4842 Tasting Notes
I’m falling behind on my reviews again – this time I have a good excuse! I’ve been busy as there have been a few different things going on. All of the images on our blog had been wiped away permanently, so I’ve been fixing a lot of those – I’m certainly not going to be doing that to all of the 3934 (and counting) blog posts though, so if you happen to come across a post without a photo and in its place that weird broken photo icon … my apologies.
This is a really, really good Oolong. The lemon and ginger don’t overpower the sweet, creamy Oolong base. And there’s a really lovely cookie note too. Just yum!
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This is the first tea that I tried from Amoda Tea’s “holiday tasting set”. And it’s not at all what I would have expected from a tea called “Candy Cane”! Not at all! And I mean that in a very good way!
This is not your average candy cane tea. It’s minty (like a candy cane) but that’s where the comparisons end. The mint is balanced out with notes raspberry, hints of cinnamon, and notes of jasmine and rose. I know … not your average candy cane! This is more like a candy cane you might find in a gourmet, artistic candy shop.
The mint isn’t overpowering (the way it often is in a candy cane blend), and the cinnamon contrasts with the minty flavor just enough to keep it from tasting mouthwashy. The floral notes are subtle but keep things interesting. The green tea base is soft and fresh, and there is a hint of nutty flavor from the rooibos.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea – it’s really quite an interesting tea! http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/04/candy-cane-tea-from-naked-teas/
My 4800 tasting note!
Of the three teas that I received in the Postal Tea Box (9th edition), this was my favorite. I was a little dismayed that all three teas in this edition were herbals. Bah! What’s up with that?
This one though – this actually tasted a little bit like tea. It had a slight root-beer-ish taste to it too. Like a thinned black tea with herbaceous notes and a hint of root beer. Kind of weird, but weird in a interesting and tasty way.
But even though it did sort of taste like black tea, I’d be lying if I said I’d just as soon drink this than drink black tea. I’d rather have the nice, rich flavor of black tea, thank you.
The teas in this, the 9th edition from Postal Teas, just didn’t do it for me. I decided to give them another chance and see what the 10th box had in store … and I’m glad to say that I’m much happier with the 10th box. (Well, you’ll just have to wait to see what those teas are!)
As I mention in my full-length article of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/03/taiwan-gaba-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/ Of the many Oolong teas that are out there, I think that GABA Oolong teas are the one that I probably have the least amount of experience with. I’ve only tried fewer than a handful of this type of Oolong.
This is sweet and nutty with hints of spice. It has a lighter taste and texture than what I would normally experience from an Oolong. It’s not as creamy as Oolong teas often are.
Later infusions were stronger tasting, with a well developed roasty, toasty sort of flavor that I enjoyed. Subtle notes of peach began to emerge and develop. My last infusion had a really pleasant development of the peach note.
I really enjoyed this as an iced tea. Usually I drink the spiced teas hot, but, as an iced tea this really is refreshing. It’s a little sweet and a little spicy. The citrus notes are bright.
I also mentioned this before, I think, but I really do like the black tea base that Frank has chosen to use for his iced tea blends. It’s a nice, smooth, flavorful black tea. I don’t get a lot of astringency from it and it’s strong enough to hold it’s own with the strong flavors.
Tasty and refreshing.
The name of this tea makes me smile. It makes me think of Disneyland. Especially when I was young, and my grandparents used to take me there at night to watch the electric parade. (Back then they didn’t have the one price at the gate admission price, you bought the ticket books and you could buy an entrance to the park if you just wanted to ‘see the sights’ of the park without riding the rides. Wow … I probably just aged myself, didn’t I?)
Anyway … at the beginning of the parade, to mark ‘time’ for the parade to start, a little light would circle around sleeping beauty’s castle and it was supposed to be Tinkerbell. At least, that’s what I remember. It was so long ago, that some of that fairy dust may have altered my memory.
On to the review!
The tea is very fragrant. A strong lavender note in the aroma, fortunately, it doesn’t end up tasting soapy or perfume-ish. It’s a really lovely tea. Calming lavender, hints of lime, and delicate white tea notes. Really an enjoyable blend.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/02/tinks-fairy-dust-white-tea-blend-from-tealee/
In my full-length review of this tea, I started off with a bit of a rant, because I found myself in disagreement with the vendor’s description of this tea. You can read the rant here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/01/vibrant-morning-green-tea-blend-from-because-ur-priceless/
Despite my displeasure from their description, I found this to be a rather lovely green tea blend. I like the combination of spearmint and bright lemony flavor. The spearmint isn’t overly aggressive and the lemon adds just the right amount of vibrant flavor – so even if the description isn’t spot on, the name of the tea is appropriate.
This was in my Amoda Tea Box from December. As I mentioned in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/31/celebration-medley-rooibos-blend-from-sloane-tea-company/ the strong apple-y fragrance made me happy. It smelled like apple cider as it steeped.
The apple notes are strong, the cinnamon and clove add warmth, and there’s a little bit of that spicy-hot cinnamon taste that gives it a bit of a ‘red-hot’ taste. Like maybe someone dropped a couple of the little red hot candies into my teacup and let them dissolve. The nutmeg adds a nutty note and the earthy notes of the spices accent the rooibos in a pleasant way.
The rose isn’t particularly strong, but every once in a while, I’ll taste a whisper of rose that’s quite nice.
I enjoyed this.
I received this tea in my Love with Food box this month. I’m always happy when they have tea in the box, even if they do have tea bags. I try to think to myself: it’s a step in the right direction, right? At least it’s not Liptons?
Anyway, I like this one alright. There’s a nice amount of bergamot to it, and the lavender so strong that it’s soapy. It’s a pleasant blend. Not bad for a bag.
I was really excited about this blend. A cookie dough flavored iced tea? YUM! I was just a wee bit unsure of how well those flavors would translate to iced tea though, but I had faith in Frank’s ability to make it work.
Really tasty! Really, really tasty! It takes a few sips for the flavors to adjust my palate to the idea of tasting cookie dough in an iced tea. But once those flavors developed, I couldn’t stop sipping. This pitcher of iced tea disappeared in record time.
Sweet, notes of buttery cookie dough. Hints of brown sugar and chocolate. And I really like the black tea base Frank has been using with his iced teas.
This is quite sweet on its own so if you’re one who sweetens the pitcher … you might want to taste this one first. It’s good unsweetened!
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