Watermelon Oolong from Fraser Tea. . .

Imagine, if you will, a watermelon Jolly Rancher, then mellow it out by melting it into a nice cup of jasmine oolong. Boom. Watermelon Oolong by Frasier Tea. I really don’t have to go on, honestly, because I nailed the description in the first sentence. I could walk out of this post. I COULD LEAVE RIGHT NOW.

But I won’t, because, you know, I have an obligation to you guys to entertain you and bring you joy.

So let’s talk about summer and how it is JUST around the corner. This tea is going to be your summer buddy. It is basically the Fourth of July watermelon platter in a liquid. You can feel the rumbling booms of fireworks echoing off nearby mountains. You can hear children shrieking as they chase each other. Everyone’s hair is frizzy and no one cares because they’re drunk on sunshine and casual long weekend companionship.

THAT’s how this tea feels. This tea feels like the promise of good weather with your friends.

Summer is just around the corner. Ready yourself.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea
Description

A virtual summer picnic in your glass, Watermelon Oolong Organic Oolong Tea combines fresh berries and tropical fruit flavors together with lemongrass for a crisp and refreshing taste.  This superior grade organic oolong tea offers numerous nutritional benefits including weight management, diabetes management, and mental health.  Think wellness; embrace flavor.

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Anxi Gande 2A Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea/ JK Tea Shop. . . . .

Inception tea!

It’s tea within a bag, within a bag! I’m so excited to open this!

First bag opened. Second bag snipped.

Houston we have tea.

Tightly rolled balls of emerald and dark green.

No noticeable smell or at least nothing note worthy.

Tea and water into the gaiwan. I wonder if anyone does water first?

I don’t see that working as well. A very light oolong in both aroma and flavor. Orchid is the highlight for both. With slight, very slight vegetal and grass notes.

The mouth feel is silky. Like most oolongs this one re-steeps quite well.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: JK Tea Shop
Description:

Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea, also called Iron Goddness of Mercy(literally in English).

For this 2A grade Tie Guan Yin, it is light-roasted, enjoying very good light orchid fragrance. After sipping the tea liquid, you can still feel the good orchid fragrance in the whole mouth.

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Golden Osmanthus from Perkse Coffee & Tea. . . .

This tea packs a wallop. Despite being a honey-and-flower blend, it has a sturdy, spunky edge. Its sweetness is balanced with just enough deep vegetal counterpoint to make you think “hey, this is a treat, and it might ALSO be good for me.”

IS it good for you? I googled it, and I found out that oolong tea benefits “are doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea.” Which is great, because oolong is my legit all-time favorite. Sometimes it tastes green. Sometimes it tastes black. It’s a whimsical, shape-shifting Loki of a tea.

This one in particular is more green in texture, flavor, and vibe, but that sturdy base is reminiscent of a black. Green ones are sometimes wispy. This one doesn’t fall into that trap.

If you’re a person that enjoys blends, I think this would be a great oolong intro. It has that much flavor.

I shall take this tea’s optimistic vibe with me on my trip today — I’m going to Disney World! DRIVING THERE. It’s sixteen hours. Oh MANNNNN. TEA GIVE ME STRENGTH.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Perkse Coffee & Tea
Description

Golden Osmanthus (also known as Huang Jin Gui) is an Anxi oolong whose name means “Golden Flower.” A lightly roasted oolong our “Bolero” reveals an intensity with hints of honey and flowers you will find enticing and seductive.

 

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San Lin Xi Oolong from Harney & Sons. . . .

This tea tastes like eating a bouquet of nectar-y flowers. I have not, for the record, done this, but it’s how I imagine the experience might be, if you were so inclined. It’s light, lively, vegetal, and easy.

(Original Artwork from Super Starling inspired by this tea)

I feel like being a bee would be wonderful. A life spent in the sunshine, with a clear, tasty plan — find flowers; collect yummy pollen. Have a fluffy face. Hang out in Taiwan (whence this tea originates) with your friends in a hive. Hexagons are very hot in interior decoration right now.

Since I am not a bee (uuuuuuugh), I’ll have to savor this flavor instead.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons
Description

We are pleased to expand our offering of Taiwanese high mountain (Gao shan) oolongs. This tea is from the middle of the Nantou District, between Li Shan to the north and Ali San in the South. It is a lovely lightly oxidized oolong.

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Honey Red Jade from Golden Leaf. . . .

One morning I was feeling a little groggy and needed a quick pick-me-up. Instead of messing with loose leaf tea I decided it was time to try out this tea. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant because oolongs are very hit or miss for me. I tend to gravitate towards the sweeter varieties though, so I had high hopes for this.

I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the flavor profile. It was warm, rich and almost nutty with a sweet finish. I love honey notes in tea, and I was not disappointed here. This was such an enjoyable cup and I was shocked that I could get so much flavor from a tea in a sachet. (It is worth noting that this tea is also available loose).

I did steep this tea a second time as well. I again was pleased when the second steep was still very flavorful, though just a bit more mild and sweet, in my opinion. I absolutely loved this tea. I thought it was incredibly smooth. I also thought that it did extremely well on its second steep, considering it was bagged. I think this would be a great tea for long work days when you need something strong but are short on time.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Golden Leaf
Description

Third Place Award Winner at the North American Tea Championship 2015.  Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhoppers interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a black tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this unique black tea.

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