Nepal Oolong from Simpson & Vail

nepaloolong_medTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are of some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

An enchanting Oolong experience! The dark brown, twisted, tippy leaves brew into a pale amber cup with mild, mellow, well-balanced flavors and delicate peach/apricot undertones. (Note: This crop was picked earlier in the year and is lighter tasting than the 2014 Oolong.)

Learn more about this tea here. 

Taster’s Review:

I am a huge fan of Simpson & Vail. Their teas are delicious, fresh, and always ones that you can rely on.   I had never tried any oolongs from them so I was excited to check out their oolong offerings.

This oolong was nothing less than exceptional. I brewed this up with fresh water at about 190 degrees or so for about 4 minutes. I sat and watched the gorgeous leaves swirl around in my steeper. I couldn’t wait to for the tea to finish brewing. The dry leaf had such a nice and refreshing note about them with a slight touch of being roasted.

And that is exactly what this tea tasted like! A slightly vegetal amazingly light and refreshing slightly roasted oolong. So many gorgeous flavors in each and every sip.  There was a stonefruit sweetness that I could pick up here and there, but it wasn’t a solid note throughout the tea. So well balanced and such a great tea to keep you company all day. I’m on my third infusion and am devouring this tea like crazy.

Such a great tea from such a great company. If you haven’t checked out Simpson & Vail, I would encourage you too. They are wonderful to shop with. I just love a tea company that provides amazing teas and amazing customer service!

 

Oolong Mi Lan Dan Cong from Canton Tea Co

MiLanDanCongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Canton Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Dan Cong is the champagne of oolong tea: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. The first time people taste this tea they are astonished by the arresting honey and floral notes – all completely natural. The tender leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor bursting with peach, lychee, honey and orchid flavours. Grown on a plantation on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou, this high-grade Chinese tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusion. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Canton Tea Co. is another company that I have always wanted to try but never did.  I don’t have an answer of why I never ordered from them or swapped with a fellow Steepster friend, but I just seemed to stay in the realm of flavored teas. I lived a sheltered tea existence. . . until recently when I started devouring straight teas.

This tea delivered everything single flavor that is mentioned in the description.  This particular oolong is sweet and full of flavor.  Honey like with floral notes all the way.  Hints here and there of a baked taste that just makes you want more.  I can’t describe this tea to the level it should be.  I’m actually in awe of how much I love this tea.

I was able to get several more infusions out of this tea even to the point of getting more of the peach notes that are described in the description.  Just so delicate so light. The right amount of floral and the right amount of sweet.  I have a crush on this tea.

I prepped this up using water heated from my One Touch Breville and I swear I was brewing up tea every 2 minutes.  My tea cup seemed to be perpetually empty.  I know.  #First World Problems here.

This tea is a most for me when I start ordering teas again.  I’m on a slight hiatus with the upcoming nuptials in all.  (AH! I’m getting married in November!) But as soon as we get back from the honeymoon, Canton Tea I’m coming for you!

Peach Spice from Design A Tea

Design A Tea
Design A Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Oolong

Where to Buy: Design A Tea

Tea Description:

It’s time to order the best tea you’ve ever tasted. Why? Because you choose the flavors! The concept is simple, choose a base and one or two flavors to blend your own unique tasting tea. Top it off with a personalized name and brag to your friends about your gourmet style or give it away as a gift.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Designing your own tea can be so much fun. Peach Spice from Design a Tea is one of my favorites. It has a lovely flavor, a good oolong base, and reminds me a of a peach beer. In a way there is also a slight banana ester which is interesting since banana ester is something used in beer brewing.

As many of you may know, I love peach lambic. I had Stacy with Design a Tea make me my perfect peach lambic tea blend. However, if you want to give blending a try, and spare the expense while testing out a few concepts, design a tea is an excellent place to begin! Their prices are more than fair and they have a lot of flavors and bases to select from.

I have designed many teas with Design a Tea and Brian, the owner, is a really nice guy. The process is quite simple. If you click the link above you will be taken to a page where you can design your very own tea. Not all of my creations have been perfection, but more often than not I come up with a really great idea. Brian does his part in making your tea the best it can be by adding other items when necessary even if not on the list.

I am sipping my last cup of Peach Spice right now and I will probably get this one mixed for me again. I may ask for a little more spice this time, but that is the beauty of your own creation! You can always tweak it and make it better. At 4.75 USD for 30 grams, its a great deal and a wonderful way to explore those creative notions you have.

Brian has always included coupons with my orders which is a nice touch, I just have to dig one out for a reorder!

Peach Oolong from Della Terra Teas

Peach Oolong from Della Terra Teas
Peach Oolong from Della Terra Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Oolong, Green

Where to Buy: Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:

Our Peach Oolong combines amazing oolong with a little green tea and peach flavor and peach rose hips.  A delicious, light flavor.  Flavored Oolong lovers, you will adore this tea!

Ingredients: Oolong tea, green tea, peach flavor and peach rose hips

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Peach Oolong from Della Terra Teas is a must try if you love peach flavored teas or oolong tea!

I was also surprised by the green tea in this blend and even though there is a strong juicy ripe peach flavor, along with an outstanding oolong flavor, the green tea still manages to shine through!

I love peach flavored teas, and as readers of this blog know, I adore oolong. This Peach Oolong from Della Terra really hits the spot for me! I was lucky that they included a sample in my last order. I will be making an order of this tea as soon as the sample is gone!

Della Terra not only has some of the yummiest tea blends around, but they are amazing in their customer service and always have really great sales! If you do not follow them on Facebook I really suggest that you do. They have regular drawings for free teas, as well as the amazing sales I already mentioned. They are always updated on their Facebook page. You can find them on Facebook here.

If you are not sure what you want to order check out their Try Me Packs.

I have many favorites from Della Terra Teas and have reviewed several here on the blog. I am really glad I got to try this one though. The peachy flavor is fresh and juicy, the oolong flavor offers a good support to all the peachiness, and the green tea has a really yummy butteriness that makes the blend taste a little like a buttery peach cobbler.

This tea verges between a replacement for fruit juice in the morning and a dessert tea after dinner.

Peach Oolong from Art of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Art of Tea 

Tea Description:

Delightful and refreshing, this wonderfully distinctive tea exhibits a rich Autumnal flavor of ripened peaches with lingering hints of oak and a long honey finish.

Water Temperature: 185 – 206 F degrees
Caffeine Content: Medium
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Suggested Serving Size: 1 Tbsp/8oz
Ingredients: Organic Oolong Tea, Organic Rosehips, Organic Marigolds, Natural Flavors
Origin: Art of Tea Blend

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was happy to receive this tea from a tea swap partner recently. I love peach flavored teas and I love oolong! I also recently placed my first order with Art of Tea so I was excited to sample their teas before my order arrives.

I have to say that I am not getting much peach in this cup. Granted it is a naturally flavored tea and organic which I love, and like in many organic and naturally flavored teas the flavor is going to be a bit lighter, so I anticipated this. However, it still seems to be a little too much on the light side for my liking. If I had not been aware that this was supposed to be peach flavored it would have been difficult for me to determine what if any flavor was in it.

I attempted to liven up the flavor of the peach by adding german rock sugar but unfortunately that only made my tea sweet.

In all honesty – the oolong base itself was not all that outstanding. Not a bad base, nothing unsavory about it, just not that strong or bold.

In all fairness, desperate to figure out if I was simply missing the boat on this tea, I searched up other’s reviews on it. What I discovered is that most others felt as I did about this tea, while there are a few who loved how subtle the peach notes were. So for some, this tea is splendrous so if you are one who really likes a tea with subtle, gentle flavors, this may be the perfect peach for you!

It is indeed a gentle tea. Still I am looking forward to my order from Art of Tea, the flavors I have coming sound scrumptious! This just simply is not MY cup of tea.