33 Tasting Notes
I lived in my car for a few months last year as I drove around the country exploring and trying to figure out where I wanted to live. Whenever I stayed the night at a national park, I would wake up early, boil water on my camp stove and make cup after cup of Tao of Tea’s Pu-erh Tuo Cha. Such an amazing way to start a day whether among the ominous Colorado rockies, deep in the evergreen forests of Washington, or lost in the Iowa corn fields.
I bought this dark roast oolong along with the light roast oolong I wrote about yesterday. It starts out smooth on the tongue and finishes on a dry, slightly bitter (but still pleasant) note. It is a solid oolong, but when it comes time to restock, I think I will stick with the light roast version.
As with any tea purchased from yunnan sourcing, the quality of this tea is mind-blowing. While technically an aged pu-erh, this tea tastes a lot like a Lapsang Souchong. It has a nutty, smoky flavor and a liquor the color of a traditional oolong. Plus, it is good for 5 or more steepings.
I purchased this tea to be served iced this summer, but for the first steeping, I decided to make it hot. It is an okay, flavored green tea. The fruity flavor is not overpowering. It has a slight dry/bitter aftertaste. I’m not getting any of the “vegetal” flavor the other reviewers were experiencing.