3907 Tasting Notes
I found a bottle of this ready to drink chai from Bhakti in my local Whole Foods. It was quite a surprise! I have tried the Bhakti concentrates in the past and LOVED them, so I grabbed this bottle with great enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to try it.
I enjoyed it although I really prefer the concentrate because: 1) I prefer chai served hot, and 2) I liked that with the concentrate I could control the amount of milk that was added. And because the RTD is made with soy milk, it just tasted a bit thin to me. I like the creaminess of dairy. yeah, it’s not all that good for me, soy milk is better. But, I prefer the dairy stuff. What can I say?
This did taste as spicy as I remember Bhakti chai tasting, and that brought a smile to my face. Overall, a positive RTD experience.
I have tried several of the variations of Earl Grey from Tea for All Reasons, and I liked those that I’ve tried. The bergamot is softer in this variety, and I like the addition of lemon, which adds a hint of sweetness to the tart bergamot. Like lemon curd plus bergamot! (Mmm … that sounds good. An earl grey infused lemon curd.)
The black tea is robust and supports the flavors of bergamot and lemon well. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/03/baroness-grey-black-tea-tea-reasons/
Yum! Sweet, creamy, and I can taste hints of coffee with the whiskey notes. I don’t notice a whole lot of the artificial note that I sometimes taste with Red Leaf Tea’s flavored Matchas and I think that might have something to do with the type of flavoring used here … the alcohol-esque note seems to minimize the “chemical” note that comes from the flavor crystals or whatever is used to flavor the matcha. It just tastes like … Matcha that’s been spiked with Irish Cream!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/02/irish-cream-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
Well, it would seem that Shanti no longer has this tea available on their website.
It was quite lovely, it smells amazing! Lavender and rose made for an extraordinarily fragrant floral tea that was as enjoyable to smell as it was to sip.
Sweet, delicate white tea that was not overpowered by the flowers. Hay-like notes. Not overly floral – a really nice balance of tastes.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/02/mamma-mia-white-tea-blend-shanti-tea/
OK, so I’m getting there … slowly … I’ll get caught up eventually, I tell you!
I wasn’t all that excited over this citrus blend from 52Teas, I mean, who doesn’t have a citrus tea, right? but, even though this is no ordinary citrus blend, I still kind of felt “meh” about the idea of a citrus tea from 52Teas. Where’s the excitement, Frank?
But I changed my mind about this tea after I tasted it because it’s really quite lovely. The fruit notes are sweet, tart, and I really like the pineapple in this. It adds a really interesting note to the cup. The black tea is smooth and stands up well to the flavors.
Another great one to serve iced!
what doesn’t this tea have in it? It’s got black tea, white tea, and green tea … plus a whole lot of fruit! And a whole lot of flavor. This one became another summertime favorite because it’s amazing iced.
The fruit notes are more like a “medley” of fruit – very much like a fruit salad. Very refreshing and pleasantly sweet.
I tasted mostly green tea in this blend: fresh and crisp notes of leafy green tea. I barely could taste the white tea or the Darjeeling black. Those flavors sat off in the distance, and I can’t tell you that this blend would have tasted the same without those teas in this blend … and it probably would have been a quite a different experience if I changed the brew temp or steep time … but for the time/temp I used, I experienced mostly green tea and a lot of fruity notes. (I went with a lower brew temperature (185°F) and steeped the tea for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One- Touch.)
An amazing aroma. Floral and slightly vegetative. I love the fragrance, it’s one of those teas that you want to inhale deeply before you take a sip so that you get the most out of the experience.
The first cup was light, delicately flavored, with a crispness to it. Hints of flower and honey.
The second cup was more broth-like, creamier in consistency, but without being heavily “buttered.” Mild steamed veggie taste with notes of orchid.
The third cup was more of a seamless flavor throughout. The flavors were less individual and more unified. Sweet and floral. Very nice.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/31/anxi-superfine-tie-guan-yin-iron-goddess-oolong-tea-teavivre/
I received a can of Kombucha in one of my Knoshboxes and it took me a while to try it because … to be honest, I was a little afraid of Kombucha. The whole idea of Kombucha … it sounds like it’s made a lot like vinegar is made, and while I do like a splash of vinegar on my salads or on my green beans, that doesn’t mean that I’m in to drinking vinegar. Although … I have to admit that I didn’t hate the vinegar flavored tea that I tried before.
First Impression of this drink: It was weird.
Second Impression: it’s tart and lemon-y.
Third Impression: not a lot of tea flavor.
It’s not horrible, but it’s not something that I see myself wanting to drink on a regular basis either. I might pick up a bottle or can of kombucha on occasion … then again … I might not.
This is a seriously awesome black tea!
A bold, very satisfying black tea – it’s got some heft to it. One of those teas that I like to drink in the morning because it can get me going on the days when I’d rather be sleeping. (Which is most days.)
A nice, bittersweet cacao note with caramel-y undertones. Rich and rewarding. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/30/gao-shan-high-mountain-black-tea-from-yezi-tea/
Yum! I love the nutty flavor of the genmaicha together with the sweet-tart berry notes. This is good hot, but even better iced. It became one of my favorite summertime treats.