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A light, refreshing tea, very rosy in color. I got two good cups (10 oz each) out of one sachet. This tea was given to my cousins as a gift, and the packaging was almost entirely in Korean. (They read Chinese fluently, but could not figure out what kind of tea this is.) As they drink nothing but Yunnan, and I am interested in tasting things, I took several sachets home to try. Pear notes predominate, and there are pieces of candy in it, which are apparently called Konpeito. This is new to me, but I normally choose only unflavored, unblended teas. Pear happens to be the one fruit flavor I like in tea, so I will enjoy offering this tea to guests as a rare treat.
Flavors: Pear, Sweet
Strong coconut aroma; I was thinking of pina coladas, cool breeze on the beach at sunset, and coconut shrimp.
The packaging indicates a blend of 3 types of semi-fermented tea / fermented tea. The coconut and very light pineapple are the prominent flavors while the tea leaves take a backseat; it does taste like a greenish tea in the background though – will have to sample more. Overall a nice tea.
Very pronounced tart, sweet citron/lemon flavor that works well with the green/black mix. At first I thought the marigold (I guess?) was a hint of oregano and later seemed to be more thymey. O’sulloc’s base teas are good but nothing truly exceptional.
Flavors: Lemon, Thyme
It was raining today so I decided to try this one.
The aroma of cinnamon and apple is nice on a cold, rainy day. The ingredients list 후발효차 as the main ingredient, which I believe is post fermented tea. Black tea is listed as the second ingredient.
Overall, this tea is dominated by Cinnamon and Apple, but it is tamed a bit by the tea leaves. I always find Apple Cinnamon herbal teas to be a bit too overwhelming so this is nice for those that like apple and cinnamon but want some actual tea somewhere in the mix.
An interesting blend of flowers and green tea.
As soon as I opened the packaging, a burst of sweet flowery smells greeted me. I think that if they made a candle with this fragrance, it would be popular.
I do think that the green tea leaves that are paired with these flowers is a bit too strong. If the green tea they chose was a bit smoother, and didn’t leave a pungent bitter taste/smell, I would rate this at least 10 points higher.
Otherwise, this is an above average tea.
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This was the first Korean tea I ever tasted, and I was pleasantly surprised. It shares many of the flavor characteristics of a Chinese Dragonwell, but with a very pleasant head note of sweet corn.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Nutty, Roasted, Tannic
Second time trying this and it feels like the tangerine notes are less. I suspect its because this is a sample thats been stored in a ziploc bag. I really wish there was an easier way to store samples without losing their flavour. Might have to search for some small airtight tins or something, don’t want to start buying more airtight glass jars as they take up quite a bit of room and the smallest sizes at the dollar store are too large for a few grams of tea anyway.
Flavors: Candy, Orange
This is such a heavenly tangerine infused tea.
Its a dried tangerine peel with oolong blend. The dry blend notes smell clearly of sweet, dried citrus. When steeped, the citrus flavour reminds me of candied orange pieces, that with some floral-ness of the oolong combines nicely for a fruit-forward floral tea.
When steeped a second time, the citrus is definitely more muted, but the oolong still brews up wonderfully. Didn’t get the chance to try a 3rd infusion (tea sampling party was the occasion here) but I got a small sample to try out at home and will report that back in a later tealog.
The colour is so pretty as well, a golden orange clear liquor.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Orange, Orange Zest, Tangy
This is almost a good tea; just barely misses the mark. When you open the package, it has a very aromatic scent of sugary candy and a slight floral smell; very nice. Upon tasting, though it has an odd mellow flavor like licorice, the black tea is subdued to where I can’t really taste it, and there is tart aftertaste. Not a bad tea, just needs a bit more black tea in my opinion.
For me this tea was not as exciting as the Orchid Green Tea from the same brand. Granted, the leaves (green tea, cornflower, marigold and bits of rose petals) are high quality and they’re very pretty to look at whether dry or steeped. However, I felt like the fragrance was a little too all over the place. It smells like a mixture of bunch of flowers and fruits that I can’t pinpoint which sort of note, and to my taste it didn’t go well with green tea leaves. Somebody titled this “Korean Wedding Green Tea” but this is just a Wedding green tea blend and the flower petals used in this blend are not traditionally Korean culinary ingredients.