Sipdown! (7 | 211)
Out of Chinese black tea samples and into Taiwanese now!
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not what I typically think of for a Taiwanese black tea, which usually brings to mind honey, cinnamon, fruity, malty sort of notes.
This does have some of that, but for me it leads with a strong overcooked green bean flavor and notes of olives?! Very savory at the beginning of the sip, which I was not expecting at all. I do get some of those dark, sweet muscovado sugar and molasses notes starting mid-sip, and a bit of the expected fruitiness. Definitely very dark and syrupy dried fruit, like prunes with a touch of fig. Malty, yes, that’s there as well, and some bready chewiness. A hint of menthol in the aftertaste…?
So I suppose the second half of the sip is more what I would expect, ha ha! But the beginning just completely throws me off with its strong savory, almost briny vegetal notes. Not one that I would reorder, but still very fun to try!
Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Fig, Green Beans, Malt, Menthol, Molasses, Olives, Prune, Savory, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal