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Another category about which I am relatively ignorant is oolong. I’ve been reading The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea, in which Michael Harney explains how oolongs range from nearly green to nearly black. I love both green and black teas, so the mystery for me has always been why I have never really connected with oolongs in the past.
The green gnarled nuggets of this Milk Oolong from The Republic of Tea have both dark and lighter (almost yellow) facets, and they smell so incredibly delicious that I decided to throw caution to the wind (I fear that I may have some oolong allergy or disorder) and brew some up. This is not the scent of bancha, but it is definitely moving in that direction.
The liquor is yellowish gold, and to be honest, this does not taste at all like TQY, which has pretty much exhausted my “concept” of oolong to this point. What does this Milk Oolong taste like? Not exactly milky, but it is smooth and succulent, and I am willing accept the “orchid” allusions. It tastes pretty good. Let’s just hope that I do not develop my post-oolong headache from this one.
The unfurled leaves are quite large, beautiful to behold, and very fragrant. I’ll try a second infusion later today…
second infusion: excellent and the leaves are still fragrant, so I’ll give them another go…
third infusion: the leaves have now fully unfurled, and the liquor is still tasty, but the spent leaves are no longer very fragrant, so this will be all for this batch.
The good news is: no ill effects whatsoever! Perhaps I only have issues with oolong powder swept from the floor???? On verra…
I brewed this a little lower than I would normally brew a rooibos, which turned out to be a happy accident: this tastes exactly like a chocolate covered strawberry. It’s a little sweeter than I would have expected, but the chocolate is assertive like few teas of this kind achieve and the fruit still manages to come through. This is definitely one of the better Republic of Tea flavors I’ve tried.
I’m really enjoying a nice cup of this even on a hot day. Funny how that is somedays. I read several notes saying they thought it was weak. So I used 4 bags with 3 cups of water for 6 minutes. Perfect. I always use a bit a vanilla stevia with chocolate teas and this was no exception. The beet root gives it a nice reddish color like red velvet cake. No creamy frosting :( But I’m not going to count off for that. Very enjoyable.
For some reason this reminds me of a banana flavored SwissMiss mix and strangely, I like it.
This is a tea that I’d buy and leave out for guests who aren’t regular tea drinkers. It’s good but not complex and a flavor that I think a lot of people (I know)would like.
My personal preference is to steep two bags per cup – I find that most teas from the Republic of Tea seem to taste better that way.
Flavors: banana, Chocolate
This smells wonderful and tastes…not so wonderful. I’m not sure what it is about this but I’m really not liking it. It’s too herbal. The blackberry isn’t assertive enough at all despite being very present in the scent, and oddly the sage isn’t taking over either. What I’m left with is a sort of watery, fake-grape flavor that I have no intention of drinking again.
Jasmine is always a good way to start the day. ^^ I didn’t expect this to be anything amazing, but I was a bit surprised of how light the jasmine was in this tea. It tasted kinda perfume-y, maybe kinda flowery even. But barely smelled.
It was just a nice, delicate tea to start my Saturday. (:
Thanks, darby, for the samples!
Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Perfume
Blackberry Sage has long been my favorite “every day” tea. Huge hunks of blackberry, a bright but not-to-bitter black tea base, and just a hint of sage to keep it from being too sweet make this an exceptionally pleasing cup of tea.
Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Sage, Tea