Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
This light delicate tea pairs our premium Wen Shan Bao Zhong with a light pineapple flavor. The buttery and orchid notes of the oolong as well as its light body marry well with the pineapple flavor for a well-balanced soft tea. Without sugar this oolong has a wonderful light natural flavor but add a little brown crystal sugar for a stronger yet still natural pineapple flavor.
Learn more about this tea here.
I found this tea very difficult to brew. You see, the dry leaf of this tea smelled so AMAZING that I didn’t want to put it into my teapot to start the brewing process! The pineapple aroma was so deliciously tropical, and I could smell the floral tones from the Wen Shan Bao Zhong, and these two notes together were so beautifully fragrant that it was positively mesmerizing.
Finally, I managed to break the enchantment that this aromatic tea held over me and allowed the tea to brew. Normally, I brew Oolong teas in my gaiwan, but with flavored Oolong teas I usually make an exception and steep it in my Breville One-Touch instead, which is what I did. 175°F for 3 1/2 minutes.
The aroma of the brewed tea is almost as incredible as that of the dry leaf. The scent has softened somewhat, but I still smell this unbelievable fragrance of floral notes from the Oolong and juicy pineapple. This scent should be bottled!
The flavor is just as delicious as the fragrance. The overall cup presents itself in a very soft, supple way – it is very luxurious to sip. The flavor is sweet and juicy and pineapple-y, with delightful floral notes that weave their way in and out throughout the sip. The texture is smooth and silky. As the tea cools, I notice that the flavors become almost creamy, like a pineapple smoothie in tea form. It’s very refreshing and rejuvenating.
One of the nicest pineapple flavored teas I’ve tasted in quite some time!
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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