Orchid Oolong from Art of Tea. . . .

Orchid Oolong from Art of Tea is one of those Oolong Teas I have had more than once throughout my Tea Loving Life. There is a strong possibility that I have reviewed this one elsewhere at some point and time.

Regardless some ‘classic choices’ deserve to be revisited time and time again and that is exactly how I feel about this tea.

If you’re looking for a solid Oolong to share with the masses – this one has to be right up there! The natural aroma is that of lilac and the texture on the tongue is a buttery, fresh feeling that last long after the sip.

I feel like I’m almost THERE right smack-dab in the middle of Taiwan – covered in a cool mist and surrounded by crisp streams – just like this tea leaf would be. Art of Tea says the tea leaves are hand-picked and basket-tossed and then rolled into kernels that wait to unfold in your teapot. What an experience!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Art of Tea 
Description

Our Orchid Oolong tea is grown in the hilltops of Nantou, Taiwan. Often covered in cool mist and surrounded by crisp streams, the leaves are hand-picked and basket-tossed in a process known as oxidization. They are then rolled into kernels that wait to unfold in your teapot. The resulting tea has a unique lilac flavor that is full and smooth, with a fresh orchid finish. It can be steeped multiple times (each time unlocking a different taste).

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mt. Wudong Mi Lan Xiang Dancong Oolong Tea aka Honey Orchid from JK Tea. . . .

 

Honey Orchid, what an alluring name for a tea.  That just makes you feel like this tea is going to deliver on sweet floral notes.  What that name doesn’t say is this tea is also robust, rich, and full of a slight earthy flavor that mingles perfectly with the honey and floral tones.

This particular oolong from JK Tea, a tea shop dedicated to offering high quality teas to the tea community, doesn’t have any notable aromas when you first open the tea.  But after brewing this tea with fresh water prepped right under boiling and allowing the tea to brew for a few minutes, this tea gives you all the loving you can handle.

Gorgeous rich but subtle earthy notes lay the ground work for these pops of sweet floral touches that you can pick up through each sip.  There is also this underlying fruit note that adds to the sweetness.  I greedily gulped, yes gulped, this tea down.  With all the wonderful flavors being so well balanced, I couldn’t help myself.

Don’t judge this tea by how simple the flavors sound.  This is one of those teas that you need to literally sit down and thoroughly enjoy without distraction to really focus on what the tea leaves are yielding.  Highly recommend this tea for those that are looking for a break in what they normally drink or just to change the pace up a bit. Simply beautiful!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  JK Tea 
Description

When we come to the shape of the Mi Lan Xiang Dancong Tea, if you look for some photos, you can see resemblance with dried seaweed, both in color and it’s twisted, stick-like shape, but the texture of the Tea is a bit firmer and maybe we can even make a comparison with vanilla sticks, if you can imagine them ultrathin and strained. For the taste, it enjoys strong, delicate honey aroma with light floral  aroma as well; sweet taste with lingering after taste sweetness; rich & complex mouth feeling after sipping the tea liquid.  For some people, it is hard to believe that such strong fruity flavor is developed naturally and with such sophisticated process, but this is true.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orchid Oolong from Art of Tea. . . .

Spring is just around the corner. At least in my neck of the woods it is. It seems like everybody is tired of lugging around the winter coats and heavy sweaters and are ready for the change of seasons.  Even I’m ready to open up some windows and let the fresh air in.

With the coming of the seasons, also comes (for some of us) a change in our tea drinking habits. I’ve noticed that I’ve been craving more bright spring like teas with a floral touch lately.  So the other day I prepped up my kettle and checked out Orchid Oolong from Art of Tea.

Orchid Oolong has been a tea that I’ve had my eye on for a bit so I was quite ecstatic when this tea arrived with our other Art of Tea samples.  With fresh pops of floral notes coming from my Wall Tea InfuserI knew I was in for a treat. 

First sip into this tea and I couldn’t resist just gulping the rest of the tea down and devouring several infusions.  A rich smooth silky texture, buttery rich touches, and a gorgeous floral finish.  . . This tea couldn’t get any smoother, richer, or more alluring.   This oolong yielded such a beautiful flavor that you can instantly see where this tea gets the name Orchid Oolong. . and rightfully so.  Everything about this tea was simply breathtaking and so giving.

Orchid Oolong is a luxurious treat but at such a reasonable price.  Highly recommend and one I’m going to have to add to my tea cabinet.  The fact that this tea is also offered in pyramid tea bags makes this tea even more attractive to me.  90% of the time, I drink loose leaf but with having to get everybody to school and work. . .it just isn’t in the cards.  Knowing that I have this beauty at my fingertips. . . .that is an investment I’m going to be making.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Art of Tea
Description

Our Orchid Oolong tea is grown in the hilltops of Nantou, Taiwan. Often covered in cool mist and surrounded by crisp streams, the leaves are hand-picked and basket-tossed in a process known as oxidization. They are then rolled into kernels that wait to unfold in your teapot. The resulting tea has a unique lilac flavor that is full and smooth, with a fresh orchid finish. It can be steeped multiple times (each time unlocking a different taste), and is also available in our Eco Pyramid Teabags

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orchid Oolong from Conundrum Teas

Orchid OrchidOolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Conundrum Teas

Tea Description:

This semi-balled oolong was processed with medium oxidation it has a roasted chestnut and honey flavor with a refreshing mint finish.  Balled Oolong’s are best enjoyed over multiple short infusions, as the ball unfurls throughout the steeps, different flavors are released along with the leaves.  The brewed tea has an intense yellow color and it smells like a bamboo forest filled with orchids.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

So far every tea that I have tried from Conundrum has been simply amazing. Their teas are high quality and take you on an tea infused adventure with every sip.  Recently I tried their Orchid Oolong and I have to say, the tea delivered on the flavors promised in the description!

Orchid Oolong is described as having a yellow color and a fragrance similar to a bamboo forest filled with orchids. I can’t say I know exactly what that smells like but it sounds amazing! The fragrance I was getting from this gorgeous dry leaf was one that I would compare to as being a roasted vegetal aroma with a twist of sweetness.

Brewed this up in my GROSCHE steeper  (I just love that steeper!) and prepped my water at 190 degrees or so. I allowed the tea to steep for about 4 minutes before placing the steeper on my mug for the tea to be released. I loved watching the tea leaves uncurl and unfurl while dancing around in the water and steeping. Such a fun sight!

I allowed the tea to cool for a moment and took a huge sip.  Oh my! This tea is just delicious.  Gorgeous and romantic while being a bit mysterious as well.  You have the lovely roasted tones as your backdrop for this tea while there is a sweetness towards the middle of the sip.  Towards the end you almost get a buttery note that reminded me of a green tea and a simply to die for floral note. I could sit here and drink this all day and I think I will.  This is just the first session with this tea. I can’t imagine what the flavor will transform into after a few more sittings.