4303 Tasting Notes
An agreeable black: rich, bold and hearty with a delicious honeyed taste.
Nicely round. Malty notes, bread-y flavors … although this isn’t the most complex black tea I’ve tried. It’s more of a “black tea” kind of tea … strong, full-flavored, but not a more than that to it. Just a good black tea.
Previously, I reviewed their conventionally grown Kukicha, and then I got the opportunity to try their Organic variety. I love both teas, but I do have a special appreciation for this one because it is organic. That said … you really can’t go wrong with Aiya … all of the teas that I’ve tried from them have been really remarkable.
This is a really good Kukicha. Very fresh tasting. One of the best Kukicha teas I’ve tried.
A vibrant, energizing flavor, and yet it is very calming to sip. Light, sweet, slightly grassy, with a hint of astringency at the tail. Not quite as nutty as some of the kukicha I’ve tasted. This has more of a fruit and floral taste.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/06/organic-kukicha-green-tea-aiya/
This one was in my January Steepster Select Box and I was thrilled to find teas from Eco-Cha in that box! I love Eco-Cha!
The aroma is gently spiced. These spice notes are part of the sip too, I taste notes of cinnamon and clove. Mid-sip, I notice hints of mint. There is a grain-like flavor to this too, sort of like malt. Not like a malty note you might taste in an Assam, but more like the flavor of a hot cereal. That kind of malt.
A very comforting tea. There is a fruit note that is somewhat fruit-like, like currant.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/red-jade-tea-eco-cha/
One of the most impressive teas that I’ve tried from Indonesia.
A very fresh, uplifting flavor. Soft and silky. Buttery taste and texture. Mildly vegetal, reminiscent of freshly steamed spinach, and with the buttery notes, it becomes a steamed spinach that’s been lightly drizzled with butter. Nice.
But this has a nice complexity to it too, with floral mid-notes, and delicate nutty tones and a fruit note in the distance. One of the sweeter green teas I’ve come across in my tea journeys.
I love the two teas that I’ve tried from this company. Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/organic-mountain-indonesian-green-tea-tea-sea/
A very hearty flavor to this tea. It’s one of those teas that I’d like to have in my teacup first thing in the morning … something with a little bit of gusto.
A strong roasted flavor to this: a nice, rich, roasty-toasty flavor that I enjoy. Hints of smoke and earth. There is a backdrop of spice to it too. I like the way the spiced notes meld with the roasted notes. This is one you want to keep an eye on when you’re steeping it because I could taste a subtle bitter tone that suggests to me that it could become quite bitter if oversteeped.
I have to say that even though these teas from Tea of Life are bagged teas, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve tried from them thus far. This blend has struck a really good balance between green tea flavors with the right touches of honey and lemon.
Sweet, slightly grassy, and a bright citrus-y note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/04/green-tea-honey-lemon-tea-life/
A seriously yummy rooibos blend. The cardamom and fennel give this a nice warmth. I love the licorice-y note from the fennel. Citrus is noticeable toward the finish.
But the maple is the star of this show. sweet and I love the way it melds with the spices. Really yummy. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/03/red-maple-spice-tisane-shanti-tea/
A strange ingredient list. The green tea is a little lost in the blend, but I did enjoy the mint and melon notes together. The cinnamon and licorice are a bit more subtle than I wanted them to be … but I didn’t have high expectations for this tea anyway.
It’s alright – not horrible, but not something that I’d ever order for myself.
If you’re looking for a tisane that will start a fire inside you and warm you up from the inside out, you need look no further than this blend. Plus, with the guayusa, it will give you the caffeinated boost you need first thing in the morning.
I do like that once my palate gets past the very zesty, peppery heat of this cup, I can enjoy other flavors. There is a pleasing molasses-y note, notes of coffee (without the bitter taste of coffee) and cinnamon.
If you don’t like a super-spicy drink, this is not the tisane for you. But if you’re looking for some spice in your life – give this a try.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/02/winter-fire-guayusa-blend-butiki-teas/