Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: TeaScapes
This tea brews to a pale color and the sweetly fragrant magnolia blossoms produce a rich scent. The leaves are large and delicately hand-rolled. This tea aids in digestion and has an elegant floral flavor.
The magnolia essence here is very strong. The first two infusions deliver a powerful magnolia taste, but it never comes across as perfume-y. Just pleasantly sweet and floral.
In those first two infusions, I noticed a creamy, buttery taste and a hint of vegetative flavor too. I found that with the first two infusions especially, that these different flavors were presented as very distinct, individual notes. With the subsequent infusions, the flavors began to meld together and become seamless and very smooth. My later infusions (I steeped the tea six times) were by far superior to the first two, and I really liked the first two!
The aroma is equally as captivating as the flavor, smelling of fresh spring breezes when magnolia trees are in bloom. I have never been to the south where magnolia trees are abundant, but, my gramma’s neighbor had a couple of magnolia trees in her back yard, and I remember the aroma that permeated the air as the trees bloomed – so beautiful! And these tea leaves have captured that fragrance well.
If you’ve not tried a Magnolia Oolong, I highly recommend it. If you love jasmine tea, I think you will become quite fond of Magnolia Oolong teas as well!
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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