324 Tasting Notes
I had to go to the urgent care clinic today because of stabbing pains in my arm joints, and was tentatively diagnosed with carpal tunnel (I type very very fast for a living so yeah, I can see that). The doc gave me drugs, but I remembered hearing somewhere the rooibos had anti-inflammatory properties. Now, I have not been a rooibos fan but I figured if it helped my arms become less borked, that was a good thing. So I toddled off to Teavana and made the clerk bring out all the rooibos, and I selected four to purchase. This was one of them.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. It smelled lovely, but wasn’t very flavorful until I added a spoonful of sugar to my mug. The sugar really brought out the other flavors. I can see myself drinking this.
The lack of caffeine will take harder to get used to. Ugh, crashing right now without my nightly cup of oolong…
Really nice oolong. I had put in 2 tsp into 16 oz and it’s a little dry. I will try 1 tsp next time.
The taste is a bit woodsy as others have said. I can’t detect any floral notes, but it is a very smooth taste (until the dryness… oh man, I need to rebrew this with 1 scoop).
And you really cannot beat the price. The tea is surprisingly not a crappy quality considering I got this at the Asian market for $7 for the container.
This tastes… odd. I wonder if this was contaminated with some of the other stuff I ordered. The dried tea smells minty, which it should not, so I wonder if the bags aren’t as air-tight as they should have been. If I concentrate, I can taste the milk oolong but there is definitely a spearmint flavor that is mingling in and I’m not sure I like it.
This is a really nice Milk Oolong, that does not lose any flavor between steepings. I got three steepings out of one teaspoon, but probably could have gotten more if I had wanted.
This is a milk oolong but it doesn’t smell as awful as some others I’ve tried, so that may be a plus for individuals who had been turned off from this variety before. The taste is a bit more subtle than the smelly milk oolongs and I don’t know which I prefer. Both are yummy in different ways.
Steeped 10 minutes per instructions.
I was not impressed with the smell of the dry tea. I guess I was expecting it to smell like a graham cracker. The brewed tea smells yummy! It tastes okay. I don’t think rooibos is for me. This is the second one I’ve tried (the first a blend from Persimmon Tree) and I am not very impressed with either.
I can see this possibly working iced with some sugar but fresh-brewed without any sweetener just isn’t doing it for me, which is a shame because I could really use something caffeine free to drink at night. I guess I’ll go back to a cup of regular tea at night, and just hope I can still fall asleep.
I couldn’t decide if I liked this or not. I’m normally prefer oolongs and whites to blacks but I was in dire need of caffeine this morning, and I had this sample. The taste is smokey, with an almost bitter/sour-but-not-quite undertone. It’s a full flavor but not one I found entirely pleasant. I’ll have to try this again at a later date to see if my initial sleep-deprived impressions change.
It was very well caffeinated though. I stayed awake during my early morning meeting.
This was delicious. I’m so glad I got a sample of this with my last order because I doubt I would have ordered it for myself. The flavor is subtle and it’s hard to tease apart the different flavors. It’s a little sweet, a little smoky, and perfectly smooth going down.
I’ll have to make another mug of this when I’m not in a hurry in the morning and just in need of a caffeine fix. This is a tea to be savored.
This is the first raw pu’erh I’ve tried, and I think I’ll try some more. I haven’t been terribly impressed with the aged ones.