81 Tasting Notes
I’ve heard people rave about this tisane, so when I saw it amongst a bunch of Celestian Seasonings holiday blends I grabbed it up. I’m not much of an herbal tea person in general but I have to admit this one is pretty nice. It really does have a super buttery quality about it, it’s kind of amazing. And it’s quite heavy on the orange which I am a big fan of. It is giving me an odd aftertaste though, which I think means there might be some licorice root hiding out in there. While I’ve become less opposed to it lately, it’s still not my favorite. I’ll have to try it again with some soy milk as that usually tames the aftertaste. But even as-is I’m glad I purchased it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it quite a bit during the upcoming cooler months.
Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Orange, Pastries
Oolong day continues with this Ti Guan Yin I picked up from the loose leaf section in my local Wegmans. I brewed 1.5tsp in 10oz at about 200degrees for 3 minutes. This tea is a bit confusing. To the eye it looks like a dark roast, with very tightly rolled dark balls that have a bit of a musty roasted scent. But once brewed the taste is much greener than the appearance of the leaves would suggest. It’s a bit mild and middle-of-the-road as far as oolongs go.
Honestly I find this a bit odd. It tastes like a typical green oolong with heavy flowery notes and nice sweetness just as you would expect. But then the roastyness comes in. It’s not bad tasting, I just can’t seem to get the two together in my mind. I’m used to oolongs that sit at the far ends of the spectrum and this is confusing my palate.
I’m pretty sure this is Rishi’s Iron Goddess of Mercy
Flavors: Flowers, Roasted Barley
Sometimes I get so invested in my Chinese blacks I forget that there are other teas out there that deserve my attention. I’m trying to sip down all of the 1oz and under teas I have so I thought I’d kill two birds and get out a few oolongs. I randomly picked this one first and, feeling lazy, Western brewed it for 2 minutes using 2tsp leaves to 10oz boiling water.
First sip leaves me with some incredible honey sweetness. Roasted peaches (or apricots I cant tell the difference) come in and mix with a good bit of roasted wood. Very similar to the notes you’d find in a Hoji Kukicha. Strong roasty quality while still being somewhat mellow. Not one of those roasted oolongs that is entirely overwhelming. If you’ve eaten grilled peaches drizzled with honey you’ll have a good idea what this tea is like. And if you haven’t… get on it! You won’t regret giving it a try.
Flavors: Honey, Peach, Roasted, Wood
This tea is surprisingly nice. I have to admit I bought it because I love Twining’s tins (they stack so well) and just want to use it for other teas, but I happily ended up enjoying this tea. Knowing it was very light (not my preference) I overleafed right off the bat and I’m happy I did. It’s still not incredibly strong but it has nice flavor. Mostly sweet Yunnan at the beginning of the sip with some earthiness coming in later and a touch of smokiness (Keemun maybe?). Very smooth with no detectable astringency. Another reviewer compared it to Queen Catherine, and I think that’s a fair comparison. They seem somewhat similar but Prince of Wales seems to be heavier on the Keemun and a bit lighter and muddier tasting. Overall it’s quite nice.
I don’t want to write a super long review because Steepster seems to be eating my notes :( But if you’re looking for a nice pumpkin spice tea for Autumn I don’t know if you can do any better than this. I think it might be a new flavor this season because it wasn’t in the system and I haven’t heard of it before.
It is incredibly rich tasting, like liquified pumping pie. I’m actually pretty amazed at the depth of flavor here. There is a deep caramel flavor present despite caramel not being listed in the ingredients. I added a dash of unsweetened soy milk and… whoa. Whole ’nother level. Highly recommend trying it with your milk of choice. Definitely one of, if not my absolute favorite flavored tea of all time.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pumpkin, Spices