404 Tasting Notes
This needs a new name. It reminds me more of a chai or the mulling spices you put in apple cider. Mulling spices shou mei or Spicy Christmas. Regardless of name I like the flavors I’m tasting. The spices are the dominate flavor is definitely all of the spices while the white tea is somewhat light. Think I might have to bake this into something..
Have you ever had a steep where you try to put the baby to sleep but she doesn’t want to so she hangs out with daddy while your in the shower and when you get out you notice the toilet needs cleaning and then you end up cleaning all the bathrooms; then you come back to your tea an hour after all that? Sorry to ramble.
Anyway. An interesting tea. For a honeybush its very light on flavor. Hints of chocolate pop up here and there. Orange is definitely dominate though. Maybe the long steep really brought out more orange.
It’s hard for me to pass up something that says passion fruit. Passion fruit ice cream? Amazing. It’s not listed as an ingredient in this tea, which is kinda a bummer, but then again I don’t know many teas that actually have passionate fruit as an ingredient. Its a tart flavor and not something I’m tasting much of. I’m getting grassy notes, hints of banana, and some mild woodsy tones. I think this tea needs a new name. Grassy banana shou mei. Or maybe grass skirt banana shou mei. Anyway, despite the fact that passion fruit is lacking it still has a nice white base.
This tea is not good bitter. But then again what tea is good bitter? Pay attention to your steep times. On my second steep I timed about 2 mins and 30 seconds. The dry leaves smell of goodness. Sweet and delectable. Just like the taste of the steeped tea. Hints of cream. Good base, though I can’t quite pin point what type of black tea. Lastly the coconut. Love the huge pieces. I took out a few and added them to the liquid once the tea was done steeping. It’s a smooth flavor.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream
This is one of those teas that I have sitting around that I know I need to try and write a review for but I kept putting it off. I’m not a big fan of Chamomile and rose is so intense (good ) that you really need to be in the right mind set for it. Actually, both of those flavors blend very well in this tea. Though rose is still the dominating flavor the chamomile leaves a gentle cooling after taste. Not something I would drink everyday but better then I expected. That being said I don’t taste much white tea. It’s there a little bit but not enough.
Red wine? At first I was like that’s ridiculous but then as I let it sit on my tongue a little longer I experienced that strange tartness you get from red wine… so maybe it’s not so ridiculous. However, the incredibly sweet undertones are too much for me. I also find the smell to be rather odd.
Flavors: Blueberry, Red Wine
I’m going to be fair and start off this review by saying not this really isn’t my cup of tea. I love green tea, in fact it’s my favorite, but for some reason I just can’t get a good taste for this one.I’m not getting that good grassy flavor that I get from any other green teas.I’m not really sure of how to explain what I’m tasting. I’ll try it again a couple of times and see how it tastes and maybe come back and edit this.