158 Tasting Notes
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.
My first African tea. Tastes rich, vegetal, and maybe a little floral as well perhaps. I’ve been drinking a lot of Japanese green teas lately, so this is a nice change to something a little different. At about 165F for just over two minutes I didn’t find it bitter at all.
Looks and smells fresh in the bag, which is always nice (though I’m not surprised; this company is an excellent tea source). Apparently this is made with real jasmine, another plus. The first thing I noticed about this tea is the jasmine is not overpowering like some jasmine teas, it is blended in nicely on smell and taste. Very refreshing. This would be a great tea for Summer.
I get scents that remind me of vanilla and butterscotch in the bag. After a quick rinse and then steeping, it takes on a more fresh-floral scent, mixed with the minerally notes one often gets from an oolong, and the vanilla scent is still there but less pronounced. On drinking, the tea tastes just like it smells. I can definitely taste the oolong in here. Everything is well balanced. I’m getting an interesting creamy mouthfeel as it cools. Good stuff, and great customer service as well.
First of all, great customer service from this company.
Man this tea smells good in the bag, has a very clean, fresh character.
On steeping it has the classic tea scent, yet it also has notes that remind me of pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, and general vegetal scents.
Taste: Not being the biggest fan of Assam teas, I was skeptical before I tried it, but this is the best Assam I’ve had thus far. Actually, this is one of the best teas I’ve had in general. Smooth and malty. A bit of natural sweetness. Just a slight hint of vegetal and mineral notes. Pretty clean finish, although now that I’m done with the cup there is a nice lingering aftertaste that makes me want more.
It doesn’t need sugar, but I made a second steep and added some out of curiosity, and the tea takes on a nice roasted caramel taste.