160 Tasting Notes
Slight cocoa on the nose pre-steep. For me this started off smooth, then has a bit of a lingering aftertaste with a little bit of a bite to it. Not bad.
Revisiting this 5 months later, it has a nice nut like smell in the bag. It seems to be smoother this time with less astringency. The taste is kind of hard to describe, I guess I’d say it is somewhere in between the typical Yunnan and Keemun flavor profiles. Toasty/roasty, plus the nutty notes mentioned above. At its current decent price, this would be a good every day drinker. Great with sweetener and ice as well.
I knew when I opened the bag and smelled it things were about to get interesting. The taste reminded me of artichoke, baked potato, and maybe even sauteed mushroom after it had cooled down a little. Pretty complex.
Revisiting this months later it has the taste I assoiciate with Yunnan teas, but is also bit unique. I’m getting notes like dried fruit, with some light sweetness. I guess the best way I could describe it is a more creamy mouthfeel than the typical Yunnan tea. The mushroom taste is still there but more subtle. I think I prefer this one on it’s own, with no sugar. I wish it was a little less pricey.
Oh man this is good stuff. I had a goofy smirk on my face after the first couple of sips, the sign of satisfaction. Smells like malt/cocoa and tastes the same, perfect with just a little bit of sugar added in. It steeped for a long time and still ended up without any harshness. The best I’ve had from this company so far.
The flavor of this one is complex, and it was a little tough for me pick out everything I was experiencing the first time I drank it. Now that I’ve gone through a bag of it, the taste and smell both kind of remind me of biting into freshly baked, still warm bread. I get a mild corn cereal taste out of it, which sugar seemed to bring out even more. Other notes (some from later tastings) remind me of unsalted popcorn, toasted bread, caramel, brown rice, maybe even faint cinnamon? It reminds me more of an oolong than a black. Very smooth with no harshness to speak of. This is something I could see being a staple in my cupboard. As far as sugar is concerned, this is just as good with or without. I think I might like lighter, shorter steeps more, but I am still experimenting…
Different from the other Earl Greys I’ve had in the past, has a little more complexity going on in the nose before adding water. I get smells similar to butterscotch and/or caramel, with citrus of course, plus the tea base.
Taste: I get the creamy thing plus a bit of a cotton candy flavor? Some vanilla too maybe. I don’t detect a huge a amount of bergamot. After making this several times, the butterscotchy smell comes through on taste quite a bit for me. I like some sugar with this tea, and bet it would make a good latte. I’ve had many earl greys, and this one is pretty good.
My first oolong in a very long time, I figured I might as well go all out and get one that was rated very highly. Infused several times, I liked it more and more with each sip. I get the previously mentioned toasted rice (reminds me of genmaicha) and waffle cone flavor, also a bit of a cooked greens taste.
Having this again 6 months later, smells quite roastey/toastey in the bag. Steeped smell is roastey as well, but also smells a lot like hot chocolate. Taste is basically the same as smell. I’m not getting any of that genmaicha-like flavor I got last time, not much of the cooked greens taste either this time. I’m upping my score a little bit. As it cools I’m getting more and more mineral/hot rocks-like notes. Second steep had some slight caramelesque notes.
I don’t usually do oolongs iced, but I tried this that way out of curiosity and it is quite good, gonna have to have iced oolong teas more often.
For iced tea this is easily one of my favorites. The rose pedals remind me of a sweet bourbon-y taste for some reason. Mixed with some raw sugar, perfect Summer drink. It’s o.k. hot. The high score is for this tea iced, and the memories it brings back (I drank it a lot in college).
I don’t even know if they make this anymore, I just checked and don’t see it on their website, but I think a store was serving it as recently as this past Summer.
Has kind of a roasty, vegetal flavor (sweet potato?), with a slight corn cereal-like taste in the background. I get a lot of chocolate notes on scent, which I couldn’t taste right away, but it is there in the aftertaste. No harshness.
After subsequent times drinking this I definitely prefer it with sugar, seems to accentuate all of the tasting notes I like in there. I also like a relatively short steeping time at lower temperatures.
(update 3 years later) I bought more and I’m bumping the score up.