4423 Tasting Notes
Well, I think that my description pretty much says it all. I can taste the ginger most prominently. The rest of it pretty much lingers in the background because my taste buds are not up to par at the moment. Honey and ginger. And very soothing heat.
Not going to rate this because, well, I am not in any condition to really do so.
To finish up the sampling of this tea that Doulton sent me (thank you!) I brewed it up and refrigerated it so that I could enjoy it iced. Iced is where this tea really shines!
It has a fruity and somewhat spicy character (not as in chai spicy, or hot spicy, but, a mild spiced quality), and it is pleasantly sweet. A very refreshing iced tea.
I really like this blend a lot. The more I drink it the more I like it. It’s got a nice balance of flavors.
The grapefruit is not sour, but there is a little tartness that rests on the tip of the tongue in the finish. I also like how the three “teas” (black tea, green tea, and green yerba mate) blend together. It tastes very fresh, vibrant and alive with flavor.
This is one of my favorite Earl Grey teas! My review of this tea recently published on the Tea Review Blog … wanna read it? http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=11470
The blend of black teas is what gives this tea its well rounded flavor. It tastes full and pleasant, brisk yet smooth. It has a malty character that plays to the qualities of the bergamot very well.
It is such a delight to have this in my teacup!
Well, it’s late (about 1:20 am here) so it’s too late for caffeine. So, since I’m not headed to bed right away (hubby is on his way home – he works late on Friday nights) – I figured I’d brew myself something nice and relaxing.
Although it’s really nothing more than just pure peppermint leaves, this is one of the best pure peppermint herbal tisane I’ve tasted…… if not THE best I’ve tasted. The taste is so pure and clean and refreshing.
My order from Art of Tea arrived yesterday (which includes last week’s “Steepster Select” offer of the tasting set – haven’t used it yet, and I’m thinking I might save it and give it as a gift to someone, although haven’t decided on that either). I also ordered two teas at the same time, and this is one of them.
The dry leaf smells very strongly of melon (delicious), in fact, it’s like I just cut through a ripe cantaloupe! I must admit, though, to some disappointment that I cannot smell the jasmine. The brewed tea possesses a much softer fragrance, although hints of melon are still present.
The melon flavor is much softer than the aroma of the dry leaf lead me to believe. I mostly taste white tea, it is quite delicate in taste (as most white teas tend to be), fresh tasting, pleasant. I can taste the melon but, it is also quite delicate – which I suppose is probably good because I don’t know how I’d feel if the flavoring overwhelmed the white tea. The jasmine is also making its appearance on the palate. The two flavors – jasmine and melon – creates a very intriguing flavor combination, but I like it.
Art of Tea promotes this as a good tea for iced tea… although I am not completely convinced, as the flavor is quite delicate. I shall have to see whether the flavor develops or mutes as the cup cools.
Time for Oolong!
Formosa Oolong is where I got my “start” with Oolong, and so it will always hold a dear place in my heart, even though I’ve since discovered green Oolongs and I quite enjoy them. There is still something so delightful about a beautiful Formosa.
The natural peach-like flavor of the Oolong tea is a nice match to the sweet, nutty notes of the almond essence. It is a really tasty tea without additions, but, I think just a small dollop of honey accents it just enough to encourage some of the sweeter almond flavors to develop in the cup.
While this is certainly not the best Oolong I’ve ever tasted, it is good, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to taste it.
Matcha! I was going through some of my stash and decided to have some of this – I hid it from myself for a while so that I wouldn’t be tempted to drink it!
So good! Better, in fact, than I remember it being, so I will up my original score just a bit. Creamy smooth and sweet. The sweet, juicy flavor of the mandarin cuts through some of the “matcha bitterness” I normally do not mind the matcha bitterness, and in fact, have an appreciation for it, but, it is also nice when a matcha comes along that is different.
I am still waiting for chocolate matcha, Frank. :)
I steeped this tea for 3 1/2 minutes, and I think that was too long for my taste. There is a bit more bitterness to this tea than I like. I also think this tea is much better iced than hot.
As an iced tea I can taste the peppery notes from the Yunnan, which I wasn’t getting when it was hot. Very pleasant. A hint of citrus and definitely a sharp floral note. Not getting as much lavender as I would like, nor am I getting much of the fig.
Overall, I like this tea quite a bit, although I think Noël en Provence is still my favorite (thus far!) from Dammann Freres.
This is a backlog from last night… I have just a little of my La Vert Pear left, and I blended these two teas to see what would come of it. Cherry and Pear work amazingly well together. Much better than I imagined. Delightful. Delicious… and a little sad because I only have enough La Vert Pear for maybe one or two more…