4641 Tasting Notes
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!)
This was my tea for the 4th day from the Teanzo Advent Calendar. This is a wonderful Irish Breakfast: bold, malty and rich. A very satisfying tea – the kind of tea that I want first thing in the morning.
Robust flavors. It starts out sweet with notes of caramel that mingle with the malty tones. Mid-sip, I pick up on a light bitter tone. It isn’t an unpleasant bitterness, I found the contrast to the sweeter notes to be quite welcome. Notes of fruit (dried plum and raisin), whispers of flower, and notes that remind me of freshly baked bread.
A very pleasant tea, indeed. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/04/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-4-from-teanzo-1856/
I didn’t have high hopes for this blend, to be honest. I’m not a big fan of grape. I love pomegranate, but when it comes to grape, I love the fruit but not so much the “grape flavored” things with which the candy makers of the world seem intent to saturate our taste buds. Ugh. I don’t like grape flavored soda, I don’t like grape ice pops, I don’t like grape candies. It doesn’t taste like grape. It tastes like something that maybe the Grape Ape from those cartoons in the 70s produced and I don’t want to know what body part they came from.
That said, I have found a few grape flavored teas I’ve enjoyed and I was pleasantly surprised by this pomegranate and grape flavored tea. You should let this tea cool for a few minutes before you start sipping because when this tea is freshly poured and piping hot the flavors taste rather muddled.
It’s a sweet tasting tea but not overly sweet. The tartness of the pomegranate flavors offset the candy-sweet flavor of the grape and I think that’s what makes this tea enjoyable for me. I’m tasting more “grape” and less “artificially flavored grape soda” with this tea.
This blend had a bit too much hibiscus for my liking. I tasted mostly hibiscus, with some notes of ginger and lemon grass. I didn’t taste much pineapple or coconut from it at first, but by mid-cup, I got more fruit notes.
This blend would have been so much better without the hibiscus. I drank it, I’d probably drink it again if it were offered to me, but would I order some for myself if I had other choices available to me? Probably not.
It tastes much better cold than hot. As it cools, some of the promised fruit flavors begin to emerge and the hibiscus fades a little. Still not my favorite, but it becomes much nicer cold.