Have you ever seen the Friends episode where the guys are avoiding Central Perk because they don’t want to get in a fight with some other guys there. So they make instant Cappuccino at their house, only its not working right, so Chandler yells “Keep stirring, keep stirring… never let it settle!”
I feel that way about this tea… kind of. Except less with the compulsive stirring, and more with the compulsive drinking. It’s getting less tasty as it cools… like… noticeably by the minute.
Although, let me back up about ten minutes. Freshly brewed, this tea SMELLS DIVINE. If judged by a panel of tongueless… uh… tea judges I guess, this tea would win all the awards. All of them.
The first sip almost lives up to the promise that the aroma offers. It’s good, it’s actually very good, one of the best non-minerally oolongs I’ve had (I’m not terribly fond of green oolongs, TGYs and the like… no real reason, they just don’t do it for me). It’s sweet, and creamy, with the tiniest hint of that juniper-y oolong flavor, and a faint aftertaste of lemon. It doesn’t quite live up to the aromatic pleasure that you’re expecting, but close.
But each successive sip… the sweet creaminess waned, and this sour bite started coming in stronger and stronger. Had I chugged this like mad, I would probably rate this really highly… but for a slow, sipping kind of tea that I expect oolong to be… no sir, I don’t like it.