4401 Tasting Notes
LOVE! I absolutely LOVE the teas that I’ve tasted from Darjeeling Tea Lovers. The tea is simply fantastic.
This tea smells amazing, it really does have the almond and vanilla aromas that the description promises. I love it when a tea delivers what the description promises!
The flavor is earthy with notes of vanilla and nut, it is delightfully sweet. Creamy with a really lovely, indulgent flavor. It has all this sweetness but I love that beyond the sweetness there is a beautiful complexity to the cup revealing mellow woodsy tones and a mild earthiness.
Read more about this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/06/goomtee-autumnal-classic-autumn-flush-2013-black-tea-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/
These leaves are gorgeous. They’re long and slender and they look so elegant. They have a vegetative aroma that when brewed smells a bit like steamed spinach.
This is one of the finest Mao Jian teas that I’ve tasted. It’s sweet and not as vegetative as the aroma led me to believe. The vegetative taste is more like a steamed artichoke heart rather than the steamed spinach that I smelled as the tea brewed.
The sweetness starts softly, gently, and develops as I continue to sip. It is nutty, sweet, and it has a delicate astringency. A really awesome Mao Jian!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/06/xin-yang-mao-jian-green-tea-from-teasenz/
I wasn’t all that excited about this honeybush when it first came out (but before I tried it) but after I tasted it, I really liked it. It reminds me a bit (only slightly) of the Sheri’s blend that 52Teas had … only I think I like this better because that was rooibos and this is honeybush, and the fruit notes here are more enjoyable.
This tastes a lot like a peach-apricot cobbler! The cinnamon accents the fruit and the honeybush with it’s sweet, nutty flavor offers a cobbler-pastry flavor. Yum!
I liked this one. It is good iced too, but I like it better hot because I prefer my cobbler served hot!
I do love a good Formosa Oolong. My favorite Oolong teas still tend to be AliShan but my earliest experiences with Oolong tea began with Formosa … Formosa was my first Oolong, and in those earlier days in my tea journey, I believed that Oolong was Formosa and I didn’t know that there are so many different types of Oolong. I’m happy to have discovered Oolong as I have, but, Formosa Oolong will always hold a special place in my heart.
This is a really good Formosa Oolong. It has a very autumnal type of taste with it’s earthy notes and the sweet, dried fruit notes that it has. A warm, toasty taste. Sweet.
This is a tea that you definitely want to take the time to infuse multiple times because the later infusions become tastier than the earlier infusions – sweeter, more intensely flavored.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/05/formosa-oolong-from-simple-loose-leaf/
An excellent Japanese Sencha. It is crisp and vibrant. Sweet with a slight savory tone that develops at mid-sip. This Japanese Sencha seems sweeter than many of the other Japanese Sencha teas that I’ve tried. I like that.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/02/organic-sencha-superior-green-tea-from-shi-zen/
A mild vegetal note, hints of butter and salty kelp. A nice balance between sweet and savory, with more emphasis on the sweet. A really good Sencha.
I really loved this past spring because I got some remarkable, stunning, amazing first flush Darjeeling teas. Normally, I am more excited about the second flush (I love that muscatel) but the first flush this year was rather outstanding and I enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried.
Here is my full-length review of this Darjeeling: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/01/organic-2014-puttabong-darjeeling-first-flush-from-happy-earth-tea/
This is a sweet, delightful tea. The fragrance is delicate. Notes of earth, crisp floral notes and notes of fruit. Surprising notes of grape which I don’t usually expect from a first flush but this one is distinctly grape-y! Some astringency develops as I continued to sip, offering a slightly dry finish.
Happy Earth Tea rocks!
I just came across this old tasting note that I had intended to post as a review once upon a time, but I didn’t. Unfortunately, I don’t see this tea on Shanti’s website anymore, so I guess it’s no longer available … so I guess I’ll just post a tasting note about it rather than write a full-length review.
I enjoyed this chai. It’s a blend of both black and green teas, and usually when I brew those, I brew it at a lower temperature to accommodate the green tea leaves. The black tea still tasted remarkably full and nicely round even though it was brewed at a low temperature. The spices were peppery but not overly spicy. The basil (Tulsi) notes added a really pleasant dimension of flavor to the cup.
Overall, an enjoyable and delightfully different chai, it’s a shame that it’s not on the website anymore. And since it’s no longer available, I won’t bother with a rating for it.
With so many flavors going on, I worried that this would taste more like fruit flavors than it would taste of tea, but I was happy that I could taste more tea than fruit.
Yeah, these teas from Tea of Life are bagged, but I’ve been really happy with most of what I’ve tried from them. I’ve come across one or two that I didn’t care for, but for the most part, they’re not bad, and sometimes that convenience of the bag is really important.
A good black tea base with fruit notes of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and black currant. I enjoyed this. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/31/forest-fruit-black-tea-from-tea-of-life/
I like it! These habanero infused teas from Pelican Tea frightened me at first because I was worried I might be a bit too wimpish for the heat, but, while they are WARM (and by warm I mean that there’s a really WARM heat that builds in the back of your mouth and down the throat … it’s hot but it’s a really good kind of ah-cha-cha kind of heat) and while these are warm the heat doesn’t overpower the other flavors and there’s an intriguing balance of flavors that kept me sipping. I liked it … these are different, truly unique and I like.
Spicy, and a nice roasty-toasty note from toasted rice and the Se Chung Oolong. A little bit smoky and I like the way the smoke and the toasty notes meld with the spice from the pepper. And then the mint comes through and it adds this little bit of cool to contrast with the heat. Nice!
Really, you gotta try these teas from Pelican! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/31/revenant-oolong-tea-from-pelican-tea/