4788 Tasting Notes

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In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/keiths-delicious-tea-from-because-ur-priceless/ – I mention that this is a “nice, mild-tasting tisane.” That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s very mellow, which is kind of surprising given that one of the ingredients is peppermint which isn’t the most mellow of herbs. Here, the lemon balm tempers it so that the flavor is softer.

It starts out herby, with notes of peppermint coming through and by mid-sip, I pick up on citrus flavors. The finish is cool from the mint. The aftertaste is both minty and lemon-y.

It’s a refreshing tisane. Not something I’d drink daily but I enjoyed it.

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A delightful purple Oolong.

A lighter texture than typical Oolong teas, this doesn’t have that buttery mouthfeel that you might experience from a greener type of Oolong. It doesn’t feel or taste creamy.

It tastes strongly of fruit! A slight sugary type of taste to it. There is a moderate astringency. Later infusions focused on plum notes and sugar cane. Keep on steeping this tea, because you’ll be rewarded with later infusions that are very smooth, less astringent, and even slightly creamy.

A really nice Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/24/kenya-hand-rolled-purple-varietal-oolong-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank Mother Nature's Medley by Tealee
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OK, first things first, I have to point out that this tisane HAS NO HIBISCUS IN IT! How amazing is that?

This is called a ‘detox’ tea on their website, and if it is indeed a detox, it’s one of the tastier detox blends I’ve tried.

Ginger is the first note I recognize and it’s warm and zesty. Then I taste hints of sweetness from the apple. I even taste apple flavor which surprised me because usually when apple is used in blends like this, it isn’t for apple flavor but for a little bit of sweetness. I tasted both the sweetness and flavor from apple. Then I picked up on notes of citrus from lemongrass.

The spearmint is vibrant but not overwhelming. A hint of rose seems to weave its way in and out of the sip.

A really nice blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/mother-natures-medley-herbal-tisane-from-tealee/

K S

A tisane with no hibiscus? Can they even do that? That’s just crazy talk woman ;) My wife loves hibiscus and rosehips. She just can’t understand why I don’t like her ‘teas’.

LiberTEAS

Ugh … I hate hibiscus. Hate it. I “tolerate” it in blends occasionally, but I would still rather it not be there.

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This tasting note is for Starglory’s FOP Assam black. When they sent me their very generous sized samplings to try, they sent me several different blacks from different gardens. This was the only FOP with the other two being TGFOP1.

As I say in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/assam-orthodox-black-tea-fop-from-starglory/ this is a perfect Assam.

It’s rich, malty and delicious. Sweet Caramel-y notes. No bitterness. Notes of fruit and flower in the background. It has that rich, chewy sort of flavor to it, like the caramelized, crispy, chewy crust of freshly baked bread. It’s very satisfying.

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drank Maple Leaf by Lemon Lily
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This is one of the most visually stunning teas I’ve encountered. However, there are a lot of flowers – let me retype that and say: there are a LOT of flowers in this. It almost looks like there are more flowers than there is tea.

This is the first tea that I tried from Lemon Lily, a tea company that was featured in edition 8 from Postal Teas.

Fortunately, even though there are a lot of flowers in the tea, I can taste the delicate white tea. It is a very floral tea, but the flowers seem to actually accentuate the white tea base.

This tea pleases all the senses – I love the way it looks, I love the aroma, I love the taste and it even makes me feel good when I sip it. As far as the sense of hearing, I like to hear the sigh of contentment when I sip it.

Notes of lavender and chrysanthemum. A hint of spice from the anise (I really like the way the licorice plays with the floral notes). The maple comes through nicely. And then I taste that light, airy, silky quality of the white tea.

A really enjoyable tea.

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yeah, this is the kind of tea that you want to drink first thing in the morning. It’s the kind of tea that kicks you in the backside and gets you going. The kind of tea that shakes you vigorously to get you to wake up.

The sip starts out sweet yet bold, with notes of caramel and molasses with malty notes, earthy tones, hints of stone fruit and whispers of flower. Toward the tail, I pick up on citrus flavors.

A really lovely breakfast tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/22/morningtime-black-tea-from-mks-tea-company/

Nichole

I ordered some of this last week. Can’t wait to try it.

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A really tasty iced tea. I also enjoyed the 52teas version. I like the way the honeybush works with the flavors because that soft honey note really adds a pleasant dimension to the flavors of pineapple, coconut and that hint of rum. There’s just the slightest note of nutty flavor and the delightful honey note that really works with the flavors.

Very refreshing.

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drank Apple Spice by Culinary Teas
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A really nice autumnal tea (and yeah, that’s when I drank it – I’m still really behind but I must get caught up by March 31, I just have to.)

The sip starts sweet. Notes of cinnamon. As I mention in my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/21/apple-spice-tea-from-culinary-teas/ – this is the cinnamon like you’d find in your spice cabinet, not the cinnamon that you’d taste from a cinnamon candy. It’s gently warm and sweet and it accents the apple flavor nicely.

The Ceylon base is a brisk tasting tea with a smooth, crisp character and moderate astringency.

A really pleasant cuppa.

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This tea was yum. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to given that it was a pu-erh. Yeah, yeah, I actually like pu-erh, it’s just still like an automatic response from me as I’ve said before.

I don’t taste any brine-y, fishy flavors from this (a good thing) and it’s not overly earthy (again, a good thing). Lovely notes of cinnamon, clove and ginger. The nutmeg isn’t as obvious as the other spices. It’s a warm and comforting tea – the spices are warming but not really ‘spicy.’

The pu-erh is a mellow tasting tea. I like the deep flavor of the pu-erh together with the rich, silky flavor of the caramel. That’s really nice. This is one I’d recommend to someone who thinks they don’t like pu-erh; this would be a nice intro to pu-erh.

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I do love Teavivre. One of the best companies out there. Seriously. Especially if you’re looking for a top-notch Oolong.

I mention in my full-length review of this tea, found here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/20/taiwan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-from-teavivre/ that the wording of the description of this tea sounds as though this is a ‘beginner’ type of Oolong. I certainly don’t consider myself a beginner since I’ve had quite a lot of Oolong teas over the past six years or so as a tea reviewer, but I think that this is a tea that even a more advanced Oolong drinker can enjoy.

It isn’t as creamy as some High Mountain Oolong teas and I also found this to be less floral than most green Oolongs. This has more of a delicate flavor to it and I do understand why this is considered a ‘beginner’ Oolong because sometimes those new to Oolong teas are somewhat put off by the strong floral qualities of green Oolong teas.

This tea is soft, sweet, and subtle. It has a silky texture. Hints of melon in the background. Later infusions proved to be a little more floral than the first, but was still a very pleasant, easy drinking tea.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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