A luscious and sweet jade Oolong is scented with magnolia petals for an extra aromatic depth to your cup. Like Jasmine green teas, this oolong carries hints of grassy, sweet notes with nutty overtones and a dry, clean finish. The deep green floral leaves produce a light golden liquor with a delicate and smooth completion. This Oolong is best served hot and enjoyed often.
Ingredients: Jade Oolong, Magnolia Petals
Leaf Type: Oolong (scented)
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Serving Size: 2 - 3 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 200°F
Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes
This tea marks the last of my six month subscription to Simple Loose Leaf, originally I had seven teas in my subscription plan, but Simple Loose Leaf contacted me last month to let me know that they were discontinuing the plan I was on. They gave me a choice of receiving my last tea or trading it in for a one month subscription to the new plan. After some thought I decided to trade it in so I could give you a chance to see how the new plan, called the Selection Club, was structured. With this new plan you will be sent an email each month with a menu containing five teas, you can either choose to be sent two of the teas from the menu or smaller amounts of all five teas. You also are able to select one sample from the menu for the next month, which I think is a great way of trying a tea you may be unsure about. I'll be reviewing the March offering next month, so make sure you check back to see what I thought about the new Selection Club.
Now on to the review.
I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but I absolutely love oolong tea, which is why when I saw this magnolia oolong I knew I had to add it to my subscription. I don't believe I have had the opportunity to sample a magnolia scented tea before, but I can safely say that this has been one of the most enjoyable floral teas I've tried in some time. It is also safe to say that out of the six teas I was sent during my six month subscription, this was my favorite, although it did have some pretty close competition from Four Horsemen Black, which I reviewed back in January.
There are a number of flavors that develop in this cup, but I especially love the subtle sweetness that shines through, it really appeals to my sweet tooth. I've been trying very hard to avoid added sugar lately and instead prefer to enjoy teas that have a natural sweetness to them. Also immediately noticeable about this tea are the floral notes the magnolia contributes, they are much more subtle than other floral teas. Jasmine is a much more commonly found ingredient in scented teas, but I find that it is oftentimes overwhelming, reminding me more of potpourri than tea. I'm glad to see that magnolia falls into the softer category of floral teas, I think that it may appeal to those of you who wish to find a floral tea to enjoy, but have found other types off-putting.
My Rating: 87/100
Would I order this again? Yes. If it weren't for the fact that I have seasonal allergies I could see myself ordering more of this tea immediately. Sadly, for the next few months, I'll be avoiding all things floral.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a $50 credit to use towards their subscription service. It did not cover the cost of everything and I paid $9.54 out of pocket. As always, all opinions are my own.