Pomegranate Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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From Harney & Sons

The extra large leaves of Ti Quan Yin Oolong are deliciously infused with tangy pomegranate to create this inspiring blend. Enjoy it all day long.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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A friend gave me a sachet of this tea to sample. She received a tin of it from a family member and found it was going to be too sweet and fruity for her (simply not to her taste). I had been thinking of trying a Pomegranate Oolong from somewhere else, so jumped at the opportunity to try it quickly and easily.

The scent of the dry leaf is very sweet and the pomegranate tang overpowers the scent of the leaves. Once I steeped it, however, everything changed. The liquor is a nice light yellow/green and the aroma clearly displays the Oolong as well as a light amount of the pomegranate.

I was still a little worried that the pomegranate would overpower the Oolong, but I could not have been more pleased with the result! The balance of sweet tanginess from the pomegranate is perfect with the earthy Oolong. Both flavors are clear and full, while working complementary with one another.

Well done, Harney & Sons on this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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6770 tasting notes

I received this one from Doulton as well! Thanks D!

This is an average tasting flavored oolong. A bit tart but juicy and pleasant. I’m drinking it hot right now but am thinking for the rest I will do it iced! It’s just SCREAM “Ice me”
:)

LiberTEAS

This one is excellent iced! One summer a couple of years ago, I practically lived on this and my La Vert Pear iced (alternating them).

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1204 tasting notes

I suspect that I may suffer from “oolong intolerance”. Maybe this will become a popular ailment and people will start requesting oolong-free meals in emulation of me.

To find out whether my issue with oolong has been that the oolong in my experience was mediocre or low-grade, I decided to spring for a twenty-sachet box of Harney & Sons Pomegranate Oolong. I figured that if oolong and I have even a fighting chance, it could start with a flavored blend.

What I find in this cup of golden brew is the unmistakeable taste of the oolong familiar to me—oolong is oolong is oolong to those of us ignorant of its no doubt numerous nuances—with a smattering of dry pomegranate flavor mixed in. Mainly this tastes like an oolong tea to me, and now that I think about this issue, I realize that in addition to having experienced headache-y feelings after drinking oolong in the past, I also never really liked the flavor to begin with. Which naturally leads to the question: why should I care that I am oolong intolerant, if I don’t really enjoy its taste very much anyway?

Hmmm… Well, I threw caution to the wind and chugged the rest of the glass. We’ll see how I feel in ten minutes.


Update: I think that it is time for me to face the fact. I really am oolong intolerant! I feel vaguely ill, with a headache threatening to erupt on the horizon…

I should probably recuse myself from any numerical assessment of this tea, so I am erasing my original rating, since it doesn’t make sense. Clearly I am not physiologically qualified to offer advice on oolong blends!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Another tea from my sampler cube. Smells good out of the package. Brewed up smelling artificial/generic. Tastes better than it smells. I can hardly detect the oolong base. Not a bad cup of tea, but probably not a reorder.

Yes, I included a collection of sentence fragments in this review. What are you going to do about it? ;)

K S

The grammar police have been alerted. Hopefully, it will divert attention from others (read me) ;)

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1112 tasting notes

Many, many thanks to ashmanra for this tea!!!

I was trying to learn something new at work, and had one of those frazzle dazzle mornings that turned to afternoon before I knew it. This was my company :) Delicious pomegranate taste! Delicious tie guan yin type oolong! BUT – perhaps they are like two perfectly good people who just don’t get on together – maybe they would be better apart. I kept on wanting to taste the green oolong alone, and also have a fruity tisane – alone! (in fact I’m drinking Tazo Passion as I write this note because I was really enjoying the fruity!) Really nice high quality tea – and I’m even looking forward to drinking the other sachet ashmanra so generously sent!! but not an OMG run out and get it one for me. I love the flavors but I’d like then in two separate cups ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I can’t lie: I was overwhelmed and a little grossed out by the smell of this one when I opened the packet. It was very medicinal smelling. I continued on this pomegranate oolong path, though, because I am nothing if not stubborn. Once it was brewing, the smell was much less overwhelming and maybe a little nice, though it was still pretty strong.

The tea was much better than first whiff. The oolong was pretty light, but it was strong enough that the pomegranate didn’t completely stomp over it. The pomegranate itself is nice and juicy, though there is a very slightly sticky aftertaste (maybe that’s not the word I’m looking for?).

I was really disappointed I’d only had the one sachet, though. It was a decent cup hot, though I don’t think I would go out of my way for it, but I have the feeling it would be incredible iced, and I don’t have any more to test that theory.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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1742 tasting notes

Nice and delicate, and even when I didn’t take great care with it, didn’t go bitter. Even better was the encouraging note that came with it. (Thanks, ashmanra … encouraging words are keeping me propped up these days!)

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This smelled so fruity and delicious that of all the sample packets that came from Harney & Sons, this is the one I wanted to try first. (Other than Boston, but I couldn’t NOT drink that one yesterday.)

Steeped, it still has that very tart, juicy smell, but underneath it you can smell a nutty kind of oolong scent. It tastes just like it smells – mostly like delicious pomegranate, but supported very well by a tasty base oolong.

The leaves expanded like crazy, too. With only 1 tsp of tea in my infuser, after three steeps it was exploding out all over the place. Fun!

EDIT: I should probably specify that I had the loose leaf version of this tea. So. I did.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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I really liked this one!… although to me, it tasted a bit more like cranberry than pomegranate.. I made it hot and it reminded me of cranberry sauce on the side of a turkey dinner.. maybe the cooler weather made me think that? not sure!

EDIT!: This is actually one of my new favorite teas… i’m definitely adding to the cupboard.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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This would mostlikely be good as a Iced Tea, but probably won’t find out til next Spring, because while it was in the 80’s earlier today, I get the feeling that this coming week if even then will be the last of the summerish days. But I could always be wrong.
Anywho…not sure if I would buy this before next spring, (If I remember…heh.) to see if it would be good as an iced tea….maybe as an sample.
Just had a thought…this might improve with german rock sugar…alright I think I’ll ice down the next cup I make with this, use some rock sugar, see how it rolls. Sometimes I do like iced tea during the cooler/colder months.

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