17 Tasting Notes
Two or so day ago, I went to go have breakfast at The Whistling Kettle and decided to try out a tea I’ve had my eye on for a while – the vanilla silk oolong from this fine place. The price was around $3 or $5 for a pot but well worth it.
It was a great choice and went well with my sandwich. As I always do my reviews while drinking said tea, I’ll have to do this one from memory so this isn’t going to be as descriptive as I desire. The tea was of very nice quality, normal for the Whistling Kettle, and was a very light and floral taste. The vanilla taste was not very prominent but it was pleasant because you could tell it was very delicately flavored with very good quality flavorings. However, the vanilla was there regardless. The oolong they used was also very yummy. I wish that I had some of this myself so I could give this an entire rundown like usual, but this will have to suffice.
One of my favorite teas I got in my pu-erh sampler that I got from Adagio Teas. It is a very rich and deep nutty flavor, and the smell reflects the actual taste very very well unlike some other teas. As I have said, the nutty hazelberry flavor is very rich but it is more of a dulled (the good kind) taste, it is not a sharp flavor whatsoever which makes this is a very laid back cup of tea.
There is no astringency to speak of even if you steep it for a long time, which makes this a very good evening tea and a cuddle from your cat as you watch your favorite show or draw – whatever you do in your free time.
Off topic, but this new steepster update is just fantastic by the way.
The Assam tea in this is very prominent as it is the only base of the tea. There isn’t too much to talk about this tea but it has a nice flavor either way. Very good quality tea and the saffron adds a next undertone to it all as well as the spices which are not overly noticeable but are definitely there. This tea steeped quite quickly however, so I imagine you could get a solid two or so cups out of one bag. :)
Such a beautiful balance between a sharp citrus that sticks around just long enough to keep you craving just “one last” sip coupled with the beautifully calming powers of chamomile that gives it a nice relaxing, somewhat earthy tone to it that chamomile always induces and never fails to please with. No complaints on this one, might have to make this my new favorite chamomile mix. Simply divine for relaxing with some Adventure Time and a snuggle from your cat after a long day.
Ah yes, the spitting image of Adagio’s Earl Grey Moonlight; exact in every way except they added lavender to it. Not saying that’s bad or complaining, just poking some fun.
Joking aside, this tea is very good and despite it tasting somewhat strong and having a “up in your face” flavor in a syrupy sort of sense, I still find this tea to be very delectable. I wish that they toned down the amount of vanilla flavoring in this tea so the lavender would be more prominent nor would I complaint at all if they added more lavender to this, the lavender adds a pleasant undertone to the vanilla. This tea is good, however, it is far too similar to their Earl Grey Moonlight tea so I only ever end up drinking a cup of either this, or the moonlight. Not the greatest, but it’s fairly decent.
P.S. I’m sorry for not putting any reviews up lately. I have plenty of teas left to review but my motivation to keep on writing them is blegh. Slowly but surely, friends.
Despite the packaging, which will put you under the assumption almost instantly that this will be a very bad and low quality tea, it’s quite the opposite for me. The very vibrant orange flavor coupled with the delicious cardamon and cinnamon really will make you wish you were watching the sun setting on a warm summer day. Perfect for setting the mood for that time of day I’d imagine. Really liked this tea overall, it smells really good too xP
First off, the packaging recommends to steep it for 5 minutes but if you steep for only five, you don’t get that much flavor at all generally so it’s greatly recommended to steep it for a time more around 10 minutes so the flavors are really brought to the surface and you can taste each and every interacting herb a lot greater, otherwise this tea falls kind of flat.
However, that out of the way, this tea has a very pleasant and relaxing flavor. The chamomile brings in a nice, strong but balanced, calming flavor that can really put you to ease as all of the other herbs give it a earthy background. The aroma is just amazing as well. This is one of my favorite teas after a long day to unwind with. The tea can really give you a calmed state of mind if you kick back and relax to some music with it or do whatever your favorite past-time may be while sipping this.
This tea is well worth the 7-10 minute steeping time (side note: mesh steeper highly recommended, as it is a very fine tea). Both the marzipan and almonds compliment eachother in a way to create just a perfectly smooth and luxurious tea. The almonds give it a nice, nutty flavor which is present just enough to compliment the deep vanilla flavor of the yummy marzipan. Not enough to overpower it, however. There is also a nice sweetness to it – just enough to tickle your tongue. I love this tea, it is very smooth yet crisp, and just delectable. Very very recommended to try out! :)
This tea is just amazing at mellowing you out. I don’t care if it’s just in my mind or the tea doing the work, but it really does just chill you out. As other have said, the flavors can compete with eachothers but the mint and the lemon flavors really work out swell together. Personally I do not mind the “competing” flavors, however this surely does not appeal to some drinkers.