Gong fu is the better way to go. I still get the same tequila rose flavor vibe in excellent western and Tumbler grandpa sessions, but I can break it down more so it’s not quite as one dimensional. I was also surprised this doesn’t suck as a spring/summer tea. The weather’s heating up in the 90’s the morning with godsent breeze, but this was a really nice first black tea for the day…after some mild morning oolong.
Overall, the tea has a distinctly currant, strawberry and rhubarb kinda vibe to it. Unlike other blacks I’ve had, it’s also got a bit of a creamy note going on with the florals. Rose is definite, and sometimes, some weird note between vanilla and violet. It’s pretty interesting. I’m so glad I got this tea. It’s not a daily tea because I think it needs some care and attention to be savored and enjoyed, and it does have a little bit of a buzz for me. It’s moderately lasting, but I can get tea’d out even when I’ve had this tea on it’s own.
Unfortunately, I’m on a speed sipdown process to go through some of the teas I’ve had for over 4 years along with new fresh ones, so this is not a chug kinda tea….bad for me, but not bad for the tea. I think this one is really easy to approach and would not be a bad way to introduce someone to straight teas because it has enough flavor to stand against some flavored blacks.
Flavors: Black Currant, Carrot, Cream, Honey, Malt, Rhubarb, Rose, Rosehips, Strawberry, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Violet