328 Tasting Notes
I liked this blend much more than other Steepsterites! I had it iced which maybe diluted the strong lemon flavor. But, I love the subtle interplay between the lemon and peppermint. Both of those flavors can be overwhelming but , they seem to cancel each other out in this tea so that I end up w/a mild lemon flavor and the bitter notes of the lemongrass is masked by the peppermint.
Thank you Arbor Teas for sending these wonderful samples my way. I was quite curious to try a tea from Viet Nam and I can report that it is quite good. It is certainly not as brisk or astringent as other Assams I have sampled. Which is a good thing. I am trying to cut down my sugar use and I do not want some astringent tea that needs to be smothered in sugar to make it palatable. In fact, it was quite mild w/ a background note of molasses as described by Arbor teas. Possibly could work as an afternoon tea as well as a morning tea. Luckily, I still have some left and am looking forward to trying it tomorrow.
Meh! This is ok. Nothing special. Sort of fruity but certainly not as flavorful as 52teas’ blueberry danish or strawberry zaglibione. This is not too tart, not too sweet, maybe best described as “dry”..like “dry” champagne. I am on this quest to eliminate sugar from my diet soo no extra sugar allowed. And this tea w/o sugar is just not that great.
Like others have noted, this is a clean tasting oolong. Not bitter/not astringent and just as important not vegetative. This a is relaxing, very mild, slightly floral brew. But although this oolong is described as “dark”, there is almost no toasty/toasty flavor..but maybe this oolong was “roasted” just enough to kill any grassy flavor….
If I decide to have unroasted Yerba Mate , blended w peppermint is the only way to cancel that fuzzy hayish flavor of the mate. The more I sample mate , well, the unroasted kind, I just am not crazy for it.