Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: thepuriTea
Milk Oolong is a one-of-a-kind tea. It has no added flavors – its fantastically milky, creamy flavor is the result of its terroir and harvest season. The rolled, blue-green leaves have an intense milk aroma, like milk toffee or hard milk candy, with a slight floral undertone. Likewise, the bright yellow brew is incredibly aromatic and flavorful. Its scents of creamy caramel, flavors of cream, milk, coconut milk and tangerine-infused crème fraiche, and finish of gardenias, ripe fruits and warm cream are remarkably indulgent. Later infusions are greener, more floral and equally complex. Milk Oolong is delicious on its own, or with fresh fruit salad or coconut cream pie and sliced peaches.
While I have tasted many Oolong teas, I must admit that my experience with Milk Oolong teas is rather limited. I’ve probably tried less than a handful of Milk Oolongs… although, I don’t know why.
I mean, it isn’t as though they aren’t amazing – because they are! They are rich, creamy, and deliciously satisfying. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that it isn’t easy to find a good quality Milk Oolong.
Well, I need search no longer! This is one of the finest Milk Oolong teas that I have ever tasted. The flavor is perfect: sweet, vegetative and slightly nutty. The mouthfeel is creamy thick – like the way the mouth feels after having consumed a glass of whole milk! It is absolutely divine!
And divine really is the best way I know how to describe this tea – it is like a soft, fluffy cloud! From the feeling it imparts in the mouth right down to the luxuriousness of the flavor – everything about this tea is heavenly.
And while this Milk Oolong may seem a little costly, consider this: when I steeped this tea in my gaiwan, I was able to extract 8 very lovely infusions! Each infusion was slightly different from the previous, but only slightly – the flavor still remained very sweet and sumptuous. If you factor in these multiple steeps, you get a whole lot of value out of these leaves! And trust me when I say this: If you like Oolong tea, you OWE it to yourself to try this one.
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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