rhondabee wrote:The TKY smells to me for some strange reason like mashed potatoes with a green scent, some roasted notes. Maybe it is actually a buttery smell, not sure. Not really floral to me at all. The flavor of the tea is similar to the scent - buttery/starchy/vegetal(?),
Sampling this morning. The aroma of the TKY dry leaves was really nice. Not as fragrant as I expect a high quality TKY to me, (I had to stick my nose practically IN the leaf to smell it well.)
After the first steep though, yeah, I'm noticing mashed potatoes. Oddest thing. I don't think it was your suggestion, since I missed it the first time around. At first I thought collard greens, but that is more the flavor, aroma is... starchy. Weird. Makes me want to try the other 1/2 of the sample immediately in yixing, to see if it draws that scent off.
2nd steep isn't an improvement, I get... swimming pool. I'm sorry, don't think I can continue this one. I can't even describe the aroma of the wet leaves, but it's one of those odors that makes your nose feel like you burned it.
I'm going to try it now with yixing. Shame too, this is a beautiful tea.
edit to add I attempted 2 steeps in yixing, and it's just the same, maybe a wee bit worse, although that might just be my already primed expectation of yuckiness. I really don't know what the deal is with this tea, especially given the other favorable reviews. Is it possible that this sample is contaminated somehow? I'm disinclined to believe it, as I know how meticulous Chip is, so if it was, it would have been contaminated upline. Whatever the case, this is truly one of the worst oolongs I've ever had, and I sincerely hope it was simply a bad batch or partial batch, but I won't be testing that theory by ever purchasing it.
Frustrating. Maybe it's me? Or my water? or teaware? This has never happened before...