289 Tasting Notes
I’ve been avoiding Oolongs lately. Not because I don’t want to drink them though!! Oolongs are my favorite. However, I have found that too much oolong upsets my tummy. Especially Tieguanyin or other floral Oolongs. It’s so VERY, VERY sad.
I’m taking the plunge today and steeping this out. I’m using my little yixing teapot that I use for floral green Oolongs. I’m really not sure about this little pot. I bought it ultra cheap. I can tell its cheaply made as the lid doesn’t fit well, but mostly I wanted a yixing to experience the seasoning aspect and the subsequent flavor differences. I just hope it’s not ‘fake’ yixing, which I didn’t realize existed until I bought a cheap pot. >_< Oh well.
This tea is wonderful. Floral, obviously, and green and creamy and full. I’m currently on the third steep. The leaves smell super complex at this point, almost savory. The taste has morphed a little- not quite as floral with some of that extra “savory” thrown in. Buttery. It absolutely coats my mouth; the aftertaste is pleasant.
Because of the tummy issue and a needy toddler, I doubt I will make it through 18 steepings, but I know I will do several!
Finishing up my sample of this. :( it is SO SO good. I’m really hoping this one gets brought back.
This time around I had about 3 heaping teaspoons of this left, which is usually too much for one steeping but not enough for two. So I just used the whole thing with only a 45 sec steep time. And it is incredible. I think I have been converted to brewing with more tea, shorter steep time. I am going to steep these leaves until I can’t squeeze any more flavor out.
This is one of my favorites so far from Zen Tea! Thank you for this sample!!
The aroma of this tea while steeping is super sweet and inviting. The tea is smoooooth, flavorful and creamy. It actually reminds me a bit of Laoshan Green. The vegetable flavor isn’t sour or bitter. Just really mellow and tasty.
Drinking green tea like this makes me confident I’m in immediate need of sushi. Which is a good thing!
I used about half the packet of my 7gram sample and steeped for 25 sec in 8 oz water, after rinsing once. The aroma of the wet leaves was interesting. I didn’t really analyze it, but it certainly made me interested to try the tea. At first it was more delicate than I expected, but as I slowly sipped the flavors came out. It certainly is honey/woodsy sweet; it has a floral flavor that I haven’t encountered before. Pairing the indistinguishable floral with the sweet honey plus the woodsy-ness makes this very enjoyable. I’m curious how each sip will taste. By the middle of my cup my tongue feels completely coated in sweetness. I think my favorite part so far about this tea is the aftertaste. I feel like I’m breathing honeysuckle.
I’m going to continue to steep this out a bit. Once again, the idea that these flavors come from leaves is impressive!
Yep, I like this. I’ve seen Earl Grey Cream teas before but this is the first I’m trying. The bergamot is nicely complemented by the cream flavoring; it already tastes like it has cream and sweetener. No additives needed! Also a big plus is the fact that the flavoring in this tea isn’t giving me a headache- most do!
The only thing I would do a little differently is the brew time. I followed their directions for four minutes, and I think it’s a little long for me. But I think this is one I wouldn’t mind keeping around!
For the fact that this smells like trees, I’m immediately drawn to it. I am not disappointed with how it tastes, either. It looks like it will be a delicate tea, as it is pale when brewed, but the taste is complex and robust. Not robust like black tea; robust in its own way. I feel I need to be listening to serene and deeply troubled classical music (Moonlight Sonata) and watching snowflakes fall while drinking this tea. It’s different and flavorful, and I like it.
I used 1.5 Tablespoons for 8 oz of water, with a quick rinse.
Anyone know the relative amount of caffeine in this tea?