4401 Tasting Notes
I have to admit that when I read the ingredient list for this tisane, I was a little dismayed. Hibiscus as well as stevia? Ugh. I would rather companies not put stevia in their blends, because I like to decide how much (if any) sweetener I add to a cup. I don’t like this decision made for me. And well, it’s no secret that hibiscus just isn’t my favorite tea/tisane ingredient.
That said, this tisane was still pretty darned good. I do think it would have been better without the stevia, but as it is, I found myself enjoying the apple-y notes and the spices, and the stevia does nicely accentuate the spice notes.
This tisane tastes a bit like apple cider that’s been mulled with masala chai spices.
Fortunately, the hibiscus is on the light side, and I would still recommend only steeping for 6 minutes to keep the hibiscus from becoming too syrupy.
A well-defined apple note with lots of well-balanced spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Essentially, this is like an apple chai! Nice!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/18/spicy-apple-tisane-from-tea-people/
Let me start by apologizing for the photo. It looks terribly distorted. If you check out my full-length review of this tea, you’ll see a slightly better version of the photo of the tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/17/darjeeling-second-flush-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/ (Even though the photo is kind of small)
Anyway … on to the tea!
My preference for Darjeeling tends to be the second flush so I was happy to see that this was a second flush Darjeeling in Simple Loose Leaf’s May Selection Club box. I prefer the second flush because it usually has more muscatel-ish notes and they make me happy. That said, I would like to say that I’ve tried some amazing first flush Darjeeling teas from this year’s harvests that have made me happy also.
But, I’m not talking about those right now, right now, I’m talking about this Second Flush Darjeeling from Simple Loose Leaf, and this tea made me quite happy. A lovely, well-rounded taste with lots of fruity notes. Lovely muscatel. Woodsy, earthy layers of flavor.
Smooth, uplifting, grape-y notes that transform into a black currant flavor toward the finish. Sweet! A slightly tangy finish but far less astringent than some Darjeelings that I’ve encountered. This is more smooth … with what I’d call a moderate dry astringency.
A fine Darjeeling.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Cameron Tea? They have only a select few teas, but the teas that they do have are AMAZING.
This Ruby Black is a delightfully aromatic tea with notes of leather and spice.
And it tastes amazing: Caramel, cacao, malt … earthy, gentle spice notes. The aftertaste has a mild minty note.
A very rich and satisfying tea. This would be a good “first cuppa” type tea because it has a strong flavor that I look for in my first cup of the day. I really like this one, please read my full-length review to check out my gushing praise of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/17/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-ruby-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/
This was from the last Amoda Tea box (I miss them!) I was happy to see this tea in the box, because it was one from JusTea that I hadn’t yet tried. I had tried their delicious African Chai – and I was happy that was in the box too, because I was more than happy to drink that one again! But since this Handcrafted Oolong was new to me, I was happy to be able to try something different.
The aroma I experienced when I first opened the pouch was that of fresh cut hay. This is a fragrance I’m familiar with having grown up in a farming community where the surrounding farms and ranches would grow hay and alfalfa, and I could always tell when the neighbors were harvesting their hay because the smell of freshly cut hay would fill the air. But I have to admit that it was a little weird to be experiencing that scent when I opened a pouch of Oolong. I often experience it when I have a white tea, but, not so much an Oolong.
My earliest infusions were sweet – like molasses – with distant vegetal notes. Later infusions brought some fruit notes into focus, as well as some woodsy tones. Notes of plum and nectarine, like the cooked fruit – imagine a plum/nectarine pie. That sounds good. I must be hungry.
A really good Oolong. Definitely one I’d be willing to have again. This one made me happy.
A seriously awesome Earl Grey! This has a strong bergamot essence both in dry leaf aroma and in brewed tea aroma … and in flavor! It’s a strong bergamot taste but it doesn’t taste soapy or perfume-y. It just tastes bright and uplifting, the way a good Earl Grey should taste.
Smooth and nicely round. The black tea base is full-flavored and robust and satisfying. The bergamot has a few light floral notes popping in here and there throughout the sip but mostly I get a bright burst of citrus-y notes which is just the way I want it to be when I’m drinking Earl Grey.
A VERY very good Earl Grey! In my top 5. Although I admit that my top 5 seems to change a lot. But this one belongs there.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/16/earl-grey-premium-black-tea-from-ocean-of-tea/
Sweet, tangy, and brightly flavored. I don’t taste a lot of honeybush flavor to this but I do get a slight nutty, honeyed flavor in the background. Mostly, I taste orange and pineapple and it’s a bit reminiscent of a fruit juice you might drink for breakfast. Only I drank it hot and there’s no pulp. But it’s still really tasty. It has a soothing quality when served hot.
It makes a great iced tea too, because after I tried it hot, I brewed up a pitcher for iced tea drinking the next day and I enjoyed it.
This may just be the best Matcha dusted genmaicha tea that I’ve yet to taste. I’ve tried quite a few … this one (at this point) tops the list.
Roasty-toasty warmth with delicious nutty notes and a strong freshness of green tea flavors. The Sencha tea offers a good balance between sweet and contrasting bitter notes. It’s light and flavorful, and the matcha gives the cup a nice body and a slight creaminess which highlights the nutty flavors.
Really good. Delicious hot or iced.
LOVE this Oolong. I have tried several different teas from Nepali Tea Traders, and I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve tried. I love that this is from Nepal (Nepal Oolongs ROCK!)
Honeyed caramel, fruity notes (peach and plum), woodsy notes, and floral notes. Later infusions were darker and richer in flavor. A full-flavored Oolong with sweet and sour fruit notes, floral tones and warm woodsy flavors. Lovely!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/14/wild-yeti-oolong-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/
This tea is best iced. I liked it fine hot, but I really liked it when I cold-brewed a few teabags overnight – it made a delicious iced tea.
Sweet, crisp white tea notes. Bright raspberry flavor. The finish reminds me very much of the taste when eating a fresh, ripe raspberry – sweet with tart berry notes.