7 Tasting Notes
I’m not a fan of black tea, so I usually stick to the greens and whites. Oolongs are on the edge for me… often too close to black tea to appeal to me. But when I like an oolong, oh do I love it. And I love Arbor Teas Ti Kuan Yin Oolong. One of my favorites.
This tea is nice and subtle. Even if you let it steep a long time, the color remains relatively light, and the flavor maintains a delicate quality. It has a subtle earthy quality that I find pleasant and relaxing. Everything about this tea helps me slow down and relax to savor it.
I tried this tea for the first time while brunching at Hank’s Oyster Bar in DC. My friend and I swooned over the delicate vanilla flavoring, not at all overwhelming as it is in so many teas that use vanilla extracts. I went home and bought a couple packages from Mighty Leaf online, and I was just as impressed at home.
Personally, I like to brew it for shorter than recommended to keep the flavor light and subtle… but I can’t take black tea, so I tend to like my oolongs underbrewed to avoid taking on a black tea character..
I took the tea into work and forced it on several people. One non-tea drinker considered himself a convert afterwards. The rest asked for seconds…
I discovered this tea at the Walgreens (of all places) at 24th and Mission in San Francisco. I’ll admit that I had low expectations as a result. Still, I find myself craving this tea even when I have higher-quality, loose-leaf options available. There’s just something about it.
The rose and the green tea flavors are perfectly balanced, neither overwhelming the other. The tea is subtle and relaxing. I can’t help but stop and savor. It puts me in an almost meditative state… A rare and impressive quality given how tightly wound I usually am.