1488 Tasting Notes
What a treat!! Thankyou QuiltGuppy for so generously sharing this sample with me. I quite like it.
The Oolong comes through very nicely, but also takes on the accent of tangerine quite well. I’m on my second steep now, and noticing the orange flavour more and more. It’s very delicate and reminds me of a white tea in some ways.
The sweetness is also very round, lasting until long after I’ve taken a sip.
I wouldn’t want this one all the time but when in the mood for a fruity oolong tea, this will definitely be on my “to crave” list.
I think I’m most impressed by the fact that it’s a fruit oolong. Most that I have tried are overpowered by the added ingredients.
Oh and it’s very smooooooth. The consistency (not the taste) of butter!!!
agh why does vanilla do me wrong?! I want to like vanilla… and I don’t mind other vanilla flavoured tasty things, but somehow in tea it just turns me off every time pouts
The second steep was better, I have to admit… I didn’t mind it too much. The fact that it was so very smooth made me forget the vanilla hanging in the back after every darn sip. I also felt like the vanilla did something to the black tea base that made it taste “green” to me, which made me wrinkle ma nose even more… gah.
I didn’t mind the sample in the store, and I got mine with milk, but it’s not worth paying for a whole cup just to find out if that makes enough of a difference for me.
INTENSE Is how I would describe this golden brew. and refreshing!! but certainly not oolongy. Not even on the third steep! At that point, I got bored of searching for the “tea” in my cup. Oh and when it cooled, the minty lemon somehow started tasting like ginger. Ick! which was worse since it was unexpected :/
I’m getting over that cold still, and despite that I still find this overpowering-again, on the third steep!
If this were billed as an herbal tea, I might go for it… but the darn stuff is caffeinated xSighsx
Maybe if they dial down the pep on this one, I could learn to love it…
Oh and besides all of that, they used a “green”-er oolong than I prefer, which is usually kinda meh in my books.
Tonight, I put down my cat after a 2 yr struggle with Thyroid disease and pancreatic cancer. She was 21.5 yrs old. She fought for life valiantly, coming back time after time even after the vet said she had only weeks left on this world.
Born into a life of extreme poverty and abuse, she was lucky to eventually land in our home. No, actually, we were the lucky ones. That cat stayed with us when we were sick, entertained us to no end, and warmed our hearts when we were sad.
I miss her already. No wonder, since I have known her for just over two thirds of my life.
Somehow, I find it fitting that I am laden with a head cold on this day- a gentle reminder that my mild suffering is a fraction of the pain she put aside for the sake of keeping a brave face. Funny, that my being sick has helped me cope with the guilt of ending another creature’s life.
That is why I find this tea oddly appropriate… soothing of my soul as well as the bug that ails me. A half spoon of honey rounds it off, coating my sore throat caused not by sickness but by crying my eyes out earlier today.
RIP my dear Midnight. I’ll miss you forever.
P.S. If only cats could enjoy tea…
Big thanks to QuiltGuppy for sending me this lovely tea!! I’d been saving it for a special occasion and I don’t know why but today felt right.
It’s very light and refreshing. I think I can taste some of the melon but I’d never be able to pinpoint that on my own. It’s a solid white tea that I look forward to having again.
One thing that puzzles me is that at one point it tasted a tad bleachy, but that quickly disappeared as the cup cooled. I know melon can give me a chemical-ish impression, as does papaya (even more so)…. so perhaps that was why? Hmm.
Anyhow, I really enjoyed this one- esp when it was hot!!
EDIT: Ohhhh my goodness, the second steep was a totally different experience!!!! not so great when hot, but deeeeelicious and delicate and round and fruity and oh oh so good when warm but not yet cool. I am bumping the rating! I wonder what the third steep holds? :)
Teas like this make me think my senses are back to norm and then I end up dissappointed later… haha. This was pretty decent!! for an oolong. I’ve had better milky type tea before but I like this one more than the standard DT Milky Oolong. The banana is present in the first steep but barely so. It’s a little “malty” or rather as close as I’ve gotten in weeks, so I imagine it will be loads better in time! my standards are a little low these days… but getting higher by the sip! :)
Not sure I’d purchase this. In my memory, the Tea Emporium milky oolong is the best local variety I’ve tried.
I think the third steep was the best btw!
OK my buds are seriously messed!! I quite enjoyed this (for a sencha. I hate sencha) but I tasted MINT! fresh, springy, mint! There is no mint in the ingredients… so how is this possible hmm?? Some of the fruitiness came out as well though I can’t be sure what exactly I was tasting. and there was no nuttiness whatsoever :(
agh. Anyhow, I went for a second steeping and the sencha came out more. I was not a fan.
I can’t remember enjoying a green tea more, except dragonwell. No nausea… I guess the “fruit” masked it for me
So with my buds being absent has an upside… I can tolerate pu’erhs now! yay :)
This was amaaaazing when hot, not so much as it cools. The chocolate and orange work really well though. Next time I’ll try it with a splash of milk!
It smelled and tasted a tad fishy, which made me a little sad. It could have been so perfect!
and it was why I didn’t bother with a resteep. So… big points for the flavour when hot… but less so when cooled down. Ah well! I’d definitely have this again. In fact I may buy a small sample once I get through the other newbie teas
So… looks away shamefully
I’ve done something that I never imagined doing, something that six months ago, I would have decried with all of my tea might.
But… well, it’s made me happy, it’s brought me those fleeting sips of heaven that I crave so desperately!!
Yup, I added sugar, and plenty of it, to my oolong. AND milk. Yup, and I stand by it! it’s brought the standard of my tea experiences up to a tolerable level of badness.
It seems to work here because well, since I can’t taste the natural sweetness in teas, adding sugar just brings it back to how it normally tastes, for me anyhow. and the milk, ehhh that was simply an inspired decision. It tastes just like a simple red rose tea this way. Hey, I’ll take what I can get! pretty darn great when compared to nothing at all…
Not so much as the cup cools, it kinda gets gross then… but when hot, holy yummm :)
Anyhow, I hope everyone here is well. Miss you all xx
Wow, I kinda like this one!! with my ‘buds existing in half-life zone(yeah they slipped back a little but I don’t mind because I know it isn’t perm!)… I didn’t expect much of anything from this or any other tea. Moreover, there wasn’t much leaf in the sample – I wonder, is that normal for this one? or did I just get a randomly overly fruit-filled bag?
Anyhow, the pear brings out some natural sweetness, and the cranberry is really nice, not too bitter or sour- kinda mellow (compared to what I expected).
I can taste the tea, which is nice. So many teas that go heavy on the fruit just drown out any camellia! I’m tempted to buy some- it seems to work with my condition :)
There is NO maltiness whatsoever(my curse I suppose), just that something extra that sings of “tea” but the fruityness rounds it out for me and thus for the first time ever since this whole mess started, I don’t mind!
I mean, I’ve enjoyed teas a whole lot more in the past… just not this much since I took my hiatus.
I’m cautiously excited here. Sorta toe-dancing happy. Still, I’m in a great mood!!! xx
P.S. I’ve tried catching up on everyone’s reviews. They really pile up when I don’t come around so often…