249 Tasting Notes
Unless you really really love lemon do not bother with this tea. This tea comes off to me more as hot lemon water that is more sweet than sour. The color is darker than one would expect but the other herbs while they give sweetness to not give much flavor as the lemon overpowers them all.
I’m divided between feeling if I should be generous or critical with this tea. When it comes to green teas this is nothing to brag about or promote as an excellent example of a really good one, neither is it a really bad tea that needs lots of sugar to be considered drinkable. This one is more of a generic green tea without any special character to it, which depending upon one’s perspective may or may not be a good thing.
Wow this one really impresses me. I have always been skeptical of the desert teas which always seem to need an insane amount of sugar to taste right which defeats the point in my opinion. This one came from my grandmother who got a box of it as a gift and passed it on to me after she was not drinking it. Everything seems just right the cinnamon, vanilla and sarsaparilla blend together to form a nice flavor, personally I could not taste any of the chamomile or rooibos from how nicely they blend together with everything. Which is very significant given that I personally do not like rooibos but I love this tea which has it in the mix.
When I first got this tea a few years ago it had a strange mix of being a bit mellow like a ripe puerh but with a harsh edge like young green puerh which was too much for me to be able to handle. Now around 6 years later those harsh edges have left and the resulting tea resemble the samples of aged dry storage puerh but in a lot less time. So it looks like the “half cooked puerh” theory worked out as the tea was able to age much faster than green puerh. Worthwhile to pick up a cake of if you get the chance but if you prefer wet storage puerh like I do chances are you will not be drinking too much of it over the long term either.
Gaiwan brewed this one. I am not sure if I got a bad batch if all of the Chrysanthemum flowers had settled to the bottom of the tin but this Chrysanthemum Puerh had a complete lack of Chrysanthemum. Regardless it was still a good base puerh that is earthy but not too earthy.