53 Tasting Notes
First time trying a honeybush. The aroma is almost nauseating. Smells… mulchy? Not sure what that is, but it’s unpleasant. The taste, however, is sweet, woody, and has a slight hint of… banana peel? This is a very unusual experience. There’s a bit of a cooling effect shortly after swallowing. This might make a good base for a fruity blend, but that’s not really my thing. I’ve got some more left in the sample, I’ll have another go. The aftertaste almost makes the smell worth bearing.
I wish my sample contained enough more than one session. Only two steeps in, but so far a very warm flavor, very smooth taste, definitely savory and buttery. Definitely needs a pause after each sip to truly appreciate it. The second steep is far superior to the first, once you learn how to drink it. I think this tea would benefit from gaiwan brewing, I feel like I’m cheating it brewing western style. I wasn’t initially impressed, but the more time I spend with this tea, the more I find myself enjoying it. I feel like these leaves have a lot left to offer, so I’ll update again with a rating once they’re spent.
This tea just lasts forever! And while the taste isn’t mindblowing, the value is. I think I’ll stock up on this; it will make a fine fallback tea if I can’t decide what to drink. And the aftertaste really is very pleasant. A great tea to drink slowly… I could easily make 2tbsp of leaf last all day. But I worry if buying this means I’ll neglect my other teas. :)
Never really took green tea seriously or cared much for it. I figure young, unopened buds would give a gentle flavor I would hope would open my eyes to the world of green teas. Resteeped well, and despite bitterness in the first brew, I find myself enjoying it. The flavor is a bit lackluster but the aftertaste is spot on.
Fragrance is spot on, but wasn’t a particularly wowing tea. Will try again, maybe with some more leaves. The buds barely opened, so I imagine there was a lot of flavor left, though I left the leaves sitting too long, and discarded them. The fragrance had mostly washed away anyway.