New Tasting Notes
I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this tea or if my tastes have changed since the last time I tried it. I remember liking it and reordered it. I looked forward to drinking it only to be disappointed when I did.
For some reason, although I could taste the maple and some floral and fruity notes, the overwhelming taste I got from this tea was artificial and chemical. I tried it with different sweetener, with and without half & half, I tried different steep times and water temperatures but nothing made a difference.
I definitely liked this tea at one time but either it changed or I did and I no longer enjoy drinking it.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Maple Syrup
I found this to be a lovely, light tea with a nice fruit flavor. It reminded me of pears sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I drank it with just a touch of sweetener and nothing else. I really like this blend but after several samples I realize it’s not my cup of tea (sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m just not a fan of white tea. They’re too delicate and fussy for me. I prefer heartier, bolder blends.
So, if you’re a fan of white teas and enjoy fruit blends, this tea should be right up your alley. It’s delicious. If Harney ever releases this with a black tea base, I’ll be all over it!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Spices
This tea is tragically old. However, I got some pretty good flavour and sweetness in the second infusion. I think the first may have been in too cool of water/not for long enough, given that the flavour is waning.
Sorry for these tasting notes being pretty bad, I’ve been hit with a wave of exhaustion and this suddenly seems like a lot of effort. It’s not even 9pm! (But baby got tooth 4 last night, so that’s messed things up a little.)
Looks like this is where I logged my tea the last time I had it… there are too many entries that don’t match the text on the bags, making this horribly confusing. (I have, simply, “Jin Jun Mei”, purchased from Verdant. I also have a bag that I received in a reserve tea club box, which might be named the same.)
Anyways, this tea. It’s delicious. I barely had enough for a cup, but it was so flavourful and rich. Would have been better if it was fresher, too!
A whole bag of this and no note/review. Not surprising, I suppose. I inventoried my straight teas (the majority of them) a couple nights ago, and pulled out a bunch of 1-cup samples or badly stored teas to drink down quickly. This was one of em.
I didn’t honestly pay too much attention as I was drinking this, but I found it to be fairly flavourful and enjoyable – the first infusion (1 minute) was light and toasty, the second infusion (longer) was verging on syrupy, and had a delicious gui fei-type sweetness that I really enjoyed, along with more prominent “baked” flavours. Rather good. I’m looking forward to a couple more infusions tonight, before the leaves are done!
Definitely one of the better roasted/baked oolongs I’ve had.
When combined with rooibos, citrus flavors (other than orange) often wind up tasting like cleaner to me. Unfortunately, that’s where this one falls. When it was warm, it was bearable, but when cold brewed, the flavor was very strong and unpleasant. I think it’s the alcohol flavoring and the lime together than I find disagreeable. I gave a sip to someone else and asked them to name what they tasted, and they said cough syrup, so I guess there are multiple interpretations to this flavor combination, but neither one positive so far. I really don’t like alcohol flavors though, so I think I won’t leave a score for this tea. If it were just lime and ginger, maybe I would have liked it, but even that isn’t a preferred combo for me. Anyway, this was from the mystery box, so it was certainly interesting trying something I would not buy for myself.
Backlog: I was impulsive, and got a treasure chest of nearly every one of Wang’s Teas except their Shan Lin Xi. I’ve sampled several so far, and this was one of the first ones.
I think the company’s description does this one the most service. It’s got the nutty profile of any light roast in the dry leaf, and brewing it up, the aroma is also nutty like almonds and marzipan with a little bit of a roast, something that you find in peanuts. The first brew is very light, yet smooth. I get the brown sugar note the most in the first and second brews gong fu and western. Honeysuckle was the most prominent floral to me, though there was another lighter airy floral. Maybe hyacinth, but I’m not sure. It’s not heady, but it’s noticeable. Later brews turned into the usual green oolong notes you can imagine, though more on the floral and vegetal end. It was also a little bit woodsy in profile, but pleasantly so.
I finished this sample very quickly. The tea was fairly resilient grandpa with lighter leaves, though I had to be careful with western. The roast would occasionally smoothen over the florals, but it was still very forgiving. Pie crust and squash would also be good equivalents. I highly enjoyed this one. It was a little bit too light for my preferences overall, but it was still very good and among one of my favorites so far. It’s like a friend you don’t see often, but always appreciate when they are there.
Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Floral, Honeysuckle, Nuts, Peanut, Squash Blossom, Sweet, Wood
Mistakenly steeped this green at black temps. It’s surprisingly not bitter considering my abuse of it, but I’m not getting much flavor from it either. A little grassy, a little buttery and flat. I kept this tea hoping I’d find a way to love it, but it’s over between us. Welcome to dumpsville, WIHK.
seriously humid in toronto so i made a giant pitcher of this one to add to the gallons of water i’m drinking to stay hydrated. Even more important since i literally have a kiddo sucking the life out of me haha. Still adore this one, hot or cold. Glad that tealish hasn’t been increasing their prices every 5 seconds like DT.
I receveived a tea bag (one, two, I can not recall) from Izzy – thanks!
Need something simple this morning. This would work I guess. Earl Grey is quite a common, but nice blend.
Interesting that it is considered high quality (by price) here. Getting an Twinings is like buying better things. But this tea should not be there. It is generic black tea with fresh, citrus notes. It does not taste so artificial as the Ahmad I had other day. But still, far from good. Black tea base is bold, but without any taste. It is just cheap something.
Bit above average, because it is not artificial. But tea base is thing to improve.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus
Insanely rich, brisk, smooth, balanced, and decadent. This tea would serve as a great breakfast tea to get you up in the morning or even a late lunch for a second waking, but I’m using it as a dessert one for now. It pairs well with handpicked blackberries. There’s something about its leather character that kind of reminds me of Ancient Spirit. Maybe it’s the marshmellow note. Oh well, this remains as one superior Assam. I might rate it higher in the future, but 95 is my minimum so far. I can’t see myself drinking this one often because it is so powerful, and complex enough that it needs to be savored. If you love tea and good Assams, this is an excellent match.
A sample from derk – thank you again.
Oh, this is green tea. And evening. So, hot water (boiling, but rested few minutes).
Quick rinse brought very interesting notes. Maybe olives? But some zest notes too.
1st – 30 seconds. In taste it is good, smooth, bit salty, bit zest too. A lime zest! Better than lime beer I had in Saturday.
But it is nice overall!
2nd – 45 seconds.
I like the colour. Yellow-green, clear, with nice aroma of green tea. I wonder what it is actually. But I do not care.
This tea is lovely, I just do like it. And as I am bit more tired than I would like to, this tasting note is blah; I know.
I will do better with other brews I will make. Still have some left. No rating yet.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Hay, Lime, Olives, Salty
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Flavors: Citrus Zest, Hay, Lime, Olives, Salty
Thanks to AliceG for this favorite. I think this tea is the same at TeBella’s mango melange. The flavor is much more orange than mango, which is too bad since I’ve been unable to find many accurate mango flavors in teas. However, this is one of my favorite fruit teas. It’s sweet, refreshing, and not at all sour. I enjoy it at room temperature best. It has a light orange flavor that is really addicting. Love it.
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Flavors: Flowers, Hay, Toffee, Vanilla
2018 June harvest. Over a year old and it’s still tasting pretty good to me. I really enjoyed this one. It’s described as an atypical Assam. Western style, 3 steeps:
Steep 1, 3 minutes 30 seconds, slightly bitter, malty, smooth, pear, honey, honeysuckle, drying mouth feel.
Steep 2, 7 minutes, sweet sweet sweet honey and pear. Bitterness and malt have vanished.
Steep 3, 20 minutes, super sweet and rich, floral aroma, bready, sticky apricots, sultanas.
That third steep had me imagining sticky Easter fruitcake loaves with honey drizzle.
All 3 steeps came out this delicious golden syrup colour that was very inviting.
The only things I didn’t like was the bitterness in the first steep and that it only lasted 3 steeps. I wanted more from it. That 20 minute steep was a real surprise – I was expecting it to grow weaker rather than develop that fruity/bready flavour. I wish I had left the 2nd steep for longer. 4th steep wasn’t worth reviewing.
No fancy staged pictures this time, I was far too busy drinking it https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/what-cha-india-assam-kanoka-tea-review/
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Bitter, Drying, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Pear, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet