4455 Tasting Notes
What a nice after lunch treat.
I’ve reviewed this one before… and the flavor is still quite the same: sweet with just a touch of bitter. One difference today than in past tastings is that I notice more mandarin bits in my chawan. I don’t know if there have always been this many and I’m only now noticing them, or if somehow I managed to scoop out more this time than previously. But I don’t think that this presence of more bits of pulp make this tea more or less fruity… it just makes it look a bit different.
So, Frank… what is your next Matcha flavor going to be?
Doulton – thank you so much for this sample… I’m so happy to be trying it… I love Oolong, and I love chestnuts… what a perfectly lovely tea this is!
I have tried a few chestnut teas. This one really captures the flavor of the warm, roasted chestnut. It has a very creamy, rich flavor which compliments the flavor of the dark oxidized Oolong tea. It has a very comforting flavor – it’s one that I would really love to have during a cold winter evening while curled up next to a fire in the fireplace.
I received this tea from a friend a month or so ago. I am not big on bagged tea, as I’ve said before, but, this one isn’t bad.
This is a very “autumnal” tasting tea… I guess that’s because I always add oranges to my cranberry compote on Thanksgiving. Cranberries and oranges just seem to go together so well!
The black tea base is smooth, not too strong (it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit flavors, but, it is not hiding behind them, either), and has an enjoyable, rich and full flavor.
The cranberry flavor is tart and tasty, and the blood orange tastes juicy and sweet. It’s a really nice contrast – black tea, tart cranberry, and sweet citrus-y flavor. Nice. The after taste is very cranberry-ish.
OK… so about 10 days ago or so, I went on a sort of Matcha frenzy and ordered a bunch of different matcha teas. This is one of the teas that I ordered – and it arrived yesterday afternoon – much faster than I thought it would… and it arrived just in time for my taste buds to return to normal and now I can indulge in Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!
This is not a typical Matcha. It is more like a Matcha latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai that I love so much. (No, it doesn’t taste like the Pirate’s Chai, it is just a latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai) I added just a little hot water so that I could whisk it into a paste, and at that point, what was in my bowl smelled a lot like Ovaltine (did I spell that right?) After adding some steamed milk and whisking it again, it got all frothy and the Ovaltine smell sort of diminished.
It doesn’t taste like Ovaltine, it sort of tastes like hot chocolate that’s been mixed with Matcha. The chocolate is creamy and rich, like a smooth milk chocolate, and the matcha is vegetative and adds an interesting, fresh note to the bowl.
I really, really like – it’s now gone… and I didn’t even have time to start my review on the TRB. I guess I should go make another bowl. (Yeah, that’s why I’m making another bowl of it… yeah, that’s the ticket. I NEED to make another bowl so that I can write the review. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)
Finishing up the last of the sampling that Doulton sent me a few weeks ago (thanks Doulton!) Now that my taste buds seem to be back in action, I feel like I can really enjoy tea again!
This is a really nice tea with which to start the day. Unusual – but nice! In my previous notes, I mentioned that the first taste I got from the tea was the raisin – not so today. Today the first taste I got was that of chocolate (I can’t complain about that!) and then of the raisin, so it was much more like Raisinettes this time… Raisinettes for breakfast!
But the delicious flavor of the chocolate and raisin does not overpower the tea which is robust and invigorating… something I need this morning. I really like 52Teas/Zoomdweebies black tea base. It is strong but with an enjoyable smoothness to it too.
I’m happy I chose this tea this morning! (And another big thank you to Doulton!)
I have just a little bit of this one left… I thought I’d brew up some tonight – I am still in the mood for tea but since it’s a bit later I didn’t think it’d be a great idea to brew something with a lot of caffeine.
I really love the flavor of this chai. The white tea is so light, crisp and refreshing. It’s a very nice pick-me-up for later in the evening (like now!) The spices are warm, but not overpoweringly spicy tasting. One thing that I have found (and really enjoyed) about Yogic Chai teas is that the spice blends are always so very nicely balanced with the tea base. So often with chai tea, the spices are so overwhelming that you can’t really taste tea. Not so here. The masala spices are strong, yet in perfect balance with the softer tasting white tea.
And… I think that my taste buds are pretty much back to normal! So I’m going to start rating numerically again!
My bowl of Matcha disappeared fast!
I haven’t had any Oolong tea lately, and I’ve missed it. And this is an excellent Oolong!
Very nice, natural honey-like essence to it that presents itself in the aroma as well as the flavor. Happily, I can taste the floral notes of this tea – One of the things that had kept me from drinking too many of my favorite teas now while I’m sick is the fact that I was worried that in their impaired state my taste buds would not pick up on the more delicate features of those teas. Not so with this particular cup. A lovely floral flavor that melds so well with the natural sweetness. Slightly woodsy. Even a hint of buttery flavor.
It is so comforting and delicious. Just what I needed this afternoon.
My review of this tea for the Tea Review Blog recently published, wanna check it out? Here it is:
This tastes so good this afternoon. My stomach was a little upset earlier (I guess it sorta comes with the territory when I’m taking all these antibiotics)… and this is so pleasantly coating my tongue and esophagus… and I really needed that! Beautifully sweet. A nice, vibrant vegetative quality. Very, very little bitterness. Smooth, thick and creamy.
My review of this tea recently published on the Tea Review Blog. Here’s the link if you’re interested:
From the looks of it, I have just a few more servings left of this Matcha… I sure did enjoy it!
Enjoying some of this tea this afternoon. The grapefruit has a pleasantly tart edge to it.
With my taste buds impaired, I can really taste the black tea in this blend, much more so than I usually do, and this has somewhat interfered with the “juicy” flavor of the grapefruit that I remember from this tea. It now tastes more earthy and less fruity… more like tea with just a slight citrus-like note.
I need some caffeine – black tea style! This is not what I consider to be the stoutest tea out there, but it is black… and it is yummy! So this is what I grabbed from my stash.
As I’ve done before with this tea, I’ve added just the tiniest pinch of salt to it to enhance the cashew flavor. If I hadn’t done this – this time – I don’t know that I would have detected it. (Again, not the tea’s fault, but my taste buds) With it though, I can taste the sweet, nutty flavor of the cashews as well as the smooth creamy flavor of the white chocolate.
The tea is pleasantly brisk and provides a nice base for the flavors here, although I think that the white chocolate cashew flavor might be quite interesting with a green tea base as well. Overall, a very nice offering from 52Teas. Deliciously different for a morning tea.