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This oolong is spring-like with a brisk astringency and mild spiciness that I’m trying to decide whether I like or not. There is a bit of creaminess and strong floral note, which reminds me of jasmine. There is a mineral quality to the aftertaste.
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: malty, sweet, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: malty, hints of vegetal
Flavor: malty, astringent, citrus hints
Aftertaste: astringent, bitter
Liquor: translucent dark red brown
Rating: 2/4 leaves
Light, more sweet than buttery, more floral than vegetal. The second steep is more floral than the first. I’ve neglected this sample for about a year, but it’s still good.
Thanks so much Dinosara for sending an awesome package of teas my way! It is definitely appreciated! This one is lovely!
Steep one // 4 min // The steep color is a medium yellow. I can tell just by smelling the cup before I taste it that will have mostly a floral flavor and it does — it’s like a flower shop.. or maybe orchids. There is also a sweetness to it that could rival the milk oolong I had the other day… even though this isn’t a milk oolong. It is so smooth and silky! Definitely one of the better oolongs I’ve tried.
Steep two // 3 min // I think the first cup was better than this one. It is rare that the first cup is the better one! This didn’t have as much of the sweet & floral flavor. It was a bit drying.
Steep three // 4 min // This one oddly tasted more like the first cup, just not as pronounced. I wonder what happened! The longer steep time?
This one is a great oolong!
Finished this sample off today! I still love the flavors of this tea. Sweet, buttery, creamy, and nutty. Such a nice toffee tea and a lovely rooibos. It will be missed.
Such a lovely goodnight cup. Thanks again TeaEqualsBliss!
Not only did I have a cup of this last night but I also used it in cooking! I decided to make Vegan Creamed Spinach!
I posted it on my blog with a pic
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I almost forgot how much I liked this tea! See other notes…upping rating a bit, too!
Just finishing up a cup! I think I am going to send the rest to Azzrian! Woooooooooooooooooo! Pow! BAM!
Thanks TeaEqualsBliss for this one! There is no lack of a peachy scent and flavor here! There is a sweetness from the rooibos that blends well with the sweetness from the peach! Very good. I just kept sipping. It’s very thirst quenching. I also love Drink T’s toffee rooibos that I’ve tried.
This is a nice clean clear tasting oolong. Its a bit basic without a ton of complexity but its good. I feel like it is predictable but sometimes that is just fine, such as when with company, or serving with a meal.
This is a nice one to have on hand and would make an excellent starter oolong.
I got this in a tea trade awhile back I think from Michelle but it may have been someone else.
Regardless it was a nice oolong to try.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss!!
Mm this tea smells so good! It’s been a lazy morning and this has just added to the awesomeness of it :] It’s sweet and creamy. It has a bit of a nutty taste to it and it’s kind of buttery. The taste is very mellow and it works for this tea and the fact it’s rooibos. This is probably one of the better rooibos teas I’ve had in a minute.
Rachel sent me a nice big sample of this tea! THANK YOU!
Its a really smooth flavorful black!
Its slightly malty – sparkling in the mouth.
You know, Im not really very good at identifying black teas of all things I should be right? But this one could have fooled me for a darjeeling!
I do get some assam smokiness (right assam can be smokey?) GUH I really need to learn how to identify flavor profiles of the black teas better without knowing what they are!
You know its not even smokiness but there is a depth here, but then a light sparkly feel to it, its just really well blended that is for sure.
I am also soooo mind boggled today so words are not coming forth easily.
I do like this tea though.
Thanks again Rachel!
I managed to mess this tea up royally, sigh. It smells amazing dry, very similar to DT’s Honeybee, and the cold brew was just as fragrant. It even looked like liquid honey! Sadly, it tasted like licorice. Bleurgh :( Definitely need to try again!
Thanks for including this in our trade, TeaEqualsBliss! This is exactly what I expect a toffee tea to smell and taste like. Wow. It’s definitely toffee! The rooibos is the perfect base for these flavors: buttery & sweet. Very silky smooth. It actually reminds me of the tea I had this morning. The red steep in my cup actually had a redder color to it than the usual rooibos. It’s so comforting I’m actually falling asleep right now…
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss! This rooibos is ABSOLUTELY delicious. I feel like the woodsy/sweetness of the rooibos fits perfectly along with the peach. It’s warm and slightly fruity. This is probably one of the best rooibos teas I have had in a while.
Toffee fo sho! Drink T sure can jazz up a rooibos! Niiice! Swappin ammo
Ahhhhhhh! Peach! This one will be hard to let go of but I want others to try it too! Delight!
Sending the rest to WONKS :)
Had 3 cups of this already today…moving on to my next tea…it’s a hellish day…sigh…see previous notes
WOW! It’s been a long time since I broke into my Drink T Stash! Far too long! I like most of their teas! Some really great offerings! This is floral but light and refreshing. See previous notes. This is going into a swap box soon, too!
I’m finishing up my sample of this courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss! Sorry it took so long for me to review. This is a really different black tea and I have really enjoyed it. The tea is smooth with a really nice, juicy apricot flavor. This is great both with and without additions, but I really enjoy it as a tea latte. Thanks again for this sample!
brandy3392 was generous enough to give me a big ol’ sample of this tea in our recent swap, and I really feel like I made out like a bandit here. The leaves on this are long and very loosely twisted and curled, and they smell nicely floral and green and oolongy. As an aside: I feel like I have a much better handle on the types of tea that are out there and their names, but every once in a while I have a moment where I feel like a total noob for not realizing something, particularly when it comes to the various names for Chinese teas and their English “translations”. Like I totally didn’t realize that Pouchong = Bao Zhong until just the other day… here I am thinking they’re two different kinds of tea, but no.
Anyway, this tea has a very floral aroma when steeped but also a buttery note as well. The flavor is pretty vegetal and buttery, and the floral notes kind of add to the general character but aren’t very distinct on their own. This is one of those teas with it’s own natural sweetness, which is awesome and it’s definitely a character I like to find. Of course just now my nose has decided that it will be unrelentingly sneeze-itchy (you know that feeling right before you sneeze? like that), swollen, and runny, so I’m having a little difficulty with subtle flavors here. I don’t understand why sometimes it’s fine and sometimes it’s not. If it’s going to be sick, I would rather be sick enough that I can at least take the day off, not this miserable half-sick where I can’t justify it. :P
Anyway this is a very tasty tea. Thanks so much, brandy3392!
Enjoying another cup of this tea as I finish up the full-length review for it (it’s scheduled for later this week, watch for it on the SororiTea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com )
Today, I taste less of the chocolate-y tones that I mentioned in earlier tasting notes, and more of a fruity taste that is quite reminiscent of mid-to-late summer when fresh peaches and apricots are ripe and delicious. The chocolate-y undertone still is there, and there is also a pleasant baked-bread kind of flavor, accompanied by a delicious malty tone. A very good tea, indeed.
Just got back from some errands and I’m turning to this tea to re-energize! Yum. I just realized that i didn’t write a review of this tea, so I guess I have something to add to my to-do list for this week.
Delicious, malty, with a deep cocoa note. I am also getting the apricot-peach finish that lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Quite delicious.