This review isn’t really fair. From the description, I didn’t think I would like this tea, but I had already chosen the other two free samples that you get with any order from Soleil. I figured I may as well give it a shot.
From the smell of the leaf, I have nicknamed it bacon earl grey oolong. It has that applewood smoke aroma and that orangey smell of the bergamot.
The flavor of the brew is tangy and toasty, with a mild smoke flavor of applewood (which makes my brain fill in with bacon). For the later steeps, the floral of the oolong comes through—I’m thinking jasmine? The bergamot hangs in there, but the smoky flavor disappears. This smokiness seems to be brought out again at lower temperatures.
It was all right, but the smoke and bergamot flavor together were odd, and not my thing.
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Smoke, Tangy, Toasty