4839 Tasting Notes
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!
Please check out Frank’s Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/southern-boy-teas-organic-flavored-iced-teas/x/4481332
Backlog:I like peppermint and I like licorice – and so I found myself drawn to this tea from M&K’s holiday sampler. I was curious about it because peppermint and licorice are very polarizing flavors and I wondered whether they’d come to a peaceful place together in one blend.
They actually taste quite nice together! The cool flavor of the peppermint curbs the sharp notes of the licorice (which is further softened by the honey roasting) and the warm flavors of the licorice cut through some of the minty notes to make this taste more like tea should taste and less like mouthwash.
A really nice blend.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/30/peppermint-peace-herbal-tea-from-mks-tea-company/
from my December Amoda Teas box.
I wasn’t too excited to see that there was hibiscus in this blend. Hibiscus … ugh. I dislike this herb. I wish more tea companies would just say no to hibiscus.
Fortunately, the hibiscus is light here. It doesn’t add too much tartness nor does it add to the texture (I’m not getting that thick, syrupy ick from hibiscus here).
This is actually pretty tasty, a really nice berry tea. The blueberry is the top note. I get sweetness from the blueberry and a hint of tart. The currant gives this a slight wine-like note. I liked this cold too.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/29/wild-woman-black-tea-blend-from-tay-tea/
Today, I’ve been testing out samples from various suppliers, and since I’m not writing comprehensive reviews on those teas (just taking basic tasting notes so that I can make an informed judgement on the right teas to use), I figure it will give me a little bit of time to post my backlogged notes to Steepster.
This is one of my favorite black teas of all time. I really love this tea.
Seriously. It’s an awesome black tea.
Sweet, caramel-y, notes of cacao. As I said in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/29/fujian-golden-monkey-jin-mao-hou-black-tea-from-what-cha-tea/ – Those cacao notes are so well-defined that it tastes as though I might have dropped a few cacao shells in the basket before I brewed this tea.
Earthy notes, leather. Malt – the malt together with the caramel and cacao almost hint at creaminess. Quite lovely. Not bitter. Very little astringency.
Just a perfect black tea. Love this.
I had this tea rated at a 98 but I’m resetting because I’m no longer doing the numerical rating. But if I were, this would be a 98.