4421 Tasting Notes
OK… as most of you probably already know, I am a tea artist… or I used to be. That is, it was my occupation (self-employed) to flavor teas. I don’t do this on a regular basis anymore, so that is why I say “used to be”…
Anyways… amongst my collection of successful flavors was a flavored yerba mate. It was one that I created to taste a lot like my favorite mocha – because, well, I can’t drink mocha coffee drinks anymore. They’re just too harsh on my stomach. The flavor was a chocolate almond toffee blend… or what I called almond mocha mate… basically, it was a mocha version of Almond Roca – one of my favorite candies.
And it was yummy.
All of this really has very little to do with the mate drink I’m consuming at the moment, except that they have this in common – over the top yummy-nummy-ness. Well… that and a rich chocolate-y flavor.
The green yerba mate is earthy and deep in flavor. The roasted carob gives this a chocolate flavor, but not so much a sweet, chocolate-bar kind of flavor, but more of a rich savory cocoa (or mocha) kind of flavor. The mint is balanced well with the other ingredients and does not overwhelm the flavors… I am getting a nice mint-chocolate-y flavor that is absolutely delightful.
I’m loving this!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea!
This is a very smooth tasting tea. I can taste the Irish cream liqueur… which adds nicely to the smoothness. The blackberry leaves add some sweetness and a fruit-like essence that lingers throughout the sip. Very little astringency.
Just a very pleasant cuppa… a pot of this would be an excellent way to spend the afternoon.
Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this to try.
I am not a Twilight fan. I think that Robert Pattinson made a better looking wizard than he does a vampire. And… if I were a Twilight fan I think I’d probably be on team Jacob. but… that being said, I AM a fan of Rachel’s tea blends!
The aroma of this tea is very intriguing. I can smell the orange, the chocolate and the rum. The orange flavor is very well pronounced here, sweet and juicy. The chocolate is yummy, and the rum seems to bring out both the flavors of the orange and chocolate very well… it’s a great accent to this blend.
I like it. Go Team Rachel!
I really like this Earl Grey a lot… I like the unique flavor that the Oolong and white (both Darjeelings) bring to the cup. It gives the tea a very interesting complexity that is sometimes absent in a “standard” Earl Grey.
The bergamot is a pleasant balance of citrus and flower-esque notes, and the vanilla smooths the edge of the bergamot just enough to make this a very smooth, rich, and delightful cup.
Yesterday I brewed some of this for the fridge (in addition to enjoying a hot cuppa) – and am I glad I did! Today is quite a warm day, but, it sure is nice inside with a cold glass of this tea!
this makes a very nice iced tea – the flavors do mute slightly though vs. the hot cuppa. It is very refreshing, however, and really hits the spot. The pineapple is sweet and juicy (just softer) and the lemon seems to stand out a bit more than it did yesterday because of the softer pineapple taste.
This is a very satisfying cuppa! The tea flavor is very well rounded and rich tasting. It has a hint of honey-esque sweetness to it. I can also taste notes of flower and even a woodsy tone to it. It is a very deep and complex flavor… really good for a sachet! REALLY good!
One of the better “bagged” black teas I’ve tried (although, I don’t really think sachets belong in the same category as the old fashioned bags).
Starting my day with this (yes, I slept in this morning).
It is a bold, brisk tea, a good choice for the first tea of the day. It has a very rich, well rounded flavor, although it is almost on the verge of being bitter (it isn’t exactly bitter, but, there are hints of it that suggest that if I had brewed it a little longer it would have been bitter). Next time I brew it I will have to go for 2 1/2 minutes instead of the full 3 minutes and see how that works out.
But… I will say this, for a bagged tea – this one is not bad. It has a lot of gusto! A nice one to enjoy at breakfast, it is good with a little honey (or agave) and it would also be very nice with milk although I didn’t want that today. The bergamot is very distant in this, but not absent, and the flavor develops as I continue to sip.
It has a lot of depth. A very nice, rich tea. Good!
This is one that had been on my shopping list for a while, so I finally broke down and placed an order.
This is an enchanting Oolong tea. The dry leaf smells very floral. I can taste the jasmine notes in there. It has a smooth, rich mouthfeel although it’s not as rich as a typical green Oolong. A very pleasant floral flavor, however, the floral notes do mask some of the Oolong flavors.
It is a good tea if you’re looking for floral flavor, but as far as Oolong flavor – not so much. It is tasty, though.