4219 Tasting Notes
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this.
I like this OK, but I wish I had read the description and ingredient list before I brewed it, as it does contain yerba mate in it and as it is now 9:50 pm I am hoping it doesn’t keep me awake all night… however, I did just yawn as I typed that, so perhaps it won’t.
The chocolate is deliciously rich, but, I wish this didn’t have carob in it. Normally, I don’t mind carob in a tea, but, here, it seems to impart a cheap chocolate flavor … like “diet” chocolate, if you know what I mean. You know how you can just taste when something is low fat that should be fattening, like low fat milk? I happen to prefer low fat milk, but, you can definitely TASTE the difference between low fat milk and whole milk. And that’s what I’m tasting here, a “diet” tasting chocolate, only this isn’t the preferred chocolate taste (that is, I prefer low fat milk to whole milk, but, I prefer whole-fat chocolate to diet chocolate).
I do like the flavor of the coconut here, it isn’t a strong flavor, but it adds a nice creamy dimension to the profile of the cup. Overall, a very pleasant cup of tea, just not my favorite chocolate tea.
Love! I absolutely adore Oolong teas, and Life In Teacup has become one of my favorite purveyors of Oolong teas (as well as other teas!) because their teas are always of utmost quality.
This is an amazing Oolong – Sweet, lightly floral, hints of toasty flavors in the distance. I definitely taste that marshmallow likeness to this, sweet and soft and yummy. A dryness toward the end of the sip, ending with a crispness that is almost mint-like. The floral notes remind me of orchid and osmanthus. Sweet and absolutely delicious. I love LOVE love this!
Yes, I agree with Amy Oh, this does smell like the holidays. Cinnamon and a little bit of ginger, with apple and vanilla and almond. YUM! It’s one of those teas that I can’t seem to stop lifting my mug to my nose just to smell it. It smells sweet and warm and comforting.
I find this tea to be a medium-bodied tea, a little lighter than I expected given its strong aroma. It is not as rich as I would like it to have been, but it is still very delicious. I think it needs a stronger black tea base to withstand the strong cinnamon notes.
Another forgotten tea in my stash, recently “discovered” as I continue to sort through my stash to gain some sense of control over it. There was just enough to brew a mug of this tea, and as I’m at the bottom of the pouch, I have quite a bit of the pepper in this! It is SPICY!
The puerh is also very earthy… like the earthy I don’t like kind of earthy. I wish I had done a rinse the way I had with the first time I tried this. I steeped it for four minutes, and this is too earthy and very spicy. I think I may just make a latte with this…
Yeah, this is a little better with the steamed milk, but, it is still very spicy. I like spicy, but, when I taste the spicy over the tea and the chocolate, then that’s too spicy… although, tasting the spice over the tea at this point might be a good thing, as I think that the next time Frank is inspired to make a puerh blend he needs to do a little sampling of puerh teas to find a better one than the one he selected for this blend. It’s just too earthy … it puts the poo in the puerh, if you know what I mean.
Yesterday, my husband took me to Portland to visit the Spice and Tea Exchange as I’ve never been there. It is a difficult task to convince him to take me to such a place, as he is convinced that I have enough tea and I don’t need to be shopping for more. sigh But, I had a Living Social voucher, so, he had to take me. (evil grin)
This is one of the teas that I purchased (I didn’t spend much time checking out the spices, as I already have a favorite spice merchant). The description suggests malty tones and I get those, but, the chocolate notes are a little more difficult to discern until the tea has cooled somewhat. They are more pronounced now, but, as the description also says, they are indeed subtle. I taste more of a caramel tone than a chocolate-y one.
A pleasant breakfast blend, although as breakfast blends go, it isn’t as invigorating as others I’ve tried. Pleasant, but, not amazing or anything.
I’m sad that it took me so long to try this, because, it doesn’t appear that Teaquilibrium sells this particular blend any longer. This is quite nice.
Yum! I was inspired to order this in honor of the Year of the Dragon, I think mostly because it’s different than most Year of the Dragon Teas because it’s not a Dragon Well. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Dragon Well, but, I’ve already plenty of Dragon Well in my cupboard thanks to another Year of the Dragon tea (Andrews & Dunham), so I probably wouldn’t have ordered this if it had just been a Dragon Well.
And I’m really glad I did order it, because it is so yummy. The flavors of lemon and passion fruit are two that I wouldn’t normally think of putting together, but they work together very well. The lemon is tart and tangy, and the passion fruit gives a sweetness to the cup to soften the lemon a little. The chrysanthemum gives just a hint of floral note to the cup, just something a little different. Everything really works together very nicely.
I just received this tea from Life In Teacup a few days ago, but cannot find it on their website.
When I read the label, I found the idea of a Red Tie Guan Yin to be somewhat surprising, as I’m so used to associating “Tie Guan Yin” with Oolong. But one glance at the leaves and I knew it was not a mistake, this IS a black tea. And what an amazingly good black tea it is.
SO SO SO SO SO GOOD! I love this. It reminds me quite a bit of Dawn (The Simple Leaf), it has that same deep chocolate-y note with a freshly baked cake kind of quality to it. Rich and incredibly satisfying. Caramel undertones. Sweet and smooth and delicious.
I’m off to write my rough draft review of this tea for the SororiTea Sisters!
Having another cup of this tea before I send the rest off to my SororiTea Sister. I have had this tea a few times now, and it seems to get better and better.
The flavors here are subtle and yet very smooth … well-rounded. The jasmine and the bergamot work well together because neither is overpowering. Two gentle flavors making a very smooth, delicious cup of tea. Mellow and enjoyable.
The first time I brewed this, I didn’t add enough leaf to my steeping vessel and it tasted just a little too hibiscus-y. This time, though, I added a little more leaf, and the flavor of the cup is infinitely better than the first go-around. The hibiscus flavor is still there, but, it manages to mingle with the other ingredients of this tea well enough so that it doesn’t taste too hibiscus-y (just be sure to use a little extra leaf so that you can get something from those other ingredients!)
Usually, when it comes to teas with hibiscus, I sort of groan about this inclusion… but I actually understand why it was added here. The hibiscus adds a pretty plum-red color to the cup and more importantly, at least from my perspective, it adds a plum nectar-like texture to the cup. This tastes a bit like a plum cider (without spices! But I think that some cinnamon would be amazing in this).
A very nice Oolong. Not my favorite from Arbor Teas, but they can’t all be my favorites, can they?