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This roasty-toasty oolong reminds me a great deal of Hojicha. With hints of floral notes such as lilac in the aroma and flavors reminiscent of roasted leeks or bok choy in the brewed broth I’d say this tea is worth the $25.99 for 4oz.
The tightly rolled balls have some stems in, with leaves approaching an interested redish or purplish hue depending upon the light.
I would easily rate this an everyday tea if it weren’t for the price.
Fans of Hojicha will find this very enjoyable and a nice break from their usual palate pleaser.
The aroma of the dry and the spent leaves is very fruity. I get guava and mango with a hint of passionfruit and marigold in there as well. The tea liquor however smells more vegetal, almost like steamed leeks. My guess is that comes from the Sencha base.
This tea seriously dries the palate. The finish twinges of guava. However, rolling the liquor in the mouth provides a more apricot taste. You can tell this is a Sencha even through all the flavors. There’s the vegetal tones inherent in the green tea, a nuttier lightly roasted sense I get which would be a more southern grown plant. The gritty bitterness from a Sencha is clearly present.
This tea would be maybe a 75 or 80 if it didn’t seriously remind me of having cotton balls in my mouth. That kind of irks me if you know what I mean.