One of several straight teas that made a return this year as an online exclusive, and since I never tried it back when it was originally carried by DT I needed to try it now to be able to maintain my statement of ‘having tried every tea on the teawall’.
I remember there being quite a lot of criticism of this tea when it came out originally. Stuff like “Why would you roast a Gyokuro!? That must be an indicator it’s low quality” or “They must be trying to cover a bad taste”, etc. Maybe there’s SOME fair skepticism, but personally it doesn’t bother me at all. I mean, if people didn’t try new/different things with their tea or get kind of experimental/whatever you want to call it then we probably wouldn’t have half the tea we drink now? You don’t know how something is gonna turn out until you try it…
Also, for someone like me who doesn’t usually enjoy the taste of Gyokuro, I actually find the roasted version of this tea to be an improvement on the flavor. I mean, I’d actually prefer a darker roast myself since I still find this tastes very ‘green’ to me, but the fact that this is roasted brings out a really nice nutty and buttery taste that makes this more palatable for me.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.