Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Enjoying Tea
This oolong tea offers a smooth roasted nutty flavor and has a sweet lingering aftertaste. The Chinese traditionally treasure the slimming effects of this tea.
The picture of the tea bag package above looks different from the packaging that I have of this tea, however, of the bagged Oolong teas on Enjoying Tea’s website, the above description (that accompanies the above photo) matches this tea’s characteristics best.
As a rule, I tend to be highly skeptical of any Oolong that is in a tea bag. Oolong teas – more so than any other tea, in my opinion – need room when they brew, and most commercially processed tea bags just don’t offer that kind of space. So, to say that I was skeptical when I first tasted this Oolong several months ago is putting it lightly.
But, this is actually really good.
The flavor is nutty and sweet and it reminds me of the type of Oolong tea I might enjoy in a nice Asian restaurant. It has light floral tones in the background and a somewhat fruity note that hits about mid sip. The sweetness of this tea lingers through the astringent-free finish.
This doesn’t have the same complexity as most loose leaf Oolong teas and whether that has something to do with the fact that this is a bagged tea, I don’t know, but I believe it does.
As an Oolong enthusiast, I prefer a more complex Oolong when I’m sipping tea for tea enjoyment, but this is my Oolong of choice to serve along with my meals, because it has such a pleasant and mild flavor that does not interfere with the flavors of my food, but rather enhances my experience. A more complex Oolong would be distracting. So, it’s quite nice to have both on hand depending upon the occasion.