248 Tasting Notes
Oh my, second steep of this morning’s leaves takes out most of the fruitiness, mainly the peach, and really brings out the almond and oolong.
The fruit is still there, but takes the backseat to allow the nice earthy tones of oolong and almond to take control.
What a versatile tea, and to surprise me with such a dramatic change.
This is a very peachy oolong. You can find apricot and almonds with the earthy sweet oolong flavors, but the main flavor brought out is peach.
Without sugar or milk, this tea is naturally sweet and fruitful, not too bright and not too dark, as peach and apricots are. The almonds compliment the sweet oolong, with a soft hint of citrus.
It is not a surprise how delicious this is, as I have enjoyed peach teas before, and rarely does one disappoint. Long life oolong is just peachy.
I like that this chocolate mint tea is mainly mint. Chocolate can typically overpower everything else, but it seems everything else including the chocolate would rather take subtle roles. I would have passed this tea off as yet another novelty tea if it wasn’t for that.
I did sweeten this tea a little with a quarter teaspoon of rock sugar, but I don’t think it needed it, given the presence of little red candy lips, it was already lightly kissed with sugar.
So glad I chose to steep this green tea from David’s Tea first.
The aroma is very planty, less grassy and more fruitful, and softer than a green tea would be.
There are various details of fruits among it’s bright planty body, with a soft grounding buttery flavor, the hint of toast most would say.
It is not as strong as a regular straight green tea would be, an almost perfect level of taste, color and aroma.
I have had pu’erh tea before, which is typically deeply earthy and in between mild and strong. This is no different to the one I’ve had before.
I like that there are no surprises, as this tea can be consistent from anyone. It is a good mild tea.
This is a nice white tea. The leaves are quite beautiful, of course, and the aroma is fresh and grassy.
The flavor, though, is not as complex as I would have imagined. It is a simple fresh tea.
It’s a pleasant drink to experience, but not something out of the ordinary.
This is such a sexy oolong tea to return into. It’s smooth silky luxurious walls enclosing you, with velvety soft pillows of creamy flavors to fall onto, as you float through a milky bliss.
There aren’t a lot of Darjeeling teas that can disappoint, as it is most commonly heralded as the champagne of teas. This tea does not disappoint as well.
It is a blend of “the season’s best estate offerings”, which gives it a truly complex and distinct flavor. It is lightly creamy and a slight tinge of sweet, with no bitter taste in sight. It is also extremely refreshing with so much air to breath around it’s woodsy aroma.
Oh, the aroma! Such a perfect reflection of color and taste, you feel you are on mountaintops breathing fresh clean breezes through dense forests.
This is one of the reasons Darjeeling teas are my favorite among teas.
I am a sucker for oolong, as it is one of my favorite types of tea. A really detailed and vibrant oolong tea seems hard to come by, as I have had numerous weak and disappointing brands.
This tea is a luxury all its own, with no sweetener or milk. Rich, velvety, buttery soft and smooth, it stays true to it’s name. There is a nice balanced milky flavor that gives an outstanding creamy silky texture that envelopes you, as you’re lost in wondrously light and fluffy thoughts.
The leaves have a slight vegetal aroma, which gave me a bit of a worry for the taste, but I suspect if I steeped it’s recommended time of four minutes, those vegetal flavors would kick in.
This oolong is a very nice and welcome surprise, and I do expect to lose myself in it’s buttery goodness more often.
For a tea with such a strong smoky aroma, one would expect an equally strong taste. The smooth flavor really surprised me, as the scent of open fire pine really fills your nostrils. It is quite a delectable aroma, if you are an outdoors person and quite enjoy the smell of an open firepit.
It is quite smooth, with a weak bitter after taste bite. It is not equally strong in taste, but it is very equally strong in enjoyability.
It may not be for everyone, and it may not be for everyday steeping. The description mentions fine cigars, which I had wished I was smoking while sipping a cup of this tea. Very sophisticated.