Leaf Type: Oolong / Honeybush / Rooibos
Where to Buy: Teaquilibrium
Take five to enjoy Kind of Blue, an irresistible blueberry Oolong jazzed up with fennel. Rooibos and Honeybush give blend a smooth finish while the Oolong gives the energizing boost. Improvise this tea with any meal or have it solo for an out of this world jam!
This is really tasty. I was a little unsure about it, because I can’t recall trying an Oolong/Rooibos/Honeybush blend before, and I wasn’t sure how the three leaves would work together – but together they create one groovy vibe!
This blend is unusual, but in a very good way. The Oolong lends its rich flavor to the cup as well as a smooth texture. The rooibos adds a little nutty flavor to the cup, as does the honeybush, plus there is an underlying note of honey-esque sweetness to the cup which melds very well with the blueberry flavoring. And every once in a while, just at the start of the sip, I’ll note a very slight hint of smoke. Just a hint – ever so slight – and one that can be missed when not paying attention.
The blueberry flavor is not terribly strong here, and I really wouldn’t want it to be. I think it’s perfectly flavored, because a stronger blueberry essence would overwhelm the interesting balance that exists between Oolong, honeybush and rooibos, and I’m really enjoying the flavor and body of the cup just the way it is. Similarly, the fennel doesn’t add a lot of flavor to the cup – just a kiss of licorice-like taste that rests in the background – but any stronger and it would overpower the blueberry.
This is a sweet tasting tea, but it is a pleasant sweetness – not at all cloying. It’s really delicious, and very different! In fact, this is one of the more difficult teas to describe that I’ve tasted, simply because it is so different. It has so many interesting flavors and textures throughout the sip that it is one that you need to try yourself to fully comprehend what I’m trying to express. And you really should try it – if for no other reason than it’s unique approach … but I think it’s worth a try because it’s really good!
Also makes an awesome ICED tea!
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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