Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teasenz
Invigorating and deliciously sweet. This oolong tea has a taste resembling tie guan yin, but with the sweet and refreshing aroma of ginseng. Our Ginseng Vitality Oolong is produced using superior oolong tea mixed with ginseng roots, resulting in a healthy drink that nourishes the body and enriches the soul. A perfect cup to start the day.
Learn more about this tea here.
The dry leaf of this Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea from Teasenz has a strong vegetal/herbaceous kind of scent. I can definitely smell the ginseng!
Now, as some of you might know from past reviews, ginseng is not one of my favorite things, but, I do try to give it a fair shake when I encounter ginseng in a tea and honestly, of the teas that I’ve tried with ginseng in them … I’ve enjoyed more than I’ve disliked. So, I’m optimistic about this one from Teasenz, especially since I’ve not been disappointed with any teas that I’ve tried from them thus far.
And I can chalk this Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea from Teasenz up with one of those ginseng teas that I enjoy, because this is actually really quite nice. I am picking up on some toasty notes, some sweet nutty tones, and a light vegetative note. There are some earthy notes, too. It has an enjoyable, honey-esque undertone.
My first cup (infusions 1 & 2) was a bit lighter than the subsequent cups, but even though it was a little lighter in flavor, it was still very flavorful! The second cup (infusions 3 & 4) was a little more vegetative than the first, and it was in this cup that the toasty notes really came through very nicely. I am surprised that I don’t taste a lot of ginseng flavor here at all, because I expected more of an earthy flavor from it, but I’m not getting that! (And this makes me smile!)
My third cup (infusions 5 & 6) was a little softer in flavor than the second cup, and the flavors were not quite as focused as they were with the second cup. I found the flavors starting to become more of a seamless note. I also started to notice more of a herbaceous, earthy tone with this third cup than in the first two.
Overall, a pretty enjoyable cuppa. Ginseng will never become a favorite thing of mine, but, I like it when I can find ways to enjoy it like I have with this tea.
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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