641 Tasting Notes
Wow, I don’t usually favor oolongs, but this is nice! I read a review that someone posted about it the other day and went into Zhi for a sample today during the East Austin Studio Tour which is this really cool event where artist open up their homes and studios to show and sell their crafts. Zhi is right in the middle of a lot of the action, so it made for an easy detour. The gal that works there said the tea was like honey without the sweetness, but I’m not quite picking up on that. I do get a faint floral taste in a very rich and smooth feeling sip. On the aftertaste I get a hint of spice… maybe cinnamon? It is strong, but subtle enough that I can’t put my finger on it clearly. The tea smells slightly roasted with a hint of a grassy bite that never really ends up biting. This is pretty good for an oolong! Could this be my gateway oolong?
I found a box of this tea for $3 at Ross the other day! Unfortunately, it was the only flavor they had. I would have loved to have seen some of their chocolate black there!
This tea is definitively fruity. The flavors all blend into one and I can’t pick out what types of fruit are in there. There is a little bit of that green bite on the back sides of my tongue at the end of each sip. The overall scent reminds me of a french fruity tea. I think I can pick out the rhubarb now that I have read that it is in there. This tea is nice enough, but not captivating me at the moment. It tastes like a tea that would be delicious cold brewed and sweetened, so I’ll have to try it like that sometime.
Mmmmmm… I really wanted this tea this morning. The first sip I took was bitter, but I wanted cream and sugar which round out any sharp edges. I’m not sure what I did to make the first sip bitter, but I’m happily sinking into this cup how it is. Earthy malty chocolate creamy goodness to start my day! I’m already through half this tin and am going to miss it dearly when it is gone.
How is this tea getting better with every steep?! I’m on my third steep right now which is better than the second, which is better than the first! I’m really getting the warm sugar cookie and cinnamon flavors right now and it is pretty amazing. Almond was stronger in the first cup and is blending in on this cup. Figures I would fall hard for this tea once I couldn’t get it anymore! I’ll be thoroughly enjoying the rest of what I have!
This tea is nice! It is very tropical flavored with mango being predominant. It tastes like some french teas I have had. A little like Mariage Freres’s The A L Opera and a Palais De Thes tea too. It is well rounded, but light on the base notes. It is pretty good without sugar and I bet it would be fantastic cold brewed. There is a little tang from the green tea, but not so much that it makes things unpleasant or my mouth pucker. If I make it through the other teas that I have that are similar, I may turn to this one for a less pricey option!
Thanks for the sample Lupicia!
The more I mention this tea, the more I want this tea. The more I want this tea, the more I drink this tea. The more I drink this tea, the more I like this tea. I really like this tea.
It is a lot lighter than most teas I favor, but it has a really nice buttery chestnut taste that pairs well with the green base. The flavor is a little subtle on the sip, but you get a long nice after taste that is really great. If I leave my cup too long and it cools, the taste isn’t nearly as great which makes me wonder if it would be good cold steeped. Anyway, I love the bright chestnut flavor in this tea!
I finally ordered this tea and it doesn’t taste anything like the sample I pulled from a traveling tea box a while back. It smells like alcohol, exactly like tiramisu, but tastes odd. The sip is very light and has a split second of being floral and the tiramisu flavor comes in on the aftersip. It doesn’t have enough of a base like tiramisu has from the coffee. There is a slick of oil on the top of my tea and side of my cup from the white chocolate chips. This tea is kinda weird and doesn’t at all compare to Teavana’s long gone rooibos tiramisu like I was hoping it would. The search for a replacement goes on.
I love kumquats. There is a kumquat tree in the back yard of the house I grew up with and I have fond memories of eating these. I have a small tree in a pot at my house now. The fruit is the size of a large olive and the skin is sweet while the flesh is sour. You eat the whole thing like a grape and it’s a wonderful mixture of sweet and sour.
The scent of this tea is dead on and strong. It mellows out a bit once steeped. Adding a little sugar brings out the sweetness that this fruit has. Even once it is sweetened it still has a little tang to it like the flesh of the fruit. It is a really accurate interpretation of the fruit and the tea is well done, but I’m not crazy about it on first cup. I wonder what spices go well with kumquat and if I can blend a couple teas together to make a super kumquat tea.
This is so weird! I was eating cranberry and sage Triscuits with my first few sips of this tea and it made it taste like Indian food! Once I finished the box of crackers, the tea started tasting more like I remembered. Creamy banana coconut! It is strong, but subtle at the same time. The flavor is subtle during the sip, but it really pops out on the aftertaste with a tropical flavor. I love banana and coconut, but so often it is paired with pineapple (which I have allergies to) so I’m always excited when I see the two without the pineapple addition. Nice blend!
I was just reading the description of this tea and Lupicia’s Chaud Les Marrons and they are the same. Is Lupicia renaming this for holiday sale?
This tastes very similar to their chocolate chestnut tea, but with a little less base. The first part of the sip is really light, then it starts tasting heavier. At the end is has a deep roasted flavor that joins the chestnut flavor that hangs out the entire sip. I added a little cream at the end and it really brought out a nutty flavor.
This tea is nice, but I really prefer their green based chestnut tea.