331 Tasting Notes
Sample from chrimabro. Thanks, Christina!
I’m normally a bit meh on fruit teas and this was no exception. The tea steeped for 1.5 minutes, and it was a lovely red-purple color from the berries. It smelled delicious.
Flavor wise, rather bland. The berries were very very subtle and I could barely taste them if I really concentrated. This may have been better with some sugar but I’m loathe to add sugar to tea that is actually made from Camellia sinensis because I want to taste the tea – unfortunately, this fruit masked the tea, and the tea watered down the fruit so neither was strong enough to taste.
It was still drinkable, and I did finish my mug, but I did not resteep it. I probably won’t buy this myself after the sample’s gone.
Supposedly there is apple flavoring in here. I can’t really taste it though. Brewed for 6 minutes but I could not drink it without some sugar added. It was pretty bland without it. (One day I will find a rooibos that I can drink without doctoring it…)
With the sugar, however, the apple came out a bit, especially at the bottom of the mug where I guess the sugar accumulated. And the last few sips were absolutely delicious, and reminded me of a baked cinnamon apple. Yummy. Just a bit unhappy about how much sugar is needed to bring out that flavor. (I’m drinking this stuff for its health properties, and adding sugar seems to defeat the purpose for me.)
This is a sweet tea – a very sweet tea. The first few sips are almost overly sweet but once my taste buds got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and turns slightly salty (did you know plums are salted in Chinese culture?) so it tastes almost like the salted plums I had as a child – salty sweet.
Unfortunately, as a tea, it tastes weird. I’m not sure if I’ll buy this again.
Thanks chrimbro for the sample!
I was a bit apprehensive about this because I thought the Monkey-Picked Oolong Christina had sent me was practically tasteless, especially considering how expensive the tea is. This tea is not quite as expensive but still on the steeper side and I would have never bought this on my own.
The flavor was much better than the supposedly “highest quality” Monkey-Picked but IMO not worth the price. I’ve had better oolongs frvom the Asian market that were a fraction of a fraction of the price of this oolong.
However, ignoring the price and value of the oolong given the price, this is a tasty tea. The flavor is not nearly as subtle as I would have liked or expected, but it’s drinkable and pleasantly so.
This is a really nice iced tea.
2:1 ratio of tea to sugar.
8 tsps of tea; 4 tsps of rock sugar in my 32 oz Mist Iced Tea Jug from DAVIDsTEA.
It’s not overly sweet and the fruits all blend together. If I concentrate, I can tease apart the different flavors (mango, papaya, and citrus) but they work really well. Papaya is definitely the strongest and easiest to detect flavor but the mango and citrus are definitely there.
Refreshing. I don’t think I’d like this hot very much, but iced, it is definitely a winner.
This is a great rooibos that I blend with flavored teas. It is especially great with black teas. It makes those overly fruity/flavored blends taste better – it tones down the other flavors to a palatable level for me, and adds its own something in the process. I haven’t tried it by itself.
I got a sample of this from chrimabro – THANKS, CHRISTINA!
I found this surprisingly weak in flavor. I steeped it for 3 minutes and the water was barely colored, and I could not taste much of anything, so I steeped it again for another 2-3 minutes. Better with the additional steeping time but still way too light for my personal taste.
Also, I laugh at Teavana’s claim that this is the “highest grade of oolong in the world.” Sorry, babe, but I’ve had better.