581 Tasting Notes
Mmmm.. I received this tea in a swap from Tommy the Toad (THANK YOU!) and while it was waiting in my room, I was incredibly tempted by the scent. It was sweet, nutty and just calling to be made into a cup!
This tea offers such a unique taste! There is a definite roasty element and I’d say that it slowly morphs into a maple-like sweetness. So good! I can absolutely detect a chestnut-like character to the tea. I feel like I’ve eaten a soft, fleshy, sweet chestnut. It’s starchy, a little buttery, perhaps a little smoky. The flavor fills the back of the throat and lingers on the tongue. The Adagio black tea base normally seems a little astringent and bold to me, but it’s smooth in this blend. This is one of Adagio’s best flavors, I think. Yum!
I was in the mood for this tea tonight. I typically don’t crave floral black teas, but it just seemed to fit. I like the scent much more than the actual taste. It smells like a rich jasmine tea paired with a lingering creamy vanilla.
The beginning of the sip is sweet and floral (where’s the vanilla?), but then seems overwhelmed by the tea base. The finish is dry and astringent and it washes away any memory of initial sweetness. Sad.
I still have a few more Golden Moon samples to try and I just don’t know if I want to drink them. I have been disappointed with their tea cup after cup.
This tea is disappointing, not because I have very high expectations for this particular blend, but because I enjoy The Tea Spot. This one just didn’t live up to other Tea Spot teas I’ve had. The black tea base is smooth, but a bit bland. The caramel flavor is more of that burned sugar taste, not the rich, buttery caramel I’m looking for. The finish is a little nutty and only slightly astringent. It reminds me a bit of a stale cookie. Yuck.
The scent of this tea is a little strange. It’s a bit like a berry bush, but with leaves and roots included. I’m glad that the taste is not as weird. It takes a moment for the flavor to develop on your tongue. Tangy, earthy and fruity. I’m a little disappointed that the flavor doesn’t taste like true pomegranate to me. I detect familiar flavors that I’ve tasted in Harney’s other fruit teas.. it reminds me of Cherry Blossom, but more earthy. Definitely drinkable, but not the best.
I’m having another cup of this tonight! The leaves smell beautiful – sweet, green and fresh! What I love about this tea isn’t necessarily its milky/creamy quality, but its light peachy flavor. I detect more fruity and leafy notes – it’s like a refreshing, light summer dessert. If I look for it, I can almost find a bit of milk in the background, hiding behind fuzzy peach skins. This is one of the prettiest, but maybe not the creamiest, milk oolongs I’ve tried.
As you know, I get very excited over tea.. especially over blends that I’ve been dying to try. Mandarin Silk Oolong is just one of those teas that has been on my shopping list forever. The scent is gorgeous, just as I imagined it would be. It’s smooth, a little bit creamy and sweet. I have noticed that I sometimes get the silky mouthfeel with this tea, but not with every cup. The mandarin flavor comes out as an almost undetected tartness towards the end of the sip. I very much like this tea, but realized that it took me a few cups to reach this conclusion. My first few cups left me unimpressed, but changing the water temperature (from around 190-185 to about 175) helps the creamy and sweet notes come out. I am not sure how this compares to Art of Tea’s Mandarin Silk. I would be interested in trying and comparing both!
This tea smells just like lucky charm’s marshmallows. I definitely detect that familiar Adagio black tea taste and the entire cup actually tastes very similar to other signature blends I’ve tried that have cream as one of their components. I have found that I like Adagio’s black tea when it’s cooled slightly. Today I used cooler water and steeped the tea for about 3 minutes. It’s very sweet and somewhat comforting. I don’t taste CREAM specifically, but more of a heavy sugary flavor. Not a bad tea, but you certainly have to be in the mood for it! Thank you, brandy3392 for a sample!
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!
I salvaged the tea leaves after I excitedly spilled them all over the kitchen counter. I couldn’t wait to try this tea!
First Steep: I’m honestly not tasting too much with this one. It’s a little bit floral, but very light. Hopefully the flavor improves with each infusion!
Second Steep: Grassy and slightly sweet. The floral notes linger on the tongue at the end of the sip.
Third Steep: Flavors are a bit bolder this time. Still sweet and vegetal.
Overall, I feel like I need a bit more time with this tea to get a good grip on what I’m tasting. I will rate next time I have another cup.