540 Tasting Notes
I’ve been lacking in some of my updates..I got this quite awhile ago from Chinese Tea Shop as a sample. It arrived very, very quickly! I got this package before I got some of the ones I was expecting from in the states.
This is my first infusion of this tea. I used lower temp. water for a lower time. I’m a bit unfamiliar with oolong steeping; so this may have been a strange guess on that aspect.
This was my first excursion into Iron Goddess teas. The leaves were just beautiful. I have a certain love of oolong leaves and this one was just nice to watch.
The liquor is this beautiful yellow/gold color.
The flavor is so smooth and relaxing. I can taste very slight floral notes. I can’t quite explain what they are though! Shame on my young palate. :p But there is this distinct almost, hm, buttery note to it. It is very pleasant. There are some vegetal notes but they aren’t overpowering or unpleasant in the least. This blend gets high points for me because none of the leaves’ smell is lost in the liquor. That subtle floral aroma stays with it.
I highly recommend this tea; especially for people like me who are new to unflavored oolongs. It really is a nice oolong!
Much better! I finally seem to have done 2 things to straighten out the flavor on this a bit.
1) Low, low temp. I’d say 170 or lower
2) mixing the leaves a ton before spooning into the water.
I still am disappointed; as I’m still not tasting lemon. I’m getting lots of flavors in this now. I am tasting far less of that scary popcorn overtone I was getting before. I think what this needs is more mint. I think I’ll start adding my own since I have it on hand. A strange flavor appeared at this tempt. though, pepper. O.o Again, this stuff is excellent for making me sleepy. I think I’m enjoying this more now than before, but still don’t think I could really suggest this to anyone or purchase again.
Mmm I made a cup of this to unwind after a pretty nice day. I got all of my work finished for one of my classes! Which means now I’m a whole month ahead. :)
This tastes nothing like brulee, but very much graham crackers. Tasty, sugary graham crackers. It has this certain note of flavor that instantly links the two to me. Maybe graham cracker doesn’t sound as fancy as toasted nut brulee. shrug But either way I love this to relax. I’m also starting to think it’s strange this is labeled as an oolong blend when it is predominantly rooibos. Oh well!
My first try at this was met with some interest. I may have added too much and boiled it too high. It ended up tasting like…mallow? I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t citrus at all! Later that night I got stomach cramps. I don’t know if it was the teas fault; so I’ve waited a bit before trying this again.
non-brewed leaves: lemon/citrus
brewing leaves: no citrus/weird mallow-sweet smell : /
steeped smell: popcorn?
This is very perplexing. But the popcorn smell/taste may have been what turned my stomach a bit. I had a bad run-in with an artificially flavored popcorn lollipop when I was a child. My guts never forgave that flavor!
This time the flavor is toned down, but still no amazing citrus! I feel so sad about this. :( I was really looking forward to some lemony bite. This stuff smells overwhelmingly strong when you smell it but it is not present at all in the flavor. Maybe I should try mixing my batch more or something. But there is also no mint flavor; which was mentioned to be in there somewhere.
Until further notice this tea is under intense scrutiny!
edit Three things must be noted before I nod off. First, the lemon started to appear at the end of the tasting. It was subdued and kind of lack luster but there. Secondly, one of the more promised effects is that it supposed to be kind of a relaxant. That part is indeed holding up. Lastly, I noticed something this time that worries me just a tiny bit. My tongue feels tingly. Not in a nice tasty way; but in an itchy way. I’m not allergic to anything but bunnies (that I know of) but hopefully this isn’t a side effect of one of the ingredients.
I got this one in a swap with Nicole. :) I’m pretty interested in trying this out in comparison to the Butiki coconut cream pie that I really loved. Of course there are some differences, this one is black instead of rooibos, so it should have some very different nuances.
Mmmmm this one is so creamy! I think that I put a bit too many leaves in this, so I think it’s a bit overpowering, my fault not Franks! It’s a little tiny bit astringent, probably a result from the extra leaves. But this is very nice! When I first smelled it I was a bit worried that the coconut would be too strong or be a bit more like suntan lotion. But it’s really calmed down by the time I get it in my cup. I think another thing that I noticed with this one is that the black tea base is much harder to taste than in the other blacks I’ve had from Frank.
I think that the one miracle achieved by both of the coconut cream pie teas that I’ve had is some how figuring out how to make it taste like crust! It’s very pronounced in this cup and I really love that part of the tea. Overall this is pretty good and I’m dying to blend this one with my chocolate oolong from Teavana.
Hello and good morning Steepster! I’ve come to notice that despite threats of snow I have stayed clear of the white stuff. My landlord just took out my ac unit that was blocking the window in my living room. I feel like my house is less of a cave now! :)
This tea was something that I snagged 4-6 oz of for free. Teavana was giving this stuff away like candy so I have quite the amount. The one that I am drinking is the version with dried raspberries in it. I think that my favorite thing about oolong is the leaves. The beautiful curled leaves become humongous as they unfurl and they are so pretty!
I’m a little out on the availability to re-steep this. The dried fruit pieces actually look kinda blah after using them. Maybe in a bit I will try taking out these pieces because I know that the actual tea could probably withstand at least 2-3 more steeps.
The brew does not really smell overtly fruity to me. In fact to me it seems like the suggested temp (195) is a bit high. The flavor is actually pretty nice. It’s not going to blow my socks off, but it’s light and slightly floral. Which is what I’ve come to expect from oolongs in general. The tongue feel is very smooth! I think that is what I enjoy about this one the most.
This is a decent brew. I don’t think it would be something I picked on a regular basis, but it is very relaxing. I’m going to try to re-steep this later. :)
I’m alone tonight for the first time in a long time. I should be doing homework but I’ve felt under the weather all day. So I’m relaxing for the last few moments I can and sipping this tea in my “fancy” cup. It reminds me of last year when my husband insisted on buying it for me at Starbucks. :p
This smells and tastes so much like jam! I really enjoy sipping this one when it has cooled far more than my other teas. The color, even on the 2nd steep, actually reminds me of cranberries. If no one told me this was white tea I would have no idea…
I have to take an official stance and say enough with Christmas songs. It’s only the first week of November and I’m sick of it already. How is this even physically possible?!
I picked this tea over the sweet oolong revolution (for now…) because hubby seemed to like it more. And oh no! The Teavana people know who I am now! :O They’re like…haven’t I met you before? I cringe a little and say yes. I am an addict. A tea addict. I have to keep crawling back to this, my dispensary for the only things that help me going during my homework!
The smell on this is very warm and cinnamony. I like that a lot recently. The brew is really lovely and is much less cinnamon than I expected. I decided to eat this with a half of a English muffin with apple butter. This combination was heaven. There’s just this awesome fall synergy that happened that was so amazing! I am really tempted to mix this with my chocolate oolong from them. As this cooled the flavor had a lot more of the apple that was mentioned somewhere. I don’t taste the pineapple at all. This is actually a great flavor and something I could easily see as a fall staple in a chai lovers cabinet; even though this is not really a “chai” blend. I do have to agree with other reviewers though; I have no idea where they came up for the name of this. To really be called a brulee I’d like some more of the toasted-sugar flavor that I have experienced from such great teas as the caramel Kusmi.
You know what’s special about this one? It has grown on me. I think that as I sip this, my next to last cup, I’ve realized that I actually really liked this tea. I think that it gave a lot of flavor for a rooibos and I preferred it for late night sipping. I noticed that I have very few rooibos teas in my arsenal and may be tempted to buy this one again in the near future.