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Another interesting tea steep tonight. This would be my third time having this tea and so far this is the sweetest the tea has been for me. I’m increasing the rating because the mouth feel is a bit thicker this time and it’s slightly more sweet and very buttery. I’m looking forward to re-steeping these leaves tonight!
Today I’m beginning my long milk oolong train.. in hopes of finding the very best milk oolong. I heard good things about this tea and thought it would be nice as #1. The leaves smell like vegetables with a hint of milk. I’m almost getting a rubbery element (it’s interesting how I’m always getting a rubbery note in some of my teas) that I dislike. Steeping, the scent transforms from rubbery, milky vegetables to that true TEA smell with butter. I’m always amazed at how a tea can smell like a buttery, rich thing.
Steep #1: Sipping, I’m getting a different flavor than expected. I suppose I was expecting something far richer or creamier, but it’s nice. Definitely a milky flavor, but you kind of have to look for it in the sip. There is a nice, smooth transition into the more floral notes of the tea. Not as sweet as I thought it would be.. it’s more savory and buttery. Still very yummy.
Steep #2: A darker yellow this time. The leaves really opened up! I’m sniffing elements of buttered popcorn.. savory things, again. This is pretty good.. not terribly smooth, but not bad either. The floral taste is more present, but it still retains its buttery taste. Not as much like sweet cream as I would have liked.
In my 2-steep experience, I would say that I like this tea. It’s definitely buttery and somewhat milky, but lacks a real sweetness. This isn’t a bad choice for a milk oolong if you’re looking for less sweet cream and more salty butter.
I think I’m coming up against the wall of my own (present) tea unsophistication here. The flavors seem a little too subtle for me to care much about. I do like the taste of it, but whether its aroma is like wild peaches or is elegant and smooth with lingering sweetness—or whether the tea is indeed the transmigration of the body of the lover of a grieving young beauty turned into a tea bush—uhh…I’ll have to pass on that.
Like many of the reviews I’ve been reading, I’m torn on this one. I can’t tell if I liked it or hated it. With it’s piny flavor, it reminds me of the Greek wine Retsina, which I wanted to like but didn’t (I felt like I was betraying the spirit of Dionysus).
I have to be up front that so far I haven’t enjoyed flavored teas, and my taste buds felt offended by my first sip of Lapsang Souchong, but after a while I either got used to or or started to kind of like the flavors assaulting my tongue and my nose as I continued sipping this tea, contemplating a past life as a trader in a Russian caravan trying to stay warm along mountain paths.
The jury is still out on this one, but it’s not yet a big thumbs down for me.
This kind of smelled a tad fruity to me – dry leaf wise
Wet leaves are a woodsy smell
Liquid doesn’t smell much if at all
It’s a medium black tea color…nice color!
I can see how some would say this is bitter. I’m thinking it’s a natural bitter and not like an oversteeped bitter type taste. It’s a different-type of bitter if you know what I mean.
The taste grew on me…to where I almost kind of like it.
Received this from Ashley in the mail today along with a slew of other awesome looking and smelling teas! YAY! Thanks Ashley!
This is a light brown in color and smells wonderful dry or as a liquid. Dry it smells like a floral sweet fruit black tea and wet is more of an Earl Grey sniff. Taste is truly lovely! Light on the Earl Grey and an earthy flower taste with a hint of citrus. YUM
This is the last of the teas I took notes on while I was in the throes of academia. It is another one of the teas Carolyn sent me, and though I was afraid I might jinx myself by prematurely drinking a celebration tea before the semester was actually over, it was too pretty to put off trying it any longer.
This cup is pleasant. It’s smooth, and it’s not too strong, which I was a little afraid it might be when I looked at the ingredient list. I was half expecting a fireworks of exploding flavors [much like the tea is a fireworks of exploding colors], that would perhaps result in a great clashing and clanging with much dissonance on my tongue, but I was surprised to discover that this wasn’t the case. It all melded together. I’m still trying to decide whether or not I was disappointed by that, even more than a week later.
I wasn’t really able to pick anything out of the cornucopia of components, except for a black tea flavor with the slightest hint of maltiness to it, and a tangy fruity flavor. The maltiness makes sense because the description says this contains assam. The fruit flavor slightly reminded of the dreaded hibiscus, if I’m being honest, but only slightly. Probably I wasn’t paying full attention, what with trying to watch a physics video and jot down thoughts on the tea at the same time. [In fact, I have a formula written on the page here that I think is for the escape velocity from Earth. Wow. Guess I retained something after all.] It also had a kind of spiciness to it. Nothing overwhelming, but enough to give it a nice kick.
Luckily, Carolyn was very generous with the quantity of tea sent to me [again, I must thank you, Carolyn] so I definitely have enough to be able to sit down and really soak this one in. Maybe play around with temperature and steep time a little bit. I might have had this a little cooler than it should have been. The rating on this tea is very likely to change, but then again, I’m constantly shuffling all my ratings around anyway, so this point is likely unnecessary.