This was really rather more what I was in the mood for last night. Magnolia might not be quite as bad as roses or jasmine in the lovey-dovey department, but it was quite bad enough.
I’ll have it this evening instead, after some considerable debate with myself about whether I still wanted it or whether I wanted something else entirely now (wouldn’t it have been a hilarious stroke of irony if I had found myself in a Lapsang mood?), but I decided I thought I was still inclined towards the magnolia-scented oolong.
You know, every time I have this I get surprised by the magnolia and how it isn’t jasmine-y. It’s so strong in the aroma I keep expecting to get a mouthful of perfume, but it really is very well behaved in flavour. It’s there, but it’s not overwhelming. To begin with I thought it merely enhanced the oolongness of the oolong, but now that I’ve had it a few more times I can pick it out in the flavour more.
I’m not a flower scenting fan at all when it comes to tea, but of the ones I’ve tried so far, I believe magnolia would be my favourite to scent tea with.