386 Tasting Notes
This is a very nice Oolong that I got a few years back from Whittards, but still tastes and smells as it did when I bought it. Whittards no longer has it, from what I saw.
This tea does smell and taste a little like peaches, but with an added toasty taste to it. It is silky, not astringent, and without the mineral or grassy taste that some oolongs have. The leaves are huge, so this tea needs a lot of space to unravel. As you re-brew it the fruity tastes become more dominant than the toasted ones.
Thank you Terri! This is a fairly good assam, and I’m trying it plain now. You can feel the caffeine kick, and there is a bit of astringency to this tea. I am drinking it plain, slightly weaker than I would normally drink assam with milk. There’s nothing outstanding about this tea, but does seem like a solid choice for an everyday assam.
Had this at work today. Three quick steeps, and threw out the brew, and then made three cups. I took the third (so technically, the 5th steeping after the first wash). The tea tastes like dried apricots, and is very conveniently packed (which is why this is my “at work” pu’er). It needs sugar or honey to really, really shine in my opinion, even though it is sweet. There’s something about the aftertaste that is still rough and raw, and a sweetener of some kind will take the edge off.
Last cup of the day. This tea smells and tastes like freshly baked bread, or sweet wheat sheaves. It has a completely different flavour profile than Verdant’s Ya Bao, and in my opinion is much, much better. It is smooth and soft, where Verdant’s is harsh and prickly, and it recalls sweet rice or bread or wheat, and not green pines. And for a nice surprise after every sip – open your mouth slightly, and let air waft in.
One of my favourite teas, with a constant place in my cupboard, and my top five. A true evening comfort tea, and an instant pick-me-up.
I don’t usually appreciate smokey teas much, mainly because those that I had used massive amounts of smokey flavouring to cover the taste of poor quality tea. This sample, from the kind and wonderful Terri, surprised me. It’s not overpoweringly smokey, but more in the range of Keemun smokey. It also has a sweetness, and even a slight nuttiness to it. Very nice, although I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to stock it. This is more a matter of personal preference than a matter of the tea being of poor quality. By all means, if you like smokey teas, this one is probably a must. Thank you for the experience Terri! Even though this was a sip down, I may try to resteeep what I have, just to see how it resteeps.