137 Tasting Notes
I have very bad luck with flavored oolongs. And by bad luck I mean I don’t like them ever. So I continued torturing myself with this peach. It sounded good. The dry leaf smelled terrific. And I love ATR’s Immortal Green (peach green). But this didn’t do it for me. It tasted like a light peach herbal tea to me. Time to stop barking up this tree, as soon as I try their coconut oolong I also ordered.
I was just feeling out of sorts, with an upset belly, and the description on this one made it seem like a good bet. It was. You’d think a Campari drinker would know better than to expect sweetness from a bright red tea, but I was still surprised that it was so…grainlike? If I closed my eyes I thought of basil and millet while actually tasting neither. Only after reading the description did I pick up on the anise – and I really hate anise in tea. But not in this one. It steps to the back and doesn’t leave that Ouzo stickiness. And it did settle my belly!
I knew when I tasted Laoshan Black followed by Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha that I liked where Verdant is going with their blending ideas. There is no doubt Earl of Anxi is another masterpiece. It just tastes like it makes sense. Like it was supposed to be that way, with no one component trying to drown out the others. In a blind tasting, I would have picked out the delicious, creamy oolong base and then decided that they probably invented a new spice and a new fruit that have never existed before. Its flavor is so new to my palate, that I’m going to have to give it several tries. I do like it already, but I have a feeling that I just don’t quite get yet how to process it. So I don’t yet know if it’s love, but it could be.
There are many different fruits in here, but the outcome for me is a tea that tastes like dried strawberries. Not the crispy ones with the citric acid taste, but the soft, chewy ones, as if you dried them in a dehydrator yourself, with the slight dark syrupy note under the fruity lightness. As a bonus, this feels like a total indulgence. Dessert, but not sugary.
This is every bit as delicious as the Verdant version I just discovered. Such a great tea. The only difference I can see is that where the Verdant one makes me think of buttered toast with apricot jam, this one makes me think I blended in some of my American Tea Room Immortal Green, which is a peachy green with brown sugar notes.