this is a nice tea… almost a revamped version of a jasmine blossom tea. if you are inclined to add cream (as i usually am) resist the urge, really. with cream it somehow goes from a nice, light floral to a honeysuckle/bull kelp. (i kid you not)
it doesn’t possess an overpowering floral, very reminiscent of walking in a spring garden and once you’ve passed the flowering shrub the scent stops. it reminds me more of a green oolong than a black. no astringency, a small amount of caffeine stick but it’s not at all unpleasant.
there are a few ‘problems’ that aren’t exactly problems and they are these:
- i started with a tea that i wound up adoring yesterday, the milk oolong, and i just don’t like this one as much.
- something about it makes me think i would only ever want to drink it in spring or summer. wrong flavours for fall and winter.
- this last one comes from my wife after she sniffed it: ’it’s a smell i would wear, but not one i would drink’. not so much one i would wear, but i see her point.
a floral jasminesque that james’s wife would prefer to wear than drink.
and one last time: you really don’t want to add milk!