4143 Tasting Notes
Of the five teas that were in the December Steepster Select box, this one was definitely my favorite. It’s a seriously good tea.
I got two awesome infusions out of this tea. The first was rich and full-flavored. It tasted and felt smooth as it washed over the palate. The second infusion was less astringent than the first, making it a smoother, silkier experience.
Smoky, sweet and sour notes, caramel-y undertones. A really wonderful tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/10/wuyishan-black-tea-steepster/
When I received a sampling of this tea from a friend, I had kind of expected it to be a jasmine tea because I’ve had at least one or two Madame Butterfly Jasmine teas. But this is a yummy peach flavored Sencha! (Not that jasmine isn’t yummy too!)
The flavor doesn’t taste off or chemical-y. It tastes like fresh, juicy peaches! The sencha gives it a sweet, slightly buttery taste. I put in my notes that it reminds me of lightly buttered vegetables. It’s a very light tasting Sencha, and it melds nicely with the peach notes.
This is one of the “free samples” that Simple Loose Leaf sent me to compensate for the fact that I didn’t flip for the cocoa cream tea. I was really happy with their efforts to make that situation right, even though the fault was all mine. I like it when a company treats their customers right!
This is a really good blend. It would make a really good, hefty sort of breakfast blend – it’s got some gusto to it. Rich and full-flavored, with notes of smoke, malt and spice.
A really good tea.
I found the name of this tisane to be very funny. My husband didn’t agree with me. We sometimes have very different sense of humors.
Anyway … this is pretty good. Instead of the usual “nutty” flavor that I usually get from honeybush, I taste more of an earthiness that really works well with the lemony and lime-y flavors. I taste the effervescent taste of soda here too. I don’t drink a lot of soda, but, I do like the way Frank manages to capture soda in his soda inspired teas.
It’s a pretty tasty tisane.
I don’t recall having tried the first version of Butiki Teas Pumpkin Milkshake, so I wasn’t able to compare notes, but, this is really good.
I also don’t think I’ve ever tasted a pumpkin milkshake. I’ve tasted eggnog milkshakes during the holiday season … but never pumpkin milkshakes (and my favorite milkshakes during the holiday season are the chocolate peppermint milkshakes from Burgerville. If you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, you probably don’t know what Burgerville is.)
Anyway … back to this tea. I love that the base is an Oolong. I love how the natural earthy notes of the Oolong accentuate the earthiness of the spices, and the natural “creamy” texture of the Oolong works to translate the milkshake-y-ness of this blend. Yes, milkshakeyness is a word, I just made it up. I can do that, I’m a writer.
A very enjoyable, harmonious blend. I expected no less from Butiki Teas. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/08/pumpkin-milkshake-2-0-oolong-blend-butiki-teas/
Another tea from my December Steepster Select box.
A really good Oolong. Sweet, creamy and floral. The creaminess falls somewhere between butter and sweet cream. It’s a very smooth and yummy Oolong!
Subsequent infusions allowed the floral notes to develop. I also began to notice nutty flavors in the subsequent infusions. There were also indistinct fruit notes that I was picking up … they were distant throughout my experience with this tea: close enough for me to taste the fruit and wonder what it was that I was tasting but never so close that it became obvious to me. A mystery … but who doesn’t love a good mystery?
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/07/nantou-four-seasons-oolong-tea-pursuit-tea/
A decent chamomile blend. I like the lemon grass, it adds a bright note to the cup.
Soothing, a gentle sweetness with a hint of tartness. An enjoyable “cozy” cup.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/07/lemomila-tisane-shanti-tea/
For Christmas, I got a lovely box of tea from a friend. This was one of the teas in that box. Even though the ingredients are sort of ‘chai-ish’ sounding, it tastes less chai than it sounds. This is more of a gently warm, spiced tea that tastes more holiday than chai.
And that’s alright because this is a holiday blend … not a chai blend. :)
A mild black tea flavor … smooth. The spices are not overly aggressive. The fruit notes of apple and orange add a nice, pleasant flavor. Overall, it’s a nice holiday cuppa.
Hey, Sil! Guess what? I’m getting closer to getting caught up!
A really enjoyable Puerh. My first cup was dry and light, with vegetative notes. Mellow with notes of brine … slightly salty. Not so much “fishy” kind of briny taste, more like the salty kind of briny, like a liquid you might marinate a piece of meat in.
I notice an earthy, mushroom-y sort of flavor to this … a barely there note. In subsequent infusions, the earthiness begins to subside and there is more vegetal notes instead. A mellow, well rounded taste that is both savory and sweet.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/06/fengqing-raw-pu-erh-cake-tea-2006-teavivre/
This tea threw me for a loop when it came time to post this tasting note, because Kally Tea had – at one time – another “cherry buds” tea, but that was a rooibos and fruit blend, and this is a flavored sencha blend. So, I added the word “rooibos” onto that other listing, and added “green” onto this one so that we would be able to pick out the difference.
Because this is certainly NOT a rooibos fruit blend. This is a lovely green Sencha that reminds me of spring and one of my favorite springtime teas! The green tea is lush and sweet, and the cherry notes are sweet-tart. It’s a really good blend.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/05/cherry-buds-green-tea-kally-tea/