59 Tasting Notes
For some reason I always have to steep this one way longer than the brewing suggestions.
I’d say it’s an ok tea. The dried leaves have a strong aroma but the flavor is more mild. It’s a good fruity base for blending with other teas. By itself it sometimes tastes like it’s missing something.
I found the flavors in this oolong the ones I like the least (i.e., cinnamon, pineapple.) I mixed the few teaspoons I had left with a few teaspoons I had of Sweet Fruit Garden, an herbal blend. I was hoping to cut down on the flavors I don’t like so much and increase the ones I like more such as berries. And this is a recommended blend by the company. But now it just tastes like Christmas in my mouth. Would be spectacular after some wassailing but not exactly what I’m looking for on a morning in August.
Have to be in the right mood for this one. Actually, the more I drink it the less I love it. It’s a wonderful tea but the pot marigold (calendula) is not really a flavor I enjoy. Really, it’s me. Not the tea. I just don’t like most flower infusions. This could probably make someone else very happy though.
Currently drinking this one iced. Made 12 ounces and drank half neat. Just added some lemon to the last half. Never tried lemon in this one before—probably because the flavor stands up so strongly on its own. I think either works depending on mood.
I always want to describe this tea as “mature.” It tastes like it’s been around and seen a lot and absorbed a lot of body and wisdom. A bit smokey in flavor but not overwhelming.
This is not only my favorite Ineeka tea, it’s my favorite green tea. The flavors are so well balanced it’s practically perfect. I believe the package recommends steeping for 3 minutes. I usually steep for more like 5 minutes. For me I don’t find this particular green tea to be more bitter when steeping it longer, just more flavorful.
I used to be a coffee drinker when I was younger but gave it up for a variety of reasons. I always drank it black but for some reason this tea is an awesome substitute if I ever get coffee cravings. The ingredients (while a bit sweet with the maple brittle chunks in it) are so reminiscent of coffee flavors in the aftertaste. Definitely will remain a staple.