27 Tasting Notes
I’ve not tried this for a cold or flu yet, just for flavor.
And I’ll probably keep buying it until they stop making it or I run out of money. This tea is absolutely delicious!
The first taste and aroma is a bit like a tart apple cider to me. As it cools down, the herb and berry flavors come in behind it and it gets more “full” to the mouth.
I haven’t tried it iced yet, but it’s definitely on my list with such great flavors.
Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart
I love chai, and I love floral teas (done right, anyway), so this should be a hit, right?
The spice is too weak to be a chai I prefer, but still strong enough that it overwhelms the floral notes. Overall, I found this to be a very weak tea. It smelled stronger than it tasted and it definitely didn’t hold up to the usual “pinch of sugar and splash of milk” treatment that I generally give chai.
Have you ever tried a tea so bad that it traumatized you for the entire variety and you thought you’d never drink one again?
I felt that way about Lapsand Souchong until I tried this one.
Unlike every other one I’ve tried, “smokey” is not the first word that comes to mind. Instead, it reminds me rather of the smell of boiling wort (beer being made before it becomes alcohol): yeast, molasses, malt, and a hint of something slightly earthy and infinitely pleasant.
The flavor hits the front of my tongue with a smooth, coating sense of buttery-ness, turning to the sweet flavor of warm molasses as it hits the middle. By the back, I get a mild astringency and loam-y scent and flavor.
From being horrified by lapsangs in general, this tea has totally turned me around! I’d be happy to have it on my shelves.
Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Wet Earth, Winter Honey, Yeast
An absolutely phenomenal rose tea: smooth, sweet, dark black tea with the heady aroma of an old English rose garden. Forget what I’d do for a Klondike bar, what would I do for a bag of Dragon Balls?
As others have noted, the rose aroma begins to really fade off as you re-brew. I enjoyed the base tea enough that it didn’t bother me one bit.
Personal Note: I brewed this with Gongfu times rather than “traditional” steep and got about 14 steeps per ball (in a 4 cup teapot) before I noticed significant tea weakening. This also stretched the rose scent out into the 5th or 6th steep.
Flavors: Honey, Rose, Smooth, Sweet
Never has a tea been cuter and disappointed me more.
The Pu-erh is tucked down into the mandarin, just as advertised, and I was very pleased when I opened it. Then I smelled it…no hint of orange and it smelled very odd.
I had some friends over at the time and we all kept sniffing, trying to figure out what it reminded us of. Finally, someone hit on it: dirty hamster bedding. Kind of a cedar/must/mulch smell.
Well, I thought maybe it would taste better than it smelled, so I went ahead and brewed it.
Re-brewed, just in case it got better.
I suppose it’s a matter of taste, but stewed cedar is not a flavor I care for.
Flavors: Cedar, Dirt, Musty
The rose and chamomile play off of each other perfectly in this tea. Chamomile gives it a smooth, almost buttery, flavor, and the rose gives it a bright aroma.
The white tea flavor is overpowered in the first brew by the chamomile. I found I could only get one re-brew of decent flavor out of it (the chamomile becomes milder, allowing you to taste the tea, and the rose almost disappears)
A word of warning: I tried to share this tea with friends and family, and those who weren’t generally green or white tea drinkers couldn’t taste it at all. I’m not sure if they were simply used to much stronger flavors or if it required a different set of tastebuds, but be prepared for disappointment if you’re a black tea (or coffee) drinker.
Flavors: Butter, Rose, Sweet
The aroma of this tea knocked me right over: I was a little afraid when I ordered it that the rose would be an artificial flavor or perfume and was pleasantly surprised to see rosebuds in the loose leaf. That said, the scent of roses was so strong I was still slightly afraid for the flavor.
However, the tea brews up beautifully with a sweet, mild, smooth liquor and just the aroma of roses. The rose scent fades as you re-brew (very significantly), but the flavor of the Dian Hong is pleasant enough that I didn’t mind.
On the first brew, you get a very pleasant after-aroma of roses that lingers somewhere between the back of your mouth and nose. Later brews are mild and leave no astringent bite.
Flavors: Rose, Smooth, Sweet
I probably would have given this a very high rating if I hadn’t tried their “award winning” jasmine tea first.
Tea flavor is very mild and smooth, giving way graciously to the beautiful aroma of the jasmine without any bitterness. Leaves a lovely light aroma on the back of the tongue for several minutes after drinking
Flavors: Grass, Jasmine, Smooth
These tea “balls” are not as tightly rolled as most I’ve seen in the past. Closer to the snail like shape of other varieties.
The color is a medium-straw and flavor is mild, smooth, and slightly smoky without an aftertaste. It doesn’t have any qualities that make me prefer it over others, but it isn’t bad either.
Flavors: Grass, Smoke, Smooth