This was a free sample with one of my orders a while ago. It’s very sad I’m not trying teas like this when they are fresher. But as ever, Teavivre’s packaging is great so I’m sure that helps. This seems like a different tea on every level: the dry leaf, the wet leaf, the flavor of the tea couldn’t be more different. Before steeping, the long dark leaves have a fragrance of dried hay. After steeping, the scent was very strong, smoky with a hint of grapefruit which is very unique — I’ve never noticed that in any tea before. The flavor is very citrusy, both grapefruit and lemon, maybe even some lemon myrtle with the smoke in the background. I say smoke, but it’s really just that type of flavor that is this type of oolong — tough to describe! Lingering flavors on the backsip of green grapes, minerals, sugarcane. After the cup has cooled, the “smoke” moves to the front of the profile. The color of the brew even looks like lemonade or water infused with lemon. Then a lingering creaminess takes over. The first steep was the best and I wished I had kept steeping with cooler water, shorter steep times because then the “smokiness” takes over more — less of those lighter flavors. Maybe this tea tasted more like “honey orchid” when it was fresher? Again I could kick myself for not drinking it sooner. I certainly don’t usually prefer teas like this one, but this might be the best I’ve tried. Very unique, at least to me in my tea journey so far.
Note to self, steep cooler with shorter steeps.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 minute steep
I hope everyone who celebrates is having a wonderful Christmas!
Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon, Mineral, White Grapes