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Ultraviolet

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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  • “This tea didn't impress me as outstanding in any way, despite its pretty blue malva blossoms. The complexity I look for in an oolong just wasn't there. Toasty taste without sweetness or florality,...” Read full tasting note
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    aeondax 211 tasting notes
  • “Some confusion this morning as I put together my little bags of tea for work: I picked TeaNoir's Backwoods up as one of my morning blacks, then thought about it for a second and decided to take...” Read full tasting note
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    shetheliving 355 tasting notes

From TeaNoir

Yet another Tea Noir exclusive blend comes your way – you won’t find anything like Ultraviolet elsewhere!

Violets are one of the wonders of the botanical world. They’re pretty AND tasty – and boy howdy, are they good in tea and confections. Tea Noir’s tea mistress loves a good violet candy, and she’s come up with a way to infuse that delicate, heady flavour and aroma into her favourite oolong tea leaves!

The base for this blend is premium, tippy long-leaf oolong tea that brews up into a delicious pale amber liquor. Oolong is a semi-oxidised tea that’s somewhere between a black and a green in taste – it’s not as sharp or strong as black tea, but neither is it quite as subtle as green. It’s just right when mixed up with the floral notes of violet and topped off with a colourful hit of blue malva blossoms, cultivated without chemicals.

This one’s a treat for the tastebuds and the eyes alike! And wow, what an aroma!

Ultraviolet is wonderful drunk straight up, but you might want to give it a shot with a hint of cream and sugar, too – the sweetness enhances the subtle violet flavour, while the cream just adds a special something.

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211 tasting notes

This tea didn’t impress me as outstanding in any way, despite its pretty blue malva blossoms. The complexity I look for in an oolong just wasn’t there. Toasty taste without sweetness or florality, not even the promised (and hoped-for) violet. A bit of spice and caramel emerged in the third steep. However, it must be noted that added flavorings, such as (in this case) violet, weaken with age faster than the innate flavor of the tea. My sample came from a swap, in a well-worn bag, which might indicate an old or ill-kept bit of tea. So I moderated my rating accordingly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Bethany

How funny – I’m reviewing a few TeaNoir teas today that I pulled out of the back of my cupboard. I hope the shop returns soon; I actually really like Ultraviolet and a few others, and I’m almost out of them!

Pamela Dean

@Bethany – Do you find violet scent or taste? That would make this tea really special, as I do love them! I hope you’ll post tasting notes on Ultraviolet.

Bethany

It’s been a long time since I had it, but I do recall some violet taste, though not as much scent. I have Backwoods and Cashmere at work today, but I’ll have to do Ultraviolet tomorrow.

Pamela Dean

@Bethany, again – Have you tasted the Mango Lassi by TeaNoir? If it tastes like its description, I’ll be hoping the shop returns soon, too!

Bethany

I haven’t! But when I added Backwoods to the database, I saw that and the description and it made my mouth water. There are a few 4 ounces I would want to order, and some more samples.

I’ve tried Backwoods (awesome), Cashmere (also awesome), Turkish Delight (okay, but tastes nothing like the candy), and Ultraviolet.

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Some confusion this morning as I put together my little bags of tea for work: I picked TeaNoir’s Backwoods up as one of my morning blacks, then thought about it for a second and decided to take another tea instead. Then I remember pulling this tea out and thinking “well, I’ll take a TeaNoir oolong for the afternoon instead.”

I must’ve still been thinking Backwoods because that’s what my bag was labeled. And I pulled it out of my desk drawer all excited for maple syrupy goodness. Alas, it was not to be. I took one sip and realized my mistake.

Ultraviolet is a pretty decent tea. My main complaint with it is that it’s nearly identical in flavor to one of my favorites, Mighty Leaf’s Orchid Oolong, except that OO has coconut added, while this does not. The coconut gives OO that wonderful little edge. So this tea fails in that respect.

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