106 Tasting Notes

Surprisingly fruity-sweet, somewhat floral aroma. A darker, reddish hay color. The taste is bright and floral (not sweet, though, despite the smell), with a hay/corn taste and borderline dry flavor due to the mild astringency, which is prominent in the mouth after swallowing. A decent, full bodied tea, but no real prominent flavors or aspects, which I found boring.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Floral, Fruity, Hay

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Definitely smoky and woody with a tobacco aftertaste, however, I feel like it lacks body and is a bit thin in taste. The leaves are kind of unimpressive, short choppy bits that seem to be one step above a tea bag, although the brewed color is an attractive darker gold green. The aroma is definitely charcoal-ish, but more green, like roasted spinach.

It’s not really an unpleasant taste by any means at all, though, and definitely unique in its smokiness, but unfortunately does not follow up on its promise of a rich flavor to back up the smokey overtones. Indeed, I’d say its predominant taste after smokey is bitter, which can easily turn extremely bitter if oversteeped or scalded.

Overall, a shame that the taste isn’t more full bodied or well rounded as I really liked the idea of a smoky tea.

Flavors: Smoke, Spinach, Tobacco, Wood

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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Has a nice savory taste profile against the green tea taste without any bitterness. Standard golden green tea color and smell with a hint of roasted grain. Smooth, but not very prominent flavors other than standard grassy and vegetal, with a small presence of roasted grain.

Flavors: Grain, Grass, Hay, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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A bit on the powdery side. Mildly astringent which can quickly turn into bitterness if not careful . Nice golden color and grassy aroma and a prominent bean taste. Has a thick broth if using a lot of leaf that was kind of a nice surprise on cold days, but can also be quite light if lessening the steeping time and leaf. Pleasant to sip, but not something that wowed me.

Flavors: Beany, Hay, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love this tea. I picked it up on a visit to London and It’s my current favorite (although, to be honest, I don’t have much to compare it with) as well as being the tea that kick started my further interest in tea.

The aroma is heavenly, sweet, a bit floral, and light. The color is a light gold, the leaves are fluffy and pretty. It’s hard to oversteep, I’ve never had it bitter and I’ve brewed it for a lot of different times. Very refreshing, well balanced, and aromatic, the taste has a strong, but not overpowering tone of apricot and a light vegetal flavor. I can drink it pretty much whenever for a nice, gentle pick me up.

Flavors: Apricot, Flowers, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Delightfully brisk, floral, and nutty aroma as well as a pretty light gold color. Refreshing aroma, surprisingly sweet, but with some vegetal flavors at the end. Overall pleasant, although I’m not a fan of the syrupy feeling it leaves behind in the back of the mouth and throat. First quality oolong I’ve bought, though, and pleased with it.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Hay, Honey, Nutty

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Favorite Tea Type: Darker oolong and sheng puerh

Rating Scale:

90-100: Amazing. Will buy and keep on hand all the time if finances and circumstances allow.

80-89: Strong argument for keeping it around all the time, even more than the prospect of trying more new tea. It’s that good.

70-79: Pretty solid. Glad I tried it, several factors that were unique or that I highly enjoyed.

60-69: Nothing that stands out for the most part, but with a quality or two that speaks to me.

50-59: Fairly run of the mill, pleasant but not much more to be said.

40-49: Something here is off putting in an otherwise decent tea.

30-39: There are a few things wrong with this tea. I did not enjoy.

20-29: Disliked this, could maybe see something, some redeeming quality in it others might find worth drinking without spitting back out.

10-19: Begin to question whether any tea is actually, in fact, better than no tea.

0-9: This causes actual food poisoning.



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