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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 7 oz / 216 ml

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A beautiful creation which will enchant every Oolong lover. In the Orient, the name Shalimar stands for immeasurable wealth and unlimited power. The name best describes the flair of the lovely, soft, flowery half-fermented tea with the long, slightly curled leaf, flavored with fruity, fresh passion fruit. This wonderful flavor finds its counterpart in the decoration of red aronia berries, bright mango cubes and dark red rose petals whose fragrance lights up oriental nights.

Ingredients: half-fermented tea, aronia berries, mango cubes (mango, sugar), flavoring, rose petals.

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615 tasting notes

Upon having a second and third cup of this today, I think my brain has cataloged this as an extra juicy Da Hong Pao. It’s very much a slightly stone fruited, nutty base with just a little earthy cocoa. When I process it like that, that mango and rose just meld into the base and make that fruity and delicately floral. There’s a clean aftertaste as well.

So yep. That’s how to enjoy this one.

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1355 tasting notes

This blend has a sweet rose and mango scent that is juicy yet somewhat perfumed. It is of medium strength and the rose is wonderfully soft and fresh smelling.

Flavour is very sweet and the mango is dominant. The rose is present in the after taste but there is also a dry perfumed flavour present amongst it. The Oolong tastes a little astringent and leathery which contrasts strongly against the sweet fruit and flowers.

It tastes very similar to something I have had before by Tea Moments and ended up making iced tea out of. May have to try that with this tea. It’s just very unusual tasting and I’m not sure what to make of it. I bought 50g for less than £3 on sale so I have plenty left.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

sounds very unusual…. i would definitely enjoy the mango dominance. what a lovely review! ….. alas, that’s my 30 second study break…. bye!

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324 tasting notes

Actual sipdown! I’m not updating my sipdown challenge for this particular tea because I’d already logged it as sipdown #25 two years ago, until I found a one-cup sample today which I took from the EU TTB before receiving the bigger sample in my swap with KittyLovesTea. So it’s been gone from my virtual cupboard for a long time, but now it really is sipped down. It’s lost a lot of the flavour I remember from back then, but what’s left is still tasty. In fact, the passion fruit note seems more prominent than it previously was, because I couldn’t identify it originally but it’s quite obviously passion fruit now. I might bump my rating up a point or two from 67 to reflect that.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1328 tasting notes

From the queue

This is the first Try from the EU TTB, round 2. There are so many things in this box that I need to try, and I’ve still got things from the first round that I haven’t posted about yet. Heck, there are things from the first round I haven’t even tried yet!

But I’ve received the second round today and so it must take priority.

I was dithering about this one, so I thought it would be a good place to start. I don’t know what aronia berries taste like at all, I’m indifferent to mango-flavoured teas and I’m on the fence about rose. So I don’t actually know why I’m even tasting it to begin with. Rose is… well, it’s floral, but it’s not downright unpleasant like jasmine is. I can’t actually work out if I like it or if it’s one of those flowers that are just too… floral. In general I tend to avoid floral things as much as I can. The attraction here is erm… Why am I tasting this at all? peers at cup

I can easily smell the oolong. It’s a dark roasty one, which is the sort of oolong I prefer when I have oolong. Along with that there’s a note that is sort of mango but not mango and floral but not floral all at the same time. Very difficult to define. I don’t know if there is aronia in that one as well, because as mentioned, I don’t know what they’re like (I don’t even know what they look like. Remind me to look it up), but I’m going to pretend that it is the aronia that makes it so difficult to define as either of the other two things. This sounds plausible to me, so let’s play that I’m right.

Moving right along, then. So far the rose hasn’t been off-putting as too floral, but it’s quite forward and perfume-y in the flavour. This where it’s a bit too floral for me, and rose is the first and last thing I taste on the first sip. Actually, it’s pretty much all I can taste on the first sip.

Trying again, I get less floral and much more oolong. Again a fairly roasty tasting oolong with a fair hint of something cocoa-y. I also feel like I’m picking up a smidge of mango.

I’m still stumped on the aronia though. There seems to be a very vague note of tartness on the swallow and in the aftertaste. Is that aronia? Is aronia a tart berry?

I still don’t know what possessed me to try this one in the first place, but it’s a fairly pleasant cup, in spite of all the rose, so I think it must have been instinct that made me do it. I’ll keep it to this one cup, though.

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