52 Tasting Notes
Pale yellow chartreuse with the cloudy look of a light unrefined olive oil at quick glance. The density of the color well represents the viscosity of the tea which is rich, full and almost buttery.
Vegetal and nutty with a mild astringency that builds to med/high which lingers in the finish becoming more of an annoyance than a pleasure after 8oz+. Mental effects (on first impression) are typical of slight over-extraction, but that’s what you get for ordering a cup of tea at DavidsTea. A proper steeping may yield a slightly better result, but not enough to change my review. A bit clunky in comparison to finer Japanese green teas, but I don’t think subtlety was a goal in its production. Overall it is a solid cup, but lacks the depth and acidity of anything really special.
Color: Light maple brown and pale yellows with hints of orange holding its color most of the way to the edges even upon tilting the cup.
Aroma: Classic light 1st flush black tea aromas, with hints of orange and lemon peel and a touch of light tobacco smoke and hidden malt.
Taste: Wonderful light spring harvest black tea flavors, yet still medium-full in flavor with a pleasant astringent finish which lasts for minutes. Lightly floral with good acidity and delicate sweetness, beautiful balance, a very satisfying and complete tea experience from aroma to finish.
Mental/Physical: Slight feeling of alertness and calming warmth after only 4oz, which continues through 16oz without becoming over intense.
Notes: The dry leaves have an incredible multi-shade/color to them. Greens and browns clearly demonstrating the craftsmanship in the processing of the leaves.