Thank you Angel and TeaVivre for this sample! I’m no expert on oolong teas but, thanks to TeaVivre, I’m getting plenty of exposure to them!
When I opened the sample package, the aroma that burst forth was like cinnamon. Another TeaVivre oolong that I sampled recently smelled like snickerdoodles and this one had a similar odor.
I steeped the dark green rolled tea buds for 2 minutes at 212 degrees as instructed on the package. The brewed color was pale gold. The aroma was again like cinnamon…or snickerdoodles! I may have to buy a box of snickerdoodle cookies for…uh…research…to verify that I am accurate with this comparison…yeah…that’s the purpose.
When I first tasted this tea, my taste buds didn’t immediately locate a flavor to identify. However, after about two or three sips, the sweet and slightly floral attributes began to seep through. This has consistently been my experience with oolong teas.
One half-cup of this tea later, I found the flavor to be quite mellow and sugary (just how I like it!) with a floral dash thrown in. There also was a faint and pleasant tea taste. No bitterness existed. The aftertaste was nice, sweet, and lingering.
Even though I prefer stronger and more robust teas, this selection is quite good when judged on its own merit. I would enjoy sipping it in the late afternoon or early evening when I’m ready to start winding things down.