4231 Tasting Notes
Having a glass of this that I brewed last night for the chill box.
OK… this is going to sound a little strange, perhaps, but, when I smell this tea, I am immediately reminded of the seedy flesh of a fig. A fresh fig. It honestly brings me back to the days when I was young, living on a farm and picking fresh figs and eating them straight off the tree – still warm, right in the farm’s orchard. I don’t know that it tastes like that… exactly… but the scent and initial taste really transported me to those memories.
Of course, this tea is not supposed to remind me of figs… but melon and jasmine and white tea. And I suppose if I break away from those memories and focus on it… I can taste the melon and the white tea … even a faint note of jasmine …
It is very good, refreshing… and cooling (especially after drinking that spicy chai!)
I ordered this along with the Fruit Cocktail green tea (I also ordered the last of the Banana Split).
I feel like I should preface this by saying that I am quite biased when it comes to Chai tea. I love my own chai blend and I truly have found no chai that can measure up to that thus far. Including this one. (However, I would like to say that even though I’m biased, I think that if I were to find one that measures up to my own chai, I would say so)
But… this chai is quite different from my chai. Mine is not a chocolate chai, nor is it “Mayan” – that is, it doesn’t have chili pepper.
And those differences do make this tea quite good. The smell of the dry leaf was very intriguing… the aroma of the almonds is quite strong… and provides an interesting contrast to the peppery fragrance of the chili and the sweet chocolate.
I am enjoying this as a latte which is my preference for this tea (I did try it straight with no milk or sweetener and I didn’t really care for it as much).
This is a very smooth Ceylon tea. Not quite as bold as some breakfast blends I’ve encountered, but where it lacks in robust gusto it makes up for in delightful layers of flavor. Lovely fruity notes, a hint of floral… very nice.
My first cup of this tea I tried first without sweetener, and it was nice. Mellow and smooth. A little sweetener brings the aforementioned fruity tones into focus. The second cup (which I’m enjoying now) I decided to add a little milk and honey to see how it would fair as a “traditional” breakfast tea – and it’s so so so good like this. Creamy. Pleasant. A very good breakfast blend, indeed.
I’m the first rating this tea?
I got my order today from 52Teas, and couldn’t wait to try this one. I too am a big fan of fruit cocktail – it was about the only dish that my stepmother could prepare properly, since all she had to do was open a can.
This tea is really very good. The cherry is a very prominent flavor and I like that – since the cherries were always my favorite part of the fruit cocktail! There is also a nice pear flavor to it that isn’t overwhelmed by the pineapple or peach. A very nice balance.
It is very sweet and fruity and I like that. But I can also taste the green tea. A great cup of YUM!
I look forward to trying this one chilled!
Oh wow! This is a really good Earl Grey!
When I first smelled the dry leaf, I was a little worried, because it smelled a bit perfume-y. But the flavor does not come off as perfume-y… floral, yes, a little, but not perfume-ish.
The citrus flavor is very nice here too. It blends well with the Oolong and Darjeeling teas… making this a smoother tasting Earl Grey. The vanilla might have a little to do with that too… although this definitely is not a typical Earl Grey with vanilla.
I’m liking this one a lot.
I do wish that I had read the description of this tea again, though, so that I could have brewed it the way I’d brew an Oolong (at a lower temp), rather than a black tea. Next time, I shall!