Feb 29, 2016, 06:31
I began exploring the large world of Japanese and Chinese teas perhaps six months ago and so far this is one of my favorites. As someone who loves the Taiwanese high mountain "green" oolongs I disagree with those who say this tea is "just like" those and more oolong in characteristics than green. It definitely evokes those, with its slight fermentation, but it is softer in the mouth, more grassy, and less assertive. It is gentle and lightly sweet, really delicious; a sensual pleasure, a visual pleasure (the color is lovely); and a culinary pleasure. Really a great tea. Wish it were cheaper.
Feb 11, 2016, 03:49
I really love this tea. I buy all my tea from O-Cha.com, and this is the tea I have bought more than any other. Beautiful refreshing drink very much like a oolong.
Jan 25, 2016, 13:29
To me the best Oolongs are the slightly-fermented, nearly-green ones from Taiwan e.g. Tung Ting Jade. They are a category unto themselves in my opinion, and Hana no Kaori is a clean, Sencha-tinted variation of this great experience. If you're missing what I'm talking about and find it a typical Sencha, I urge you to experiment with more tea, more heat, and a longer steeping time. It will be worth risking a hint of bitterness to make sure you're getting the full flavor.
Oct 13, 2015, 02:14
This tea is a light Sencha with a sweet aftertaste, very mild and pleasant but average at best. even though it is marketed as having a Floral Aroma, the bag I received is practically odourless, the same goes for the freshly brewed drink. I had high expectations from all the positive reviews but after trying it today I confirm the tea is not exceptional. The leaves opened to an acceptable degree only after the second brew which came out significantly better than the first one, with a bright green colour. Even after the third brew, I was unable to find the oolong tones in this one. My opinion is that this is good as an everyday Sencha, mildly sweet but unremarkable.
May 26, 2014, 12:00
Make no mistake, this tea IS an oolong. Or rather, a very Japanese take on a Taiwanese high mountain oolong. Expect floral sweetness, intense aroma, all the smoothness you'd expect from a good oolong, with just a slight hint of Japan sencha. I found it a wee bit stronger than typical oolongs, which was good for me because I like an intense-tasting tea. Easily one of the best teas I've bought form O-cha, and that is saying a lot.
Extremely floral, sweet
Great for oolong lovers
Don't get this tea if you want a more grassy/vegetable sencha. This is much more like an oolong than a sencha.
Mar 14, 2014, 05:43
This tea is unique and a great value. I highly recommend this tea for those who enjoy high mountain tea from places like Taiwan. It's got a very soft, lightly sweet flavor. It also brews well and the flavor yield is quite good. unique flavor for a Japanese tea and good flavor yield when brewing, you should try this one.
Jul 7, 2013, 12:00
Very soft and creamy in the mouth and fragrant in the cup with lovely floral overtones and gorgeous color. Fans of Taiwan oolongs will especially appreciate this. I'm glad to see that O-Cha still carries it.
Delicious brewed conventionally or cold-brewed for summer (4 g/ 600 ml water is good). Floral quality is unusual and delightful for an asamushicha.