Cooling, green oolong from Hunan, China, blended with Osmanthus flowers to make a fragrant, sweet brew with taste similar to Galla apples and Montrose apricots.
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Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Oolong Tea Leaves, Organic Osmanthus Flowers, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Leaf Type: Oolong (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Tao of Tea
What can I say other than this tea is amazing. I'm a huge fan of Oolong, but I had never heard of Osmanthus Oolong before stumbling across this last week and course this made me insanely curious when I saw it in the check out aisle in my small town grocery store. It isn't the type of product that I expected to find in a grocery store in a small farming community, but gems like this have a habit of turning up in the most unexpected places.
Now I'm sure most of you are in the same boat as I am wondering what the heck Osmanthus is. According to wiseGEEK they are 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. So there we have it, they aren't typically found in America, however we do have a species called Osmanthus Americanus (devilwood) that is found down south around Texas and Virginia.
My first sip of this was very sweet, slightly tart and it tasted like apples. Now normally I hate apples, but I really enjoyed the combination of sweet and tart in this case. The more I drank the more I noticed the subtle floral flavor followed up by sweet apricot flavor. I have to admit that I liked this so much I gulped it down rather than slowly enjoying it and that makes it really hard to write about. Right now the empty bottle is just sitting here mocking me.
At $3.49 for 11.5 Fl oz it is a little pricey for a bottle of tea, however, completely worth it in my opinion for a road trip treat. Road trips in my family are all about the little splurges and trying new things. One thing to keep in mind is that this is also sold by the ounce in loose leaf form on the Tao of Tea website for $3.00 per ounce.
My Rating: 90/100
Would I order this again? I may not purchase this again bottled due to the price, but I do plan on ordering some loose leaf tea since I really enjoyed this.