246 Tasting Notes
The scent hits you about 2 feet away. Very seed-scented, sweet and toasted.
The flavor is very round, toasted bread, a bit of that slight seed taste that’s present in the scent, not much front-of-tongue action here. Medium length finish with slight sweetness.
It’s a good but not great Oolong. Something to drink if you just want a general Oolong with no particularly special notes to it. A safe solid Oolong, but without any real flare.
Scent is a little fruity, has a sweetness to it.
The flavor, too, is a bit fruity… maybe strawberries or something like that. Also has that rich brown flavor of Assams. Malt comes out as it cools but is not strong. It’s a moderate to strong tea. Long finish is slightly burnt, charcoal flavor.
It’s quite pleasant; I think I’ll keep it around for a stronger Assam option.
The aroma is really strong, not in a bad way but in a fill-the-room way… Spicy, a little sweet, with dark undertones.
The flavor also has the dark tones to it like an Assam does, with a bit of green at the tip of the tongue. Little bit of a burnt taste. Strong and lasting finish. Would probably be good for those that like milk and sweets in their tea, it would hold up well to them.
It’s a good tea, but not for me. I’ll rate it high on its clear quality, even though it rates low for me personal-taste-wise.
On a second cup I used more tea and a little more time. Much better.
Since this cools well, I think I’ll try some of this as iced tea. I’m betting that’ll be quite nice.
Got this as a sample. The color brewed is a muddy tan-pink. From a distance the peppery scent is the strongest, on closer sniffing you can pick up the strawberry and some ginger.
On tasting, I’m not sure what to think. It’s not bad, I’m just not used to fruit or flavored teas, for the most part. The strawberry is subtle and not overwhelming. The ginger you can’t really taste, but can feel that ginger-feel in your mouth during and after a sip. The pepper aspect is the largest flavor in a sip and is surprisingly pleasant.
I was dubious going in, but it’s a return-to-it tea. I like it enough to make me reconsider the world of flavored teas and will explore this area more due to it.
The only thing that could really be improved would be to bring up the strawberry flavor a bit more.
On describing it and sipping further I think I do like it. I’ll fiddle with temps and strengths to see what they do to this tea. It’s interesting.
Edited to add:
As this cools, the strawberry comes up some.
I really like this tea as a casual bag tea for hot or cold grab-a-mug’ing. It’s a dark pink color when done steeping and has a nice tart pomegranate flavor. I usually don’t like RoT teas and over-all I don’t tend to like fruity teas, but the tart and fruit of this one is pleasant.
Brewed this after a day of a less than impressive Assam, for a nice change. Just the scent of it while it’s cooling to drink temp is gorgeous. Floral, rich, delicate, pleasing.
Again the flavor is SO good. Malty, astringent around the sides of the tongue, a tiny bit of floral off the front middle of tongue. Just lovely and exactly what I needed.
Second Steeping: Charcoal flavor is less, but so is everything else. Short finish, nothing greatly catching about the flavor in general or specific. Okay, but I’d rather trade or give it to someone else who might get more out of it than I.
First steeping: This is a solid, but rather run-of-the-mill assam. Warm notes on the middle of the tongue and a charcoal flavor in the finish. Some herbal touches. Generally ok but nothing great.