Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Fusion Teas
A rich floral Chinese Oolong combined with the amazing fruity flavor of the acai berry.
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When I took my first sniff of the dry leaf of this tea, I did not expect to be blown away – but I was! This smells phenomenal! Very berry-fruity, with hints of floral notes that compliment the berry tones. Once brewed, the tea maintains much of the fragrance that I experienced with the dry leaf, but I notice a bit more of the floral tones from the Oolong along with the aroma of the acai berry.
But what really took me by surprise is how good it tasted. I wouldn’t normally be so excited about an acai berry flavored tea – as I’ve mentioned before, it’s one of those ingredients that often earns a cringe reaction from me because of its tendency to be a bit more tart than it is sweet. But with this tea, there is the perfect balance between tart and sweet, with less tartness really revealing itself during the sip. It is in the aftertaste where I experience most of the tartness with that tingly sensation that tickles the tip of the tongue. That might almost be a tongue twister!
Anyway, I don’t know if it’s because the Oolong is so naturally sweet and smooth that the flavor of the acai berry seems softer and sweeter during the sip, but, whatever is the reason – I like it like this! The sip starts with a very pleasing sweetness as well as a creamy buttery kind of taste and feel. The sweet fruit and creamy butter taste and texture continue throughout the sip, with mere hints of tartness peeking throughout the sip. The finish is barely astringent, it is as though the creaminess of the tea has washed over some of the astringency to make for a smoother finish. Then, in the aftertaste, the tartness emerges … but only just slightly stronger than it was throughout the sip. This never becomes overtly tart.
This is a very enjoyable tea. I think that if this tea was my first experience with the acai berry, I wouldn’t cringe at all! This is absolutely wonderful!