John Harney Appreciation Tea #25
My latest H&S order arrived yesterday, and in it was included a sample filter bag of Pomegranate Oolong Iced. It was huge and filled with beautiful whole-leaf TQY scented with pomegranate. I have been toying with the hypothesis that I have some sort of allergy to oolong, but I’ve resolved to find out whether or not this is true by testing several oolongs before hanging my oolong pot out to dry.
In some ways, it makes no sense really: all tea is camellia sinensis, so why would have I have issues with oolong, but not with black, green, white, or yellow teas? Is oolong prepared with the addition of some other ingredient? Or could the concentrations of something in tea be higher in oolong than in other forms of tea? It’s all a big mystery to me.
Anyway, I tried this tea in the sachet version brewed hot a while back with unclear results (my feeling of slight queasiness may have had another source…), so I decided to begin my oolong inquiry with a big batch of this tea cold brewed. I am drinking it right now, and all that I can really say is that it tastes like oolong! The liquor is bright yellow, and I was so impressed at the heft of the infused filter bag that I briefly considered reinfusing it. But I am trying to give oolong a fair shake, so I tossed it instead. So far, so good. I do not feel ill. Only time will tell whether that weird headachey feeling will return to me after consuming all of this tea.
A propos: I do not actually taste much pomegranate in this brew. I taste oolong, oolong, oolong! I believe that I could acquire a taste for oolong, but first I must determine whether or not we are compatible… I should be able to answer that question by the time I’ve tested the six different oolong samples which also arrived in the H&S package. This was the first time that I ever order samples from H&S. They come in attractive black matte envelopes with gold accents, and the size is generous, predictably enough. Their prices are so reasonable, that I usually just order a whole tin of any tea I’m curious about. Not oolong, though. I did not want to have pounds of it on hand, just in case we were never meant to be. We shall see.
In closing this 25 tea tribute, I would like to reiterate how grateful I am to John Harney for all that he did for the world by sharing with us his abundant love of tea.
May he rest in peace.