488 Tasting Notes
This is really good – it is creamy and floral. I like it gongfu and western style, but the gongfu is more nuanced. The first steeps begin very creamy and move to a sweeter, floral flavor, becoming almost juicy at the end. The western brew is similar, but more compacted – first steep being creamiest, second and third steeps being fruitier.
I had a sample of this, and I am glad to have tried it. Maple sugar sounds like the exact kind of flavor I would love, as I love maple sugar. But this didn’t taste all that great – artificial, mostly. I wouldn’t get a bigger size, and I would probably rehome any future samples I got for some reason. It wasn’t awful or undrinkable though. Perhaps I need to stop going for maple teas.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt punched in the face by an orchid before. But this first steep was practically like chewing on an orchid dipped in butter. A full minute was FAR too long.
That said, the next 4 steeps were lovely. A minute and a half for the second steep worked out just fine, and the orchid was softer and the cream heavier. Each steep after gave pretty wonderfully until the very last, when it felt spent. I have never had an oolong this intense before, and I think with a reduced first steep, I’d get more out of the leaves in general. I would totally buy more of this knowing that.
Not for the faint of heart or haters of florals.
This is interesting – I thought it would be spicier than it is, but it was just warming. Low heat, but with a bit of kick. The citrus blends in with it well, and I find that it tastes a bit sweet too. There are so many flavors, I honestly couldn’t pick them out upon tasting it without referring to the official ingredients list. But I am glad that the amalgamation was an overall good one, and not a yuck one.