Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Far Leaves Tea
“champagneEoolong; these silver tipped leaves embody the clarity of green, the compassion of oolong, and the vigor of black teas.
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This is a really amazing Oolong! It is so different from the other Oolong teas I’ve been drinking lately … different, but yet, similar enough to provide that comfort than only Oolong can offer.
The clearest note that I notice right away is the sweet yet sour note that I taste. It reminds me of a fresh plum that is just a teeny bit under-ripe. It is still sweet and juicy, but, there is just a twinge of tartness to it, that little bit of sourness that speaks of its under-ripened state. The sweetness I taste is not only fruit-like, but there is a certain exotic sweetness as well that is reminiscent of orchid. Sweet and slightly floral, but this is not what I’d consider a “floral” Oolong.
There are some woodsy notes in there as well, and just a hint of earthiness. There is also a delicate tone to this that reminds me a bit of the delicateness of a white tea. Vaguely vegetative is this delicate note, like the air that you might taste a day or two after the hay has been harvested in a hayfield.
Overall, I find this to be such a crisp and refreshing Oolong tea. It doesn’t have a heavy texture to it, it isn’t buttery or creamy … and while I do enjoy those qualities about Oolong, it is nice every now and again to come across an Oolong that challenges what you think you know about the tea. This tea does just that.
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!