Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: East Pacific Tea Co.
This certified tea from the Darjeeling region of India produces a cup of refined exotic flavours like no other. The mountain grown leaves have a distinct rich taste that you will love.
Wow! When I first opened the pouch and smelled the slightly spicy tones of this tea, I didn’t realize it was an Oolong. I read the package and saw that it was a Darjeeling tea, so I steeped it according to the parameters I generally set for a Darjeeling black tea (that is: 195° F, for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch). Fortunately, these parameters seemed to work well with this Oolong.
Even as I sat here, contemplating my initial thoughts about this tea (the color and aroma: clear, medium-toned amber and sweet, spicy notes with a raisin-y front note), I hadn’t thought of this as an Oolong, but as a rather intriguing and unusual Darjeeling black. However, after the first few sips, I knew that this wasn’t a black Darjeeling, it is more similar to an Oolong. A quick visit to the East Pacific Tea Company’s webpage for this tea confirmed my suspicions.
Having only tried a few Darjeeling Oolong teas, I am very pleased to be able to have the opportunity to try this one. And of the ones that I have tried, I must say that this one is probably the most memorable. It has a sweet, somewhat fruit-like flavor (raisins?) to it. The texture is smooth and silky. There is some astringency to this, but not nearly as much as I would usually associate with a Darjeeling black. The astringency here is nice as it seems to cleanse the palate of the soft mouthfeel. The soft, smooth texture doesn’t build up on the tongue. It feels fresh and new each time I take a sip.
What is very special about this Darjeeling Oolong are those aforementioned sweet, spicy notes. This set of spice tones combined with the fruit flavors (I’m starting to notice an apricot-y kind of taste now, along with the raisin) makes for a very rewarding cuppa.
Now that I’ve tried this tea, and realized it to be an Oolong, the next time I shall enjoy it even more fully by brewing in my Gaiwan! I look forward to my next experience with this tea – and I highly recommend that my readers try this one. A truly memorable tea, one with which you will enjoy making memories!
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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