4550 Tasting Notes
Very nice! I like this one chilled… I think that it somewhat subdues the flavor of the rooibos without completely masking it, and somehow that nutty, woody flavor of the rooibos really works with the spearmint flavor.
It’s cool and crisp. I like it… it is especially nice for nighttime!
The dry leaf is really beautiful. Smells amazing too!
Delicious and light, the cranberry is sweet yet tart (but not too tart). I can also taste the raspberry flavor which adds a little more sweetness, perhaps to off-set the cranberry flavor just a little? The rose is very subtle but adds a nice contrast. YUMMY!
This is a really interesting tea. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it. It is earthy, woodsy, and slightly smoky. It is malty and a little bake-y… and even a little buttery. I can taste distant notes that have hints of flower and fruit to them. There is a deep sweetness to this.
I really like this. I REALLY like this!
I had a difficult time getting up this morning… and after I got my little one on the school bus, I headed back to bed for a nap. I still feel a little groggy and like I don’t really want to get up and GO… so I decided I needed some invigorating Green Yerba Mate!
This is a very good Green Yerba Mate. I don’t know if it’s been aged or not, but, it has a very fresh taste since it is green. It is a little earthy but it isn’t as overwhelming as in some of the green Yerba Mates that I’ve encountered… not all Yerba Mates are the same!
Nice with a drizzle of honey!
This really could be a suitable substitution for Dawn! Yes, really! I want to do a side by side one of these days to compare… but not today. Today, I want to just explore the features of this tea.
Chocolate-y, rich, robust. It has a bit of astringency, but, it isn’t overly drying. Very pleasant. Delicious!
A friend of mine who has her own tea business wanted to find out which Lichee Congou tea that one of her favorite tea rooms uses … so I did a side by side yesterday with this one and the tea she wants to match. This one does not match the Lichee tea that she wants matched, but it is still pretty good.
I mention this only because before I started doing this taste comparison… I thought that all Lichee (Lychee) Congou’s were the same. But they aren’t. There are very subtle differences. And… something else that I’ve learned (but with a different side-by-side that did not involve lichee tea) is that even the SAME tea from the SAME company can taste different depending upon the batch. There are even subtle differences there.
OK… I digress. Back to the tea in front of me now. Before I move on in my taste comparison, I wanted to review this tea in depth, which I am now doing for the Tea Review Blog.
It’s actually quite nice. I have really gained an appreciation for Lichee, even though I have yet to taste the actual fruit… I guess I should say that I have really gained an appreciation for lichee tea. It seems to me to be a fruit that is perfectly paired with tea, as it has such a unique flavor profile that is sweet, floral and fruity.
And this one possesses all three of those characteristics. The black tea is very pleasant, bold and bright in flavor. There is a nice balance of flavor. A very nice tea with which to start the day.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!
Tonight… at 11:30 pm… I’m indulging in a late night snack that I really shouldn’t be indulging in – fried green beans with wasabi ranch sauce. So to offset the side effects of the wasabi (ie: heart burn) I am enjoying a cup of Lemongrass to tame the tummy!
And it is a delightful pairing. I like the contrast of flavors.
This lemongrass is deliciously smooth, sweet, and has a very pleasant citrus tone. YUMMY!
I am having some of this tonight, mostly because I started writing a tea review for it months ago, and have had the partial review sitting in my files for a while now, and I need to finish it! But, I can’t finish a review for a tea that I haven’t had for many months… my memory isn’t that good!
I remember really liking this when I first tasted it… now I am not loving it quite as much as I once did. It is still alright… but it isn’t as good as I once thought it was. Losing points… It just doesn’t do jasmine flavor justice…