4143 Tasting Notes
This tea was not one that I immediately ordered when it was announced… I’ve never really tried an elderberry, but after reading the comparison of “something between a sour grape and a blueberry” – I wasn’t really that intrigued… I like blueberries ok, but generally, grape is just not my favorite flavor, especially sour grapes.
So, I figured, Hey, I could resist ordering this particular tea (a good thing, because I order MOST of Frank’s teas the day that they are announced, and I probably have more of his tea than he does)
But, then I read Meghann’s tasting notes of this tea, and I decided that I needed to try it.
And I’m really glad I did! I’m surprised at how much I really like this tea… although I really shouldn’t be surprised because I can’t think of a time when I’ve been disappointed in a tea that I’ve tried from 52Teas. (I still won’t try the peanut butter teas though, just won’t do it, and you can’t make me. I like peanut butter ok, but, it doesn’t belong in my tea.)
The flavor is nothing like a sour grape to me. I can taste the blueberry-ish note to it though. It’s like a slightly more tart blueberry… not a sour-tart… but, kind of a tingly tart that hits your tongue after you’ve eaten a fresh berry tart. It’s a very light, delicate kind of taste, and I like it.
The green tea base is perfect for this particular fruit, because it is not too aggressive so it allows the delicate berry flavors to come out a bit more. If this were a black tea, I think that some of the subtleties of the berry would be lost.
After my horrid “Earl Grey” experience with my last cuppa, I decided to reach for something I was sure to enjoy. Even though I’ve not yet tried these particular jasmine pearls, I love jasmine pearls so I feel very confident I will like these.
Just for fun, I even got out one of my treasured (but seldom used) gaiwans.
Delicious. The jasmine is sweet, lovely and floral. Mellow and relaxing! The green tea tastes very spring-like to me – very fresh and lively, but at the same time quite soft.
This is what I expect from a jasmine pearl. And it delivered!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try!
I was leery of this tea immediately upon opening the package. I could NOT smell any bergamot! I cannot recall (at least, not in recent memory) of an Earl Grey tea where I’ve opened the package and I couldn’t smell any bergamot. Sometimes the aroma is softer than other times, but, I can’t remember ever encountering an Earl Grey where there was no bergamot fragrance in the dry leaf. Discouraging, to say the least.
The scent of the brewed aroma did very little to relieve my dismay. I still can’t smell bergamot. Maybe a faint… chemically… somewhat orange-like aroma… but certainly not the bold, citrus-y, floral-esque bergamot that I adore.
This tea makes me very sad. Very sad indeed. I feel like someone stabbed my beloved Earl Grey right in the heart. This tea is no Earl Grey. Not at all. It doesn’t deserve that title. I don’t think it even deserves to be called tea.
I am glad, however, that I got to try it. Why? I don’t know.
This tasting note has been made possible by Rachel – Thank you Rachel for sending me a sample of this blend to try!
I don’t have a lot of experience with the citron fruit, although I did have a citron marmalade once that was really quite delicious.
The flavor is really quite nice in this blend. The creamy vanilla dominates. The fruit flavors – apple and citron – aren’t as distinctive, its more like I can taste a fruity “medley” as opposed to a distinct apple and citrus flavor. The apple flavor does become more distinct in the sweet and smooth finish.
The green tea base is nice. I definitely prefer Adagio’s green tea base to their black tea base, which is a good thing in this particular blend, because the tea flavor is quite prominent. It has a pleasant fresh, vegetative flavor to it. Just slightly grassy, just slightly sweet, and I can detect no bitterness in it. Very enjoyable.
This is really a very tasty blend.
A strong ginger flavor – very strong! I can taste the cinnamon and cardamom notes too, but, they are significantly softer than the ginger.
I really like how the ginger cuts through some of the flavor of the green yerba mate. I am not usually a big fan of green yerba mate, because I find the flavor to be a little too much for me – too vegetative, too earthy… just too much. But the green yerba mate is actually quite nice in this blend because the ginger offsets some of that vegetative earthiness and gives this a very palatable flavor.
This is a very nice Sencha with a smooth, sweet flavor. A nice vegetative taste – a bit like steamed vegetables … spinach, perhaps? – but without the prominent buttery notes that I often associate with Sencha tea. Yes, I’m definitely getting a spinach like taste here, although the flavor of the cup is really quite gentle.
Thank you to my SororiTEA Sister TeaEqualsBliss for sending this tea my way.
This is a very mild, pleasantly smooth Ceylon. I love the aroma of this tea – I keep finding myself holding my cup up to my nose and just inhaling the fragrance as the steam wafts from the cup.
While it is mild, it has a lot of flavor – and I am enjoying its complex layers of flavor. I taste a rich, fruity flavor – almost peach/plum -ish. I can also taste piquant floral notes and even a honey-esque note which tastes quite indulgent.
A very nice afternoon tea.
My order from My Sweet Honeybush arrived just a short time ago, I had to immediately brew some… this is one that I was really looking forward to trying because I really loved the Cherry Vanilla Cola from 52Teas and I’m hoping that Frank blended this one with similar finesse.
The aroma is very much like the fragrance (as I remember it) from the Cherry Vanilla Cola.
And yummmmmm! It tastes SO GOOD. It tastes very much like Cherry Coke. I don’t drink a lot of soda except when I happen to be eating out, and if the restaurant has Cherry Coke that is what I’ll choose.
This has a nice sweetness to it (although the flavor is greatly enhanced with a little bit of raw sugar) and the cherry and cola flavors work well with the honeybush. I don’t get a lot of the woodsy flavor that sometimes comes with honeybush – just a nice, sweet flavor.
I like this one… I like it a lot. And I’m betting this is going to be amazing iced!