Osmanthus Green Tea

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Osmanthus tends to be slightly herbaceous with light notes of peach. A delightful Chinese tea that has a pale amber green liquor.

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After two pretty disappointing tea experiences in one day, it was time to fall back on something I know I love. I have a whole bunch of new teas sitting there waiting to be tried, but oh well! Sometimes you just need a familiar cup.

This is one of the teas I got with my $100 certificate. I bought a lot of teas with it that I wasn’t familiar with or even sure that I’d like, and this was definitely one of them! I’ve never tried anything osmanthus flavored, and descriptions I looked up seemed pretty vague (peachy? floral? vegetal? malty?)—but hey, it’s free tea, I might as well take a chance! Boy, am I happy I did. Osmanthus is a flower, and it’s certainly quite floral, but in a deeper way than some other floral blends (jasmine, rose, etc). It’s a rich, almost juicy taste, and underneath the floral tones is a bright, tasty citrus. I was not expecting that at all, but it’s fabulous! It’s like the love child of jasmine and mandarin orange. The green base is very nice too—not too vegetal, but with some sweet and lingering woodsy flavors.

This has quickly become a staple in my cupboard, and the fact that you can get 4+ good steeps out of it certainly helps. It seems like it would be fantastic iced, but I can never seem to wait long enough to cool it down—I just want to drink it right away whenever I take the leaves out!

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Nice congrats on the win as well! :)


Thanks. I actually won 2 days before my birthday, so it was like a big present from the tea gods! Plus I got to try out a bunch of stuff I never would have bought on my own, and some of them ended up being absolutely amazing (like this and the White Cream Earl Grey).


This review is fascinating! I keep coming across the ingredient “osmanthus” on various sites and assumed it was an intensely floral, perfume-y element. Love bucket listyour phrase “the love child of jasmine and mandarin orange” and now I’m not nearly as wary of it as I had been! about to add #62 to my “shopping list,” which is turning into a bucket list…


Why does my keyboard cause my words to leap about within a paragraph like fleas on meth?


“Fleas on meth” is the best description of wonky keyboards that I’ve ever seen. XD I have quite a bit of this so if you’d like to try out some I can send a sample!


That is extremely generous of you! But I don’t have anything of comparable interest to trade. I’m assembling lists of teas to sample from assorted places, and I just added Culinary Teas to THAT list. I’m on an Earl Grey kick and their Traditional Teas just reeled me right in.


Well if you change your mind, feel free to message me! I love trying new teas so I’d be fine with swapping for pretty much anything I haven’t tried~


Thank you!

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Ooh, a tea that I haven’t yet tried! Also courtesy of Alphakitty, thanks! Also, oof, did I mention that I’m trying to hit 1200 tasting notes by the time my 1-year Steepster-versary rolls around, which is on Jan. 29? I have 37 to go….. yikes! I thought I had until the 31st, which would totally be more doable…. so hopefully I drink a crapton of tea tomorrow with Sil, Raritea, and Indigobloom!

So I really had no idea what osmanthus was, but when I sniffed this tea, it smelled sort of peachy. Since I was expecting floral, I assumed contamination… until I just read the tea description that mentions notes of peach! Awesome! Much more stoked to try this now, haha.

Strangely, the flavour reminds me quite a lot of 52teas’ Virgin Fuzzy Navel green… well, strangely until it occurs to me that Fuzzy Navel is orange/peach, not just citrus. (And then I read Alphakitty’s note which also mentions citrus…. go go tastebuds!!) So yes, the primary initial flavour is peachy/citrusy, which is tasty, and once those fruity flavours fade, I’m left with a really nice caramelly flavour, which I totally wasn’t expecting! I assume that it’s from the green tea.

So I’ll admit that this is another tea I wasn’t super stoked to try, but I’ve been proven wrong again. This, is tasty! And the sencha base is pretty good. So, I’m glad you sent me a sample of this one, Alphakitty!! And for those of you missing Virgin Fuzzy Navel, I’d suggest you give this one a shot. Perhaps it isn’t as strongly flavoured, but it’s hitting the same flavour combination for me!

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Osmanthus is a funny flower, since it does have floral qualities but it’s also citrusy and fruity! Glad you enjoyed it ^^


Every time I see ‘osmanthus’ it reminds me of Ozymandias from Watchmen. ha.

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