Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Revolution Tea
Somewhere between a green and a black tea, Dragon Eye Oolong begins with the finest quality Oolong tea available. This smooth, well-rounded elixir blends smoky Chinese oolong with safflower, peach and apricots.
Learn more about this tea here.
I tend to be skeptical when it comes to bagged teas – as some of you may have noticed if you’ve read very many of my reviews. That skepticism multiplies when it comes to bagged Oolong teas. It has been my experience that Oolong teas tend to expand more than other tea types, extending to as large as five times their dry size (sometimes even more!) so therefore I think it’s important to allow as much room as possible for an Oolong to do its thing when it steeps.
So, needless to say, I was very happy to see that after brewing this tea for three and a half minutes that there was still room to spare in the silky pyramid sachet! I am glad to see that Revolution Tea makes sure that their tea has the room it needs to unfurl completely and release all its flavor, while still offering its consumers the convenience of a bagged tea.
And this bagged tea has got flavor! This is a very tasty Chinese Oolong – a darker Oolong that offers a wonderful complexity (something that you don’t always get with bagged teas!) I noticed a touch of smoke right off the bat – not a strong bit of smoke, but, enough to give this tea an overall sense of toasty flavor, offering more of a nutty tone than a vegetative one. There is a lovely roasted fruit note too. Yes, it tastes as though someone has roasted peaches and apricots at a high temperature to concentrate their sweetness, and then extracted that flavor and put it into this tea. It’s really delightful!
I am very pleased with this tea, and impressed given the fact that such flavor was achieved from a tea in a sachet. Sometimes, convenience is very important. When traveling, for example, it’s a lot easier to pack some of the individually wrapped sachets from Revolution Tea than it is to pack the tea and all the accessories needed to brew a cup of loose leaf tea. Even when at the office, it’s much more convenient to go with a bagged tea – but that’s no reason that you should sacrifice flavor. Revolution Tea offers both.