109 Tasting Notes
I agree with ifjuly that the first couple of steepings didn’t do much for me. Just a bit too delicate for my tastes, I guess. On the third steeping, I finally got that base note that hits me in the chest in a good way. The fourth was sublime, with high/low/salty/sweet complexity firing at me, though in a more delicate way than Mandala’s milk oolong. I think I’m going to have to put this one away until I’ve developed a more sensitive palate. Right now, I prefer the more obvious pleasures of milk oolong, but who knows how long that will last.
First infusion: Hmm, fruity? I’m getting miso soup. That’s kinda neat. Light mouthfeel, and a slightly salty but rounded taste. No fruit that I can detect, though it does have just the slightest touch of sweet for balance.
Second: Oh there it is! Now we’re talking. The miso, still there, has faded a bit, while the fruit has come forward. A much more interesting and delicious tea now.
Third: I’m losing interest. Perhaps I need to work on my technique or tastebuds, but I rarely get very many infusions of interest.
First infusion: Ack. Used a bit too much water. Really looking forward to the arrival of my tiny teapot next week. Still, I’m getting sweetness and a wonderfully buttery mouthfeel, even when diluted a bit.
Second infusion: Better concentration this time, and the brew is still sweet, a little more brisk, and oddly less complex. It’s leaving a little celery burn on the tongue.
Unfortunately, I have to go to work and can’t keep infusing. Not sure if I don’t love this one or if I just messed up the brew too much.
Well this is unexpectedly awesome. Chamomile tea is just okay in my book, something to calm me before bed. But the added verveine greatly improves the flavor – chamomile by itself is just kind of flat but lemony goodness rounds it out a bit and perks it up, and the mint also soothes my belly and leaves a nice aftertaste. This is my new version of chamomile to keep around!
I just drank this for the second time, and it grew on me. This time it’s buttery, still with caramel notes, but restrained. Still, in a blind tasting, I might almost believe it’s herbal. The flavor to me is all herbal, but the green tea does mellow the flavors a bit and lend a touch of astringency in a good way.
Like some of the other ATR scented/flavored teas, the strong point here is the jasmine flavor. Maybe not as full as some so it tends toward the soapier end of things (as opposed to the herbal end of this spectrum of jasmine I apparently have in my head). The underlying green tea does let the jasmine shine but doesn’t contribute much flavor of its own.
I think I was spoiled by the Capital Teas version. You other milk oolong fans know just how special this tea can be, but this one didn’t quite live up to it – but to be fair, it is FAR better than many I’ve tried. This is still quite good. It’s a tough order to describe it, but to compare with Capital’s, this was just less flavorful overall.