The hubby pulled this one out for a post-dinner tea this evening. Sitting here waiting for the water to be hot, I took a good whiff of the teabag. I kinda wish I could smell the oolong, but all I get is the pomegranate (which smells quite juicy and enticing, don’t get me wrong). :) My sense of smell has not QUITE recovered from the sinus funk I was struck with last week, so the subtlety could very well be escaping me.
At last! it is steeped. And now it smells really floral to me… which only seems to confirm that my olfactory sensors are just bonkers right now. I’m still liking what I smell, though, so I guess that’s good! The oolong smells really fresh. And I love how transparent and good-quality the Harney tea bags are- you can see the leaves unfurling just as well as you can in a loose tea infuser. :)
Wow, I will be resteeping this one! The pomegranate and oolong are so well-balanced in the flavor. So yummy! Definitely worth your money; a very mellow and unassuming flavored oolong.

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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