4823 Tasting Notes
I don’t usually get all that excited over honeybush (or rooibos blends) but I got excited about this blend because I love Maple, I love vanilla and I thought that the nutty flavors of honeybush would work well with these flavors.
This is the perfect late night ‘snack’ when you’re looking to cut out the extra calories and fat that late night snacking presents but you still want something sweet.
As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/27/irish-breakfast-green-tea-from-culinary-teas/ – I don’t usually turn to a green tea as a ‘breakfast tea’ … I usually want my first cup of the day to be black and I want it to be strong! But I could see turning to this as a breakfast tea, it certainly has some gusto to it! And the flavor is very satisfying.
I just wouldn’t recommend adding milk and honey to it. Honey … maybe … milk? No.
Then again, I’m usually a just say no to milk when it comes to most teas, even my breakfast teas. The only tea I’m not usually opposed to having in latte form is a chai.
Anyway! On to my thoughts about this tea: It’s a very flavorful green. The sip starts out sweet with toasty, nutty flavors. It’s not an overly vegetal/grassy type of tea, but there are some subtle vegetative tones. Hints of butter, floral notes, subtle notes of melon, and a distant smoky note.
A really pleasant and complex blend.
The photo is slightly deceptive because it doesn’t show all the beet powder that is in this. When I received this tea in my 8th edition of Postal Teas, I was kind of surprised by all the hot pink dust that was inside.
As I mention in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/26/beauty-the-beet-white-tea-from-lemon-lily/ – It kind of looks like freeze dried lipstick that had been pulverized into a powder.
When you steep the tea, it becomes a ruby red. It almost looks like it has hibiscus in it, but it doesn’t. (Thankfully)
A very interesting tea. I taste rose and lavender. The beetroot softens the flavors and gives the cup a sweetness and accents the earthiness of the white tea.
It’s a pleasant cup and certainly unusual.
The good news: I didn’t get the sickly feeling that I get when I have coffee when I drank this tea. The bad news: while I liked it OK, I don’t know that I’d call it a tea. A tisane? OK, maybe. But I think it belongs in the category of a coffee product more than it belongs in the category of a tea product.
That said, it is tasty. It reminds me a little of Guayusa only a little more herbaceous. This is more bitter than Guayusa, so if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Guayusa. I did find that the bitterness subsided a bit as I continued to drink so after the first few sips, this became a much more enjoyable drink.
I am excited to see what kind of flavors they start developing now that they’ve been funded through kickstarter. I think that this product would taste really good as a Chai, or with peppermint and cacao shells.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/26/armandos-original-blend-coffee-leaf-tea-from-wize-monkey/
I like that I can really taste the charcoal baked aspect of this tea. It’s very apparent, and it’s a nice complement to the natural nutty notes of Dong Ding. A really nice Dong Ding.
Early infusions delivered flavors of honey and nutty tones with that distinct charcoal note. I could taste charred wood and hints of smoke and I enjoyed this dimension of flavor. There was a creaminess to the cup but it was more like a browned butter than a heavy cream or sweet butter flavor. It was smooth and silky.
Later infusions were a bit more unified. I could start to pick out flavors of peach along with the nutty flavors, honey notes, and hints of smoke.
It’s a really pleasant Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/taiwan-dongding-tungting-charcoal-baked-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/
In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/keiths-delicious-tea-from-because-ur-priceless/ – I mention that this is a “nice, mild-tasting tisane.” That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s very mellow, which is kind of surprising given that one of the ingredients is peppermint which isn’t the most mellow of herbs. Here, the lemon balm tempers it so that the flavor is softer.
It starts out herby, with notes of peppermint coming through and by mid-sip, I pick up on citrus flavors. The finish is cool from the mint. The aftertaste is both minty and lemon-y.
It’s a refreshing tisane. Not something I’d drink daily but I enjoyed it.
A delightful purple Oolong.
A lighter texture than typical Oolong teas, this doesn’t have that buttery mouthfeel that you might experience from a greener type of Oolong. It doesn’t feel or taste creamy.
It tastes strongly of fruit! A slight sugary type of taste to it. There is a moderate astringency. Later infusions focused on plum notes and sugar cane. Keep on steeping this tea, because you’ll be rewarded with later infusions that are very smooth, less astringent, and even slightly creamy.
A really nice Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/24/kenya-hand-rolled-purple-varietal-oolong-tea-from-what-cha-tea/
OK, first things first, I have to point out that this tisane HAS NO HIBISCUS IN IT! How amazing is that?
This is called a ‘detox’ tea on their website, and if it is indeed a detox, it’s one of the tastier detox blends I’ve tried.
Ginger is the first note I recognize and it’s warm and zesty. Then I taste hints of sweetness from the apple. I even taste apple flavor which surprised me because usually when apple is used in blends like this, it isn’t for apple flavor but for a little bit of sweetness. I tasted both the sweetness and flavor from apple. Then I picked up on notes of citrus from lemongrass.
The spearmint is vibrant but not overwhelming. A hint of rose seems to weave its way in and out of the sip.
A really nice blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/mother-natures-medley-herbal-tisane-from-tealee/
This tasting note is for Starglory’s FOP Assam black. When they sent me their very generous sized samplings to try, they sent me several different blacks from different gardens. This was the only FOP with the other two being TGFOP1.
As I say in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/assam-orthodox-black-tea-fop-from-starglory/ this is a perfect Assam.
It’s rich, malty and delicious. Sweet Caramel-y notes. No bitterness. Notes of fruit and flower in the background. It has that rich, chewy sort of flavor to it, like the caramelized, crispy, chewy crust of freshly baked bread. It’s very satisfying.
This is one of the most visually stunning teas I’ve encountered. However, there are a lot of flowers – let me retype that and say: there are a LOT of flowers in this. It almost looks like there are more flowers than there is tea.
This is the first tea that I tried from Lemon Lily, a tea company that was featured in edition 8 from Postal Teas.
Fortunately, even though there are a lot of flowers in the tea, I can taste the delicate white tea. It is a very floral tea, but the flowers seem to actually accentuate the white tea base.
This tea pleases all the senses – I love the way it looks, I love the aroma, I love the taste and it even makes me feel good when I sip it. As far as the sense of hearing, I like to hear the sigh of contentment when I sip it.
Notes of lavender and chrysanthemum. A hint of spice from the anise (I really like the way the licorice plays with the floral notes). The maple comes through nicely. And then I taste that light, airy, silky quality of the white tea.
A really enjoyable tea.