4139 Tasting Notes
I just got my order from Papabubble today, and I wanted a delicious white tea to enjoy with some of my delicious candy. You can read more about Papabubble’s hand-pulled hard candies here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/hand-pulled-hard-candy-from-papabubble/ These are super yummy. Definitely the very best hard candy I’ve ever tasted.
And this tea is delightful with them. I love the way the sweet, light flavor of the tea interacts with the flavors of the candy… and vice versa. Yummy!
I am just finishing up a cup of this tea now. It is my first tea of the day (it is 5:30 pm!) because we had a bunch of errands to run, and I felt myself NEEDING tea about midway through those errands. I kept thinking of this tea and told myself that my patience would be rewarded by tasting a new tea.
And it definitely was rewarded. I really like this. It has a fresh baked cookie kind of taste to it. I find that the black tea base is a bit lighter than I would have expected – I thought that more Assam would have given it a stronger sense of that rich, bake-y kind of taste, but I think that the lighter base allows for the flavors of the nuts, honey, coconut and chrysanthemum to come through. I like the way the chrysanthemum highlights the honey flavor especially.
I like this tea quite a bit, and it makes me look forward to the other teas I have to try from them.
I’ve had this twice now, I had some hot the other evening, and then, this afternoon, I decided to have it iced. We had some rather warm weather today and I thought I’d celebrate with a cup of iced tea! It was yummy.
But it was also TART! I needed to add a little bit of sugar to this to soften the tartness … I found that half a teaspoon of turbinado sugar helped curb the tartness just enough for me. When it cools, the tartness subsides a little.
Aside from the tartness, though, there is a lovely fruit flavor to this. I love the combination of cranberry and blackberry. They go together well. If you can look beyond tartness, this really is a decent combination with the rooibos.
I am really glad that I checked the Tao of Tea website before steeping this tea – from the appearance, I would have guessed this to be an Oolong or a black tea (the leaves do not look as green as the photo would suggest), instead, they are rather dark, like a chocolate brown.
The tea brews to a surprisingly pale color (at least, paler than I expected considering the color of the dry leaf).
This tea is amazingly good. One of the best green teas I’ve had, period. The flavor is nutty, sweet, with a deliciously sweet vanilla-y taste. I taste the anise notes as suggested in the tasting notes. It tastes creamy and floral and it is SO good. I think I may have to consider ordering some of this, as I need to send the rest of this sample to my SororiTea Sister.
This is SO good. Dong Ding Oolong teas are one of those teas that I don’t think much about when ordering (usually, when shopping for Oolong, I’m shopping for Ali Shan), but, on the rare occasions when I do have one, it certainly is a treasured moment.
The early infusions start off pale in flavor, but after allowing a moment for the tea to settle into the palate, the flavors really came out. I tasted subtle nutty tones … sometimes that of a raw nut, and sometimes, it was more of a toasted, sweet nut, as well as hints of flower within the sip. The sip is far less vegetative than the aroma would have suggested to me. In later infusions, the flavor intensified, bringing forth stronger floral tones, sweetness that is almost like honey, and hints toward creaminess. There was also a fruit tone that was emerging, a tangy fruit, reminding me somewhat of a tart apple.
A very pleasant Oolong. I think I shall have to visit TeaSpring’s website soon and shop!
I really like this Cream Earl Grey. The cream flavor is very assertive, but it subsides pretty quickly allowing for the flavors of the bergamot to be explored in the deeper layers of this tea. The flavor is smooth, far less sharp than a typical Earl Grey usually is, and has a very indulgent, decadent taste to it. Very comforting.
I like the balance of flavors with this tea – it doesn’t taste too spicy … it is gently warm but not spicy or red-hot cinnamon-y the way many “orange spice” teas can be. I also like that the citrus tones are subtle. I can taste every ingredient in this, and they all work together quite well.
A very pleasant tisane.
I like this one. The flavors are sweet and a little tart, and the Bai Mu Dan gives it a nutty, fresh and even a creamy flavor. I am drinking it hot, but, I’m betting this is awesome iced, so I will probably save some of this for when the weather gets warmer (we had snow earlier this week, so right now, iced tea just doesn’t sound too appealing).
It took me a long time to actually try this, I think that I was jaded by the negative tasting notes here … but I actually enjoyed it. I didn’t taste much chocolate (as in no chocolate) and that is very disappointing, but, I got a crisp minty taste and a smooth vanilla flavor and I liked that combination. The rooibos flavor was not overwhelming, just a hint of nutty background.
It was pleasant. I’m not going to say it was my favorite rooibos blend because it wasn’t, but I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would.
I believe this blend was sent to me by JoeCool ages ago. Sorry about the delay in trying it, I had put it in a tin, and it managed to get tucked away deep within my stash… and as I have mentioned before, I am trying to get my stash under some semblance of control… so I just came across this blend the other day…
It is a very flavorful blend. The Irish Breakfast is bold and bracing, and the coconut and vanilla give it a nice, creamy touch.
I like it.