4823 Tasting Notes
This is the first tea that I tried from my 9th edition box from Postal Teas. I was a little dismayed that it was all herbals. I will drink herbals, and I enjoy them. But I don’t think that I’ve found an herbal that I enjoy as much as I enjoy camellia sinensis. There are times though, that herbals are preferred over camellia sinensis if for no other reason than the fact that I don’t need more caffeine.
So yeah, I was dismayed by the 9th edition box. Herbals.
My first couple of sips of this tea were bittersweet – and a bit more emphasis on the bitter than the sweet. To tame this, I suggest (as does Algonquin) a dollop of honey. Honey makes this much more drinkable.
This is very herbaceous. Bittersweet. Almost medicinal.
On the plus side: there is a nice floral note to this that emerges as it cools slightly. (Take note though, don’t let it cool too much, this is much better consumed while hot.) Interestingly enough, I was happy to discover the chamomile in this.
That’s gotta tell you something if I think that the chamomile is a redeeming quality of the tea.
That said, I didn’t hate this. I just didn’t love it.
In my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/25/peace-tea-from-the-algonquin-tea-co/ – I point out the pros and cons of this tea:
pro: No hibiscus! Nice notes of citrus and a touch of mint. The citrus and mint are my favorite flavors of this. The chamomile is nice too.
con: a strong bitter note. Very herbaceous.
This would taste better if it embraced the citrus and mint a bit more.
This past year, I tried a lot of different “Pumpkin Spice” chai teas … and I think of all that I tried, this one was my favorite. This one was really OUTSTANDING among the many pumpkin-y chai teas. In fact, as I proclaim in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/25/pumpkin-spice-chai-from-the-tea-spot/ it’s the best pumpkin chai tea I’ve ever had.
The pumpkin is prominent in both the aroma and the flavor. It really smells and tastes like pumpkin. Like real pumpkin. It tastes like someone scooped out the filling of a pumpkin pie, liquefied it and poured it into a cup of Assam tea and added some spices. It tastes very true to the squash.
The spices are flavorful and strong without becoming overly spicy. Sure, I love a bold, spicy chai but when there’s another flavor involved – in this case, obviously, pumpkin – you don’t want the spices so powerful that they overthrow the pumpkin flavor. The Tea Spot has achieved the perfect balance between spice and pumpkin-y flavor, and neither of these elements overpowers the Assam tea base which is rich and malty.
A really delightful pumpkin chai!
I have really enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from this Etsy company. I’ve especially enjoyed the seasonal teas they offered this past holiday season (I think most, if not all are still available) because they’re so different from the ‘normal’ holiday selection of teas.
And this one is truly unique: Mint is a common ‘holiday’ ingredient, but here the mint is quite different with the addition of licorice. These two ingredients work in an interesting way – the licorice seems to ‘change’ the flavor of the mint, making it taste more candy-like than like mouthwash. This sweet, candy-like flavor is further enhanced by the vanilla notes.
The black tea is full-flavored and rich. It has that hefty quality that I like in a black tea.
Everything comes together in a very tasty way.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/24/white-vanilla-peppermint-black-tea-from-mks-tea-company/
Of the four teas that were in the December Amoda Box, I think that this one was my favorite. Or at least, it was the most memorable for me as I sit here and type this out. I really like the combination of ginger and cream. The sweet, creamy notes soften the spicy ginger to create a sweet-yet-spicy combination that I really LOVE. The Assam is rich and flavorful – the perfect base for this. The malt plays well with the cream notes to create an almost caramel-y experience. The ginger adds a lovely spice note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/22/ginger-cream-black-tea-from-aromatica-fine-teas/
One of the reasons that I love 52Teas so much is that the idea behind it allows for some very creative blends. Where else are you going to find a tea company create a blend like this? That’s why I want to keep 52Teas alive and buy it from Frank so that I can keep creating unique tea flavors.
Regarding this tea – there’s a lot going on! This tea definitely benefits from a cooling period. When it’s still piping hot, the flavors are a bit muddled and it’s difficult to really taste any of them distinctly, but after allowing it to cool a while, the flavors become more focused. I was actually surprised that I could taste all the flavors: pumpkin, apple, banana and a freshly baked cake type of flavor. I wish I tasted more of the baked cake-y flavor, but the pumpkin, apple and banana do come through nicely.
The black tea base is also pleasant. I didn’t notice any bitterness or astringency. Overall, not my favorite from 52Teas but it was definitely tasty and it delivered what it promised.
This tea taught me something – goji berries are also known as wolfberries.
The description from M&K’s says that this tastes like: “like an apple met a cinnamon stick and got caught in a magical honey ocean.” and yeah … it does.
I love that the base is a green rooibos – which I prefer over red rooibos. Green rooibos is a little sweeter, lighter, and fruitier than the woodsy/nutty red rooibos.
Event though wolfberries = goji berries, I didn’t taste a strong goji berry flavor. Instead, I tasted honey, butterscotch, cinnamon and apple.
It was quite a wonderful tisane and I’m glad I tried it.
Of the various apple teas that 52Teas/SBT offered this past autumn season (and into the winter season) this was by far my favorite. As I sipped on it, it tasted like an Apple Crisp.
The apple and the Oolong used in the base of this tea are really a good match. The Darjeeling Oolong has a natural “crispness” to it that works well of the crisp apple notes. There’s a hint of warm spice and a touch of brown sugar to this too.
This tea gets a big YUM from me. I liked this one a lot.
I enjoyed this. I didn’t necessarily agree with the ‘chai’ part of the name, simply adding cinnamon to a tea doesn’t make it a chai in my book. Sure, I know tea = chai but for me, chai = spices. Cinnamon isn’t enough to make this a chai for me.
That said, it’s still tasty. The pu-erh is smooth and earthy and mellow and I thought that the cinnamon and licorice root complemented the earthy notes of the pu-erh. The peppermint gave it a lovely freshness and the vanilla gave it a soft, creamy note.
An enjoyable pu-erh blend.
I revisited this tea recently because it was part of December’s Amoda Tea Box. Yeah, that’s right! Amoda is back, baby!
I was thrilled with last month’s box, which included four sample sizes of teas, DIY loose leaf teabags (which are really unnecessary for me but I know that some people like them), tasting notes, a ‘Stellar’ story link which offers you song choices to listen to as you sip on the teas of the month, and a yummy chai infused marshmallow.
I like their new format – I like the size of the samplers, I like that there are four teas and I’ve always appreciated the tea vendors that Amoda chooses to feature in their monthly boxes. I’m not really into the whole Stellar thing mostly because as I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/17/ball-chain-oolong-tea-from-indie-tea/ – I’m more of a Guns N’ Roses kind of girl than an indie music kind of girl. But different strokes for different folks.
This tea is still just as tasty as I remember it being. I love the flavor of the dates: it’s a good, strong flavor. A nice caramel-y note. The dark Oolong brings a touch of roasty-toasty, smoky flavor to the cup. It all comes together in a really lovely way.