4788 Tasting Notes
A tasty and refreshing blend. I enjoyed the balance of citrus fruit and floral tones. I was also happy that I didn’t taste much of the hibiscus. Hibiscus just doesn’t belong in an Oolong blend and that would be my one big criticism with this blend. No hibiscus, please. But fortunately, the hibiscus didn’t interfere with the enjoyment of the tea and I didn’t get a heavy texture or thick, syrupy or tart hibiscus note.
I enjoyed this and I liked that I got more Oolong flavors in the later infusions. It was a nice, fruity tea for the first cup, but later infusions I got to enjoy more of the Oolong characteristics.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/27/elderflower-champagne-oolong-blend-from-bluebird-tea-co/
The dry leaf reminds me of an Oolong, although the aroma is different. The flavor is also quite different.
A very flavorful green: sweet, notes of vegetable, butter, notes of flower. I also pick up on notes of melon.
A pleasant, light, refreshing green tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/27/organic-green-tea-from-arum-tea/
This is one of the better teas that I tried from Tea of Life.
Each of the fruit flavors promised is represented in the sip: banana, mango, pineapple and passion fruit, but they do not overpower the black tea base. A smooth black tea, and the combination of the fruit and black tea is a very harmonious taste.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/26/tropical-sorbet-black-tea-from-tea-of-life/
Day 18 – Teanzo Advent Calendar:
yep … I did it. I drank hibiscus. The things I do for my blog.
But seriously, I drank this last week when I was feeling weak and under the weather, and the vitamin C of the hibiscus did help me. I find that when I consume something with high amounts of Vitamin C (or just a vitamin C tablet) … it gives me a burst of feeling good that lasts a couple of hours and I needed it.
Not a fan of the tart. I brewed it for 4 minutes and this minimized the thick, syrupy texture and made it drinkable. (Honey also helps make it drinkable.)
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/18/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-18-from-teanzo-1856/
Not going to rate it because I’m not a fan of hibiscus and I don’t think I’d be very fair with the numeric rating.
Day 17 of Teanzo’s Advent Calendar … I enjoyed this tea!
The dry leaf is pretty. There are lots of red petals (safflower) and big chunks of dried cranberry.
I think that the reason this tea was such a win for me is that it wasn’t overly tart. The first few sips were surprisingly sweet, actually! As I continue to sip, the tartness does come through but it’s not an overwhelming tartness – which for me is a good thing because I’m not a fan of tart.
The start is jammy, sweet and pleasant. Mid-sip, I pick up on some of the tart notes of cranberry, but not so tart that I pucker. A hint of berry tingle in the aftertaste. The black tea is smooth. Not bitter and very little astringency. I like the way the black tea complements the berry here.
A pleasant tea experience. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/17/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-17-from-teanzo-1856/
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar, Day 16 … did not like this. I suffer from allergies, so I’m always open to a tasty seasonal allergy relief type of tea/tisane, but this isn’t very tasty. I certainly couldn’t drink this on a daily basis because I couldn’t finish the one cup I had of it.
The cons: a) The eucalyptus. Not a fan of how strong a flavor this presented, and when combined with the licorice, the flavor ended up tasting like vaporub to me.
This is the only real “con” of this tea, but it was enough of a con to turn me off on it, unfortunately.
There are some pros to this tea: a) The hibiscus is not a heavy presence. For those of you who aren’t a fan of hibiscus (like me), and you like the taste of eucalyptus, you might enjoy this. b) the peppermint and licorice were enjoyable in the first few sips, until the eucalyptus caught up with the palate. Once the eucalyptus arrived to the party, it was all over for me.
That said, given that this is day 16’s tea, and after having tried 16 teas, I’ve only found one that really just was not for me, I’d say that so far, this Advent Calendar (and Teanzo Tea) is a big time win for me.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/16/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-16-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 15 in my Advent Calendar from Teanzo. I wasn’t all that excited about a plain rooibos offering but I was happy to find that it was an organic rooibos – organic does taste better than conventionally grown.
Sweet, honey notes, nutty notes, woodsy. For an unflavored rooibos, it doesn’t get much better than a good, organic offering like this.
Here’s my full-length article which includes a photo of an altered badge that I turned into an interpretation of my favorite painting of all time, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/15/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-15-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 14 with my Advent Calendar adventure with Teanzo. I’m glad that this tea was part of the Advent Calendar because it was one I was hoping that I’d get to try from Teanzo.
A really delightfully sweet Assam. Really good. I know that thelastdodo didn’t have a positive experience with this tea, but, I enjoyed it.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/14/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-14-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 13 from Teanzo’s Advent Calendar. I liked this one! I’m a fan of some of Teanzo’s herbal offerings, this one included.
First off, you gotta love that there’s no hibisicus in it. Right? (Well, I love that!)
I also love that it’s a tulsi blend.
The ginger and the tulsi add a nice warmth to this. It’s a little spicy, but not too much. I like the combination of the spice and the citrus. The citrus is my favorite part of this blend because it’s so bright and invigorating.
If you’re looking for some caffeine free alternatives for later at night, I urge you to look at Teanzo’s offerings. I like that there are some really tasty ones that are hibiscus free as well as caffeine free!
Hey, sorry I got sort of behind on my Advent Calendar postings, there was some family business that needed tending to so I found my time limited on the computer.
Anyway … this is one of my favorites of the Advent Calendar thus far! This is Day 12’s tea.
The bergamot is good and strong – just the way it should be. I like that it’s strong without tasting perfume-y. I love that it’s organic.
The bergamot is tangy and bright. The bergamot is strong but the black tea base is also strong so it can support the strength of the bergamot and not disappear behind it. Nor does it allow the bergamot to take over and taste like your uncle’s aftershave.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea, which includes a photo of my holiday wreath that I made a few years ago using some really cool ragamuffin yarn: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/12/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-12-from-teanzo-1856/