8 Tasting Notes
I got an awesome Tay Tea sampler full of morning teas from my mother’s friend for Christmas. I absolutely loved every single one of them (especially the Kyoto) and I just had to review them! Although I had never heard of this company before, it is fast becoming one of my new faves.
Dry: Nice, full, beautifully curled leaves. The flowers make it aesthetically pretty.
1st Steep: Gold
2nd Steep: Gold-Yellow
3rd Steep: Yellow
Flavor: Smoky, full-bodied, smooth
Notes: This tea is absolutely wonderful! It has that wonderful smoky flavor that you is usually expected with most Oolongs, but what it was missing was what truly made this a new fave. I’ve found it hard to find Oolongs that aren’t bitter and have sharp aftertastes, but this one was VERY smooth (I think maybe because of the chrysanthemum flowers). The 2nd and 3rd steeping were a little weaker but heavy enough to still be delicious. The roasted taste made this tea a wonderful tea to start a cold winter morning. Overall, I would definitely recommend everyone give this one a try.
As has been said this tea has a better aftertaste than actual taste. The lemon and mint are too overpowering and I can’t taste the cucumber at all. Even worse is the fact that I can definetly taste the paper in this tea, which I usually don’t find too prominent in other bagge teas. It’s not too bad, ill take a cup if its offere but I won’t be buying it anytime soon.
This tea is very iffy for me. If I get all my preffered measurements right, then the tea tastes wonderful. Otherwise, if I steep it for 20 seconds too much or put a tiny bit too much leaf, then it’s not to my liking, but that’s probably just because i’m used to lighter teas like green teas. Overall it’s a very nice tea for when it’s cold out and you’re craving something a little heavier.
PS: After drinking this tea a few more times I’ve found that its absolutely wonderful with a dash of milk and some of the german rock sugar that Teavana sells. I usually don’t put any sugar let alone milk in my tea, but as this is a chai tea it worked out really well.