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I bought this a while back, and have had a few times now. I keep putting of reviewing it because the experience was so different to what I was expecting. Either way, I bought a bunch of it, so it is about time that I write something about it.

The tea comes in little individual serving packages which in turn are double packaged to protect the tea inside. Like most people have already mentioned, it is quite a shock when you open the little package and are faced with a moist and sticky little bunch of tea. When Teavivre says honey, they really meant it. The odd part is that I expected it to give off a rich honey scent, but I only smelled Oolong. I even ventured far enough to taste the sticky liquid, but it lasted like a vaguely sweet Oolong, still not getting any honey.

Also, each little packet is good for a 8oz cup of tea. If you add any more water than that it is too watered down for my taste. So I used two little packets for my 16oz teapot and ended up with a yellow golden brew. The scent was rich and mineral. To me Oolong scent is similar to smelling a lake, that is the sort of mineral that I am hinting at. It still had a tiny bit of latex to the scent, like the last Oolong I had from Teavivre, but it was definitely less prominent. Surprisingly, a bit of honey scent snuck into the brew. I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely need for something called Honey Oolong that is actually sticky to smell like honey, at least when it is brewed!! :)

The first brew is mostly mineral with a hint of honey. But more than a honey flavor it is a vague honey sweetness (I hope that made sense). I was expecting the honey to be in your face yelling “Here I am!” but I got the honey saying “Oh, hello, I am here chilling with the Oolong…”. I feel like the honey aspect is more of a hint of sweetness when the tea first hits your tongue more than a flavor itself. The aftertaste is more mineral than sweet. Though towards the end of the cup I got a bit of the sweet aftertaste that I love in Oolongs, just not very strong.

The second brew had no added sweet from. I actually enjoyed it more than the first. The taste was smoother and the transition from mineral to sweet aftertaste in every sip was

very evident. It is this magical transition that makes me love Oolong so much. I love the fact that the flavors transform as they travel through your mouth.

The third brew was a bit bland, I chugged it down mindlessly. It wasn’t bad, just not much there to sip slowly through.

Overall, I dis enjoy this tea. I had super high expectations, that just weren’t met. It is a tasty Oolong, and worth trying. I love the originality of it and the surprise you get when you first open it. I have had it a few times now and I still enjoy opening the small packets of sticky leaves. So far, I have loved Teavivre’s green teas, but their Oolongs aren’t quite my favorites. I really need to try their blacks teas! The sound sensational!

Bonnie

Same here. It may be that the taste profile was lost in translation for American palates. (U.S. and Canadian) .

Cheryl

My thoughts are similar… and due to expectations perhaps.

Skulleigh

What an interesting tea! I might have to remember it and order some to try once I work my way through the current motherload of a shopping spree I just received.

Kittenna

I feel similarly to you – that my expectations were really high by the time I tried this tea, and that hurt my views on it a bit. Doesn’t help that I recently tried Verdant’s amazing tieguanyins, so probably was expecting something along those lines.

Ninavampi

Yeah, expectations strangely can play a huge role in how much you enjoy something… Glad to know I am not the only one :)

Bonnie

It’s the honey. Who knows what the taste in honey is in different parts of the world? The biggest honey producer is the U.S. Maybe what the bees snack on is different too.

Ninavampi

Bonnie- Perhaps… I live in Ecuador and so far the Honey I have tried in the US and here are pretty similar. I need to try Honey in more continents!

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Bonnie

Same here. It may be that the taste profile was lost in translation for American palates. (U.S. and Canadian) .

Cheryl

My thoughts are similar… and due to expectations perhaps.

Skulleigh

What an interesting tea! I might have to remember it and order some to try once I work my way through the current motherload of a shopping spree I just received.

Kittenna

I feel similarly to you – that my expectations were really high by the time I tried this tea, and that hurt my views on it a bit. Doesn’t help that I recently tried Verdant’s amazing tieguanyins, so probably was expecting something along those lines.

Ninavampi

Yeah, expectations strangely can play a huge role in how much you enjoy something… Glad to know I am not the only one :)

Bonnie

It’s the honey. Who knows what the taste in honey is in different parts of the world? The biggest honey producer is the U.S. Maybe what the bees snack on is different too.

Ninavampi

Bonnie- Perhaps… I live in Ecuador and so far the Honey I have tried in the US and here are pretty similar. I need to try Honey in more continents!

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I love tea and have since I was a little girl. Once I could buy my own tea, I began to explore and learn about the extensive and delicious world of tea!

Also, love my French Bulldog (named Sencha…) and my tea oblivious boyfriend. I enjoy ice skating (I am a part time coach), reading, writing, baking, running, and lots of sweets!

My favorite teas tend to be on the sweeter side. Both flavored and plain teas are great to me. Currently going through a flavored tea phase. Enjoying it greatly! : )

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