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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1914 tasting notes

This was another of the must try asap teas that I just got because I am absolutely nuts for passion fruit, and again combining that with oolong was something I had to try. The smell of the dry tea is astoundingly identical to a fresh passion fruit. Not passion fruit juice or any other passion fruit flavored thing I have ever encountered, but the smell of fresh, ripe passion fruit when you crack it open and slurp out the insides. I am transported to Tanzania, where I ate dozens of passion fruit from the market. I haven’t smelled that aroma in years because it’s so hard to find fresh passion fruit where I live. Not to mention it probably wouldn’t compare to eating it fresh where its grown. How do they do that?? There’s just a richness, a depth, a leafy complexity that really comes from the rind of the fruit more than the pulp. Just wow.

I steeped this one for two minutes based on my experience with the lychee oolong. The liquor is a medium yellow and has that buttery oolong aroma overlain with the same juicy passion fruit aroma I described above. The flavor is wonderful, really amazing. I like passion fruit juice/nectar a lot, but it’s not like eating the actual fruit. This tea IS like eating the actual fruit. And maybe then drinking a nice cup of green, buttery, floral oolong. But really, the oolong melds so well with the passion fruit flavor that it’s tricking my brain into believing that it is part of the passion fruit flavor. That’s really the only way I can describe it because it is so that one singular experience that it’s not a combination of flavors anymore. Totally amazing. So glad I found this tea company!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

I love Passion Fruit! Thankfully we have it in Ecuador all year! Have you seen the passion fruit flower? It is one of the most beautiful and interesting flowers I have seen… It is up there with the lychee flower. I highly recommend googling them to see them!

Yum Passion Fruit….

Kashyap

Naivetea is without a doubt the best flavored oolong blender I have yet run across..I normally wouldn’t touch a flavored oolong and would mourn its flavor slathered character, but their teas converted me….this one was interesting but nothing compared to the lychee, white peach, and grape…the osmanthus is the best I’ve had as well

Dinosara

I have seen a passion fruit flower, and yes they are amazing! I have heard that I could actually grow a variety of passion flower here, but I’ve never tried. Maybe some day!

Kashyap

I know someone who grows them in Ohio

TeaBrat

I loved this one too! Love, love, love!

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Ninavampi

I love Passion Fruit! Thankfully we have it in Ecuador all year! Have you seen the passion fruit flower? It is one of the most beautiful and interesting flowers I have seen… It is up there with the lychee flower. I highly recommend googling them to see them!

Yum Passion Fruit….

Kashyap

Naivetea is without a doubt the best flavored oolong blender I have yet run across..I normally wouldn’t touch a flavored oolong and would mourn its flavor slathered character, but their teas converted me….this one was interesting but nothing compared to the lychee, white peach, and grape…the osmanthus is the best I’ve had as well

Dinosara

I have seen a passion fruit flower, and yes they are amazing! I have heard that I could actually grow a variety of passion flower here, but I’ve never tried. Maybe some day!

Kashyap

I know someone who grows them in Ohio

TeaBrat

I loved this one too! Love, love, love!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

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89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
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Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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