Nepal Pearl Oolong Tea from Wha-Cha

1__77398.1445210348.60.60Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Wha-Cha

Tea Description:

An incredibly rare and unusual oolong with a great taste of apricots and nectarine combined with a brilliant aroma. .

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Taster’s Review:

Alright. . .for anybody that has this tea in your stash and don’t want it. . .let me know! This tea is amazing! Amazing pearls of tea loving goodness! If you can’t tell, I’m quite smitten with this tea.

This gorgeous tea is a lovely pearl of oolong tea that gives you a satisfying sense of what good tea is supposed to be like. Each pearl is gorgeous and I loved watching the tea leaves uncurl in front of my eyes in my tea steeper. I used two balls because I want this tea to last as long as possible. I steeped and prepped this up per the instructions on the package.

Once the tea was all prepped and ready to try out, I took my first sip. A gorgeous sip of smooth, sweet, and slightly astringent delicious notes.  This is one of those teas that needs the contrast of the sweet and astringent  notes but the notes are incredibly soft and subtle. Almost like that sweet yet spicy or sweet but somehow sour notes in other foods. The two complimented each other so well.  Seriously, this tea is gorgeous from the very beginning.

The sweet notes are what made me just sigh with happiness. They resemble those of a stone fruit like an apricot. This is one of those teas that tastes exactly how it is described on a website. (And this is one of those teas you hoard for those days when you need some extra tea loving to get you thru the day. ) Those sweet notes of apricot just elevate the tea to a different level.

At one point, I had a meeting at work and came back expecting a cold bitter brew awaiting me and that wasn’t the case at all. I was greeted with a lovely cold oolong that just kept my afternoon going.

I’m now on infusion four and still the tea is giving. I just love it. From the moment I opened the package and saw the pearls to the moment when I first tried the tea, I was in love with this oolong.  One of the best teas I think I’ve tried so far this year. That’s how good it is!

Highly recommend this one!


Wu Yi Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf

simplelooseleafTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Wu Yi Oolong is from China’s Fujian province and is known for its light sweet cup with a fragrant orchid finish.  When steeped, the mature semi-fermented leaves expand to a full lively cup with more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea

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Taster’s Review:

I am a newbie when it comes to some oolongs.  I’ve had a few here and there but I have mainly spent my time with either flavored oolongs or really any other tea.  Straight oolongs I’ve had on occasion but I seem to not pick them up as often as I would a green or black tea.  No real reason.  I have been wanting to educate myself on oolongs for some time.  So when my last box from Simple Loose Leaf arrived, I was happy to see this in the box. I was so excited I grabbed my new bottle from Simply Good Tea and promptly poured the contents of the package into the bottle.  Put the bottle in the fridge and twenty minutes later I took my first sip.

Oh mama.  That is the good stuff.  I can’t believe that I haven’t dug more into oolongs. This tea was heaven to my taste buds.  I literally have been drinking this tea for 24 hours and I think I have finally exhausted the leaves.  I loved watching them dance around in the water while they produced a beautiful cold brewed oolong tea for me to enjoy.

This tea was bright and crisp. I could pick up different aspects that reminded me of black teas and green teas both.  The first infusion, I really picked up more of a dark roasted black tea quality.  Towards the end, I was greeted with a nice bright silky like almost green tea flavor.  There was a sweetness and well rounded note throughout the entire time I spent with this beauty.  The dry leaves themselves had a nice roasted like fragrance.

Love it.  Love it.  Love it.  For more first experience with this type of oolong, I’m very pleased.  This was fantastic.  I’m excited now to dive into more oolongs and really take some time with them.  Great job Simple Loose Leaf.