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Yay, the last Osulloc tea! I still have a couple of sachets left, but they’re in my swap-out box, ready to be sent to someone who enjoys floral teas more than I do.
This one is interesting. I wasn’t sure what to expect, the ingredients seem to be green tea, barley sprout, and corn. I can see the barley in the sachet, no sign of anything resembling corn though.
Anyway, it tastes like a very mild and slightly mineral/smoky green tea with caraway added. I don’t know if that caraway flavor is coming from the barley, if it’s some different kind than what I’ve had before? It’s very interesting. I’m not sure whether I taste corn, there are some grainy notes going on but it’s difficult to tell with the some what strong caraway flavor. A light and slightly creamy apricot note comes out in the aftertaste, reminiscent of some Chinese green teas.
An interesting and enjoyable tea, but not something I would repurchase.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Caraway, Creamy, Grain, Mineral, Peach, Smoke, Smooth, Stonefruit
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (August) – “A tea you’ve never tried before”
I had originally planned to sip down the oldest tea in my stash that I haven’t tried for this prompt. And I probably still will finish that tea this month as well, but I decided to use this sipdown instead, because I don’t think I’ve ever had a Korean tea before, period.
It strikes me as being very, very similar to a Chinese green tea. I don’t drink them often, so I couldn’t tell you specifically which type, but it has a smooth and sweet beany flavor that reminds me of edamame and peas, and a nice nutty graininess to it. Maybe not far off from a Long Jing? But it’s been quite a while since I’ve had one of those, so don’t take my word for it… There’s a tiny bit of grass and deeper vegetal notes that add some dimension.
Anyway, it’s yummy, and I’m glad to have tried it. I think I remember What-cha carrying some Korean teas, so I might have to take a look whenever I go to order their Sticky Rice Oolong…
Flavors: Grain, Grass, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Nuts, Peas, Smooth, Soybean, Sweet, Sweet Corn, Vegetal
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So I didn’t expect to like this one, and I don’t ha ha.
It’s very, very floral and really does taste like perfume to me. I don’t know enough about how orchid smells/tastes to say whether it’s accurate or not. I can taste the green base a tiny bit, and it seems smooth and a bit nutty.
Ick, lol. I have another sachet, but I’m putting it aside to add to a TTB in hopes that someone else can enjoy it, and calling this a sipdown. :D
Flavors: Chemical, Floral, Nuts, Perfume, Smooth, Sweet
Sipdown! (2 | 99)
Oh my goodness, as soon as I cut open these sachets, the juicy sweet aroma made my mouth start to water… I love pear things, but always seem to be disappointed by it in tea. This is a Korean pear flavored tea, which I think is the same as Asian pear (in the US) and nashi (in Japan)? They tend to have a crisp texture and an almost honeyed sweetness that’s usually quite mild.
Let’s be real, this is not a natural-tasting tea. It tastes like someone started with a nashi and then took it to a Hi-Chew level of juicy sweetness. It makes me think of a nashi jelly that I had from a snack subscription at some point (which was delicious, btw). I get those honey-sweet pear-adjacent nashi notes, but then there’s a syrupy lusciousness that makes me think of super ripe melon alongside a soft floral note reminiscent of lychee. And at the end of the sip, it’s pure cotton candy.
I can’t taste the base tea at all, which doesn’t surprise me as it’s a strongly flavored tea, and I’ve had similar experiences with Osulloc’s other teas. But the flavoring is so yummy, I don’t even care. I bet this would be amazing as an iced tea or cold brew as well, and super refreshing. Also, the flavor is strong enough that mixing it with a plain green tea or oolong would probably work well.
I’ll probably order some eventually. It’s quite an expensive brand, but this one is so my jam. :P
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cantaloupe, Cotton Candy, Floral, Honey, Juicy, Lychee, Melon, Nectar, Pear, Sugar, Sweet
Another fancy tea break this afternoon!
This is quite nice for a floral tea. The camellia is fairly strong, but it’s somehow lush and yet not overly perfumey. It’s a light, creamy sort of floral. And the pineapple is a lovely pairing with the camellia, it has sweetness and a lovely juicy quality. I would’ve liked a bit of tartness though, it would’ve given some added dimension.
Anyway, I like it much more than I expected given it’s a predominantly floral tea! Not something I would buy, but definitely enjoyable if I’m in the right mood. :)
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical
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I have a gallon Ziploc bag full of these Osulloc wrapped sachets from an Amazon impulse purchase, so I figured I should get going on finishing them since they’re such easy sipdowns.
This one is pure cherry candy. It tastes just like a generic cherry lollipop, I’m picturing the kind with the loop for a stick. There is a nice little bit of tartness from some hibiscus, but it’s very restrained. Not really tasting much from the base, a little bit of hay maybe? Mostly it tastes like cherry Lifesavers, complete with that slightly tart note. Honestly I don’t hate it, cherry candy is better than cherry lozenges, which is where cherry flavoring often ends up for me. :P
So not something I would buy, but pleasant enough to drink as a sweet dessert-y tea. Definitely no cherry blossom though, lol.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Hay, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart
I was feeling like a fancy little tea break this afternoon, so I decided to steep up one of my pretty OSULLOC sachets from a set that I impulse bought on Amazon a few months back. And of course, fancy means I’m pairing it with a lovely vintage teacup. The one I chose is from Tuscan china and has lovely yellow flowers and blue berries on it with gold accents. :3
I admit, the aroma of this tea almost knocked me over from the moment I tore open the wrapper. It’s very strong cherry candy with some hints of tartness. And the taste is much the same, though thankfully not quite as extreme. It’s similar to a generic cherry lollipop, like the kind with the little loop for a handle. Very, very sweet cherry candy flavor. There is a bit of balancing tartness, however, from the hibiscus. The description also mentions pineapple, but I don’t see that written anywhere on my package. I’m not sure whether I get any sakura? Perhaps a hint of floral somewhere? There’s also a powderiness that makes me think of smarties.
According to the wrapper, this is a blend of black and “post-fermented” tea. I’m not sure if they mean pu’erh or if it’s just an unclear translation. It certainly doesn’t taste like pu’erh to me? The base is quite light, even for a black tea, with a slightly musty flavor to it.
Anyway, it’s very interesting. I don’t think it’s something I would order just because it veers a bit into cherry cough drop territory, but I do enjoy that it has some balancing tartness to it. Overall, a fairly enjoyable cuppa despite being distinctly cherry candy.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Candy, Chalk, Cherry, Floral, Hibiscus, Musty, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart
Vintage tea cups and saucers are so pretty. I tend to drink teas in quantity, so their petite-ness might be wasted on me. Still, maybe for a treat one day…
Oh definitely, I like to pair them with tea sachets because it’s hard to know how much tea to use for such a tiny cup.
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Finishing off another Osulloc tea! The packaging and description for this one are so misleading, calling it a “green tea with elegant floral aroma”.
But really, it’s a grape green tea. The flavoring reminds me of Japanese grape flavoring, like the kind used in Lupicia’s teas. It’s very juicy and sweet, and it reminds me of grape Hi-Chew. Definitely artificial to my tongue, but then again I’ve probably never tried whatever type of grape it’s based on. And I don’t mean that it’s bad or I don’t like it because it’s artificial, it’s a very tasty grape candy tea.
Honestly, I don’t even get much in the way of florals, which is amusing to me given the description. I also don’t really taste the base tea, because the flavoring is quite strong. A tasty tea, but certainly not one I would order for the price, when I can get something very similar from Lupicia. Also, it would be nice for the green tea to make a bit more of an impact.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Floral, Grapes, Juicy, Smooth, Sweet
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
It would be nice to taste the oolong a bit more perhaps, but otherwise it’s a very lovely and fragrant blend. :)
I have an O’Sulloc Korean Wedding Tea that is years old and is still absolutely delicious. Can only imagine how the fresh stuff tastes!
@gmathis – That one is in my set as well, and to be honest I’m worried about it since it lists rose, which is not my favorite. :P
@Martin – Definitely more expensive than usual, but I felt it was worth a try. We definitely should do a swap, though perhaps next year would be better. :)
I’ll watch for your Wedding Tea review…I don’t like heavily floral stuff, either, but my (again, old and decayed) version didn’t strike me as such. Putting it on the to-drink roster!
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
Excellent Dessert Tea; smells like hot cocoa with a swirl of banana creme.
I believe this is a limited edition tea so if you can find it, definitely give it a try.
It is balanced very well and is great after a meal, by itself or with dessert.
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.