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I admit, I pulled this one out to try mostly to get it over with. Going by the description, it seems to be a floral green tea with rose. I really don’t like rose, so I was not anticipating enjoying this one.
However, I was shocked when I opened the sachet wrapper and such a strong and sweet grape scent wafted out! I see now that “muscat” is mentioned in the tasting notes on the back of the wrapper, but since the word “floral” is plastered everywhere I didn’t notice. The scent reminds me of Lupicia’s red grape teas, like Jingle Bells and Yamabudo (or grape Hi-Chews). Steeped this according to the recommended parameters.
Yum, this is tasty! The bright red grape is definitely the strongest note, and it’s very juicy and mouthwatering. There are definitely some floral undertones, and it’s a tad perfumey but not overwhelming. I think rose is among the flowers, though I can’t identify any others. I can taste the base tea just a little bit, and it has a sencha-like sweet grassy flavor with a bit of a vegetal quality.
Overall, so pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting floral overload and it’s not that at all, the floral is a nice accent to this sweet grapey tea. :)
Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Grass, Muscatel, Perfume, Rose, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
The first sachet to try from my random Amazon impulse tea purchase! OSULLOC is a Korean company located in Jeju province, which is an island off of the south coast. A lot of their teas seem to have native ingredients blended in with locally produced tea. And the packaging is so pretty! So naturally, I couldn’t resist buying a sampler… https://www.instagram.com/p/CH_h3TYAqph/
The directions recommended 5 ounces of water per sachet? Which I promptly disregarded since the sachets looked normal size and used about 8 ounces of water as I usually do (although to be honest, I’ve never measured it and could be completely wrong in my estimate…). The packaging calls the tea “post-fermented”, which immediately made me think of puerh. However, the listing here calls it oolong and the leaves also resembled an oxidized oolong or black tea. The liquor is also quite light amber in color, so… Your guess is as good as mine.
I will say, this is a lovely tea. To be fair, I don’t get a lot from the base tea, perhaps a hint of autumn leaf? The tangerine flavor is lovely and relatively accurate in my opinion, with a nice bright zingy flavor that make me think of clementines. There’s also a very sweet floral note that reminds me strongly of osmanthus. It melds so well with the tangerine here, which is the most prominent at the beginning of the sip. The osmanthus note is mellow at first sip, but then grows and shines near the end. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of acidic tangerine peel and sweet floral nectar.
Overall, I’m very happy with this one. It’s a lovely light and very aromatic tea that feels fancy and special. The tangerine flavor is great and reminds me of my beloved Kumquat from Lupicia. A great start to my OSULLOC experience! :)
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Citrus, Floral, Nectar, Orange, Orange Zest, Osmanthus, Perfume, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy
A light, refreshing tea, very rosy in color. I got two good cups (10 oz each) out of one sachet. This tea was given to my cousins as a gift, and the packaging was almost entirely in Korean. (They read Chinese fluently, but could not figure out what kind of tea this is.) As they drink nothing but Yunnan, and I am interested in tasting things, I took several sachets home to try. Pear notes predominate, and there are pieces of candy in it, which are apparently called Konpeito. This is new to me, but I normally choose only unflavored, unblended teas. Pear happens to be the one fruit flavor I like in tea, so I will enjoy offering this tea to guests as a rare treat.
Flavors: Pear, Sweet
Strong coconut aroma; I was thinking of pina coladas, cool breeze on the beach at sunset, and coconut shrimp.
The packaging indicates a blend of 3 types of semi-fermented tea / fermented tea. The coconut and very light pineapple are the prominent flavors while the tea leaves take a backseat; it does taste like a greenish tea in the background though – will have to sample more. Overall a nice tea.
Very pronounced tart, sweet citron/lemon flavor that works well with the green/black mix. At first I thought the marigold (I guess?) was a hint of oregano and later seemed to be more thymey. O’sulloc’s base teas are good but nothing truly exceptional.
Flavors: Lemon, Thyme
It was raining today so I decided to try this one.
The aroma of cinnamon and apple is nice on a cold, rainy day. The ingredients list 후발효차 as the main ingredient, which I believe is post fermented tea. Black tea is listed as the second ingredient.
Overall, this tea is dominated by Cinnamon and Apple, but it is tamed a bit by the tea leaves. I always find Apple Cinnamon herbal teas to be a bit too overwhelming so this is nice for those that like apple and cinnamon but want some actual tea somewhere in the mix.
An interesting blend of flowers and green tea.
As soon as I opened the packaging, a burst of sweet flowery smells greeted me. I think that if they made a candle with this fragrance, it would be popular.
I do think that the green tea leaves that are paired with these flowers is a bit too strong. If the green tea they chose was a bit smoother, and didn’t leave a pungent bitter taste/smell, I would rate this at least 10 points higher.
Otherwise, this is an above average tea.
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This was the first Korean tea I ever tasted, and I was pleasantly surprised. It shares many of the flavor characteristics of a Chinese Dragonwell, but with a very pleasant head note of sweet corn.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Nutty, Roasted, Tannic
Second time trying this and it feels like the tangerine notes are less. I suspect its because this is a sample thats been stored in a ziploc bag. I really wish there was an easier way to store samples without losing their flavour. Might have to search for some small airtight tins or something, don’t want to start buying more airtight glass jars as they take up quite a bit of room and the smallest sizes at the dollar store are too large for a few grams of tea anyway.
Flavors: Candy, Orange
This is such a heavenly tangerine infused tea.
Its a dried tangerine peel with oolong blend. The dry blend notes smell clearly of sweet, dried citrus. When steeped, the citrus flavour reminds me of candied orange pieces, that with some floral-ness of the oolong combines nicely for a fruit-forward floral tea.
When steeped a second time, the citrus is definitely more muted, but the oolong still brews up wonderfully. Didn’t get the chance to try a 3rd infusion (tea sampling party was the occasion here) but I got a small sample to try out at home and will report that back in a later tealog.
The colour is so pretty as well, a golden orange clear liquor.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Orange, Orange Zest, Tangy