Sparkle Pony Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Ginger, Plums, Spicy, Apricot, Sweet, Vegetal
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Certification
Vegan
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sparkle Pony Tea is our anniversary blend that I created just for our customers! It’s a blend of Pheonix Dan Cong Oolong combined with dried pluots (a plum-apricot hybrid), organic ginger root, organic crystallized (sugared) ginger, edible vegan glitter flakes and organic natural flavors.

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

12 Tasting Notes

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This was a bonus tea from my (last?) 52Teas order. I think, anyway. It’s definitely been a while. It’s also the last untried 52Teas blend I have in my cupboard, other than (quite a lot of) SBTs. I’ll be working on those again this summer, though.

I kept this one until last for a few reasons. I love the name, and it’s SPARKLY, and obviously that makes it the kind of tea I want to keep around for a bit. More significantly, though, it contains ginger. And ginger isn’t really (usually) my jam. I’m hoping the pluot is more apparant in the taste than the ginger…

I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. It was kind of hard to measure – these oolong leaves are big! Or at least, long and twisty. Despite my aversion to ginger, I do actually love the scent of this tea. It’s mostly sweet and stonefruity, but there’s a touch of ginger lurking underneath that actually strikes me as appealing…Who’d have thought?!

To taste, it’s pretty delicious! It’s sweet straight-off, mostly plum in my estimation but I get apricot, too. I’ve never tried a pluot before, so this is a learning experience as well as a tea. There is ginger, but it’s reasonably subtle. It adds a spicy warmth to the background, and works better than I expected with the fruit flavours. On the whole, this one’s a lot fruitier than I thought it would be, and juicy-tasting to boot. It’s perfect on a day like today, which is spring in essence but also cold; sunny fruit flavours, warming ginger kick. I couldn’t have chosen a tea more suited :)

The base oolong adds a mild nuttiness, but otherwise is pretty hard to taste underneath the flavouring. It didn’t make much of an impression on the blend, but I suppose in that respect it’s doing its job well – supporting the flavours without overpowering them. It might have some stone fruit notes of its own, but it’s almost impossible to say.

The sparkle in this one is very subtle, but there’s a touch of gold glitter swirling around. It’s not in-your-face in the way that Glitter and Gold is, but it’s cute just the same. More of a Bluebird Christmas Cake level of sparkle, if you’ve tried that.

The more I sip this one, the more I like it. Sad face for it being a limited edition, because I’m pretty sure I’m going to miss it when my sample pouch is gone. My conclusion is that pluots should be used more often in tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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So when you first discover tea and then find out about black friday sales you tend to go a bit overboard and then you have way too much tea that you felt you needed because it was such a good price and how else would you try all the teas. Well apparently I am rediscovering tea because somehow I just can’t stop myself from placing orders. Seriously. It’s bad. And I can’t even say it’s because of sales since only one order is from the BF sales. In the past two weeks I have placed a 52 Teas order (which is being shipped with the 12 Teas of Christmas order I placed a while ago), a Necessiteas order, A Quarter to Tea order, and a Liquid Prost order. Not to mention Teavivre teas just arrived yesterday and I have a monthly subscription with TeaTaxi. Plus a swap with Arby incoming. I am already over 200 teas so this is both exciting and terrifying.

As for this particular tea, it’s been quite soothing while I considered all the money I have spent on tea thus far. And how much more I may potentially spend this weekend. The ginger is adding a warmth while the apricot/stone fruit flavor is taking over. It is lovely and calming and just an easy drink to sip on this evening.

Roswell Strange

Speaking of swaps, we should plan one for the holidays :)

VariaTEA

Yes!! You are welcome to all my teas when they arrive. I will send you a list of what I ordered because everything from Necessiteas is like 2+ ozs as opposed to my usual sample sizes.

Evol Ving Ness

Sometimes I am not sure whether I need an intervention or a hug more urgently. Yup, totally get it. So I am sending you a cyber-hug.

Sil

i am so jealous of all the tea purchasing happening heh. really trying hard to be good.

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Backlog. 180F, 3min, 10oz
Ginger plum, plum/apricot in aftertaste. Spicy but not overpowering and all up front. This probably changes depending on how many pieces of pluot/ginger end up in the steeper. I had 2 pieces of ginger and one of pluot.
I like this one and got 3 solid steeps. 84

Flavors: Ginger, Plums, Spicy

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Do I like oolongs? I wasn’t sure when I ordered this. I just threw it in my cart for the name. And the idea of a tea that sparkled.

So let’s get this out of the way first: it doesn’t sparkle much, which 52teas had actually mentioned in one of her reviews. Apparently the glitter is a pain in the you-know and doesn’t have a lot of payoff. So I wasn’t expecting much sparkle. The sparkle is (or should be) secondary anyway.

Other than the sparkle, the appearance is really striking. It’s got SUPER LONG leaves. There’s a certain DRAMA to the look of this tea. The leaf length makes it kind of hard to figure out how to portion it, since it doesn’t fit neatly into my Perfect Tea Spoon thing. I just eyeballed it. (Do other people have a solution to this?)

Anyway, this tastes great. I don’t know if I like oolongs or not (gotta keep trying around), but I definitely like THIS. It’s got a rich, throaty sweetness. I would have described it as “plum-like.”

When I looked at the ingredients, there are “pluots” in there. What’s a pluot? It’s a plum-apricot hybrid. I didn’t even know that was possible! This tea isn’t just a tea — it’s an EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

So fruit, a little bit of sweetness, some slightly vegetal tea, and a deep booming bass note.

I am super-bummed I only got a sampler of this tea. I should have purchased a vat of it.

Flavors: Apricot, Plums, Sweet, Vegetal

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Sparkle pony! This one reminds me of that Butiki plum oolong blend. I haven’t tried a pluot before, but in this tea they seem to taste more like plum but look like apricot. The base of dark phoenix oolong itself seems like it tastes like plum on its own. The brew color is very pale! The ginger leaves a nice balance to tone down the pure fruit and isn’t overdone. I didn’t see any sparkle though. Hmm. I used two teaspoons because of some big fruit pieces and it seemed to brew perfectly. It’s even tastier when it gets colder. I love this blend! It’s basically another perfect blend but needed more sparkle.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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Bonus tea from my 52Teas order…

This one smells really nice; strong apricot notes for sure. Technically, these are pluots used in the blend but my initial impression is that they’re definitely more on the apricot side than the plum side.

Brewed up, this is pretty smooth with a really nice, lush and present stonefruit note all throughout the entire sip. Again, I definitely think it’s a much stronger apricot flavour than plum but regardless it’s very delicious and natural tasting. As well, it’s definitely the perfect level of sweetness. Similar to the Grapefruit/Ginger tea from 52Teas I had earlier in the week the ginger isn’t overly apparent, with the strongest point I’m experiencing it being at the end of the sip. I think I may even like this pairing of apricot and ginger better than the grapefruit and ginger due, though.

The base oolong here is nice; it’s a little nutty which is a nice added component to the cup. Other than that one dominant note, it doesn’t offer a whole lot of other added flavour nuances, but it more so just a nice complimentary backdrop to Anne’s other added ingredients.

Aside from flavour; the name of this tea is really fun. It reminds me really strongly of my birthday twin Marzipan who has always had a penchant for sparkly teas. I miss seeing her here and active on Steepster; but hopefully she’s doing well. Sadly, my cup wasn’t really sparkly at all – but it was tasty, and that’s what counts the most.

LiberTEAS

Yeah, it’s difficult to do the sparkly part and keep it vegan because most sprinkles/sparkles are not vegan. I did find vegan sparkles but they are flakes so when I sprinkled them over the tea, they didn’t give off very much sparkle. They’d be much more effective on a cupcake, I think.

Super Starling!

I’m almost afraid to ask this, but… what animal products are in sparkly products?

Roswell Strange

I’m just guessing, but I’d think maybe gelatin?

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987 tasting notes

Holy crap, my first tea blog review in nearly a month!

The label says this tea contains oolong, pluots, ginger chunks, crystallized ginger, and edible sparkles.

A “pluot” is actually a kind of plum/apricot hybrid (hence the name). The dried pluots in this blend look like dried apricots, except for being a bit stickier/gummier. The oolong leaves are a brownish green, but not rolled up. Looking closely at them, I wasn’t really able to determine what variety (eg: tie guan yin, da hong pao) served as the base.

Smelling the leaf didn’t help either, as the most noticeable scent was the ginger — spicy, somewhat sweet and pungent.

I took about 2 teaspoons of leaf and steeped it in 80°C water for 4 minutes, which is slightly longer than what’s recommended on the package, because I’m a really big rebel.

Taste-wise, the most prominent note was the ginger. Beneath that, there’s a gentle powdery sweetness. This tea made me think of a similar tea I reviewed last year: Tea Leaf Co.’s Soul Good oolong tea. The notes here are very similar – the ginger, the powder, the sweetness. Also like Soul Good, I was expecting this Sparkle Pony Oolong to have a stronger fruit note.

After I steeped the tea, I took the dried pluot, now reconstituted due to the hot water, and popped it in my mouth. The taste was tangy, with the tartness of plums mixing with the chewy texture of apricot. Oddly enough, I’d say that the pieces of pluot, just by themselves, are my favourite part of this tea.

Oh, and there weren’t any visible sparkles that I could see. Maybe they’re all glommed together at the bottom of the bag.

Anyways, this was a fun tea to try, and it introduced me to a new fruit I’d like to encounter again in my cup some day.

Full review here: http://booksandtea.ca/2016/08/sparkle-pony-oolong-tea-52teas/

52Teas

Thanks for the review! The tea is a Phoenix Dan Cong. The sparkles are really difficult to see in the tea – which taught me that sparkles are not something I’ll be using in the future. LOL

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Teas not being in the database is definitely a deterrent to posting about them.

Anyways, Sparkle Pony tea! A freebie from 52teas with my latest order, to celebrate…. something. I’m not sure. This tea has pluots in it, crystalized ginger, ginger root… so basically a plum/apricot/ginger tea.

It definitely delivers! Wonderful fruitiness, paired with a perfect fruity oolong base, and lots of ginger (but not so much to impart any off-flavours). I really enjoy both plum and apricot in tea; pluots seem to lean a bit more towards the apricot flavour (I ate a piece of one. Mmmm.)

ETA: the ginger and pluot chunks were really tasty… shifty eyes

LiberTEAS

I will definitely have to start adding the teas to the database then. I didn’t even think about that, so I thank you for mentioning it.

PS: The Sparkle Pony celebrates our anniversary. On June 1st, we celebrated our 1st year of taking over 52Teas.

Kittenna

I was just grumbling for the sake of grumbling! And was surprised that teas were missing, that I assumed other people may have already written about!

Also – I thought it was the 1 -year anniversary, but couldn’t remember for sure and given that I’m writing this at work, didn’t feel like taking the time to locate the actual description. Sooo lazy.

LiberTEAS

I understand (grumbling for the sake of grumbling) – but adding the teas to the database isn’t really something I had thought about and I’m sort of beating myself up for not having done so earlier. I will definitely need to start doing that, make a mental note for myself to add the tea of the week when I post the tea of the week to the forum – because I definitely want to read the tasting notes – good and bad. They are very helpful and I treasure the input from the customers. Thank you!

tea-sipper

Aw, but I think it’s fun when I get to add teas to the database. haha :D

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