58 Tasting Notes
Wow! This tea is great.
First, the aroma while brewing is sweet, fruity, and floral. Really wonderful, but strong enough that I was worried that the tea might be overdone and there would not be enough of an oolong taste.
I was very happy with my first sip tasting a really well balanced oolong. It had nice peach and butter overtones and a weaker floral note as well. What’s more is that the peach flavor isn’t artificial. It’s simply a hint of fruityness that sweetens up the brew.
Yes, the tea does weaken on the 2nd and 3rd steeps, but it is still very good (just not excellent like the 1st steep). But, the wonderful taste from the first steep more than makes up for the weakening.
This isn’t a great Pu-erh by any measure, but it is drinkable. It brews a deep red cup of tea with an earthy and slightly fishy aroma. The taste is more earthy than fishy. The first steep is flavorful, while the second is pretty weak. Don’t think I’ll buy it again, but if someone offers me a cup down the road I’ll drink it.
I’m trying to get over a cold and thought that this might be just the thing. Steeping the tea yields a deep, rich red liquid that smells strongly of currant and hibiscus. Upon drinking, the tart currant flavor overwhelmed any other taste. I wish it was a bit more balanced since I actually like the flavor of enchinacea. Oh well, it is completely drinkable and hopefully will have some magical healing power to kick this cold to the curb!
The vanilla aroma is very strong while steeping, but the taste is not overpowering. The tea is actually very balanced and nice. As others have noted the tea will get bitter if steeped for too long, but I wish I could make it just a bit stronger. As it is, it is good, but not astounding.
A smooth, buttery green tea. It has the classic vegetal signature of green tea, but it coats your mouth. Unfortunately, it produces a fairly bitter cup—I tried a variety of steep times (3-6 mins) but even on the low end, it still is a bit bitter and begins to taste watery. It’s okay, but I’ll pass the next time.
This was a pretty good oolong. It reminded me of a green tea, but with some of the vegetal flavor replaced by a delicate sweet taste. It is definitely a subtle oolong—it didn’t knock my socks off when I first tried it, but it grew on me. It is a nice tea to sip on while working since it isn’t so strong that it is distracting.
An okay, but not spectacular green. The grassy favor is very delicate but tasty. I just wish it was about 50% stronger. I tried steeping it up to about 7 mins and really didn’t extract too much more flavor, only bitterness. At the recommended 180 degrees for 3-4 mins it is a mild green that is very drinkable, but forgettable.
A really great tea. It is not an overpowering Pu-erh, instead it has a delicate earthy quality. It reminds me of the smell of the Pacific Northwest Rainforests—sort of a mix of wood, moss, and rain. The aroma is earthy with a slight fishy hint. The taste, however, is purely earthy (a definate plus in my book since I am not a huge fan of fishy tea). Perhaps the best part of the tea is that is absolutely lacks any bitterness that so often destroys Pu-erh. About the negative aspect is that the small cake separates into very fine pieces that went through my infuser.
Also, I like the fact that it is organic, which removes that nagging doubt in the back of my mind if my drink is laced my chemicals.