4833 Tasting Notes
In my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/27/pumpkin-chai-blend-from-52teas/ – I found myself wondering if this blend was crafted with 52Teas new black tea base or not. I know that Frank was talking about making another new black tea base but I wasn’t sure if this tea was crafted using that new blend.
Anyway, I enjoyed the black tea base here, it was strong, smooth and robust. A wee bit of astringency but I didn’t find it bothersome.
The flavor of pumpkin shines through. A good amount of spice! A warm spicy chai! I found myself wanting a little more pepper but overall, I enjoyed the spices here, and I liked that I could taste the pumpkin.
I love the dry leaf aroma: notes of berry and vanilla. Once brewed, there are more black tea notes, and the vanilla fragrance becomes softer and the berry notes seem to disappear.
It’s tasty! Even though I can’t smell the strawberry in the brewed tea, I can definitely taste it. Hint of chocolate. Vanilla. Sweet strawberry with a tart note in the aftertaste. The chocolate was very subtle. As I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/27/secret-gardens-secret-black-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/ – the chocolate is very unassuming, it’s a note that sort of hides itself but every once in a while the palate notices it and the taste buds jump up and say, ‘whoa, what was that? chocolate???’
The black tea is lovely with notes of malt.
A really enjoyable tea.
So, when I went to Trader Joe’s before Thanksgiving, I grabbed a can of this. I also grabbed some of the pumpkin butter as well as the pumpkin ravioli that they had because back in the samples area, they were sampling the pumpkin ravioli with a sauce made with the pumpkin butter and browned butter and it was so good. That pumpkin butter has become a favorite ‘syrup’ for me, I mix it with equal parts half & half and it’s delightful on pancakes and waffles.
Anyway, this is pretty tasty. Sweet, yes. I wish it wasn’t so sweet, BUT I do like that I tasted pumpkin and I tasted the black tea and the spice. It wasn’t an overly spicy chai, but it was pleasantly, warmly spiced. I finished off the can in record time, so I guess I either enjoyed the convenience of the powdered chai latte mix or I enjoyed what I was drinking enough to polish off the can so quickly.
So, it’s good. I don’t know if I’ll be buying more when pumpkin harvest happens again at Trader Joe’s. I’ll definitely be buying more pumpkin butter though.
Having never actually eaten rhubarb, I often feel like I’m at a disadvantage when I review a rhubarb tea because I’m not exactly sure what a rhubarb should taste like because I don’t have that experience tasting actual rhubarb.
For this tisane, I taste the rooibos. The honeyed, nutty flavor seems to work well with the custardy notes and the notes of rhubarb.
In my full-length review, I mused a bit about the stevia in this blend: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/26/rhubarb-custard-rooibos-blend-from-bluebird-tea-co/
Overall, this is a tasty tisane. I enjoyed it.
A seriously AWESOME Milky Oolong. So sweet and creamy and luscious. I appreciate that this is a natural milk Oolong (no additional flavoring added). I enjoy both the ‘milk’ flavoring added and the natural Milk Oolong, but I think I especially appreciate the non-flavored Milk Oolong because I like that pure flavor.
Soft, creamy … lovely! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/25/alishan-milky-oolong-tea-from-teasenz/
I’ve been very busy evaluating the prospects to join SororiTea Sisters that I’ve neglected my posting of backlogs so that I can get caught up, so now I’m allowing myself to fall behind again.
I MUST get this caught up by the end of March. MUST! You’ll soon find out why!
Anyway, this is a good Hojicha! Roasty, toasty, warm. Nutty. Tasty! I love a good hojicha especially in the autumn because it’s got those lovely nutty, toasty flavors that taste so autumnal to me.
The texture is smooth and light. A pleasure to sip.
I don’t think I’ve ever had kiwi cheesecake. If I did, I don’t remember and I think it’s something I’d remember. Kiwi is not the most ordinary of cheesecake toppings, you know?
This is pretty tasty: I can taste the kiwi, I can taste the cheesecake. I like the way the creamy notes of the cheesecake work with the natural creaminess of the Oolong. I get a light tangy flavor from the cream cheese. I am missing some of the buttery pastry/graham cracker type of crust flavor that is often found in Frank’s cheesecake flavors. I’m not tasting it so much with this blend.
It’s an unusual blend but very enjoyable.
This stuff is great! It’s a really economical way to enjoy Matcha (to go!) every day. It’s a very versatile product. You can add it to juice, coconut water, smoothies, or anything that you want to “boost” with Matcha.
When I first tried it, I went simply and added a teaspoon of the powder to my 16.9 ounce water bottle and gave it a shake. It mixes completely with no lumps and no sediment and makes a perfectly tasty “tea to go” without any sweetener.
I’ve since added it to a bottle of pomegranate juice (Yum) but when adding it to juice, if you want to taste a stronger impact of Matcha, add maybe an extra half a teaspoon. When I added a 1/2 a teaspoon to 8 ounces of juice, the juice overpowered the matcha a little. A little more Matcha and it is better.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/24/product-review-unsweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/
This was better than I had expected. It’s a decaffeinated black tea which usually has me on “alert” and it’s a jasmine and bergamot flavored tea and typically I enjoy one or the other but sometimes when they’re together, it just doesn’t come out right. That together with the decaffeinated thing … kind of worried me.
But this is better than I thought it would be.
The bergamot is on the softer side. A little citrus-y but it’s not the crisp, tangy bergamot I would normally expect from an ‘Earl Grey.’ The jasmine is soft and floral and seems to soften the bergamot a little.
The tea does taste a little “thin” – you know that slightly thin taste that you get from some decaf teas? Yeah, I get a little of that. But overall, this is alright. I enjoyed it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/balancing-ayurvedic-tea-from-teaveda/
This was alright. It was actually better than alright, I found it quite nice.
The green tea was lightly sweet, buttery and a little grassy but not overly so. It had a smooth, soft texture. The orange is bright and flavorful. The spices are gently warm with notes of clove and cinnamon. The spices aren’t overdone. This isn’t one of those ‘red hot cinnamon orange’ type of teas.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/orange-spice-flavored-green-tea-from-tea-of-life/