4449 Tasting Notes
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.
I don’t know if my feelings toward this tea are simply because the sample is a bit on the old side … or if it is just because I don’t like it. But… I don’t really care for this. I mean… it’s drinkable, it’s just not enjoyable. Sepalika is supposed to be a night flowering jasmine, but, it just tastes off. It is bitter and not the sweet, delightful jasmine I love. It almost tastes as if it were flavored with an essential oil rather than the layering process.
The grassiness of the green tea is also on the bitter side, and I’m finding that to be a bit off-putting as well. I was gearing up to write a review of this for the Tea Review Blog, but since they don’t want anything but favorable reviews, and I don’t really have anything nice to say about this one, I guess I’ll forgo the review.
I won’t even give this one a numeric rating, because, I don’t know that it would be fair, since I really don’t know how old the sample is. But as it is, I’m not enjoying this, and I’m pouring the rest of the cup down the drain.
I brewed this one hot, and then chilled it overnight. It’s really good hot-brewed, but, I am glad that I got two of this flavor to try cold-brewing it (when my new pitcher arrives which I hope it will soon!)
I don’t know if it is as good as the original Rainbow Sherbet that was released last year. I am not sure if I have any more of that tea… will have to search through my stash and see if it’s there, but I think the original was better. But this one is still really good.
It might seem a little late for Guayusa, and hopefully it won’t be keeping me up past my bedtime, but since I usually am up past 3 am anyway, I am not too worried. I needed an energy boost because I have a lot to do this evening, and I’m already feeling a little like I should be napping instead of getting things done.
This is really tasty. The tangerine and cream flavors are balanced, and the guayusa adds a richness to the background, tasting a little earthy, and even a little vegetal, and these notes work very well with the flavors of tangerine and cream. Overall, the cup is smooth, rich and creamy, with a deliciously sweet tangerine taste.
And it tastes better with each sip! Incredibly YUM!
I was asked to try this tea (since it is one that I tossed the idea out there for, I figured I should), and it is AWESOME. This is exactly what butterbeer should taste like … or at least what I’d imagine it to taste like.
I’ve only tasted one other “butterbeer” inspired tea, and that was an adagio custom blend, and it was alright… I think I liked it more because it was called “butterbeer” and not so much because it was a great tea.
This, on the other hand, I love because it is a great tea, and I’d love it even if it wasn’t called butterbeer, but it should be called butterbeer because that is what it is.
Oh sheesh… I’m rambling.
I’ll talk more on this one later, when I’m up for writing a proper review.
I love this!
Tart! As in TART! Tart tarty tart tart!
But, as much as I tend to reject tart flavors, this isn’t so bad as far as tart teas go. There are other flavors besides the tart.
The tart comes from the hibiscus, as does the deep ruby-red color. The tisane also has a nice body to it that comes from the hibiscus. I only steeped it for five and a half minutes, so it didn’t come out syrupy the way hibiscus can do sometimes.
I can taste the cherry and the blueberry, and these flavors are especially noticeable in the background where I get this really nice, fruity note. And the coconut offers just a hint of sweetness in the background, along with a slight creamy taste that really smooths out the flavor overall.
I did need to add a bit of turbinado sugar to this to help soften the tartness a bit, but I didn’t add a lot, and it wasn’t bad without the sugar, it’s just a lot better with it. It’s still tart … but it has a sort of refreshing quality to it too.
I won’t be writing a full-length review for this one yet, because I just finished a root beer that had the most remarkable set of spices (I don’t say that often about a soda, as I don’t usually like soda) and I can still taste the anise lingering on my palate, and it is giving this deliciously chocolate-y blend just a hint of licorice-y goodness … which leads me to think that at some point when enjoying this tea, I might need to drop a piece or two of star anise in the teapot to alter the flavor a bit. Would definitely be tasty (I do love anise).
First of all, I’ve got to mention this one more time – FRANK: I love the new base. The old base was hit or miss for me sometimes, but this one is really good. Rich, hearty but with a nice roundness so that it doesn’t come off as too heavy. Very good.
Is this chocolate-y enough? Well, truth be told, I don’t know that there can ever be enough chocolate. That’s like saying a person has enough tea. That statement simply does not make any sense to me. You might as well be speaking gibbily-gook because there is never really “enough” chocolate nor is there “enough tea” in the world to satisfy me.
However, in terms of tea and chocolate enjoyment, I am really enjoying the level of chocolate in this. Rich and deliciously smooth chocolate, not some flimsy, namby-pamby milk chocolate, this is dark and decadent. Yummy. Yes, it is that. It is definitely Yummy.
I sort of “resurrected” this blend for a friend of mine, her birthday is this weekend, and she has mentioned several times to me that she wished I still made Candy Shoppe. It’s basically a fruit and herbal blend with honeybush that’s been flavored with caramel and vanilla.
This is pretty close to the way I remember it. Sweet and caramel-y with notes of vanilla cream. Slightly fruity. Hints of honey. Really good, even if I do say so myself.
No rating, since it’s my own blend.
I’ve mentioned before that I tend to be very leery of decaffeinated teas. Once upon a time, decaffeinated meant “icky chemical taste” to me. Fortunately, I’m not getting any icky chemical taste here. Just lovely, sweet green tea and deliciously exotic jasmine notes. Not soapy. Just beautiful flavor.
This tea does taste a bit thinner than a caffeinated green tea, but, it is really quite minimal. It doesn’t really disrupt the taste, nor do I find myself wishing for more thickness or body to this… it’s quite nice the way it is. I’m just stating that I do notice a slight variation from what I’d experience with a caffeinated version of green tea … and I’m very happy that it is only slight!
I did it. I finally broke down and ordered some Matcha from Red Leaf Tea. I had been reading the reviews of this Watermelon Matcha and drooling – I had to try it! HAD TO!
I ordered the Distinctive flavor level with the basic grade Matcha for this … and it’s absolutely perfect. Sure, I guess a higher quality Matcha would have been nicer, but, I like this just the way it is. It is sweet, vegetal, creamy and even a little buttery. The watermelon is at the perfect level of flavor and it’s sweet, juicy and tastes very watermelon-y. This is seriously YUM! I gulped down my first chawan full of this, and if it weren’t so late in the day I’d probably indulge myself with another. This really isn’t going to last long in my cupboard!