4366 Tasting Notes
I love the teas that I’ve tried from Tea of Life. Yeah, sure, they’re bagged/sacheted teas and for the most part, I usually look down my nose at bagged varieties, but, Tea of Life has proven themselves to be good teas … even for bagged teas.
A really good balance of green tea and blueberry flavor with this tea. The green tea tastes light and buttery, and the blueberry is sweet with the tart berry note at the finish.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/05/green-tea-blueberry-tea-life/
Backlog (and correction):
When I previously wrote this tasting note, I wrote it for the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong tea and not for this tea … and that was a mistake. So, I’m moving the tasting note to the correct Oolong!
I absolutely LOVE Eco Cha! This is a fantastic company, and their packaging is gorgeous – very classy! It’s the kind of tea package that you’ll feel good about giving to a tea loving friend (even if that friend is YOU!)
So I was happy to see that Steepster included in last month’s select box some choice teas from Eco Cha … and this was one of them. I had already tried the tea from samples that I had received from Eco Cha, but this one is so good that I was certainly happy to get the tea again! (You can read my first review of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/15/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-oolong-tea-eco-cha/ )
A really good Oolong, sweet, floral and a slight woodsy note. The texture is light and refreshing. Later infusions revealed the woodsy tone to be more of a pine-like note, and later I tasted notes of apple.
An excellent Oolong!
I’m not typically a fan of rooibos or honeybush … but when Frank makes a honeybush blend, I look forward to trying it. Frank has a way with honeybush, and to my recollection, there haven’t been any of his honeybush blends that I’ve been terribly disappointed by.
I think honeybush is a great base for eggnog flavors, the nutty, sweet notes of the honeybush go nicely with the flavors of a traditional eggnog.
Piping hot, I find that the flavors are a little muddied. This tea benefits from a few minutes of cooling time … and then yum! I can taste notes of vanilla, and that creamy, eggy, custardy flavor that I expect from eggnog. I like that the cinnamon is a subtle flavor here and doesn’t overpower, although as I state in my full-length review of this tea http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/04/eggnog-honeybush-blend-52teas/ I think that nutmeg would have been a better spice than cinnamon (or perhaps a combination of nutmeg and cinnamon).
There is a light drizzle of the boozy flavors and that works alright for me too. Overall, I enjoyed this one, although I like it better with just a little nutmeg added (which I have added to all my subsequent cups of this tisane.)
Had I not known I was opening a tin of Earl Grey tea, I might not have guessed it by the aroma. This has to be one of the most softly scented bergamot teas I’ve yet to encounter. A little disconcerting for this bergamot fan, but, I decided not to let it sway me yet.
It’s a decent tea. The bergamot is a subtle flavor, more subtle than I usually want in a Earl Grey blend, but, the flavor is there, and it doesn’t taste artificial. The black tea has a good flavor to it. This is certainly not the worst Earl Grey tea I’ve had, but, I can’t say it’s my favorite either.
It’s a good Earl Grey tea for those who like their bergamot on the softer side.
Doubling up on the tea bags helps enhance the bergamot flavor a little – and this DOES make an incredibly refreshing iced tea!
I really like this tea. It’s a strong, robust tasting tea with no bitterness. The description on the website suggests that this is a lower caffeine tea … I don’t know if that’s true or not, but, if it is, this would be a great tea for those who want a bold breakfast type tea but need to decrease their caffeine.
A really good black tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/03/australian-daintree-black-tea-mcivers-tea-coffee-merchants/
Another impressive blend from Butiki. The champagne notes are clear in this blend, and they offer a crisp, refreshing taste. The white tea is delicate and sweet, and I like the way the champagne notes meld with the white tea. Both tend to be somewhat delicate flavors, and they accentuate each other well in this blend.
The rose is also subtle here and the floral notes linger on the palate.
A really nice blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/03/champagne-rose-cream-white-tea-blend-butiki-teas/
I love a second flush Darjeeling, so I was happy to find one in my Steepster Select box from February. A lovely fruit note: black currant and grape. I am tasting sweet and a hint of tart from these fruit notes. Somewhat tannic, but, that’s something I tend to expect from a Darjeeling like this.
I taste muscatel, woody notes, subtle hints of earth, a wine-like finish. A nice afternoon cup.
I like this. Sweet with a nice tropical fruit taste. Lightly grassy from the green tea, with soft buttery notes. The buttery notes give this a pleasant, silky texture.
Lightly tart, mostly what I get from the fruit though is sweet. Sweet papaya and sweet passion fruit. YUM! Tasty hot, but even better iced.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/02/crime-passion-green-tea-culinary-teas/
I wasn’t too terribly excited to try this tisane … or any tisane that boasts hibiscus as their primary ingredient. I don’t like hibiscus.
Despite my initial misgivings, this is actually quite tasty. Even though hibiscus is listed as the first ingredient on the ingredient list, there is relatively little hibiscus in this. A look through the silky pyramid fabric shows only a couple of hibiscus pieces in it, mostly I see lemongrass. I like lemongrass.
The flavor is citrusy, tart, and a little sweet. It’s an enjoyable caffeine free tisane. Not my favorite from Eden Grove, but I’d drink it again.