62 Tasting Notes
This one has a slight tang and mild almond nuttiness, met by an unobtrusive flash of charcoal flavor on the back end that quickly dissipates. Mouthfeel has moderate heft and lightly dries the tongue in the way a silken fabric might. Its standout trait is a clear orchid aftertaste that grows from the throat and pleasantly persists, befitting of Qilan.
Potent roasted aroma, chalky and thick texture in the mouth that you can almost chew on. Mellow, soft minerality at the forefront. There’s the barest hint of a bite with some toasted vanilla and unsweetened cocoa in the finish. A reviewer described this as ‘old school’ and I completely agree. Comforting.
Buttery smooth on the tongue, this tea exudes a tangy, creamy sweetness that grows on the palate and lingers well into the finish, where notes of raw, acidic honey and an indistinct floral bouquet are unveiled. It is somewhat similar to the Arakai Summer Green, but drops the grassy vegetal character and dials up the sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.
This tea opens with notes of graham cracker and hay, transitioning to grass and flowers. The floral quality grows in the finish alongside a delightful sweetness, and both linger for some time. While subtle overall, and with a light mouthfeel, there is a refined complexity to the flavors here.