I’d forgotten that I actually liked the base of this tea, although it was never as caramelly or appley as I wanted. But still, a tasty cup of flavoured oolong. I overleafed a bit though, so it was too strong.
“I’d forgotten that I actually liked the base of this tea, although it was never as caramelly or appley as I wanted. But still, a tasty cup of flavoured oolong. I overleafed a bit though, so it was...” Read full tasting note
“drinking eta and enjoying all the teas from VariaTEA, though i haven’t bothered with writing notes on anything that wasn’t a sipdown because it’s been a crazy week. This is week two of back to...” Read full tasting note
“Today’s cups are redolent of cinnamon, earth, and gentle apple. The apple flavour reminds me of toasted apple chips with woody cinnamon. The roasted oolong provides the earth and the slightest...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown (336) With age, the caramel apple has mostly faded so this is an oolong. An alright oolong but I just never reached for it. It’s nice but not a favourite.” Read full tasting note
A Re-imagined VIT!
Some time ago, shortly after I started doing this thing as the Mad Tea Artist, one of my online friends suggested that I create a caramel apple Oolong and he suggested using a roasted Oolong base. I liked the idea but the thing was that Frank had already crafted a Caramel Apple Oolong using a Fujian Oolong. (Click here to read my original review* of that tea.)
So here is a tea that was previously imagined and then later re-imagined based on an inspiration from a tea friend. I started with a charcoal roasted TieGuanYin which is delightfully nutty and sweet. To this, I added a combination of freeze-dried apples: Granny Smith and Fuji (which, interestingly enough, are my two daughter’s favorite apples. Amethyst loves Granny Smith and Lilith loves Fuji.) I added some caramel essence and then – just because I felt that it needed some warmth, I added some cinnamon.
This is a tea that’s deliciously, apple-y sweet but also pleasantly spiced – with a creamy, nutty background of a truly delightful Oolong tea.
ingredients: oolong tea, organic apples, organic cinnamon and organic natural flavors
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drinking eta and enjoying all the teas from VariaTEA, though i haven’t bothered with writing notes on anything that wasn’t a sipdown because it’s been a crazy week. This is week two of back to work and i’m starting to get in to things with work except my ID still isn’t set up and i had to give tehm back my laptop the other day. So i’m hoping by the end of this week i’ll actually be “ready” and able to work. It’s been frustrating but also nice in that it’s given us a bit more time to work on adjusting to dad taking over primary care of the nugget and both of us juggling working!
this one was nice to revisit (never had version 2) but it didn’t check off enough boxes for me to want more.
Today’s cups are redolent of cinnamon, earth, and gentle apple. The apple flavour reminds me of toasted apple chips with woody cinnamon. The roasted oolong provides the earth and the slightest aspect of green in the base. A solid grounding tea with a barely there sweetness. Beautiful blending with inspired choices.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Cinnamon, Earth, Green
First tea of the day today!
Not sure how much tea drinking I’ll get in today, as it’s both Christmas Eve and my Mom’s birthday so we’re celebrating the holidays this mornings and then later this evening we’ll be going out for dinner and doing birthday things.
This was a nice tea to start the day with though; I got something smooth and medium bodied that was sweet but not overwhelmingly so either! Plus, the overall flavour was richer than last time which automatically made for an improved cup/experience. Of course, I paired this with a nice big handful of actual caramels so I did get quite a bit of sweetness from the candies. But mostly this was just a nice, lightly toasty/roasty sweet red apple flavour with cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and roasted nut undertone. Juicy tops notes! Very much a “baked apple” kind of flavour over a caramel apple, which I think I actually observed last time I tried this? Still, very enjoyable and a pleasant way to start off my morning today! If I don’t get a lot of tea drinking in today at least I’ll know that the cups I did get in were really good/solid ones!