4843 Tasting Notes
With most of the SBT Iced Tea pouches from 52Teas, I’ve been first cold brewing the pouch, then stashing the pouch in a covered container in the fridge, and then resteeping the pouch in boiling water so that I can get a full gallon out of the pouch. This worked out for me very well, and I got a very flavorful gallon of tea from each of the teas that they offered this summer (exception: Pink Lemonade tea, this one just … didn’t work for me as a cold-brew. The flavor was too muddled. I hot brewed it instead, and I loved it so much that I didn’t mind that I was only getting a half gallon out of the pouch … it was worth it to me because that flavor is a total WINNER!)
but I digress!
This was the first of the new teas introduced this year from SBT that I tried. (Yeah, I’m really behind. I know. And I will get caught up even though Sil has cursed me not to. ha!)
This was delicious. Fruity and juicy tasting. Not my favorite SBT tea, but I was certainly happy to drink it and I enjoyed every glass of it. The mango and peach notes were a bit “united” … they weren’t really distinct on their own. But it was a tasty glass of refreshing iced tea.
I was pretty confident that I’d enjoy this tea, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would! It starts out sweet with hints of burnt sugar, then a slight saltiness, and then I taste the smooth, rich flavor of the black tea. The yerba mate gives it a nice earthy flavor and the barley gives it a grainy taste.
There is some malt to the tea, which complements the caramel tones. There is rooibos in this blend too, I didn’t really notice much contribution of flavor from the rooibos, but I’m OK with that since rooibos isn’t exactly my favorite thing anyway.
A really yummy blend. I gave it two thumbs up.
According to the Hari Tea/Shoti Maa Tea website, hibiscus is supposed to be a aphrodisiac. Not something I knew about the herb, it doesn’t make me like it any better.
There is a lot of hibiscus in this blend, and that is immediately off-putting for me. This wasn’t a horrible blend, but, it certainly wasn’t my favorite and not one I’d select for myself. I wish there was more of a licorice-y taste to this and less hibiscus.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/09/in-the-mood-herbal-tisane-from-hari-tea-shoti-maa/
This is really refreshing served as an iced latte. It’s also alright hot, but I really prefer this one chilled, and it’s also good non-latte, but, I think that the milk adds a really nice component to give it a sort of “berries and cream” kind of taste that I really enjoyed.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/08/berry-flavored-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/
OK, you know I loved this one right from the start, right? Chocolate? Earl Grey? Um … YES PLEASE!
Of all the variations on Earl Grey that I’ve tried to date, the chocolate Earl Grey teas have been my favorites. I guess that should come as no surprise to those who know that I’m a chocoholic … and that’s something I’ve never attempted to hide.
This is an excellent chocolate Earl Grey. A nice balance between bergamot fruit and chocolate. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/07/chocolate-earl-grey-tea-from-tea-for-all-reasons/
Yummy! Mango and watermelon are two fruits that I wouldn’t normally think of putting together … not sure exactly why that is, but, the flavors work very well together in this tisane. It is sweet, and the watermelon flavors from 52Teas usually tend to taste a bit more like jolly rancher watermelon than true watermelon, but I like jolly rancher watermelon, so I’m OK with that.
The nutty notes of the honeybush cut through some of the sweeter fruit notes to create a very palate pleasing flavor that is not too cloying. It is sweet, to the point of tasting a bit like liquefied candy but I’m not finding it to be unpleasant. (That’s my sweet tooth talking there.) A really good tisane – it’s amazing iced!
Trying to get caught up again … it’s been a while since I’ve worked on my backlogs and the teas keep piling up! Ack!
This is a very finely chopped CTC from Upton. My tip for smaller cut tea like this one is to brew it for a shorter time. If you’d normally brew a black Ceylon for 2 1/2 minutes, go for just 2 minutes with a CTC like this.
This is a delightfully malty tea: rich and surprisingly hearty for a Ceylon. It is very reminiscent of an Assam. I wrote that this is like a Ceylon in Assam’s clothing, and I think that had I tasted this blindly, I would have thought it was an Assam rather than a Ceylon.
After a few sips, more Ceylon-esque qualities emerge, this is definitely more even tempered than an Assam, and it has that classic citrus-y finish. Woody and earthy … this has a very complex character. A really nice tea.