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I keep forgetting to add dates.
22Jan: lemony smell, tastes kind of lemon creamy vanilla. I don’t know I was quite confused by this tea and what I was tasting. Did this one in the gaiwan, but after tasting it I decided that the tea was not worth the time and effort that the gaiwan takes. I’ll finish the rest of the tea western style.
Tea fine but taste was odd. Not artificial odd, just confusing odd.
Ah, here is an old favourite which I rated 100 before. Unfortunately , I am VERY sensitive to so many flavourings now. This was one that didn’t bother me before. I’m still okay with it but now just a bit sensitive to the flavouring. It’s still good but I wouldn’t rate it 100 anymore. My tastes have changed a lot over the last year.
Enjoying this while listening to Terri’s Christmas album I downloaded off ITunes. Such beautiful music.
Oh my! The aroma of the dry leaves is amazing, but I think you will love it or hate it. My first thought was that I had smelled this before…Desitin! No offense, but it really really smelled like baby rash ointment! When the leaves unfold they are HUGE.
Next, the most important part. How does it taste? The aroma is softer now, and more like a fine jasmine. Since I don’t really smell orchid often I am comparing this to something I do know and I have a lot of jasmine growing here. This is so much better than my jasmine black tea from Southern Season. The jasmine hits you on the head like a brick in that one, and the base is nothing to write home about. But this, ahh, this is NICE! Lovely oolong base, lovely lovely level of orchid. This is definitely floral, so if you don’t like floral don’t drink it. But it isn’t “get the soap of my mouth” floral like some scented teas. The aroma of the tea as I sip now transports me to the loveliest Asian garden I can imagine. I just want to sit here and sigh and drink tea in the silence. As much silence as one can have with three kids and two big dogs in the house, anyway. (Hi, Sandy! Yes, Sasha and Sable are here enjoying the a/c and the cheese!)
Thank you, Quiltguppy, for this lovely tea experience!
I got my sample of this tea back when I first started drinking green oolongs, which was apparently 6 months ago, and I haven’t gone back to it since. So many to try! But I thought it would be nice to go back to this one and see what I think of it now. I liked it back when I first had it.
The steeped tea smells very floral, and it’s kind of a mash-up between some of the “orchid” florals and jasmine ones. The flavor is nice and floral and reminds me a lot of jasmine teas. There’s not a lot else going on with this tea—even fairly cool I don’t get a lot of nuances in the flavor—but it’s certainly tasty and very drinkable.
Ahh, floral oolongs: my latest obsession. I’ve always loved jasmine teas, and then I discovered rose-scented teas, but my world opened up when I discovered that other flowers can also be used to scent teas, and that high quality oolongs can be incredibly floral on their own, and the combination of the two is often spectacular. This is another courtesy of the lovely QuiltGuppy!
The dry leaves smell slightly floral, but it seems like it’s a very different floral than the brewed aroma. I think I’m getting mostly the oolong itself: vegetal but darker and richer than a green.
It’s definitely a very floral tea, but it’s not overpowering (for me at least). In the aroma of the steeped tea you still get the green, vegetal notes of the oolong base, which also come through in the flavor. The orchid flavor reminds me of the magnolia oolong I had recently, and thus reminds me a bit of jasmine as well. This tea isn’t one of those florals that is so floral that it’s sweet; that’s tempered a quite a bit by the oolong notes. I think the two play off each other well, delivering a floral tea that isn’t too overpowering. Overall I’m really enjoying this tea; thanks for another awesome experience, QG!
This tea smells delightful when dry. It’s floral and smooth.
The orchid scent is literally wafting into my kitchen. Yes, it’s a very floral tea. The taste is nice. The oolong itself is fresh and pairs well with the orchid. I think this was an enjoyable tea, but the floral flavor is really intense. This oolong requires a certain level of tolerance for floral tea.
Mmmmm, now this is a tea to savour. Buttery smoothness with a mild nutty undertone- and I mean buttery in a good way, not the DT Buttered Rum way!
I could actually smell the “milk”, which I could not do with the last milk oolong I tried.
This is a backlog tea from yesterday so I’m a bit fuzzy on the details, but it was quite a treat! the second steep was better than the first, where the tea and milk parts were more balanced. I regret not having time to indulge in a third!
Oh and when the second steep got cold, there was a bitter finish. I didn’t let the first steep go cold so I’m not sure if that’s a unique to the second steep or just the tea overall.
I love the way the tea looks (and smells) dry to, all curled up in pretty little twisties.
BIG thanks to QuiltGuppy for sending it to me!! :)
Dry, this tea smelled sickly sweet. The oolong was dark black and scattered throughout, but it seemed as though there were more raisin-like fruits called schizandra berries (??) scattered throughout.
195/2 min. Ugh. The aroma is not pleasant. I can’t think of a word to describe it and I know instantly that even if this were the most amazing cup of tea, it would be difficult to drink the entire cup. Unfortunately for the tea, it’s not the most amazing. It’s certainly not the worst, but coupled with this bizarre scent, I can’t finish it. It tastes like steeped raisins and the oolong is not strong enough to hold up to its bizarre berry tea mate.
Very vanilla. From the scent to the taste, the vanilla is ever-present. It’s a heavy taste and the oolong base holds up to it, but as I don’t care for vanilla, it’s not all too high on my list of faves, unfortunately. I can’t taste any citrus in this one. 185/3 min.