Leaf Type: Black & Oolong
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
This complex beauty has the strength of a smooth black tea with the mellow fragrance of a classic oolong.
This is a very interesting tea. The name is somewhat diametric to me, mostly because it is quite an expressive name and evokes one kind of image or thought, while the taste of the tea, in my opinion, is somewhat masculine and therefore evokes a completely different image.
That’s not to say I dislike this tea – I like it very much – so I guess it’s rather silly of me to be nit-picking about the name of it… so shall we move on?
The tea has a very distinguished and smooth character to it. It is a mellow tasting tea making it a nice choice for afternoon enjoyment. There is a very pleasant sweetness to it and I like the way the qualities of the two teas meld together. It has a deep, complex flavor and a soft mouthfeel that does not linger, but is cut by the hint of cleansing astringency in the tail of the sip.
The overall flavor is somewhat woody and there is the faintest wisp of smoky flavor in the background, too. It is sweet with a subtle sour note that arrives mid-sip, and a peach-like flavor that weaves its way in and out. The aftertaste is sweet and even vaguely floral but it is like a whisper and does not linger.
So maybe the name is not such a diametric one, after all! Maybe what I mistook for masculinity is actually bold strength. While the soft, feminine touches in this cup highlight some of the delicate nuances, it is the strength that defines the tea – and it is a woman’s strength that truly defines her. This tea is woman! Hear her roar!
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!