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First, the smell reminds me of the pseudo-chocolate flavoring that you’d find in a PowerBar. Not a good thing…in my opinion. The story gets better with taste. The chocolate is far more subtle than the aroma lets on. There are problems with that though, since even though the taste isn’t as offensive as the smell, there’s nothing about it that really stands out. I know none of that gives a very strong impression of what this tea actually tastes like…and I think that’s because I just don’t have an impression. On top of that, I can’t really say I’m looking forward to another brew :(
My Chocolate Souffle Steepster Select came yesterday with this in tow. Reminded me of an apple chai. Not enough apple came through as I had anticipated from the aroma. Given the name, I thought it may have a natural sweetness from the caramel/almonds, but that wasn’t true either. Going to have to give this another shot but my first impression is of slight disappointment. Not a bad option (especially as it’s caffeine-free) for an evening tea, but not great either.
This tisane, first of all, is aesthetically pleasing: the rose petals, chamomile, and lemon myrtle are fragrant before water is even added. Once added, then the decision becomes whether to drink or to just inhale. Of course I did both. Relaxation ensued promptly.
However, I wouldn’t drink this herbal unless my bed was in close proximity (read: sleepy).
Drinking Teas Etc.’s Plum Blossom Oolong was the liquid equivalent of biting into a ripe, juicy fresh plum minus the pit. Prepared gongfu style and served in oolong sets (aroma and drinking cups).
First infusion – (Aroma) Amazingly sweet, it intensified as it cooled. The liquor had a student from Colorado opined that it tasted “like hiking in the woods after it just rained.”
Towards the back of the tongue, there was also a slight bite that reminded me of a plum’s tart skin.
Second infusion – Full, fruity flavor filled the whole palate. Among those sharing, this infusion was the favorite. The students remarked about how widely the flavor ranged between infusions.
Third infusion – Light, subtle yet lasting fruity aftertaste. This infusion sealed the flavor profile in the memory. At this point, students wanted to know more about oolongs in general and this oolong in particular. The complexity of this oolong is impressive.