Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: eZenTea
Oolong with nice large rolled leaves with exceptional raspberry flavor. Great for several brews.
Learn more about this tea here.
I was very excited to try this tea when I received it from a dear friend (Daisy Chubb!) The aroma of the tea is amazing! Fresh raspberries! YUM!
I steeped this in my gaiwan, using short steeps (1 minute for the first infusion, adding 30 seconds to each subsequent infusion) and I then combined the first and second infusion for my first cup, and the third and fourth infusion for my second cup.
First cup: The aroma of the dry leaf is much more raspberry than the flavor – the flavor is a softer raspberry note that mingles with the buttery tones of the Oolong in such a pleasing way. This cup starts out quite creamy, and by mid-cup the raspberry tones have developed and each sip has become a raspberry cream taste. Delicious!
Second cup: Some of the buttery tones have subsided, and the floral tones of the Oolong have emerged. The raspberry flavor is still there, mingling now with the floral notes.
If the first cup could be described as an exploration of the sweeter flavors of the raspberry, the second cup would be more of an exploration of the savory qualities of a raspberry. Both cups are very delicious in different ways.
Overall, this is quite an enjoyable Oolong experience.
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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