what kind of tea they had, and they could only name one of them (Earl Grey) and I asked them what brand it was and she answered “I have no idea, I’ve never really noticed the brand.” Then my hubby groaned and said “Tea snob” in a not so hushed tone. But at least it wasn’t Lipton Earl Grey, so that was a step in the right direction.
This isn’t a bad Earl Grey (for a bad Earl Grey, try the aforementioned Lipton’s) but it isn’t great either. It kind of makes me sad in a way, because this was one of Steven Smith’s first tea companies, but, of course, they could have changed much since he left. I just had higher hopes for the tea than what it was able to deliver, but it wasn’t terrible. The black tea flavor was pleasant enough although it wasn’t particularly a strong or bold black base, and the bergamot was at a moderate level – I could taste the bergamot, but, it wasn’t the best bergamot I ever tasted, either. I’d rate this as average.
Oh dear. This is … bad. I don’t know if my taste buds are off or something. Or if I just got a really bad batch. Or what. But … this tastes of perfume-y soap. I know it’s not the chawan or the chasen because I only rinse my chasen using the left over hot water from my teapot that I heated up for the Matcha, and I know it’s not the chawan because I rinsed it not only after cleaning but I rinse it in hot water before I use it to warm it up a bit before I make the Matcha.
This is bad. I can’t even try to ascertain what else I taste because my taste buds can’t get past the powerful chemical taste here. It tastes really bad. I’m really disappointed, and I’m not going to rate it, because I don’t know if the fault is mine, or if it’s with the Matcha… I will try it again another time … just not again tonight. I hope it is a case of taste buds being off and not the Matcha.