3907 Tasting Notes
I am amazed at how much flavor I got out of such a tiny sample! Of course, I didn’t brew it the way I normally would (using my Breville), instead, I used a T-Sac and half a cup of water. Regardless, I’m glad to be able to try it, because it’s really very good.
A strong floral essence, I definitely taste rose. The other floral flavors have pretty much assimilated into the rose essence to make it a flowery rose taste. I can taste a nutty flavor in there too, maybe almond? It could also be a nutty flavor from the white tea. The fruit is more difficult to discern, it tastes tropical. Papaya, or possibly mango. It has a mixed tropical fruit kind of taste to it. I can also taste a hint of apple in the distance. I think I even taste a hint of spice, especially in the aftertaste.
It is difficult to pick out the individual notes here, because everything is so jumbled … but in a very good way. It’s really quite delicious. I can also taste the white tea here, and with so many other flavors going on, I have to say that is a big plus!
Yummy! This is really very good. It’s sweet, though, so for those who don’t care for sweet teas, you might find this a bit cloying. My sweet tooth is quite enjoying it though.
The passion fruit is very distinguished, bright and lots of delicious, fruity flavor, but does not overwhelm the Oolong tea. Creamy and very enjoyable.
I don’t drink blooming teas very often, mostly because I don’t want to take the time to sit back, relax and watch the tea bulb unfurl. But, today, I wanted to sit back and do just that.
This is a beautiful blooming tea that tastes as good as it looks. My glass teacup wasn’t quite tall enough to view the full extension of the tall white blossoms but, I still enjoyed what I saw. And the flavor more than makes up for the inability to experience the full height of the bloom, because this is one of the better tasting blooming teas I’ve had. The white tea is the first thing I notice – soft and even a little creamy. I taste the jasmine along with the lily, and I like the taste that the combination of these two flowers create.
I purchased this just after the sale that was announced in the forum. How could I resist free shipping and 20% off? I couldn’t. The package arrived today – oh happiness!
When I opened the tin, it looked very much like the Holiday Blend of the previous year. When I read through some of the tasting notes here, I noticed that others have compared it to the holiday blend… so as I sit here waiting for my Breville to brew the Elixir, I wonder how similar it will taste to the Holiday Blend. As I have no more Holiday Blend with which to compare it, I will have to go from memory… but since I had some just before the holiday, I think my memory will be pretty good.
Yes, I can see some similarities to the Holiday Blend, but, this one seems a bit smokier, and perhaps a bit less “creamy” than what I noticed from the Holiday Blend. I actually think I may like this a bit better than the holiday blend, or at the very least, just as much.
I am happy that I have this blend … but even happier that I was able to take advantage of the special sale to acquire it.
Backlog: After my first cup of this, I brewed it again, steeping for just 2 minutes in my Breville instead of the 2 1/2 minutes I steeped previously. This rendered a PERFECT cup of tea. No bitterness, beautiful flavors of fig and brown sugar. Delicious. The first cup tasted a bit more “toffee-ish” as it cooled slightly, as I think the combination of the bitter Assam bite and the brown sugar and fig created a sort of toffee flavor, and that toffee flavor was not as apparent in the second cup, but, it was still VERY yummy…
These are excellent pearls, I am very impressed by the fact that I poured the pearls out into my hand to examine them and there were very few broken and/or crushed tea leaf particles amongst the very uniform sized and shaped pearls. Quite often when I come across a jasmine pearl the leaves have some “leaf debris” … broken bits and pieces of leaf that end up sifting their way through the lid of the gaiwan and ending up in my strainer. (I strain the tea “twice” – once through the lid, which I then pour through a strainer, so I do not end up with these errant bits in my cup)
And the flavor is divine! A good balance of flavor – the tea tastes light and a touch buttery while the jasmine is sweet. No sharp or artificial jasmine notes. Nice.
Next time I steep this, I shall have to remember to reduce the steep time, as the Assam in this does have a bitter bite to it. The fig is very dominant in the dry leaf aroma, but less apparent in the taste. Sure, the taste is there, but, just not as strong as the fragrance would lead one to believe. That could be due in part to the fact that the Assam has such a strong presence.
Before I rate this, I think I will wait until I steep it again. Perhaps I’ll have better luck with it with a shorter brew time.
Delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve had this Oolong. It is a milk Oolong, and I just learned that in last year’s Oregon Tea competition it won 1st place. Cool.
A lovely milky/fresh cream taste with just a hint of buttermilk to it. The floral tones in the background are very lovely, and they emerge more with subsequent infusions (I’m on my third and fourth infusion now).
I like this one a lot.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Matcha.
I’ve had better, and I’ve had worse, but for the price it’s a really good Matcha. Not a lot of froth but it manages to stay mixed and doesn’t settle to the bottom of the chawan, which is nice. It also doesn’t have that chalky texture or taste even in the aftertaste. This is also a bit sweeter than some Matcha I’ve tasted, with less of the bittersweet element that I sometimes detect. Overall, a very good Matcha, I enjoyed it. (That’s the thing with Matcha, it disappears way too fast!)
Fantastic Yunnan. Lots of flavor. Sweet, floral, fruity, and with a nice spiced undertone. Incredibly smooth. It has a hefty flavor to it, like it’s got what it takes to get me going.
This, as well as every tea that I clicked on at the Chi of Tea website is out of stock. I hope this does not mean that Chi of Tea is out of business, because they really do provide wonderful teas, including one of my favorite (probably my #1 favorite) yellow tea. If anyone else has any information about this company, please comment and let me know.