64 Tasting Notes
A beautifully done oolong! Thanks so much to Geoff and Max for the sample of this, direct from Taiwan. As noted in the description, it is an oolong on the darker side with a complex profile. I get some sweet clover, some wheat, a bit of earthiness — there’s more, but it’s hard for me to pinpoint. The flavor’s very smooth and balanced. The rolled leaves are very dark and crinkly when unfurled, and smell quite woodsy. Excellent!
This is the last of the goji pop :( It’s my favorite herbal tea to date. Sure it has hibiscus, but the hibiscus doesn’t go around dominating all other lifeforms the way it does in most herbals. Thank God David’s spring collection comes out tomorrow so I can start planning my next order.
Had what is becoming my customary cup of earl grey creme for breakfast, and somehow I was still craving earl grey, so I steeped this. I was kind of disappointed in this one the first time I tried it, but now that I don’t have so many expectations for it, I like it pretty well. It has that malty breakfast tea undertone, and today (I think I oversteeped it a bit; people were talking to me and I got distracted) it tastes quite buttery. As far as the chocolate and the bergamot, I don’t think this tea delivers, but if you can accept it as a dark breakfast tea with interesting unidentifiable side notes, it’s pretty good.
I’m resigned to this tea. There’s nothing wrong with it, the blend is balanced, now that I’m over the initial shock I can see what other people like about it. But there is candy in this tea — a LOT of candy — and I’m just not a candy tea person. There’s so much nonsense in this tea that there’s hardly room for the tea leaves, though I guess that’s not a total negative. It’s a black tea that I’m safely drinking at midnight, because not much leaf means not much caffeine.
This and the Shan Valley Mountain Roasted tea are like sisters, with the latter being the older, stronger sister, but whatever, they’ve still got the same genes. I like them both and it really just depends on my mood which I prefer, this (the slightly milder, mellower version) or t’other.