4822 Tasting Notes
I will miss this tea. I love the spicy flavor, I love the black tea base. I love the way the cinnamon, chocolate and chili pepper are balanced. This was a brilliant blend. Yet another reason to miss Butiki Teas!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/10/chocolate-chili-truffle-black-tea-from-butiki-teas/
A really lovely white Darjeeling. Then again, I love White Darjeeling teas! Probably among my favorite white teas because I love the stronger flavor they offer. It’s still a delicate flavor, but not as delicate as you might usually expect from a white tea. It has a very pleasant, thick mouthfeel, with floral notes and notes of melon and sweet grape. There’s also a nice honey-like flavor to this tea.
Later infusions offered a softer honey flavor and brought forward some nutty flavors and more of a wine-like taste. I could taste a more distinct floral note.
A highly recommended white tea experience. Read the review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/10/organic-okayti-silver-needle-second-flush-darjeeling-white-tea-from-golden-tips/
I enjoyed this blend. It’s sweet with notes of orange, lemon and lime. There is a hint of creaminess to it too and I enjoyed how the creaminess melded with the citrus notes. If I’m to offer any kind of criticism about this particular tisane, it would be that I would have liked for the citrus notes to be a bit stronger, but as it was, I found it quite refreshing.
A nice ‘wake up’ tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/09/citron-mate-blend-from-the-persimmon-tree/
This tea was odd for me because I found that I liked it better “room temperature” than served cold out of the fridge. I found that the flavor delivery was stronger when I let the tea sit on the counter for about an hour to lose the chill before I started drinking it. When it was cold, I found it difficult to discern the peach and creamy vanilla notes. I tasted the sweet, buttery flavor of the green tea just fine, but the flavors didn’t really shine through the way I had hoped they would.
Until it lost the chill, that is. Then when it became more ‘room temperature’ I found the peach and cream flavors popped.
I really LOVED the holiday tasting box that I received from Amoda Tea. This wasn’t part of the monthly subscription and it’s still available here: http://amodatea.com/collections/the-tasting-boxes/products/holiday-box
The teas in that box are yum!
This tea had a very crisp, minty flavor. It has a bit more mint than chocolate and you know me, I’d be happier if it were the other way around. That said, this is still a really good tea. The black tea base is a solid, robust black tea. It’s nicely round and complements the mint and chocolate notes favorably. It’s a deep, rich, dark chocolate flavor and I like how it goes with the cool mint.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/08/chocolate-frost-black-tea-from-petali-teas/
OK, so in Postal Tea’s 9th edition box, they featured three tisanes from Algonquin. I was really quite disappointed as tisanes aren’t my favorite thing. I like me some camellia sinensis, and while I do drink herbals now and then and when it does get later in the day (late night) I do switch it up to something without caffeine (or with very low caffeine) because I don’t want to be up too much longer.
But, I still didn’t want to receive a box with three different herbal tisanes. And while I almost feel bad about saying this, the most memorable thing about the three teas that I tried from algonquin was the beautiful artwork that I found on their website (the packages from the Postal Teas box didn’t feature the artwork, although we did get a small brochure with some of the artwork in it.)
My thoughts on this tea: the mint was nice. Refreshing. I didn’t like the earthiness of the ginseng. I’m glad that the bitterness from the nettle was only slight. It didn’t taste bad … but if I want something stimulating, I’d be happier with a cup of camellia sinensis.
A different chai – this isn’t a strong, black tea with spices that are equally matched to the strength of the black tea. This is milder chai. The black tea base is smooth and a bit lighter in body, it’s a bit more reminiscent of a Darjeeling type of tea rather than a strong, malty tea like Assam or Nilgiri that you might usually experience in a Chai.
The spices are gentler too. Even though I’m usually all about a strong impact from a chai – I like a spicy chai – I really like the cozy, comforting flavor of this. It’s really quite pleasant.
Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/07/himalayan-masala-spiced-black-tea-blend-from-nepali-tea-traders/
I’m not usually a fan of ginseng, but this blend has a lot going on – enough so that the ginseng’s presence isn’t too problematic for me.
Overall, I found this to be enjoyable. I liked the licorice-y notes, I liked the peppermint and the sarsaparilla, and the cinnamon. Not a bad tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/06/seven-seas-herbal-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/
A really smooth, lovely, mellow pu-erh. A sweetness that is somewhere between molasses and a buttery caramel. Only a very slight earthiness which I really appreciated.
Really very pleasant and sweet.
Read my full-length review with details about the many infusions here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/05/2007-white2tea-repave-pu-erh-tea-from-white-two-tea/
I was a little bummed out by this tea. It just wasn’t the Earl Grey that I expected or hoped for. The bergamot is really lacking. No real strong bergamot notes in the aroma and not really a very strong bergamot flavor either.
The bergamot flavor comes forward a little as the tea cools, but it still isn’t enough bergamot to be calling itself an Earl Grey. This is the Earl Grey for those tea drinkers that don’t really like bergamot. And why would you be wanting to drink an Earl Grey if you care for bergamot, I ask you?
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/05/classic-earl-grey-black-tea-from-mks-tea-company/