4139 Tasting Notes
A very pleasant mint tea, I like that this is spearmint rather than peppermint. I usually prefer peppermint, but the spearmint is a nice change of pace, and rather invigorating to the palate that was expecting the flavor of peppermint.
Cool and crisp, but still mildly minty – not overwhelmingly so. A very pleasant mint green tea.
I am tasting this tea thanks to Kashyap – thank you very much!
I am drinking this non-latte, with just a little turbinado sugar to accent the spice.
So, I am sure most of you know by now, I love chai, and I tend to have an affinity for the spicier chai blends, but, I also like the subtler chai blends as well. This blend falls somewhere in between the two extremes, as it is neither what I’d categorize as super-spicy nor is it by any means subtle. I’d say it is somewhere in between, leaning more toward the spicy than the not-so-spicy.
What I am really liking about this chai is that the spices are very bright and distinct. I can taste the cardamom. I can taste the clove and the pepper. I can taste the ginger, and I can taste the cinnamon. At first, I found that the cinnamon seemed to be the strongest flavor, but, now as I am half finished with the cup, I find that isn’t the case anymore, and the set of spices seem pretty well-balanced.
I like that this is spicy, but not too spicy. I like that I can taste the tea base (a blend of Ceylon and Assam) beyond the strong spices. I really like this. It is a very warm, deliciously soothing cup of chai … and I can’t wait to try it as a latte… perhaps I’ll do that tomorrow!
I’ve tasted many Assam teas during my time as a tea drinker, but I can’t think of any that I’ve enjoyed more than this one. It is amazing. Rich, malty and possessing the most incredible caramel-y tone. YUM! Full bodied and energizing.
When I placed my most recent order from Steven Smith, I wasn’t sure which tea I would choose to accompany the Lover’s Leap… I mean, I couldn’t just order ONE tea, right? Ultimately, this is the tea I selected, and before tasting it I was constantly thinking maybe I should have chosen something else… but no more. I am so very happy with this tea.
This is the king of Assam teas.
This is an awesome Silver Needle – so fresh and light, but also so flavorful. It has pleasant woody tones, hay-like notes, and an overtone of sweetness that seems to wash over it all, making for a very soft, smooth delivery from start to finish. Very little astringency (next to no astringency!) and no bitterness. Just sweet, delicious tea.
I am really LOVING Mandala Tea!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some Precious Eyebrow.
This is a very pleasant Chunmee. It has a nice buttery tone to it, and it is not as grassy as some of the Chunmee teas I’ve tasted in the past … more like a light spinach-y undertone. The finish is sweet with a nutty, slightly smoky aftertaste. Very nice.
This flowering tea has a really gorgeous display. The display reminds me of the Halo blooming tea from Persimmon Tree, but, the teas taste different, and the bulbs look different too.
This tastes more like a green tea with a hint of jasmine flavor. It’s alright, but not the best tasting blooming tea I’ve had.
Oh my I am LOVING this tea!
The flavor here is so fantastically light – if a Formosa Oolong and a Darjeeling got together and had a love child, well, that is pretty much what I’m tasting now. It tastes very Darjeeling-esque, with notes of muscatel and that crisp lightness that I’d experience from a Darjeeling, but with a smoother texture and flavor of an Oolong. I can taste the peachy note of the Oolong, and the grape-y muscatel from the Darjeeling. It is so delightful.
My usual response to a bagged tea is “ugh” … and generally, I procrastinate trying it because of that automatic response. But, this is really a very pleasing green tea … surprisingly good, especially considering it’s a bagged tea.
It has a strong green flavor – that is, strongly vegetative, with grassy undertones and an overtone that resembles mild steamed vegetables that have been lightly buttered. A hint or two of kelp in there too, but, only a hint, nothing that I find to be overpowering or off-putting.
I’m actually quite enjoying this, it has a smooth, relaxing kind of flavor that gently restores as I sip it. Then again, I’ve been quite impressed thus far with the tea offerings from Hampstead Tea, this tea just reaffirms that opinion.
I’m the first here to review this? Really?
OK, well, this is a tea company that I’ve wanted to try for a while, but I didn’t know which teas to order … I finally settled on this and their new Fortune Dragon Green Tea – as well as a box of their tea infused truffles (come on, you knew I couldn’t resist those!)
This was a very good choice. The flavor is so creamy and coconut-y. The vanilla tastes very natural. It is sweet and creamy but I’m not finding it to be too sweet. I like that the base is a Nilgiri tea rather than the standard Ceylon. It gives it a bold richness. Overall, a very pleasant tea.
I am revisiting this one today, this time sans the milk. I find that without the addition of milk (I did add a little bit of turbinado sugar as I typically do sweeten my chai) this has much more of the “red hot cinnamon” that I expected with my first cup but did not find. I’m liking it much more this way, before, it was a delicious chai latte but I think that the milk did mute the cinnamon.
This time I feel better about rating it.