Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Lupicia
A Taiwanese Oolong tea, lightly flavoured by French Mirabelle plums and garlanded with rose, marigold, and mallow petals. Sweet and fruity taste. Kotobuki is Japanese for celebrations.
Learn more about this tea here.
Lupicia is one of my favorite tea companies, and one of the reasons why is because every month they send out a newsletter to their customers featuring a sample of their tea of the month. Kotobuki was the tea of the month for January, and it is one that I’ve been wanting to try for some time now.
What I’m liking best about this particular blend is that while it is a flavored Oolong, the Oolong tea is the dominant flavor of the cup. It tastes sweet and creamy, with a light touch of butter and a vegetal note. It has a floral background that highlights the rose in this blend, and the natural fruit-like flavors of the Oolong accent the plum flavoring nicely.
The plum is sweet and has a juicy taste to it. Toward the tail of the sip, I notice the faintest note of tartness … much like that twang of tartness that hits the palate when just after I’ve bitten into a fresh, ripe plum. The tartness disappears almost as quickly as it appears, but, it seems to lend a sense of authentic flavor to the cup.
This one gets two thumbs up from me. I like it!
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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