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This is a decent black tea. It is fairly mild, not what I would call bold but it does have a certain strength to it. It has some lovely fruit notes to it. It is sweet and pleasant, with an agreeable astringency at the tail … it is quite a gentle astringency that allows for the sweetness to continue through to the aftertaste.
This is one of my favorite teas. It is simple, straightforward, and beautiful to watch in a glass tumbler as it unfurls. Each pearl is comprised of two leaves and a fuzzy bud that are rolled by hand, which means between actual human fingers. The care and precision that goes into making each pearl is apparent in the taste, which is silky, honeyed and refreshing. My notebook reads, “[the flavor] is subtle and sweet. I get the image of goose down floating on still, clear water.”
An after-sweetness in the back of the throat provides a nice cooling sensation. It’s similar to sucking on the rind of a honeydew melon. The cooling sensation is not so strong as menthol, but there are similarities. The tea itself has the effect of focusing the mind and inducing a sense of calm, more so than other green or white teas. (Is this a white tea? McNulty’s is unclear on the subject…)
I could drink this every day. For a while, I did drink this every day, and when I didn’t feel like steeping and re-steeping in a teapot, I’d simply drop a few pearls (3 or 4) in a mug that I would refill with warm water until the flavor slipped away. Delicious.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is really good. Before reading anything about it, by the look of it I assumed it was a black tea and brewed it the way I’d brew a black tea. Fortunately, if there is any green tea or Oolong tea in there, I don’t get any taste in this cup that indicates that I scorched the leaves, so that is good.
I definitely taste black tea – but a lighter black, perhaps a Ceylon or a Darjeeling, but, I am not detecting any of that muscatel that would indicate to me that it is definitely a Darjeeling. I also taste a toasty flavor in there – possibly a roasted Oolong or a Kukicha? There is earthiness to the cup, and a fruit note.
Overall, a very pleasant cup that is keeping me guessing. But I like that!
I often mention my favorite no-name China Oolong tea that, last time I looked, is still running just 31 cents an ounce at our local health food store. This is its elegant, wealthier relation. It leads with a predictable woody taste, but has some lighter, brighter, fruiter stuff happening when you give yourself a minute to think about it. Nice!
It seems like I haven’t had a “regular” black tea in awhile! So at first sip, this tasted strange to me. It tastes like a “typical” black tea. Like the most average black tea you can have. Like a Lipton tea bag?
Further sips, a woodsy note appears and something papery and old—like parchment? This is very drying on the tongue and surprisingly refreshing!
A very basic, mild-tasting yet potent black tea.
I think this would be perfect to brew into an iced tea.
This oolong definitely has a pu-erh-like flavor. The leaves themselves actually look almost identical to the pu-erh I have from McNulty’s – very large and fairly flat leaves. The earthiness is more subtle than the pu-erh, and it has a smooth taste with no astringency.
This is the non-decaf version of a favorite. The stamp on the bag says “Amorous Almond” although I think the listing in the catalog and in the shop just says “Almond” – it might be a bit cheeky, but I like the alliteration better. :) Just the right amount of sweetness and almond flavor. It goes well with soymilk, and sugar would be a great addition too for a real treat.
This is a very rich oolong. It smells roasted when dry and maintains that scent once steeped, but with an added earthiness that reminded me of a pu erh, which created a bit of unfounded anxiety as my pu erh experiences have been less than stellar. For an oolong, it’s a dark tea and has a dark liquor. 195/3.5 min. There’s no bitterness at all and I can most definitely taste a woodsy, chestnut like taste. It’s a very savory tea.