4366 Tasting Notes
The description suggests that every cup of this tea is a mystery. Right now, as it is still very hot, I taste sweet, malty tones and a hint of bergamot. It is very robust. I can smell the jasmine notes wafting out of the cup but I don’t really taste it. As I continue to sip (carefully, as I don’t wish to burn my tongue!) I notice hints of jasmine develop.
As it cools, a freshly baked bread taste emerges. The bergamot seems to be waning, as if it is drifting off into the distance. The jasmine that started to develop at the start seems to have distanced itself as well. Now, I taste mostly black tea – rich and bold with a fair amount of astringency.
Very nice. Lightly sweet. I prefer green rooibos over red rooibos and this tisane reminds me why. The sweetness here is much more natural tasting, like it’s been derived from sun-ripened fruit as opposed to that saccharine-like sweetness that I taste from red rooibos. No funky aftertaste either.
The flavor is slightly vegetal, not quite grassy like a green tea kind of grassy, but, more like a sweet/fruity kind of vegetal, and notes of nut and wood in the background. It is light and crisp. Enjoyable.
Last night, as I was sorting through some of my stash (it seems a never ending process!) I came across the last little bit that I had of this. It seemed like it was just enough to brew up a pitcher of iced tea, so that is just what I did.
This is delicious iced. The green tea is prominent, but the berry notes give this an almost-wine-like quality to the background. Sweet and delicious, with hints of tart to keep things interesting. I’m glad I found this… but sad now that the pitcher is empty! This tea will be missed.
After posting about the Wild Fresh Buds from In Nature this evening, I know that I had tried a very similar looking tea from Mandala tea, but, when I looked for it on here, I couldn’t find it. I don’t know if somehow it got lost in all the updating that is going on, so, I decided to post about it again… so consider this a backlog.
This is a sweet, mellow Pu-erh. Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/04/08/wild-arbor-buds-white-pu-erh-leaf-buds-from-mandala-tea/
Revisiting this tea today. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/08/23/wild-fresh-buds-puerh-from-in-nature-teas/
A very lovely, fresh tasting pu-erh.
This is excellent. But then, I would expect nothing less from Aiya. Their matcha and gyokuro are exceptional, I was confident this would also be good.
Unlike other Matcha coated Genmaicha teas I’ve tried, I’m impressed at how clear the brewed tea appears. It doesn’t have unincorporated bits of matcha settling to the bottom of the cup. The flavor is sweet, toasty, and pleasantly mild. Very soothing and restorative.
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And this tea is delicious. It does taste like tea. Delicious tea.
Rich, bold, malty, but I can taste the sparkling notes of the Darjeeling in this too. High fruit notes with a hint of muscatel. Very enjoyable!
My final backlog from yesterday. I finished off the last of this tea last night. I like that this is tangy, but not so hibiscus-y as you might imagine, the tangy notes are well balanced – not just HIBISCUS but also citrus-y. I love the way that this is all so nicely balanced: peppermint isn’t overwhelming, it is tart yet sweet and just very mellow for a tisane of this nature. Definitely one that is worth a try.
I finished off the last that I had of this tea yesterday too. You could say it was a day of finishing off the last little bits in my stash … or as some would say a “sipdown.” This is delicious, caramel-y and rich. Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/05/11/creamy-toffee-from-kaleisia-tea/