4219 Tasting Notes
OK… my package of this tea is nearly gone (I’ve shared it with a few others) I think I have enough for one (possibly two) more pots of it, and I have finally cracked the code on brewing it! I bring the water to a boil, and then I pour the boiling water into a cold, empty ceramic teapot, and wait a minute, and then I pour this cooled water into the the smart brewing device containing 3 heaping teaspoons of this tea, and allow it to steep for 3 minutes.
The rose and bergamot in this blend are very compatible. The tulsi is quite soft (as is its nature to be) and seems to enhance the fresh, vegetal flavor of the green tea, which is also quite soft. A very pleasant floral essence that has a citrus accent, and a fresh-tasting background.
Increasing the rating by a couple of points after having experienced it with these steeping adjustments.
I must admit that I caved with the Tavalon Steepster Select last week. The Summer Fruit tea sounded so good. But… while at the Tavalon site, this one sounded even better… It was the photo that got me… all those almonds and huge chunks of spices. Had to try it!
I got out my frother and made a lovely, frothy chai! And I am really liking this chai blend. One of the better green chai teas that I’ve tried.
I am not going to get really descriptive with this tea at the moment, because I am enjoying this with a rather spicy pizza, and I feel that the spices from the pizza are affecting the flavor of the tea.
I am really enjoying it though!
I am up way too early for a Saturday. My youngest daughter had a friend spend the night and they’re up, so… guess what? I’m up too.
The one redeeming element in me being up so early is that I can start drinking tea. And I’m starting my day with some Butter Pecan!
I tried it today as a latte, thinking that this might bring out some of the creamier qualities. After having tried it as a latte, I think it’s better without the milk. It’s still good with it, but, better without. The milk mutes some of the strong nutty flavors that I found so enchanting.
But, as I say, it’s still good. Very creamy. Delicious. Definitely one of 52Teas best, in my opinion.
Thank you Doulton – you are the best!
The aroma of the dry leaf is magnificent! It smells like peaches and cream! There isn’t much fragrance from the rose petals, maybe just a hint of floral essence. Once brewed, some of the earthy qualities of the black tea emerge in the scent.
The flavor is also quite magnificent! Smooth and rich. The peach and cream flavor is there, however, the black tea is much more pronounced. This is black tea with peach and vanilla flavor, not the other way around. It has a very bright flavor. Astringent with a slight tannic quality – but not an overt bitter note. Just a little something that sort of rests upon the palate to let you know that it’s black tea that you’re drinking.
I can’t believe it’s been a couple of days without Oolong!
This is not a bad Oolong… especially when one considers that it is a bagged tea.
A nice roasty-toasty aroma and flavor. A pleasant sweetness. I love the “freshly baked” flavor of this tea – like a loaf of bread that just came out of the oven, it’s a very comforting flavor.
I’m having coconut cream pie for breakfast!
This morning, I added a little more leaf to my smart brewer – there are so many huge chunks of coconut in the blend that it’s important to adjust the amount of leaf you use accordingly since the coconut doesn’t really add much in the way of flavor to the finished product, but I sure do love the way it looks! It gets my mouth watering before the tea begins to steep!
An extra teaspoon is just about right for my smart brewer (my smart brewer brews about 16 oz. of finished product, which is equal to about 2 “cups” of tea. So I usually add two heaping teaspoons to my smart brewer. For this tea, I add 3).
This tea is fantastic. It is one that really MUST be served latte to get the most from it, this time though, I didn’t get out the frother… so my cup looks a bit like coffee with cream – but it TASTES like a decadent, creamy, delicious dessert! Delightful!
I purchased this some time ago, but this is my first time getting around to trying it. I received it while I was sick, and since my taste buds were not up to par, I didn’t think it made much sense to be trying new teas.
But now that my taste buds are back on track, I am ready to try the ULTIMATE. I must say that when I opened the package, the aroma was pretty amazing. It smelled like chocolate syrup. Not just any chocolate syrup, either, it smelled like my personal favorite – Holy Kakow! YUM!
And since 52Teas is responsible for one of my favorite rooibos blends – Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana Rooibos – well, let’s just say that I have high hopes for this blend.
Well, it’s good…
Definitely cocoa-y, but I feel like the flavor of the rooibos is interfering with the chocolate coming through. There is a dominate cocoa powder-ish essence to this, like I sprinkled a sweetened cocoa powder on my tongue. And the rooibos flavor is coming through too, a woodsy note, but not the icky sweetener taste of the rooibos, just the earthy-woodsy flavor of rooibos.
I’m liking it, but, I think I need to try it a few more times before I can really develop my opinion about it, and I will wait until then before I give it a numeric rating.
My second infusion of these leaves was a different cup entirely! I now taste more of the citrus-y flavors. And the bergamot! The chocolate has developed into a savory cacao flavor rather than the sweet chocolate flavor that I experienced with the first infusion.
Both infusions are very delicious… and I think the fact that the two infusions are so different from one another makes this tea even more enchanting, so I am therefore raising the numeric rating just a bit!