Mark T. Wendell
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I have Geoffrey Norman to thank for sending me this tea. Thanks!
This tea confuses me! The appearance of the dry leaves remind me of a Formosa Oolong, and even the brewed liquor smells like a Formosa Oolong. And it tastes more like an Oolong to me than a typical Keemun.
Nevertheless, I am liking it! It has a warm taste to it – not just temperature, but a subtle spicy undertone – and a pleasant smoothness. No bitter taste and very little (as in practically no) astringency. A very pleasant cup.
I think I want to try this one again before I start rating it.
This tea brews to such a lovely, pale yellowish-green color. The aroma is vegetative, but the flavor is not quite as vegetative as I thought it would be. It does have a vegetable like taste to it (which is more like vegetable than grassy), and a hint of buttery sweetness to it too. This is an incredibly tasty cuppa!
I like this one!
Full review’s now up:
…though it’s not one of my better ones, writing-stylewise; it has come to my attention that I’ve used the “pork rinds” metaphor to describe lapsang souchong perhaps one too many times. Mike was kind to post the review anyway. In the meantime, I’ll work on honing my adjectival vocabulary.
I could geekily nitpick that it can’t be a Keemun unless it’s actually produced in Qimen County, but I’m not in a purist mood this morning. The fact that it was a Formosa-borne black tea was merit enough for sipping. Unlike Chinese Keemun, it doesn’t possess the bitter foretaste. In fact, none of its flavor characteristics match up with Keemun. There’s no sweetness and no “orchid”-like comparison. What it does offer is an aged pu-erh’s earthiness coupled with a Formosa oolong’s nutty and pinecone-like flavor. It’s no Keemun Gongfu or Mao Feng, but it still does pretty well.
Picked up a pouch for future review at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. I am not a lapsang fan by any means, but this one taught me that not all lapsang souchong blends taste like burnt bacon, either. Nice substitute for a crackling fireplace on a cloudy afternoon with the remains of a blizzard on the ground.
Fresh batch 1/27/11. So nice to have this back on the shelf. After a year of trying other teas, I’m back to where I started. I read the other reviews that have accumlated and I can agree with all of them. To me, this tea is a middle of the road, average everything fine tea. “But it has nothing special”, you say. “Right!”, I say. Its not a light tea, its not a heavy tea, its not smokey, its not floral, its not earthy, malty, musty, grassy, sweet, or sour. It can be weak or strong depending on how you brew it…but in the end, its just a really good, plain black tea.
The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker arrived today, so I gave this tea a whirl to see if I liked it better prepared in a different way…
Boy, am I glad I did! I really enjoyed this. Steeped it at 185 for three minutes. (Well, probably more like 3.25 or so as I messed it up at first and had to restart the cycle.) It tasted like a different tea. I could taste a slight, mellow hint of floral… something. It tasted a bit woodsy at first, then developed into more of an almost mossy taste. Doesn’t sound as nice written down, but I did enjoy it. I didn’t get to steep a second time, unfortunately, but will try again soon. Really nice and light tea.
The scents of smoke and pine are perfectly balanced, but still allow the flavour of the tea leaves themselves to come through. The leaves are large for a relatively mass-produced tea; even fairly coarse filters will prevent sediment from passing into your cup. The tea will not go bitter no matter how badly you overbrew it. Overall, an excellent cup. Keeps well; order in bulk.
This tea isn’t playing, it has cranberry! I tasted a touch of licorice. Very rich and strong in fall flavors and cranberry! I drank it iced, and it was so pleasing! I love teas with fruit flavors that are so juicy. This is it, my friend! If I could only find one like this with black current, I would be in tea heaven!
Thank you LiberTea for a yummy taste of this tea! This is truly a tasty cup!