Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - DavidsTea Mini Reviews of Coconut Oolong and Genmaicha

A recent visit to DavidsTea yielded these miniature, informal reviews!

DavidsTea Mini Review: Coconut Oolong

Smelling this tea, a bit sweet-smelling and slightly chilled, the coconut stands out strongly in the aroma. In fact, I cannot actually smell any oolong, except in the slightest undertones. Pale yellow in color, the liquid is bright and attractive.

The flavor is surprising. Initially, the coconut does not stand forward in the taste. The foretaste is sweet around the edges and oolong up the middle. Very nice! Coconut then settles over the whole of the flavor profile. In some respects, this reminds me of a coconut pouchong I once tasted. DavidsTea has done a great job of blending the flavors so that the coconut does not overwhelm the taste of oolong. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 86/100. I would also be remiss to neglect to mention that the lemongrass is really not tasted...

DavidsTea Mini Review: Genmaicha

Genmaicha combines Japanese green tea with toasted brown rice for a savory drink, full of flavor. The aroma of DavidsTea Genmaicha is low on green tea and full of a broad rice flavor. There are also some sour notes, which I find odd. Why would a green tea be in the least bit sour?

Moving to the taste, the flavor of brown rice wreathes the edges, but the green tea base (Japanese sencha) forms the body...which is also a bit sour. What gives, DavidsTea? That is definitely ruining the experience for me. Of interesting note, the dry leaves have more sencha aroma than brown rice, but the aroma carries none of the odd, off scent.

On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 53/100. The low rating definitely stems from the off-flavor, which may have been a problem with this pot or batch. It is drinkable, yet not very pleasant. Has anyone else encountered this same flavor issue, or could this be standard? I certainly hope not.

These teas may be purchased from your local DavidsTea or DavidsTea.com.
Photo credit to DavidsTea.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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