4624 Tasting Notes
This is the tea from Day 7 of the advent calendar from Teanzo.
Here’s my full-length review (which includes a photo of an ornament I made out of a burned out lightbulb a few years ago): http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/07/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-7-from-teanzo-1856/
I was happy to find a minty tea like this in the box – and especially happy to find that this Moroccan Mint tea is a gunpowder base. Maybe it’s because my first Moroccan Mint tea was a green gunpowder base that I think that all Moroccan Mint teas should be like that, but it would seem that “Moroccan Mint” is a name that any minty tea can use, even if it’s a straight, 100% mint tisane. shrug
Anyway, I like the balance of flavors here – the mint isn’t overdone. It doesn’t have a strong, overwhelming toothpaste-y or mouthwash-y taste to it. I like that I taste the green tea prominently and the mint is an accenting flavor and doesn’t get in the way of the complexity of the gunpowder.
This one resteeps well too.
I updated this tea a little because it’s now organic. So with the new ‘change’ to the tea, I reviewed the organic version here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/11/organic-rose-ginger-oolong-tea-from-aftelier-perfumed-teas/
Because it’s been a while since I had the previous non-organic version of this tea, it would be difficult to sit back and compare the two based only on memory and previous reviews. But, I am of the belief that organic is better. It’s better for the earth, it’s better for our bodies.
The rose and the ginger play very well together. It’s not really a flavor combination I would have thought of putting together, but I’m glad that Aftelier did because I really enjoyed it. The TieQuanYin has a light earthy quality to it with wisps of smoke in the background. Lightly creamy, a buttery note that is more like browned butter than fresh, creamy butter. The roasted notes of the TieQuanYin add a nutty dimension to the cup that is quite pleasant.
I was surprised at how the “baked in” flavors of this tea remain after many infusions. A really lovely tea – I highly recommend the tea collection from Aftelier.
52Teas does the cola flavors very well, at least, that’s been my experience in the past with the various cola flavored teas that Frank has created. So I figured I’d enjoy this one.
It’s tasty. I taste the cherry and I taste the cola. And I taste the black tea. In my full-length article about this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/10/cherry-cola-flavored-iced-black-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/ I mentioned that it tastes like someone poured a flat cherry cola into my black tea.
That is to say that I didn’t get as much of the effervescent experience as I would if I were drinking soda … but I do get a slight ‘bubbly’ taste from this. Not as much as I remember experiencing from the 52Teas version of the cola. I’m not sure why that is.
This is still really good, very refreshing … a really good iced tea.
I bought this RTD tea/tisane because of the word “zero” on the label. The fact that this is an unsweetened RTD Guayusa was what captured my attention. I really dislike most RTD teas/tisanes because they end up tasting more like sugar than they do the teas/herbs that they’re made from. But because this is unsweetened, I felt confident that I would taste the Guayusa in this.
And that’s what I tasted. I tasted lime and I tasted Guayusa. The Guayusa is smooth and earthy and has that slight coffee-esque taste that I’ve come to recognize as Guayusa. The lime is a strong flavor but it tastes like real lime, not some fake lime taste.
One of the better RTD that I’ve tried.
My August box from Postal Teas (Postal teas now refers to their boxes as “editions” rather than by the month, so this was edition 6) included teas from Pluck, a new-to-me company so I was very happy. I love it when I find teas and tea companies that are new to me!
I really like Postal Teas. Their shipping process could probably use some work and I will admit that most other subscription/tea of the month type packages that I’ve received are more effective at getting the teas to me in a more timely fashion (I can count on about when the teas will arrive). But I do like that Postal Teas exposes me to small companies that I might not have discovered without them. And I also LOVE that Postal Teas includes in my boxes a handwritten note that is personalized to me. In edition 6 (the box that this tea came in), I got a handwritten note that said that they appreciate the feedback (ie: the blog write up). I like that. I like that they take the time to write me something personal.
And I really enjoyed this tea. When I opened the pouch, I could smell the peach. It was very fragrant. As I pointed out on my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/09/just-peachy-black-tea-from-pluck-tea/ it reminded me of when we stopped at our local produce stand and bought a crate of peaches … the smell permeated the kitchen and it smelled like fresh peaches for days. Loved that. That is the smell that escaped the pouch when I opened it.
The black tea is the strongest flavor of the cup (which is the way it should be, it should taste like tea). The peach starts out very subtly and develops as I sip. This tastes like true peach, not some artificial flavor.
A really tasty peach tea.
I think that this will be the last of the tasting notes that I post tonight since it would seem that the dashboard is at a halt at the moment anyway. I wanted to post at least one or two more tasting notes tonight (and I have) because I’m determined to get caught up!
This is a really good Jasmine tea. I’ve been very impressed with the teas that I’ve tried from Green Terrace. The jasmine is strong but doesn’t overpower, a lovely, exotic floral note that doesn’t taste perfume-y. Perfectly lovely!
I like this a lot. It’s similar to a Chinese Jasmine green except that the green tea flavor is different – because this is a Taiwanese green. The flavor is less grassy and more sweet and there’s a slight creaminess to this that I don’t experience with most Chinese jasmine teas.
A really lovely tea, indeed! If you’re a fan of Jasmine teas – this one is highly recommended! Please check out of my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/09/jasmine-green-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/
This is the first of the teas that I tried from Teaveda. A rooibos base with chai-like spices. It’s warm and comforting and that does instill a certain sense of relaxation. What I found very delightful about this particular blend is that it’s a “Relax” blend but there is no chamomile. I like that Teaveda chose a different approach with this Ayurvedic blend.
It’s tasty too. Spicy-sweet with just the right kiss of vanilla to add a creamy note. The creaminess accents the nutty notes of the rooibos, and the earthiness of the rooibos elevates the earthy notes of the cinnamon and the other spices.
Overall, a nice rooibos chai. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/08/relax-ayurvedic-rooibos-tisane-from-teaveda/
From the September Tea box from Simple Loose Leaf. (I really miss getting this box!) This is a really enjoyable green tea. The aroma of the dry leaf is vegetal and earthy, with notes that remind me of freshly cut grass and hints of kelp and the leafy green section of the produce market.
The flavor is sweet and mild. In my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/08/green-pekoe-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/ I mention that this doesn’t have a strong or overbearing “green tea taste” – it doesn’t taste overly like vegetables, nor does it taste bitter or grassy. It’s pleasantly sweet and reminds me of the sweet flavor of steamed artichoke.
A very satisfying green tea – the kind of tea I like to drink when I’m looking for a boost.
This is the tea for Day 6 in the Tea Advent Calendar from Teanzo.
After Day 5’s spa blend that was mostly hibiscus, I was happy to have a Darjeeling tea to enjoy! It’s a really enjoyable Darjeeling, it has that crisp, invigorating taste that I expect from a Darjeeling. Notes of grape/muscatel. These notes start off more like a wine-like flavor with notes of black currant and then morph into more of the muscat grape note. The finish is sweet and slightly dry.
I found myself really enjoying this tea more as it cools. Normally, I want to enjoy a Darjeeling hot but I had to step away from my cup for a while and the texture begins to “thicken” somewhat as it cools, making it a much smoother and richer mouthfeel.
If you want a good Darjeeling to serve iced – this is it! This is great cold!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/06/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-6-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 5 on my Tea Advent Calendar from Teanzo.
I really wish this didn’t have hibiscus in it. The tartness of the hibiscus almost overwhelms everything else in this blend. I taste mostly hibiscus. I taste more lemongrass than I do chamomile. I feel like the chamomile is nearly lost in this. I do pick up on notes of apple and a soft, honeyed taste that I attributed to the chamomile, but they’re difficult to pick out with the heavy taste of hibiscus.
For me, the redeeming factor of this blend is the lemongrass. It brightens things up a bit with it’s citrus-y note.
As I mentioned in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/05/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-5-from-teanzo-1856/ I do think that this blend would taste much better with some spices. Perhaps steep some mulling spices on the stovetop for a while and then add the tisane to steep for 4 – 5 minutes before straining it all off. (You don’t want to steep this longer than 5 minutes otherwise you’ll have more hibiscus than you want!)