4421 Tasting Notes
Finishing up the last of this sampling that Doulton sent me. Thank you! You are so kind!
I really like this tea – I think I may even like the smoky quality to it! And that’s not an easy feat. I notice that the smokiness is more in the aroma than in the flavor though. If I smell the tea before I sip (which I normally do) the taste is much smokier than if I sip without a deep inhale. But… I don’t find the smoky flavor here unpleasant – quite the opposite, actually.
I use a little extra leaf and steep a little less time than the brewing parameters suggest… and the tea comes out perfectly for me.
Now that I’ve steeped the last from my Oolong, I thought I’d have some Vienna Green.
On a slightly unrelated note, I wish that teany included photos of their tea on their website. It would make life so much easier for this tea reviewer!
This tea is yummy. Chocolate is well pronounced in the cup, but I can also taste the green tea – pleasant, fresh, and only very slightly vegetative. A toasted sweetness from the nuts. I can also taste a slight buttery flavor to the overall blend – a very rich, creamy taste. Very decadent. YUMMY!
This is a tea that absolutely requires a low temperature for steeping. Too high a heat will give this tea a really blah taste…
Oolong! It’s been a couple of days since I’ve enjoyed Oolong – I’m overdue!
So to make up for it, I chose one of my favorites. This Oolong is amazing. Buttery, rich, floral. Almost jasmine-esque but not quite… maybe like a cross between jasmine and orchid, and maybe even honeysuckle. So… amazing.
And… already gone. I need to steep again!
Another sample from the order I received last week.
In reading the ingredients, one might think that this is kind of like a green chai tea with peppermint, but, it doesn’t taste like a chai to me. The peppermint is the strongest flavor here, and the other spices in the blend act more as an enhancement or an accent for the peppermint than as the basis for a chai blend.
Either way, it’s quite tasty. I like the ginger in this blend especially, it has a pleasant, peppery kick to it – a nice contrast with the crisp, vibrant flavor of the peppermint. The green tea base really is just that – a base, but not much definition to it.
Overall, though, a pleasant and soothing cup.
I’ve had a few different Earl Grey teas lately, and they’ve all been quite good. This is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t know if I like Lupicia’s Earl Grey better… one of these days I’ll have to do a side by side on the two and see which one I prefer. But, even if Lupicia’s is first, this one would probably be second. Although… I’ve not tried A&D’s Earl Grey yet (Maybe I’ll try the sampling that Doulton sent me later today), so… that could change after tasting that one.
Wow… I feel like I’m rambling!
OK… what makes this Earl Grey so great? Well, it’s the blend of tea, for one thing. Not just a Ceylon, but, an excellent blend of Ceylons as well as a delightful Assam that provides a very pleasing malty touch. Bold and brisk, yet, smooth. A very well rounded blend.
The bergamot flavoring is strong but not perfume-ish. It’s been flavored perfectly.
I knew that I would be staying up this morning – although a nap would be nice – so I decided to start the day with a tea that would get me going. I usually like to make this one a latte – complete with steamed, frothed milk (yes Cofftea, I do have a frother, I just don’t like to get it out and use it all the time) – but milk just didn’t sound good to me this morning. So I drank it sans steamed milk, but with a nice dollop of honey!
Mmmm… I love how honey enhances the flavors of chai. It really gives a nice definition to the spices of chai. I know that sugar can do this to (and when I’ve run out of honey, I’ve used sugar) as can agave nectar, but, there is just something so perfect about honey and chai.
I ordered this one a while back, but I hadn’t tried it yet… so I thought it was about time!
I have a tremendous fondness for white tea. And this one is very good. I have read of many a displeasure on Steepster when it comes to white pear teas, but this one has a very pleasing pear flavor, and it is nicely accented with cinnamon and cloves.
Very good tea. I don’t know how this would fair as an iced tea – the flavors might be a bit too delicate for iced tea. But it does make a pleasing hot tea for later in the evening.
Matcha – oh how I love thee!
This ginger Matcha from Art of Tea is delightful. The ginger flavor is quite subtle until you get to about mid-bowl, and then the flavor develops. Every once in a while, you’ll get one of the itty bitty ginger pieces and I love biting into them to release their peppery goodness! YUMMY!
Smooth, sweet, a little spicy. Pleasantly vegetative. I really like how the ginger contrasts with the matcha’s grassy flavor.
I received this sample from JK Tea Shop on Monday, but, my Mondays and Tuesdays are generally pretty hectic since they are typically hubby’s days off, and we’re always out running errands and such… so I saved trying this tea until this evening when I could really give it my full attention.
Based on AmazonV’s suggestion, I brewed these beautiful blossoms 3 minutes. The resulting liquor is a very pale, even paler than pale yellow. The aroma is vegetal and floral, but perhaps more vegetative than floral.
The flavor is very smooth and fresh tasting. It has a floral taste to it (not surprising, right?) and an interesting vegetative quality as well as a pollen-y characteristic – almost sweet, but not quite.
Because I found the flavor a bit in need of a little something after my initial taste, I added a very small amount of raw honey and the result was very pleasing. The addition of honey seems to pump up the natural sweetness of this tisane. It is just ok without the honey, but with the honey, it’s much more pleasant to drink.
I have wanted to try a Tai Ping tea for a long time!
The leaves are HUGE and flat. Since I don’t subscribe to the gadgetry concept and don’t use any of those new fangled scales :) I eyeballed the amount I put into my smart brewer.
I must have done well with my measuring because the flavor is rich, vegetative, buttery, nutty, and just plain AWESOME. I’m liking it a lot! A very smooth taste but with a nice mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than a Dragonwell, but not quite as thick as a green Oolong. Pleasant!
A very strong buttery taste, and a nice nutty quality to it.
Ah… I love this tea!