4624 Tasting Notes
Tasty! I often find myself torn with how to brew a tea with both black and green teas. It would seem logical to steep the tea at the lower temperature requirements of the green tea to avoid harming those leaves but the black tea performs best in higher temperatures. I do yield to the lower temperature in these cases, but I find myself wondering how much flavor is lost by doing so.
Of the two tea types, the black tea is the strongest flavor. Not a surprise. It has a rich flavor but obviously not as rich as it might have been with a higher temperature. The green tea is a little more difficult to pick out but it’s not completely lost. I can taste the buttery notes of the green tea and those are quite nice.
And even though I was torn about the two teas blended for the base, I do like the way the different characteristics of each tea mingle with the notes of strawberry and papaya.
Overall, the tea is indeed a bit like summer in a teacup. Nice.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Darjeeling Tea Lovers! If you’re a fan of Darjeeling, you’re really missing out if you’re not adding this company to your “must buy” list.
As I said in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/29/2014-jungpana-nirvana-first-flush-ftgfop1-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/ … this tea was love at first sip for me.
Delightful muscatel notes – surprising for a first flush! Sweet, grape-y notes and a nice, thick mouthfeel that is quite unlike a Darjeeling tea to have. Silky and almost sugary sweet. Sweet, fruity, notes of wood and hints of earth.
A really, really good tea. The second infusion was just as lovely as the first!
A good balance of chocolate, mint and black tea flavors. I find the chocolate notes to be a tad fake tasting. This was remedied with the addition of a little sugar. Without the sweetener, it tastes alright but the chocolate is off. The sugar helps.
But the tea is already on the sweet side so you want to sweeten cautiously.
It isn’t a bad tea, the chocolate is a wee bit off but it’s not enough to make me toss it out. I liked it, but this wasn’t my favorite from SBT.
In my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/28/first-flush-long-jing-green-tea-from-teasenz/ – I stated that it was an exceptionally fresh tasting Long Jing. I am very pleased with all of the offerings that I’ve tried from Teasenz.
This DragonWell is sweet, lightly vegetal, buttery and nutty. The butter and nut flavors are more dominate than the vegetal/grassy notes. Hints of fruit and flower are in the distance.
The combination of nutty and buttery tastes give the overall flavor something reminiscent of browned butter. Lightly toasty tasting. Very slight astringency.
A really beautiful tea.
I revisited this tea a few months back. Smooth and well-balanced. I love this blend. I love the creaminess of the Oolong base. I love the notes of bergamot. I love the jasmine. I love the saffron and the frankincense and the goji berry. It all comes together in a most delicious way. This is one of Verdant’s best blends, in my opinion.
This chai wasn’t as spicy as I hoped for. It’s still a tasty chai, but I was hoping for a really zesty chai and it didn’t quite live up to that.
The medley of spices is a warm and comforting combination of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. I wish there was a bit of ginger and/or black pepper in this to give it some zing. The orange brightens the cup a little.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/27/just-charming-chai-blend-from-just-organic-tea/
Sweet! A honey-like sweetness. Notes of fruit that are reminiscent of a slightly underripe plum: sweet but with distinct tart notes too. Hints of grapefruit. A woodsy tone that develops in later infusions.
The fruit notes also developed in later infusions as the tea became smoother and silkier to drink.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/26/2014-zhi-lan-xiang-dan-cong-oolong-tea-from-grand-tea/
I’ve mentioned before that I love Cameron Tea, haven’t I? The teas are stunning.
I’ve had the opportunity to try both the Premium grade and the competition grade of each of the teas that Cameron offers and I enjoyed discovering the subtle differences between the two grades. I’ve also enjoyed immensely just indulging in these teas. So good!
On the SororiTea Sisters blog, when I reviewed this tea, I mentioned how Cameron defines Premium versus Competition. You can read more about it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/26/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-assam-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/
This tea is lighter in body than what I’ve come to know as an Assam. It’s not quite as rich, malty and invigorating, but it still is very flavorful and quite wonderful in its own way. And it’s not nearly as astringent as many Assam teas can be. This, in contrast is sweet and soft and silky to drink.
Molasses, honey and cacao. Delightful! Earthy notes of leather and wood. Smooth and satisfying. A really beautiful tea.
This wasn’t my favorite of the Les 2 Marmottes teas/tisanes that I was sent to sample and review. I am not a huge fan of ginseng and it’s no secret that hibiscus isn’t my favorite either. Fortunately, the hibiscus doesn’t play an overwhelmingly strong role in this, it adds a little color and texture to the cup and a hint of it’s berry-like tartness. It adds an interesting contrast to the lemon-y notes of the Melissa and the ginger-y peppery zing.
Overall, it’s alright. I finished the cup and it does offer a boost of energy. I think I’d rather get that boost from a good Assam or other energizing black tea, but it’s not a bad functional tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/25/boost-et-moi-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/
A rather unusual Ceylon in that I picked up on some Darjeeling-esque notes. It has that light, crisp taste that I usually associate with a Darjeeling.
Sweet, notes of Eucalyptus, mint, cypress, woodsy, grape-y, hints of citrus and floral notes. Would make a lovely afternoon cup.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/25/lovers-leap-tea-estate-black-tea-from-p-m-david-silva-sons/