3229 Tasting Notes
The first tea I’m trying from Verdant’s June Tea Box.
This is an oolong unlike any I’ve tasted before; I’m of mixed feelings about it. In the aroma, it appears like a roasted oolong, minerally and toasty. Nothing overly unique there. The flavour begins like a roasted oolong (medium), and has a certain creaminess to it, but the finish is very different. I can’t pinpoint what it is – ‘chlorine’ is the closest I can come to a descriptor, but it’s really not that at all… my vocabulary is really escaping me. It’s this odd finish that throws me – it’s not bad, but I’m not sure I like it.
I’ll try a second infusion today and see what comes of it.
I used an entire 5g sample in a 10oz mug, brewed Western-style with just below boiling water. Didn’t time it but brewed for probably 2, maybe 3 minutes (it was strong, for sure).
I haven’t ever had a tea smell so incredibly accurately like maple! Never ever! Thankfully, I’m also not disappointed in the flavour; this is the most mapley tea I have ever had, by far. Actually – it both tastes and smells like maple walnut fudge (minus the intense sweetness in the flavour, those this is definitely a sweeter tea). I’m also really enjoying the nuttiness here; I can almost taste the walnuts (yes, I know it’s supposed to be almonds, but this tastes nothing like almond to me. Which is ok, because most “almond flavouring” tastes like marzipan anyhow, which would have ruined this tea for me.
I think I was expecting more of a creamsicle flavour with this tea, which it isn’t quite, but it’s still pretty tasty. The tangerine is prominent and reminds me a lot of tangerine pu’erh, without the pu’erh flavour (obviously). And I can actually imagine that the creaminess I can taste is marshmallow fluff. The black base also works well here (solid, not astringent at all). This won’t be a favourite tea for me (orange citrus just isn’t a flavour I tend to go for), but it’s pretty accurate for what it’s supposed to be!
I admit… I’m not a Prince fan and really only wanted this tea because it sounded really tasty. :D
Before steeping, I did try a candied violet straight – it was interesting, for sure, but as I’m not a person who likes to eat flowers, it wasn’t amazing for me. I did make sure there was also one in my infuser, as I felt that the tea would not taste as intended without one.
Anyways, the tea – I’m just drinking the second (or third) infusion now, and unfortunately, the flavour is enough different from the first cup that I’m not sure I can adequately write about it. The first cup was sweet (from the sugared violet), had a nice base, and was creamy from the vanilla bean – I believe there was some apricot, but maybe not as much as I would have liked. I recall liking it, though I am not liking this infusion quite so much.
Looks like I will have to write more details in the future! Generally, though, I found this tea enjoyable.