4139 Tasting Notes
OK… I’m being EXTREMELY courageous here (yeah, I keep telling myself that whenever I start thinking that I’m about to drink a Lapsang Souchong tea)
I gave it a rinse (awakening of the leaves) with boiling water for about 10 seconds before I brewed it, I had hoped this would take away some of the smokiness that I find off-putting.
You may be asking why would I brew a tea that I know I won’t like? But here’s the thing, I didn’t like it years ago, around the same time I had convinced myself that I didn’t like Dragon Well tea and a few other things… and since that time my tastes have changed, and how do I know that I still dislike Lapsang Souchong? I may be missing out on something just because I thought I didn’t like it.
So when Enjoying Tea sent me this sample… I figured it was an opportunity for me to try it without having to actually go out and purchase it.
So… after that extraordinarily long introduction… here goes!
The rinse definitely helped. It’s still very smoky (of course) in aroma and taste.
There is a pleasant sweetness to it too… caramel-y. That is something that I don’t think I’ve ever really recognized about a Lapsang Souchong because I couldn’t ever get myself past the smoky part.
It wasn’t a terrible tea experience, but I don’t think that I’ll be buying any Lapsang Souchong any time soon either. I’m not going to rate it numerically, because I feel that would be unfair, because what I really dislike about Lapsang Souchong is that pine-y smoke flavor, and it is a characteristic that is Lapsang Souchong. It is what it is.
I brewed some of this last night to put in the refrigerator for iced tea this afternoon.
THIS TEA IS AMAZING ICED! YUM!
The flavors are all there, not muted because the tea is chilled. The green tea tastes slightly vegetative but not too much and the fruit flavors are well… very fruity! This is delicious!
Gonna raise my rating a bit because… I can!
I’m kind of on the fence about this tea, so I’m not going to give it a numeric rating just yet.
I like the idea behind this tea – because back before I discovered the joy of tea, I used to drink hot water with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey when I had a sore throat to help soothe it. This is kind of that same, soothing idea, but with some other ingredients to make it a little more interesting than a cup of hot water with lemon and honey.
It’s ok, but I can’t say I love this one. I will give it another chance in a few days or so and see if I like it better. It’s not bad… just not my favorite right now.
This tea is just perfect for this evening. I made a rather spicy stir fry for dinner, and this cuppa is calming my stomach and lifting my spirits!
There really isn’t a lot to say about this other than it’s pure peppermint – and it tastes like it! Minty and fresh. Nice – soothing – delicious.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this tea!
The aroma of the liquor is delicious – coconut and vanilla! My mouth waters as I smell it.
The almond, coconut and vanilla flavors are very nicely balanced in this cup. The black tea base is smooth and strong with some astringency. There is a little bit of bitterness to it as well, but it does not disturb the sweet flavors that are going on with this tea, and might even give it just a little more interest.
Overall, a very pleasing cup of tea.
Enjoying my second infusion of these leaves now. I think that the second infusion is even better than the first – the peach flavor is stronger now, the vanilla and almond sort of take a back seat to the peach in this cup. This is well-named because it is really a Sweet Peach Treat.
Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sample of this tea to try! The aroma is delightful.
This is tasty! The peach flavor is sweet and juicy, the vanilla is smooth and creamy. The almond flavor is nutty and gives this tea more of a peachy dessert kind of flavor that I’m really enjoying.
Smooth and rich with a soft mouthfeel and very nicely sweet. YUM!
This is the very first time trying a tea from this company, and I’m liking it a lot. It brews to a beautiful, pale green color. It smells rather unusual, I can smell a vanilla note and a fruit note, but there is also a very strong… almost baked kind of aroma to the cup. Almost like cookies. It doesn’t smell like a typical tropical blend, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it does smell delicious in its own way and it is a very intriguing sort of fragrance…
The vanilla flavor is strong here, very creamy and sweet tasting… The mango also holds its own in the blend. The green tea offers a light, fresh taste to the mix, I’m not getting a lot of what I would call grassy flavor but there is some vegetative characteristics to the cup. The combination of the vanilla, mango and Sencha is a very tasty one, indeed.
This is really good.
Very nice! A lovely sweet flavor with faint floral notes. Delicate and smooth.
This almost tastes like a yellow tea – almost, and by the color of the liquor, it looks a lot like a yellow tea.
It has a light, silky mouthfeel to it. Very luxurious… it’s like I’m being pampered by my tea. I like this one a lot.