60 Tasting Notes
The most overused description I pull out when describing a tea is ‘pleasant’, but pleasant is way better than a punch in the face. My sense of taste is muted today so I don’t have much to say about this tea. That’s disappointing, but still way better than a punch in the face.
The taste of this was malty, had no bitterness and only a little sweetness. The smokiness was reminiscent of Hojicha. A nice cup for someone who prefers their puerh mild.
An interesting cup. There are some bright flavors in there under the earth and wood, but you have to search for them. It may be a bit bland but it’s not bad.
This is really good.
This is pretty good.
I just realized the smell memory that a lot of these Oolongs evoke. When I used to do oil painting there was some common aroma among the linseed oil, turpentine and paints that I find in this tea too.
I’ve never found Ceylon interesting, but this made a pretty good cup. It has hints of cocoa and citrus. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it, but I wouldn’t turn it down either.
This was OK. I tried longer steep times and that brought out the bitterness, that didn’t kill the taste though.
This tea came as part of a SpecialTeas Oolong sample collection, and I’m wondering if I’ll have to learn a new vocabulary just to describe them. This has an unbelievable aroma being all grassy buttery and floral… hang on, buttery? I could spend the rest of the afternoon inhaling over a cup of this. The taste is sweet and full, yet light and, er, oolongy. I guess I like it.
The second steep was closer to what I’d expect a standard Oolong to be, so savor that first cup.
Assams don’t appeal to me all that much, but even I can taste that this one is above average. It has that typical Assam malt with touches of fruit and citrus. It’s slightly bitter, but then I don’t add sugar and will try to stick to a 3 min. steep next time.