A lovely cup of tea that hits the spot on a cold day like today. A slightly sweet taste, very subtle. A bare smokey aroma that delights the nose. I think that next time I will added a little honey.
“I was browsing my cruise ship’s tea selection and this Twinnings Oolong was one of them. I drank it once, and brought a few bags home. It was was weird light grey brown colour, very unlike other...” Read full tasting note
“Not my cup of tea either, honestly this one was just bitter and taste like asparagus, I have one more of these Twining’s samples to try perhaps I’ll like it.” Read full tasting note
“Bought this out of curiosity after having my mind blown by Amethyst. Having it with a dash of half-and-half. I can taste a bit of spinachy oolong, but it’s pretty timid. Not bad and I would drink...” Read full tasting note
“Tastes like dried spinach – too vegetal for me. I added some cream and honey, which helped, but it still wasn’t very good. One of the few Twinings teas I don’t like. On the bright side, better...” Read full tasting note
Oolong tea has a very long and rich history. Its origins are said to go back over 1000 years to the Beiyun region in the Fujian Province in China. Unlike Black teas that are fully oxidized or Green teas that undergo no oxidation, Oolong is formed through a special technique that results in the tea’s partial oxidation. After withering, the tea is placed in muslin sacks and gently rolled. This bruises the leaf slightly, causing some oxidation to occur. This is repeated several times until the tea leaf turns darker green or reddish in appearance. Our Pure Oolong tea is golden in colour with a warm, toasty taste.
To savour the full flavour of our teas, bring water to boil, and pour over the tea as soon as it reaches boiling. Over-boiling will cause oxygen to be reduced, making the tea taste “flat”. Brew 3 minutes or to desired taste.
*We do not recommend using a microwave to boil your cup of water.
Ingredients: Fine Oolong tea expertly selected from the Fujian province, China
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I must say that this one is a lot better than I expected it to be. Overall I consider Twining China Oolong to be a passable oolong tea just like the oolong at Chinese buffets is passable enough to be performed to ordering a soda instead. This is a light oolong which is good and perfectly fine in my opinion although I’d recommend it as a travel or work tea when one does not have the access to or the time brew a better quality oolong in a gaiwan.
For the longest time, this was the only tea I would drink. At first, I drank it with honey, but then I began drinking it without any additions. It became problematic when the café at my college began using higher temperature water because that stewed the tea, making it bitter and unpalatable. At that point, I had to invest in a kettle and start making it before leaving for classes rather than picking up a cup during the day. (To those who complained of this tea being bitter, it is not supposed to taste that way. This means the tea has been stewed. Reduce the temperature and take out the tea bag once it has steeped to avoid this.)
The taste is deep and pairs perfectly with honey. I would say that it’s earthy, but not in the same way that pu-erh is earthy. It doesn’t taste like earth. It tastes deep and rich and strong. It has a lot of body and presence, but not in an abrasive way. There’s a sweetness to it that’s warming.
It has caffeine in it and falls somewhere between green and black teas in that regard, so after becoming sensitive to caffeine, I moved away from it. But, it’s still a wonderful, nostalgic experience when I pick it up every now and then. It has a warmth to it and a depth that’s nourishing and calming. To me, it’s like taking a blanket out of the dryer warm and wrapping up in it. :)
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is the second of three samples I received from Twinings a couple of weeks ago. I followed the steeping parameters listed on their website and, while the dry tea smelled nice, the brewed tea is quite bitter. I added a good bit of honey to it, but it’s not really helping. This is better once it cools though still too bitter for my taste. Perhaps a lower temperature might help, but I don’t plan on buying more any time soon to find out.