551 Tasting Notes
Thanks once more to Angel and Teavivre, and I apologize for taking so long to get to all of them! But I really enjoyed all of the samples I received and this one was no exception.
The dry leaf smells sweet and green with a good amount of floral. It lacks the milk candy creaminess I normally associate with a Milk Oolong, but it smells really good, regardless.
First Infusion (200F/2 min)
There was a surprising amount of creaminess, and a lovely buttery mouthfeel. The taste is delicate and very lightly orchid-floral, as well as that very classical green vegatal taste oolongs have. The ending is sweet and lingers.
Second Infusion (200F/2 min)
Very slightly creamier, more orchid in this cup with a smoother finish (that I didn’t think possible!)
Third Infusion (205F/3 min)
The creaminess actually drops off here, and it becomes a more floral cup with hints of sweet hay and subtle fruits.
Fourth Infusion (205F/3 min)
The cup is primarily sweet, fruity and green at this point, with the type of butteriness I expect from some green tea, though the flavors are getting more delicate. This is also the first cup I’ve gotten any astringency from.
I would imagine I could get a fifth steeping out of this, but a sixth would be difficult. I think the leaves outlasted me today, though.
Overall, a very good oolong. Not as creamy as I’ve come to expect from milk oolongs, but good in it’s own right, with sweet orchid and veggie notes.
They may say subtle, but when I opened the sample packet Shmiracles sent me, I was thinking the berry was anything but! I don’t say that in a bad way, though. It’s sweet and jammy smelling and reminds me a lot of homemade raspberry jam!
The better news is that the Sencha offers a butteriness and herbaceousness that keeps this from being candy-like or overdone, and the berry was balanced very well with the tea itself so I could taste both each sip.
My dislike for this one is all me-based.
There is a certain threshold of cardamom (it’s not very high) in tea that literally triggers my gag reflex and makes me feel ill. It’s the reason I can’t drink much in the way of masala chai. This unfortunately passed that in spades.
Thanks anyway TastyBrew.
This tea is seriously perplexing me. It starts lovely and minty, but not overly potent, and then it becomes very creamy with very subtle coconut flavor. But if it I hold it in the back of my mouth it reminds me of popcorn butter. Like, there’s not enough mint at that point for it to remind me of buttermints, so it becomes popcorn butter to my brain. I’m not sure.
The weird part is that I like it, though.
Thanks for the large sample Courtney, maybe I’ll be able to wrap my head around this yet.
I definitely like this one better hot than cold. The first flavor to come through is the green tea this time! The marshmallow flavor also comes through better, and the cup is creamier and has a smoother mouthfeel overall. The aftertaste is still clean and slightly sweet.
I still see Scooby Doo zombies, and swamp mist when I drink this as opposed to graveyards, though.
Thanks again Shelley_Lorraine.
I received a sample of this in bagged form from Nicole and loose from momo, so thank you both. This review is for the loose version, though.
My first impression is that this smells like fall. Orange and cloves, with a hint of vanilla.
The citrus taste is very subtle, and it actually reminds me a lot of Bergamot, which I wasn’t expecting. The vanilla here, is slightly creamy feelings and rounds out the whole cup. The finish is spicy, very much cloves and cinnamon.
It’s not a terribly strong tea overall, but I think it’d be amazing with milk and sugar on a rainy afternoon.
I hit my the target word count for today, but that means I’m still behind overall because I had a late, slow start yesterday. I did find some kind of awesomely helpful websites, though!
And my favorite:
Still baked apple kinds of yummy, still not liking the Bergamot in the blend. Definitely better without any additives.