So, i just got an oz sample of this in my shipment from tealux today. I came home on lunch (at 2 am lol i work the graveyard shift) and there was my package of samples, sitting pretty for me to find. The last 4 hours of work were difficult.
When i open the bag, all i can think of is NORI. Yes, roasted seaweed… and i immediately have a flash back to my first experience with an oolong, a bad sample that smelled and tasted like raw seaweed… and nothing els. But trying to be brave, i load my standard 2 tsp into my now trusty little 4 oz glass gaiwan, heat up some water, and steep for 30 seconds at 195, increasing steep times by 15 seconds every infusion.
Now, i have to say this… i really, REALLY wanted to fall in love with this tea… all of the reviews i have ever read on milk oolongs have been spectacular. Based on what apparently everyone gets from this tea, this was exactly what i am looking for in a tea. Sadly, reality isnt always kind to us :(
The color of the nectar was of a clear, light jade. If i wouldnt have known better, i would have thought this was a beautiful, crystal clear green tea. It tasted VERY lightly vegital, with a simple sweetness to it, sorry i dont really know how to describe it. It was quite smooth, and easy to drink, and the sweet taste lingers in your mouth for a LONG time. But it was boring. Boring enough that i honestly cant even describe the taste any better for you guys, and i have no desire to infuse more to be able to describe it.
I can see how alot of people would like this tea. I WISH i do too. But for how light this flavor is, and with how it failed to catch my attention, i have to stick with Silver Needle. I only hope this isnt a trend for me with oolongs… i have heard alot of good things about them, and i really hope i can find ecleast one i like.