223 Tasting Notes
I get cravings for this every once in a while, and I got one today, so I dug it out of my stash. This tea is very soothing, I’m not really sure why. It smells like those foamy banana sweets I would eat as a kid! I think rooibos works well as a base for this becuase the woody notes of the rooibos sort of calm down the sweet banana taste.
Thanks Ellen! Sorry it has taken me so long to get round to it!
Dry, this has an intriging scent. Soft and citrus-y, with a little bit of jasmine. Steeped, I can smell the oolong much more but I still get hints of citrus. The taste, however, isn’t so exciting. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice, but I was expecting something a little more complex based on the scent. I can really only taste the oolong base and citrus. The jasmine is noticeable at the end of the sip, but other floral notes are evident throughout the sip, although they are faint.
I generally don’t like black currants, but received this in a Chi of Tea order ages ago, unearthed it today and decided to try it. The dry scent is suprisingly nice – quite sweet and fruity. I can see lots of blackcurrant pieces in the leaf. The smell of the steeped tea isn’t very pleasant. I can’t find anything I don’t like about it, but something about it is a little off. This doesn’t translate to the flavour, though, and it tastes much more like the dry scent – sweet and black curranty. The black currant isn’t overdone, which is good, because I can still taste the body and depth of the nilgiri base.
I visited Bettys in Harrogate a while ago and had this. I was very impressed with it, so I bought some to bring home.
The dry leaf scent is not very strong, but has faint notes of peppercorn and fruit. The first few sips are very peppery but the tea becomes more fruity as the tea cools – specifically apples and something that reminds me of ripe cherries. As it cools further, the peppercorn notes disappear and by now, when the tea is room temperature, I can’t taste it at all, just a brisk black tea taste.