4787 Tasting Notes
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!
This is really lovely! Sweet with lovely fruit notes. I love it when I come across a pure green like this that is stronger on its fruit notes than its vegetal notes! This has more of a fruity taste than one of grass or spinach or beans or peas. I taste notes of sweet nectarine! Hints of mango. This is deliciously juicy and sweet!
The tea is fresh and sweet and it has a brothy sort of texture, but not a strong brothy taste (that is to say it doesn’t taste like veggie broth! It tastes like a broth made of fruit!)
This is really good.
Today has been a weird day. Mondays are typically weird days for me, because hubby is off work and we’re running around doing all sorts of errands and I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and have a cup of tea. And today has been a weird Monday … weirder than usual.
So this is my first cup. When we were at the grocery store, I found gingerbread marshmallows – they’re back! I don’t like grocery store marshmallows, I find them to be just … awful, and I’m a handmade marshmallow fanatic all the way (you MUST try http://240sweet.com/ ) but, these gingerbread marshmallows called out to me last year (they’re shaped like little gingerbread men, and they do taste like gingerbread!) and I loved them so they are the very rare commercially produced marshmallow that I’ll eat.
I love them in my chai! I grab a few and toss them in my cup before pouring the brewed tea into the cup, and let them melt… they add a little bit of sweetness and creaminess to the cup … YUM.
So, at least my first cup of the day is a yummy one.
I am revisiting this one today (and I sort of revisited it yesterday too, because I tried the small, sampler tin of the Yunnan by itself) so that I can complete Part 2 of the review for this tea which will publish on the evening of November 14 on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com
This time, I added some extra of the pepper flakes, cinnamon chunks and cacao nibs to rev up the flavor of the blend, and it’s good like this, but, I think that it’s better the way that Caleb blended it. It is better balanced that way. This amplified version is warmer, spicier, and with a bit more chocolate-y flavor and I like it … but, I think that the blend on its own gave off just the right amount of flavor to really showcase the Yunnan in a very special way.
I originally purchased a sampler from iHeartTeas and this tea was part of that sampler … it doesn’t appear that the sampler is available through iHeartTeas any longer, however, it does appear that Jacqueline’s Tea Room is now selling teas online … so it IS available to those of us who are on the other side of the country.
This is really tasty. The combination of maple and the hint of smoke from the tea base gives it a very rustic kind of flavor, like wood burning fireplaces and camping in the woods. The blueberry flavor adds a lovely sweet-tart note that really brightens the cup.
I started my morning off with this tea. so YUMMY! Cinnamon Chocolate-y goodness! It’s THE way for a chocoholic to kick start their day! Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/09/25/cinnamon-chocolate-brownie-from-simpson-vail/
Thanks to Azzrian for sending me this tea … I haven’t had it for about a year now, and I’ve missed it!
The November Amoda box came today! (Well, technically … yesterday, since it’s now after midnight) I was so excited to see that all three teas were from companies I hadn’t tried teas from previously … including this one which was blended by the people at Amoda!
This smells amazing. It really smells like warm apple crumble! And it tastes like it too. Sweet, apple-y, and nutty. I love that they used green honeybush and rooibos in this blend – it gives a slight nutty flavor but more of a fruity tone – although the oxidized leaves might have created an interesting flavor too. Overall, it tastes sweet, light and yummy! Very dessert-y.
Edited to add: Correction … this tea wasn’t blended by Amoda, but, chosen by a Tea Sommelier based upon the company’s personality. It’s still an amazing tea!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I don’t see this tea on the Shanti Tea website any more, I guess it’s been discontinued?
This is pretty good … not my favorite grapefruit tea, but, I like what I’m tasting. It has a pleasantly tart taste with the bitter grapefruit notes to make it taste quite true to the fruit. I like it.
LOVE! There is so much to love about this dragon well! It is sweet, somewhat buttery with hints of bean, and then as I continue to sip, I notice a cocoa-ish note as mentioned in the description. I could hardly believe my taste buds! But there it was! YUM! By mid-sip, I notice a citrus-y tone toward the tail end of the sip, this citrus note lingers into the aftertaste.
A really, really good Dragon well. Dragon Well is one of those teas that I don’t drink very often, but when I finally do get around to trying one, I can’t help but wonder why it took me so long to get a Dragon well in my cup! The answer, quite simply, is that I have a lot of teas to drink … and it would seem that there is hardly enough time to drink them all. However, if I were less a ‘taster’ and instead kept to one tea … this would definitely be a contender to the Dragon Well that I kept on hand. It’s really amazing!
What a lovely Oolong! I selected this as one of my three samples because I don’t recall ever having tried a Da Yu Ling, and today as I read through the whole description of the tea, I see that it grown in the Li Shan Mountain, so perhaps this is similar to a Li Shan or an Ali Shan. I don’t know, I fear I’m not as knowledgable about the tea growing regions of Taiwan as I’d like to be.
But, I will say that while there are some similarities to some of the Li Shan Oolong teas I’ve tried, this one seems different. It has a crisp, fresh taste to it, very light and floral, almost perfume-y, but not in a chemical perfume kind of way but more like the flavor of the air when you’re walking near a field of flowers … specifically, I taste orchid. Perhaps also some lily. The flavor is sweet and exotic and very enjoyable.
There is a slightly fruity undertone to the flavor too… like a delicate flavor, like an Asian pear (or what I used to call apple pears) … sort of crisp and light in flavor like that.
I am really enjoying this. Please watch for my full-length review of this tea to be published on November 19th on SororiTea Sisters. http://sororiteasisters.com