48 Tasting Notes
Before I begin it should note this tea is now 13 years old and can be found on the website as such. I’m not sure how to entirely feel about this tea it was interesting for the short session it provides invoking a complex mix of sweetness, bitterness and earthy tones on the palate. The session lasted 3 solid steeps after that it diminished fast. I’ll add that I threw in 2 teaspoons of cocoa shells because I felt it would mix well at steep 5 and it gave it a bit more life. For next time I’ll probably throw it in on steep one. It defiantly adds to the flavor profile well.
So can I recommend it? If your ok with a short session, yes. If your like me and drink tea for hours on end throughout the day, no.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Mineral, Roasted, Thick, Wet Wood
Hints of caramel and cinnamon appear with a sunflower seed like lingering taste after. The taste doesn’t change over time and appears to need more steeping time then the usual oolong. Its a rather unique taste, I’ll give it that much.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Flowers
The freshly opened package gave off a strong floral smell. There was a generous amount of bright green leaves mixed in with obviously aged ones. Course the art on the wrapper is fantastic. But is the tea fantastic?
Steep 1: After a rinse, I poured my first steep (which was under 10 seconds, Steepster won’t let me go lower then 15.). It gave me very strong notes of vegetable sweetness. Something like a beet. The liquid is surprisingly green.
Steep 2-4: A strong grass taste comes out in addition to the sweetness. Reminds me of freshly cut grass.
Steep 5 and beyond: The grass taste keeps getting stronger as the sweetness slowly disappears. I noticed hints of wood and other tastes of the forest came out. I steeped this all day long and it was still going strong.
Definitely recommend it. Probably will be buying a tong to age myself. It starting off with that young sweet green taste and shifting to forest flavors is brilliant. Just like its mix of young and old trees. If you want to buy it and drink right away its perfectly fine to do so. Its just that good
Flavors: Cut Grass, Floral, Flowers, Forest Floor, Green, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal, Wet Wood, Winter Honey
The dry leaves have a familiar smell I can’t exactly pinpoint. The first things that pop to mind is a mix of orange and bbq sauce. I know that’s really odd and specific.
It stays very consistent and nets you a ton of steeps. I have been drinking it for hours now. Its has a slight fruity taste and gains a malty undertone after a few steeps. Its to bad this is only available for the month is September with the magazine. Would be a great daily drinker.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Orange Zest
Tried it a few different ways. Never get much taste out of it. Its alright, not bad. I get a burnt sugar taste from it with a bit of woody aftertaste. It goes a lot of steeps I’ll give it that. Can’t recommend it, cause there is a lot of better options for orange herbal teas.
Flavors: Burnt, Burnt Sugar, Wood
Opening the package brings a smell of green tea and roast.
1st Steep: The first steep has a light taste of green wood and roast. Very weak
2nd Steep: The green woody taste turns into grass and gets a lot stronger leaving a dry feeling in the mouth.
After that nothing big changes. Started turning bitter around steep 6. I don’t have a strong opinion either way. If it sounds good to you, try it.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Green, Green Wood, Roasted, Toasty
I got this as a bonus pack in from an order months ago. It has a very, very strong vegetable flavor. I got wide tastes of root veggies like carrots and beets the whole time. A slight roasted flavor in the early steeps. If this sounds like your kinda thing def buy it. I steeped it for hours on end and it never got weak and the taste stayed consistent.
Flavors: Carrot, Roasted, Vegetables
It starts off with almost no taste. Let it soak a bit at first to get the ball open. After its open you get an extremely earthy strong taste straight up tastes like grass and moss. Just like a forest smells. Tastes way more like a pureh typically does and almost nothing like an oolong. Lasts for a ton of steeps. Just not really my thing.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Hay, Wet Earth, Wet Moss, Wet Wood
It starts off with a light roasted and sweet taste. It quickly grows into a heavy roast and then around steep 8 switches around into a sweet taste. Not a heavy one but an extremely pleasant flavor that contrasts and enhances the toasty flavor reminds me of apples somehow. Been steeping it for a couple hours now and it hasn’t given out at all. Highly recommend it.
Flavors: Apple, Burnt, Dark Wood, Honey, Roasted, Sweet