5 Tasting Notes
okay, so i’m friends with the staff at one of the teavanas in my area. one of my friends actually suggested this one to me and was surprised that i didn’t like the smell. the dry leaf smells VERY much like a cheap red sucker. i thought i’d give it a shot since my friend then told me it’s nowhere near that sweet tasting. to my surprise, i really like it. i don’t find it nearly as cloying or artificial tasting as others do. i only put the tiniest amount of sugar, maybe half a teaspoon, and it’s perfect. delicate but still cherry flavoured.
not sure what the difference is between what i did and what others did, but i liked it.
i received a sample of kimicha’s kukicha to review, and i have to say i have fallen in love with it. kukicha is a green tea, but it’s comprised of the stalks and stems of the leaves and not the actual leaves. it makes for a nuttier aroma in the dry leaf, which i adored. when brewed, the liquor is a yellowy-green colour, still retaining a bit of a nutty aroma but venturing a bit more towards a vegetal aroma, which is more like a standard green. what i love most about this tea is that there’s absolutely NO bitterness, in fact it almost tastes like a white tea. it’s light but still retains a slight vegetal flavouring. all in all, a very pleasant tea, and i will most definitely be picking some up for myself :)
this is perhaps my favourite oolong i’ve ever tried. the dry leaves are really nicely curled, bold, well made with a good twist.
smelling the dry leaves, i get LOTS of jasmine and floral tones, which translates well to the actual liquor. the wet leaves open beautifully, are very even, strong and definitely quality.
the liquor is bright and brisk, a gorgeous yellow-amber colour. i love that it’s scented and not flavoured. this tea does not need any sweetener added, it’s a lovely oolong with a lovely floral flavour/scent.
if i didn’t know this was rooibos i wouldn’t think it was. no rooibos flavour (which i like, but sometimes it’s overpowering) but VERY much almonds, hint of coconut, apple… tastes as good as it smells and as the sales associate pointed out, it “tastes like a sweater in a cup”
this is a perfect after sled/ski/snowboard kind of tea and it definitely found a permanent place in my collection.