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I thought this was a sipdown but then I found the other half of the box. Ah well. I’m not sad, really, because I like this tea, but I thought I was gonna get to open a new one (that’s my rule with sipdowns). So let’s drink more of this bad boy! Maybe I’ll try it iced soon—I almost did this afternoon but the weather took a cool turn.
This is one of my absolute all time favourite teas but unfortunately I can only get my hands on it when I either travel to Australia and stock up or when I can convince a visitor from the land down under to bring it back with them… I was very excited this morning when cleaning out my tea cupboard I found a squirreled away food saver bag with a few bags of Melbourne Breakfast :) Best Sunday ever! Such rich tea-y goodness with the most subtle hint of vanilla – its the perfect morning brew with just a touch of milk!
Got this from Voila In Frederick in Frederick, MD. Highly recommend that shop and highly recommend this tea. It is delicious hot but even more delicious and refreshing iced! More of a peach flavor but distinctly warm fruity mango scent. Everyone loved it.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
Another weekend morning, another T2 sample. Life is good.
Aroma: Marmalade and spice with a comforting sweetness. Subtle woody notes. There is a slight hint of bergamot in there too which reminds me of an earl grey. All in all more akin to a western black tea than a roasted Oolong but still with that characteristic dark Oolong candied orange peel that makes it entirely something else.
Flavour: The flavour profile reminds me a lot of ‘chinese herbal jelly’ – herbaceous, complex, slightly sweet with a faint iodine touch. Strangely alluring despite not being the sort of flavour which normally draws me in on a black tea. There is a faint burnt sugar/caramel layer in there. The underlying spice and subtle woody notes remind you what you’re drinking. The second steeping is all woody sweetness. Comforting. Pleasant. But hardly exiting.
Overall: This is an entirely pleasant semi-fermented oolong, but to be honest, it doesn’t captivate me the way some others have. It has enough backbone to stand up well to food though, and would be a perfect partner to dim-sum. All in all: not bad, but for the price there’s other teas i’d pick above it.
Forget Fruitilicous & Citrus punch as the iced tea of choice. Plus its brilliant Hot which very few fruit based tisanes are. Softly spiced with cinnamon round juicy papaya flavour this tea is so underated and should not be overshadowed by its more heavily promoted brothers and sisters
I was almost put off buying this tea due to the price, but finding out that you can get 5 steeps per brew makes it cost effective. Lemony, peppery and the aniseed highlight shines. Fantastic hot and will try chilled with lemon & lime to test it effectiveness as a possible iced choice even though it seems to be best hot. Not as universally admired as Bondi & Summer Cloud, but may be one of those creeper brews that grows on you until you realise its a favourite.
I used this in a cocktail on Ginuary.com yesterday and it worked a real treat. Who knew that tea was a solid base for old punch recipes, rather than water? Apparently it adds a nice zing—I have to agree!