Meh. I like spiced teas, I like mandarin teas. But I wasn’t overwhelmed by this one. It needs more spice, or more orange. Even maybe more oolong flavour. I feel like they sacrificed quality to try and please everyone. Meh.
“Have you noticed that sometimes a tea will get a whole lot of tasting notes in a few days? Not even a new tea or one in a tea subscription. That is what happened with this one, I saw some notes on...” Read full tasting note
“Fifth "top six" tea, an oolong, y'all. Steeped at 195*F... I have to say, I actually really like this one. I didn't think too much about it before trying it, but chai-like spices and citrus...” Read full tasting note
“Wow. *thanks Marcel!* This one is so good! I think that I'd like a little more clove in this; but I'm a clove super fan. Wassil is what comes to mind when I drink this one. I'm actually really...” Read full tasting note
“This would be so much better without the hibiscus! While I long for a strawberry tea of deliciousness, I also long for a mandarin spice oolong and/or black tea. One day I will find you, tea. One...” Read full tasting note
Journey along the Asian spice trading routes and savor the rich exotic flavors of juicy tangerines, lemons and ripe blood oranges perfectly blended with cinnamon, ginger, star anise, cloves and pepper. With its wonderful mix of sweet citrus fruits and traditional chai spices, this delicious flavored Chinese oolong tea is destined to become an everyday favorite.
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First Sniff – Smells sweet and you can definitely tell it has cinnamon in it. It has a slight bitter smell to it as well, I can’t quite figure it out… it’s an interesting first sniff.
Preparation – Added a bit of honey.
First Sip – Tastes a bit like constant comment, just with a thicker pallet. It’s almost a little syrupy. It’s an odd combination of citrus and cinnamon. This is an oolong based tea, but the oolong was not present at all. I don’t know what to make of this tea. It’s good, just not as good as other teas like it. I’d give it a 5/10.
It took me a while to place this as it was steeping, but I finally figured it out – it tastes like apple cider. The homemade kind, where you plug an orange full of cloves, toss in some cinnamon sticks, and simmer it in apple juice for half the day.
There’s not a hint of oolong – I couldn’t even recognize the leaves as I was measuring it out. I don’t think I’m going to be keeping this one on hand. It’s tasty, but when I want apple cider, I want real apple cider!
A very interesting tea indeed. This one was a request from my husband. I’m not honestly sure that I would have picked it up but I’m finding myself liking it more then I thought.
Although I have to be honest I think the best part of this tea is the dry smell. When you open the tin the smell over powers everything else, but in a good way. A good Christmas tea. The smell when steeped is quite a bit more toned down but still lovely. If I hadn’t read the other tasting notes I wouldn’t have guessed there was hibiscus. I don’t think it’s that over powering of a flavor but it’s definitely there. I’ve added a bit of honey and oddly enough I don’t feel like it’s changed the flavor at all!
For those of you who are wondering what my husband thinks: he enjoys it. Says its quite good.
I enjoyed this tea a lot. I wish that the oolong flavor would be a bit more prominent, but the orange with a bit of spice was very pleasant. As my cup cooled down it was just as tasty, but the orange became the primary flavor. I definitely prefer this hot, but am thankful that it doesn’t become a terrible tea experience if it cools!
Yep – still don’t like this tea! I need to get rid of this, so I’m drinking it. It is sour and only a little spicy. All I taste is tartness on the first steep. Later steeps are generally nicer, but I’m on steep 1 right now, trying not to add sugar. I’ll bet Teavana makes tea like this so that you buy their rock sugar.
So, despite the obvious lack of actual oolong in this one (pretty common for Teavana?) I really like this one. At 3 minutes steeping, it’s a fairly strong cup. The first taste is of juicy oranges, then comes a fair amount of cinnamon and the tingling of cloves on the front of the tongue. The rest of the spices just seem to enhance everything else! Yum.