12 Tasting Notes
A powerful oolong, with heavy roasted flavors and a darkness to it that is enjoyable. Also got this on firesale on clearance I guess. Sad because I would buy more if it was available.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Fireplace, Roasted
The problem for me is, with most fruity infused teas, the smell of the leaves is entrancing but the taste is never as good. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t hit the mark for me. I had hope because it was described as a sencha base, but it didn’t have the qualities of a sencha that I like when brewed. It tasted dark, and bitter, and I don’t think I oversteeped or temp’d it. I will try it again because I bought a few oz of it, but the two times I’ve had it so far didn’t wow me. I’ll probably stick to pure teas from them in the future.
An okay sencha. Lighter and brighter than others I’ve had. Tastes like spring. After some time, I find myself not wanting it as much. The leaves in my sampler had some longer full pieces on top of the batch, but as i scooped down, most are small grains like ground up tea. That makes it hard to steep using anything but a bag because it’s so fine it can dust through the filters.
Really enjoyed this brew at 185 degrees in a french press, never pressing fully down. These leaves need a lot of room to “breathe”. Less enjoyable when left in a small tea-sack in a cup. Their claim that the leaves never go bitter I found to be true. This is a very light tea that needs a longer steeping time, but the result was fantastic. Light, yet present, and bright green-yellow color.
Wow. This tea is great. It’s important to brew it as instructed, at 160 degrees. I experimented with bringing it up to 175 and it definitely tasted burned. At 160, it was light and slightly buttery, sweet, and round. I will keep it for special occasions, as it’s a bit pricey so I don’t want to run through it too quickly.
Overall meh. Dry, my box came with lots of sticks in the stick to leaf ratio, and the flavor from the tea was fairly dull. It’s not bad, but not luring me back. My least favorite Samovar tea.