4139 Tasting Notes
I definitely have better luck with the white teas from Adagio than I do black teas. I can handle the black tea blends better than I can the flavored black teas … I don’t know why that is, exactly, but there is something that just is way too harsh about those ‘straight’ / non-blended black teas from adagio.
Anyway … this tea doesn’t fit into that category because it’s a white tea blend. I like it. It was created by my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss.
A nice tropical flavor: coconut and pineapple. The orange-y/tangerine-ish notes come across nicely. The coconut tastes smooth and creamy, the pineapple is sweet, and the citrus adds a nice pop of bright flavor.
The spearmint here is refreshing and not overpowering. Mint can sometimes go overboard but it doesn’t here.
A really nice blend.
Always happy to try Earl Grey varieties that I’ve not yet sampled.
The sharp, tangy bergamot is nicely softened here by sweet, creamy vanilla. I love the touch of lavender. Everything comes together in a really nice way.
The black tea has a nice richness to it. It is bold without being overly astringent. Not bitter but I wouldn’t advise oversteeping. 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville one touch makes it perfect.
The bergamot is strong, but I like the way the sweet vanilla softens the edges of the bergamot. There is almost a caramel-y note to this too. The lavender is soft here, not at all overdone, so there’s no soapy taste.
Oh yay! I’m getting closer and closer to being caught up. I mean … I’m almost like … just one month behind now.
This was in January’s amoda box. I was a wee bit disappointed by January’s box, only because December was AWESOME … (February’s is pretty awesome too, for that matter), but in January’s box … they repeated a tea. Not this tea, this is one I hadn’t tried before so I was happy about that … but they did repeat a tea and I don’t want to buy ‘repeat’ samplers. You know? I’m a taster. I’m a sampler. And when I buy a sampler from a company, I want it to be teas that I haven’t tried before.
Anyway, enough of that and on to this tea.
I am very glad that this tea was in January’s box. A delicious Genmai! I love that the roasty-toasty-ness of the toasted rice is accentuated with the roasted Hojicha tea. It makes for a really delicious, deep caramel-y yumm-o sort of taste.
Warm, cozy, and tasty!
Loved! I can’t say that I’ve ever had a plum pudding because to my recollection, I haven’t. But this tea does deliver each of the elements that are promised in the description. I taste the plum and the rum, and I taste the custard-like creaminess.
Sweet and gently spiced and very holiday.
A really delicious flavored Oolong. It tastes good served straight, but, a teensy bit of sugar will really amplify the flavors.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/18/traditional-plum-pudding-flavored-oolong-tea-from-butiki-teas/
I got some of this tea as a holiday gift from a friend. The aroma of the dry leaf is similar to a candy cane, but it also has a slightly off-putting artificial note to it too.
That artificial note translate into the brewed cup as well, not just the fragrance but the taste. It’s not a horrible tea though, I do like the orange and cinnamon and mint and vanilla notes. The chicory and coconut are a bit odd in this, and maybe that’s what is giving off the odd flavor. It’s not horrible but it just tastes sort of weird and off, you know?
Not great, not something I’d buy for myself, but it wasn’t the worst cup of tea I’ve ever had.
I love the pop-art tins of this particular collection from Tea of Life. The picture here doesn’t show the pop-art tins, you can see this tin in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/17/english-breakfast-tea-tea-life/ (yeah, the photo isn’t the greatest.)
A really nice breakfast blend. Rich, hearty … robust. It’s edgy without addition, so if you like a tea that’s got a bit of an edge, serve it straight up. It does take the addition of milk and honey (or turbinado sugar!) well if you like a morning latte.
Full-flavored, notes of malt, sweet, earthy, and with hints of leather.
I’m not always crazy about bagged tea but this one’s pretty darned good.
I ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. I was pretty sure I’d like it, I like strawberry, I like cranberry and I’m becoming more and more fond of Young Hyson teas (although my first experience with a Young Hyson was not a good one and for a long while there, when I would see a “young hyson” I sort of cowered.)
But this is pretty darned good. The flavors are not competing with one another, they work together very harmoniously. Sweet and tart work nicely together – not too sweet, the tart cuts through some of it, and it’s not so tart that I pucker. I like that balance.
The green tea is pleasant – a vibrant, invigorating green tea base. Brothy smooth texture.
Overall, a good tea.
A very summer-y kind of tea. A tea that I’d imagine drinking in the summer to cool off and refresh! It reminds me of summertime in California, when strawberries are in season.
You can read about that here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/15/white-guava-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/
Sweet and fruity with a true-to-fruit sort of flavor. Subtle white peony notes, sweet, slightly earthy. A nicely balanced tea.
A gorgeous LiShan! Of course, I expect no less from Teavivre. They rock when it comes to awesome Oolong teas. (Or any tea for that matter. I haven’t had any real memorable bad experiences from Teavivre … I can only recall pleasant memories!)
Floral but not sharp. More like a sweet orchid with maybe hints of honeysuckle in the distance. As I continue to sip, I notice the floral notes becoming more complex.
Thinned creaminess – that is to say that it’s creamy but it isn’t a thick, heavy creamy taste and texture. Soft and silky!
I almost taste a cake-like flavor to this … imagine if you would an orchid infused cream cake. Sound good? Try this tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/14/nonpareil-taiwan-li-shan-oolong-tea-teavivre/