I opened up the little pouch expecting an explosion of honey scent, but I was surprised to smell a green oolong. As everyone has already said, the leaves are covered in sticky honey! It’s not so bad that one cannot get the leaves into the cup, but I had to be a little careful to maneuver them into my cup. I love the idea of tea leaves soaked in honey. What a beautiful image!
The tea steeps into a rather dark, almost murky, color. It doesn’t really smell any different than other oolongs I’ve had before. The taste is of a relatively smooth oolong. It’s floral and definitely vegetal. The honey, for me, comes at the end of the sip. You know the way your mouth sometimes puckers after you have just honey? That’s how mine is feeling after each sip. In a way, the honey note at the end cuts off the smoothness of the rest of the tea. It remains enjoyable, though, because you get just a tinge of honey sweetness. This is a very unique tea and I am enjoying this cup because of it! Thank you to Teavivre for a sample!