Crafted with the tea leaves from Qingxin Oolong tea trees, mixed with natural fragrance extracted from fresh osmanthus, this Osmanthus Oolong Tea has high floral scent, as well as the mellow taste of oolong tea. When brewing this tea, you will first smell the refreshing osmanthus fragrance, and then taste its flavor in the liquid in the mean time feel the sweet flavor. The aroma of osmanthus and oolong will stay in your mouth for a long time. The floral fragrance also brings richer flavor to the oolong tea.
Ingredients: Oolong and natural extractive from pure fresh osmanthus flowers
Leaf Type: Oolong (flavored)
Where to Purchase
Grown at Ali Mountain (阿里山) in Taiwan.
Harvest Time: May 13, 2013
Osmanthus grown in Yunnan Province
Picking Time: Winter, 2012
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 2-3 teaspoons (10g) per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3 steeps: 1m, 2m, 3m
TeaVivre does not currently provide brewing instructions using a Gaiwan.
I've only fairly recently discovered osmanthus oolong and in fact, reviewed a bottled variety for Tuesday Tea over the summer. I enjoyed it so much that I knew that I just had to include it in my latest round of samples provided to me by Angel at TeaVivre. For those of you who aren't familiar with Osmanthus, according to wiseGEEK it is a type of evergreen tree or shrub found most commonly in the temperate climates of Asia. They produce small white flowers and these flowers are commonly used in Asian cuisine as well as tea. It isn't typically found in America, however we do have a species called Osmanthus Americanus, also referred to as devilwood, that is found down south around Texas and Virginia.
My previous experience with osmanthus oolong left me craving more and I really enjoyed the notes of apple and apricot. My first steep of this tea more than met my expectations and while the flavors are somewhat different than I encountered with the last variety I tried, there was still a fruit-like aspect which appealed to my sweet tooth. Rather than apples and apricots, this tea leans more towards a peach-like flavor. It is full of sweetness, with a subtle floral aspect from the oolong.
The peach flavor was actually much more pronounced on the second steep, although by the third the sweet flavor I previously enjoyed had started to fade away and the floral aspects of the tea took the spotlight. With each subsequent steep this tea became something new and my three steeps of tea were gone quickly, leaving me yet again craving more.
Now that I've had two very favorable experiences with Osmanthus Oolong I fully intend to make it a permanent part of my cupboard. Yet again, I am left impressed with not only the quality, but unique variety of teas offered by TeaVivre.
Would I order this again? Yes! If you're looking for something just a little bit different and have a sweet tooth make sure to give this tea a try.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by TeaVivre for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.