4421 Tasting Notes
Can anyone tell me a bit about naranquilla?
Anyways… this tasting note is made possible because Doulton was so wonderful and sent a sampling of this tea to me.
The black tea is very smooth tasting and does not interfere with the flavors. The vanilla is sweet and creamy, and the chocolate is so yummy in this blend, and although it isn’t strong, I think that for this particular blend, it’s just the right amount (because, ordinarily, more chocolate is better) I can taste a hint of the marachino, and there is also a fruitiness to this tea that I guess I must attribute to the naranquilla because I don’t know what that is!
A very nice tea – would be a delightful dessert tea (or even a substitution for dessert!)
It wasn’t until after I had opened the package and started brewing this tea that I had realized that this is a chamomile-lavender blend… sigh I really should read ingredients before I brew!
Oh well, I’ve had several strong black teas this morning, so I guess I’ve nothing to fear from a little chamomile and lavender.
Now that the tea has brewed I can smell the chamomile and lavender… and the hibiscus! After brewing the recommended 3 minutes, I tasted and it was a little weaker than I wanted so I increased the brew time for another 2 minutes.
It’s good – certainly not my favorite relaxation blend out there – but it’s alright. The hibiscus flavor is not overwhelming but does provide a nice body to the cup. The chamomile and lavender taste nice together. And the berry is sweet and tasty. Overall, a nice, relaxing cup… it would be better in the evening though!
This is a really good tea! I didn’t have any real heavy expectations when it came to this tea, I was just expecting it to be a “standard issue” black tea. But – this is really good!
Even though it is a pure black tea, there is an underlying note of spice. Not strong or overpowering, but, subtle. Almost peppery. Almost cumin-ish. Very mysterious and exotic. And very lovely.
A pleasant breakfast blend. At first I thought that there was Assam in this blend because my first few sips had a sort of malty quality to it, but, that has developed into more of a “baked” taste. Some fruit notes to it, as well as some lingering floral notes. Ends with a clean but not overwhelmingly astringent feel.
Today is the last day to enter the contest and win some of this fantastic tea!
I thought I’d start my day with this Earl Grey again. I’m doing things just a little differently though – I’ve actually added a splash of milk to my cup! I very rarely (read: practically never!) add milk to my Earl Grey teas, because I think that most of them are quite excellent without the milk. But the real truth of it is that I fell in love with the first Earl Grey I tried, and I tried it without the addition, so I’ve never really contemplated adding milk to it. If it’s not broken, why fix it… know what I mean?
But, feeling adventurous today, I thought, why not?
And I really like it with milk too. It does soften the cup quite a bit, but I like it. For the first cup of the day, however, I think that I would be better off drinking it straight because I want the vigor in the cup to help shake off the remains of sleepiness.
Anyways – rambling!
A very yummy cup. If I wasn’t one of the sororiTEA Sisters and running the contest, I’d enter it because this is really good Earl Grey tea!
I am not a big fan of the acai berry – although I must admit that my experience with the fruit has been limited to tea blends. Most of them have been quite a bit tart.
But not this tea. There is a slight tart note to it that hits the palate in the aftertaste. But what I really like about this tea is not so much the aftertaste but the actual sip – which is smooth and sweet and yummy! A lovely berry flavor and a fresh, sweet white tea.
I’m liking this one a lot!
I love the perky, crisp flavor of this tea, without being too overwhelmingly mint. A very pleasing balance of mint and green tea. Check out my previous review of this tea here: