2227 Tasting Notes
I split a one pound bag of this with my best friend. She loves it and takes it as her morning tea, I think, but I really wanted it for my youngest daughter who drinks scads of tea – more tea than I drink! – and I thought it would be especially refreshing when sticky summer weather hits. Here in NC, we have actually had a lot of days in the 80’s already and it is just going to get worse! I think this will be delicious iced and maybe sweetened.
The smell is fantastic if you like candy and sweets! I think it smells a lot like grape Dimetapp. The flavor isn’t overpowering, just a nice gentle green base with fruity flavor.
This was in a sampler that my daughter gave me. The packaging is really nice – a sturdy box with plenty of info about the teas and little tins of samples.
I was surprised at just how fruity this tea tasted! I would definitely be tempted to buy more of this one if I was in the store – but thee are none within about ten hours probably! It had great body and a nice, thick mouthfeel with a creamy vibe supporting the wonderful fruitiness.
This tea was sent to me to review for the Sororitea Sisters blog, and I reviewed it not long ago. I am finishing the sample today and still have the same reaction.
Hazelnut NOTES or hazelnut flavor added. Gotta be flavored added. (Picks up packer and checks.) Nope, hazelnut notes. Are they sure? Isn’t this hazelnut flavored? Like….added flavor? (Checks package again.) Nope. Still says hazelnut and mango taste.
That is how hazelnutty this tastes, guys. I don’t really eat mango, but I probably should since I don’t detect anything that I think is what mango would taste like, but I do know hazelnut and that is the main thing I am getting from this tea.
Super good and super flavorful. I have had yellow tea before and it was super subtle. And yes, apparently this is just how it really tastes. What a fun tea to try!
A friend brought over a bag of Blueberry Green that we are splitting and brought some sachets of this tea for us to try as well. I thought I had tasted most of the teas that Harney and Sons offers, but looking at their website and new offerings, I see that I have some catching up to do!
First, my youngest daughter loves peaches and lives almost exclusively on raw fruit and carrots. Seriously. And she went wild over this tea. She said it was, “The truest peach flavor I have ever had in a tea.”
I had steeped two bags in a pot and she was pretty desolate when we reached the bottom, so I resteeped. The resteep is my preference, the first steep is her preference, though we like both. On the resteep, the color is still strong but the peach flavor has faded and the Bai Mu Dan shines through. The website says that there is a hint of vanilla in this. I don’t really taste vanilla up front but I suspect it makes the peach have a fuller, mellow flavor. Good stuff.
If you love coconut, this tea might be your dream come true.
I have a frequent guest who loves coconut so I am very glad to have this, but a tea purist would be mortified by it. The oolong is pale and there is so much coconut in this that the oil floats on top of the cup, and not as little droplets, but as a thick layer.
So yesterday I had a dilemma. One guest was coming who was rather new to tea. The other was a sweet “Chawleston” lady who drinks lots of sweet tea but has never seen any good from the hot stuff.
I made this because I thought it was so different from Southern sweet tea that they would be able to judge it as a completely different drink. (They have both had and enjoyed unflavored, unsweetened teas here before.)
They loved it so much that I had to make a second pot. Then I was able to make a resteep that was plenty strong and had tons of coconut flavor still, such that a new guest later that day sniffed it and said, “What is this? Ooooh, coconut!”
This is a sample that came with a gift I received. Unfortunately I have allowed several DF samples to get a bit of age on them, so they are not as fresh as what most of you would be tasting.
When I drink samples like this, I am usually joined by my youngest daughter. To stretch the tea so that we can both have a small cup, we make it in a kamjove and resteep immediately, combining the two steeps. Usually we still get good flavor.
This time we did get a good tasting tea, but I feel that this one would have been really truly tasty full strength. The grapefruit was the predominant flavor I picked up, and it was so good that I wished it was even stronger. It didn’t seem overly floral but then I don’t mind floral tea as long as it is natural tasting rather than perfume-y or blatantly synthetic.
Overall, a good tea that I would definitely drink again and would be a great choice if I wanted something tropical.
I got a sample sachet of this one in my birthday order, and oh my goodness, oh my goodness, OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS! This. This was wonderful. I am going to have to place a The O Dor order because these teas have been amazing.
Creamy. Oh so creamy. Hint of butter. Smooth. So easy to resteep and actually get a really good cup of tea.
This was one of the many samples that were included with my birthday order. The samples are mostly “Mystery Sachets”. You don’t know what they are until you open the pouch. I saw mostly green in the sachet and thought it was green tea so I was pretty surprised to look it up and see that it is black tea and mate. The aroma was powerful and daughter and I were debating whether it was almond or amaretto. Surprise! Neither!
It says it is chocolate and chili. I have never been a big fan of spicy things so I was a little frustrated to see chili as an ingredient. WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY? But I try to keep an open mind and it smelled so good, so I went for it.
And…it is really tasty. The chili was almost undetectable at first. (Since there was only one sachet we resteeped and combined so we could each have a full teacup.) It was sweet and chocolate-y. As it cooled, I picked up the barest kick of heat, but nothing even close to frightening this wimp off. Youngest said she didn’t taste chili either until it had started to cool and she noticed at the back of the sip.
So far I am really liking this company. We may have to place another order.
This was one of my birthday teas from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I thought this would be a big hit with her, but she strongly preferred the sample of Earl Grey Royal they sent. The bergamot was milder in that one.
She didn’t mind the strength of the bergamot in this – she likes bergamot a lot so that wasn’t it. Maybe the base is milder in the other or maybe I overleafed and didn’t realize.
The aroma was nice. It is bergamot and lavender, but the lavender doesn’t smell like granny’s soap, it smells more herbal, more savory. You really pick up the scent that tells lavender and rosemary are close cousins. I enjoyed the complex aroma.
The lavender also does not come across as soapy in the flavor. And I am definitely going to try this one Iced, just for us, as we are hitting temps in the 80’s this week and I would love to see if I can make something mimic Earl Grey Iced from Southren Boy Teas.