34 Tasting Notes
I really enjoyed this tea. It wasn’t syrupy like some apple teas end up being. It had a pleasant cinnamon scent, and a very slight flavoring of it. Mostly it tasted like roasted apples. A nice tea that I’ll be having again.
I resteeped it and threw it some chamomile. It turned out nicely. I was able to taste the oolong more, but the cinnamon apple flavoring was definitely still there.
The first time I tried this sample from Nuvola Tea, I made a few mistakes. I tried it when I was really on a more green oolong kick (I really prefer greener oolongs, to be honest). I made it for a one time steep. I really just wasn’t catering to the tea itself. I was pretty meh on it, and decided not to leave a tasting note, since I thought I should give it another try later down the line.
So here I am, craving a slightly darker oolong. And I have it.
The dry leaves are wonderfully elegant. In the first 30 second steep, they barely unfurl at all. This demonstrates that they were lovingly rolled. Over the next few, they slowly reveal their true beauty.
There is definitely a floral aroma coming from this tea. The smell sort of calls to mind a forest right at the brink of fall. Each steep makes this aroma slide a little closer to fruity.
I was kind of surprised to find that there was a good bit of smokey flavor under all of the floral tones. It’s a good surprise, though. It complements very well. It definitely reminds me of fall, when you take sweet flavors out of their natural elements, and introduce them to spices and such.
Altogether, I enjoyed this tea a lot more the second time around. I will probably order a batch to have when I’m wanting an oolong that tastes more like…well, oolong!
I don’t know much about oolongs I admit. Can you explain the difference between green oolongs and uh… non green ones? They all taste very similar to me..
Green oolongs are lower oxidized. They are more vegetal, less fruity, more floral. I’d say in general, they’re ligher.The focus is on long lasting flavor and aftertaste. Dark oolongs have been subject to high levels of oxidation. They tend towards being more full bodied, more fruity, and sometimes slightly smokey. The flavor is full and strong but does not leave much aftertaste.
Honestly I find oolongs to be so intimidating because there are so many different flavors out there.
Like someone else said, this is not the fanciest, highest quality bai mu dan. It is, however, a fantastic one. Floral, light, and misty, I just can’t get enough of it. At a price you simply cannot beat, this is probably the purchase I recommend most to anyone interested in white teas. I typically get 4-5 steeps out of it, which is more than enough.
I’m really digging this tea. It’s one of my favorite new ones. The hint of champagne is really interesting! The strawberry tastes quite natural, which is always nice. The oolong actually comes out a bit, too, which isn’t very common with Teavana’s flavored teas, and the rose complements it well. Definitely a fantastic blend.
I needed a really big, sweet kick in the pants this morning. So I mixed up a pretty strong batch of Weight to Go!, Wild Strawberry, and then I threw in some straight pu-erh from a friend in China. Lots of sugar. It was exactly what I needed. Sweet, tangy, with a great undercurrent of strong pu-erh, and I’m ready to go!