The Final Sipdown: Day 11
Decupboarding Total: 25
The Final Sipdown will be great for my few remaining Tea from Taiwan samples, of which this is one. I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t tried this in the ages I’ve had it. Typically, I’m a big fan of this type of oolong. And yet this sample has been sitting, lonely, in my pantry. No longer!
The smell and flavor are a bit less intense than I expect from greener oolongs, but that could be due to the length of time it has been in my pantry, vacuum-sealed or not. There seems to be a little spicy bit to the green note. It’s also darker, heavier and a little… roastier? than expected. But there’s also a sweet, light orchid-ish or some other floral note that begins to come across as the tea cools.
This really reminds me of a lighter, greener version of Samovar’s TKY or Chicago Tea Garden’s Zealong Dark. But instead of making it a dark-ish oolong that I like (green oolong fan that I am), it seems a bit indecisive to me. Not a creamy, floral, soft green oolong but not a sweet, honeyed, roasty wonder of dark oolong. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. It’s just a hint of confusing.