4143 Tasting Notes
Beautifully fragrant Oolong! Sweet, floral and fruity!
My first cup was sweet and creamy. Lighter than the subsequent infusions which is par for the course. Faint vegetal notes, prominent floral notes.
My subsequent cups were much stronger in flavor. Not quite as creamy as the first cup, though. More floral notes to dance upon the palate. Notes of apple begin to emerge in later infusions.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/29/nonpareil-taiwan-dayuling-high-mountain-cha-wang-oolong-tea-teavivre/
An interesting blend of green tea and yerba mate. I didn’t hate it, it was tasty, but I was still a little disappointed because the description suggests a black forest cherry cake flavor and that’s not what I got.
I got a sweet, vegetal taste from the green tea and earthy notes from the yerba mate. Hints of floral notes. A sweet, invigorating taste.
But I got no cake-y flavors, no chocolate, no cherry, and there really is nothing to this blend that even suggests that these flavors might come forward with the exception of a very faint whisper of a sour cherry note. But that is so barely there that it’s not even worth mentioning.
I wanted chocolate and yes, I’m a chocoholic and there’s never enough chocolate but there wasn’t ANY chocolate here.
Although not technically a Darjeeling, it bears several striking resemblances to a Darjeeling. It still has that crisp, light flavor that Darjeeling is known for, and that sweet, wine-like quality.
Less muscatel than is typically found in a Darjeeling, though. A hint of lemon toward the finish.
Notes of rose! These surprised me. A sweet, autumnal taste that resembles maple.
A really, really good tea. I think that this was my favorite that I tried from Single Origin Teas thus far.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/28/jun-chiyabari-second-flush-nepal-black-tea-single-origin-teas/
I haven’t had a lot of experience with aged Oolongs but what I’ve tried, I’ve enjoyed and that’s what led me to want to try this one from Butiki.
My first cup was raw tasting … earthy. Notes of wood and chestnut along with a hint of buttery taste. The first cup was lighter in flavor than the subsequent cups.
My second cup was my favorite. It was delightful. The roasted chestnut flavor really emerged nicely here. A slight caramel-y undertone. Silky. Still a little earthy, but these flavors have subsided a bit to allow for the nutty, caramel-y, sweeter notes to come forward.
Subsequent cups became lighter but were still quite delicious. It’s definitely worth the effort to put this Oolong through its paces.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/27/1991-da-ye-aged-oolong-tea-butiki-teas/
I think I ordered this one out of curiosity more than anything else.
Sweet and tart flavor, a pleasant fruity taste that reminds me of something between grapes and peaches. Almost candy-like, like sweet-tart candies.
The matcha is smooth and buttery. I went with the “usual” specifications for me: classic matcha grade with a distinctive level of flavoring. I like the way this worked out, I can taste the gooseberry and I can taste the matcha. A good balance between the two.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/26/gooseberry-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
I’m not a huge fan of ginkgo, but this is alright. I liked it alright.
I attribute that to the other ingredients of this tea blend: lemongrass, pepper, and basil. Subtle notes of pepper and citrus. Notes of rose which give the taste a pleasing touch of flower.
Not bad. If you want to include more ginkgo in your diet, this is a good way to do that.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/26/persistence-of-memory-green-tea-blend-from-hari-tea/
OK, I’m seldom “excited” to try a rooibos blend, and even though Frank is a genius when it comes to blending I can’t say that even his rooibos blends are something that elicits excitement from me.
That said, I still received this tea as part of my subscription, so I gave it a try. And it’s not bad. It tastes a lot like a smoothie. If you drink it warm, it tastes like a warm smoothie which is a little weird, so this is one that I think tastes better iced, if for no other reason than the smoothie aspect of it.
The orange dominates, the banana is a little less distinguished. A casual sip gives off a flavor that is kind of creamy like a banana but not a definite banana taste. When I slurp, the banana is stronger. I think that this blend would benefit with a little vanilla, just to enhance that smoothie thing.
Good … I enjoyed it.
On the Third day of Christmas, SBT sent me this iced tea!
I was excited to try this one, because I loved the original (52Teas version) of the Butterbeer so I was anxious to see how well the iced tea version held up.
It’s still good, but not quite as good as the 52Teas version … although I suspect that might have more to do with the fact that I had originally cold-brewed this tea. The hot-brewed resteep was better than the first cold-brew. Fortunately, I do have another pouch of this tea so the next time I brew it, I’ll hot-brew it right from the start.
In the meantime, I’m not going to rate this one. I’ll hold off on that for a time when I have the opportunity to steep my second pouch of the tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/27/third-day-christmas-southern-boy-teas-edition/
On the Second Day of Christmas, SBT sent me this Tea!
A really yummy iced tea. Sweet-tart blueberry flavor with a hint of tangy cream cheese. I don’t get a lot of crust notes in the cold-brewed tea. I don’t know if hot-brewing will result in more flavors. If I really focus on the flavors, I can taste hints of buttery pastry but it’s not a strong presence.
Overall, a good iced tea. Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/26/second-day-christmas-southern-boy-teas-edition/
On the First day of Christmas, SBT sent me this tea!
Since my SBT Christmas box came a little late I decided that I’d do this countdown during the actual 12 days of christmas. Or perhaps I should say that I will do the countdown on the Sororitea Sisters blog on the actual 12 days of Christmas. This is the iced tea that arrived for day 1.
This one is tasty cold-brewed, and the tea bag resteeps (hot-brewed) nicely for a second pitcher of iced tea.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/25/first-day-christmas-southern-boy-teas-edition/