4303 Tasting Notes
From my February Steepster Select box. I found the jasmine notes to be just right for me. I love jasmine, but I don’t like it when the jasmine essence tastes as though it came from an essential oil rather than the layering of the leaves with jasmine blossoms.
This is a cup of jasmine paradise. The jasmine is soft and sweet and melds beautifully with the green tea, which is light and subtly grassy.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/19/jasmine-pearl-select-2013-green-tea-steepster/
Read my full-length review of this tisane here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/19/organic-unwind-tulsi-tisane-spicely-organics/
A fairly simple ingredient list, but out of the simplicity comes a very tasty tisane.
Strong cinnamon notes, but not like a sweet, red-hot candy cinnamon, nor does it taste too spicy. In my original review of this tea, I write that it’s more like the cinnamon you’d sprinkle on your toast or over your oatmeal.
The tulsi is basil-like, and while basil and cinnamon are two flavors from my spice cabinet that I wouldn’t think of mixing together, it works. Sweet yet savory: warm, zingy and pleasant.
The rose offers a nice floral undertone. A very nice, calming blend.
I ordered the reblend of this tea back when it was reblended because this was one of the more memorable teas that I’ve tried from 52Teas, and it’s been a while so I wanted to taste more of the Dreamsicle goodness.
Unfortunately, the reblend just doesn’t seem to live up to the memory of the original. I’m not sure if that’s because the memory has somehow become exaggerated with the passage of time or because the reblend just … isn’t quite as good.
There’s a lot of orange flavor to this, but, the vanilla notes seem to be a bit too subdued. That said, the Darjeeling notes are quite nice. Crisp, wine-like, fruity notes, and wood tones.
Overall, it’s good, but it just isn’t as good as I remember the original being.
One of the more unusual teas I’ve come across in my tea journey. It has a lot going on, but the flavors work in a pleasing way.
Flavorful blend of mint and flower with an earthy, sweet background. I taste both the black and the green tea (I brewed it at a lower temperature to avoid scorching the green tea.) The black tea is probably not as full-flavored as it would be if I brewed it at a higher temp, but, I feared a bitter taste from the green tea if I brewed it too hot.
I’m happy that the mint isn’t overpowering this blend, and neither is the hibiscus – yay!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/18/8-tea-tisane-eden-grove/
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A really high quality gunpowder green, I love that this is organic. A pleasant, smooth texture … brothy. Thick and silky. It has the flavor of lima beans … only sweeter. Buttery with a toasted nut tone. A very clean and fresh taste.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/17/organic-gunpowder-green-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/
A very special Pu-erh. A young one, so definitely one that I’ll hold on to for a while before I drink the rest of it. Let it age a bit.
Very little earthiness here, as I would expect from such a young Pu-erh. It is more vegetal than it is earthy. The vegetative taste falls somewhere between steamed spinach and kelp.
A light, refreshing Pu-erh, sweet and slightly floral, and there is a creaminess to this that took me by surprise. A distinct nutty tone and a bright citrus note too.
A really interesting pu-erh, I’m glad I got to try it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/16/master-hans-2013-sheng-pu-er-tea-verdant-tea/
Toast! I love the sweet, nutty, roasty-toasty flavor of this tea. It also has a nice creamy note to it. Later infusions, I began to discover some peach-like notes, notes of charcoal, mineral-y notes. I noticed more of a rustic flavor as I continued to steep these leaves.
A really fine Oolong! I highly recommend it.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/16/tiger-monk-roasted-oolong-tea-from-temple-road/
Because of my severe dislike for Teavana as a company, I really wanted to hate this tea, but I couldn’t. It’s actually a really nice Darjeeling. However, is it good enough to justify the high price tag on it? No. There are many excellent Darjeeling teas out there – better than this – for less than what Teavana is selling this one for.
This is a blend of six teas from six different estates. Nothing really all that exceptional about that. It’s a first flush, so I didn’t expect a lot of muscatel with this Darjeeling, and I didn’t get it. At least I wasn’t disappointed. Nice floral tones and a clean finish.
It’s good, but there are many Darjeelings out there that are better than this one, so I can’t recommend it, nor can I give it a high rating because I feel like it just isn’t worth the price.
A beautiful blooming tea that tastes good too. It has a delicate jasmine note with flavors of buttery vegetables and a light fruit note too, like melon-y flavors. This one opens up pretty fast.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/15/jasmine-bloom-flowering-tea-nuovo-tea/