4227 Tasting Notes
I really liked this one. I love horchata, and while I have never actually tasted rumchata (I actually recently discovered that this is something that can be purchased in the liquor section of the grocery store. I don’t shop there very often … and had no idea that such a thing existed.)
But I like the concept of adding some rum to horchata. And this is yummy. I actually recommended to Frank that he try this flavor with Genmaicha since the rice-y flavor of the genmaicha would be very complementary to the horchata flavors. I hope he does that soon.
Anyway … the cinnamon adds a nice warmth to the cup. I do like the sweet, nutty flavor that the honeybush adds to this too (although genmaicha would be better, methinks.) Very tasty … and Frank proves once again that he has a way with honeybush.
An interesting concept. I don’t know if I’ve tried another tea that offers “extra caffeine” like this. I mean, I know that different teas have different caffeine levels, but I don’t know that I’ve encountered a tea that boasts extra caffeine like this.
This is really tasty. I love the toasted coconut flavor. It is sweet, toasty, creamy and nutty. The flavor of the tea is strong … and the “extra caffeine” seems to bring it to a nearly bitter point – almost, but not quite. I can taste “hints” that this could be bitter … so it’s one you want to keep careful watch over when you’re steeping it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/08/toasted-coconut-black-hicaf-tea-republic-tea/
Prior to tasting this tea I can’t recall having ever tasted Lucuma. It’s sweet and like the description suggests – maple-y. It makes a sweet, creamy matcha.
My specs for this Matcha were classic grade with a distinctive level of favoring. The Lucuma has a very mild flavor to it though, that you could bump this up to robust and I’d probably be satisfied with it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/07/lucuma-flavored-matcha-green-tea-red-leaf-tea/
I was a little worried before I sampled this because when hibiscus is the first ingredient … I worry. I don’t like hibiscus.
But this isn’t too bad. I steeped it for 5 minutes, and this kept the hibiscus’s power at a minimum. It didn’t taste too thick or syrupy or tart.
The spice notes are nice and I like that contrast to the sweet, fruity tones. A tasty, tropical “fruit chai.”
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/07/sea-breeze-tisane-eden-grove/
An agreeable black: rich, bold and hearty with a delicious honeyed taste.
Nicely round. Malty notes, bread-y flavors … although this isn’t the most complex black tea I’ve tried. It’s more of a “black tea” kind of tea … strong, full-flavored, but not a more than that to it. Just a good black tea.
Previously, I reviewed their conventionally grown Kukicha, and then I got the opportunity to try their Organic variety. I love both teas, but I do have a special appreciation for this one because it is organic. That said … you really can’t go wrong with Aiya … all of the teas that I’ve tried from them have been really remarkable.
This is a really good Kukicha. Very fresh tasting. One of the best Kukicha teas I’ve tried.
A vibrant, energizing flavor, and yet it is very calming to sip. Light, sweet, slightly grassy, with a hint of astringency at the tail. Not quite as nutty as some of the kukicha I’ve tasted. This has more of a fruit and floral taste.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/06/organic-kukicha-green-tea-aiya/
This one was in my January Steepster Select Box and I was thrilled to find teas from Eco-Cha in that box! I love Eco-Cha!
The aroma is gently spiced. These spice notes are part of the sip too, I taste notes of cinnamon and clove. Mid-sip, I notice hints of mint. There is a grain-like flavor to this too, sort of like malt. Not like a malty note you might taste in an Assam, but more like the flavor of a hot cereal. That kind of malt.
A very comforting tea. There is a fruit note that is somewhat fruit-like, like currant.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/red-jade-tea-eco-cha/
One of the most impressive teas that I’ve tried from Indonesia.
A very fresh, uplifting flavor. Soft and silky. Buttery taste and texture. Mildly vegetal, reminiscent of freshly steamed spinach, and with the buttery notes, it becomes a steamed spinach that’s been lightly drizzled with butter. Nice.
But this has a nice complexity to it too, with floral mid-notes, and delicate nutty tones and a fruit note in the distance. One of the sweeter green teas I’ve come across in my tea journeys.
I love the two teas that I’ve tried from this company. Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/organic-mountain-indonesian-green-tea-tea-sea/
A very hearty flavor to this tea. It’s one of those teas that I’d like to have in my teacup first thing in the morning … something with a little bit of gusto.
A strong roasted flavor to this: a nice, rich, roasty-toasty flavor that I enjoy. Hints of smoke and earth. There is a backdrop of spice to it too. I like the way the spiced notes meld with the roasted notes. This is one you want to keep an eye on when you’re steeping it because I could taste a subtle bitter tone that suggests to me that it could become quite bitter if oversteeped.
I have to say that even though these teas from Tea of Life are bagged teas, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve tried from them thus far. This blend has struck a really good balance between green tea flavors with the right touches of honey and lemon.
Sweet, slightly grassy, and a bright citrus-y note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/04/green-tea-honey-lemon-tea-life/