34 Tasting Notes
On the nose, there is a distinct tangy orange aroma, notably from the Italian red orange. As I move on to drink the tea, I would like to note the smooth, light body and clean finish. I compare the finish to that of a very light orange sorbet, meant to cleanse the mouth for the next course. The flavor is a light green tea that is mellowed out and I would say complimented with the safflower petals and orange. The triad of ingredients allows this tea to be a fine experience from start to finish.
Steeped for 4 minutes under hot water (165).
From the nose, I am getting a pan-seared scent. The leafs seems to have been over fired, which would give this green an atypical malty attribute (weird, I know). From the taste, there is a distinct butter and nut flavor. The butter is more of an undertone and is hidden behind the subtle “nutiness” and predominate “maltiness.” The nutty flavor could be compared to a chestnut. It is definitely not a common household nut. The tea is light weight with a clean finish.
This tea has a very pleasant vanilla aroma to accompany it very classical oolong flavor—i.e., an earthy, raw flavor. I thoroughly enjoy this tea and recommend to anyone trying to get into oolongs but wanting something a little lighter on the pallet.
Off the nose, at first, it is distinctly “perfumey.” After letting it sit for a moment, it moved into more a potpourri with lavender and rose smell. The tea is enjoyable and actually tastes how I would imagine potpourri would taste like. With a light finish, get relaxed has a spiced undertone to it. The rose flavor is very slight. Like sugarbloodsucker said, the lavender is very strong.
Steeped 7 minutes in 180 degree water.