4139 Tasting Notes
This is one of the teas that I got as a “thank you” for contributing to the indie gogo campaign to reopen Zoomdweebies. Of the three in the ‘bacon’ set, this is the one that I hadn’t tried. And that’s mostly because of Lapsang Souchong. But, I’m glad I got to try this finally, because it’s pretty good. I did a rinsing of the leaves (15 seconds) and this helped eliminate the really strong, off-putting smoky notes that I get from Lapsang Souchong.
I do think that this tea would have benefited from a slightly lighter (or more complex?) base. Maybe not just Lapsang Souchong, but maybe a blend of Lapsang with Keemun and a little bit of Ceylon to round out the black tea base. A less robust tea background would have allowed the flavors of bacon to develop, I think.
The bacon notes are not completely overwhelmed by the lapsang, but, they are slightly obscured. I would like more bacon in this one!
I’ve tried this tea on several different occasions, and I re-reviewed it for the SororiTea Sisters because when I had the opportunity to try it again, I wanted to sit back and compare notes to see what I thought of it now. It had been a while since that last review. Here’s a link to my new review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/17/tulsi-infusion-black-tea-teatulia/
This Tulsi Infusion has a nice balance of flavors. The black tea is strong and robust, and the tulsi adds a nice warmth to the cup. Crisp and slightly minty, but there are also some “spicy” sort of flavors in there too. I like tulsi, and I think that this is a really good tea for someone who is new to the herb and wants to explore it.
A LOVELY jasmine scented green tea. I love that this is organic. I’ve tried quite a few of Kally Tea’s teas in their new organic line, and the teas have been really good. If you are looking for organic teas, you should check out what Kally has to offer!
The jasmine in this tea is heavenly! The aroma is so soft and beautiful, and the flavor is equally soft and beautiful. This doesn’t taste perfume-y. Just a soft, exotic, floral note.
The green tea tastes fresh and sweet. Not really grassy at all. There really isn’t a strong “vegetative” taste either … it tastes fresh and lightly “leafy” but not so much like vegetables or bitter grass. It’s just a really light, fresh taste.
But the jasmine here is what would keep me coming back because it’s really beautifully done. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/16/organic-green-jasmine-tea-kally-tea/
I absolutely LOVE Eco Cha! This is a fantastic company, and their packaging is gorgeous – very classy! It’s the kind of tea package that you’ll feel good about giving to a tea loving friend (even if that friend is YOU!)
So I was happy to see that Steepster included in last month’s select box some choice teas from Eco Cha … and this was one of them. I had already tried the tea from samples that I had received from Eco Cha, but this one is so good that I was certainly happy to get the tea again! (You can read my first review of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/15/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-oolong-tea-eco-cha/ )
A really good Oolong, sweet, floral and a slight woodsy note. The texture is light and refreshing. Later infusions revealed the woodsy tone to be more of a pine-like note, and later I tasted notes of apple.
An excellent Oolong!
I’ve really liked the teas that I’ve tried from Brew La La. I also LOVE the packaging! Very cool tins, and the pretty pink paper and the cool box … it made it feel like I was getting a present from a friend rather than a package of tea! I love it when I find a tea company like that!
This tea has a strong raspberry flavor that starts out sweet and becomes tart at the end of the sip, and the tart berry tingle lingers for the aftertaste. But I like that the raspberry does not overpower the green tea – the flavor of the green tea is the first thing I noticed when I took a sip: sweet, buttery, and a little bit grassy (sweet grass). The creaminess of the green tea complemented the raspberry tones really well.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/14/organic-raspberry-green-tea-brew-la-la-tea/
I love that Amoda and Butiki teamed up and created three unique flavors for Amoda Tea’s December box! I felt like a real gift arrived in my mailbox when I got the package. And I love that Amoda chose Butiki because let’s face it, Stacy rocks!
I love this combination of flavors. The green tea blend is sweet and melds beautifully with the flavors of eggnog – sweet and custard-y! – and the sweet, nutty flavors from the praline.
This one is fab!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/13/eggnog/
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this tea. It really tastes like apple cider! I’ve tried a few different teas that have tried to capture the flavor of apple cider, but Zhi Tea really nailed it with this honeybush tisane … although I doubted it would end up being so close to apple cider flavor before I brewed it because – there’s coconut flakes in there! What?
But it all melds together in a really delicious way. The coconut flavor was dominant in the first couple of sips, but then I found the coconut notes begin to taper off and sort of fuse into the cup and become part of the whole, creating a taste that is very interestingly apple cider-y.
The apple notes are sweet and the cloves and cinnamon accentuate and add warmth. The honeybush doesn’t add a really strong flavor of its own, more like an earthy background that brings the spices into focus. The vanilla gives the cup balance, and similar to the aforementioned coconut, it doesn’t really taste distinctly of vanilla, rather, it’s more like part of the whole fusion of flavors to create the apple cider illusion for the palate.
I really liked this.
An excellent pure white tea. Not a surprise, because Mark Wendell offers some super teas!
The flavor is delicate, but it doesn’t lack in flavor. It has a crispness to it that I find very enjoyable. This crisp note is very invigorating! Sweet with hay-like notes. Gentle and earthy.
This tea is good for many resteeps too!
here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/12/china-mutan-white-tea-from-mark-t-wendell/
This is a nice and relaxing blend. The lemon notes are soft and sweet, more like a lemon-y curd type of flavor than an in-your-face tart lemon note. It’s a little bit tart and a little bit sweet. There is even just a hint of lemon-y bitterness to this.
The lemongrass adds a touch of buttery taste to the cup and I like the smooth flavor it brings to this tisane. A nice, cozy type of tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/11/organic-soothing-lemon-wellness-herbal-tea-from-the-cozy-leaf/
The oolong tea has an earthy flavor, with notes of toasty nut which adds a compelling contrast to the sweet-tart flavors of the citrus fruit. The citrus notes were bright and lovely.
The second infusion is better than the first, so this is one you definitely want to resteep!
here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/10/juicy-lemon-pink-grapefruit-oolong-tea-from-herbal-infusions/