4825 Tasting Notes
So, now I’m having a cup of Lime Marshmallow in my brand new tea mug that my daughter got for me for Christmas. For those of you who didn’t see it in the thread that I resurrected from the graveyard last night, here’s a link to the picture of my new mug. I love it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eccentricpastiche/15928728560/
This thing holds 16 ounces of tea, so I’ve got sixteen ounces of lime marshmallow in front of me right now.
The flavors start out very delicate. The lime is the strongest flavor of the cup, but it’s quite delicate too. The tartness of the lime lingers into the aftertaste. I like that it’s not overly tart, the sweetness of the marshmallow softens the tart lime just a bit.
There’s a creamy layer of flavor beneath the lime. Soft and sweet. The marshmallow and the white tea work nicely together – the light, subtle notes of the white tea with a light sweetness from the marshmallow. It’s nice. I think I am finding myself wanting a little more marshmallow flavor. It’s good but I feel like it could be better.
My order from Butiki Teas arrived today. I wasn’t going to place an order because the teas that I order are teas that I review (as well as teas sent to me for review) and really, since Butiki Teas is closing soon, I didn’t figure that Stacy was looking for SororiTea Sisters reviews.
However, when I saw the announcement for the Lime Marshmallow tea I couldn’t stand it and I knew I had to try it. I already missed out on the smoky banana one and I didn’t want to miss out on trying the Lime Marshmallow. And that tea looked woefully lonely in the cart all by itself so I added a couple of other teas.
And yeah, i’ll review them eventually on SororiTea Sisters because that’s what I do: Drink, Write, Repeat.
This is actually really quite good. I was a little disappointed at first because I wasn’t getting a strong chocolate-y flavor that I want. (I always want more chocolate.) There is a nice amount of spice – it’s peppery and it provides a swift kick to the palate but it isn’t an overwhelming HOT sensation. I feel the tingle and the burn in the back of the throat from the pepper but it isn’t so hot that I feel like I need to find something to tame the heat.
And the chocolate is coming through. If I were to offer any complaint, it would be that it needs more chocolate. (Again, please refer to my simple scientific equation: more chocolate = better.) But, there is a nice balance between sweet chocolate and spicy chili here. And the black tea base is sweet, I taste light notes of honey that stay through the aftertaste. Nice. It’s a really pleasant black tea, it’s strong enough to be tasted amid notes of chocolate and chili.
Overall, this gets a yum from me. I’m happy that I put this in the cart.
This is a good, affordable Matcha. Good for an everyday bowl of Matcha.
It froths up nicely but the froth doesn’t stay a long time. It stayed around for about five to ten minutes and then disappeared. Long enough to enjoy several sips with a frothy cap. A smooth, buttery flavor and texture. Creamy. Hints of raw cacao. Sweet with some bittersweet notes.
Like I said, a good Matcha, especially for the price. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/13/matcha-green-tea-powder-from-culinary-teas/
I’m sipping on this tea now. I just received a package of samples from Tippy’s today, and this is the first that I’ve tried.
This tea benefits from a few minutes cool time (just as all flavored teas do, I think). The spices are gentle. This isn’t chai-like.
At first, I was a little disappointed that the flavors were so subtle, but then I started thinking about it. North Pole Estate Tea. Estate tea. The teas generally take on the flavors from the areas in which their grown. That’s how those flavors get absorbed into the leaves.
In the North Pole, I’d imagine the scent of spice, gingerbread and chocolate fill the air and get absorbed into the tea that is grown there. (Yeah, I know that tea doesn’t really grow there.)
This is a strong black tea with notes of cinnamon, a gentle touch of clove, hints of chocolate and cookies. Ginger. All the sweetness of the North Pole (Although some peppermint might be appropriate for it too, but, I don’t know how well peppermint would work with these other flavors.)
It’s really quite tasty.
This chai has an interesting set of flavors. The rooibos is lightly honey-like with earthy/nutty notes. These flavors work with the chai spices well. The cinnamon, cardamom and ginger are warming and balanced. The lemongrass adds a bright note to the cup. The vanilla softens the edges. It’s a nice blend.
I can’t say that I’ve ever had a tea with asparagus in it before trying this one because I don’t think that I have. If I have, I don’t recall and I think I would have recalled trying a tea with asparagus in it. It’s just one of those ingredients that seems to be … weird. At least when it comes to tea.
This isn’t a terrible tasting tea, it’s actually on the tasty side. I don’t know if I taste the asparagus, but there is a distinct “veggie” sort of taste to it that could just be the green tea in this and the asparagus in there just amplifies it. It has an herbaceous/medicinal sort of flavor too.
It’s not a bad drink and it does inspire a sense of calm when I drink it, so at least it does what it says it will do.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/11/ayurvedic-calming-tea-from-tea-of-life/
A really nice tea. The black tea base is smooth and malty. It’s rich and flavorful but not overly aggressive. An excellent afternoon tea.
Soft floral notes. Delightful notes of strawberry and soft hints of citrus. The flavoring here is very delicate – this is a tea first and a flavored tea second, if you know what I mean. It focuses first on the tea, and then the tea is accented with soft flavors. The lemon is delicate but uplifting.
Not an overly astringent tea but it is slightly dry at the finish. Smooth and sweet until the finish where it becomes lightly dry.
This is one of my favorite teas that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf. The pear notes are well-defined and taste true to the fruit. The Shou Mei is sweet and hay-like and I like the way these notes play with the pear. It’s a smooth tea, no bitterness and no astringency. A very flavorful white tea – a really good pear tea! I’d highly recommend this one to those who are looking for the ‘right’ pear tea.
I love to try other-than-black Assam teas. And this is a lovely Green Assam. It has an amazing dry leaf scent, notes of mango! Yes, mango! Once the tea is brewed, this fragrance softens but it’s still there. Nice.
The tea starts out rather delicate but the flavors develop as I continue to sip. Vegetal notes and notes of fruit. Tangy citrus. It’s a very refreshing and rewarding cuppa. I felt it soothing and calming me as I sipped.
Good for a resteep, the flavors intensify with the second infusion.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/assam-2nd-flush-2014-green-tea-from-what-cha-tea/
The aroma is heavenly! Strong notes of bergamot with vanilla. I don’t smell a lot of rose in the dry leaf (nor do I smell a lot of rose with the brewed tea).
This is a tasty Earl Grey creme type of tea. The rose is the “different” ingredient here and I do taste it, it weaves its way in and out of the sip. It’s never a really strong or obvious presence in the tea, but every once in a while, I’d pick up on it. It would peek in and say, “hello, here I am!”
The black tea is brisk and medium-bodied. The bergamot is tangy and strong (I like my bergamot like that!) and the vanilla tempers the sharper notes of bergamot. It’s a really nice balance of flavors.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/avalon-blend-black-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/