46 Tasting Notes
My friend got this for me from Charleston because she is a sweetheart!
It’s a nice, tasty, solid green tea, and I think what I like most about it is how easy it is to make. Most green teas are all finicky and easy to mess up, but I guess American teamakers decided “You know what the world needs? Green tea that you can steep in boiling water for two or three minutes, and it’ll be fine!” And I did, and it’s glorious. It actually kind of tastes a little like Japanese green tea, but with a tiny bit of that floral taste-smell you get from Chinese tea. If I were to point someone in the direction of a good solid green tea, it would probably be this one. It might not be outstandingly memorable, but it’s really tasty and I’d totally buy it again if I find myself in Charleston.
Drinking this kind of makes me want to curl up and smile. It’s a really great oolong, and the almond is just a little bit sweet at the back of your mouth. This is one of the better oolongs I’ve had, I think, and it’s absolutely perfect for a cloudy day or lazing at home. It’s just delicious and almondy and relaxing and exactly what I drank it for.
I don’t think I’ve ever described a tea as cute before, but this really is. It’s a very happy black tea. The peach taste is both aromatic and sweet in your mouth, and doesn’t taste artificial at all. I’m sad I didn’t have more than a sample of this, but it was a nice way to start my morning.
When this tea came, my first impression was that it smelled a lot like nori. I am a sushi fan, so this is a good thing. I finally got around to making it today and it tastes like nori, too. It’s very astringent but kind of sweet at the same time, and there’s a sort of toasty feeling at the back of your mouth exactly like the taste that eating nori sheets will give you.
I think I oversteeped this, though; the description says it’s supposed to be “elegant” but it sort of hit me over the head with gratuitous amounts of taste, like HI I’M A HIGH-GRADE JAPANESE GREEN TEA!! CAN YOU TELL??? The next time I make this, I’m definitely going to try it at just one minute. I think there’s a lot more sweetness in there that’s not coming out because I left it in too long.
EDIT 6/16/11: I’ve finally figured this tea out! I think I steeped it correctly this time and I got all the flavors. All of them.
This tea starts out kind of smooth and sweet when it hits your tongue. There’s a little vegetal kick at the back, and then when you swallow, the vegetal taste turns into delicious, toasty nori. The nori stays and becomes a whole aftertaste. This is an effing excellent tea.
I Would Certainly Consider Buying It Again.
I’d been itching to try Monk’s Blend for a while, so a lovely friend brought me to the tea shop near her house and I sampled it. I don’t think it had actually touched more than about five of my taste buds before I made the decision to take some home. This tea is utterly amazing. I can just taste the vanilla and it’s also kind of…I don’t know, fruity? ish? not really, but it makes my mouth feel the same way fruit does.
Also, you can leave this steeping for two hours and it still tastes wonderful, albeit more loudly.
This is more or less one of my fallback teas. I think it’s delicious and I plan on buying more once my tin runs out, because genmaicha is one of my favorite things and gyokuro is another. I was wondering if Teavana had any genmai, so I checked and MY GOD, NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE GENMAI, IT IS ALSO GYOKURO. AT THE SAME TIME. I was not disappointed.
I was kind of worried that the nice toasty genmai part might get lost in the vegetal (look at me, learning tea words!) taste of the gyokuro, but it didn’t! The gyokuro just brought it out more. I really hope Teavana doesn’t discontinue this, it’s like giving your mouth a hug.
I actually bought this more or less for my best friend. She likes citrus-y teas, and I…don’t, and therefore I never have anything to make for her. So I picked this up. I will never regret doing so, because in addition to being delicious (I’m probably going to make this iced sometime) and not overpoweringly orangey, it is an extremely effective cold medicine. The two times I’ve caught a cold since buying it, I’ve drunk like four pots of it a day and the colds have lasted maybe three days each. Who knew. In short: recommended.
I’ll admit I’m probably not the best person to review this tea, because I’ve only just developed that part of my tongue that knows what aftertastes are and because I really don’t even know what goji berries are supposed to taste like.
That said, this is really tasty! I oversteep a little because, as I said, detecting the subtle flavors of white tea is not a thing I am very good at, but I love the flavor I get. I’m not tasting the roses, really, just a lot of lychee and something else (I assume this is the goji part). This does not detract from the tea for me at all. I’m glad I bought it as a spring/summer tea and I might do so again.
I don’t drink a lot of Chinese green tea, but I adored this. It does taste a little like Dragonwell, but greener? More vegetal? I don’t know, but I liked it and I’m glad I bought it. I was looking for a good straight green tea (not that I don’t love genmaicha, but it’s nice to have choices) and I definitely found one.
Edit 5/29/11: Upping the rating because I have literally drunk nothing else since this arrived. I already loved it, but it’s grown on me even more, and I might have to get more to greet the morning with during my summer semester.
This grew on me. It had a really odd, kind of bitter aftertaste at first, but it was incredible the last two times I made it before it ran out. You can really taste the strawberry AND the green tea AND the popcorn, so my mouth got a little confused, but I ultimately enjoyed it.