4641 Tasting Notes
Day 14 with my Advent Calendar adventure with Teanzo. I’m glad that this tea was part of the Advent Calendar because it was one I was hoping that I’d get to try from Teanzo.
A really delightfully sweet Assam. Really good. I know that thelastdodo didn’t have a positive experience with this tea, but, I enjoyed it.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/14/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-14-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 13 from Teanzo’s Advent Calendar. I liked this one! I’m a fan of some of Teanzo’s herbal offerings, this one included.
First off, you gotta love that there’s no hibisicus in it. Right? (Well, I love that!)
I also love that it’s a tulsi blend.
The ginger and the tulsi add a nice warmth to this. It’s a little spicy, but not too much. I like the combination of the spice and the citrus. The citrus is my favorite part of this blend because it’s so bright and invigorating.
If you’re looking for some caffeine free alternatives for later at night, I urge you to look at Teanzo’s offerings. I like that there are some really tasty ones that are hibiscus free as well as caffeine free!
Hey, sorry I got sort of behind on my Advent Calendar postings, there was some family business that needed tending to so I found my time limited on the computer.
Anyway … this is one of my favorites of the Advent Calendar thus far! This is Day 12’s tea.
The bergamot is good and strong – just the way it should be. I like that it’s strong without tasting perfume-y. I love that it’s organic.
The bergamot is tangy and bright. The bergamot is strong but the black tea base is also strong so it can support the strength of the bergamot and not disappear behind it. Nor does it allow the bergamot to take over and taste like your uncle’s aftershave.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea, which includes a photo of my holiday wreath that I made a few years ago using some really cool ragamuffin yarn: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/12/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-12-from-teanzo-1856/
I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as I hoped I would. I like Darjeeling tea. I like blueberry flavored teas. I love Earl Grey. So this should be a win, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m not fond of the bergamot flavoring that 52Teas uses. Too perfume-y, especially when the tea is hot.
This does taste better as it cools and that’s what I’ll use the rest of the pouch for is iced tea brewing. When it’s hot, the bergamot tastes too perfume-y. When it cools, this perfume-ish flavor begins to taper and I get more blueberry notes and these are nice. The Darjeeling is pleasant.
It’s alright. Not great. Not the best 52Teas has ever produced. But I guess they can’t all be wins.
A delightful Oolong. A sweet, flowery fragrance from the dry leaf, this floral note softens a bit in the brewed liquid. But there is still quite a bit of flower in the aroma and in the flavor too.
Floral, sweet, creamy, and smooth. I get some nice vanilla tones in the first cup and I like the way they soften the floral notes. The second cup was even better, as some fruity notes began to emerge. Notes of apple and melon.
I was surprised that the creamy notes still remained even into my third cup (this is infusions 5 and 6) because usually by this point with an Oolong, the creamy notes have almost nearly disappeared, but not so here.
This is one of the nicest Four Seasons Oolong teas I’ve encountered.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/25/four-seasons-oolong-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/
A nice blend with Lapsang Souchong. I like the way the other teas help soften the smoky blow of the Lapsang Souchong here. It’s smoky but not overpowering. Mildly smoky.
I like that I can taste each of the teas here. I get the notes of Darjeeling and Keemun and Lapsang Souchong. The Darjeeling and Keemun have some lovely fruit notes that are an interesting combination with the smoky tones of the Lapsang Souchong.
A nice afternoon cup.
Dry, I got next to no lemon scent. The brewed liquid is lemon-y, though, almost like lemon pledge. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like that. (Not that I’ve ever tasted Lemon Pledge. I guess I should say it doesn’t taste like I think lemon pledge would taste.)
A pleasant flavor. The lemon flavor is strong but doesn’t overpower the sweet, buttery, soft grassy notes of the green tea. It doesn’t have an artificial lemon flavor which is something I worried about. It’s a bright, energetic lemon flavor.
A very robust black tea – lots of gusto to this one. This is one that can give your day an energizing boost. The black tea base is comprised of three different teas, although the website for Inca Tea did not indicate which teas are used. I suspect that there is an Assam in there because of the rich, malty tones and the hint of bitter. It has a very round taste to it. It’s a really pleasing, satisfying tea.
The purple corn doesn’t add a really strong flavor to the cup, but I can taste notes of ‘grain’ that I attribute to the corn and I like the way these flavors play with the notes of malt.
A really enjoyable cup. It’s a tea I’d recommend if for no other reason than the fact that it’s different (purple corn!) and I’d love to find out what others think of it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/23/tawantin-black-tea-from-inca-tea/
The Black Currant White tea that 52Teas made a few years ago is one of my favorite white tea flavors that Frank has created, and it tasted awesome as an iced tea so I was confident that this would be good too. And it is YUM!
It is a little different from that previous tea because that was made with a Bai Mu Dan base and this is Shou Mei, but it’s still very refreshing. The sweetness and the fresh, lighter flavor of the white tea is a nice match for the tart notes and delicate nuances of the black currant.
This is one that I wouldn’t mind buying again (and again) because it’s not only really good, but it disappeared way too fast! (The second pitcher resteep was really good too.)