144 Tasting Notes
I was going to take a break from buying tea for awhile, as I have way too much and my kitchen cupboard is overflowing into my room. I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile though, so I ordered some, haha.
In the bag it smells like dark chocolate. Also, the scent is roasty/toasty, and kind of reminds me of laoshan black, but the taste is a bit different.
Steeped western style- 195F at about 30 seconds to a minute. No sweetener.
On taste it reminds me a bit of dark roasted coffee, classic tea flavor, toast, and there also is a nice hint of sweetness that comes through on the aftertaste.
2nd steep – boiling water for a couple of minutes, 1 teaspoon of sugar -
The first steep was good, but this is even better. I don’t know if it was the higher water temp., the sugar, or the longer steeping time, but the flavors are more pronounced this time. Caramel notes peek their way out. Usually I prefer to use lower water temps when brewing, but this tea seems to be an exception.
Finishing the bag (about 200f at 3 minutes), I like a somewhat long steep with pretty high temps, it brings out the natural sweetness in there, and doesn’t seem to get too harsh.
Sitting here while it steeps, I think this is one of the best smelling oolongs I’ve experienced. Smells like hot springs, with some floral and roasty notes.
Drinking it – The mineral like scent comes through at the forefront on taste. It is a little floral tasting for me as well, but different from other oolongs, which usually give me kind of a lavenderesque taste. Tastes a little bit like roasted nuts too now that I think of it. On the second steep some flan like flavors are starting to come through, and the floral notes are lessening.
Smells like honey and lemon while it is steeping. Faintly smells like fresh incense too. Taste is pretty much the same, I get notes that are mostly reminiscent of honey and lemon…maybe a little fruity? Pretty unique in a good way. I shared it with someone, and their verdict? “I REALLY like it!”
I just had some leftover and made it iced. Cold and sweetened seems to bring out that lemony flavor I got even more.
I drank this with two other people, and everyone agreed it was fresh and floral tasting (for me in particular it is pretty lavender-like). I’m also getting some notes in the background that remind of basil, and maybe even a hint of cinnamon that comes through once in awhile. A little bit of sweetness in there as well. Good, complex tea. Decent iced, but I prefer it hot and unsweetened.
Are there duplicate review pages going for this tea?
Anyhow this smells potent and fresh in the bag, a good sign!
On taste: Nice and rich, relatively smooth, and everything else I expect out of a good green (and usually only seem to get out of Japanese sencha), i.e. buttery, vegetal notes with a little sweetness in the background. The butter-like notes in here are particularly nice.
This has everything I want in a great iced tea: black tea, with floral qualities and a hint of fruity notes that do not go overboard. Everything is nicely balanced. With a little sugar, this is just about as good as it gets. I now have 3 “must have” iced teas, and this company makes 2 of them, so I give them props for that. I will be ordering more of this.
The smell in the bag reminds me a bit of these chewy coconut candies I loved as a kid. Ah nostalgia. Smells kind of oolong-y while it steeps. On taste, this is definitely good and deserving of its high rating. I can taste the green tea in here, with vegetal notes coming through, but also am getting a taste that once again reminds me of that chewy candy from my youth.