Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: McNulty’s
The website doesn’t have a description of this tea – actually, I don’t find this tea anywhere on their website.
I received a bit of this tea from my SororiTea Sister, Jennifer (aka TeaEqualsBliss), and I am so happy to have this opportunity to try it. It’s a remarkably complex and delicious Oolong tea.
The leaves are dark, indicating a long oxidation period. They brew a medium to dark amber colored liquor with a nutty aroma.
The flavor possesses a chestnut flavor that is highlighted with sweet, honey-like tones. There is a deep, fruity quality to this as well – I taste peach!
Like other high quality Oolongs, these leaves can be infused multiple times. Each infusion is quite flavorful – the first and second infusions are a little more nutty, and with the third and fourth, I noticed that the fruit notes came out a little more. There was even a hint of smokiness in the third and fourth infusion. With the fifth and sixth infusion, I could taste notes of spice and the honey flavor became a little more distinct.
To get the most out of this tea, I recommend enjoying it as a hot beverage. It is still delicious as an iced tea, however, much of the intriguing complexity is lost as it cools.
This is truly an amazing Oolong!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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