drank Imperial Formosa by Golden Moon Tea
237 tasting notes

This one is really making me question my understanding of Oolongs. The dry leaf smells innocuous enough, and the liquor is an unassuming clear medium-brown. Surprises await though, first in the scent. I’m getting a mix of, strangely enough, popcorn and mulch in this one; could that be right? The first sip confirms it. I’ve never had anything quite like it, and can’t figure out if it’s just an acquired taste that I haven’t yet acquired, or if there’s something amiss with this particular batch. After a few sips, the aftertaste is particularly unpleasant, so I don’t think I’ll be finishing this one off. Too bad! I’m going to leave off rating this one, as I really think it could be an off batch.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Wow, that does seem like it was an off batch. I went back and re-read my note and still couldn’t really recall this one. I think that I used the term “musky cedar.” I don’t think that I did an initial rinse on the leaves, but maybe this one needs it. Apparently I did 4 steeps and got some sweet, but overall I think that this was just okay. :(

__Morgana__

I don’t recall this one being that different from other darker oolongs. I agree it sounds like an off batch. Or an off taste bud day. ;-)

Adham

It’s fascinating to me how taste is so subjective, so much about the relationship between the taster and the tasted. Yet despite the fact that we all come from different backgrounds, some of the teas we taste still rise towards the top and some drift towards the bottom of the rating scale.

So many teas, so little time to try them all!

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Rabs

Wow, that does seem like it was an off batch. I went back and re-read my note and still couldn’t really recall this one. I think that I used the term “musky cedar.” I don’t think that I did an initial rinse on the leaves, but maybe this one needs it. Apparently I did 4 steeps and got some sweet, but overall I think that this was just okay. :(

__Morgana__

I don’t recall this one being that different from other darker oolongs. I agree it sounds like an off batch. Or an off taste bud day. ;-)

Adham

It’s fascinating to me how taste is so subjective, so much about the relationship between the taster and the tasted. Yet despite the fact that we all come from different backgrounds, some of the teas we taste still rise towards the top and some drift towards the bottom of the rating scale.

So many teas, so little time to try them all!

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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