4837 Tasting Notes
In honor of today’s Steepster Select, I decided to try this tea. And thank you very much to wombatgirl for sending it to me!
This is really good. I mean… really good! The pear flavor is very distinct. Sweet. This is probably the best pear flavored tea and/or tisane that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve tasted quite a few, and I even flavored one myself (and it was pretty darned good)… and I’ve liked quite a few of them… but as far as PEAR flavored tea goes… this is the closest to pear taste that I’ve ever experienced.
As a result of this tasting, I’m actually purchasing some of it… I’m glad it’s a steepster select item!
Thank you to Doulton for sending me a sampling of this tea!
I LOVE this Oolong. It’s absolutely delightful. Normally, I might think that this blending of flavors with a green Oolong is a bit of overkill because Oolongs are so flavorful without adding anything to them… but, this is really a pleasant change from Oolong without a complete departure from it.
The medley of fruit is very pleasant and almost seamless. I wish that there was a stronger bergamot note here. The ginger is very soft but there is a distinguished hit of spice there… not strong but it’s there.
I really like this… and am looking forward to the multiple infusions that will follow!
Finishing off the last of this tea this morning…
This is a very good and bold Ceylon. More briskness than in a typical Ceylon, but there is still that underlying smoothness to it. A pleasant malty character. Toothsome. A very enjoyable honey note.
A very good Ceylon!
The Sencha tea is rich tasting and buttery – it coats the palate with that creamy smooth texture. This is enhanced further with the vanilla in the blend. Sweet!
The flowers do not add a LOT of flavor to the cup, but, I can taste pleasantly delicate notes of sunflower and rose. Then there is the sweet-tart taste of berry … strawberry! YUMMY!
I received a sampling of this tea as a reviewer for the Tea Review Blog.
The dry leaf is very pebble-y – like grains of sand in size, and dark, chocolate-y brown in color. It possesses a vibrant aroma – with deep earthy notes and a baked bread smell and even a distant flowery note. It smells… well, like Assam tea!
The flavor is malty – perhaps one of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered, with a strong astringency that has a clean, drying effect on the mouth. I steeped it for just 3 minutes but I’m tasting no bitterness. It has a deep baked flavor and a chewy texture. This tea has got some tooth! There is a honey-caramel sweetness to it too. It’s really delicious.
An excellent way to wake up!
A very nice twist on the classic Earl Grey.
More citrus really amplifies the citrus-y notes of the bergamot and seem to smooth out some of the sharper-flowery notes. The Assam in this blend is really nice too, the tea is very brisk and I like the malty note together with the citrus.
This is one that I’m going to enjoy revisiting!
A very good mint green tea.
The green tea base tastes a bit like gunpowder green, it’s smooth, vegetative and a little sweet. The mint is strong, sweet, minty and crisp! The mint is the dominate flavor here but it doesn’t completely overpower the green tea base.
I thought I had tried this before today, but, I guess I hadn’t. Either that or I neglected to log it.
This smells very good, I love the nutty almond aroma of the dry leaf. The woodsy fragrance from the rooibos seems to enhance the scent… the brewed liquor smells a bit more of rooibos than it does of almonds.
This is a very decent cup of rooibos. Rooibos isn’t my favorite. I’m not a big fan of the odd sort of sweetness it offers but here, the almond flavor counteracts that a little bit and creates a very drinkable tisane. I can taste the woodsy note of the rooibos and I can taste the nutty flavor of the almond and these work well together. It would be even better if there were chocolate in this blend……
This is my “wake up” tea this morning. I have a blueberry danish in my teacup!
This is really good. (I say that a lot… I know)
The blueberry flavor dominates, but there is a smooth creamy cream cheese flavor, complete with a tangy note. It is very smooth and creamy and delicious. I brewed this one for 4 minutes, and I did detect a note of bitterness at the beginning of the cup… now that it has cooled enough to drink, the bitterness is not as obvious but it’s still there… so next time I will only steep for 3 minutes.
But even the little bit of bitterness doesn’t detract from the yummy-nummy-ness of this tea… it’s really scrumptious.