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The first time I tasted this tea was at a nearby restaurant, sitting across from the man I love. Didn’t have a chance to get my nose into the dry leaves until later, when I bought a couple of sentimental ounces. The dry leaves have a delicate grassy musk that is surprisingly full, and brings a pleasant fruity zing — like seeing a dragonfly through meadow grass.
The tea itself is light and slightly sweet. It has a nice dull amber color, like spent leaves, and reminds me of guava juice in its subtle combination of sweetness, smoothness, and very light tartness. Overall nice to drink for a variety of situations, though I would not call it a relaxing tea.
I tried this blend in the shop and have been thinking about it since. The saffron is what really makes this tea in my mind. The sweet scent of the saffron and cardamom reminds me of Scandinavian sweet breads my grandmother used to make. This is a great tea that isn’t a traditional chai but still has lots of fragrant spices. I also like the name, Silk Road Spice, making me think of this tea going on some fantastical cross-country travel in ancient times. I only tried a cup of this blend, but clearly I need to go back to the shop and pick up a tin of loose leaf to take home with me.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Cake, Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Saffron, Spices, Spicy
First taste bears an uncanny resemblance to those little chocolate-mint candies you steal on your way out of restaurants. On second taste: a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla, with a mildly spicy rooibos base. Mint is a bit too strong for me.
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Rooibos, Spicy, Vanilla
Woah, this is great tea. Rich, sweet, floral, drying but not astringent, slightly sour on the tail end, just, phenomenol. Orchids, grapes, Neroli, even notes of Tuberose. A tea that makes you sad to finish the cup because you just want more.
Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Orange Blossom, Orchids
Wonderful toasted smells come off the tea even when dry. Toasted rice, spent grains from brewing, along with a background of subtle higher notes on the nose (ylang, narcissus, floral but not sweet if that makes sense.) Brews a wonderful first cup, roughly 185f for 30-45s, although I’ve also grandpa’d it and that works fine too. Toasty, flavorful, plenty of mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. 2nd and 3rd pours stay that way, rich, roasted flavors coming off but not overwhelming, plenty of background high notes to let you know this is Oolong. By the 4th and 5th pours though, it turns a bit ‘brothy’ in a way that I actually quite enjoy. Almost a vegetable broth flavor, but for some odd reason gives me a headache. Odd. I only usually get that from oversteeped tea, not from late sesh pours. So I stop this one at pour #4 and call it a day.
Not sure about the roast profile, has a good charcoal smell to it but it could be electronic roaster as far as I know. Not too strong, but definitely the highlight of the tea.
Flavors: Broth, Floral, Narcissus, Plums, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice, Umami
I’m new to tea in general and this is my first Ceylon, so I don’t have anything to compare it to but considering what I’ve read about single estate Ceylon, this seems like a well balanced, fruity but not cloying, sweet but in a rich tasting way tea. beautiful nose of stone fruit, spent grain, muscatel flavors right off the bat. Slightly astringent but not overly drying. Coating in the best possible way. Smooth flavors, no real off notes. Classic EB Ceylon Aroma but not stereotypicaly fruity. Richer, deeper flavor, more nuanced than any EB you’ll encounter. Fair amount of twig is evident once re-hydrated. Brews a gorgeous, clear amber red liquor. A beautiful tasting tea
Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Corn Husk, Dried Fruit, Grain, Muscatel, Raisins, Sugarcane
Nice, full leaves with minimal breakage; signs of decent storage and transport for a longer leaf pu erh. Liquor smells and tastes of gourds, wet wood, limes, with a back end of floral sweetness way at the rear of the palette. A thin bodied tea but with plenty of character, young but promising, smooth with a minimal but pleasant dryness. Flavors expand through middle rounds, neither waning nor growing, just changing. Late steepings get interesting, complex ‘green’ flavors.
Flavors: Earth, Green Wood, Hay, Moss, Resin, Sambuca, Yeast
Beautiful amber rolled Oolong. Steeps sweet and floral initially then fading to a subtle but pleasant roast flavor by the 4th pour and got a buttery flavor later on. Not overly Jade-y or tasting of toasted tea leaf, a complex aroma that lasted pour after pour. Brewed it almost all day, a beautiful, highly drinkable tea. Leaves were top 2-3, some stems intact, plenty of mixed oxidation.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Floral, Roasted
My 1st aged white tea, so bare with me. Sweet smelling leaf even before brewing, beautiful darkened, condensed leaves with a smattering of silver tips. Beautiful smell while brewing, a dark sweetness like Oriental Beauty but without the oxidization. Tastes/smells of honey, medium caramel malt, but floral too, true to its roots as it were. Good for 2-4 infusions depending on the session, can get a bit astringent after 3rd. Great tea to unwind from the day or introduce someone to tea.
Flavors: Apricot, Corn Husk, Floral, Honey, Malt
I was playing tourist today with some visitors and came across a really cool vegan/vegetarian, organic cafe. The people there seemed a tad snobby about it, but the food was delicious nonetheless. I also ordered this tea and was pleasantly surprised that it was served in a cast iron teapot with a cute, earthy-looking mug. This oolong was very roasty and had a smokiness about it that I don’t usually taste as strongly in oolongs. It was a bit oversteeped by the time it got to my table, but not very bitter. I really did enjoy it, so I asked about the company, and looked it up when I got home. Unfortunately, it looks like they only sell by the pound online? Yikes. I guess I’ll just have to go back to the cafe soon!
Tried this at Blue Bottle’s siphon bar and was quite shocked. It brewed more like a white than a green and the fact that he only steeped it for four minutes (as the label recommends all baristas do) was sort of odd. I guess when ordering tea at a highly coveted coffee siphon, you get what you pay for.
This is the first Earl Grey I have ever tried and it is my favorite. My local Coffee Shop (Rao’s in Amherst) serves this tea and they always give you way more than a tsp per cup. I might have to try this with my other teas as this one tastes phenominal and never bitters. The bergamont is perfect, and the flavor has just the punch that other Earl Greys seem to be lacking. Perhaps I will need to try to use more tea for the others. I wouldn’t say it’s as smooth as others, but it taste so good!
To prepare as you’d receive at a shop, this tea should be brewed at double-strength, steeped a bit on the long side. Sweetener is mixed in, and cream dropped on top. When brewed this way, it’s quite tasty, with the bitter notes of the spice balanced by the sweetness and body of the rooibos.
When brewed in a more traditional black tea style, and served without sugar or cream, the flavor is light and bright, but quite different. Very nice.
Unbelievable striking taste. Notes of fresh cut grass, floral, and bright. A hint of astringency (nothing to worry about), but mostly mellow. Perfect balance to be a sipping tea, not too strong, but not subtle. I bring this tea with me for the whole day in the black sealed airtight bag that MEM tea sells its tea in. Very calming and perfect at just under 185 degrees. It was an expensive tea, but so worth it! Jade Oolong is to Chinese teas what Gyokuro is to Japanese teas: far superior to most other greens and oolongs.