2797 Tasting Notes
This took looked quite promising so I took some home now that spearmint is forever gone (RIP). It is heavily spearminty, however I can’t taste any sage and I get vegetal notes from the green tea. I’ll keep drinking it, but I’m always going to be bitter about them discontinuing spearmint.
Flavors: Mint, Spearmint, Vegetal
Thank you to Tea-side for the free sample
mmmm this oolong is so good. Super creamy, fruity, floral, and a great example of a jade oolong.
There is a natural sweetness accompanying a thick creaminess. I can taste a heavily floral and fruity flavour. Orchid/germanium, mango, coconut. I am a huge fan of jade oolongs and I drink a lot of them, so I can confidently say this is a very high quality rolled jade oolong.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Geranium, Mango, Orchid, Sweet, Thick
Thank you to Teaside for providing me with this free sample for review
This is unlike any Jin Xuan in unlike any I have tried before. It tastes almost like a black tea with strong tannic flavour with an odd floral flavour (not orchid, I can’t place it). The aftertaste is honey-like. There is some bitterness and fruity (pear? citrus? I’m unsure) in there but combined with the floral element it reminds me a bit of cleaning products or soap.
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Pear, Tannic
Thank you to Tea Side for the free samples.
I tried 1 tsp leaf (opened up into 5x its size at least) in 650 mL very hot water + a dash of soy milk. I would not reccommend drinking this with milk because it was weirdly floral and musty which didn’t go with the creaminess.
Steep 2, properly this time. Cooler hot water, a bit less water, no milk. This tastes a lot like a Thai honey black cultivar. I’m guessing this is an oolong that is heavily oxidized, similar to a black tea. But this oolong comes in pretty round balls instead of the typical long twig look of honey blacks.
There is some natural sweetness, it does need a bit of a longer steep to get all of the flavours out (or multiple steeps), some mineral/charcoal notes, some floral notes come out at the beginning but later now that I let my tea get cold it is gone. No bitterness but the charcoal minerals make it slightly astringent in the after taste.
This is a decent tea, and clearly very well prepared
Flavors: Astringent, Char, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Tannin