4 Tasting Notes
The smell of this tea is absolutely divine. The taste is great as well—a very solid Sencha. Combined with the calming taste and (especially!) smell of Lavender, this is a great night-time blend. It has a very tranquil taste, but it maintains the slight bitter kick that’s common with Senchas.
If you’re a fan of Lapsang Souchong, this is a fine choice. Unfortunately, I’m not. This has a strong (very strong, I mean super-strong) smoky aroma, and as is indicative of all Lapsangs, it tastes much like I imagine licking a charcoal grill would taste like. If that’s your thing, by all means, go for it.
Side note: Combined with some more fruity flavors, however, this could be pretty interesting.
This tea isn’t nearly as flavorful as you would expect. It’s without a doubt the best smelling tea in the universe, however. It smells exactly like warm cinnamon buns. Unfortunately, the tea itself tastes a little boring and bland. I’ve found that if you make sure to use hot water and let it steep for almost 6 minutes, and then sweeten it with honey, it really enhances the tea and brings it above and beyond what it would be normally.
In short: Use 205F water, steep for almost 6 minutes, and sweeten with honey. Otherwise, a little bland, but smells fantastic.
I’m a huge fan of this one. It’s got all of those awesome layers that come with the territory of being an Oolong tea, which I’m greatful for. If you pay attention, you’ll really get into the deeper flavors, which are awesome. There’s definitely a lot of dark berry flavors (blackberry, pomegranate, etc) on the down-low.
I also love the fact that you can steep this tea multiple times. It’s got great “replay value”. You can tell from the first sip that it’s a really high-quality tea.