2010 First Flush Premium Oolong from Mauna Kea Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  This flush is sold out, however, keep an eye on Mauna Kea Tea’s website for updates on when this year’s harvest is available!

Product Description:

Our First Flush Premium Oolong Tea is the first harvest of the year. This is medium oxidation oolong which has slightly fruity flavor and bold floral aroma. Hand harvested and processed. Naturally oxidized under the sun.

partially oxidized leaves are then hand-processed to enhance floral aroma and bring out full flavor.

Organically Grown at our farm in Hawaii.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve never been to Hawaii.  I hope to go sometime, but until then, I like to think that I’m experiencing a bit of Hawaii through Hawaiian-grown teas like this one from Mauna Kea.

The aroma is fantastic.  It smells much the way I imagine the air in Hawaii to smell:  floral, vegetal, and fresh.  A very aromatic, vibrant fragrance!

The flavor is sublime!  It is very delicate and floral, with a kiss of vegetation to the background.  There is a beautiful fruity essence to the flavor as well, with flavors that remind me of sweet plums.

The sweetness to this cup is remarkable, no additional sweetener is required.  In fact, I feel that adding sweetener to this cup would ruin this tea.  I has such a lovely delicate quality to it.

I recommend brewing this tea in a gaiwan to get the most out of this tea.  Drink it hot to enjoy all the subtle nuances to it.  This is truly a rewarding tea!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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