4550 Tasting Notes
I indulged a little too much with my dinner (I made potato gratin the other night with smoked cheddar, gouda, swiss and gruyere, and it was even better as left overs! YUM) and I’m feeling a little over-stuffed! I figured this was a good time to break out this better belly blend!
It has a nice ginger and mint aroma, and I can smell the fennel and anise too (two spices I really love) so I figured this is something I will really enjoy.
Yep! Sweetness and a licorice-like sharpness, crisp, fresh mint… peppery ginger. The apple gives the flavor a smooth flavor – it doesn’t taste like a bunch of herbs and spices, it tastes like a delicious tisane.
I like it… especially after that last tea! And it’s nice and soothing for my tummy too!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this sampling. I haven’t tried it before!
This is a very unusual tasting tisane, and I’m not sure exactly yet what I really think about it… so I won’t rate it numerically until I am.
The wintergreen flavor makes this tea palatable, in my opinion. I am not particularly fond of hibiscus, and this blend is quite heavily laden with it, but the wintergreen with the hibiscus makes this a very unusual yet intriguing flavor. I can taste the woodsy note as well as the blueberry.
An interesting blend.
Edited to add: After the tea cooled to the point where I could drink it – I couldn’t. It really wasn’t very good… what demonstrated some promise in this tea was lost as the tea cooled off a bit. Not pleased with this one at all, and I couldn’t finish the cup.
After reading Auggy’s review of chocolate mate, it inspired me to brew a cup of mate (and hope that it would be a better tasting cuppa than what Auggy experienced). I ordered this sample some time ago, and haven’t tried it yet (I have a lot of teas in my possession at the moment that I’ve not tried yet!)
Yum! Chocolate-y smooth and yet earthy. I suspect that the flowers are here for appearance sake, because I’m not getting much in the way of flavor from them (although there is a very faint sharpness from the sunflower – very faint) I can taste a slight woodsy “rooibos” flavor but, it is also quite faint in the presence of the stronger roasted mate. The almonds and the chocolate are very tasty together.
I am not sure what the cactus adds to this flavor, although I can’t say that this blend would be quite the same without it, because this is different than other chocolate mate blends I’ve encountered – whether that be from the cactus, or the sunflower or even the rooibos … or more likely a combination of these three components.
Either way, I really like like it!
Yum! This is like dessert in a teacup. It is sweet – but my sweet tooth is not objecting!
The green tea is delicate in this blend – almost overpowered by the other flavors… but not quite. The vanilla is the strongest component, and it is sweet and creamy and brings out the delicious berry flavor quite nicely while softening that typical tart flavor that often accompanies a berry. There is just a hint of tartness in the finish.
The biggest problem with yummy teas like this is that they disappear from my cup too fast… this is almost all gone!
But I enjoyed it while it lasted.
The dry leaf does smell amazing. It smells more like orange than bergamot (which I know is actually an orange, but you know what I mean, right?)
The brewed liquor loses some of that aroma, which saddens me a bit because I really love the smell of the leaf.
The flavor is quite different from Earl Grey. The bergamot is altered by the addition of the orange, and this becomes a fruit flavored black tea as opposed to an Earl Grey (I guess that’s why they call this John Grey instead of Earl, eh?) There is also a faint bitterness that tastes rather odd when this tea is unsweetened – this one is so much better with a sprinkling of sugar or a drizzle of agave or honey… I chose agave.
It’s ok… not great… but not terrible either.
Thank you to Stephanie for sending me a sampling of this tea! I’m so happy I get to try it.
The dry leaf has a sweet aroma – sort of like a creamy caramel scent. YUM!
It doesn’t really look like there is much matcha in it, because I’m not seeing a lot of powdery green dust on the dry leaf. The brewed tea is slightly cloudy which indicates that there is possibly some matcha in it.
I can taste the matcha in the flavor from the slight bittersweet flavor that is in the cup. It’s faint, but it’s there.
This tea is a very interesting one. It has a sort of burnt sugar flavor to it that I’m liking… it is an interesting contrast to the sweet, fresh note from the green tea, and the bittersweet flavor from the matcha. I can also taste the soymilk-ish flavor that Stephanie described in her tasting note.
I like this.
This is a very finely ground rooibos and spice blend – so finely ground, in fact, that it clogged up my smart brewing device. (I’d recommend using T-Sacs or something similar to brew this tisane)
I like the level of spices in this blend. It is nice and spicy.
What I don’t really care for though, is the addition of stevia to this blend. I would have preferred sweetening this myself with some honey or agave rather than having the stevia in it – I guess I’m kind of “old school” when it comes to chai because I feel like it should be sweetened with honey… I just like the way honey works with the spices in a chai.