23 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this from an online order. Opening the package, it smelled just horrible. It smelled like medicine, in the worst way. When I steeped it, the tea smelled alright but it was near undrinkable. The “creaminess” was more like plastic coating in my mouth. Later on I felt pretty sick and I’m under the impression it might’ve been this. I’m not sure if I just got a bad sample or something, but definitely a disaster.
This tea isn’t joking when it says it’s a cold tea. The dry leaf smells exactly like halls or some other strong cough drop. Upon drinking, I experience an immediate cooling effect in my throat and tongue. I wouldn’t drink this for pleasure, but it is probably the best cold tea I’ve had the pleasure to try. It’s not completely undrinkable or bitter or anything either, so this is an added bonus.
Flavors: Orange Zest
I thought that it would be far more overwhelmingly fruity than it was. Instead it smells mostly of fruit, the flavor being initial fruit before being balanced out by the black tea. I’m pleasantly surprised. I probably wouldn’t order more because fruity teas aren’t my thing (this came in a sample) but it’s pretty good.
I don’t personally enjoy darjeelings. This reminded me of a very high quality bud-only green tea I once had in china, with a slight vegetal astringency but generally not overwhelmingly so. This isn’t the kind of body I’m used to, but it’s not something that takes away from the tea either. As a person who normally turns my nose up at darjeeling, this is an excellent tea. I got this as a sample from some other tea I ordered from TeaSource.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass