4 Tasting Notes
Maybe i’ve been brewing this one wrong (although i’ve been following the printed instructions), but this to me is undoubtedly the weakest tea in the Utopian lineup. There’s an overpowering smoke note to this tea, and a set of flavors i can’t even fully identify (Stone fruit, perhaps?) buried within it. But, there’s no balance to the flavor of this tea, it simply tastes off.
Maybe I got a bad bag? Hard to say
This is an unusual lighter oolong, I’m surprised how profoundly different it is from the other oolong (Ti Kuan Yin) sold by utopian. It’s a bit earthier in contrast to the Ti Kuan Yin, with a complex astringency to it. This could be off putting to newer tea drinkers, but there’s a distinct quality to this oolong that I would encourage tea drinkers to try.
This is a perfectly delicious Ti Kuan Yin. I first purchased a bag in june and found it a bit unrefined, but a few months of aging have allowed the flavors of this tea to mellow. There’s a lot of floral depth and just a hint of astringency to this oolong, for anyone looking to refresh their stocks of Ti Kuan Yin, this is a perfectly acceptable choice
This is a very unusual green tea, Utopian is right to give people a forewarning as i’ve never had anything quite like it. I would say the best way to describe the flavor of this tea is stone soup. It’s a rich earthy broth with strong mineral flavors to it. There’s a bit of smoke, but through a proper brewing temp (I recommend 165 as opposed to utopian’s 180), the flavor is mild and in balance (I don’t typically like smokey teas)
Personally, i find it really hearty and satisfying, b