9 Tasting Notes
Smells like bread in both the leaves and the brew. If you know your culinary/linguistic history, it makes sense: we get the word ‘bread’ from the same word as ‘brew’. It tastes like bread, too, with almost no after taste. A good palette cleanser, as well as an enjoyable, no-nonsense tea. I rated this one more harshly in the paste, because of its simplicity, but as I’ve gained more experience in tasting tea, I’ve come to realize that simplicity is not the same as one-note. This tea is just a good taste with a complexity that is very well blended.
You know how when you make a soup, it tastes better the next day because the flavors have had a chance to marry? The same effect seems to be going on here, except the flavors of bread and whiskey have been married to produce something else entirely, something more elevated.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Wheat
The ginseng and licorice don’t taste at all like ginseng and licorice, because they meld together to create something entirely new that is very pleasant. It has an aftertaste that leaves the mouth feeling smooth and cleansed.
I brewed this in my YiXing pot that I have seasoned with Blue Beauty Oolong. The cumulative taste has made it a wonderful choice for an YiXing pot.
Flavors: Licorice, Metallic, Stonefruits
Full and light. This tea smells smooth, buttery, and floral and is worth a whiff before brewing. It has more of a full body taste than one would expect from such a light green color. The tastes are hard to discern, so if you’re not paying attention, it will just be generally pleasant. There are hidden hints of lilac, lemon, and sweet grass. It leaves your mouth feeling slightly dry and is a good palate cleanser.
Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Wheat
The gateway tea to smokey teas.
Pleasant aroma of a dark smokiness, the kind of smoky smell that comes from burning wet wood.
It’s VERY smooth. No astringency whatsoever. No grassiness. Just a good, deep-forest taste. Has tiny hints of caramel, black cherry, and cinnamon, but you really have to pay attention.
Leaves your mouth feeling silky and smooth. Has a small, faint, roasted marshmallow aftertaste in the back of the throat that is very pleasant.
This is a great tea for the middle of winter when all you want is a warm fireplace but there’s none to be had.
This is a smokey tea, but not overly so. It is wonderfully balanced and subtle. I would recommend this even to people who say they don’t like smokey tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Smoke, Wood
If you like coconut, then this is perfect. I was a little disappointed that the coconut drowns out all the other flavor potential this tea has. It didn’t taste bad, it just seemed rather one note to me. That being said, it smelled amazing and felt decadent.
I drink this when I want a hearty tea. It’s bold flavor makes me put it in the same category as black tea instead of thinking of it as an oolong, but it doesn’t have the sharp astringency or sour cherry flavor a lot of black teas have. Slightly toasty with elusive plum notes, this was my favorite among a tasting of similar oolongs.
Flavors: Plums, Rye, Smoked, Toasty, Whiskey
Smell this tea before you brew it because it’s amazing. The aroma is what sets up your palette’s expectations. The actual taste is not quite as amazing as it smells, but is still pretty good. It has a smooth, general good black tea feel to it, with nothing that jumps out and surprises you. Good for drinking when you don’t know what kind of tea you feel like and just want something good. Add sugar to make it a wonderful dessert tea and bring out the amazing vanilla taste.
Nice big golden leaves that fill your mouth up with caramelie goodness. Leaves a slightly but not unpleasant dry mouth feel afterwards. This tea is not woodsy or grassy at all, but is instead more like dark honey, sour cherry, or a smooth liquor. It tastes as if it should be drunk while wearing a silk robe while sitting in a red leather chair with mahogany wood floors. I’ve always imagined it as a suave, luxury tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Cherry