335 Tasting Notes
I prefer greener oolongs, so I’m not rating this oolong. I felt it was weak, will try to gong fu it next time I brew. It does taste honeyish with no astringency. Will adjust rating after gong fu if I felt it improved. Nothing stood out for me, not bad though.
EDIT: I gong fu it, and it tastes a lot better! I prefer the Red Tiger from Thailand a lot better. Western brewing I feel doesn’t work well with this tea. Gong fu is the way to pick of all the subtle flavors.
I don’t know why, but when a tea is said to have “raisin” flavor profile, I want that tea. And I am not exactly a fan of raisins, but when it’s in black tea, I adore it!
This tea reminds me of a black dragon pearl tea cousin. It’s robust, caramelized and sweet, and stewy. I gave my friend a sip, and they usually think tea is bitter enjoyed this. It has no astringency. So many flavors, and so delicious.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Raisins, Stewed Fruits
I have been sifting through the rooibos teas I got from Mariage Freres. None of them were stunners, until I came about this one. It’s loud in flavor, like a sweet, French summer punch. I adore black currant, and this tea has a bunch. With lovely lavender and a kiss of rose, it’s just everything I want. Their teas are either hit or misses, this is a hit for me. Also, it’s a tea that smells lush, but also tastes just as good (any tea drinker knows that some, if not most teas can smell amazing, but their taste doesn’t follow suit.)
Now if they could make a black tea tasting like this, I would buy a pound. Naturally sweet on its own. It reminds me of one of my favorite dessert red wine, the jammy flavor.
Flavors: Black Currant, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Jam, Lavender, Sweet
When I went on a shopping spree with Mariage Freres, this was the tea I drank through first. I am addicted to their flagship Marco Polo (presently have 1 pound left). This one, I would put up as being a co-star to their Marco.
It’s fruity, full of lush vanilla, and just so tasty iced. If you love Marco Polo like I do, I would totally recommend you try this one for variety!
I got this tea based on how pretty it looked, and the description. I thought if I got this tea, I would get so inspired to do something. Would this release my inner Monet?
Instead, it tastes like marshmallows. I love marshmallows, seared to almost black over a campfire. I am not a fan when that flavor is mixed with flowers and green tea. I got 100g, and I will most likely be ridding of it to friends. It’s just so sweet. I didn’t like it iced or hot. I just couldn’t get myself to drink much of it.
Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow
All you tea companies, if you put out a sakura flavored tea, I will buy it.
This one was ok for me. I prefer a greener sencha tea base. The green tea base was just okay. I was interested in their variation of sakura blossom flavored tea. It’s such a distinctive flavor, it’s hard to get right. I had no problem drinking through the 100g I got. It was lovely iced and hot.
If you want a peak of spring during a winter morning, this, my friend, is the tea for you. It shoves so many flowers in your mouth, you think you fell into a garden.
This is yet another tea I preferred iced. The florals made it sweet on its own. I always love Mariage Freres for the tea base they use. It’s a good strong black tea. Roses, violets, citrus..it’s a lot of flavor. It’s a little too intense to have all the time. It is nice for a cold winter day, though.
Flavors: Citrus, Rose, Violet
I was quite pleased with this tea. The smell was so fruity sweet, I never felt like drinking this one hot. It makes the best iced tea. It has a lovely sweetness to it. It’s yuzu, but also floral.
It’s lush, strong, and not a bit of astringency. I would buy this again for my early morning iced black tea for work.
Flavors: Citrus, Sweet