Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tula Teas
A true rarity in the world of tea, Zealong Pure is a New Zealand oolong produced with traditional Taiwanese oolong processing methods. It is organically grown and harvested in the Waikato region of New Zealand, where the foggy climate echoes the growing conditions of Taiwan’s high elevation tea production regions. The famed purity of New Zealand’s environment lends itself to organic production methods and brings out the fresh, clean taste of this unusual oolong.
I think I’ve only tried one other Oolong from New Zealand, and I loved it. This one might even be better!
The flavor is lush and smooth. It has a lovely floral background and a creaminess in the foreground. I almost want to call it a “buttery” creaminess, but, it doesn’t taste quite the same as the buttery notes that I’ve tasted in other green Oolong teas. It has a little less of the “milky” sweetness and more of a creamy-nutty sweetness. The mouthfeel is like velvet – very luxurious to experience.
One of the best characteristics of Oolong teas is multiple infusions! Not only do you get great value with Oolong tea, but with each infusion, different flavors emerge. With the third infusion, I noticed more of the floral notes come through. It is still sweet, but in a different way. The buttery taste subsides a little bit as does the mouthfeel, allowing the sweetness of the flower to come alive.
Another great tea from Tula Teas!
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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