64 Tasting Notes
I find the tea rather rich and thick with a somewhat gamey quality. Lots of spinach without much sweetness. Somewhat nutty. Very full-bodied and heavy-textured but mild flavours overall.
Love the stuff. Would definitely buy.
Wasn’t sold on the idea of a tea from New Zealand until I saw the rave reviews this was getting, so I finally sprung for it.
Gong fu in a 5-ounce yixing. Pretty darn good, if I may say so. Buttery, smooth, slightly floral. Not the absolute most amazing unroasted oolong I’ve had, but very, very good. I’ll drink what I have happily, and I’ll probably be first in line to try next year’s crop.
Smells very nutty and somewhat chocolate, rich and earthy. Flavour is mostly earthy and caramel, but even with over 2t leaf to 8 oz water, there wasn’t enough flavour overall to make me happy. Good, not great.
Definitely recommend steeping this on the light side of time and temp. No bad at all for a bagged tea. I usually manage to pull out a second, 3-minute steep that satisfies just fine.
Nothing stellar. A good work tea if you don’t want to be fiddling with loose leaf.
Y’know, it’s not bad. My husband works at Starbucks, and I like using the Tazo teabags at my work, so he nabbed me a box of this. It isn’t stellar, and I probably won’t drink it at home, but it’s a great work tea.
Piney, but not overly so. A bit fruity, like guava. Bitter, but the bitterness is mild and there’s no astringency to push it over the unpleasant edge.
No way I’d pay full (Canadian) retail for a box of this, but it satisfies the palate just fine. There are no major pluses, but there are no real minuses, either.
I don’t even know when I drank this tea… This is how disorganised I am.
I do remember that I love it. A great breakfast tea. Interesting, fun, fruity. Never had a cup quite like it, and I’d happily get it again.
I really don’t like this tea. Far too astringent. I’ve had it sitting in a bag (not even a food-protective one at that) for awhile, so I’m sure any subtleties of the leaf have been long gone, but even keeping that in mind, this is not a tea I want to drink again.
This is an expensive, touchy, hard to work with tea. And it’s amazing.
Pro tip: Normally I’m not a stickler for making sure your water doesn’t boil before brewing (I let it boil then cool pretty regularly), but for this it really makes a difference. Boiling cuts back on the brightness of the cup exponentially.
Tried the leaves over vanilla ice cream. Not really my cup of tea, but it was relatively tasty.
Please ship it to Canada
I want to buy more.
Malt, honey, smoothness. A very satisfying breakfast blend with a robust character.