585 Tasting Notes
The scent of this tea is lightly buttery and sweet. There is something in the background that reminds me of burnt bread. It’s a little bit sweet (not exactly a caramel taste) and ends with a wheat-like flavor. This reminds me a bit of how the milk tastes at the bottom of a bowl of cereal. It doesn’t have the nicest finish as it’s a bit drying in the mouth. Thank you to lizeepea for swapping a sample with me!
This is a nice vanilla rooibos tea that is just slightly on the verge of having that liquor/cough medicine element. I have a strong preference for rooibos blends that are more like wood and less like cough syrup. Surprisingly, I can still drink this tea and enjoy the vanilla flavor without being entirely disappointed. If the rooibos base was a bit different, I think this tea would be great! It’s a personal preference, I suppose. Thank you to lizeepea for a sample!
This is a murky, mysterious green cup of tea! I feel like I’m looking into a swampy portion of the ocean. I smell seaweed, popcorn, barley and a little bit of toast and fish. First sip: I’m extremely surprised at just how salty it is! There is definitely a heavy seaweed note paired with burnt or toasted popcorn. The finish is pure sea water. I feel like I’ve just gulped in the sea – plants, barnacles, fish & all! It’s a little too strong for me to truly appreciate, but I am impressed that such strength comes through in a teabag.
My first tea from Den’s Tea and I am so excited. I want to start drinking more green tea each day and this seems like a good place to start. The tea in the teabag seems to be of great quality and I end up with a rather murky cup of yellow-green tea. The scent is grassy, but not sharp. It’s that comforting “green tea” scent I love. Sipping, I simply taste a mellow and very slightly sweet, slightly grassy tea. This was just what I needed! There is a bit of fullness in the mouth, as well. I wouldn’t say that it’s a silky kind of fullness — just a bit thicker than some other teas I’ve had. This Sencha tea bag was easy to pop into a cup and enjoy within minutes. I hope to add this to a future Den’s tea order.
The dry leaf smells a bit sour, but smooth and creamy. The first thing I taste is the tea base. It’s just slightly smooth and a little bit astringent. The rhubarb comes out at the end of the sip as a tart bite. The cream is more present in the scent than in the taste. I am enjoying this cup, but I think that I like the idea and the scent more than the actual taste. I’m expecting more flavor than tea base… but maybe that’s just me. Thank you to maisonlula for a sample of this tea!
I love milk oolongs, so I simply had to try another one out there! I don’t taste buttery or milky flavors that I do in other milk oolongs. There is a little bit of a peachy note in the background, but otherwise it tastes like an astringent green oolong, to me. Not a favorite, but I’m happy that I was able to try it! Thank you maisonlula for a sample!
I’m intrigued by the smell of this tea. I’m getting bits of berry & something creamy. It’s sort of like a raspberry liquor chocolate. It smells like another tea I’ve had before, but I can’t remember which! The scent somehow transfers to the taste. Berries and chocolate against a smooth tea background. I think the sweet potato comes out as an aftertaste… more of a texture in the back of your throat and on your tongue. It is a bit drying and starchy and I am curiously impressed! Even though I don’t taste sweet potato in particular, my taste buds are happy. I don’t think I would drink this daily.. just because the dry/starchy sensation is slightly overwhelming. You have to sort of prepare your mouth and throat for some irritation. Thank you to Amy oh for a sample!
I am very excited to try this tea. I’d heard a lot about Zealong teas — today I’m finally getting to try one!
The first infusion is a bright yellow, probably the brightest oolong I’ve had. The scent is a bit grassy, creamy — almost like a milk oolong. It’s quite smooth with surprisingly little flavor. I’m tasting a very slight fruity and tart note. A nice, mellow first steep.
Second infusion – The color is still just as yellow and bright. It smells a little bit more astringent this time and a bit more floral. I’m definitely getting many more floral notes in this cup. Also, there is a little bit of a green apple skin flavor — just slightly bitter. Reminds me of a clean, spring bouquet.
Third infusion – Bright yellow? Check! Scent is a bit more creamy and the floral notes are still there. This steep mirrors the second. A little bit floral, a little bit fruity and a little bit bitter.
I’d like to do more infusions, but I should be concentrating on homework instead! Overall, it’s a nice oolong .. but I’m not over the moon about it.
P.S. This marks my 200th tasting note! Hooray! I’ll have a yummy cup of tea this evening to celebrate!