286 Tasting Notes
This one’s a weird one. A strong white tea… that puts me in mind of bubblegum. Not that it tastes like bubblegum, it’s just that after swallowing for some reason my mouth says “bubblegum!”. As I said, weird. A tiny, tiny bit of chocolate to it, too.
A strange and pleasant cup.
This has a strong cocoa flavor to it, it also makes the very front edge of the tongue, back of the lips area water a lot. A bit of tobacco and I don’t know what… a taste that I can’t quite place.
As with the 1973 Baozhong I bought from Red Blossom, I like this much better than most oolongs. I think from now I’ll try to stick to aged ones as I don’t find much flavor in newer oolongs. Both this and the 1973 are very good.
I bought this and another aged Oolong from Red Blossom because I’d never had as old of ones as they had available and wanted to try them. I’m not a huge Oolong fan so I was curious is these would be different for me.
The smell of this tea is very “basic oolong” to me. It doesn’t have anything special about it. So I was worried it’d be another hum-drum cup for me, as I find most Oolongs tend to end up IMO.
The taste is another matter. It has that mint zing in the tip of the tongue and back of the throat. The raisin they mention is really there in the top of the mouth. The finish is the raisin/honey taste up in the nose. It’s a short finish, but pleasant.
It definitely not a standard oolong.
So far, to me, this doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I’ll let it cool more and see if anything comes out. Right now it just tastes generic-white to me, nothing special or distinct.
As it cools it doesn’t get much more depth to it. Maybe a very, very, barely there hint of melon.
It’s not bad and I’ll finish the pot, but I’d not buy it.
Having this again after a long time away.
The scent is complex but not overwhelming… light with berry notes.
Again the taste has so much to it. The burnt flavor of a black tea in the middle of the tongue, a bit of berry to it, a bit astringent, leaves a clean feeling in the back of the throat. Light finish throughout the mouth.
This smells fairly unremarkable with a plain “black tea” scent. No noticeable notes stand out.
Ditto on the flavor. It tastes like a run-of-the-mill black tea… not strong in any particular flavor, no pleasing feeling of balance… just plain old generic black tea.
Not bad tasting at all, but I’m going to pour this cup out and try something else. It really has nothing about it that grabs me and makes me want to finish the cup.