334 Tasting Notes
Now that my nephew is gone, I’m left with lots of flavored tea hehe but I always welcome rooibos because of the health factor too. This particular Chocolate Rooibos tea is creamy, smooth. It has a natural sweetness of cocoa, sweet earthy flavor, and has a gentle nutty taste. It’s also full-bodied and rich. It has a very nice warm cocoa and nuts aroma and some woody notes. I liked this one much better than the toffee. The toffee one was good but came off a little artificial and this one does not at all.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Nutty, Smooth, Wood
Lovely Matcha. The color is beautiful vibrant emerald green. It has a fine and smooth feel to it and its consistency is one of a very fine powder. It has the qualities of a high standard matcha and has no bitterness nor astringency… And thank goodness, no paint-smell, some actually smell like turpentine. Ew. Sweet, full-bodied, rich taste and aroma. It’s energizing and vitalizing, but calming. I prepared it with 1 tsp in ~2 oz boiling water, frothed it, then added another 6 ounces boiling water. It has a very creamy texture with a vegetal, earthy flavor with a ever so slight hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. The aroma is calming, sweet, and vegetal. Highly recommended.
In other news, my nephew went back home with his father and my mother who is taking care of him. My brother is doing better, but like all those that suffer from PTSD and other disorders, it is always a sad and difficult road. All we could do is love them, and support them in their recovery. Thank you all for your support. It’s appreciated <3.
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Earth, Smooth, Vegetal
I’ve been a fan of Mandala Tea for a while now. It’s so strange that for some reason I never bought this until recently especially since I love GABA teas. It provides energy but also a feeling of being centered, you know, a peaceful state of mind which I felt was especially needed in the last few days. ^^
Ahh, the tea. The leaves are big dark leaves, the liquor is a golden clear amber. The taste is delicate but flavorful. It’s a light fruity black tea with baked bread and sourdough bread notes with delightful raisin, dried fruit notes. Malty, and maybe slightly tart here and there but I wouldn’t call it sour. The finish is malty, bready, slightly sweet of honey.
It began as a gongfu session and well, I screwed up big time lol. So I added water and continued with 1 min., 2 min., 3 min, 4 min. and a final 6 min. infusion with boiling water.
In other news: I spoke to my mother and she says that my brother is doing better so for that I’m glad especially since being a natural loner, my only real-life friends are my family who is states away at the moment. I will go to visit him in California soon. In the meantime, I have a tea-loving nephew who is taking up a lot of my time. hehe I hope you are all doing well. <3
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Malt, Pastries, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins
There is no stevia or added sugar (which I prefer) so it’s rather tart (which I also prefer). The liquor is a clear reddish color and has a lovely bold natural peach flavor, not the artificial peach flavor which I’m not crazy about. There is also a hint of apple, and citrus rind notes. Kind of tastes like there is hibiscus in there but it’s not in the ingredients so maybe because it’s a little tart.
My nephew, of course, put honey in it. He enjoyed it too. :) He wanted it iced and I had it warm. Both ways it was refreshing and had a nice bold, fruity flavor.
Flavors: Apple, Orange, Peach, Stonefruits, Tart
I think this is one of my faves from 52Teas. I made it for my nephew who loved it with milk. It’s very creamy, with caramelized sugar notes, custard, cream, vanilla, malt. I love that there is no stevia or sugar, just a natural lightly sweet tea. I can see why some may add a little sugar to it but I prefer it without any sweetener. I prepared it as suggested, and I took a sip of my nephew’s latte and I think it is better as a latte. Either way, highly recommended if you are a Crème brûlée fan. ^^
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Custard, Malt
Free sample. Prepared as the package suggests. 1 package in 16 ounces, boiling water, 7 minutes steep.
Almond, butter, cinnamon, sugar notes. In a nutshell (no pun intended lol), it tastes like a candied apple with almonds. It has a pretty pink liquor due to the beetroot.
My nephew loved it. lol :) I got apple notes, my nephew didn’t. He wants me to buy more of it. o.O
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty, Sugar
First impressions from the first cup. I usually always do gong-fu but my schedule has drastically changed since having my nephew around. :) I prepared it with 1 heaping tablespoon, 212F, 3 min steep in 16 ozs water. The second cup for 5 min. infusion.
Soft, silky mouthfeel. A very warm, comforting spice that I can not name, not quite cinnamon but cinnamony-like. Oats, apple, berries, spices… It reminded me kind of a cinnamon-oatmeal-apple pie but in liquid form. Cream notes, barley notes, naturally but delicately honey-raisin sweet. Unique and wonderful flavors throughout the two infusions. The second infusion not as delicious as the first as it seemed that the oats/barley notes were more subdued. Am looking forward to a gongfu session with this to see where all these splendid notes come in and come out.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Berries, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Oats, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Smooth, Spices
So… Why the flavored teas lately, some may wonder. Well, my nephew has been staying with me (family crisis) and he likes flavored teas.
We both enjoyed this one. As one noted, it was very bready. It was creamy, vanilla and caramel notes, bread pudding-like taste. Not overly sweet. Recommended dessert tea.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Caramel, Toast, Vanilla
369 tasting notes on this already. I’m always late for the party hehe.
So some quick notes: After a rinse to wash off some stevia, it is a very nice berry tea. Lots of blueberries, hints of raspberry perhaps some passion fruit, black current. I noticed a wee little bit of earthiness in it. Recommended if you like berries. :)
Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Earth, Passion Fruits, Raspberry
The dried leaves had an aroma of a yummy dark chocolate bar. One of the strongest I’ve ever smelled. I wondered if it would transfer to taste because so often the chocolate falls flat or gets lost. Well, at least with the ones I’ve tried. It didn’t. The dark chocolate notes were on the forefront, along with some milky/creamy notes. Not really bittersweet either but definitely not milk chocolate. The sweetness is of caramel not honey and unlike the stevia overload of some flavored teas, this was just right for me. I believe the sweetness is coming from the cacao nibs. Not sure. I don’t see stevia listed in the ingredients. The golden bi luo chun notes were there as well: Sweet potatoes, brown sugar, bread, malt. Super soft mouth feeling, nice aftertaste. Highly recommended. It is a very nice dessert tea.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet