102 Tasting Notes
This is delicious! So creamy and milky, and not overly floral. The milk flavors do not cancel out the taste of the oolong tea. Smooth and calming. Not too sweet, but not at all astringent or bitter. Full of flavor.
I will write more later, after I’ve had a chance to resteep this. My very first thought is this tastes almost identical to American Tea Room’s Milk Oolong. It even smells and looks like it.
Thank you, Todd & Holland, for the sample! I’ll be back to buy it.
As directed by Den’s, I brewed two bags of this, in ice cold water, in their $3 special “Reicha” plastic iced tea pot. I let it sit for about two hours, shaking it a few times throughout. This turned out much better than expected. It’s certainly not the strongest sencha flavor I’ve ever experienced, or the most nuanced, but for iced green tea it’s quite good. What really struck me was the complete lack of any bitterness or astringency – there’s not even a hint of anything unpleasant. This tea is slightly vegetal and grassy, but also almost sweet, even though it contains no sweetener. It’s just a clean, crisp, green tea taste — and you couldn’t ask for a more convenient brewing method. This is going to be great as the weather gets warmer.
A big thank you to Dinosara who sent me this tea. This is a flavored black with bergamot and mild fruit flavors. I’m not getting a lot of the honey flavor. Overall, I find it similar to Harney’s Paris but not as fruity. I was worried it would be too Earl Grey-ish (I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey other than in lattes) because of the bergamot, but it’s not. I agree with the other reviewers who compare it to Kusmi St. Petersburg.
More thoughts later after I have a second cup…
I almost hate to say it, but this tea is delicious. It’s like a cross between a Tie Guan Yin and a milk oolong. It has a creamy, floral, ever-so-slightly vegetal quality. It’s almost as creamy as a milk oolong, but it doesn’t taste buttery or milky. Very smooth and flavorful, and it holds up through multiple infusions. It has sort of a clear, pure quality. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy green oolongs. I’m going to repurchase it.
This “mysterious mixture” is good, but I don’t find anything exotic or mysterious about it. It’s a black tea with a variety of fruit flavors. A lot of flavored blacks have bergamot in them, so I was pleased to see Melange Mysterieux does not have it (if I want to drink Earl Grey, I’ll drink it — I don’t always want that Earl Grey flavor creeping into other blends).
I let this steep for five minutes, because when I’m drinking a flavored tea, I like the flavors strong; that’s just how I roll. On first sip, I detect strawberries and raspberries, along with some juicy peach and perhaps a tad (but just a tad) of orange flavor. As I continue drinking it, the black tea base comes through more. I like this black tea – it’s stronger than one would expect in a flavored tea. I can actually taste the tea, and it’s rich and dark, which I like. The finish is sweet with a bit of creaminess.
Overall, this is a good flavored black without being obnoxiously fruity or tasting like dessert in a cup. It’s less fruity than, say, Mariage Freres Marco Polo; but it’s more fruity than Harney’s Paris; and thankfully, the fruit flavors are natural and not artificial tasting. I especially like the rich and smooth base of the black tea, and I like that a variety of fruit flavors are present. It’s a perfect tea to have with scones or other pastries. All I have is a sample tin of this, but I’d be more than happy if another one came my way.