4840 Tasting Notes
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.
Definitely spicier than the average chai! I really liked this. A strong ginger note that is accented with black pepper and red pepper flake that provide a really nice kick to this. A nice cinnamon note, I love the anise in there. The cardamom and clove round out the spice flavor.
The black tea base is strong enough to be tasted – I don’t get a lot of the nuances of the black tea but I don’t think that’s what a chai is all about anyway. Chai is usually about the spice and this blend really showcases the spices nicely.
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A lovely roasted Tie Guan Yin. The roasting process has changed the flavor profile – the floral and vegetal notes that I might normally experience with a Tie Guan Yin are more toasty and nutty now. This adds a really nice dimension to the sweetness of this tea.
Early infusions are creamy and sweet. As it was quite hot, I noticed the tea was on the crisp side, but as the tea cooled slightly, it became softer and creamier. Later infusions became smoother, and the roasty-toasty notes became enhanced. I noticed notes of charcoal and freshly roasted chestnuts. The last infusions that I enjoyed of this tea became a different tea entirely, with a cleaner taste and notes of fruit.
Here’s my full-length review of my adventure with this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/28/anxi-monkey-king-ma-liu-mie-tie-guan-yin-oolong-tea-from-teavivre/
And thank you to Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea.
An excellent Assam. Full flavored and robust. This is the kind of tea you want to reach for on the mornings when you can’t shake the sleepy because this will do it for you.
Malty, rich, delicious notes of dark chocolate and honeyed caramel. A really nice, bold tea.
This is the first White Two Tea offering that I’ve tried. I found it to be quite nice. The earthiness of it was rather subtle, which I appreciated.
Earliest infusions were sweet and mellow. The earthiness of this pu-erh is perhaps the most pleasant earthy taste that I’ve yet to experience in a pu-erh. This has a flavor of a mushroom. It’s not briny or fishy. It’s smooth, not bitter, and not astringent.
Later infusions became deeper in flavor but still pleasantly sweet, mellow and smooth. The sweetness develops into a caramel-y like flavor that I loved, and then with later infusions, it became more like molasses (loved that too!)
In later infusions, I also picked up on some raw cacao notes and hints of mineral. There was also a slight citrus-y tangy note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/27/1997-light-green-7582-private-order-pu-erh-tea-from-white-two-tea/
OK, I want to start this tasting note by saying that if you haven’t already, please check out this note about my ‘take over’ of 52Teas (don’t worry, it’s a friendly take over!) – http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/23/the-great-52teas-take-over/ – and I hope that you’ll consider helping me with my kickstarter campaign!
Anyway … I enjoyed this tea. 52Teas offered a lot of apple-y teas this past autumn/winter season and while I think that my favorite was the Apple Oatmeal one with the Darjeeling Oolong because that was seriously yum, this was still pretty tasty.
It’s pleasantly sweet without additives, it has a nice apple note and a zesty note of cinnamon that doesn’t overwhelm the cup. I like the light nutty tones of the honeybush and the hint of honeyed taste from the honeybush in this – it’s a really nice complement to the flavors.
When I drank it warm, it reminded me of apple cider. I didn’t like this as much as it cooled though. It’s much better hot.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/26/cinnamon-apple-honeybush-from-52teas/
As I said in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/26/pomegranate-san-francisco-tea-from-culinary-teas/ – this tea won me over before I even started brewing it. The aroma of the dry leaf is so lovely, it evokes thoughts of walking into a candy shop.
The pomegranate is sweet and tart, and I love the way the fruit notes play with the notes of vanilla and chocolate. The overall prevailing note is sweet, but some tart notes weave their way in and out. The black tea has a nice malty tone to it, and it’s a pleasant flavor: smooth and full-flavored.
As the tea cools, I pick up on more chocolate (and more chocolate = better). The chocolate and vanilla together create a very luscious creamy experience.
This is a really yummy tea.
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/