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My first review featured a STAR…this review is starless…not saying it isn’t good…it just doesn’t have a star in it! LOL (See previous review)
For the review minus the star…
I can smell and taste the vanilla a bit more this time around…not sure why…
It’s a nice gentle yet true black taste and I can actually taste both the black and the white teas which still surprises me…I thought the black tea tea would over power the white…
I like this one just fine…
Haven’t had much time for tea these days, but I broke down and made myself a cup of this after I received my samples from The Jade Teapot in the mail. I think this might be the same as Art of Tea’s Uji Gyokuro, if it matters.
This is my first gyokuro, so I’m a little hesitant to rate this. The leaves are very dark green and full of chlorophyll. It seems like there are quite a few stems in this sample, so it’s probably not the greatest quality Gyokuro. I emptied the entire sample packet (about 1.5 teaspoons) in 8 ounces of water.
First steep, 45 seconds: The smell is very similar to matcha, or at least the vegetal flavor of matcha. The taste is also reminiscent of it, except less seaweedy and powdery than matcha usually is. I can’t really pick out much other than the grassy, delicious taste of the gyokuro…I’m not getting butter or gardenias, although there is a slight perfumy quality to the liquor.
Second steep, ~30 seconds: Okay, I should have only done around 5 seconds for this second steep, because it was quite bitter. Still, it was delicious. Less sweet, and more savory.
Third steep, ~2 minutes: Lighter than the second steep. More savory/umami, and a bit bitter and drying. It’s very brothy, for lack of a better word; I kind of wish it were a bit saltier. The flavors are considerably weaker, though, and there isn’t any of the sweet/buttery/green/vegetal yumminess that there was in the first two steeps. Perhaps next time, if my second steep is shorter, the third steep will still be tasty.
Overall, this was nice, although I think that there are probably some better examples of these flavors out there! It has made me curious to try more gyokuro.
I’ve been steadily drinking this all day. I typically haven’t loved the 1st and 2nd infusions because they are a bit harsh, but I added honey and milk (the tiniest amounts each) to those infusions and it tasted like a slightly sweet biscuit….so good, in fact, that the 1st and 2nd may now be my favorite infusions. I am currently on infusion number 5 and I think this is the last one…it is a bit weaker in flavor and I am ready for a different tea, possibly an herbal. 4-5 infusions is still a good number for this tea though. Quite impressive.
Malty! Even just opening the sample, it simply goes boom with malt. It’s sorta fun.
My thought, since I’m using my whole sample on one big ole cup, was to drink half the cup with no additives, then add a little milk and sugar so I could compare how it holds up. Yeah, that plan lasted all of one sip. Because one sip with no additives? Bitter bitter bitter. Oh help. No no no. I need half & half and sugar in this one. NEED IT.
A dash of additives later… Oh, so much better. It’s a little like a biscuit covered in honey or maybe light Karo syrup. It’s not a homemade biscuit, though, maybe a frozen one. Yeah, that seems about right. I don’t think I was heavy handed with the half & half, but I can taste it through the tea every so often, a warm creamy milk taste that steps in front of the tea for a flash. So while adding half & half doesn’t make it taste like horrible, thin cardboard as it does in some teas (yes, I’m looking at you, Kenya Kaproret), perhaps this one doesn’t quite hold up to milk that well. Though the more I sip, the more I enjoy that milky taste popping up.
It’s a nice morning tea but it doesn’t quite wow me. It strikes me as a good daily Assam – nice, but not so nice that you feel you need a semi-special occasion to have some. It’s got a fairly nice body to it. It does (in my view) need additives, but I’m okay with that because 9 out of 10 mornings I need additives, too. I could see myself picking up a bit of this if I were already getting something at the Jade Teapot and I was running low on breakfast-ish teas, but I don’t think I’d seek this one out.
I got this as a free sample. Dry I can see the white tea with the osmanthus and the peach. I’t smells like white tea with some osmanthus and abit of peach. I steeped this up and can smell the peach more. Taste wise I tasted the white tea the osmanthus and abit of peach. I just wish there was more peach I feel the osmanthus overpowered it. Still this is pretty decent. Thank you the jade teapot.
I’m having a cup of this now and am enjoying it quite nicely. At least for my tastes I really like the flavor of the oolong – it’s not too strong but is still very flavorful and the orange isn’t fake or over the top or distracting and seems to be the oolong’s faithful companion or maybe partner in crime…regardless – they work! The orange works in the background…it’s just yummy. There isn’t much more to say. The coloring of this oolong is a cool tan/brown and very clear.
I received this as a FREE SAMPLE and an almost finished infusing now…
Dry leaf smells like blueberries. – I don’t think I actually SAW a blueberry in the Loose Leaf Mix tho.
I am unable to smell the Jasmine…until…it’s infusing! YUP! Then it smells like Blueberry with Jasmine and Green Tea.
It’s a light brown-green in color post-infusion.
It taste like Jasmine, primarily, and then blueberry on the assist.
I find this satisfying, yet, not something I would usually pick out on in person – mostly because of the jasmine…because I’m not really a Jasmine freak. BUT…this is fragrant and pleasant.
Trying this tea again tonight. Better than last time. I used 3 scoops for my teapot and brewed for 2 minutes. You can really taste the bite of the ginger. I am not too fond of the grassy smell coming from my cup. I am wondering if this has too much other stuff in it…I have discovered that I like straight black teas better, mayber I woul like green tea better plain.
This is a Medium Brown in color and lightly scented cranberry black flavored tea. After infusing the aroma almost disappears. Eventho this tea is quite tasty – I can’t really taste the black tea itself and I KNOW it’s because of the hibiscus. BUT…having said THAT…I still think it’s tasty! I’m drinking it hot but think it would be terrific iced. You can surely taste the Cranberry…I don’t know if I would call it Cranberry Cobbler because when I think COBBLER I think crumbly-cakey type thing in addition with the Cranberry but it’s moreso JUST a sweet Cranberry with no cookie/cake-like taste. But again, I must repeat, this IS tasty…and I keep point this out because I usually can’t stand stuff with Hibiscus in it. This is the way to use Hibiscus folks…
4th infusion, 6 minutes. This infusion has a more baked quality while having less of a black tea taste. It reminds me more of a hearty green tea with a slightly toasted rice sort of flavor creeping through with the orange. The tea is still pretty sweet like the last infusion, but I think this one is my favorite so far. I bet this tea could go on for quite awhile, so more notes to come.
3rd infusion, 5 minutes. By this time, the orange curls have unfolded a bit and are now making more of a presence in the taste of this tea. It is still backed by a nice black tea flavor, but the orange has taken over center stage. As a result, the tea is slightly sweeter at this infusion. There is a slight peppery taste coming through similar to what you expect to find in a Yunnan.
I remember smelling some ‘funky’ cucumber from Adagio a while back and I know I wasn’t the only one who had that funkiness! Anyhow…at first sniff this reminded me of it…almost like a vinegar stench. As it infused it mellowed out, thankfully. BUT…my water wasn’t hot enough…so…I will have to try this one more than once…since I already infused I am still going to drink it…
Ah…heck…I decided to do it iced…pretty much there anyhow…
Strawberry comes thru after the infusion regardless of water temp, apparently. It’s light and pleasant and tasty. A very nice iced tea, indeed. I will try this hot someday but this is the COLD review. YUM
2nd infusion, 4 minutes. I know my plan for separate tasting notes for this tea were due to the differences in multiple steeps, however, this second steep is quite similar to the first. It is slightly less robust, but still mainly a black tea flavor without much of the orange coming through. This steep is more drinkable in my opinion due to the smoother characteristic that develops.
1st steep, 3 minutes. I wanted something simple, that didn’t require any fuss or additives. So I’m going with this. The dry leaf is very thin and almost wirey with curled orange pieces throughout. The first infusion of this is almost like a plain black tea. I can taste very little orange, but the oolong base is quite nice. Almost a bit harsh, but not astringent. The brew has a bakey type scent which is lovely. Since I realized that each steep of this tea was fairly different I will be making separate tasting notes throughout the day.
I received 6 samples today…this is my first attempt. I DID have 1 star in mine. I have enough for 2 cups so I am starting out with the star in the first cup! I don’t think it smells like vanilla as others have mentioned. Mine seems to be a more wet-wood smell with something Unidentifiable. BUT…it does TASTE like vanilla. I can also taste the black tea and a hint of the white, I suppose, but barely there, really. It’s dark brown in color and a very even taste. I like it just fine. I would probably put this in my stash for stand-bye’s – if I had more than 1 cup left. Yup! This is pretty good.