Used a little more tea than I should have, so the steep, while the minimum suggested on the label, may have been a bit too long. Color is a distinctly red tone of brown. Aroma is woody, with a sweet overtone. Maybe toffee? Taste is a sweet, yet woody, and slightly astringent. As the tea cooled, astringency dissapeared.
89 Tasting Notes
This time, the steep was short, but the water maybe too hot. However, the tea is delicious. A light tan, slowly darkening. A smooth smokey, woodsy flavor.
Steeped at a hotter temperature than last time. Same steep time. More flavor is apparent. Sweeter and darker. Can’t name the tastes however.
I was surprised by this tea. There was an initial astringency, but it faded quickly as the tea cooled. It was then smooth and sweet. I only had a sample, but i’d like to get more.
After the second steep completed, I (accidently) let the tea sit for a bit, cooling. I have found that on many teas, I can taste more of the flavor after it cools. Not as cold as ice tea, but closer to room temperature.
This tea also improves. Much more flavorful when cool. A smoother texture as well.
Tasted the tea at different steep times. Approx, 30s, 1m, 2m, 3m, and 4m. I would stop the timer, remove the infuser, taste, and then reinsert the infuser and resume the timer, until the next sample time.
At 30s the taste and aroma were very good, but at 1 minute, they were great, with a strong milky flavor. Subsequent times, the milkyness decreased, but there was no increase in any other flavors, nor bitterness.
The color become darker as the time increased.
Taste is definitly both nutty and sweet, but slightly dry as well. Aroma is a little nutty also, not grassy has I have had with other green teas like this. Color is a nice green-gold.
Very light. Very floral, but not overpowering. Leaves are a combination of bright and dark greens, and silver buds. I used two full teaspoons. Next time, I think I’ll use three. Try to boost the flavors a bit.
Vary delicate aroma, and stronger floral taste. Maybe jasmine, not sure. Next steep will be interesting.
Another great oolong variety.
Got distracted, so the steep was quite long. maybe 15 minutes. The roasted flavor comes through quite strongly, but the astringency makes the tea undrinkable for me. But no rating, since it was an unfair tasting.
Something new for the first cup of the day. Another good oolong. Flavors are more subtle, slightly sweeter than others. The aftertaste is slightly fruity but not enough to say it is definitely pear.
As the tea cools, hints of pear become more pronounced.
A very smooth fine body. Nice malty aroma and taste. Very slight astringency.
Nice straw colored brew, slightly floral aroma, and a slight grain in the taste, maybe rice.
The dragon ball slowly unfurls, but not as elegantly as a flowering tea. Further steeps will reveal how well it holds together, or not. It does need plenty of room. (teapot size rather than glass size)
Darker brew, smoky flavor, neither sweet nor bitter.
3rd steep. Fruity taste appears
Compared to Zealong Pure, a darker brew, a little more floral aroma and a slight astringent taste, but still very pleasant.
A very clean, very smooth oolong aroma and taste. Deserves the pure name. From the zealong web site, it requires a little more tea for the water volume, and many steeps should be possible.
Short steep. Very smooth. Delicious. Slighty more astringent than their Iron Goddess. Leaves unfurled quickly. Noticed more stems (with leaves) in the tea.
Second steep. More body, no bitterness.
Short steep. Very pleasant slight milky taste. Sweet aroma.
Tasted at 1 minute, and detected a nice maltiness. Steeped further to two minutes, and flavor became very woody. As the tea cooled, slight maltiness returned. Next time, 1 minute only.
Tried a very short steep, with extra tea, and the result was much improved.
Not a fan of Jasmine Green Tea, but this was a very pleasant surprise. More floral then I expected, and very drinkable. I did notice the increased bitterness as it cooled, but it was never too bad.
Bumping the rating on this. Sweet, no bitterness. The flavors are very subtle. Definitly nutty. And vegital, but I’m not sure what. And, indeed, the leaves do stand up when infused.