67 Tasting Notes
On a whim, I decided to purchase this from Teavana because I was looking for a new oolong since my plum oolong ran out.
And for $20 for 2 oz., I was expecting an oolong that made me say “ooh girl”!
On the first brew, this has an interesting buttery note that plays off to a more floral after taste. I’ll have to try a different brew in the morning.
Had this at a cafe, and I tell you…the main difference between making tea at home and going out to a cafe is the preparation. They dumped boiling water on top of this, turning the liquor into a musky, dank, mustardy cup of gross. Maybe I’ll sample this on my own one day, but it’s highly unlikely.
I brewed a full pot of this once I received it, and I was blown away! This is a rich, wine-like tea. Nice red color, amazing aroma, and delicious plum flavor. I also picked up some nice raspberry flavors. And yes, it is EXCELLENT iced too! Amazingly good.
I wished Ocean of Tea was still shipping. This blend is too good to not order again.
Great tea, but I think I overbrewed it on this first try.
It definitely delivers in the chocolate and banana categories in smell, but didn’t fully come through in the taste department. I also tried adding sugar and milk, but those drowned out the subtle chocolate and banana notes.
I’ll try again with a shorter brew time (packet suggests 4-10 minutes; I went for around 8:30).
A very interesting blend. When I opened the package, I was intrigued by the complex smoky notes of the bacon and slight perfume of the maple flavoring. I hoped these flavors would carry over into a brew. (Generally, I don’t drink black tea straight — it’s way too bitter and I usually need sugar and milk to make it palatable.)
Unsweetened, this stuff is stronger than strong. It’s SKRONG.
Sweetened, the maple and bacon flavors are more pronounced, but overwhelmed by the muskiness of the black tea.
Sweetened (and with milk added), this tea sings. Each sip brings a full-bodied taste of maple and bacon with a slightly smoky aftertaste. It’s not my favorite 52teas blend, but certainly a conversation starter.