4550 Tasting Notes
I revisited this tea a few months back. Smooth and well-balanced. I love this blend. I love the creaminess of the Oolong base. I love the notes of bergamot. I love the jasmine. I love the saffron and the frankincense and the goji berry. It all comes together in a most delicious way. This is one of Verdant’s best blends, in my opinion.
This chai wasn’t as spicy as I hoped for. It’s still a tasty chai, but I was hoping for a really zesty chai and it didn’t quite live up to that.
The medley of spices is a warm and comforting combination of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. I wish there was a bit of ginger and/or black pepper in this to give it some zing. The orange brightens the cup a little.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/27/just-charming-chai-blend-from-just-organic-tea/
Sweet! A honey-like sweetness. Notes of fruit that are reminiscent of a slightly underripe plum: sweet but with distinct tart notes too. Hints of grapefruit. A woodsy tone that develops in later infusions.
The fruit notes also developed in later infusions as the tea became smoother and silkier to drink.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/26/2014-zhi-lan-xiang-dan-cong-oolong-tea-from-grand-tea/
I’ve mentioned before that I love Cameron Tea, haven’t I? The teas are stunning.
I’ve had the opportunity to try both the Premium grade and the competition grade of each of the teas that Cameron offers and I enjoyed discovering the subtle differences between the two grades. I’ve also enjoyed immensely just indulging in these teas. So good!
On the SororiTea Sisters blog, when I reviewed this tea, I mentioned how Cameron defines Premium versus Competition. You can read more about it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/26/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-assam-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/
This tea is lighter in body than what I’ve come to know as an Assam. It’s not quite as rich, malty and invigorating, but it still is very flavorful and quite wonderful in its own way. And it’s not nearly as astringent as many Assam teas can be. This, in contrast is sweet and soft and silky to drink.
Molasses, honey and cacao. Delightful! Earthy notes of leather and wood. Smooth and satisfying. A really beautiful tea.
This wasn’t my favorite of the Les 2 Marmottes teas/tisanes that I was sent to sample and review. I am not a huge fan of ginseng and it’s no secret that hibiscus isn’t my favorite either. Fortunately, the hibiscus doesn’t play an overwhelmingly strong role in this, it adds a little color and texture to the cup and a hint of it’s berry-like tartness. It adds an interesting contrast to the lemon-y notes of the Melissa and the ginger-y peppery zing.
Overall, it’s alright. I finished the cup and it does offer a boost of energy. I think I’d rather get that boost from a good Assam or other energizing black tea, but it’s not a bad functional tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/25/boost-et-moi-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/
A rather unusual Ceylon in that I picked up on some Darjeeling-esque notes. It has that light, crisp taste that I usually associate with a Darjeeling.
Sweet, notes of Eucalyptus, mint, cypress, woodsy, grape-y, hints of citrus and floral notes. Would make a lovely afternoon cup.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/25/lovers-leap-tea-estate-black-tea-from-p-m-david-silva-sons/
While I do prefer the black tea version of the coconut cream pie, I did enjoy this honeybush version. 52Teas makes a killer coconut cream pie tea! I do like how the natural nutty notes and honey sweetness goes with the coconut-y, creamy, pastry-like flavors. It’s also nice that it’s caffeine free so it’s a nice way to indulge late at night without worrying about the coconut cream pie going to the thighs.
It gets a thumbs up from me.
I was a little surprised by this tea. The black tea is strong and there is very little mint flavor and there is no “Julep” (or … bourbon) flavor to speak of.
Overall, this is alright. But it’s not a strong minty flavor, and if that’s something you’re looking for in a mint tea, then this one isn’t the tea you want. If you want strong black flavor with a hint of mint … this is the tea for you. If you’re looking for a Julep … keep looking.
The bergamot aroma was very faint and I found that to be a tad disappointing because that’s one of the things that I love about Earl Grey … that immediate recognition of the strong bergamot aroma.
Fortunately, the bergamot is present in the taste! And this is a really, really good Earl Grey!
I love the Keemun base. Strong black tea with a zesty bergamot flavor shining through. I love the way the wine-like notes meld with the bergamot.
A top-notch Earl Grey. Read more about my tasting of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/23/earl-grey-black-tea-from-ninas-paris/
I really liked this Yin Gou Mei. It was sweet, nutty, crisp and floral. A nice creamy note as well. The description here says “astringent” as a flavor profile, but I didn’t really get a lot of astringency to it. I just had a really lovely creamy, sweet, nutty, flowery taste that made me swoon.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/23/yin-gou-mei-green-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/