4834 Tasting Notes
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea. It is one that I’m really excited to try, because I am so fond of both Houjicha and Genmaicha.
This is really good. Definitely different, but different in the best way possible. The roasting of the Bancha as well as the popped rice gives this a really interesting depth of flavor. I like it!
I’m off to write a review for the Tea Review Blog!
I am trying this today as a latte. The last time I tried it, I tried it sweetened but without the milk. This time, I went the whole 9 yards with it.
It’s very good. The steamed milk brings out the vanilla note nicely, and it is really creamy and delicious. Spices are well balanced with the other components in the blend and do not overwhelm the cup.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!
My second infusion (or set of infusions, as I’m brewing this in my gaiwan) is even tastier than the first. The complexity of this tea really expands with the subsequent infusions. The flavor is much more fruit and flower like with mere wisps of smoky notes. Still delightfully roasty-toasty. Delicious.
I was kind of nervous about this tea, because, if you’ve read my bio you’d know that I don’t really care much for red robe Oolong teas, but I decided to break out of my comfort zone in a big way when I ordered this tea.
And I’m glad I ordered it! The flavor IS smoky, but, I found that a quick rinse to awaken the tea leaves did much to soften the smoky taste of this tea. Now it is pleasantly roasty with a mild smoky note. It has a nice sweetness and a distant floral note.
Now… I guess I should change my bio!
This is a lovely Keemun! It is very bold, with undertones of smoke and a caramel-y sweetness. Pleasantly complex, I’m detecting notes of raw earthiness and fruity wine-like characteristics. It has the tannic quality of a wine as well. It isn’t bitter, but it does have a fine, dry wine-like astringency.
Finishing off the last that I have of this tea this morning. I do wish that the two flavors were better represented in this, but, it is still pretty tasty. I can taste the sweet-tartness of the strawberry, I can taste a creamy, rich note of chocolate… but both are light. The flavors do develop as I continue to sip though, which is nice.
It is a very tasty “wake up” tea.
I received my order from Art of Tea a few days ago! I love the way they package the samples in the pillow boxes.
This tea is absolutely delicious. And you can’t oversteep it because it’s rooibos so it doesn’t get bitter, the flavor just gets more intense. However, my cup IS almost finished now, I was going to write a review about it on Tea Review Blog, so if I want to do that, I better get over there!