4143 Tasting Notes
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/
A really unique tasting tea. It has some similarities to a really good genmaicha, although there are differences between the two. Most specifically, this doesn’t have the same ‘roasty-toasty’ taste that genmaicha usually does. This is more of a softer, sweeter kind of rice taste.
Subtle vegetative notes and distant jasmine notes. A really pleasant, unique tea. I loved it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/10/rice-fragrance-santikhiri-green-tea-tea-mania/
I Loved this tea! I was thrilled that Amoda rubbed elbows with Stacy at Butiki Teas and managed to get not just one but THREE exclusive blends for Amoda subscribers. I was so excited by this box!
I love nutmeg, it’s one of my very favorite spices, and I love how it’s the prominent focus of this tea blend. It’s warm but not spicy, with delicious nutty and earthy flavors. This truly tastes like Christmas.
Thank you Amoda! I loved this box!
Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/09/nutmeg-cream-butiki-teas/
A really good Oolong. It has a strong fruit essence … I can taste distinct peach notes. The roasted notes are gentle and don’t slap you upside the head. The flavor is toasted, slightly mineral-y, peach, with some wood tones. And a delicious honey undertone.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/09/roasted-oriental-beauty-oolong-tea-from-spire-tea/
I am enjoying a cup of this tea now. I’ve had these teadrops a couple of times now, and overall, they’re pretty good. I also want to say that I love the company. They are very nice. That is always a big plus in my book.
The aroma is amazing. I love the smell of cardamom, and I have to say that Teadrops did the cardamom well. There’s a delicious, spicy flavor to it, but there isn’t too much cardamom to this. I can even taste that hint of citrus to the cardamom. Nice.
The tea itself is a satisfying black tea. It has a good flavor to it. It doesn’t taste like a dust/fannings sort of nasty tea that you’d find in the supermarket. It tastes like a good quality tea that has been turned into a teadrop.
I do have a couple of issues (as I point out in my full-length review of this tea, you can check that out here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/24/product-review-cardamom-spice-teadrops/ ) :
1. I’m not crazy about the fact that it’s pre-sweetened. I like to decide if I want sweetener or not. Typically with a spiced tea like this one, I would add a little bit of raw sugar to it because I think that the spices need a little bit of sugar to really pop. But I guess I like to decide how much sugar goes into the cup and not have that decided for me.
2. There is some undissolved sediment at the bottom of the cup when you get there. I resolve this by stopping when I’m down to the last 1/2 inch of tea at the bottom. I don’t get any sediment in the sip before that point, and so, the tea above the approximate 1/2 inch to the bottom is good stuff.
It’s pretty good, and goes nicely with breakfast. Yes … I’m having breakfast now. I just woke up a couple of hours ago. I find that if I stay up late, then I sleep through morning. And since I’m not a morning person … this works well for me.
Now, having tried the original Caravan and not being too crazy about it (smoky teas just don’t usually do it for me), I wasn’t going to order this resurrected version however, it came as part of the Damn Fine three-pack which was introduced before the adventure pack. And I figured at 48. it was a pretty good deal and since I’ve learned a better way to brew smoky teas so that I can drink them … I decided I’d go for it.
And I’m glad I did because now with my “new” brewing method (which isn’t all that big a secret, I simply “rinse” the leaves with hot water – brewing them for 15 seconds and then discard the liquid and then steep them as I would normally), I really enjoyed this tea.
Smoky … yes, it still is quite smoky, but I can also enjoy the other flavors tucked within this tea. Sweet and caramel-y. Deep fruity notes. A moderate astringency.
An enjoyable cuppa.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to categorize this as when I added the tea to the database … it’s not exactly an herb, is it? It’s not a camellia sinensis tea. So, I put “flowering” even though that’s not exactly right either. Oh well … if someone decides they don’t like it … they can change it.
I like this. I have had fewer than a handful of teas/tisanes that are solely chrysanthemum flowers like this, but, I like the soft, pollen-y, floral taste of a flower tea like this one.
It is sweet and almost honey-like. There are some “herbaceous” flavors to this. This tastes more like … say a chamomile tea than it does a rosebud tea. However, I’d much prefer to sip on a Chrysanthemum tea like this than a chamomile tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/08/white-chrysanthemum-tea-from-teasenz/