4822 Tasting Notes
wow… this is TART!
But, as it cools down a little, the tartness seems to subside just a little. I love the coconut and pineapple here. It tastes smooth and creamy and a little sweet.
I did have to add a nice dollop of honey, though, to curb some of the tartness… tart is just not my thing. Other than that, though, I quite like this, and it probably would have been better if I hadn’t left it to steep quite so long.
The aroma of the dry leaf is very prominently ginger, as it brews, more of the lemongrass comes through, but the ginger remains dominant.
This is really nice to sip on a chilly evening such as this. It really warms me up! I also like how the lemongrass curbs some of the more peppery notes of the ginger – it’s not too gingery, but not too much lemongrass either. It’s very nice.
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.