4423 Tasting Notes
I haven’t had this tea in a while, because, well, I hid it from myself so I wouldn’t be tempted. This is quite possibly the best black tea (at least, unflavored/non-chai/non-earl grey black tea) that I’ve ever tasted. It’s simply awesome.
Roast-y, toasty flavor, with a pleasant earthy quality to it. A savory cocoa note that I’ve not found in any other tea the way it is in this one. This tea stands alone! Amazing, delicious! Delightful!
Here is the review that I wrote for it on The Tea Review Blog:
Decided to go with this tea this morning… I’m drinking it as a latte – heavy on the froth!
This tea actually benefits from the milk addition, I think. The black tea base is such a strong presence, the milk seems to soften that a bit, but it doesn’t mute the caramel-y, creamy flavors in the cup.
A pleasant way to start the day.
This is a blend that I sort of threw together into my teapot this evening… red rooibos together with my special recipe of masala spice. I wasn’t really in the mood for my caffeinated version of chai… I feel like I am in need of a good night’s sleep so I want to do whatever I can to help facilitate that.
This is good. Rooibos has never been my favorite, but, I like rooibos with masala spice, because it offers a pleasant offset to the traditional rooibos funky taste that I’m not particularly fond of.
I purchased this as a sample at the same time that I submitted my personaliTEA profile for my own customized blend by Mad Pots of Tea. This is a blend that was created for Steph, who is the Tea Guru of The Tea Review Blog.
I really like the combination of Earl Grey and licorice root. Very unique and unexpected kind of taste. The lavender is also prominent in the blend (a big plus in my opinion). One down side for me is the addition of stevia to this blend. I am not a big fan of stevia, and I personally think that this blend would be so much better without it.
But, then, this blend wasn’t created for me. I do like it, but I so prefer my custom blend from Mad Pots of Tea!!!
I started my day with this tea – and I only have enough for one more pot of it! It is one that will definitely be missed, I loved the buttery flavor of this tea, as well as how the other flavors came together… sweet cinnamon (not spicy), slightly toasty black tea, raisin, and butter, I can taste them all. YUM!
But, I suppose all good things must come to an end (something I am learning this week as I watched the final episodes of both Lost and 24 – two of my favorite shows) :(
I bought a new chawan last week on etsy (purchased from this studio: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KoideStudio) and I just got the PO Box to pick it up today – and so to commemorate its new home I decided to make some Matcha… now that I think about it I probably should have christened it with some DoMatcha, but, that’s ok.
I’m using the last of this – I still have a little of this tea left, but will be sending what I have left to a friend.
Beautiful, lightly frothy (my matcha seems to fall between koicha and usucha), sweet, just barely there bitter, and just YUM!
Now that I have finished off this, I guess I should finish off my DoMatcha… Matcha is not something that should be kept forever, I suppose (which is bad news for hoarders like me).