Asiatic garlic bulbs are generally large with 6 to 9 very firm and plump cloves per bulb. The bulb wrappers are firm and very strongly colored: broad purple stripes merge into areas of solid purple. The clove covers are thick, semi-glossy, and have a rosy aura with tiny pink veins. Asian Tempest came from South Korea. Asiatic garlics have a short storage time, since most don't last more than 5 months at room temperature before sprouting.
Asian Tempest is instantly hot to taste, while China Rose lets you enjoy a marvelous flavor before you begin to feel the warmth in the back of your mouth, spreading forward hotter and hotter. Both their aftertastes are very pungent and musky.