4391 Tasting Notes
I was really happy to find this tea in the Steepster Select box for March. I love Ya Bao teas, but, they are seldom a tea that I put in my “cart” when I’m shopping for tea. It seems that there are just so many great teas out there, you know?
So I looked forward to sampling this tea.
The early infusions were delicate, sweet, slightly grassy, and faintly reminiscent of honeydew melon. I also noted a very faint whisper of spice. Perhaps nutmeg with a hint of white pepper. Very subtle notes of spice, but enough to get the taste buds to perk up and say, hey, what was that?
In later infusions, I tasted notes of peaches and cream. Hay-like notes. The tea became sweeter with each infusion.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/28/silver-bud-ya-bao-white-tea-tea-source/
A really nice vanilla flavor complete with a creamy texture which took me by surprise, I don’t usually expect a lot of texture or mouthfeel from rooibos but this is soft and creamy.
The natural sweet, nutty notes of the rooibos meld well with the sweet, smooth vanilla notes. Yummy, cozy, comforting! Mmm!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/28/vanilla-rooibos-herbal-tisane-tea-people/
A very finely chopped CTC. But that’s OK because as long as the tea is fresh, I find that the finely chopped Assam teas tend to be very robust, and that’s just what you want from an Assam. Just don’t oversteep it!
And this is a very hearty Assam. Lots of gusto, a strong, malty, rich flavorful Assam. Would be perfect as that first cup of the day. Nice caramel-y undertones. Good with milk and honey, or my recommendation would be to put a cinnamon stick in your teacup when you pour this tea into it. It won’t add a huge cinnamon taste, but just a hint of it … and it would be a really enjoyable, zesty contrast to the richness of this tea.
It smells amazing and it’s tasty too. The peppermint is the strongest flavor of the four ingredients, but it’s not an overwhelming flavor. It doesn’t taste mouthwash-y, instead, there is a lovely, sweet peppermint note that plays well with the notes of lavender, rose and white tea.
The lavender is quite subtle here. I didn’t have to strain myself to notice it or anything, it was strong enough to be tasted, but, it didn’t give off a soapy taste. The same is true of the rose, and together these offered more of a “floral presence” rather than strong, distinctive, individual notes.
The white peony is delicate and has a sweet, light, crisp flavor. Overall, a really delightful cup. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/27/organic-love-white-tea-spicely-organics/
OK, so this was a blend that I suggested to Frank. I had this amazing candy bar over the holiday season that was coconut, mint and chocolate and as I ate it, I couldn’t help but think that it would make an amazing tea.
I didn’t really like the dry leaf aroma. I can smell coconut and mint, and I like those two fragrances, but there is a slight chemical odor too and that was not appealing. Having blended and flavored teas for several years … years ago, I know that sometimes that chemical thing is “necessary” because the flavorings used to flavor teas are flavored oils, and they don’t always smell as good as they make tea taste. Knowing this enables me to overlook that funky smell because I know what it is.
Fortunately, the chemical note didn’t translate to the flavor. What I do taste is mint, chocolate, coconut and black tea. I like that all components are present in the sip. Now, I can’t say that this tastes as yummy as the chocolate bar did, but I do like that I taste a good amount of chocolate (there could always be MORE chocolate, you know? But there is a nice amount of chocolate here.) And the flavors meld together very nicely.
A really tasty blend.
An unusual blend – let’s face it, you’re probably not going to find a lemongrass and chrysanthemum green tea blend in every tea shop. But I enjoyed it.
The green tea was light and sweet with a buttery note. I can’t say that the buttery note came from the green tea or the lemongrass or a combination of both. It was very soft and had a nice mouthfeel.
The chrysanthemum offered a very light floral note while the lemongrass gave a slight citrus-y note. Overall, a pleasant, delicate, enjoyable cuppa.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/26/whole-leaf-green-tea-essence-lemongrass-chrysanthemum-eden-grove/
The aroma was very unusual. Some of the other notes on this tea suggest a tomato aroma, and I’m not sure that it was tomato that I smelled with this tea, but, it definitely smelled different.
It also has a different flavor. In this case, different is definitely good.
Rich with a medium body with a sweet, honey-like flavor. Malty, earthy, and barely there hints of smoke. A very easy to sip tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/25/laos-black-tea-05-steepster/
I’m not always excited to try “decaffeinated” teas. I’m not usually thrilled to try naturally caffeine free tisanes either, but if given a choice between the two, I’d probably choose a caffeine free tisane over a decaffeinated tea. I had several bad experiences many years ago with decaffeinated teas, and that horrible chemical-y aftertaste continues to offer a lingering “ghost” of a flavor on my palate when I think of decaffeinated teas. It’s all in my head, of course, but, it’s difficult to get past those bad episodes.
That said, this was a decent tea! It doesn’t have that chemical-y, weird, off decaffeinated flavor that I remember from my previous decaffeinated experiences. It has a light, refreshing flavor. It is slightly “thinner” than a caffeinated green tea. But this thinness does not create an unpleasant cup. It’s quite nice.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/25/decaffeinated-green-tea-from-sarabeths/
The leaves look a bit more like a dark Oolong than a black tea, which comes as no surprise since this tea comes from an Oolong varietal, but it is apparently fermented longer like a black tea. It tastes more like an Oolong than a black tea too, it doesn’t really have that dark, deep flavor of a black tea. It has that lighter, smoother flavor of an Oolong.
Not a bad thing, though, as I do enjoy honey Oolong teas. Smooth, very little astringency, honey notes, and a crisp, clean flavor. Nice, I enjoyed it.
The day that my box from Simple Loose Leaf arrives in the mail is always a happy mail day. I mention this because my May teas arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to get started on them. This one is from my March box. (I’m still a wee bit behind, but I’ll get caught up. I will. Sil will tell you that I won’t, but don’t listen to that. I will get caught up even though Sil’s betting against me.)
This is one of the nicer “white” chai teas that I’ve encountered. I love the addition of the coconut and vanilla, because they add a nice creamy note without adding milk to make a “latte” – because milk in white tea? No.
Gentle spices, nothing that overpowers the delicate base, but it does have a nice peppery kick to it. The lemongrass adds a little lift to the flavor without throwing off the balance that’s been created. The spices are well balanced. A really nicely crafted chai.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/24/winter-white-chai-simple-loose-leaf/