254 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
This does not feel complex enough, given the blend of black teas. It is quite smooth, with various levels of tastes and textures, but not broad enough. Maybe it needed another minute to steep.
It isn’t as strong as I would have hoped this breakfast blend would be, as most English Breakfast teas tend to require milk for their bite.
It is also surprisingly pale, with a soft bitter after taste, which I can’t help but contemplate the quality of leaves in this blend.
Nonetheless, taken straight and black, it awakened me from a potentially cold/flu filled morning, and that is satisfactory enough.
It’s a good thing I got a sample of this tea, otherwise I would never buy it.
The tea is nicely smooth, bright and woody, good for the blend it is in.
The coffee, on the other hand, can be bitter. Because I’m not a coffee drinker, this did not sit well with me.
Maybe with some rock sugar, the coffee would taste better, probably some milk would rid the bitterness. But with no sugar and no milk, this does not taste good.
This is probably the best chocolate tea scent I have ever smelled, not too rich, not too nutty. And the fruit and flowers compliment on each side.
But the taste is an extremely well balanced decadence of chocolatey goodness. And where the chocolate ends, the strawberry starts, making a beautifully romantic and sexy flavor. I like that the rose is not an overpowering taste, as it vies more to give a dark underlying tone.
But it is more the chocolate and strawberry that are prominent, making this a lovely tea that should be loved.
I typically steep oolong tea at a maximum of three minutes, but this one called for four. The reason I opted to steep longer is because once the tea is open, it gives a very strong citrus scent. This is because it appears to be composed mainly of everything else, and there is very little oolong tea.
Steeping gives off a darker lemony scent, the darker parts could be due to the jasmine flowers, as most flowers tend to make a tea darker.
The taste reflects what the blend is mainly composed of, having a very overpowering yet fresh lemon/citrus flavor with a tinge of jasmine. There is a grounding flavor of flowery oolong beneath everything else, which is a welcoming surprise.
I do wish the oolong tea would surprise me more, as this nothing more than a typical dark lemon/citrus tea. It is not bad, but does not leave much to the imagination. And if the name says oolong, then there should be more oolong.