3878 Tasting Notes
This is an absolutely dreamy blend of lavender and Oolong. Sweet, floral, creamy and just … really BEAUTIFUL.
If you’re a fan of lavender, you probably are aware that lavender is easy to overdo or under-do … but Rabbit Hole got it just right with this blend. This is lavender perfection, balanced so delightfully well with the vanilla and Oolong notes. It’s really quite heavenly.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/29/organic-lavender-cream-oolong-tea-from-the-rabbit-hole/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. A really good Nigiri. Sweet, malty and rich. Very flavorful. Too much leaf = an astringent tea with this one, so measure carefully. Don’t eyeball it. I learned the hard way!
But, a rounded teaspoon per cup produces a very flavorful cup that is more woodsy than it is floral or fruity. I like this one.
I’ve never tasted a pineberry before. Before I read the announcement of this tea, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a pineberry. A pineberry to me sounds like a whackadoodle name for a pine cone to me.
I’ve never seen pineberries in the grocery store before, and I don’t know that I’ll ever find this “berry” … but I do like Frank’s recreation of the pineberry … even if he sort of invented what he thought a pineberry should taste like for this blend. It would be interesting to try a pineberry and compare it.
But since I don’t know how to find a pineberry, I’ll settle for this tisane. I liked it. Really tasty.
A really interesting Oolong. Sweet and floral, with a mild sweet pepper taste to it. I was really kind of surprised by the sweet pepper taste … in a very good way. I really liked it. It brought a unique and very compelling element to the cup.
The texture of the tea is soft and smooth, with a cleansing astringency that sort of wipes that soft, buttery texture off the palate in between sips. I like that the buttery notes don’t build too heavily.
A very enjoyable Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/27/narcissus-oolong-tea-from-culinary-teas/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Darjeeling.
A really interesting Darjeeling in that it has a more substantial body than I normally would associate with a Darjeeling. This tea has some substance to it. It’s a heartier Darjeeling (and hearty isn’t usually a word I’d use to describe Darjeeling, you know?) It’s not as bold as say, an Assam, but it’s not as light and crisp as a typical Darjeeling.
There is a nice fruity tone to this, and even notes of Muscatel. I noticed more muscatel notes in the dry leaf aroma than I do in the brewed tea. It’s sweet, with earthy tones and a strong floral quality to it.
A very unique 2nd Flush Darjeeling, nice … but I find myself wanting a little less floral and a little more muscatel from a 2nd Flush … but I do like this for what it is. It’s different!
OK, this is the last of my backlog entries for this evening … unless I get to a point sometime this evening where I can’t sleep. (It’s been known to happen.)
I really like this Passion Fruit Matcha. Sweet, fruity, tart, and unlike the Kiwi Matcha that I previously reviewed, I didn’t find this to be a “candied” fruit taste and I’m happy about that. The sweet-tart taste of the passion fruit pairs nicely with the sweet, buttery, smooth taste of the matcha.
Really good in smoothies too!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/26/passion-fruit-flavored-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/
One of the best coconut teas I’ve ever tasted!
The Chinese Sencha is buttery and sweet and marries well with the creamy sweet notes of the coconut. Slightly vegetative, somewhere between vegetable and seaweed. The coconut is the real star of this tea though – and it is so delicious … if you love coconut, you’ve got to try this tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/24/island-coconut-green-tea-blend-from-spire-tea/
A really wonderful, flowery Pu-erh! A visually stunning blend too with lots of rose buds, jasmine, and lavender tossed in with the leaves of Pu-erh. I found myself enjoying the way the earthy notes of the pu-erh meld with the sweet, exotic notes of the flowers.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/24/natures-bloom-puerh-tea-blend-from-natures-tea-leaf/
A really, really nice Oriental Beauty Oolong. Sweet, deliciously fruity and a delightfully complex cuppa. I notice notes of plum (complete with a sweet and sour note), earthy, woody, and a hint of smokiness.
The flavors develop here as I continue to steep the leaves, so put this tea through its paces. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/23/hsin-chu-oriental-beauty-oolong-3-from-t-oolong-tea/
A really tasty strawberry tea … different from other strawberry black teas because this is a darjeeling base which offers a lighter, crisper background note, as well as the 2nd Flush muscatel, which gives it the “Sham-pag-nee” like taste.
Very enjoyable. I like this one.
Thanks Azzrian for sending me some of it!