512 Tasting Notes
My quest for naturally honey flavored oolongs continue. The latest in my trials is this little number from Upton Tea. From what I’ve read, Guei-Fei oolong is supposedly gnawed upon by little bugs which allow for a honey like flavor to develop from the leaves. I think, that if done well, it could be amazing. But this particular one is only mediocre. the honey like flavors seem almost spoiled. Here are the tasting notes I jotted down as I drank:
over ripe fruit, astringent, banana peel, honey, soapy. Dark oolong.
I wouldn’t order this again. It’s harsh and unrefined. The flavors are trying to club you over the head and drag you into a cave instead of wooing you with wine and poetry like a real gentleman.
It’s not horrible, but it’s not worth paying for when I know there are better ones out there. I’ll just finish up on my sample and move on. :)
Veeerry interesting… I just ordered some herbs from Upton because I need more stuff I can drink late at night and still get to sleep. This is the first one I opened, and it’s the first time I’m having lemon verbena on it’s own. I can see why it usually comes in a blend. On it’s own, there’s a light lemon flavor. Less lemony than the lemon balm in my garden. Mostly, it reminds me of cheap mint tea, but without the menthol. Is this how lemon verbena is supposed to taste? Hmm… Well, I also bought a couple packets of mint that I wanted to mix with this, so maybe that’ll be better. Oh! and lemon grass. :)
I don’t know where I’m going to put all this…
Well! I am just surprised! I think I’m actually enjoying this despite the fact that it’s a darker oolong. At first, it seemed like your typical toasty woodsy oxidized oolong. Yawn. I put the cup down and went about a few chores. I came back and took a sip. Then something amazing happened. I liked it. When I cooled down, there was a strong honey note behind the toasted grains and oxidized tea leaf. It’s a perfect fall tea. Very enjoyable. I think I’ll cold brew this and see what happens. :)
I’ll have to thank TeaEqualsBliss here for being the catalyst that caused me to unseal this bag. It had remained unopened for about a year patiently awaiting the day that I would take notice. Then TeaEqualsBliss asked for some of it in a swap and so the bag was unsealed. Then, well…since I had the bag open anyway, I thought I’d give it a try. And here we are today.
Edit: The honeyed notes disappeared after the first two steeps so I’m decreasing the rating a bit. It turns quite ordinary towards the end. Good for an everything tea. Except that I have so many samples of awesome tea that my everyday teas are usually high quality stuff.
I’ve had this three times already but I’ve put off writing about it. I was hoping that my opinion of it would improve. I never disliked it, but it never felt creamy and chocolatey enough to be called a grasshopper. I mean, grasshoppers are probably the only cocktails I like. There’s plenty of mint in this, and there’s a slight chocolate background, but that’s it. Underneath it all, there’s that honeybush flavor that I’ve grown to enjoy.
I still really like this. I mean, it’s minty and tasty, after all. But I wouldn’t call it a grasshopper.
Thanks for the sample, Batrachoid.
Very sweet. I did a double take on my first sip. Did someone sneak sugar into this? Very floral and creamy. I’m really happy I ordered these sample packs. All their oolongs are so sweet and smooth. I especially enjoy this one because of that hit of sweetness. Later steepings bring out more creaminess and balances out the floral flavors. Then the peachy kicks in. And later the more typical oolong flavor reminds you that you’re drinking tea and not some heavenly nectar of the gods.
I had the tiniest bit from my sample pack so I can actually enjoy this again later. :)
A pretty classic chai flavor. I don’t really taste the rooibos and honeybush much. They’re probably doing some background work. While it was okay, the flavor was pretty weak. I’d probably use two teabags next time.
Anyway, it fulfilled my craving for a caffeine-free chai before bed. :) I added a bit of almond milk and honey, but I think I like it better plain.
The first time I had a good cup of Japanese green tea I was all, “Whoa! Do they put seaweed in this! Yum!” I’ve always loved seaweed. Those kids who made faces at me when I had my yummy seaweed snacks are probably eating sushi these days. hah!
So anyway. I love seaweedy Japanese greens. It’s the last of my sample from Batrachoid. sad. It’s tastes a lot more savory this time. Seaweed and hay. And most importantly, warm. I wish I could drink from my toes cause they are freeeezing! Now I want sushi.
I woke up this morning with a thirst for some oolong. This happens about once or twice a week. I grabbed one of those sample pouches that are patiently awaiting my attention. This one’s got a real caffeine kick to it. But I’m pretty sensitive to that stuff so most people probably won’t even notice it. hehe
This is a perfectly good oolong that I didn’t really like. I thought it tasted perfectly ordinary and a little roasty. There was some sweetness in the peachy tones, but other than that, it seemed pretty boring. The quality was good, don’t mistake me. It’s just not my thing. I didn’t make more than 2 steeps when I usually make at least four with oolongs. I’m glad it was only a sample.
PS Does anyone else find that oolongs lose flavor if stored for a while? There are ones that tasted so floral and nummy. But when I go back to it a few months later, it’s kinda ordinary. Is it oxidation? I know my tins and bags aren’t exactly air tight… Sometimes I just buy too much because the larger quantities are usually a better deal. Maybe it’s not worth it if it makes my tea taste less good later.