450 Tasting Notes
Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.
Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.
I really need to do a side by side of a bunch of oolongs because I feel like my tasting notes are always the same. That being said, I think that this oolong was a little less sweet/creamy than others that I have. It had a sharper taste and a little more .. savory(?) instead. Not sure how to describe it, but it was really delicious! Oh and the dry leaf smelled kinda like dried anchovies to me. I’ve only ever smelled that fishy type smell in hojichas before so that was interesting. Anyway, I was steeping this throughout the day and it resteeped wonderfully. I’m gonna get a lot of tea out of this sample! :)
Backlog from yesterday. I’ve been trying a bunch of jasmine teas and I tend not to prefer them as much. However, this tea has a perfect balance of jasmine with passion fruit that is really juicy and delicious. Too bad I just missed the Persimmon Tree sale to restock on this. I have one, maybe two, cups left, eek!
I’ve had a bit of a rough time with Adagio teas because a lot of them seem too artificial, sweet, or one-note. Oddly, I think that this combination worked for this tea. I think it’s mainly because the taste reminds me of blueberry muffins. It also works well with the subtle white tea as the background. Anyway, it’s a nice, sweet tea to have after dinner that doesn’t have too much caffeine to keep me awake all night.
I brought this to class with me today, and it was perfect. First, my basket infuser in my Aladdin travel tumbler unlatched itself somehow, so all the leaves fell to the bottom. Surprisingly, it did not get bitter at all. I also kept resteeping throughout the day and the genmaicha taste held strong. I think the extra matcha really helped clear my head at the beginning of the day. A very nice way to kick off a new quarter.
A sad sipdown. I finished off the last of these tea bags today. I depended on it for my quick fix when I couldn’t get good boba, but now it’s all gone. I received this box from a friend, so I don’t know where to get it and I’m feeling kinda too lazy to hunt it down. Maybe when it gets colder I will be more motivated to look. Farewell for now, I enjoyed it while it lasted.
I’m having this as an iced tea inadvertently today. I say inadvertently because I steeped this and forgot about it until it went cold. Anyway, I like it both hot and cold. Right now, I can taste more of the spices and roasted quality of the tea. It leaves a pleasant, almost smoky, aftertaste. Also, I went back to the Verdant website to look at the steeping instructions and it’s out of stock! Eek! I should stop drinking it up so quickly.