The dry tea smells fantastic – earthy yet sweet.
1st steep – 3 min. First sip = love! To me, it tastes like a less over the top version of the Honey Pear, and gosh darn, I prefer it! It’s more of a dates rather than pears, and burnt sugar rather than honey, and much more subtle. I remarked in one of our discussions that I didn’t know if an oolong had a place in my cupboard – scratch that! This is definitely getting the full tin treatment!
2nd steep: 4 min. Less flavoring taste, and more tea taste. Soft sugar and date notes. Still gorgeous.
3rd steep: 5 min. Still a nice cup of tea, but I think it’s done after this one. Very soft dates and oolong, no sugar but the dates give it some sweetness.
So, for those keeping score – so far the Kashmiri Chai and Sugar Caramel Oolong are in my OMG MUST BUY WHOLE TIN category (Sugar Caramel Oolong ousting Honey Pear)! They are both so unique and delicious to me :)